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Topsham's coolest cafe, No.3 has teamed up with the UK's first major CBD coffee producer, Cheerful Buddha. Cup of health and wellbeing, anyone?

THE LOWDOWN

Owned by Linda Horner, the gin-impresario behind Exeter’s classy bar Crocketts, No.3 is a cafe by day and gin bar by night, and for £25 per person you can come here for cocktail mixology class. I’d say this is Topsham’s coolest coffee bar, thanks to a 90k makeover, and now it’s just got even cooler with the addition of CBD coffee to its drinks menu, available in every variety – from your morning cappuccino to your espresso martini, and they do a CBD gin. All very intriguing.

 

THE LOCATION

No.3 is on the High Street, slap-bang in the hub of Exeter’s upmarket village-on-sea, just three miles from the city. Nestled between art galleries, some excellent boutiques, gift shops and eateries, and just up the road from Topsham quayside, a lovely destination for a Sunday stroll and an ogle at the boats. In case you need convincing, Topsham was recently voted best place to live in the south-west by The Sunday Times.

 

THE VIBE

Very on trend with leather sofas for chilling, dark-blue walls, copper touches in the mirrors and cushions, with books about gin and pots of succulents on the tables.

Outside at the back is a bijou secret garden with contemporary rattan style furniture and parasols. It was looking a tad autumnal when I visited but you can see it would be a fab place to wile away a summer afternoon into evening even without the CBD. 

 

SCOFF AND QUAFF

Food-wise, it’s all about the drinkies though you can get a brownie, home-made cake or a toastie, but I came specifically to try a cup of the UK’s first major CBD coffee from North Devon producer Cheerful Buddha. It was launched earlier this year by James Wright who produces it under a special licence and now it’s here at No.3 (and a few cafes in North Devon) with the aim of bringing health and wellness to Exeter and Topsham. Owner Linda who was already a big fan of CBD oil for back pain, met James at a trade show and from there it was a no-brainer to introduce it to her clientele.

A bit of background: CBD (cannabidiol) is extracted from the cannabis plant, hemp, which has long been used for making textiles and is not to be confused with marujana (naughty) which contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the psychoactive agent which gets you high. It’s a funny one in that it’s legal but not yet licensed as a drug but loads of people swear by it by its painkilling and well-being properties — including quite a few of very un-hippy friends who take it for things like sports injuries and joint pain. One friend says it helps with anxiety and gets her off to sleep when she has lots on.

I’d been told CBD oil has a pretty unpleasant taste so I wasn’t sure what to expect, however my cappuccino was smooth and surprisingly mild. So keen was I to try it, I forgot to take a pic, so followed it up with a rather good espresso which you might prefer if you like your coffee rocket fuel strength like me.

Each cup gives you 10mg of CBD per cup (there is 100mg per 100g coffee) so if you’re already a CBD fan, two cups a day would be about right. BTW this is not to be confused with CBD oil coffees which you can get where they just add a few drops to your cuppa – this is unique in that it’s a blended Columbian coffee (how they blend it is a closely guarded secret) so you don’t get that unappetising slick of oil floating about in your drink.

And the million dollar question? Well, I must say I felt pretty good all day but then who knows how much that comes down to being in a buzzy cafe, drinking a nice cup of Joe and hearing interesting goss. I did take a bag of it home though – so that tells you something.

And finally, you don’t want to miss this: CBD espresso martini. I. Just. Can’t. Wait.

 

THE MUDDY VERDICT:

Good for: Curious coffee-lovers looking for something different or a lift. CBD oil fans looking to find a new way to imbibe.

Not for: A high (down, girl). Decaf fans, organic coffee die-hards (yet – both are on the way as well as a dark chocolate from Tuscany.) 

The damage: Yours for £5. They also sells bags of roast ground CBD coffee for £13.99.

No.3, 3 Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HF Tel: 01392 877405

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