Jan 20, 2014

How to Optimize Your Caffeine Intake

coffee grounds chopped up in lines like cocaine as a joke

Every year, Americans consume approx. 12 million pounds of coffee & 3.6 billion gallons of tea. As a nation, the United States is wired. [And we aren't even in the Top Ten!] Until this year, I counted myself among the green tea drinkers; a cup of java always hit me too strong and left me with jaw/muscle tension and a significant level of anxiety. My whole life I've heard about the benefits of drinking coffee. In 2012, I heard Dave Asprey (of The Bulletproof Executive), on the Joe Rogan podcast, talking about his Bulletproof Coffee recipe: using MCT oil and Kerrygold butter. Knowing the benefits of butter, MCT oil, and other healthy fats, I made my own version with matcha. That's been my daily, healthy breakfast since. Then, one morning, a couple of months ago, I ran out of matcha and decided to use some of my girlfriend's coffee in the recipe.

Oh, baby...

I understand the type of fiends whom may be reading this article, so without further delay, here is Dave Asprey's beginner recipe for BP Coffee:

  • 8 oz. of freshly brewed coffee [Dave obvs. recommends his own brand of beans.]
  • 1 tsp. MCT oil [Again, Dave has his own brand.]
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter (or ghee), preferably unsalted, for quality.

That's it. Put all of that in a blender that doesn't suck and you're good to go. Like, really good to go. Far. You will want to gradually build up the amounts of MCT oil and butter you're using, until you're at 1-2 Tbsp of MCT and 2 Tbsp of grass-fed butter per 8 oz. of café.

[UPDATE: Since I wrote this article an Amazon Exclusive Bulletproof Intro kit has been added to Amazon. Check it out.]

PRO TIP 1: Sweeten it with stevia and some dark chocolate.

PRO TIP 2: For more protein, I add as many as 4 raw egg yolks at a time, 1-2x a week. I'm still alive.

Bulletproof Coffee ingredients Kerrygold Grassfed Butter Blendtec Blender NOW MCT Oil

When your world has been sufficiently rocked by this, you're gonna want to do what I do and double everything in the recipe for twice as much rocket fuel. [In addition to enhancing your efficiency levels, when combined with intermittent fasting, this alternative to the typically American high-carb/high-protein/low-fat breakfast has also resulted in measurable weight loss for many converts. If your life is a struggle to shed a few pounds, look into it.]

So, if drinking a cup of coffee has always bugged me out then why am I suddenly downing two cups a day? Well, here's what I've read and experienced to be true: the high levels of fat force your stomach to take more time to digest the concoction, slowing the uptake of caffeine to a gradual climb and sustained plateau of awareness. Basically, as soon as you add butter, it becomes a different drug. A couple of weeks ago, I drank a cup of normal joe, black, at a coffeeshop here in Nashville. I almost immediately felt the onset of the familiar tension and anxiety. This isn't a placebo effect. The difference between consuming whatever types of coffee on their own and coffee with butter is as vast as the difference between smoking and eating cannabis.

At least, I've heard there's a big difference.


Tyler Coe seems to snort lines of coffee grounds as a joke
DISCLAIMER: Do not try this at home, under any circumstances. TMC is a trained professional.

Dave Asprey would say that the reason drinking regular coffee makes me feel like I'm having a panic attack is that most of the beans are tainted with mycotoxins, tiny little byproducts of mold fungi. Dave has spent over a decade identifying different forms of such and creating techniques of processing beans to eliminate contamination. Dave has also developed his own version of the Paleo diet, which he calls The Bulletproof Diet, which is very concerned with avoiding mycotoxins.

There's a bunch of e-drama right now over Joe Rogan's friend, Tait Fletcher, "copying" Dave Asprey's whole mold-free beans schtick, claiming that his new brand, Caveman Coffee, tested as mycotoxin-free and Asprey's Upgraded brand did not. Admittedly, the mission statement on Caveman's website is no more than a paraphrase of Asprey's standard pitch and Tait was previously and publicly a dedicated Bulletproof fanboy. But I don't really care about any of this. Know why? Confession: I don't use Upgraded or Caveman products in my recipe. I've never had a cup of either brand or anyone else claiming to sell mold-free beans.

I spent a year following The BPD to the max. I didn't even use black pepper in my food, all in an effort to establish if mycotoxin consumption has a measurable effect in my own life. Upon reintroducing the likely-contaminated foods into my eating plan, I noticed no difference in my daily mental/physical performance. I'll not be eating a moldy peach anytime soon, mind you, but I'm also not going to continue to forego black pepper. Maybe you're different. It's worth experimenting on yourself. Maybe you're eating a diet rich in mold spores and ruining your whole life. Find out. Me? I'll buy fresh roasts from a local roaster, grab a brick/stick of butter from a grass-fed cow, some NOW brand MCT oil and call that good enough. Okay, I'm going to go write five more articles.

Thank you for your time. Are there any questions?


If you think all dairy is bad, it isn't.

Ghee is butter with the milk proteins cooked out of it. If you have problems with digesting milk and cheese, you might still be able to use butter (grass-fed, always) without suffering a negative reaction. If you do have a problem digesting that, then it's worth giving ghee a shot, as this is tolerated by nearly everyone. Ghee is traditionally made from grass-fed, unsalted butter. You can buy it or make it yourself. [I've since written an article on ghee!]

However, do be aware that ghee does not emulsify like butter. Ghee is basically oil made from butter. If you want to make a tea/coffee drink with it, you will need an ingredient to prevent a layer of oil forming at the top of your beverage. Egg yolks help. Dark chocolate bars will typically have a type of lecithin that will emulsify your concoction, so drop a piece in the blender. You'll figure it out. I believe in you.


  1. Anonymous9:43 PM

    Why is ghee "grass-fed butter"?

    1. Sorry, ghee is *not* grass-fed butter. It is, however, traditionally made from grass-fed butter. I had every intention of making a couple of notes in the article about ghee but, apparently, forgot to go back and make them. I've added a footnote about ghee to the article.

      Thank you.