SteepFuze was founded in 2014 by Devin Jamroz while he was mending herniating discs from a snowboarding accident. A gourmet coffee lover, experienced home-roaster, and advocate of legal, US grown hemp, CBD Coffee was a result of Devin’s self-medicating as a means to end his prescribed pharmaceutical regimen.
About the same time of Devin’s injury, the Agricultural Act of 2014 (The US Farm Bill) was enacted, allowing for state-by-state licensing of Hemp cultivation. Cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive compound found in Hemp, started receiving national attention for its anecdotally reported pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, and anticonvulsant qualities.
Devin began experimenting with his own CBD oil tinctures. He found that while the tinctures helped mitigate his pain, the taste was less than desirable. Devin’s morning routine quickly became an unpleasant shot of tincture followed by a cup or three of his porch-roasted coffee. One delightful spring morning while contemplating the grassy taste still under his tongue, Devin had an epiphany: “Why not combine two things I’m passionate about into an even more palatable and superior product?”
The idea of infusing CBD extract into freshly roasted whole coffee beans was born.
With the help of Co-Founder, Ben Glennon, experimentation began. We quickly discovered that making genuinely infused coffee beans was very difficult. Coffee beans do not have a lot of surface area, the density from bean-to-bean is uneven, and traditional methods of infusing with fats or alcohols didn’t work well with coffee beans. Pouring tincture into gourmet coffee results in a cup that insults our comfortable morning rituals. To put it gently.
One day while roasting in the backyard and on the phone discussing coffee with a hemp farmer, someone through the trees called out: “Hey man, you in the coffee business?” That neighbor turned out to be Gerry Leary, the Owner and Master Roaster of The Unseen Bean—a favorite local coffee spot in Boulder. Gerry has been blind since birth, and he uses his superhuman senses to roast extraordinary coffee. With some of Gerry’s help, we were more pleased with our process, and even happier to have made a great friend.
The next task was finding a hemp farm with a quality of CBD comparable to the taste of our gourmet coffee. That meant an organically grown, outdoor, pesticide-free farm, with strains to complement the coffee in their aroma and flavor profiles. That also meant finding the right extractor using safe CO or Steam processes to produce a whole-plant, full-spectrum extract preserving all of the desired terpenes and flavors. After testing numerous hemp strains and assessing a number of hemp farms and CBD extraction facilities, we finally found a producer to match our coffee. Better yet, the hemp flower used in the extract is Certified Organic to match our coffee beans.
It took over two years of experimentation for us to finalize the now patent-pending methodology to infuse CBD perfectly into freshly roasted coffee beans. In the end, the secret lies in infusing the full-spectrum CBD directly into the beans’ naturally occurring oils expressed during the roasting process.
We’re excited to have produced a coffee that stays fresher for longer and is easily incorporated into any treasured daily routine. The addition of CBD can ease many of coffee’s commonly experienced negative side effects, and is perhaps the most approachable way to try products in this rapidly emerging Health and Wellness category.
SteepFuze is proud to offer gourmet CBD Infused Coffee, but our story does not end here! For our friends who aren’t coffee drinkers, we’re happy to provide infused teas as another means of consuming CBD. Kind people like you continue to request new products and provide invaluable feedback, so we are always hard at “work” in the lab improving formulations and developing the next innovative product. Thank you for joining us on our hemp and coffee journey.
Devin Jamroz & Ben Glennon