In case you haven't heard, Bulletproof Coffee is the latest trend in the Paleosphere http://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/
To summarize, it's beans that are supposed to be low in mycotoxins + grassfed butter. Kind of a rift on traditional Tibetan butter tea.
I've been trying it because I love coffee, but normally it turns my stomach into sludge. So far, so good. Is it the butter? Or the low-mycotoxin coffee? Or french pressing it? Some roasting difference (I'm pretty sensitive to certain smoked/roasted foods)?For the record I had an allergy skintest and no longer test sensitive to molds, so it's quite curious to me.
Others are skeptical http://shotzombies.com/2012/02/01/bulletproof%E2%84%A2-upgraded-grass-fed-coffee/
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The coffee community is skeptical because he makes a bunch of unsubstantiated claims about quality and provides none of the transparency required to back it up. Coffee is a crop that grows on the side of mountains and is harvested under incredibly varying conditions. Even at the most progressive farms in the world the end result is a product that changes every season. The idea that he's found some magical farm that is resistant to mold is total nonsense. That said, in order to be classified as Specialty Coffee it has to score an 80+ on a 100 point scale. Mold is considered a defect resulting in lower grade. In other words, bad coffee you shouldn't drink anyway. No high quality coffees have mold damage, by definition. The Specialty market is only about 20% of the overall market, so it's easy to drink bad coffee. But this guy is not operating in that 20%, and instead seems to be focused on hacking the marketing instead.
If you drink a coffee that makes you feel bad, I'd respectfully suggest that you've been sold a low grade coffee (80% of a $9 billion market).
Melissa since you're now in Chicago (or nearabouts) I'd recommend getting to know some folks at Intelligentsia. Just as you have with your new meat purveyors. They're operating at a legitimately high level and are helping to make that chain smaller. There are others as well of course, but Intelligentsia is one of the best and in your area.
He doesn't even tell us where it's from. Would you put anything else in your mouth whose origins you couldn't verify?
Scam or awesome? More like totally irrelevant. I can get great quality organic dark roast coffee in town, and our local organic dairy, with grass-fed Jersey cows, has fantastic heavy cream. I find the idea of a pool of grease floating on top of my coffee unappealing.
There are two totally unrelated issues with Bulletproof coffee:
1) lower mycotoxin coffee and specifically his "Upgraded coffee" beans
2) adding grass-fed butter to your coffee.
number 2, is relatively simple: butter replaces cream; it can be greasy if you don't emulsify it; some like it some don't; it works for the tibetans and their yak butter. give it a try -- no big deal.
number 1 is more complex. Bulletproof Upgraded coffee is Portland Roasting Guatemalan coffee -- you can go to their website and buy it directly slightly cheaper. I can't figure out if the Upgraded Coffee is just the regular Portland Roasting Guatemalan coffee packaged in his packaging, or if he gets special lower-mold versions of their coffee. I suspect the former. I would also be interested in the level of mold/mycotoxins in other organic or special high grade coffee. It is hard to tell.
Here is a detailed assessment of his coffee claims from: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/19863/are-fungal-toxins-a-significant-problem-in-coffee-and-if-so-can-they-be-avoide
The blog post: * Is (so far) the first and only one I've ever seen stating mold to be a practical problem in coffee - in the sense of being present in a high enough quantity to matter (mold grows everywhere). * Uses all kinds of weasel words to describe symptoms ("edgy", "cranky", "useless mentally"). * Describes symptoms that are well in line with plain old caffeine withdrawal. * Frequently links to other blog posts on the same site, most of which are "top 10 ways" and "top 5 reasons" fluff pieces. * Manages to cite and thoroughly misuse two studies: one from 1995, and another from 2003. Both are about Ochratoxin A (OA), which isn't even the biggest risk; Aflatoxin is. (More on these later). * Advertises a fairly expensive product, sold by the same author.
The author: * Is, according to his LinkedIn profile (which I refuse to link here), the VP of Cloud Security at Trend Micro - a Silicon Valley tech company. Neither he nor his employer has any experience in human biology or nutrition. * Makes all sorts of fantastical claims about himself: "He upgraded his brain by >20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise." * Has an entire page of testimonials, which he frequently cites as "evidence". * Has an entire site dedicated to product-peddling, including the ubiquitous six-second abs and even a $60 "earthing mat", if you can believe that. Go ahead, see for yourself. * Is, in short, not much different from every other con artist and MLM out there on the web selling colon cleansers and magnetic bracelets; he just likes to use technobabble instead of conventional pseudoscience, hoping to woo the geeks out there who don't fall for the usual snake oil.
The facts and studies: * The largest sample tested was just 60 samples of beans, and was tested from only one source (Brazil). This is fine for individual studies, but in the real world there are hundreds (thousands?) of sources from many different countries. It's safe to say that the current studies don't even come close to testing all of the coffee from around the world. * Both OA studies found an incidence rate of approximately 50% for the OA-producing mold, at wildly different concentrations (minimum 0.2 ppb in one study, maximum 7.8 ppb in another). * Neither the FDA nor the EFSA actually have a legal limit for OA, but the EFSA "suggests" a limit of 8 ??g/kg, which means that even the worst samples are below the very conservative legal limit. * One study actually tested the incidence of OA in brewed coffee, not just the beans, and found a maximum of 7.8 ppb in the brew (that's 7.8 ??g per 1 kg of ground coffee). For reference, there's an EFSA directive recommending an intake of no more than 120 ng/kg (body weight) per week, which comes out to 8.4 ??g/day for a 150 lb/70 kg individual, or 1.2 ??g/day. * Based on the worst contamination of brewed coffee (7.8 ??g/kg), doing the math, you'd have to consume the brew from 150 g of ground coffee per day. That's about half a standard-sized tin of coffee. Per day. * The 3rd study (the one rumtscho linked to, not cited by the blogger/con artist) looked at Aflatoxin, not Ochratoxin, which actually is regulated by the FDA at a maximum of 20 ppb. This study also showed approximately a 50% incidence rate after roasting, with the highest concentration of AT being 16 ??g/kg for decaf (less with caffeine). So that means with any random cup of coffee you have up to a 50% chance of consuming an amount of AT that's still well below the FDA limit - that's very nearly zero risk. * None of the studies test the rate of mold growth on beans while in storage under various conditions (temperature, humidity, etc.), so we can't comment on what happens in storage.
