Study: A Cup of Hemp Coffee by Moka Pot

As coffee crops are threatened, year after year, by disease, insects, and economic forces, industry turns its eyes to possible alternatives, one of which is hemp. A new study, in Italy, assesses some of the potential of pot coffee brewed in a pot.

The study is: “A Cup of Hemp Coffee by Moka Pot from Southern Italy: An UHPLC-HRMS Investigation,” Simona Piccolella, Giuseppina Crescente, Marialuisa Formato, Severina Pacifico, Foods. vol. 9, no. 8, August 14, 2020, E1123.

The authors, at the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy, report:

“After a long period defined by prohibition of hemp production, this crop has been recently re-evaluated in various industrial sectors…. The objects of the present work are coffee blends enriched with shredded inflorescences of different cultivars of industrial hemp that underwent solid/liquid extraction into the Italian “moka” coffee maker. The obtained coffee drinks were analyzed by Ultra-High-Performance Liquid Chromatography-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (UHPLC-HRMS) tools for their quali-quantitative phytocannabinoid profiles…. Neither Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) nor cannabinol, its main oxidation product, were detected. The percentage of total THC never exceeded 0.04%, corresponding to 0.4 mg/kg, far below the current maximum limits imposed by the Italian Ministry of Health. This study opens up a new concrete possibility to exploit hemp processing by-products in order to obtain drinks with high added value…”