Z1 – The launch of a Made in USA Vaporizer

Nice Steams LLC, a Connecticut-based design and manufacturing company debuts its flagship product the Z1 vaporizer in partnership with the international retail chain, Beyond Vape. The announcement was made at Beyond Vape’s Barclays location in Brooklyn, which is the first store in their organization to carry this noteworthy product as it went on sale this morning. The Z1s will be featured in four additional Beyond Vape locations in New York and Beyond Vape Somerville in Massachusetts later today.

PNB Z1 Glam

The Z1 is a portable vaporizer for use with plant extracts offering an optimal heating system that accentuates the flavors. Designed in Brooklyn, manufactured in Connecticut and made from US-sourced stainless steel, it offers many features that differentiate it from all other vaporizers in the market including:

Fully mechanical device – no chips or wires
Long lasting porcelain heating element
Lifetime Warranty and US-based support
Precision machined parts with minimal variance
(2) 14500 900mAh rechargeable batteries
Tool-free easy cleaning
Full customization and unique engraving available

the Z1

“When we started Beyond Vape, we recognized a profound need in the industry for a comfortable place to locate the best collection of cutting-edge products and the corresponding expertise required to make sound decisions. We are thrilled to be working with Nice Steams on our new Z1 Vaporizer and to launch it at our New York and Massachusetts locations,” said David Cairy, Marketing Coordinator of Beyond Vape.

“We are very excited to dedicate our flagship product to our friends at Beyond Vape,” said Darin Zoffoli, the creator & manufacturer of the Z1 at Nice Steams. “It’s a special alignment of visions; combining a quality-focused product, the Z1, with a personalized customer experience that Beyond Vape is renowned for” said Oleg MaryAces of Magic Within Us, who started the project with Mr. Zoffoli and has been providing key connections, logistical support and feedback in the process of bringing this vaporizer to life.

Z1 (image 2)


The beginning of the Hemp Renaissance

The Hemp Home: Tiny+ Kickstarter Campaign has come to an end and we are proud to have brought unprecedented attention to Hemp as a construction material.

An edit of our Kickstarter video made by Now This has over 8,200,000 views, over 26,000 Likes and 2,700 comments. Most impressively, over 128,000 people and organizations have shared this video, exemplifying a true sign of interest and dedication.

Update: An additional 19,000 shares and 9,000 likes from an August 15 repost of the video.

An edit by YOO has nearly 3,000,000 veiws and almost 80,000 shares.

Another edit, by David Wolfe, was also a hit with over 500,000 views and over 14,000 shares. Update: An additional 100,000 views and 5,000 shares on a repost of this video by Cannabis Evolution.

Here are some of the articles that featured our campaign:

This Startup’s Kickstarter is Celebrating Earth Week by Building (Literally) the Future by Jeremy Goldman in Ink. Magazine

The Tiny Hemp Home of Our Greenest Dreams is Here by Tafline Laylin in Inhabitat

High hopes for tiny house made from hemp by Adam Williams in Gizmag

Architects have high hopes for this Tiny+ home made out of hempcrete by Maria Mora in DigitalTrends

La mini casa a energia zero grazie ai mattoni di canapa in Rinnovabili

GreenBuilt, LLC intends to build Tiny+ and other visions of the Hemp home. We highly recommend signing up to one of their interactive Hemp building workshops this summer.

We have put this campaign together for GreenBuilt with zero budget, zero compensation, and limited control. It has been a grand challenge of our team’s endurance, and we are happy to have prevailed. We are proud to have enlightened the world on one special use of Hemp. Stay tuned and you will see how this plant will improve our health, bring prosperity to our local economies, and benefit our planet.

