Yup, I’m back with another delicious, fun-filled CBD review – this time it’s Calm Drinks CBD Coffee that I’m putting to the test. Calm Drinks sell a variety of lab-tested CBD-infused coffee grounds and CBD infused cold brew coffee drinks, which you’ll be pleased to know are all vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. And chocolate lovers rejoice – they also stock a CBD-infused Belgian Hot Chocolate, this sadly isn’t vegan though as it contains milk.
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So you might be surprised to know that coffee + CBD = not an oxymoron. Yes really! Rather surprisingly the combination of the two together really works well. CBD still has that unfortunate stigma of only being able to chill you out, which although true is only a small part of what CBD is thought to be capable of doing. And no, it definitely won’t get you high or give you the munchies. Although CBD may be able to relax you it is also thought to possess energising properties, reduce stress levels, increase stamina during workouts, and speed up post-gym recovery. The one thing to remember about CBD is that everyone’s body reacts differently to CBD in general, and different dosages.
You’ll be pleased to know that the lovely lot over at Calm Drinks are super generous and have given you guys the chance to snag 20% off with the discount code ‘GREENS20’.
Why Add to CBD Coffee?
It’s lunchtime, you’re flagging at work, and you reach for that gorgeous velvety smooth coffee. You gulp it down quickly, feel that amazing rush of energy fill your veins, and then boom – you – crash – hard. Your palms begin to sweat, heart palpitations kick in followed by anxiety of course, and your mind goes, well, foggy. Hands up if you have been there people? Oh, why do caffeine jitters have to exist?
What I do know, scientifically speaking, is that at low doses of CBD act as a stimulant and higher doses a sedative. CBD is also an adaptogen which means that it is capable of balancing out every system in your body, thus creating a sort of equilibrium.
I’ve heard various reasoning as to why we get the dreaded caffeine jitters. Some believe it is due to mycotoxins (tiny bits of mould) in the coffee beans and others believe it’s just because you already have an existing predisposition to anxiety. Personally I feel like either of these reasons could be true, I dunno I’m not a scientist. What I do know, however, is that I never get caffeine jitters when I add either CBD or a fatty substance (MCT/coconut oil) to my coffee.
I have been adding a small dose of CBD to my morning coffee for years now and it really does get rid of caffeine jitters completely. Currently, there isn’t’ really a lot of scientific evidence to support the exact interaction between CBD and caffeine to back me up. What I do know, scientifically speaking, is that at low doses of CBD act as a stimulant and higher doses a sedative. CBD is also an adaptogen which means that it is capable of balancing out every system in your body, thus creating a sort of equilibrium.
It’s my theory that when caffeine is consumed with a low dose (about 5-10mg) of CBD you’ll still experience the alertness you’d expect after drinking a coffee but the adaptogenic properties of CBD help to even out the stimulant related jitters. Drinking CBD coffee is a calm but alert sensation that you just can’t get from any other drink.
I’ll have to come clean and say that I’ve never had a shop-bought cold brew before, I’ve only ever made my own and prefer it with milk, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when trying Calm Drink’s CBD Cold Brew. Cold-brew usually has a smoother and lighter mouthfeel than a regular Americano or brewed coffee over ice. It’s a much cleaner finish. There’s almost always a more subtle hint of caramel with cold brew too.
Our signature American coffee is produced from fairtrade Brazilian coffee, infused with 10mg of CBD and flavoured with maple, giving it a smooth flavour with hints of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. – Calm Drinks
Calm Drinks have upped the flavour game by adding in chocolate, vanilla, and maple flavours to compliment the bitterness of the CBD and it works. Firstly you’re hit with notes of coffee and chocolate followed by a strong aftertaste of toffee. The aftertaste was a little too overpowering for me. I also felt like the vanilla got a little lost which was disappointing because I love vanilla. The drink wasn’t as bitter as I had expected though, in fact, it’s rather surprisingly sweet but not overly so. Still, it is a little bitter but definitely palatable.
