Here are two bits of trivia for coffee nerds. First, coffee bean geneticists (yes, such a job exists) generally agree that the roots of coffee culture itself can be traced back to Yemen. Moreover, Yemeni beans are making a comeback as evidenced by this 2017 Bloomberg headline: "The best coffee in the world now comes from Yemen." Second, the Dutch East India Company first planted Arabica coffee plants in Indonesia in the 1600s, and this island country is now the fourth-largest producer of coffee in the world. In fact, when someone talks about drinking a "cup of Java," it's a reference to the Indonesian island of the same name.
All this brings us to Jane West CBD Coffee, one of the latest commercial offerings from the iconic Woman Grow founder and activist. The coffee comes in two iterations—dark roast and light roast—where the former features a blend of premium beans sourced from Yemen and Indonesia. Shortly after roasting, the beans are infused with full-spectrum cannabidiol (CBD) taken from organic hemp plants grown in Colorado. Packaged in 12-ounce bags with 20mg of CBD per ounce, the dark roast beans are described as producing coffee full of flavor and body with notes of red fruit.
PRØHBTD did not sample the light roast, which is made with beans grown by a female co-op in the northern hill country of Costa Rica, but we did give the dark roast a try by brewing the beans in several different ways, including pour over, cold brewed, drip and French press. The result? The blend boasts solid notes of fruit and unsweetened chocolate, but a slight bitterness can overpower the taste if poorly prepared, so abide by these three rules: Don't over-grind the beans, don't use too many grounds (relative to the water) and, for French press, don't use overly hot water or soak the grounds for too long. Moderation is key when preparing Jane West CBD Coffee for optimal taste and flavor.
Jane West CBD Coffee offers java junkies an ideal way to pair premium coffee with a daily dose of the popular cannabinoid. Both the dark and light roasts are available on the Jane West website for $48.