So I guess if you want to really be on the safe side, only buy as much coffee as you think you can use in a week or two.
Don't believe everything that people tell you - especially people with something to sell. Unless you're drinking gallons of coffee a day, brewed coffee is perfectly safe. [end of quote from other site]
As for a general assessment of his website: I think the diet info is generally very good, and the infographic is especially good. But there are some very scammy elements to his website. He recently delved into investment advice and even directed readers to a specific investment adviser/manager and the investment advice is complete and utter nonsense -- literally very obvious snake oil "I-have-a-secret-formula-for-beating-the-market". Total hucksterism. It really makes the whole website suspect for me and makes me suspect the coffee and anything else he is selling. I suspect he read Ferris' 4 hour work week book, and this website is 4 hour work week business all aiming to make money and I would not trust anything on the site unless it refers to specific authoritative sources. Much of the diet advice does refer to specific authoritative sources, but most of it is just basic paleo conventional wisdom that most here would not find controversial.
In short, I think the diet infographic is the best thing on the site, and I would be very hesitant to trust any of the other claims aobut products or anything else on the site without more transparency and sources that back up the claims.
You are in luck because if you blend it there will be no pool of grease of any kind.
Seems to me that a stimulant addiction is a scam no matter who the dealer is. They should make coffee that you can snort off of a mirror for the full 80s club scene effect.
Here's my response, and it echoes what others have said.
I'm a fan of Dave Asprey. A big fan. However, like anything, Bulletproof coffee is something you have to try if you're a regular coffee drinker. Those who are, like daily, it's very easy to incorporate and test. Like others, I'm always looking for a new edge to my morning/after coffee.
The stuff is legit. At least N=1. I feel great when I use MCT Oil + Butter. I also use Cinnamon + Stevia and blend it for a minute. The result is a fabulous, filling and creamy drink that can last a few hours (I generally make 32-40 oz at a time and carry it in a thermos).
I have a pretty demanding job, at least one that requires a cognitive function on-point most of the time. I've definitely seen benefits not only getting started in the day, but maintaining a high-level performance for a longer period of time. Maybe some of it is placebo, thinking I'm consuming this great stuff that should make me perform higher.
However, if this isn't enough for me to buy-in, I've tried a few other things with it. Using it DURING a heavy strength/Crossfit workout. I'm not sure if it's the MCT Oil (most have tried this as a pre-workout in the past) or the caffeine (or a combo), but it works. It's works great. After letting it cool, I've sipped on BPC for an hour and been able to complete things I've never done before. Again, maybe there is some natural progression going on here, but in-comparison to previous stuff, it's seemed to work better.
So in conclusion, maybe it's not magic, but for two things I take very seriously (work and fitness), I've seen serious benefits both physically and mentally since I started making BPC (or some personal variance) everyday.
Can't tell you whether it's a scam -- what I -can- tell you is that the coffee smells wonderful and has an amazing flavor, so whether it's got any benefits in terms of health or not, it satisfies on an emotional level -- and that's important, too, isn't it?
Who came first, Tim Ferriss or Asprey?
Hmmm...my initial thought is does it have to be either a scam or awesome?
If you are finding that your tummy is handling it better than your regular cup of joe, then great! You'll find skeptics of EVERYTHING on the internet!
The bulletproof exec site is down right now, so I'm not too sure as to what their big claim is, also what the price difference is. Now I'm SUPER curious though.
Mycotoxins in coffee is interesting - and I would think that there is HUGE variability in how much would be in different types of coffee, brands and could also vary greatly from bag to bag.
I wouldn't say it has the potential to be a scam because he clearly tells you how to make it without obligation to buying his coffee. I do believe it is in how you prepare it, and the quality of the coffee makes a huge difference. Also, be sure to use UN-SALTED butter. When I do skip breakfast, it works wonders for me. Could be that it's not everyone's "cup of tea".
I have been super skeptical of Dave Asprey and Bulletproof... been pretty vocal about it with some of my answers here on PaleoHacks.
But F me I dig bulletproof coffee! Ordered the beans and have been drinking it for a week along with the MCT oil and a teaspoon of sugar and I feel incredible. I am 10 days away from shooting my senior thesis film so things are incredibly crazy and non-stop for me with very little opportunity to get a full nights rest (7 hours max)... but the coffee has keep me sharp, energetic, but still able to calm down at night and sleep. I guess I feel bulletproof.... HAA!
I drink coffee and eat 2tbsp of coconut butter every morning. Being a coffee snob, I like to source my coffee direct (no Tim Hortons or Starbucks brands here) and I use my own espresso machine to make a morning Americano. I highly doubt my body can tell the difference between eating them separately or as one unit. The way I see it: I get my coffee, I get my coconut butter, I get butter (cooked my eggs in it). It's not a passcode. The body can't tell the difference between bites (or slurps).
I do like the Bulletproof guy, although I disagree with some of his supplements, I think it's great he continually hacks himself.
I've been experimenting for a couple of months with going only high end specialty coffee beans (single source, higher elevation, good processing, etc) and can say I do seem to have sharper mental focus without the usual side effects of too much coffee in a day. I suppose it could be placebo, don't know unless I started doing double blind tests on myself.
The butter + MCT oil has been amazing. I used it once to fuel a 4 hour night snowboarding session in 17 degree weather (well plus a couple of egg yolks) and I felt great. Also seems to give me good solid even energy throughout most the day in general, prior to jiu jitsu classes, etc. Recommended.
I feel good with it (using standard coffee), and can substitute it for breakfast happily, with butter and MCTs from coconut oil as fuel. As that reduces the window for eating protein and carbohydrate it's an appealing idea for a decadent "fast" of sorts.