The coffee beans are premium and it shows – Calm use premium fairtrade Brazilian coffee beans (Arabica if you’re wondering) and all-natural ingredients. In fact, let’s take a little look at the ingredients below:
Ingredients: Water, Coffee, Cannabis Sativa L Extract (CBD), Sugar, Natural Chocolate, Vanilla and Maple Flavours, Soya Lecithin
Now, as far as mass-marketed drinks go this is a pretty darn healthy drink, to be honest. There is only 45mg of caffeine per can, a small amount of sugar – just 1.75g, and there are only 2.6g of carbs meaning that it’s a pretty nice treat if you’re on a keto diet. There are 17.5 calories per can too so it’s definitely a guilt-free treat.
My only real qualm is the soya lecithin. Mainly because of the mouthfeel sort of ruins the smoothness and clarity of the cold brew but I know that it’s important to add this in order to emulsify the CBD into the drink. Personally I prefer sunflower lecithin as it has a less gakky mouthfeel. I know what some of you are gonna say – phytoestrogens. It is true that soybeans do tend to have a high phytoestrogen content which is linked to cancer, however, in such small quantities like this, it really isn’t going to be an issue unless you have a severe soy allergy or chemical sensitivity. I have along my blogging journey, especially in the Paleo community met people that struggle with this though. On the flip side, soy lecithin can actually be beneficial to your health.
Overall I’d give Calm’s Americano a 6/10 straight outta the can, 7/10 over ice, it’s nice but there are some tweaks that a needed somewhere to layer the flavour well.
If you’re looking for a clean, crisp cold brew coffee drink that isn’t so bitter it will make you squint then Calm Drinks’ Americano CBD Cold Brew is totally for you. You can pick it up direct from Calm Drinks from £14.95. (Don’t forget to grab 20% off with the discount code ‘GREENS20’.)
I decided to try Calm’s Caffe Latte after the Americano because I knew I’d be a bit biased a prefer the added oat milk. And, yes I still prefer cold brew with delicious oat milk and gorgeously sweet maple syrup. I have a sweet tooth, albeit a healthy one, and I’m not even ashamed to admit it.
Our signature Caffe Latte cold brew coffee is produced from fairtrade Brazilian coffee, gluten-free oat milk, infused with 10mg of CBD and flavoured with maple, giving it a smooth flavour with hints of toffee, vanilla and chocolate. – Calm Drinks
For some reason, I tasted less chocolate in this drink and more of the creamy, dreamy caramel and vanilla flavours without the slightest hint of bitterness. The Caffe Latte is definitely much easier to drink than the Americano, with the Americano I feel like it would be best over ice but if you haven’t got a sweet tooth then your preferences are likely to the other way around. With the Caffe Latte, it’s super enjoyable just straight out of the can. Yup, don’t let the pictures fool you, I have no standards and don’t transfer my drink from can to glass.
The ingredients are pretty similar to the Americano – there’s just the addition of oat milk, maple syrup, and gum arabic powder, but no processed sugar – yay. Take a look at the full ingredients list below:
Ingredients: Water, Coffee, CBD, Oat Milk, Maple Syrup, Natural Chocolate, Vanilla and Toffee Flavours, Gum Arabic Powder, Soya Lecithin
Again, it’s a pretty low-calorie drink clocking in at 45 calories per can, 14.25g carbs, and 9g of sugar. The sugar is a little high to be consuming every day but as a treat, it’s pretty darn acceptable if you ask me.
I felt like the Caffe Latte left less of a weird sensation or coating on my tongue as the Americano did, I’m not even sure why this is or if it was just purely psychological. There’s definitely less of a strong aftertaste anyway. If I had to rate this I’d give it a 10/10 for sure.
If you’re looking for a one-way ticket to creamy cold brew heaven then Calm Drinks’ Caffe Latte CBD Cold Brew is the one for you. You can pick it up direct from Calm Drinks from £14.95. (Don’t forget to grab 20% off with the discount code ‘GREENS20’.)
Calm Drinks stock both whole bean and ground coffee which are made from an ethical, premium 100% Brazilian Arabica blend, which is then infused with CBD oil. The beans have a low acidic taste and are lightly roasted for those beautiful macadamia and milk chocolate notes to come out.
