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Weed-Infused Coffee Pods Can Soon Be Part of Your Morning Routine
A California-based premium coffee, tea, and cocoa company, BrewBudz, is launching its weed-infused compostable coffee pods in early 2017. "It's an opportunity to bring together two different rituals in life," Jeffry Paul, the vice president of BrewBudz, told Westword. “Drinking coffee or tea is something that's part of your everyday.… There's also a ritual for marijuana, whether it's medicinal or recreational."
BrewBudz uses a patented process that allows the natural cannabinoids in the organic cannabis flower to be present in the coffee, according to the company website. The Keurig-compatible coffee pods will be color-coded according to dosage: one with 10 milligrams of THC for recreational users and others with 25 to 50 milligrams of CBD (the other main chemical ingredient of marijuana) for medicinal users.
Sipping the Final Rosé: ‘The Bachelor’-Inspired Wines Are Here
We may have to wait until after the New Year to get a new season of The Bachelor, but here’s some good news for reality TV junkies: The Bachelor wine is here! The unofficial wine collection inspired by the hit reality TV show comprises three bottles, appropriately named The Fantasy Suite, One on One, and The Final Rosé. Each label features roses and rose petals. "We are thrilled to bring fans of The Bachelor a suite of wines that are the perfect complement to watching the series," said Howard Jackowitz, co-founder of Wines That Rock. "The goal was to capture the excitement and spontaneity of the show, and the incredible passion the viewers have for The Bachelor."
Donald Trump Considers CEO of Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s for Secretary of Labor
Yet another attention-grabbing Trump Cabinet possibility has been announced. The president-elect is reportedly considering Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE restaurants (Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s parent company) as secretary of labor, according to an anonymous tip by a transition official published in The New York Times. Puzder is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, particularly his expansion of overtime laws, which would afford time-and-a-half to all employees making less than $47,476 annually. The salary cutoff for mandatory overtime pay stands now at $23,660, or about one and a half times the current federal minimum wage. He claims business owners would be unduly punished if the legislation were to go into effect. The fast-food CEO has been criticized for creating and relishing in the controversial nature of Carl's Jr.’s racy — and, some have said, sexist — commercials featuring bikini-clad women posing provocatively with cars and burgers.
There Will Be No Checkout Line at Amazon’s New Automated Grocery Store Concept
Amazon announced last month its plan to open 2,000 grocery stores over the next decade. Now, more details have been released about the online retail giant’s expansion into the brick-and-mortar business. Amazon Go will allow customers to check out groceries in person simply by tapping their phone, without ever having to wait on line or encounter an employee. The first Amazon Go store just opened in Seattle and can currently only be used by Amazon employees. If the test is successful, other Amazon Go locations will open across the nation starting in 2017. This is how the “Just Walk Out” technology works: When a customer picks up an item, it is automatically added to a virtual checkout. If the product is placed back on the shelf, the amount is deducted. When a customer walks out of the store, his or her account in automatically charged.
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100-Year-Old Barley Makes Comeback in Limited-Edition Lager
New Holland Brewing Co. recently released a limited-edition lager featuring 100-year-old Spartan barley called “Russ’s Revival,” making it the first craft brewer in Michigan to do so. Spartan barley, a relic grain, has been “off the grid” for around 50 years, but has recently been making a comeback, Beverage Daily reported. The brew is named after the Michigan State University researcher Russell “Russ” Freed, who was responsible for resurrecting the barley. The barley was first developed in 1916 by a Michigan State University plant breeder. Three years after it was developed, it became commercially available. By the 1950s and ‘60s, the grain’s presence in Michigan crop fields dwindled and it was replaced by higher-yielding crops. Researchers intended to bring back the barley due to high demand for locally brewed beers in Michigan, according to MSU’s AgBioResearch.