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My gut is reactive to cheap coffee, what may be quality alternatives other than Bulletproof coffee?

Answered on December 02, 2013
Created November 09, 2013 at 1:49 AM

It's funny to say that my gut is probably much more reactive to medium to cheap quality coffee, or possibly coffee in general, than grains and dairy. I've learned about the bulletproof coffee thing, and I'm only interested for the possibility of it not destroying my gut (inflammation, GERD symptoms) and not for the other supposed benefits. Thus I compulsively bought one super expensive bag. But I'm wondering if it is simply cheaper coffee in general. What may be quality alternatives to buy to continue this experiment? (It's not like I need coffee daily but it would be nice to have some I can have once in a while).

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on November 09, 2013
at 06:06 PM

That is easy - http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/780334 Caffeine is all around the plant world.

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on November 09, 2013
at 06:03 PM

Upon closer examination, what Sisson is saying is that that the "Grok ate it/Grok didn't eat it" argument is irrelevant. My argument is that because coffee grows on the sides of mountains, very few, hunter-gatherer societies of the Paleolithic era would reside there, simply because of the paucity of food in that environment. I don't have studies to support my opinion. If you have some, I'll reconsider my assertion.

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on November 09, 2013
at 05:29 PM

How is that differing with what I said? I don't see any mention of my theory.

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on November 09, 2013
at 04:17 PM

Mark Sisson begs to differ.

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on November 09, 2013
at 05:42 AM

Why isn't it Paleo? I can think of nothing more natural then a Paleo man chewing on some beans that he picked off a plant, that just happened to contain caffeine. Since it probably gave him a boost, he'd keep on chewing them. I'm assuming that coffee or some other plant was around back in the day.

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on December 02, 2013
at 12:47 AM

Cold brew, good idea. I'll look into it.

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on November 25, 2013
at 07:36 AM

Yerba mate.

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on November 22, 2013
at 07:51 PM

I recently started making cold brew coffee (which is supposed to be about 65% less acidic than traditionally brewed) and I love it! I absolutely love coffee and was skeptical that cold brew would "do it" for me. I like it better than traditional brew.

It is time consuming to make a batch (it brews for 12 hours). This recipe lasts me a week (I use half water/half concentrate). Also, it does use a lot of beans, so it is more expensive than traditional brew.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/30487-basic-cold-brewed-coffee

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on November 16, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Dude, I went to the local organic market and bought this $13 lb of organic, fair trade, "shade grown" (whatever that means) premium coffee. And guess what? No GI upset, excess peristalsis, or jitters. That's probably why the bulletproof coffee works, it's just premium coffee produced in a quality manner. I can't wait for it to come to compare it with this stuff that's 1/2 the price. Before this I was drinking $5-8 non organic coffee or whatever coffee my job had made in mass quantity. Never again. I'm trying this with tea. Buying the more expensive organic stuff. It seems much better on the gut.

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on November 09, 2013
at 09:27 PM

I do agree on that point that coffee is an extra thing to attempt to cope with the energy sucking modern life style until it's totally rationalized into our existence. I am getting more into mild teas with their more earthy natural flavors. But I do see coffee as a treat once in a while. I went to an organic store and bought a $12 thing of organic "shade grown" or whatever coffee. It was completely fine for my gut and no jitters. I honestly think that the bulletproof exec guy is a bit on the lunatic fringe of paleo, when Sisson and Wolf are much more grounded. But he is onto something, that even something seeminly benign as coffee or tea can be a problem if you buy the cheaper, badly processed stuff.

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on November 09, 2013
at 06:53 AM

i think (or hope) people are beginning to wise up on bulletproof coffee. Not that it isn't quality stuff, but it certainly isn't the start-all end-all to quality coffee for people following a paleo WOE. Try the different offerings from Green Mountain Coffee Co., that's my daily go-to, or better yet find those wonderful little local coffee shops that source their own beans and talk to them about their process.

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on November 09, 2013
at 05:36 AM

Drink some ginseng tea. I know that sounds rude and condescending (it just comes naturally), but caffeine is an addictive stimulant. It's not paleo, it's not necessary, and it definitely shouldn't be "the best part of waking up." (Yes, I'm old.) I'm aware that there are documented benefits to coffee, but try tapering off over a month to no coffee, and increase the quantity and quality of your sleep (don't look at screens within an hour of bed time, sleep in a darkened room, etc.) during that time. Then decide if you want to pay $15–20/lb. for good coffee.

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on November 09, 2013
at 05:42 AM

Why isn't it Paleo? I can think of nothing more natural then a Paleo man chewing on some beans that he picked off a plant, that just happened to contain caffeine. Since it probably gave him a boost, he'd keep on chewing them. I'm assuming that coffee or some other plant was around back in the day.

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on November 09, 2013
at 05:20 AM

I've been buying my coffee from this company and am hooked into the darkest roasts. Some coffee can be pretty acidic and cause troubles. I like to stick with Organic to hopefully avoid the chemical pesticides.

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