If you were to tell me I would be drinking coffee again, after giving it up back in 2005, I would have snorted.
No way was I going back to the Java, after detoxing off the bitter brew and going head first into tea. I preferred traditionals like English/Irish Breakfast and Chinese varieties like Blue People Ginseng, red mint, Jasmine Pearl and a variety of Kusmi teas that worked fine for me as a substitute.
A few weeks back, Monsters and Critics was pitched an “upgraded bulletproof coffee” with butter and brain oil that was touted by rocker Ed Sheeran. I like Ed, but still it was going to take a lot for me to go off the wagon back on coffee, especially with something called brain oil and a hunk of butter blended into it.
Let’s review what happened.
I ground the Upgraded beans and brewed their “Upgraded Coffee” per the directions, which is guaranteed to be far lower in mycotoxins, the mold that naturally grows on beans and is ubiquitous in mass marketed coffees. In my Magic Bullet blender (first try I used a large blender-big mistake) I added a tablespoon of grass-fed butter (unsalted Kerrygold) and a tablespoon of Bulletproof Upgraded Brain Octane Oil – which claims to be 18x stronger than coconut oil. I added a cup of the hot coffee to the butter/oil and added some Stevia to taste. Blended it up, and what I got was a cappuccino looking gorgeous frothy drink that smelled great.
Now understand that I have been clean off coffee for nearly ten years. After I drank (actually, while I WAS drinking it) it felt like I had inhaled the finest cocaine on planet Earth and I felt every brain cell and reflex go into hyperdrive. Like insanely.
I wasn’t jittery or hyperventilating, but it was close. I was thinking ahead of my thoughts, if that makes sense. Afterwards I was able to write double my normal posting, clean like a madwoman, organize like a pro and do everything in about an hour.
If I had been booked on the late Allen Ludden’s Jeopardy-like College Bowl I would have been Kevin Bacon’s Fenwick character in Barry Levinson’s film “Diner,” popping off the answers before the question was even finished. I couldn’t stop moving.
The feeling continued through the day and gradually decreased, so I was able to sleep normally that night. The bonus side effect I was not expecting was that my appetite was quelled dramatically.
Now I am worried about being “on the coffee” daily, telling myself that there’s no way I am about to start drinking a hunk of butter and a splosh of oil in coffee every day. But I count the days until Saturday- my coffee day for now- to experience that amazing jolt to the cranium. I am slowly becoming addicted to coffee again.
There is no denying whatever is IN all of this coffee, oil and grass-fed butter is making me sharper, mentally clearer and fully energized.
Here’s some of what coffee does:
- Increases a growth factor called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) which protects your brain cells.
- Increase metabolism
- Reduce muscle soreness
- Make you more focused and productive (for some tasks)
The maker of this brew says his coffee supercharges brain function and increases fat loss. This caught my attention because even though I take medication for a sluggish Thyroid, I have a hard time losing weight even after giving up dairy, wheat, meat, and limiting carbs, booze and sugar. At this rate I will be eating salmon and steamed broccoli for every meal. Working out helps but it’s a total battle after age 45.
The science based recipe of this magical buttered coffee, aka”Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee” was created by Dave Asprey, an American technology entrepreneur who shed 100 pounds by eating a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. On his website, he details his journey, inspired to create the drink after he was rejuvenated by a creamy cup of yak (!!) butter tea he consumed at 18,000 feet on a Tibetan mountainside.
Dave spent 15 years of research and self-experimentation and strategies that combined some old world horse sense (the butter in a hot drink is not new) helped him lose 100 pounds with little exercise, upgrade his IQ by more than 20 points, and became healthier on just five hours of sleep a night.
Dave says, “The real reason that cheap coffee and old coffee are bad for you is that they harbor some particularly toxic molds. Those molds that form when green coffee is stored are tied to cancer, heart disease, high LDL/VLDL cholesterol, and hormone irregularities.”
Now back to the toxins in coffee.
Dave explains it simply. “Roasting kills the mold but doesn’t destroy the mold toxins already present in the beans. It is these molds that play a major role in whether your cup of coffee will increase or decrease your health.”
So how do you pick a great cup of coffee that will make you perform better, feel better, and live longer? Buy his Upgraded Coffee Dave would say, of course.
But if you can do anything immediately, follow his guidelines:
- Avoid almost all decaf. Caffeine protects the beans from more mold and most decaffeination either introduces new organic toxins or contributes to mold.
- Never choose robusta (cheap, instant) beans. These are moldier, which is why they are higher in caffeine too (as a defense against mold on the bush). Drink arabica.
- Insist on Bulletproof Process coffee that is tested to be free of histamines and mold toxins like Upgraded Coffee. The next best, but still sometimes mold-contaminated, is wet process beans. Many higher end African coffees use natural process, which means they dry the beans in the sun, giving them time to mold. Wet process coffee uses far less time and rinses the beans, making for lower-toxin coffee.
- Aim for Central American varieties grown at higher elevations where mold is scarce.
- Single estate is better than major brands. If it is sold by a national coffee house (cough.. Starbucks), its mixed with countless other sources, and you can guarantee that some toxic mold made it into the coffee.
- If you can’t find good beans, order an Americano because steam helps to break down the toxins.
What I can tell you curious readers is that this coffee recipe made with no cream, just fresh brewed coffee, butter and the oil, kept my hunger at bay and has enhanced my mental clarity. And it has made me slowly become a coffee drinker once again after nearly a decade.
I only have the one cup in the morning on my coffee Saturday and I restrict the oil and butter to 1 TBL of each, but I am sure I will be increasing consumption during mid-week. I love the burst of energy and sense of well-being I got from this concoction.
You really need to try it this way if you are a coffee devotee or the least bit curious.