Black coffee is so powerful that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a musical piece in 1732, titled “The Coffee Cantata,” with lines like “If I can’t drink my bowl of coffee three times daily, then in my torment, I will shrivel up like a piece of roast goat.”
I am not making this up. Google it!
Scientists are still trying to predict what the correct recipe for Bulletproof® Coffee would have done for Bach’s music. It turns out that you will have a very different experience when you try the carefully engineered recipe vs. the various “modifications” made by well-meaning experimenters. This post will explain what modifications will lessen the recipe’s effects, and which are safe.
Let’s face it – a creamy cup of coffee tastes good with almost any kind of fat mixed into it. This is precisely why we have the Frappuccino health monstrosity with bad fats and low quality coffee. You can mix any fat (except fish oil, gross) with any street grade coffee to make a drink that tastes great, but it doesn’t quite clear up a foggy head or bulging stomach. In fact, there are many recipes, such as the “Fatty Coffee” recipe, that promote using butter and other fats in coffee (as opposed to using crappy coffee creamer) as beneficial to our health. Although there is nothing wrong with these type of recipes, there is a lot of confusion among the huge variety of recipes claiming to be Bulletproof™ but are not made using the Bulletproof Coffee recipe, ingredients, and process. The purpose of this post is not to “call out” any one recipe, but instead to explain the differences between the Bulletproof Coffee recipe and other various recipes.
The recipe for Bulletproof Coffee is carefully designed to help promote brain function, end hunger, turn off cravings, and boost energy levels. Combined with the Bulletproof® Intermittent Fasting, the Bulletproof Coffee recipe has also turbo charged fat loss for countless people!
The Bulletproof Coffee recipe is popular for a reason. Aside from tasting awesome, it makes you feel lean, focused, and energized. See the original Bulletproof Coffee recipe!
However, when following other similar recipes people tend to make a few common mistakes that lessen or even nullify the phenomenal benefits of the carefully designed Bulletproof Coffee recipe.
Here are the Top 4 most common Bulletproof Coffee mistakes:
1. “Fresh roasted” and “organic” do not mean healthy or high quality – People use “fresh roasted” coffee thinking it’s better, which it is, compared to “roasted months ago.” But regardless of how beans are roasted, the fact is that the vast majority of beans available for roasting are contaminated with biogenic amines or mycotoxins (damaging compounds created by naturally occurring molds in green coffee production that are linked to all sorts of health problems like cardiomyopathy, cancer, hypertension, and brain damage). Mycotoxins grow on coffee beans before the beans are even roasted (1-3). So although the damage is caused before the roasting process even begins, most people tend to focus on the roasting method because that’s what’s easier. This is why I use the Bulletproof Process™ to make my Upgraded Coffee beans. Of course they are fresh roasted (by the #1 SCAA ranked roaster in the country), but the beans are also engineered throughout the entire creation process to mitigate the dozens of ways mycotoxins and chemicals typically enter the coffee supply chain, and we use laboratory grade testing to verify the results. Unless you test your beans in a lab, the odds are (even with wet process) that you’re not feeling the full boost that the Bulletproof Coffee recipe offers.
2. Butter Coffee is not Bulletproof™ – Making coffee with butter as oppose to crappy coffee creamer is a good step in the right direction, but adding butter alone won’t provide the full mental and physical benefits of the Bulletproof® Coffee recipe. When people use only grass-fed butter to make their coffee, they will be drinking a filling and tasty cup of coffee but not reaping as many of the benefits that MCT oil has to offer. The MCT oil in the Bulletproof® Coffee recipe improves the flavor and mouth feel of the recipe while adding a HUGE performance boost. You can not fit enough coconut oil into coffee to equal the amount of MCT oil I recommend. And don’t even get me started on using corn-fed butter or margarine…totally not Bulletproof™!
3. Coconut oil comes with 2 problems –
a. Using coconut oil in place of MCT oil brings up another mycotoxin issue. Many brands of coconut oil may contain mycotoxins, especially traditionally fermented types or copra oil. Lots of my clients have complained of brain fog after some types of coconut oil, but not others. I’ve experienced the same.
b. Coconut oil is not of the same dose as MCT oil, and this matters a lot. Unlike coconut oil, MCT oil is purified to contain six times more of the fatty acids that cause the desired effects. Would you take 1/6 the dose of an aspirin and expect the same results as a full dose?? You owe it to yourself to try it the right way at least once. MCT oil is not expensive when you consider that you’d need to buy six times as much coconut oil for the same affects of one bottle of MCT oil. You could never find six quarts of coconut oil for only $29, but you can most certainly buy one whole bottle of MCT oil that contains the most effective fatty acids found in six quarts.
4. Adding cream, milk, nut milk, sugar, or honey WRECKS the affects – The glorious effects of drinking Bulletproof® Coffee, like better brain function, increased energy, and normalized weight, can be canceled out when things like cream, milk, nut milk, sugar, and honey are added to the recipe. Each of these foods change insulin response, stop autophagy, or cause inflammation. These physiological/biochemical changes in your body equals a foggy brain, hunger, and fat gain. No thank you!
Safe ways to tweak Bulletproof® Coffee recipe and keep the FULL EFFECTS
- BPA Free Coconut Cream or milk, NOT coconut water (especially good for frothiness)
- Upgraded Chocolate
- Upgraded Vanilla
- Cinnamon (Ceylon is best)
- Xylitol (only from hardwood, not Chinese corn)
- Erythritol (non GMO)
Safe ways to tweak Bulletproof® Coffee recipe for MORE PROTEIN BUT LESS AUTOPHAGY
On most days, a pure fat Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting “breakfast” is an optimal choice, but on days you work out and the day after either put Upgraded™ Collagen Protein in your HOT Bulletproof® Coffee or Upgraded Whey 2.0 Protein in your ICED Bulletproof® Coffee. Getting this right seriously optimizes your body and mind in the morning
For an ultimate Bulletproof ice cream like consistency, blend in one or two raw egg yolks BEFORE the whey.
So that’s it. Good coffee is magic. It’s no secret that Bulletproof Coffee is one of the best ways to supercharge your brain function and turbo charge fat loss. Every, day more and more people are improving their cognitive performance, forgetting what hunger felt like, and shrinking their waistlines thanks to Bulletproof Coffee.
As biohackers interested in quantifiably measuring our own performance, or as coffee lovers just wanting to kick more ass, we owe it to ourselves to ourselves to try Bulletproof Coffee done perfectly at least one time. Cutting corners with a cup of “pretty good” coffee from unproven beans, with regular butter (or some other random fatty stuff) thrown in, will leave you satisfied, but it won’t leave you in the Bulletproof™ state of high performance. It is worth feeling the full mental clarity and massive energy surge a true cup of Bulletproof Coffee provides.
Do yourself a favor by experiencing the real Bulletproof Coffee recipe and accompanying Bulletproof™ Protocols:
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