Is Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee as good as Dave Asprey says? If you believe Joe Rogan and the guys at Caveman Coffee, the answer is no.
I first wrote about this topic a while back where I discussed how the guys at Caveman Coffee tested Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee beans for mycotoxins to see if they were as clean as Dave Asprey had claimed, and it turned out they weren’t. Joe was relatively quiet on this topic until a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast with Bert Kreischer where Joe got into the topic a little further.
He spoke on this topic in great detail, so I’ll write about this stuff in bullet points because it’s more efficient for me to write it that way and quicker for you to read:
- Without any evidence, Dave Asprey says that mycotoxin-infected coffee is everywhere.
- Dave Asprey said that 75% of coffee has mycotoxins and that’s not true.
- All coffee is essentially mycotoxin free.
- Mycotoxins are everywhere, in breast milk, in corn, and it’s not an issue.
- Caveman Coffee and/or Onnit took their coffee and Bulletproof Coffee and had the beans tested. The Caveman Coffee had no mycotoxins (likely due to the wet processing) while Bulletproof Coffee did contain mycotoxins.
- Two mycotoxins were found in Bulletproof Coffee. They were below threshold levels, meaning the levels of mycotoxins found were essentially insignificant and should cause no concern.
- This means that whatever processing is used on Bulletproof Coffee does not eliminate all the mycotoxins.
- Caveman Coffee and/or Onnit spent a lot of money ($4,000) to have four kinds of coffee tested for mycotoxins and none of them had any mycotoxins.
- Dave Asprey said the test to find mycotoxins was very expensive but it really didn’t cost all that much.
- This put Joe in a moral dilemma whether to sell Bulletproof Coffee on the Onnit website.
- Joe decided to continue to sell Bulletproof Coffee on the Onnit website but all misleading information (or Dave Apsrey’s “bullshit” as Joe called it) was removed.
- Whatever unique method that Dave Asprey uses to remove mycotoxins isn’t necessary. It is unique to them and it isn’t used by the rest of the coffee world.
- Joe feels responsible for Bulletproof Coffee and Dave’s misleading advertising gaining popularity because he had Dave on the podcast and it blew up afterwards.
- Joe says he got fucked by Dave Asprey and feels hoodwinked about Bulletproof Coffee.
- Dave says Bulletproof Coffee provides cognitive benefits but there’s no mechanism in Bulletproof Coffee that gives a unique benefit. It’s not special.
- Bulletproof Coffee is not made with genetically modified beans from Mars that make your brain grow. It’s just coffee. It has caffeine in it and caffeine has cognitive benefits and antioxidants that can be beneficial.
- Dave has no degree in nutritional science.
- Joe says that Dave’s a parrot repeating things.
- When Dr. Rhonda Patrick was on Joe’s podcast, she said small levels of mycotoxins could actually be beneficial to the body.
- Dave said that the children of parents who go through famine live shorter lives. Dr. Rhonda Patrick corrected this on Joe’s podcast and said they actually live longer lives, not shorter.
- Bulletproof Coffee is hooey.
And there you have it. There’s the truth about Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee, and that’s how Joe Rogan really feels about Bulletproof Coffee and Dave Asprey.
As usual, I first heard about Caveman Coffee and the Caveman Coffee Co. via Joe Rogan on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience and via his Twitter account. This had me curious because Joe’s always been a big fan of Bulletproof Coffee and now he’s promoting something else. To complicate matters further, the Caveman Coffee he was drinking on his podcast was made the same way as Bulletproof Coffee: with butter!
After a little digging I discovered that Caveman Coffee Co. was started by Tait Fletcher (friend of Joe Rogan; stuntman; former MMA fighter) with former UFC fighter Keith Jardine. Tait also happens to be a friend of Dave Asprey, the man behind Bulletproof Coffee. Without getting into all the drama that there appears to be between Tait and Dave, Tait seems to be taking Dave’s approach to coffee and putting his own spin on it.
Caveman Coffee Co. sells two types of coffee along with Bulletproof-esque accoutrements like MCT oil and butter for the coffee. One of the coolest items at the CCC website is the coffee bell, which is a kettlebell-shaped coffee mug.
So is Caveman Coffee as good as Bulletproof Coffee? I can’t state my personal preference as I’ve never had Caveman Coffee, but I imagine it’s quite similar since both are supposed to be prepared in a similar manner. Both are also purported to be very high quality beans with little-to-no traces of mycotoxins and mold.
But is Caveman Coffee as healthy as Bulletproof Coffee? That’s the million dollar question. According to Joe Rogan, Tait had Caveman Coffee tested and it came back mycotoxin free while the sample of Bulletproof Coffee Tait provided for testing had traces of mold. Dave says this is likely because Tait used an inferior form of testing. Who knew coffee could be so dramatic?
At any rate, Caveman Coffee is now on my radar and it’s something I’ll keep an eye on. I’m considering giving it a try once the results of the testing compared to Bulletproof Coffee are released. I’m also very curious about the White Gold beans at the CCC. I don’t think I’ve ever had coffee made from white beans before!
At the end of the day, it’s all about choices. Dave can do his thing, and while it might be just a little questionable that his friend decided to start his own coffee company that’s a little too similar to Dave’s, Tait’s putting his own spin on it. For us consumers, more options is a good thing!
