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Chrissy BellmanMaker@chrissybeh
Very excited to be featured on Product Hunt today! A lot of hard work and love has gone into the development of this product over the past several years, so this is an extremely exciting and rewarding time for us. We're standing by to answer any questions you may have about our brand and appreciate your interest. LEVO is available for pre-order at incredible discounts, today!
Tristan PollockHunterHiring@writerpollock · Venture Partner at 500 Startups
LEVO is a spiffy looking new kitchen appliance for infusing oil and butter with the herb of your choice—Coconut Oil to Cannabis. Let's call it the Easy Bake Oven for Cannabis. The team wants to bring back control of infusion to the consumer—control over consumption, ingredients, and strength. Infuse at home, mess free, at the touch of a button. After you're finished, pop the reservoir in the dishwasher for easy clean up. It's a pretty tasty product.
Kevin Raposo@kevin_raposo
@writerpollock Is this similar to the MagicalButter machine?
Chrissy BellmanMaker@chrissybeh
@kevin_raposo @writerpollock Hi Kevin! Great question. Check out this Quora post! https://www.quora.com/What-is-th...
Joel Milton@joel_milton · Baker Technologies
@kevin_raposo found a page that summarizes the differences: https://www.quora.com/What-is-th...
Chris Overcash@covercash · @DonateStreams, @ProjectBurrito
@joel_milton @kevin_raposo as a Magical Butter Machiine owner and someone who is interested in the LEVO, I'll respond from the MBM side since that response is from the LEVO camp. 1. MBM was initially designed for making cannabis butter & oil for the inventor/founder's ill friend. It also happens to infuse other things, like alcohol and milk (I made lavender infused milk for my friend's coffee shop once or twice). 2. There's some discussion on the various MBM forums about the benefit of emulsifiers, I've personally not found them to be necessary. 3. It's a bitch to clean. I tend to make large batches (~4 cups) at once so I don't have to clean it as often. 4. I've never had my machine overheat or burn a batch. It has an internal thermometer and makes adjustments as needed. 5. The MBM is pretty much a slow cooker combined with a blender. I've run batches for 3x8hrs without issue. The biggest issue for me is the cleaning. It's also not very pretty so I keep it tucked away when not in use. And it's loud and makes the whole house smell like whatever it is you're infusing... that can be good and bad depending on what state you live in ;)
David Kram@davidkram · Launching a consumer brand
Lianne HaugHiring@liannehaug · Co-Founder and CTO, Pana
I absolutely LOVE cooking with infused olive oils. It just gives each dish a little extra somethin' somethin'. The idea of making my own oils, even customizing it per meal, is so rad! Also, it's just plain beautiful. It's going right on my countertop instead of in the cupboard next to all my other ugly appliances.
Chris Messina@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
Very curious about the market size for this product.
Chrissy BellmanMaker@chrissybeh
@chrismessina Appreciate your curiosity! The size of the legal cannabis market is growing rapidly and natural foods + alternative wellness has points of convergence with our market, as well as tremendous growth. We also have a lot of data about how this concept and market is already validated. Happy to chat more at chrissy@levooil.com!
Chris Messina@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
@chrissybeh ah, the tagline was misleading since you can use it for more than pot brownies! Your video would be more effective if it actually showed the infusion process and what the final product (oil/ghee) looked like!
Chrissy BellmanMaker@chrissybeh
@chrismessina Yes, you absolutely can use it for a number of purposes. Homemade skincare and beauty products, infused olive oils (like the pricey flavors at boutique shops), herb butter, lavender cookies, and much more! Infusing fats opens a new world of culinary and DIY possibilities. Restaurants infuse often to achieve the depth and complexity of flavor that's hard to match at home, as most recipes call for a fat ingredient. Great feedback- we are cooking up that content and will have a number of demo videos, soon. Thank you!
Ryan Hawxhurst@ryanhawxhurst
Hey Chrissy Bellman! Great job on the product, it looks beautiful. I'm a a 3x Magical Butter machine owner and partner at a Pre-ICO, Prop-D Dispensary in Los Angeles. I just want to make sure I understand the major differences between LEVO & Magical Butter: 1) With LEVO, I'll no longer need to use a product like Sunflower Lecithin, correct? 2) Your device can dispense the infused oil into any jar/bottle? 3) The device squeezes out the oil from the herb on my behalf, and I no longer have to squeeze the herb to extract the oil afterwards by hand? If yes to all of these, the LEVO machine will be a great addition to my shop and would look pretty good next to my Nespresso machine hahah. Best of luck, it's an exciting industry to be in!
Chris Overcash@covercash · @DonateStreams, @ProjectBurrito
@sirhawxofhurst I've made plenty of successful batches without using any kind of emulsifier - various fats and various strains & qualities of flower.
Chrissy BellmanMaker@chrissybeh
@sirhawxofhurst Ryan, a million thanks for your kind words and great questions! 1) Correct!, 2) Yes, as long as it's roughly the size of a standard mason jar. 3) The device does not have an electronic mechanism for this, but a) gentle press down with a fitting utensil (or an accessory from us) will still keep this hands free and b) our tests have shown this step is not the end all be all for achieving desired potency after all. Such a joy to answer, as you're 100% on point with the issues we have worked so hard to solve, including your comments about the countertop-flattering design! We agree it's exciting and can't wait to revolutionize at home infusion for all. Thanks again! Cheers!
Chrissy BellmanMaker@chrissybeh
@covercash @sirhawxofhurst Hi Chris, the company Ryan is referring to does recommend the use of an emulsifier (see their demo video). This has to do with the functionality of the device itself. We certainly agree that forgoing this step is ideal. Happy to discuss more here or at chrissy@levooil.com. Thank you and glad to hear that you're a fellow DIY enthusiast!
Chris Overcash@covercash · @DonateStreams, @ProjectBurrito
@chrissybeh @sirhawxofhurst Yeah, my post was about the Magical Butter Machine. I've spent lots of time on FB groups and forums and there isn't really a definitive answer. I've made identical batches of rosemary garlic olive oil, adding sunflower lecithin to one and they both tasted the same. It's a bit difficult to properly test THC/CBD effects at home...
Chrissy BellmanMaker@chrissybeh
@covercash @sirhawxofhurst The recommendation to use an emulsifier is simply a results of the fact that the product was not designed for viscous oils. Rather, it was designed for water based recipes. To perform more effectively, the company recommends this thinning ingredient. I encourage you to do a quick search on soy milk makers. Rosemary garlic is a favorite of mine, too!