Bulletproof Coffee

1405442711002_coffeebrain16.1200w-300x300Today’s coffee fascination is with a new coffee drink called Bulletproof coffee. When I first read about this, I wasn’t sure what to make of it, and I quickly moved on to other, more pressing matters (like, you know, work!). It seems to be popping up more and more though.

So, what is Bulletproof coffee? It’s designed by Bulletproof Exec, one piece of the puzzle to upgrading ‘your performance in every aspect of life.’ Noble ambitions. Why mess with coffee though? This coffee drink is part of a larger diet that gets pretty complicated…so click that link if you want to know more, but for now, just know that it’s designed to be more of a breakfast replacement. So, how do you make it? You start with one cup of coffee, brewed with 2 1/2 heaping teaspoons of low-toxin coffee (I hear that any wet-process coffee meets this criteria, though you can of course buy special Bulletproof Coffee Beans…). Add 1-2 tablespoons of a medium-chain triglyceride oil, 1-2 tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter, and mix it all in a blender for 20 seconds (you can buy a starter kit of ingredients for $50). Click here for a printable instruction card.

So what’s it like? I wish I could tell you. Or not. I haven’t decided if this is something I want to try…I love coffee…and this sounds…weird. What’s gotten me thinking more about it, though, is this article at Fast Company. The author drank Bulletproof Coffee every morning for two weeks, trying it as a true breakfast substitute. The results were interesting and the article is worth checking out. Or check out the video below for instructions for how to make Bulletproof Coffee yourself.

There’s also been a more recent, and extensive, writeup about Bulletproof Coffee over at Gizmodo that’s worth checking out.

(This post originally appeared on my other blog, Peak Geek, and has been reprinted here)

Starbucks introduces ‘Mobile Order & Pay’ in Portland

starbucks_orderStarbucks is giving its iPhone-toting patrons a new option for visiting their stores…they can use an app to order and pay for their drink before they’ve even arrived at the store. When they show up, it’s ready (or close to ready)…no more standing in what can be a very long line at times. This is being offered in Portland, Oregon, only right now as a beta test, but Starbucks plans to roll it out on a city by city basis throughout 2015 (and eventually, add the feature to its Android app). It’ll be interesting to see how this evolves…it’s a pretty big change in the fast food retail experience.
Read more over at Wired.

Best time of day to drink coffee?

besttime4coffee2-i3coffee-jpIn the mornings, your body is already doing its thing to wake you up…and because of that, the caffeine in coffee isn’t really needed then. It’s best to wait until your body hits its natural lows, which are in the late morning and early afternoon, as this infographic shows. You can read more about the logic behind this idea over at Forbes.com.

Drought in Vietnam creating coffee price concerns

Vietnam is experiencing a really bad drought right now, and if they don’t get rain in the next few weeks, the impact on coffee crops could be huge – maybe as much as a 30% decrease in production this year. They’re primarily growing Robusta beans, not the higher-quality Arabica beans used by all specialty coffee shops, but this would still impact everyone. Producers who typically package these Robusta beans may have to blend in some more expensive Arabica ones…raising the price on the product being sold as well as increasing demand for Arabica.

Of greater concern is that variability in supply like this is likely to become the new norm as climate change impacts these small coffee-producing regions of this planet. The future availability of this crop is uncertain, and while there will always be coffee beans produced, the supply is likely to be variable and may wreck havoc on companies that rely upon it for their business.

(via Bloomberg)

Coffee emergency in Guatemala

Farmers in Guatemala are having a tough time battling a fungus known as ‘coffee rust’ which withers the leaves and can ultimately kill the coffee plant. The president of Guatemala has committed $14 million to help the farmers buy pesticides and receive instruction on how to better prevent the disease, and contain it from spreading. Climate change is partly to blame for this increasing threat, and that brings up the larger issue…in the years ahead, climate change is going to affect these delicate coffee growing regions more and more.
(via the AP)