Chewing Tobacco Replacement: Grinds Coffee Chews

Baseball is an inherently unhealthy game. Not only are the players overweight but there’s always the risk of being beaned in the head or chest by the ball. But far and away the most dangerous part about baseball is the propensity for it’s players to use chewing tobacco. A couple former college players from Cal Poly hope to change that with their new chewing tobacco replacement, Grinds Coffee Pouches:

2009 graduates Pat Pezet and Matt Canepa recently returned from touting their new product, Grinds Coffee Pouches, at professional baseball spring training camps in Arizona and Florida.

Grinds is already being used by players in 12 Major League locker rooms, where Pezet and Canepa are marketing their chewable caffeine fixes as a substitute for chewing tobacco.

Grinds pouches, filled with coffee grounds, also provide liquid supplements and come in mocha or mint chip flavors. One can, with 20 pouches, has the caffeine equivalent to about four or five cups of coffee.

Will Grinds pouches reduce spitting? According to the website, “The best way to absorb the energy from each pouch is to swallow the saliva it produces. When you have a Grinds pouch in, you’re essentially brewing the coffee in your mouth.”


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