[Editor’s Note: These coffee and tea items make me want to rethink wake and bake. Could you have indica coffee if you wanted to just go back to sleep and have intense dreams? Or sativa coffee if you really wanted to buzz through the day?]
It’s ski season in Colorado—the perfect time to enjoy a nice hot beverage by a crackling fire. Before spring melts the snow, ease into a steaming cup of comfort with a touch of elevation.
Colorado offers some wonderful cannabis-infused beverages in both THC and CBD varieties, including CBD-infused whole coffee beans produced right in Boulder.
Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Spoon by Coda Signature
(Courtesy of Coda Signature)
Coda Signature’s rich Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Spoon is the best-tasting hot THC-infused beverage in Colorado. Stir the chocolate-covered spoon in hot milk, and you have a liquid treat worthy of a cozy night in—and the wooden spoon is reusable, too. Chocolate-on-a-spoon comes in three flavors: Chai (white chocolate infused with spices), Espresso (dark chocolate and coffee), and Chocolate/Marshmallow (milk chocolate with marshmallows). Each mouth-watering variety contains 10mg of THC derived from high-quality CO2 distillate. You can buy a single serving for $5 to $7.
Whole Bean CBD Craft Coffee by Sträva
(Courtesy of Sträva Craft Coffee)
As a bonafide coffee snob, I always start my day with a shot of espresso made from freshly ground beans. After just one taste of Sträva’s whole bean CBD Craft Coffee, I added ease to my morning tradition. Not only do Sträva beans taste better than many other whole bean coffees, they’re also infused with CBD to counter the jitters that come from too much caffeine. And they’re produced right here in Colorado.
Since Sträva coffee doesn’t contain THC, you won’t find it at a dispensary. Instead, buy it online or look for it in cafes, CBD specialty stores, and homeopathic practices. Sträva comes in several strengths, with a choice of 1.25mg, 2.5mg, or 10mg of CBD per cup. A 12-oz bag costs between $19.95 and $54.95 depending on strength. Sträva also offers a decaffeinated version.
Infused Coffee and Tea by Stillwater
(Courtesy of Stillwater)
Stillwater Beverages combine the highest-quality organic teas and Colombian coffee with a healthy dose of Ripple CBD 20:1. The fast-acting, water-soluble CBD in Stillwater beverages is designed to relax, not intoxicate. Stillwater makes hot beverages in three flavors: Mellow Mint Tea, Gentle Green Tea, and instant Clockwork Coffee. Instant Clockwork coffee is still the easiest infused beverage to bring along when you’re on the go. Stillwater coffee and teas come in packs of 10 costing $24 to $30.
Infused Teas by Purple Monkey
(Courtesy of Purple Monkey)
Purple Monkey makes high-end, THC-infused teas in three flavors: Strawberry Kiwi, Monkey Mango, and Earl Grey. Each flavor comes in a recreational (10mg per packet) and medical (25mg per packet) dose. Purple Monkey also makes a THC-infused granulated Honey Buzz Sweetener.
The Monkey Mango tea I tried was encased in a fancy cloth drawstring bag. After the recommended 7-minute steep in hot water, it produced tea with a rich flavor and a nice mellow buzz. A single packet costs $5 to $7.
Infused Teas and Coffee Pods by Teajuana
(Courtesy of Teajuana)
The Teajuana tea company offers six varieties of hot beverages, each infused with 10mg of CO2-derived THC oil: Earl Grey Tea (sativa), Pomegranate Tea (hybrid), Hibiscus Rooibos Tea (indica), Continental Blend Coffee (sativa), Hot Apple Cider (hybrid), and Traditional Hot Chocolate (indica). With the exception of the hot chocolate, each variety is available in both a tea-bag-style pouch and a pod that’s compatible with Keurig coffee makers.
I tried a bag of the Continental Blend Coffee. Teajuana’s recommended steep time (90 seconds) produced a weak coffee with a very light effect. For a stronger effect, steep the bags for 7 minutes. Better yet, use the pods. A single serving of Teajuana costs around $6 to $8.
CBD Whole Bean Coffee by Willie’s Remedy
(Courtesy of Willie’s Remedy)
This month, Willie Nelson’s wife Annie released her version of CBD coffee beans. The beans are infused with certified organic, full-spectrum hemp oil grown in Colorado. The coffee is sourced from smallholder farms in Colombia. When properly brewed, each 8oz cup of coffee contains 5mg of hemp-derived CBD. An 8oz bag is available online for $36.