Despite the major crackdown on cannabis infused foods and drinks by the health department, companies and CBD themed establishments are still producing CBD products at a rapid pace everywhere in the New York City, and the latest addition just opened its doors in Prospect Heights, reports Gothamist.
Buds & Beans, a new-age, CBD friendly café is selling specialty espresso coffee, teas and pastries, just launched at the 564 Vanderbilt Avenue last month. Giannis Houmis, a Greece native who moved to NYC in November 2012 with a mere $1,000 start capital now owns and operates this café at the New York city. Once Giannis moved to the U.S. he worked his way up in the hospitality industry and learned English rather quickly.
“I’ve been working in hospitality all my life,” said Houmis, whose dream it always was to open up his own spot.
Houmis is a consumer of CBD himself, he admits to the potential health claims that the CBD boasts about which led him to decide that Buds & Beans would be the perfect niche for him. He further added that he always wanted to proffer CBD based products in their pure form to people, especially to those who actually needed it.
“You can go across the street and the deli sells CBD—but it’s garbage!”
CBD or cannabinoid which is one of the main components found in the hemp plants, a cannabis genus plant is believed to help in reducing inflammation, swelling, pain, treat anxiety, depression and other conditions. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is a non-psychoactive component which does not alter the state of the mind.
The federal law allows CBD infused products with a maximum concentration of 0.3% THC, another chemical found in marijuana plants which is responsible for the ‘high’ that people get while smoking weed. THC or tetrahydro cannabinoid can cause permanent mental disorders if used in high potency levels for a longer period of time which is why the federal government has strictly set its rule on the levels of THC a product can contain.
Houmis’s mother uses CBD oil to relieve her pain from arthritis and improve her sleeping pattern. He had been scouting places to get his hands on good quality cannabinoid which could help him make more products down the line, it was in Colorado that he found the ultimate quality of the ingredient. He now sources all the CBD isolate from Colorado for his café.
Customers can opt for an add-on of 20mg of the isolate powder to any drink on the menu for an additional $3. While some people hold back from the much trending CBD, others come enthusiastic and curious about the drug wanting to try it for their personal health benefits. He noted that approximately, 50% of his customers opt to add in CBD in their drinks.
“In the beginning, people are a little sceptical, and once they try it, they tend to come back for more,” he said.
Other consumers can easily pick from an eclectic assortment of classic lattes, or add wellness promoting substances such as turmeric and beet. The speciality of Buds & Beans, however is “Freddo”, an espresso drink which is originated in Greece and Italy. The drink is made of frothed and cooled espresso, and topped with a thick layer of frothed skim milk, the drink is quite a treat. Other delectable and eye catchy menu items include the café’s eminent hot chocolate made from melted Swiss chocolate and pastries imported from Greece.
Houmissaid he stands by his products and tries his best to give out the best product available in the market to his consumers. The owner seems quite proud to feature locally-sourced products like Recess CBD-infused sodas, Marvé cold-pressed juices,Bears Fruit Kombucha, and coffee beans from For Five Roasters.
Other than the specified items, none of the other regular food options are CBD infused. But, Houmis plans to expand the café’s CBD offerings to include oils, capsules, vapes, creams and other packaged drinks in the near future when he is sure of the quality of the ingredients in the products.