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I Spent Lunch Drinking Cannabis-Infused Coffee, Here’s What I Learned

(Photo: Libby Torres)

Bushwick coffee shop Caffeine Underground made waves a few weeks ago when it came to light that they were serving CBD-infused coffee drinks. Now, it looks like others are getting on board with cannabidiol: Greenpoint’s Antidote Apothecary and Tea Bar has started selling CBD-infused coffee beans, with drinks coming soon. With a trend clearly in the works, I was intrigued enough to head to Caffeine Underground to try a CBD-infused latte for myself.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the more common compounds found in cannabis. Caffeine Underground sources their infused brew from Flower Power Coffee Company, a champion of cannabidiol’s supposed health benefits. The roaster’s website stresses that “CBD is legal, has no psychoactive effects, and will not make you fail a drug test.” Unlike THC, the infamous psychoactive compound also found in cannabis, CBD is said to have more of a simple relaxing effect.

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Coffee With A Conscience? GrandLo Cafe Serves Up Cold Brew With a Splash of Job Skills

GrandLo Café, a “new social enterprise” from nonprofit Grand St. Settlement, will turn your daily coffee habit into a chance to support disadvantaged youth. The coffee shop and café, which held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 16 after a soft opening that same week, is now fully open for business.

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Hungry Ghost Coffee Expands to Williamsburg

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Local coffee bar and cafe Hungry Ghost has opened a new location in Williamsburg at 721 Metropolitan Avenue, according to their Instagram. The local chain, which has other locations in Fort Greene, Prospect Heights and NYU Tisch, held a soft opening for their new Williamsburg outpost, at 721 Metropolitan Avenue, earlier this week.

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River Coyote Is a Rare Beast: A Coffee Shop That Doubles as a Wine Bar

(Photo: Michael Tulipan)

(Photo: Michael Tulipan)

Jay Nir was chilling in a café in Amsterdam some years ago when he noticed that the person to his right was sipping coffee while the person to his left was quaffing wine. He’s hoping that ever-so-European comingling of caffeine cravers and liquor lovers will be a common sight at River Coyote, which he opened today on the Lower East Side.

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On Bedford Ave, an El Beit Revival that’s ‘Barista Owned’

El Beit set to be reborn as Cafe Beit in about a week (Photo: Nicole Disser)

El Beit set to be reborn as Cafe Beit in about a week (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last fall, when El Beit went the way of Verb Cafe and closed on Bedford Avenue, we worried the seven-year-old coffee shop might give way to more artisinal soap. “That’s the thing,” former El Beit barista Chris Miller told us. “We found out that apparently some of the other offers [for the space] were a bunch of high-end boutiques. I think one was a glasses store and we were just like, ‘Yeah, because four isn’t enough, we need five separate high-end eye-glass stores, maybe another haberdashery and we’ll be all set– we can just start doing costumes every day.”

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Bedford Ave’s Verb Cafe Now in G’point, Serving Hot Coffee Sans ‘Cold Interactions’

Verb Cafe is back, this time on Nassau Avenue (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Verb Cafe is back, this time on Nassau Avenue (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It was one of the last vestiges of a bygone Williamsburg– a grungy, cavernous little coffee shop with worn-down wood floors and a lifetime of coffee grounds seemingly plastered onto every surface. Verb Cafe, which opened in 1999, was nothing fancy– no one went there to get a pour-over or fawn over bespoke beans with tasting notes. But when the place closed in June 2014, there was more than a bit of sadness (which was compounded when life imitated every joke ever told about Brooklyn hipsters and the coffee shop was replaced by an artisanal soap boutique with handmade, organic cupcake soap).

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Sweetleaf Is Opening a Roastery-Cafe in a Greenpoint Warehouse

(Photo courtesy of Sweetleaf)

(Photo courtesy of Sweetleaf)

Williamsburg just got a roastery-cafe specializing in Colombian beans, and now Greenpoint is getting one.

Sweetleaf is opening the dual operation off of Manhattan Avenue, and its owner, New York native Rich Nieto, says this one won’t be like some of the national and international operations that have landed in Brooklyn lately. “I think it’ll probably have more of a local feel,” he says of his roastery-cafe. “I don’t get a local feel from companies that have to cross the ocean to get here and then they open up and then say, ‘We’re your local coffee shop.'”
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Inside Williamsburg’s ‘Super High-End’ Colombian Cafe-Roastery, Devoción

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

A few weeks ago, Williamsburg’s newest coffee roaster and café quietly opened on the western fringes of Grand Street. But even if Bogota-based Devoción’s expansion hasn’t been as hyped as, say, Blue Bottle’s arrival from San Francisco, it’s attempting to do something equally — if not more — ambitious in a grand, gorgeous space.
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