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Ask Annie: Why CBD and Caffeine?

Steaming cup of Willie's Remedy CBD coffee being poured into mug from French Press

Annie Nelson, the visionary behind Willie’s Remedy, is a longtime believer in the healing power of organic nutrition and the many benefits of the hemp plant. In this blog series, Annie shares what she has learned about plant-based wellness over the years, and how Willie’s Remedy products came to be. Here’s the backstory on Willie’s Remedy Whole Bean Coffee: 

Q: What inspired you to create a hemp-infused coffee? 

The first time I tried hemp-infused coffee, I absolutely loved it. It was made by a gourmet small-batch infused coffee and tea company out of Boulder, Colorado, and I quickly became their best customer! This whole-bean brew was truly unlike any other CBD coffee I’ve tried: delicious, energizing and calming. We don’t sell any products we don’t believe in, and we were so enamored with this coffee that we reached out to the company’s owners and partnered with them to develop the Willie’s Remedy blend.

Q: Why does the infusion method matter?

There are many ways to arrive at coffee with hemp compounds in it—you could just add a dropper of hemp oil tincture to your regular cup, right? But that just leaves a layer of oil floating on top of the coffee, much of which will cling to the sides of the cup when you drink it. That’s not the best way to get the compounds into your system—and an oil slick isn’t all that appetizing, either. 

The method we use to infuse our beans actually took two years to develop.

Some quick chemistry here: Because plant cannabinoids are fat-soluble, they need a fat source in order to dissolve and become bioavailable. Top-quality coffee beans actually contain around 15 percent fat. When the beans are roasted, the solid fats transform into oils, which collect on the surface of the beans and give them that shiny look. When the beans come out of the roaster, we introduce hemp extract under very specific conditions that allow the hemp extract to bind with the oils on the beans. 

Our coffee is special because it’s a true infusion. Nothing extra has to be added or removed; there are no binding agents, no isolates. The plants want to work together! And in my experience, the coffee plant and the hemp plant have great synergy. 

Q: Why would you recommend combining hemp and coffee?

We keep some unusual work hours, especially with Willie’s touring schedule and other obligations, so we drink this coffee day and night! A lot of people are incorporating it into their morning routines, just to make sure they get that dose of naturally occurring cannabinoids first thing, but I think hemp-infused coffee can fit into the rhythm of anyone’s day no matter the time of day.

I love the combination of the uplift of caffeine and the calming effects of hemp. We’ve all had those moments of overdoing it with caffeine, where you feel jittery and unable to focus—but because the compounds in hemp modulate the body’s endocannabinoid system and help create equilibrium, it helps balance the caffeine boost—at least, that’s my experience. Hemp-infused coffee clears my head and helps me to be present and connect with others. 

We serve this coffee on the tour bus, backstage in the green room, after listening parties—even at Willie’s poker games, where our friends love it. Musicians, crew members, family and friends—all of them benefit from hemp-infused coffee. It’s good for mood and energy, but it also creates a group ritual and a social vibe, which makes it a great treat for an afterparty or group gathering. 

I often say that it puts me “in the zone,” and everything we make is about seeking out balance and helping others find their zone!

You can order Willie’s Remedy Whole Bean Coffee here.

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Meet Our Coffee Co-Ops

Brew Good. Do Good. Meet our Coffee Co-Ops.

Our hemp extract-infused specialty coffee is a carefully curated blend of both Colombian and Nicaraguan coffees. Our coffee is selected for its flavor and quality, but it is equally—if not more—important that our coffee comes from ethical sources.

The Colombia Risaralda Co-Op–Early Leaders Among Coffee Co-ops

Colombian coffee is revered as being among the tastiest coffees in the world. With near-perfect growing conditions that never get below freezing and provide just the precise amount of rain, Colombia is uniquely situated to grow incredible coffee. Now pair an incredible crop with an extraordinary co-op and you get the Colombia Risaralda Co-Op.

An early leader in coffee co-ops, the Colombia Risaralda Co-Op has been supporting and elevating their communities since 1959. Through their work, they’ve been advancing the idea that their farmers own their own coffee, allowing them to independently support their own families and communities.

The SOPPEXCCA Coffee Co-Op–Creating Opportunities for Women

Nicaragua is a relative newcomer when it comes to coffee. Though missionaries and colonists introduced coffee to the country in the 1700s, political turmoil kept the coffee largely a secret from the rest of the world until the early 2000s. When the economic potential for coffee was recognized and supported by the government, Nicaragua really earned its place on the map for growing some of the best gourmet coffee available.

Similar to Colombia, Nicaragua also enjoys premium growing conditions. The high altitude offers the ideal amount of rain with slightly cooler temperatures that also never get below freezing. The Jinotega region, specifically, is also highly volcanic. This soil is rich in minerals that are particularly good for growing coffee.

When the climate is perfect, the soil is rich and trade is open, all you need is the right people for magic to happen. Enter SOPPEXCCA. Comprised of 650 producers from the province of Jinotega in northern Nicaragua, this emerging, mission-based co-op is one of the highest-quality coffee co-ops in the world. It is Fair-Trade certified, but what makes this co-op truly unique is its extremely high female membership and their mission is to create more opportunities for women their families and their communities.

Furthering the Nelson’s Commitment to Supporting Farmers

Aside from being able to offer an exceptionally rich and robust selection of coffee, attention to our sourcing allows us to further the Nelson family’s commitment to supporting farmers by working with coffee cooperatives who are doing great things for their local economies and communities. We can all raise our cups to that!