Whenever the choice comes down to two options, whether it’s Keurig or Tassimo, VHS or Beta, or even HD-DVD or Blu-ray, I always seem to make the wrong choice. This was the case when it came to my coffee, as I chose a Tassimo over the Keurig. While Tassimo does have some good options if you like lattes and things of that nature, the Keurig does have one thing going for it that the Tassimo doesn’t: Bulletproof Coffee!
Now don’t get too excited just yet, as Bulletproof Coffee isn’t available in the little K-cups we Keurig owners have come to know and love. To make Bulletproof Coffee in your Keurig coffee maker, you need to buy a reusable K-cup. So you’re not only helping the environment by eliminating empty K-cup after empty K-cup from clogging up our landfills, you’re getting arguably some of the best coffee on the market, made in the most popular and easiest to use coffee maker.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before somewhere on this blog as I’ve written about Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee a number of times, but this will be the first time I’ve dedicated a blog post to it. At any rate, reusable K-cups can be found virtually anywhere that K-cups are found, but if you haven’t been able to locate one yourself, Amazon has one available along with Bulletproof Coffee and all of its accoutrements, such as Bulletproof MCT Oil.
Before purchasing though, make sure to check the model of your Keurig, as some reusable K-Cups like the Ekobrew Reusable K-Cup is not compatible with the following models: Keurig B30, B130, B150, B155, B3000, the Vue Brewer, or Mr. Coffee KG-5. If the Keurig machine you have isn’t one of those listed, you’re in luck! It will now be that much easier to make your Bulletproof Coffee each morning.
Did you know that caffeine is the most widely used drug on earth? It’s not that hard to believe when you consider how many coffee shops there are and how many people rely on them to help start their day. I’ll admit that for a long time I too would grab a coffee on my way to work, but I’ve managed to kick that habit and have felt a lot better because of it. Sure, it could be because I’ve substituted coffee from Starbucks and similar chains with Bulletproof Coffee, but also because I’ve found other ways to get energy during the day.
Caffeine addiction is real and so are its withdrawal symptoms. During the time when I first quit drinking coffee, I would experience serious headaches and cravings for that morning cup of Joe. I quit smoking cigarettes many years ago, but found quitting coffee to be much harder. I admittedly would break down and buy a coffee occasionally and always got a serious case of the jitters that made me severely uncomfortable for a long while.
Now that I’m free from traditional coffee (I don’t lump Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee in with the rest) I have found other ways to gain energy throughout the day rather than relying on coffee after coffee. One of the best ways is to eat a good breakfast. If your stomach is full with cereal, fruit, and juice, you’ll be less likely to crave coffee and you’ll have energy to keep you awake. Make sure you snack on healthy foods throughout the day and eat a good lunch to keep your energy levels up. Avoid sugary treats as they can boost your energy temporarily, but you’ll come crashing down later.
Another reason I was relying on coffee so much is because I wasn’t sleeping enough. I’m sure that most other people out there find that they don’t have enough time to do everything that they need to do. But spreading yourself so thin at the cost of sleep is never a good idea. Shut down the computer and the television at a decent hour and get a solid seven or eight hours of sleep. You’ll feel better in the morning and will be less likely to crave coffee.
Finally, I found that working out improved my overall energy levels. It seems like a catch 22 doesn’t it? Exercising makes me feel alive and energized, but at the beginning I would often feel too tired to exercise. After a week or two of forcing myself to workout, I found that my energy levels increased and I wasn’t as groggy during the day.
As I said, I no longer drink traditional coffee, but I do indulge in Bulletproof Coffee as it’s delicious and doesn’t give me the side effects that I used to get. That being said, there was a period of time when I didn’t drink coffee at all, and the above tips helped me to kick the habit. Hopefully they can help you too lose a bad habit and pick up a few good ones along the way.
I was recently asked what the difference between regular coffee and Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee was, so I decided to write a blog post to compare the two. The largest difference is how the beans are grown and how the beans are processed. The utmost care and attention to detail is given during every step to ensure the lowest level of molds and bacteria are present compared to conventional coffee beans that are rife with toxins that can negatively impact your health.
The beans used in Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee are grown and harvested on a high altitude family farm in Guatemala. No chemicals, herbicides, or pesticides are used on the beans while they grow. When ready, the berries are picked at peak ripeness by skilled laborers who are experienced coffee harvesters.
Typically beans are left in the sun to wither and dry or they’re pressed and fermented to remove the outside of the bean. Beans used in Bulletproof Coffee on the other hand are processed immediately after picking in a way that ensures no fermentation will take place. This process is more expensive but ensures a product that is free of mycotoxins. The beans are then sent to the United States where they are roasted in small batches by the country’s top roaster.
But how does the taste compare? Well, it does taste different if you follow the Bulletproof Coffee recipe, since you’re substituting cream and sugar for grass-fed butter and MCT oil or coconut oil. It won’t be like any coffee you’ve had before, and may take some getting used to. That being said, I find it to be delicious, creamy, and I prefer Bulletproof Coffee to a regular ol’ cup of Joe. Also, I still get the caffeine “boost” I’d get from drinking a regular cup of coffee, but without the “crash” and jitters afterwards that I would get from coffee made with sub-par beans.
In short, if you’re curious, I highly recommend giving Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee a try, which can be found at the Onnit website in 12 oz. bags, a two-pack, a bundle with Onnit Coconut Oil, and a bundle with Bulletproof MCT oil. There’s also a reusable K cup if you have a Keurig machine. If you don’t care for the taste with grass-fed butter and MCT/coconut oil, you can also make it black. After all, they are some of the best coffee beans you can buy.