Rafiki wrote: ↑
Thu 20th Jun 2019 05:19 pm
If you compare the Boerejongens to the Dizzy Duck you are right. Their quality is 'better'.
Then again there are so many factors that all of us are not considering, such as how the flower is being stored before being sold to the vendor. We found perlite, hairs, string from drying, plastic pieces and so on (not even going to mention pest or fungi). How many of the drug tourists actually can tell the difference between a e.g. well cured or flushed plant. How many use a microscope to take a closer look at e.g. coloring of trichomes. Some growers have multiple strains in the same growroom and harvest all plants at the same time, despite that some strains might need a week or two longer; resulting in an inferior product.
Since the topic of Eindhoven was brought up lately: Compare it with Venlo. The wietpass was being introduced in the NL, several coffeeshops forced to close and the traffic migrated to the Nobody's Place. This shop is a prime example how things turn bad. The flower has fantasy names, the queue is on the street, the prepacked 'weed' has 1.3, 0.7 or other uneven numbers. If you have a cellphone on you, they just strike you. Since you have to register, get a customer number, every strike is listed and you get banned very fast for no good reason.
Try the Dreamland in Haarlem. They just won the Jack Herer Cup for their 'Dream's Gold'. I asked the owner and he told me they MUST keep the strain a secret to protect the business; apparently they smuggled a clone from California. If you ask me it's Purple Cotton Candy. Never seen this strain anywhere in Amsterdam or surrouding.
So yeah, the Boerejongens did indeed some hard work from scratch, buying crippling coffeeshops, finding new locations, hiring a Michelin Chef and so on. Their Easter Egg was really nice, even though not my personal taste. But... it reminds us of what can go wrong in Northern America once you have this fame status. Not every dispensary takes care of the above mentioned parameters for good quality. That tiny store in Haarlem had a bud that kept us floating for 3 days. (!) BJ never achieved that.
sorry I was not clear enough... I did not mean that Boerejongens had hard work...
I mean for example the owner of Toermalijn in Tilburg... since a very long period they sell some pretty clean quality weed especially in these glass jars. Like said before I don´t smoke so much weed but my mate smokes a lot and every thing he tried in these jars burnt with white ash and tasted like it should. Well they are not really cheap but much cheaper than most "Cali Weed"... ok on the web I found very rarely also not so good reviews but it´s still unbeliveable how they keep up their quality with all that demand. Well Toermalijn is known for being well conected in the cannabis scene... they also have connection to the "Homegrow Cup" for example... they know a lot of good growers for sure.
So what I meant is that it must be pretty hard for a coffeeshop like Toermalijn to offer only quality products these days. Many shops do not want to this extra effort anymore and are satisfied with the standard because the people still buy it.
With that US dispensarys style coffeeshops I meant for example Coffeeshop Sativa in Amsterdam (formerly Green Planet) which I visited on my last trip for the second time (review will follow). It is a pretty new coffeeshop and from my first visit (maybe 2 months ago) to now it changed a lot. At the first time it looked to me more like a usual tourist coffeeshop with the usual offered wares... now their menu is much bigger and with some special things on it like Jelly Hash (17€/g), Ice hash medallions (17€/g) and so on. They try to show that they are a quality shop and that they sell quality that the others don´t have. Well I can not say much about their quality and if it´s really like they say but I notice a trend that more people want to smoke "designer weed" that smokes clean and the coffeeshops will also respond to this demand... but as I said before I fear that they sell this stuff for much more money as for example "Cali Weed"...
Boerejongens were the first in Amsterdam with that dispensary style but as you said that does not mean that it is all quality... Amsterdam Genetics has a lot to do with marketing... well they sell usually really good stuff for the price... but their batches change really fast and I am not sure if all of their hashes are 100% natural. In my opinion they have simply to many coffeeshops now (8 or more?) to have constant quality... so just imagine how much weed they sell every day
or how much grower have to work for them to serve that big demand.
My favorite coffeeshop for nice special moroccan hash (like their "Rifman" hash) was Tweede Kammer since many many years... since they are connected with Amsterdam Genetics and separated from the "original" Dampkring it´s not my place to go for the best hash anymore. Well I still like the place itself and their cheap hashes like their King Hassan are usually nice for the price but I miss the good old times
I thought about it a bit more
and I can only say that the batches at Tweede Kamer and Amsterdam Coffeeshop change so often... for me they are Boerejongens, too
but to be honest the batches at Boerejonges was more constant like their Super Silver Haze Block which was a favorite of mine for a period.