Story Pitch By Ed Murrieta

Ritual Coffee, the San Francisco roaster and local retail chain that partnered with cannabis beverage pioneer Somatik in 2017 to create a THC cold brew sold in state-licensed cannabis stores, is creating the coffee program for an upcoming West Hollywood restaurant and cannabis lounge — Ritual’s first Southern California presence beyond wholesale accounts and the first time an established commercial brand will be featured in a cannabis businesses licensed to serve non-infused food and beverages. I’ll report from Ritual in San Francisco, interviewing roasters and menu developers about selecting and roasting coffee for pairing with cannabis — the classic counterculture combination of dueling, moderating effects — and sampling beans and strains that will be sold and served at Aeon Botanika, the West Hollywood restaurant and cannabis lounge scheduled to open in Spring 2020, featuring plant-based cuisine, superfood smoothies, cold-pressed juices, artisan tea and coffee.