Article by Rahul Gupta, Toronto.com
Jodie Emery has a new drug of choice: coffee.
The longtime pot advocate recently opened a café in Kensington Market, Jodie’s Joint. The establishment serves locally-roasted coffee and baked goods — many of them enhanced by hemp, a variation of the cannabis plant commonly used in foods and manufacturing.
“We’re only moving pounds of (coffee) beans, as I say now,” said Emery about her new business, located at 235 Augusta Ave, which had its official opening last week.
Hemp is evident everywhere, and may be a sign of things to come. Hemp milk, which Emery says is perfect for lattes, is available. Pastries and baked goods are made with hemp seeds, which have a nutty flavour and are rich in essential fats. Chocolate chip cookies, scones, cinnamon buns, carrot cake muffins and vanilla cupcakes are all prepared using hemp ingredients.
Even the decor is hemp-laden. Seating in the café is upholstered with hemp canvas and countertops are varnished with hemp oil. There’s hemp wallpaper lining the walls. Eventually, Emery hopes to have hemp coffee cups and lids.