Very skeptical about the impact of mycotoxins on mental fog and other subjective measures, I think we're into placebo territory. Perhaps there are some people very sensitive, and if so Dave Asprey's one, but his diet is tailored around the risk of mycotoxins which I personally think is taking things too far for the vast majority. He's good on marketing though and I'd wish him all the best with popularising the health effects of coffee. It's supposedly the largest source of antioxidants for the average American, lowers diabetes risk etc.
I can definitely vouch for better quality coffee reducing the jitters and negative side effects of crappy coffee. I roast green beans at home which makes drinking coffee literally the best part of the day. I go to bed at night thinking of how good the coffee will be in the morning.
I've tried Dave's "recipe" with butter and coconut oil, but I can't say I was nuts about it. I definitely prefer pasture-raised heavy cream. You don't get that butter-on-the-lips feeling...
Did you try regular coffee with grassfed butter yourself and still have the sludge problem? I'm also in the camp questioning mycotoxins being as bad as he says.
Oh, and it's a moot point for me, I can't stand the taste of coffee...
n=1 on this but I tried it a few times with Chock Full O Nuts Dark New York roast and it made me excessively jittery. I then went out and splurged on some Wet Processed high quality coffee from Gimme Coffee! (a local roaster) and noticed a huge difference in the jitters and mental fog that sometimes comes with too much coffee for me too much at once. I haven't tried the brand that he is selling, but I can confirm that using better coffee gave me better results.
I went all out on the bulletproof diet for a full month. BP coffee in the morning and grass fed beef, spinach etc. Lost 25 pounds in 30 days and feel great. It's definitely not a placebo. The coffee clearly gives you more energy and like someone said earlier, Dave gives you ways to find BP low-toxin coffees in your city right on his blog. I don't even buy his Upgraded stuff but I drink the BP coffee every morning now and feel great. Dave has some great insight on diet - it really has transformed my life not to sound completely cheesy. Try it for a month, it won't kill you. I have no doubt everyone on this board will feel better.
Here are some good bets for mycotoxin free coffee brands broken up into mechanical processing & wet processing : blog.healclick.com/mycotoxin-free-coffee-brands/
I wasn't too fond of paying $25 per lb of coffee, and it turns out many coffees that meet the criteria of mechanical (or wet) process / high elevation / single-origin (or better yet, single-estate) can be found for much closer to what you'd pay for any organic/fair-trade beans.
All other things put aside, I can't think of any reason someone would benefit from scamming people into putting butter in their coffee.
i buy fazenda aurea from burmancoffee.com It is supposedly dry processed. It is one of the cheapest green coffee beans available from that site and I've found a world of difference in roasting it at home--controlling the roast and not going much beyond first crack results in a very mild bean that is welcome to the more tender stomachs in the household (I am a phillistine and roast in a wok outside.)
this is the first thing I read regarding mycotoxin in coffee: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7451391 "study not continued as 70-80% of toxins studied were eliminated in the roasting process)
I've also switched from using a french press to melitta #2 brown filters in a single-serve funnel. The press seemed necessary to get flavor out of the semi-stale stuff you end up with (yes, even at the local roaster that people seem to idolize) but now that I have control over the whole process, this method preserves just enough.
Here is my roundabout confirmation of the benefits of wet-processed coffee. I noticed 30 years ago that regular coffee made the muscles in my neck and back tense. That's when I switched to organic coffee (which, as you may guess, was a bit more difficult to find back then.) My speculation back then was that the chemicals used on regular coffee affected my muscles. Several years ago I noticed that, even though I drank organic coffee, it was disturbing my system in some undefined way, enough for me to consider dropping coffee. Then I tried the (local to me) Goshen coffee. It's what I've been using ever since, except for the occasional disappointing attempt to use another brand. I see there's a thread on Marks Daily Apple forum where the participant called Goshen who said that most of their coffees are wet-processed.
I have tried using pastured organic butter in my coffee, but I can't discern any functional difference between using butter and cream, other than taste. Anybody know why butter would be better than cream, given that cream is used to make butter? (I suppose there's already a thread on that somewhere.)
I'll add to the sentiment here, though most have covered it. After reading his theories, I discovered that my friendly neighborhood roastery carries wet-processed, single-origin coffee and I've been using it at home in our espresso maker for morning lattes (so I'm not doing the whole protocol). About 80% of the time, my morning is brighter, happier, and more productive (gee, aren't I an addict?!). Sometimes, not as much or just less noticeable of a pick-me-up. I attribute this to natural variation in supply.
However. When I consume regular crap coffee? It's bad. Jitters, anxiety, unable to get full thoughts out of my mouth, acid reflux, and a weird empty tummy feeling for the rest of the day no matter how much I eat. These are the reasons I gave up coffee years ago, so as far as I'm concerned, Bulletproof Exec gave me my coffee back. Thank gawd.
On the one hand, I'm in favor of better quality coffee yes. I find his argument about lower mycotoxin coffee to be compelling. But I can get single origin water processed organic coffee from a high quality local roaster (and by local, I mean across the street from my work) for $6 less per 12oz than he's charging.
But the other side of it, the whole grassfed butter & MCT oil part, he loses me. When I IF I'm perfectly fine drinking straight black coffee. When I've tried grassfed butter in my coffee it seems to trigger more hunger in me than taking it black. And when I'm not IFing, I eat a very nutrient dense breakfast. So personally, I don't see the point in replacing my nutrient dense breakfast with butter filled coffee nor do I see the point in screwing up my IF by throwing calories in my coffee. Especially since I happen to enjoy a good cup of black coffee, and adding butter just adds minutes of fuss to my morning routine (I'm more inclined to IF on mornings I'm running late).
I call 'hype'. Butter or coconut oil, I want my cream suspended in my coffee, not floating on top.
