It was only 10 a.m., Sunday Oct. 12, but there was a small cluster of people wearing Seahawks jerseys upstairs at Trichome, a high-end head shop.
In the Chinatown International District, the store is a stone’s throw away from CenturyLink Field, where the Seattle Seahawks would lose to the Dallas Cowboys later that day.
The small crowd was there to partake in “Cannabis and Coffee.” The event — which will be reprised Sunday — has been offering a very special coffee brew: infused cannabis coconut oil served with Bulletproof coffee.
It’s a method made famous by Dave Asprey and favored by health nuts, who claim that adding MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil and butter to the brew gives a more powerful, sustained caffeinated buzz, and even promotes weight loss.
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David Craig, the mastermind of the cannabis and coffee combo, said they chose the Bulletproof method because of the fat content. “You use saturated fats because it helps with absorption.”
The buzz, he said, “comes on quicker; it’s a little more potent.” Plus, he added, butter just “tastes better.”
What they were doing wasn’t exactly legal, as Trichome isn’t licensed to sell marijuana. Technically, the store was merely selling tickets to a private event for $10; the coffee and the marijuana were gratis.
“It’s the same as serving a beer at a private event,” said John Le, a co-owner of the store. “We haven’t had any issues.”
However, John Schochet, deputy chief of staff for the City Attorney’s Office, pointed out, “I-502 doesn’t allow the sale or giving away of marijuana without a Liquor Control Board license, and the city of Seattle doesn’t license marijuana sales or distribution.”
Each patron received a little booklet with a tiny plastic baggie containing a green ticket. Patrons placed their names on a list and Gwendolyn McKenzie, the event coordinator, escorted the next customer to the line to have their coffee handmade.
The process of making the coffee was laborious. Le and Craig used an electronic kettle to heat the water.
Ground beans from Anchorhead Coffee, based in Duluth, Clark County, were put into a paper filter, which had been carefully moistened first. Hot water was then gently poured over the grounds to create a fresh “bloom” — coffee-snob parlance for the grounds swelling with water.
After that, customers could choose from grass-fed butter or the vegan option of coconut oil.
At the end, the cannabis oil was added, as well as the MCT oil, and the entire mixture was frothed.
Each 10-ounce cup of coffee contained about 2 grams of the cannabis oil — of which only 10 milligrams were THC, derived from a strain dubbed “Girl Scout Cookies.” (Le called it “a really well-rounded, uplifting type of strain.”) Making the cannabis oil was a 12-hour process, Le said. (“You’d be well off Googling it.”)
Le was adamant about not using a heavy dose and thinks people should be more judicious with edibles.
“Sometimes, you’ll see a candy bar with 20 doses in a candy bar. That’s too much and it’s irresponsible,” he said. “Any piece of food should be one serving, and should be one dose. One dose is 10 milligrams of THC. It’s a very conservative amount,” he said, and squirted a droplet into the next cup of coffee.
“It’s all math. It’s all about crunching numbers and chemistry.”
The process took about four or five minutes, though the crowd didn’t seem to mind the wait.
There were still several hours until the game, during which they could peruse the shop’s other offerings, which included handcrafted joint cases, neon triangular pot pouches, and RetaW, fragrance spray, which could be used to cover up pot’s pungent smell, alongside the usual paraphernalia found at head shops everywhere — glass pipes and cigarillos for rolling blunts.
Craig got the idea after he had made a version of the infused Bulletproof coffee himself and went on a long bike ride that stretched from Queen Anne to the Tacoma waterfront.
“I was like, ‘This is amazing!’ ” he said. “You get a little more in tune with your body. You Zen out. I just kept going. It felt good.”
Lola Brush, a self-described “working ski bum” from Jackson Hole, Wyo., tried the concoction and agreed.
“I feel warm. If you’ve ever gone on a date and it ends really well, and the feeling of happiness in your soul. That kind of warm,” said Brush, who had bright red hair and bore a resemblance to the actress Carrie Preston’s “The Good Wife” character, quirky lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni. “I feel happy and calmly energized.”
Still, she didn’t think she would be driving anytime soon.
“I feel slightly delayed.” She added, “I’m a bad driver.”
Another patron, Mat Phillips, of Vancouver Island, B.C., had come to see the Reykjavík Calling concert the night before at Neumos and said he saw a sign in his hostel for the event.
“They had this as ‘wake and bake’ over around the corner at 10. I was like ‘That’s me, ’cause I had to leave my stash behind,’ ” he said. “I could go a day without, but why? Coffee and … yeah. It’s perfect.”
The next Cannabis and Coffee event is Sundayfrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Trichome, 618 S. Jackson Street, 206-905-9884.
You must be 21, or 18 with a medical cannabis card.