With love,


HempNYCity making history at Cooper Union

I have been involved in the development of NY’s Hemp industry for almost two years; it is not easy to impress me with an event or a panel. Yet, I am still mesmerized by Part One of the Hemp NY City event put together by Mia Feroleto and Susie Cody last Saturday at the historic Cooper Union.
As I walked into The Great Hall, fashionably late, the event was already in progress, but instead of rushing to grab a seat, I was pulled in by a large American Flag that was laid out on a table not far from the entryway. I had to feel it! I knew it was made out of Hemp!
Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association, was giving a well rounded overview of the industry as it currently stands. I was very impressed by his involvement and relationships with local, state and federal officials spanning our whole nation. We felt a real sense of progress taking place.
Next spoke the pioneering Hemp Farmers, Joel Bedard of Vermont and later, Mike Lewis of Kentucky.
Joel shared stories of his perseverance and of breaking through nonsensical laws, to become the largest Hemp Farmer in the North East. Leading by example, he has been able to significantly influence Hemp reform in Vermont. His genuineness and sense of humor made the inspirational presentation a real treat.
Mike Lewis started off by quoting from a speech that Abraham Lincoln gave on the very same stage of The Great Hall. Mike, an honored veteran, is an experienced farmer who with his organization Growing Warriors trains, assists and equips veteran families with skills, tools, and supplies needed to grow high quality organic produce. His warm-hearted approach did not simplify his path of Hemp cultivation, as various agencies did their best to intimidate him from growing a crop which our Founding Fathers grew. It was his Hemp that The American Flag at the entry of The Great Hall was made of. Mike and his Hemp-Compatriots used the same method as Betsy Ross did when making the First American Flag, which was also made out of Hemp. It was no surprise that this flag had such authentic energy; a flag that was Grown and Made in the USA, as the Founding Fathers intended.
Jamie Petty, the founder of Indiana’s Hemp Industries Association, gave a fact-filled presentation that went over countless applications of this fast-growing plant and featured hundreds of products that improve our health and our planet.  She covered everything from essential nutrition, clothing, skin care, and even BMW door panels.
Finally, Tim Callahan gave his best-ever presentation during which he enlightened the audience about Hempcrete; a mold-resistant building material with high insulation properties that diminish the need for toxic materials currently used. Tim featured a very impressive montage of all the Hemp-based structures that he and his firm, Alembic Studio, have helped developed in the USA and abroad.  We are truly honored to be collaborating with Tim to build HempHome: Tiny+, a project by GreenBuilt LLC which we will unveil soon.
A great bonus was having Rick Trojan and The Hemp Road Trip Bus parked outside, in Cooper Square. Rick’s farm grows nearly 300 acres of Hemp in Colorado, making him the largest Hemp-Farm in the United States. He spends most of his time on the road with his dedicated Hemp-Compatriots, crossing the country, visiting presidential campaigns and raising Hemp-Awareness everywhere along the way. There are a lot of cool Hemp products to check out on that bus!
I highly recommend watching the recordings of this event. Let me know if interested and I will gladly link you once they are posted up on YouTube. For now, you can check out the pictures from the event by Todd Hinden and a few shots I took.
The audience was very enthusiastic and asked pertinent questions, yet the attendance at the event was too light, given the significance of this special plant. Thus, it is all of our responsibility to share this plant’s history and knowledge with everyone. It’s hard to imagine that the second panel, this upcoming Saturday, will be able to supersede the first, but I know minds will be blown. If you are in the City and available, come to Cooper Union. You will understand how Hemp will help our health, our economy and our planet.
You can get the event info at


Darin and The Machines

I walked into a meetup hosted by MJBA, a NY based Cannabis business association, right as a man was giving a passionate speech about bringing manufacturing back home to the United States.

The man, Darin Zoffoli, entered the cannabis industry with a purpose of helping his mom battle cancer. He was determined to make a device that would vaporize her Cannabinoid-based medicine. I happened to be standing right next to his mom as he spoke. She was exuberantly proud of her son and his vision.