Just a quick comment on the title of this article: whether there's value in Mr Asprey's Bulletproof methodology is for you to decide after trying it, but the Bulletproof Diet is certainly not a scam. It could only be considered a scam by a reasonable person if Mr Asprey didn't wholeheartedly believe in it to the point of staking his considerable reputation and business on the value it offers the public, to whom it is freely published. And yet he does, which is strong evidence to its legitimacy. Additional evidence is available to anyone with a basic understanding of the principles of psychology, or real scams, who upon reviewing the content in question will immediately determine the authenticity of Mr Asprey's belief in his public works. What this means is that if it offers no value then it doesn't qualify as a scam, but simply as "lame". The many testimonials coming from all over the world, however, suggest otherwise. Of course, the only opinion that really matters is ones own, so why not experiment a little?
I suggest renaming your article "Bulletproof diet: Misguided or Awesome?"
Thanks for a great contribution, your website owns.
I understand Bulletproof coffee to be high-quality coffee + grassfed butter + coconut oil. I tried this today. I can say that it did help in suppressing my very healthy appetite, but mostly because it made me feel rather sick for most of the day.
Regarding the extra energy and clarity of mind, I will say this: I was sick as a dog yesterday with a nasty flu + fever. This morning I decided to have Bulletproof coffee and come to work. I completely forgot about the claims regarding extra energy and clarity. Well, throughout the morning I thought to myself, SEVERAL times: "WOW i haven't felt this sharp in at least 10 years". Was it the extra sleep I got yesterday???? Could be... or it could be the coffee.
Long story short.... I don't think BP coffee requires the marketed Upgraded coffee. Any high quality coffee is fine. In my experience, it does help control hunger via messing up your stomach, and yes it does help with energy levels and brain activity in general.
Here is Dave Asprey's response to claims that his coffee is simply the Guatemalan coffee from Portland Roasters (which doesn't seem to carry the Guatemalan coffee anymore anyway). I wish he gave more detail about his "quality control steps" or about his certainty that "coffee production problems are a major health concern," but anyway, here's what he writes, which you can find here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread66674.html
"Miss Understood, you're kind of putting words in my mouth. You can get 80% reliability that your coffee is going to make you feel good if you follow the "high grade" algorithm I published on the site. That works because washed coffee is FAR superior to natural process, but Upgraded Coffee is neither - it is entirely unfermented, and the process I designed to create it has a bunch of other quality control steps involved based on the research I did. Upgraded Coffee gives you 100% reliability and costs $2/bag more than Starbucks.
"I am certain that coffee production problems are a major cause of health problems (and performance problems) in people who drink most coffee. I dream of a world where I can get clean coffee everywhere.
"So of course I went to the top ranked roaster to roast my beans. Guatemala is a big coffee producer and Portland has some Guatemalan beans too that will look similar (they are both from Guatemala after all) , but the only place you can get Upgraded Coffee (which is lab tested too btw!) is from me. Plus, you're supporting a member of the community who has never made a cent from selling coffee - everything I've made so far has gone into paying for a team and for more research and writing on the site. It's not overpriced for what it is, and it's unique."
I cannot help but smile sideways at most of the negative comments levelled at Mr. Asprey's suggestions by those who admittedly have not tried out his formulas and/or suggestions. Armchair critics are a dime a dozen and usually have little by way of their own experiences with which to formulate sound judgement. Live. Learn. Try new things and expand your horizons. Otherwise, it might be preferable to remain silent and put one's efforts toward objective understanding rather than rampant lambasting. Be well, beloved monkeys.
I tried the coffee and I like it. I can see how people would be skeptical of the bulletproof diet and Dave Asprey's general take on nutrition. I think it's important for us all to be skeptical but I see a passionate guy that has a lot to say. He pretty much turned my world upside-down when I first heard him on the Joe Rogan podcast. But I did a lot of research and decided that trying it for myself was the only way to know... I'll say that he has a very informative podcast with many interesting guests!
By the way, I am blogging about it here: http://bulletproofcoffee.wordpress.com/
The fresher and less processed your food the better. Coffee, beef, butter, anything. Asprey's set-up does not require anyone to buy his products, it's convenient as he's already done the legwork of tracking down the freshest (if you believe him). I've decided to follow his plan, but have sourced everything out myself. I'm not bothering with MCT oil, just virgin coconut oil. I went with Guatemalen single-source beans from Sweet Maria's. I think they're wet processed, I can't remember if I was able to identify that or not.
Depending on how much volume is lost in roasting, it may be worth it to buy Asprey's product. We'll see.
I have a friend who is a coffee roaster in northern Wisconsin. I've been drinking his coffee via mail order for years. Haven't lived there for a long time, so I only talk to him a couple times a year. But it's a one man operation, with a peanut roaster on the back porch.
I can't speak to the bulletproof concerns, but I can say that Harry's roasts are awesome, and I love supporting a small sole-proprietor business.
Here's a link: http://www.nwcoffeemills.com/
I like darker coffees so usually go for the french roast. I also get a kick out of the traveler blend, which IIRC, is so named because you can walk around the yard with a cup, and if it gets cold, it still tastes good.
Scam. Like most of that site....
I emailed a roaster about which of their 20 green coffee beans were wet processed and they responded that only one of their beans was dry processed... so in this casea majority of high quality coffee beans are going to be mold free, Daves using the mold for marketing to scare you into buying his coffee. Just find out if your source uses wet processing.
I like BP coffee. I am not sure that coffee itself is the best thing for me in my little adrenal hole, but that's another PH topic.
I think the flavor is perfect, a medium roast, it brews nicely in the aeropress, and whether with the butter/mct or with heavy cream it is darn tasty.
FWIW, I like the salted butter in it. I like salt.
I think Dave is likely the real deal - he makes money off his site. But he states everything upfront, from his history to his supplements to his prejudices. Grounding is weird, but it might have something going for it. Who doesn't feel better after sleeping outside on the earth or after walking around barefoot? Mycotoxins? Yeah that's freaky. There's a lot we don't know and finding the balance between stressing about these things versus doing really positive healthy choices for our life - that's the trick.
I am fine with his endeavors. If we were not allowed to make money from the things we were good at or have knowledge about... WTF.
I've been doing bulletproof coffee, and tea as well to avoid too much caffeine (green tea + holy basil) for a few months now, gotta say, it's very addictive, and very very good stuff. :)
Kicks me right into ketosis if I drink it 1st thing in the morning and skip breakfast. Has me feeling awesome the whole day.
