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A barista takes a close look at "Bulletproof Coffee"

Bulletproof Coffee was invented by self-described bio-hacker Dave Asprey. He uses mold-free coffee blended with unsalted butter and MCT oil. I've had it and it is very tasty. I don't know if it is the wonder beverage that Asprey says it is, and his claim that a lot of coffee has harmful mold in it is dubious. (Watch this video on the Joe Rogan podcast where Rogan talks about sending different coffee samples to testing labs and learning than none of them have mold).

Recently, Matthew Perger, a world champion barista, roaster, green buyer, consultant and partner at St Ali and Sensory Lab in Melbourne, Australia got to the bottom of Bulletproof Coffee in a fascinating blog post.

Will I lose weight by drinking it? That sounds easy! Give me a Bulletproof coffee please!

Short Answer: No.

Long Answer: Bulletproof coffee is like a really fatty latte. And when I say fatty, I’m talking somewhere close to your entire recommended daily intake of fat (~60g per serving). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many popular studies have recently salvaged fat’s reputation as diet devil, showing that fats can be part of balanced diets. But, 440 calories is 440 calories. If you eat it, your body will burn it or store it somehow.

Most humans that would potentially drink a bulletproof coffee spend a lot of the day in an anabolic state. That is, they’re well fed, and blood glucose is relatively high from eating. This means their body is content to store any excess calories as glycogen in the muscles and liver, or fat in adipose tissue. If you consume fat in an anabolic state, it’s more than likely to be stored as fat, because that’s easiest for the body. But Bulletproof coffee has a trick up its sleeve.

Watch profile of Alan Adler, inventor of the Aeropress coffee maker

I use my beloved Aeropress coffee maker every day when I'm at home. Cory actually travels with his! Filmmaker and photographer David Friedman profiled the inventor of the Aeropress, Alan Adler. He is also the inventor of the Aeorobie Flying Ring.

Some inventions are just a better way to do something that’s already being done – an improvement on a product. Other inventions are pretty new and I would say that the Aeropress Coffee Maker is quite new. …When you look at the coffee brewing process, it’s interesting that it’s really just a succession of of shorter and shorter processes. A hundred years ago, people used to throw some grounds of coffee into a pot and boil it for as long as an hour. Whereas in 1950, there was quite a leap forward in coffee making called the “automatic drip machine” and it took about 5 minutes. The Aeropress cuts that time of 5 minutes down to about one minute.

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Kitten + Owlet + Coffee equals cute

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Hukulou Coffee in Osaka has several owls, but Fuku the owlet and Marimo the kitten are the star attractions, as they have become very good friends.

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The posts below have some very cute recent videos.

Lots of great fan art on their Twitter feed, too.

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Cooking rice in a coffee pot flushes out arsenic

Rice contains more of the carcinogen arsenic than other grains, but researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, UK found that cooking rice in a simple coffee pot removed about half the arsenic.

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Breaking Bad themed coffeeshop opens in Istanbul

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A recently opened “Breaking Bad” themed coffee shop in Istanbul, Turkey features baristas wearing Walt and Jesse garb, the periodic table on the walls, and drinks served in beakers.

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What coffee does to your body

CoffeeCaffeine is the world's most widely-used psychoactive drug. Four cups a day is, for average adults, about as much as it's safe to take, because of the mildly unpleasant things it does to us.

Comic about the woman who invented the coffee filter

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Over at Backchannel, comic artist Andy Warner's illustrated the story of Melitta Bentz, a German housewife who in 1908 invented the coffee filter.

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New idea in iced coffee: the “Draft Latte” has been invented, and we want one

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La Colombe Coffee CEO Todd Carmichael came up with a cool idea, and made it real.

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Spotted outside Fix Coffee on Whitecross Street in London.

This game will make your morning coffee seem kind of scary

I think Keurig machines are awful—it's like fussing with a rocket launcher to make a small, bitter cup of plastic-tasting coffee. Even their own pod creator regrets spawning them (and their plausible associated environmental hazards).

A new interactive fiction game called Morning Rituals, by Lucas J.W. Johnson, has some fun with the hulking, blinking, nearly-sentient coffee machine, with its tedious lever and demanding water tank. The player is compelled to approach it and to go through its motions multiple times per day til the act starts to seem dark. No spoilers or anything, but this type of obeisance is pretty ritualistic.

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Morning Rituals is a well-made Twine game, in that while it's mostly text (besides a leering image of the K-machine, whose color of light you can select), the system you engage with has a sense of permanence, and the repetition of interacting with it helps the player inhabit the fiction. It costs just $1.33, is playable in your browser, and links inside the game itself go to wonderful YouTube tracks by Devin Vibert you can optionally enjoy alongside.

I recommend sending it as a little gift to that friend, relative or co-worker who is always moaning sepulchrally about being shackled to their coffee machine.

How much caffeine and alcohol should we (or shouldn't we) be drinking?

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Caffeine and alcohol, once thought to be associated with some health risks, are now making headlines for their health benefits – when consumed in moderation. So how many espresso shots, tea cups, beer mugs and wine glasses are considered healthy doses, and how many put us in the risk category? Two new studies get closer to finding the right balance.

Keurig CEO blames disastrous financials on DRM

Keurig CEO Brian Kelley blamed a 23% drop in sales on his decision to use DRM to stop people from buying their coffee-pods from his competition.

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Starbucks Via instant coffee packs are great when you are in immediate need of a caffeine fix

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I never travel without a few Starbucks Via packets in my bag. They are a godsend when I need a coffee fix and don't have time to seek out a coffee shop. My friend Kent Barnes recommended them, and I'll be forever grateful.

The packets are easy to tear open, and they dissolve quickly even in cold water. Sometimes I pour them in a small plastic water bottle, replace the cap, shake, and guzzle. I've mixed packets with cold milk, too. The coffee tastes pretty good, especially if you don't use too much water.

They are popular with backpackers, too.

Cold-brew chocolate: advanced topics


Ever since I blew my mind by cold-brewing ground cacao nibs, I've been experimenting with the process, and have discovered some amazing variations on the formula.

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This video captures exactly what it's like to order a coffee in San Francisco

This PBS video is basically a play-by-play of the last time I got a latte. Created by Steve Goldbloom and Noah Pink and produced by Nic Pollock for “PBS: Everything But The News.”

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San Francisco's Philz Coffee to Go National

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San Francisco's favorite chain is hitting the big show, with plans to expand by 50% over the next year, according to TechCrunch.

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Free "freedom clip" turns off K-Cup DRM


Rogers Family Company Coffee and Tea is offering a free "Freedom Clip" that disables DRM in your new-model K-Cup machine, letting you use it with anyone's coffee pods.

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