Category Archives: Coffee

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)

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)

Elephant poop coffee

So here’s one of those things that I thought (and hoped) was a joke, but it seems to be legit. Capitalizing on the high prices of Kopi Luwak coffee, and the massive sizes of elephants’ guys, entrepreneurs in Thailand have put a herd of twenty elephants to work eating and pooping coffee beans to subtly alter its flavor (after it’s been pooped, collected, and washed of course). Or to put it another way, to charge incredible amounts of money due to the scarcity of elephant poop coffee. Yes, I’m more than a bit skeptical of the value of this…there are so many great coffee beans to be found for less than $50 per pound, I just don’t see the value in paying around $500 (yes, five HUNDRED) dollars a pound for coffee beans that have traveled through the intestinal tract of an elephant in Thailand.

(read more here)

Climate change and coffee

Bad news, coffee lovers. Human-caused global warming is threatening our beloved coffee supply! Some of the areas most vulnerable to climate change are the areas where most coffee is currently grown. In time, we might adapt, but you can expect cost to increase, and quality to decrease. Enjoy it while you can…

Ups and Downs of Caffeine

Ok, time for another caffeine-related infographic! This one had some interesting data on the amount of caffeine in various substances, some of which I had never heard of (caffeinated marshmallows? perky jerky?). Apart from that though, it really just states the obvious, with the benefits and drawbacks of caffeine (and I suspect you know those firsthand by now), and withdrawl symptoms (been there, done that). Click through for the full image.
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15 Things to know about caffeine

Ah, caffeine…where would I be without it? Yeah, I’m hooked on it, though it’s actually a secondary benefit to drinking coffee…I honestly do enjoy the taste of a nice, fresh roasted cup of coffee or espresso! But the caffeine, it sure is a nice side effect. Shown below is an interesting infographic with, well, let’s face it…more information than you want to know about caffeine (did you know that the International Olympic Committee banned caffeine in competitions?). If you’re in a learning mood today, click through and enjoy!
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