An encounter between Uncommon Coffee Roasters in Saugatuck and Chicago-based Half Day CBD has produced new coffee-flavored, CBD-infused gummies in an emerging market for recreational cannabis in West Michigan.
Half Day CBD, a producer of CBD oils, topicals and gummies, was present at a street festival in the Chicago, Illinois, neighborhood of Andersonville, in June when the owners met Guy Darienzo, the president of Uncommon Coffee Roasters.
Darienzo said Half Day’s “good energy and strategic ideas” would lead to an effective partnership.
“I met them there and really clicked with them,” Darienzo said. “One of the co-owners loves coffee, so there was a good connection there.”
Dave DiCosola, co-founder and CEO of Half Day CBD, said his company enjoys pursuing trends in the usage of CBD, particularly people taking CBD with their coffee.
“A lot of times caffeine, if you have a lot of it, will make your heart race, give you a heightened sense of energy,” DiCosola said. “What CBD does is it relaxes you, so you get heightened energy, but it doesn’t give you a spike of energy, and it doesn’t give you a crash.”
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is an extract of the cannabis plant and is most commonly known for providing anxiety and pain relief without the psychoactive properties of THC.
The Half Day Calmer Coffee gummies are made with UCR’s cold brew coffee. Each gummy bear contains 25mg of CBD and is THC-free.
Darienzo said the gummies are not particularly high in caffeine but have a pleasant coffee flavor to them.
“As a gummy, it’s a nice way to take your CBD,” Darienzo said. “They’re flavorful, sweet — it’s like having a piece of candy.”
While the gummies are not marketed as a medical product, Darienzo has had a lot of his employees take them for calming purposes. One of his employees suffers from inflamed joints and uses the gummies to ease the pain.
DiCosola said this is Half Day CBD’s first true partnership on a collaborative product.
“A lot of times, people who have amazing products are looking for a safe, natural and quality way to introduce CBD, and that’s really our expertise,” DiCosola said.
The Half Day Calmer Coffee gummies are available at nearly 250 retail locations throughout Michigan and Illinois as well as online at halfdaycbd.com.
Half Day sources its hemp from farmers in Kentucky and manufactures products at a commercial kitchen in Chicago.
“We understand the process, we do the lab testing and we have it all in house,” DiCosola said. “Domain expertise is relatively new. There’s not a lot that’s going on.”
UCR opened as a café under the name Uncommon Grounds in Saugatuck in 1994. In 2000, UCR began roasting its own coffee, and in 2010, it opened a wholesale business, which will manage sales and distribution of the Half Day CBD Calmer Coffee gummies.