Recently the Rockerfeller Center Farmer's Market opened up again, and one of the vendors has sweet cream butter from grassfed cows. Totally loving this stuff.
We've been drinking bullet proof coffee for 3 months now. Having studied Sally Fallon, etc, and having had years of celiac, when a friend turned me on to the Bullet Proof coffee, I immediately tried it. It's delicious and powers you for about 6 to 8 hours without the come down after 45 minutes or so from having put sugar in your coffee. I highly recommend this one. We haven't had any other coffee since we started this.
We buy high altitude organic coffee at the local store and haven't bought anything from his site.
The easiest way to find out if something works is to try it, rather than speculate on a forum. ;-)
Anyone know of a comparable (but cheaper) coffee I can order online? I've scavenged coffee-selling sites but frankly I am far from a coffee connoisseur, even taking Dave's advice into account. THANKS! :)
I have no idea whether it is a scam or not, and personally I don't really care. What I do care about is that, using Dave's parameters, I found the best coffee ever at a local roastery. I never understood what people were talking about when they said that if you're drinking good coffee, it shouldn't need sugar. It's true! I blend my coffee with a tsp of butter and a tsp of coconut oil. Tried it with more fat, but just couldn't stomach it. I also eat breakfast, so I don't need it to fast. In general, I am pretty skeptical of Dave, and hearing that he takes thyroid hormones and testosterone, which he fails to mention, makes me even more skeptical. I wouldn't buy his coffee, but I'm grateful that he's educated me a bit about coffee in general!
Buying the actual coffee sold on his site isn't the key. If you have a good quality source of coffee, it should be completely fine. Like someone else said, he's done a great job at marketing the idea of MCT fats (MCT or CO) and grass-fed butter blended in the coffee to make money.
It's an idea anyone could have tinkered with he's just found a way to profit from it. I can respect that. It's more about the combo than his actual coffee.
As an upset I have run out of Bulletproof coffee and replaced it with other expensive Intelligensia and Crop to Cup coffee and I feel the same. And the Intelligensia tastes better.
I noticed coffee always made me feel like crap, after several hours. I figured this was due to, too much caffeine. I, then switched to organic swiss process decaf ( Dave said decaf has the highest concentration of mycotoxins) and still felt like crap. I gave up on coffee and caffeine for a long time. Just recently, I came back to caffeine in the form of 5 hour energy shots. I noticed none of the same crappy feeling that coffee gave me. I found Dave's website and his post on mycotoxins. I put this altogether and realized these mycotoxins are a real threat to performance and need to be avoided. I took the plunge and bought Dave's expensive coffee and wow is all I can say. A profound difference in how I feel after this coffee vs cheap crap. Mycotoxins have been researched for sometime, and the data doesn't look good for those consuming them.
i agree with melissa.. i just broke a 40 hour fast wiht it.. Oh, man.. amazing! :D
If you want your coffee to taste absolutely wonderful, put it in a powerful blender with your butter & coconut oil. I add cinnamon and blend it high speed for over a minute. You get a frothy layer- like a latte. Delicious!
I began incorporating a lot of butter and heavy cream into my diet late last year, and I must say I have been converted to a 'purist'. I have no immediate reaction to dairy, but after months of heavy cream and butter usage my gut just felt 'wrong'. I would say to try this, as many find cream and butter to be fine, but I would also cut it out completely for a few weeks to see if anything changes.
I'm new here at Paleohacks, but I when I did a Google search on Bulletproof Coffee, this thread came up. I have been doing this at home with heavy cream and butter. My question is this: I can't afford grassfed right now, but I have had grassfed butter from Kerrygold and it's amazing. So, do I absolutely have to have the grassfed or can I still do it this way for a little while until I can spring for grassfed?
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My vote is... Awesome! However, I make mine a little different. I use a good quality locally sourced coffee, add butter, MCT, a big chunk of Himalayan salt, and a teaspoon of sunflower lecithin. Whiz it up in a blender and it's way past amazing. Worth getting out of bed for. PS - I don't know if the low toxin coffee is mandatory. Everyone reading this is subjected to mold every day of your life and you body is equipped to deal with it. It only becomes a problem if (1) you are hyper sensitive or, (2) you can not properly detox or, (3) you get a huge exposure that overwhelms your detox pathways.
Regular coffee has always made me feel unwell a few hours after I drink one. This was dissapointing for me because I like the morning kick. I have quit coffee and all caffiene consumption before but felt sad and just wished I could have a small cup every now and then.
I decided to order a bag of bulletproof beans just to try. I don't use butter, oil or do anything different. I just make a French press coffee with a dash of conventional milk.
I'm very happy to report that I feel well after drinking it.
A lot of people who agree with the Paleo philosophy do so because they believe that to 'eat clean' must be better than the opposite. So in saying that, drinking clean low mycotoxin coffee is simply just sourcing the best quality coffee you can.
Be Well :)
Asprey is simply a well-spoken salesmen who uses just enough science to sell his over-priced products to the gullible “bro’s” out there. I will admit I fell for his spiel and went all in on the “bulletproof coffee”. What happened was my cholesterol shot through the roof at 300+, didn’t lose any weight, and burned my adrenals (pissing all the time, racing heartbeat). Asprey’s weight loss is probably due to the exogenous testosterone and modafinil he takes, not because of his fat-bomb coffee. People are playing with their health listening to his advice because no one knows how it will play out 20-30 years from now. Asprey’s fear of mycotoxins in coffee is completely unfounded (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7451391). Let's face it, most of us drank Starbucks the last 20 years with no problems. Maybe 1% of people are affected by the residual mycotoxins left over after roasting. Our body's detox systems are meant to handle it. The same or very similar coffee he sells for $18.95 can be bought from Portland Roasting Coffee for $9.95. If you notice, his blog is just a facade to sell his over-priced items most of which can be bought much cheaper. NOW brand MCT oil is the same as his MCT oil, but comes in a glass jar instead of his plastic bottle (oil should never be sold in a plastic bottle) and is much cheaper than his.