Bringing that vision to life has been a challenging journey that often felt treacherous.
Given that Darin does not have a college degree, is not a trained engineer, designer, or machinist it was easy for established manufacturers to simply dismiss his vision and his designs as “impossible”. Manufacturing products from scratch; without funding and without experience is a rare story, indeed. Finding reliable, accountable people to help overcome “the impossible” lead to many frustrating dead-ends. Setback after setback brought extensive hardship to Darin and his family for the year that followed.

Unwavering dedication and persistence kept Darin working day and night on figuring out the software, refining and simplifying his designs, learning how to program and operate the machines, and then finally.. making parts. He amassed experience by doing it all himself.

Now, after the grueling year, his first masterpiece is complete. The most reliable portable vaporizer in the world. This elegant, mechanical device has no chips or wires and is built from 16 parts that can all be taken apart without the use of tools. It was created to last forever and you have the guarantee that it will.

Yet, this vaporizer is simply a launch of his vision to manufacture high quality, reliable products locally, creating thousands of well-paying jobs. Combining advanced machines, high grade materials, and simple design, new levels of quality standards will be set.

I envision this limitless man to someday join the list of The Men Who Built America. So far, the men on that list brought greatness to the United States through exploitation, fueled by greed. Darin’s goal is simply to bring the people an affordable abundance of the best products in conjunction with social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Darin understands that greed is unnecessary, as by doing business the right way there will be no shortage of the financial byproduct, profit. The sustainable manufacturing policy is not to let any byproducts go to waste, same applies to profit, which will be invested into creation of new opportunities for people and their local communities.

So what are Darin’s super powers?

Combining his determination with a highly tuned intuition and use of vivid visualization makes him unstoppable.

The key element of intuition is confidence in one self. By eliminating the fear of failure, Darin frees his mind from thoughts that are unnecessary distractions. He knows that in the worst case, if something fails, he will have to make an adjustment. Intuition is a muscle that you can train and fine-tune.

A lot of his success comes from within a visualization of the end result. By thinking of the product as already completed, he is then able to focus on developing the most efficient path to making it into a reality.

There will be a lot more to share about our world’s “Tony Stark”. My favorite part is, Darin does not know comics and does not know about Tony Stark.. he is simply Darin.

Darin’s journey will be a magnificent one, use it as an inspiration for yours.



May 9th is a very special day in the history of the world. It marked 70 years since the victory against the Nazis. The war was started by big oppressive egos who took advantage of people’s hardships. Manipulating a feeling of superiority for the purpose of uniting hate.

This war required heroes to join forces and sacrifice their lives. I am proud to say three of my grandparents were such heroes. Semyon and Liliya’s front-line serendipitous love-story is worthy of a novel. Semyon fully lost his leg, becoming an amputate 23 days before the end of the war. Yafim was wounded on two occasions, with one piece of shrapnel wedged near his heart all his life. Their stories of hardships have always put in perspective true meaning of sacrifice and perseverance. Liliya took care of Semyon and they raised my mother and her sister to be the top students in the USSR, as he became one of the most respected and admired community leaders and educators in his city. Yafim went on to live a modest, working life with a hobby developing and building innovative wind turbine models which he struggled to patent in the USSR. He and and his wife Sofa raised my father to be one of the most well-rounded people that I know.

Grandma Liliya is my last remaining link to that war. Unfortunately age has taken it’s toll and being unable to open her eyes, she lives in a seemingly permanent dream-state. Several days ago, I was able to bring her back to life to ask her a few more questions about what inspired her and Semyon during their battle against Fascism and in life under USSR’s attempt at Communism. Her response was priceless:

“What things are called don’t matter. People deserve to live in a free world where they can make their own decisions. People should love each other and do acts of kindness for each other. Everyone deserves to be happy.”


The world will see many more devastating wars. People who come to power based on greed and ego will continue to manipulate and cause damage to the planet and to countless human lives. Yet, no matter the circumstances, the human spirit of love and freedom will never be broken. There will always be heroes who live and fight for that cause.