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4 Reasons Why Bulletproof Coffee May Be Bad for You

You may have read about Bulletproof Coffee here or elsewhere on the internet, and if you’re like me, but before you consider making that a regular part of your routine, check out this video below of some reasons why it may NOT be the best choice for you! As always though, do your own research to decide for yourself…there are always pros and cons to each side.

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)

Caffeine crystals

Check out this cool false-color image of caffeine crystals, taken by a scanning electron microscope! Pretty neat. Check out more close up images at the Wellcome Image Awards.

Espressoda

I’ve pretty much given up soda in my life, but this new espresso flavored soda from Japan just might change it if it ever makes it to my local grocery store! Called Espressoda, it combines the taste of espresso, with the cool sparkling goodness of soda, supposedly without ruining the flavor of the coffee in the process.

Starbucks buys US-made mugs

With all the pressure to build products overseas to save a few pennies, it’s nice to see corporate giants like Starbucks buy US-made products now and then instead. They’re credited with basically keeping American Mug and Stein in Ohio open, with a recent 20,000 mug order for Starbucks. Way to go!
(via The Consumerist)

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…

Clean your grill with coffee!

Here’s a great use for any stale coffee laying around your kitchen…brew up a pot, pour it into the sink, and soak your BBQ grills in there! Coffee’s acidic, which helps loosen the gunk and grime. Also works on oven burners.

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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