I received the coffee grounds which are great for cafetières, Aeropress, and Moka pots. I have a Nespresso machine at home with a reusable stainless steel coffee pod so I have to grind the coffee up into a fine powder before I can give it a whirl through the machine. This does work fairly well, however, for CBD coffee you’re not going to get enough of a dose of CBD due to using a much lower weight of coffee grounds.
Calm suggest using 20g of coffee grounds and leaving to brew for 3-5 minutes before plunging. This should give you around 10mg of CBD per serving.
So, it was straight to the shop for me for a cafetière as my old one broke. I have tested some CBD coffee in the past, however, that wasn’t infused with CBD oil and used hemp flowers were used instead, which led to a much more natural plant-like taste. With Calm’s CBD Coffee there just isn’t the slightest hint of CBD flavour at all, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It tastes like a gorgeously gourmet cup of coffee and the flavours are very much as described as above.
Calm suggest using 20g of coffee grounds and leaving to brew for 3-5 minutes before plunging. This should give you around 10mg of CBD per serving. This is also a mere 10 cups per bag at roughly £1.50 per cup, so it’s a pretty pricey brew. There is a downside to using the grounds which is the inability to control the dosage as effectively unless you weigh out your coffee. To be honest, I don’t have much time for weighing things out, especially in the mornings.
It’s also hard to know the exact amount of CBD that your body receives as it depends upon how long you leave it to brew. I can’t, however, see this as being a problem for your average CBD user but if you’re new to CBD you would definitely want to weigh out your coffee to start with until you know your preferred dosage.
I definitely felt more of an effect from the CBD in the canned cold brew drinks, however, having a super comforting, hot cup of coffee is currently a lot more appealing in these cold winter mornings (hurry up spring!). If I had to rate Calm’s CBD Coffee Grounds I’d give them an 8/10 – the CBD just didn’t kick it as much as the cans.
If you’re looking for a comforting, hot cup of gourmet liquid CBD gold to get you going in the morning then Calm Drinks’ CBD Coffee Grounds are what you are looking for. You can grab both grounds and whole beans direct from Calm Drinks for £14.95 per 200g bag. (Don’t forget to grab 20% off with the discount code ‘GREENS20’.)
Calm Drinks is a new up and coming CBD brand in the UK and I love what they stand for. For starters, they have lab reports for the CBD that’s contained within their products which is something that I look for when buying any CBD product. There are a lot of brands out there that don’t share this information so you don’t know what you’re getting, or if you’re getting any CBD at all. Calm has also informed me that their products are currently being nutritionally tested and the reports and certificate will be back within the next 10 days and then published to the website. These reports are useful as they will be able to confirm the amount of CBD contained within each product.
So, if you want to uplift your energy and focus your mind grab yourself some of Calm’s premium CBD infused drinks and sit back and relax.
Secondly, all of the packaging is recyclable and their coffee beans are fairtrade. This means I can throw the cans into my local recycling bins without the worry that they won’t get processed. As a consumer, I like to be as sustainable, ethical, and as environmentally friendly as possible so fairtrade coffee is a must. Bravo Calm Drinks for all of these things!
Lastly, I always look for innovation and of course taste in a product. Combining hipster cold brew with CBD is pretty innovative in itself and as far as I know, there is only one other brand in the UK doing the same thing. I applaud Calm Drinks for coming up with some exciting new ways to bring the benefits of CBD to the masses, especially in what is seemingly becoming a saturated market full of untrustworthy produce.
Overall, I love what Calm is doing and can’t wait to see what they come up with in the future. Although their products aren’t yet available in the supermarkets it isn’t too far away from happening. They are however currently available in roughly 8000 vending machines across the UK and of course online via the Calm Drinks website.
So, if you want to uplift your energy and focus your mind grab yourself some of Calm’s premium CBD infused drinks and sit back and relax.
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DISCLAIMER: Please note that I am not a qualified health care professional or nutritionist, I only write about my experiences and sometimes include information from scientific studies. CBD products are food supplements, not medicine. They cannot diagnose, treat, or cure diseases. Please consult your GP before taking CBD if you are pregnant, lactating, or taking any medication. Please note that CBD is not intended for children under 18 years old.