The Curator’s Notes
At Coval Vapes, we take great pride in carrying only the very best vaping has to offer through a carefully curated selection. The Curator’s Notes is a series we will be releasing that will detail out our thought process on why we carry certain products and to invite your feedback on these products.
80V – the culmination of two of the best liquid manufacturers out there, John Nathan of Cassadaga Liquids and Steven Sapir of Beantown Vapor. Both of their lines have a massive following and 80V is no exception. The 80V family encompasses Beantown Vapor, Cassadaga Liquids, 80V, Smooth-e Liquids, Drip Vault, Liquified, and Pye Liquids. John and Steven are well known throughout the industry for their incredible flavors as well as critical analysis of issues facing the industry and proper ways to approach them.
We chose to pick up the 80v family for a number of reasons – incredible flavors, a focus on responsible marketing, responsible labeling, as well as a consistent message of tobacco harm reduction and advocacy for the industry.
Coval: How did you find out about vaping and get started?
Coval: What are you vaping today?
Steve: I usually have three mods nearby. Tonight, they’re tanked with Key Lime Pie by 80V, Fritter from PsiQuid and Cannoli Be One by Cassadaga. Bakeries are my thing and usually mix fruit and non-fruit desserts. I almost always vape our stuff. There’s a ton of great liquids out there but I still like to critique our own and seem to always be doing it.
Coval: What is the history of 80V - how did Cassadaga and Beantown Vapor come together?
Steve: What John said but I’d also add that the combination of our mixing styles took everything to another level. Two liquid nerds with strong opinions of specific extracts, technique, and style combined with an efficient development process allowed us to put out a large catalog of what I consider exceptional market offerings in their respective profiles. They’re all unique; all of them bear a unique flavor signature you’ll start to recognize as you get familiar with us. We don’t pump and dump. If they don’t meet our standard, they stack up in what is now a massive collection of fails.
Coval: What are your personal favorites from your lines?
Steve: Cannoli Be One is simply insane and absolutely deserves it’s accolades. John smashed the entire line. Our Strawberry Banana Smooth-E is so realistic and perfectly balanced and Souly Cannoli by 80V for me, it’s irreplaceable in my top 3.
Coval: If you could change one thing about the FDA regulations, what would it be?
Steve: I wish then the entire discussion was dropped on its head and then returned to its feet with a general consensus that vaping is the greatest potential we have to improve the overall public health. We shouldn’t be talking about ways to limit options but rather have an honest discussion on how to do it responsibly and let this disruptive technology help those that will most certainly perish needlessly. Manufacturers, shop owners, regulators, legislators, peer-reviewed studies and an accurately informed public would be an amazing place to start.
Coval: How would you recommend consumers get involved with advocacy?
Coval: What role do you think conventions should play in the industry?
Steve: Shows are a hell of a lot of fun. I’ll never get tired meeting the folks we have befriended all over the world - some of the most decent humans I’ve ever met. I would love to see promoters up their game vetting vendor applicants. Shows are just as much about PR as they are filling a convention floor.
Coval: How do you define self-regulation for the industry and how should it be implemented?
Steve: We can only control our own actions and commit to being the change we seek. Manufacturers know damn well what responsible manufacturing looks like. I do see a glint of hope on this one. The vendor footprint will probably contract as expenses rise, as regulatory scrutiny ramps up and as shops figure out dumpster prices aren’t offered for exceptional products. We as an industry will get this one right.
The 80V flavors we currently offer:
Honey Mellow: Honey nut cereal, marshmallows, a hint of golden graham cracker, and just a whiff of ripe banana (some taste it, some do not). This is literally a mash-up blend of two separate, unfinished flavors, one developed by Beantown, the other developed by Cassadaga. The incredible, unexpected result is Honey Mellow.
Soully Cannoli: Souly Cannoli starts as a perfectly balanced blend of the award-winning Soul Custardy and the best-selling Cannoli Be One. Layer in a light, decadent tiramisu bridge note, and voila: Souly Cannoli. Imagine the essence of Soul Custardy with the body of Cannoli Be One, with just a hint of ladyfingers, dipped in caramel latte.
Pineapple Mango Smooth-E: Pineapple Mango is a perfectly balanced, velvety smooth, gently tangy, satisfyingly creamy blend of sweet ice cream, classic yogurt, and tropical fruits. Expect very accurate, juicy fruit notes melded with their proven yogurt and ice-cream base. A perfect summer vape.
It's clear from the interview that 80v is extremely passionate about the industry. John and Steve are known for their incredible flavors, responsible marketing & labeling, and supporting the industry. John and Steven's answers in the interview highlight the exact kind of company we want to support at Coval Vapes and the mindset we need to see more of in the industry. We couldn't be happier to be carrying the 80v flavors that we currently offer and plan to add more to our line-up over time. Which flavor do you want to see us carry next?