This joint-rolling machine is Nespresso of weed

The Beed, a toaster-sized automatic joint rolling machine that officially hits the market May 1, is keen to be the Nespresso of weeds, and there are a few things that make it so. a suitable comparison.

It has a sleek monochromatic exterior (in a variety of eye-catching colors) that makes it look like at home next to your Cuisinart on the kitchen counter, and the cases it uses bear a striking resemblance to the ones it uses. semi-dome capsule that pops up into a Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine.

Instead of ground coffee, however, Beed’s aluminum (recyclable) pods are prepackaged with denitrified ground cannabis flowers to keep fresh for 18 months.

There’s another similarity to high-end espresso machines: the three-digit price tag. The Beed costs $299, which feels a bit pricey for something any self-respecting grass head can do quickly and easily. (Full disclosure: Even after the rolling instructions matched the rock stars, I still rolled the joints that looked like knuckle candies.) That price tag is even higher when you realize it. twice that of Otto, Banana Bros. The flashlight-shaped fill and mill utility does the same thing – without the proprietary shell system (the tubes consist of eight 0.5g capsules that form a joint each).

I don’t think I or anyone for that matter need a $300 Nespresso weed plant (no matter how it looks on the coffee table). However, the folks at LA-based startup Beed offered to send through a test unit, so I decided to put this gizmo through its paces. Now that I’ve done that, I have some thoughts.

Pro: It’s super easy to use

If you can turn on the night light, you will be able to control the Beed in no time. I went from unboxing to scrolling in less than three minutes (and most of that time was spent trying to open the pot case’s child-resistant wrap).

A single button on the top of the device does everything, and a hidden sliding drawer at the bottom holds used aluminum cases. Press the button once and the top slides out to reveal a narrow cavity where the power supply enters – first the paper cone (top from down), then the capsule with the plane up.

These instructions are a seven-step quick start guide, but it’s so intuitive that you’ll have to be fairly advanced to get started. Press the button a second time and the top slides close, the machine kicks in, and about 20 seconds later, an oblong front panel flips open at a 45-degree angle, revealing a full cone ready to close and shoot up. .

Pro: It’s designed to be fun

Although it is certainly handsome from a distance, it is only when it is right in front of you that it becomes something of uncanny beauty. It will take a few minutes for you to realize that the ring of light around the button indicates its readiness. And a few more minutes to figure out where to drop the case framed by two elegantly thin parentheses (completely unnecessary unless you’re rolling in the dark).

The ultimate design emerges as the narrow front panel faces outwards and the joint is displayed on the thumb-thick perch, illuminated from within like a cannabis queen Cleopatra lurking on a cloud of white light filled. Even the sound of Beed at work seems designed to please. It was a low, raspy bang that the electric pepper grinder met with a cat meow.

Con: You are married to pod

Like with the Vertuo Nespresso, buying this machine means you’re buying a proprietary pod system, which means you’re limited to six “Be” themed options in a range of THC:CBD (“Be” ratios. High,” “Be Relaxed,” “Be Social,” “Active,” “Active,” and “Get Better”), with an eight-compartment sleeve that sells for an MSRP of $32.

Sesh-wise means that if someone shows up and throws down some seriously sticky buds, you’ll have to step back from the Beed and roll back to old school. (Perhaps like another proprietary meet-and-greet system – Keurig and its K-Cup pods – there will be an option for you eventually, but that’s not the case with Beed.)

A pink laminating machine on the kitchen counter next to some aluminum cases filled with pots

The Beed ($299) is a pod-based joint rolling machine that can screw a joint in 20 seconds — and looks nice enough to sit next to your Cuisinart.

(Beed.co)

Con: You still need to make (some) effort

The bloat cone that pops out of the front door is not a complete joint as the open end still needs to be screwed closed to keep the grinder from going AWOL.

For best burning results, the contents of the cone should be severely disturbed before screwing up, either with a small tool (the back end of the pen will do) or by pinching the closed open end between the fingers. thumb and index finger and give it half a dozen powerful sugar packs of the wrist.

If there’s one complaint about the otherwise flawless Beed experience, it’s not that this needs to be done, but rather such an important step that was somehow overlooked in the quick start guide.

Con: It’s expensive

No amount of cheerful colors (vivid pinks and mint greens among them) or well thought out details obscure the simple fact that buying one of these machines means serious investment in weed consumption technology.

That being said, Beed is hardly the first brand to serve up premium pot ware in a funny way. Storz & Bickel has managed to be in business for over two decades now selling its Volcano vaporizers in the $500 range and the much newer (but no less amazing) Stündenglass gravity bubbles for sale with price 599 dollars.

Carried away

If you’re familiar with those products, you might realize they have something in common beyond the price tag: Both are products that fit the crowd.

Volcano is designed so that vaporized cannabis can fill a balloon-shaped bag spectacularly, which can then be passed from person to person. The gravity bubble is also impressive, the two spheres filled with water and its smoke tumbling over each other to create a thin plume of smoke from the end of a hookah-like spout.

Use your thumb and index finger to remove the handle from the machine.

The Beed General Winder ($299) by an LA-based startup officially launches on May 1. It will then go on sale on Amazon.

(Beed.co)

Like them, Beed is a conversation starter, a party novelty, an impressive ganja gadget that no one needs but everyone wants to see in action. No, I definitely don’t need the $300 Nespresso of weed, and I guess you probably don’t either. But the thing is, after putting Beed through its steps, I was roughly would like one on my coffee table the next time I have a party to start high end appliances.

And, at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about, right?

The Beed Machine ($299) will be available at beed.co starting May 1, followed by Amazon later this year. At launch, the berries ($32 for eight 0.5-gram capsules) will be available at all Artist Tree distribution points and shipped through the Beed website in partnership with Grassdoor.

https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2022-04-28/beed-nespresso-weed-machine-we-kind-of-want-one This joint-rolling machine is Nespresso of weed

Russell Falcon

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