For unbiased health advice, people should read the work of scientists who aren’t hawking products.
Anything that costs that much is a scam IMHO. If you buy a high grade organic coffee and grass fed organic butter and high grade organic coconut oil, you can achieve the same results. I add a teaspoon of butter and a teaspoon of coconut oil to my coffee in a tall, wide jug and use my handheld blender on it for a few minutes to make it frothy. Just don't make the mistake I made one morning and just use the mug to blend it in. Coffee everywhere!
Well, I say just try it. At worst you are out the $18 bucks for a bag of premium coffee. Personally, I have had a lot of trouble with coffee, although I love it. It makes me crash and shake so I had to stop drinking it. I tried a semi-bullet proof version using what I had on hand - coffee that I keep in the freezer and a tablespoon of coconut oil (don't have the expensive MCT stuff yet) plus a little almond milk to make it creamy and some stevia to sweeten it up. I will get myself some grass fed butter this week, but I will tell you this combo (semi-bullet proof) is pretty awesome. No shakiness, great concentration/ability to get things finished and I feel rested at night. So, I am going to get his stuff as soon as I get through the bag I have. I thought his site provided lots of really great information and resources, I don't mind if he makes money with his products. If I like them I will buy them again, if not I won't, nobody is holding a gun to my head!
Mr Upgraded Bullet- Proof is doing the rounds on Podcasts. I tried to post this on Sinularity 1 on 1’s forum, but have been blocked by the moderator. So hopefully people googling his name and “fraud” will be able to read this analysis.
The slick salesman Dave Asprey follows the same script as other scam artists before him. We are told to believe that someone without the credentials of Dietician or Sports Medicine Doc knows more than people who have careers specializing in these disciplines. Show us the data for your outlandish claims (“lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise”). The disciplines of Sports medicine and Nutrition have peer review journals and invest time and money providing data. The plural of anecdote is anecdotes. It is NOT data.
Dave Asprey is not just some guy promoting good health out of a humanitarian desire. He’s selling a number of dubious supplements on his site. First of all, supplements are not regulated in the US so they are extremely profitable. A recent study found that 30% of supplements tested did not contain ANY of the active ingredient listed on the label. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/11/222 What a great way to make money. Sell a high priced container of nothing.
One supplement Dave sells is collagen. Collagen is a long chain protein. It’s the product of an elaborate synthesis process that occurs throughout the body. When we consume collagen, usually in the form of food, the long chain proteins are broken down during digestion to their original amino acids. Only then can they be absorbed. Once absorbed, these amino acids are available as building blocks to support collagen synthesis throughout the body. So from a dietary perspective, your body doesn’t care (and can’t tell) if you ate a collagen supplement, cheese, quinoa, beef, or chick peas — they’re all sources of protein, and indistinguishable by the time they hit the bloodstream. The body doesn’t treat amino acids derived from collagen any differently than any other protein source. For this reason, the idea that collagen supplementation can be is highly implausible, if not impossible in principle.http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/collagen-an-implausible-supplement-for-joint-pain/
Glutathione is not absorbed very well when taken in the oral form. It is largely broken down by enzymes within the intestine. Studies have found that it is not possible to increase the amount of glutathione in your blood by taking it orally. Instead, glutathione must be administered intravenously.
Clicking on a few of the citation links on Dave’s website gives further evidence of fraud. For example, the first one under glutathione links to “Glutathione A critical role of glutathione in determining apoptosis sensitivity and resistance in leukemia cells.” Really? Is this relevant? Are we treating leukemia now?
Another citation under vanilla mistakenly links to “Vanilloid receptor antagonists” which has nothing to do with the flavoring agent vanilla (the transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TrpV1), also known as the capsaicin receptor and the vanilloid receptor. Actually, an “antagonist” would be an “anti-vanilla”!
Dave even lists a basic biochem textbook listed as a citation! (Biochemistry 3rd edition. San Francisco, Addison Wesly Longmnan, Inc., 2000)
Also listed for sale is $1500 vibration plate. The only placebo-controlled study to date (Delecluse et al. 2003) concluded "specific Whole Body Vibration protocol of 5 weeks had no surplus value upon the conventional training program to improve speed-strength performance in sprint-trained athletes". Therefore there is no clear indication that the vibrations actually do have added value when performing static exercises. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_body_vibrationIt is also not clear that the effects of whole body vibration can give similar results as that of regular exercise. In reality, vibration machines are not a replacement for weight loss and healthy living, and those under this impression are at a risk of neglecting their health. A study by Roelants et al. (2004) found that 24 weeks of whole body vibration did “not reduce weight, total body fat or subcutaneous fat in previously untrained females.” You can get a vibration plate (with handles) for $250 on Amazon.
The Mediterranean Diet is the diet with the science to back up the claims. Others have tried Dave’s dietary recommendations and seen tremendous jumps in their cholesterol levels. (Cholesterol up 70 points http://dangerandplay.com/2013/10/02/dave-asprey-bulletproof-coffee-executive/)
Here’s a good take down on the “upgraded” coffee http://coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/general/630128 This study found that roasting coffee beans destroys 70-80% of any mycotoxins. data showing 70--80% destruction by the roasting process of toxin s http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7451391
Any why do we need to use Miraculous butter in our coffee instead of some good old cream?
David credits it to his physique to his "Bulletproof Diet", but fails to mention that he's on Testosterone and Provigil/Nuvigil. Do an internet search, and you’ll also find allegations of HGH use. These adjuncts are not advisable for individuals without a medical indication. Is this really how he spent the $300,000? Without the data, we’re left to speculate.http://paleohacks.com/questions/111856/bulletproof-coffee-scam-or-awesome.html
Do you really believe the claim that there’s 100 of the magical muscle stimulation machines, and that none are for sale? Gee, there should be sufficient incentive for someone to market a product that allows health benefits for only 15 minutes a week.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Show us the data. Prove that humans don’t need exercise and can eat 4000 calories a day. Why aren’t dietary scientists concerned about mycotoxins in our food supply? Linking to Google searches which contain keyword products you are selling does not qualify as evidence. For someone who claims to be “bullet proof”, it’s not hard to poke holes in the claims.
