Behind The CBD Croissant That Everyone In London is Talking About

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It seems that everyone in London has been raving about the vegan croissants available at Glow Bar’s cafe in Fitzrovia. They’re ever-so-flaky, perfectly nutty and they’re oozing with a pistachio CBD swirl. So delicious, we had to get to the source: the patissier behind London’s most talked about croissant.

On a Friday afternoon, we stopped by Organic Livity’s Bethnal Green vegan cafe pop up at The Hackney Hemp Club. Tucked away in the middle of East London, the impressive two-story cafe is incredibly inviting. With lyrical neon signs, fitting foliage and enough space to wander about, the aesthetically decorated cafe is perfect for a morning meeting, light lunch or a quick coffee break. There’s a vegan mac ‘n’ cheese on the menu which is a must! #CantBelieveItsNotButter

As you enter the cafe, be warned, your senses will tingle. The buttery smell of the pastries awaken your olfactory senses and is known to leave both vegans and non-vegans salivating. Whether you believe it or not everything is vegan, raw, natural and organic; but what’s more important than this being vegan food, is that this is simply very good food! And who doesn’t love good food!?

 
Loose lips sink ships.  Inside Organic Livity’s pop-up.

Loose lips sink ships. Inside Organic Livity’s pop-up.

 

Though everyone in London is churning out CBD this and CBD that, these infused vegan pastries are delicious. They’re the brainchild of Sidney Marton, an engineer-turned-patissier from Martinique who started his culinary career baking at a vegetarian restaurant in London because it paid the bills. In his past life, he was working in sustainable and renewable energy, so it’s only fitting that he would be attracted to the sustainable aspects and benefits of veganism and raw foods.

What started off as a risky venture move is now the talk of the town, Sidney started Organic Livity Co. as a way to change the perception of vegan food, because it too can look and taste beautiful. If you’re a cynic and don’t believe us, the only way to understand is to experience his baked goods and cakes. Though a risky move, according to Sidney, it made sense for him and it’s paid off. Now, his vegan menu has grown to include CBD-infused delights and he’s looking to grow his menu even further.

 
Pain au Chocolat, £3.00 CBD Pistacchio Croissant, £5.50 CBD Pain au Raisin, £4.50

Pain au Chocolat, £3.00
CBD Pistacchio Croissant, £5.50
CBD Pain au Raisin, £4.50

“People automatically associate cannabis with smoking a joint and getting high.”

 

“People automatically associate cannabis with smoking a joint and getting high,” Sidney says on why educating the public is important - it’s one of the main goals behind his pop-up. “Trends make money, but you need to educate them (the public)” he continues. The problem is, there is still this stigma surrounding cannabis and its association with being a drug and ‘stoner culture’, but introducing the plant through food allows a person who would otherwise turn their nose up at the plant to feel comfortable because it’s in the form of a beautiful meal or cake. One way to truly understand cannabis is to experience it, and food is an incredible way to do so. There is a universal love for food and how diverse it can be. By infusing foods with this misunderstood plant, it gives cannabis a gateway to normalisation. Think about this: a couple sharing a spliff in a park versus a couple sharing a canna-infused picnic. Who gets the bad rep, though both scenarios involve cannabis.

CBD is such a hot trend right now, so much so that almost everyone that’s passed by Organic Livity’s cafe pop up has come exclusively for the CBD items (especially those croissants) on the menu rather than the assortment of beautiful pastries, raw cakes and hot meals that are available.

PSA: come for the CBD-stuffed croissants, stay for the vegan mac and cheese and leave with a raw rainbow cake. It’s the perfect trifecta for non-vegans looking to experience a trip down vegan-alley.

 

PSA: come for the CBD-stuffed croissants, stay for the vegan mac and cheese and leave with a raw rainbow cake. It’s the perfect trifecta for non-vegans looking to experience a trip down vegan-alley.

 

There is an appetite for more, Sidney tells us about the response from his pop-up. More on the menu and more from the brand. “I love to create. I couldn’t do the same thing over and over again. I need to create.” he says. His creativity in the kitchen has earned him an international name and reputation. In fact, the people behind Humboldt Seed Organization along with other well known industry players from overseas often drop by especially for Sidney’s baked goodies. Rumour has it that Mr. Sherbinski himself, (the renowned grower and creator of world-famous genetics, Sunset Sherbert and the Gelato line: Bacio, Acaiberry, Mochi, and Gello) is a returning customer and will make a special trip to grab a bite, even if he’s only stopping in London for a layover. We can understand why.

Organic Livity’s pop-up is much more than just a trendy CBD cafe in London. It’s a place where perceptions are changed. A melting pot of personalities and creativity. With WiFi, a fantastic menu that’ll take you from morning through to lunch and beyond, plus two floors of great space, it’s the perfect place to set up shop for freelancers, artists, entrepreneurs and those who work from home.

What’s next for Organic Livity, you might ask? For foodies, vegans, non-vegans, cannabis enthusiasts and the like, you’ll be pleased to hear that cooking classes are coming soon. In the mean time, this pop-up is definitely worth checking out; you can thank us later.

 

Organic Livity Co. Pop Up
48 Mowlem Street E2 9DR