In my own experience, I have found that drinking commercially available coffee, such as 'Starbucks', leaves me feeling jittery, especially after drinking it in large quantities. If I drink coffee on an empty stomach, the first thing in the morning, I often suffer from an energy crash a few hours later. I have tried the 'Bulletproof Coffee' recipe for two weeks and have found that it satisfies my appetite well into the afternoon and I have not yet experienced a similar type of crash. I cannot be certain of whether this is due to the difference in quality of the coffee beans or the recipe itself, with the addition of grass-fed butter and MCT oil, but I have noticed a difference in my level of energy and focus.With regards to mycotoxins polluting our sources of coffee, I believe there may be a slightly different perspective on its harmfulness. I have had a curiosity about fungi and mycology for a few years and have done a few experiments with various fungal species. The metabolic process of fungi relies on a nutritious substrate which it grows through and slowly digests. Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus and mushrooms are its fruiting bodies that sprout from the mycelium under the proper conditions. I have experimented with growing a strain of Oyster Mushrooms, Pleurotus Ostreatus, on various substrates and read that they crave caffeine. I was able to successfully propagate the Oyster mycelium on leftover organic coffee grounds from a local restaurant, but was unsuccessful at growing them on coffee grounds from 'Starbucks'. In my experience, strains of mycelium have difficulty "leaping onto" or transferring onto a substrate if other species of fungi or bacteria are already present. This is why mushroom growers pasteurize or sterilize their substrate beforehand to avoid contamination and to eliminate competitor microorganisms. Mycotoxins can act as a neurotoxin if digested. Mycotoxins are the enzymes that mycelium secretes to help breakdown the substrate and metabolize it. These enzymes have powerful denaturing capabilities and can disassemble the carbon-hydrogen bonds found in diesel and petroleum waste. Lignin peroxidase is the enzyme in Oyster mushrooms that breaks down organic tree matter. If these enzymes have the capability of breaking down dense organic matter such as tree stumps or chemically harmful toxins like petrol, would you want to have these enzymes in your daily cup of coffee, or would you rather buy coffee from a source that works to minimize the presence of these enzymes at each step of the process? Personally, I would rather buy coffee from a source that acknowledges the risk of the potential growth of mold, whether they are affiliated with Dave Asprey or not. If anyone is interested in finding out how attractive coffee is to various fungal species, you can do a simple experiment. The next time you make a cup of coffee at home, leave the coffee grounds in the coffee maker, or on the counter, for a few days and wait to see how longs it take for mold to grow on it.
In my own experience, I have found that drinking commercially available coffee, such as 'Starbucks', leaves me feeling jittery, especially after drinking it in large quantities. If I drink coffee on an empty stomach, the first thing in the morning, I often suffer from an energy crash a few hours later. I have tried the 'Bulletproof Coffee' recipe for two weeks and have found that it satisfies my appetite well into the afternoon and I have not yet experienced a similar type of crash. I cannot be certain of whether this is due to the difference in quality of the coffee beans or the recipe itself, with the addition of grass-fed butter and MCT oil, but I have noticed a difference in my level of energy and focus.
With regards to mycotoxins polluting our sources of coffee, I believe there may be a slightly different perspective on its harmfulness. I have had a curiosity about fungi and mycology for a few years and have done a few experiments with various fungal species. The metabolic process of fungi relies on a nutritious substrate which it grows through and slowly digests. Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus and mushrooms are its fruiting bodies that sprout from the mycelium under the proper conditions. I have experimented with growing a strain of Oyster Mushrooms, Pleurotus Ostreatus, on various substrates and read that they crave caffeine. I was able to successfully propagate the Oyster mycelium on leftover organic coffee grounds from a local restaurant, but was unsuccessful at growing them on coffee grounds from 'Starbucks'. In my experience, strains of mycelium have difficulty "leaping onto" or transferring onto a substrate if other species of fungi or bacteria are already present. This is why mushroom growers pasteurize or sterilize their substrate beforehand to avoid contamination and to eliminate competitor microorganisms.
Mycotoxins can act as a neurotoxin if digested. Mycotoxins are the enzymes that mycelium secretes to help breakdown the substrate and metabolize it. These enzymes have powerful denaturing capabilities and can disassemble the carbon-hydrogen bonds found in diesel and petroleum waste. Lignin peroxidase is the enzyme in Oyster mushrooms that breaks down organic tree matter.
If these enzymes have the capability of breaking down dense organic matter such as tree stumps or chemically harmful toxins like petrol, would you want to have these enzymes in your daily cup of coffee, or would you rather buy coffee from a source that works to minimize the presence of these enzymes at each step of the process? I would rather buy coffee from a source that acknowledges the risk of the potential growth of mold, whether they are affiliated with Dave Asprey or not. If anyone is interested in finding out how attractive coffee is to various fungal species, you can do a simple experiment. The next time you make a cup of coffee at home, leave the coffee grounds in the coffee maker, or on the counter for a few days and wait to see how longs it take for mold to grow on it.
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1mantruthsquad Why do you believe the Portaland Roasting company-Heuhuetenango Guatemalan coffee is the bulletproof coffee? I went to their website and they have a big photo of dry roasting coffee in the sun. Isn't this exactly what he is saying causes the mold?
I was searching for the bulletproof coffee farm in Guatemala for about when I found your comment. I want to identify the farm.
One of the only free documents I could find on toxins in coffee:
Ochratoxin A in Roasted Coffee from French Supermarkets and Transfer in Coffee Beverages: Comparison of Analysis Methods:
"Thus, the intake of a high coffee consumer who drinks 640 mL of coffee (1 bowl of 300 mL at breakfast; 1 cup of 85 mL at 10 o’clock; 1 cup after lunch; 1 cup in the afternoon; 1 cup after dinner) will reach 530 ng. For a human weighing 60 kg, this intake via coffee corresponds to half of the tolerable daily intake of OTA established by JECFA (joint expert committee of Food and Additives) . This intake of 530 ng is six times higher than the virtual safety dose (VSD) (1.5 ng/kg bw/day) established on the kidney tumors ! If we make the same calculation using the average OTA content (1.5 µg/kg) found in the coffee, the amount of OTA in a bowl is 31 ng; and in a cup of expresso 8.8 ng. Thus a heavy consumer will have a daily intake of 66.2 ng/day equivalent to 1.1 ng/kg bw/day, which is close to the VSD. It should be kept in mind that excessive coffee consumption (more than three cups a day) was implicated in upper tract transitional cell carcinoma and bladder cancer [45,46]. The risk is higher for heavy coffee drinkers carrying the genotype GSTP1 105–104 val.  and can be explained by the fact that glutathione conjugation is involved in the biotransformation of OTA into genotoxic and carcinogenic products [48,49,50] leading to DNA adducts [51,52]. As the percentage of OTA passing through the beverage depends on the origin and the roasting process of coffee, the intake evaluation should be done on the amount of OTA found in the beverage. A simple method to evaluate the amount of OTA in coffee could be to extract OTA with hot water. This extract could then be directly used on the IAC column. "
The  and  references in the above study led to these documents:
Alcohol, coffee, and bladder cancer risk: ... [Eur J Cancer Prev. 2009] - PubMed - NCBI - http://1.usa.gov/13nx2Of
Coffee consumption and bladder cancer ... [Cancer Causes Control. 2000] - PubMed - NCBI - http://1.usa.gov/13nxDzh
Basically, you are safe if you drink under 10 cups a day. Now all this said, bulletproof style coffee is great in my opinion. The toxin in coffee thing is a real deal. These people (in Europe) are testing for some types and have set "content" limits already. So if Dave is doing his own testing, good on him. Everybody else is unconcerned in America I guess?
its a scam, and anyone who buys it is a tool
Fast. Or eat. That's my opinion. Dumping a bunch of calories in your coffee seems silly. It's not magic. I enjoy clean coffee like many do. Does anyone REALLY enjoy a ton of butter fat in their coffee? Or are they just on some bandwagon that justifies their desire to eat when they are supposed to be fasting (because fasting is what they say they are trying to do)?
For me the magic of bulletproof coffee is the idea of blending fat into a warm beverage. Others may have suggested it but Dave Asprey really hit it home for me. I blend up a tea + butter + coconut oil concoction ever morning and drink it from a thermos during the day. This makes the macros I'm trying to hit for ketosis/weight loss so much easier. It also saves me me money and time.
Dave Asprey turned me on to the therapeutic uses of HRV and breathing techniques (although I had already been using HRV to track workout recovery) and I definitely owe him for this. Also, Tim Ferris's new book is whole bunches of fun.
Will this work if I only use coconut oil and no butter in the coffee?
Don't use butter. Use Ghee, it's much better and it's like butter concentrate. Properly prepared ghee (or high quality ghee) contains up to 97% of pure and clean butter fat. Of course the best ghee is made from grass feed butter.
You may not get that creamy effect in your coffee after blending it with Ghee, but you will surely get superior product. Ghee is healthier because has no milk proteins (casein) and probably no opioids which make many people dumb (milk, cream and cheese all have opioids).
Opioids is stuff in mammalian milk which makes infants come back for more. That's why many people can't stop drinking heavy cream, even if they are full.
I hate it. I prefer organo told. have ull heard of it?? http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470
Tried this a couple of times last week. Used regular coffee because the apartment complex we live in offers freshly brewed Starbucks coffee around the clock. I know, quite a perk. We've been living here three years and the coffee pot was scrapped a year or so ago, as it was just collecting dust.
I did 16 ounces of coffee with 1 TBSP of Kerrygold and 1 TBSP coconut oil. I did this three times. I was still hungry an hour or so later.
My MCT oil just arrived...I want to give this another try. When I use the BPC concoction, I want to be able to not eat anything until my lunch meal. If I can get that to happen, I will invest in the Upgraded coffee and a proper brewing mechanism. So, has anyone found that you really do need 2 TBSP of the Kerrygold and 1 TBSP of the MCT in order to ward off hunger? I know the true recipe calls for 2/3rds of a stick of Kerrygold or something like that, but my current goal is weight loss. I don't want to be ingesting additional calories. My current breakfast is 426 calories (approximated by a food logging site).
The recipe is fine but the magic coffee is bull. I honestly feel like he sells way to much novelty crap to be taken seriously.
Wait, so if I put my coffee beans in my magic bullet with some butter then put the buttered grinds on my coffee maker (old school drip) I get a latte???
In my own experience, my cholesterol jumped when I started consuming bulletproof coffee (66 points! in 1 month!). Other relevant lifestyle changes included beginning calcium-d-glucarate supplementation, a slight decrease in workout intensity, and changing fish oil brand to Green Pastures. I find the bulletproof coffee to be the most likely culprit, though I haven't ruled out calcium d-glucarate or a this being a temporary spike as my body fights inflammation. I will retest to insure accuracy on these numbers, but I would (gasp!) consider keeping an eye on cholesterol for a while with BP Coffee, if you are at all concerned about cholesterol. And of course, perhaps I'm idiosyncratic in my response to BP coffee and these concerns may not apply to you after all.
I use my one-cup espresso machine to make my americanos. When I make it bulletproof, I use the steamer to really work the butter into the coffee, plus it makes a nice foam. I understand from a Tibetan source that the film of butter on top of yak butter tea actually works to coat the lips and prevents chapping in high-altitude cold climates. I have to say it's working great for me here in wintery Massachusetts.
I do just fine with my Peets mocha java, I haven't tried the magic beans.
He's dead on regarding salted butter, though, yick. I'm using Danish grassfed unsalted with great results.
Wow. For a way of eating that supposedly provides you with all the energy you could ever need, you paleo peeps are WAY dependent on your coffee, aren't you? This thread is like meth-heads discussing different cooking techniques...lol...