Bulletproof coffee gives you the ultimate kickstart in the morning... (so they say)! When I first heard of it, I thought the fitness industry had gone insane- coffee hardly needed anything else to make it any stronger. But I was proved wrong, it has become hugely popular and people really do swear by its benefits. Our community are always enquiring where they can get a fix of the stuff on the go. So I decided to find out where serves this magical drink and what each place puts in theirs.
Alchemy is in BT2, Level 2 on Grafton Street. They source their coffee from small independent craft roasters. Their bulletproof coffee does not contain butter it is a blend of coconut oil, milk, cacao, cinnamon, vanilla and of course coffee.
The Punnet Health Store is on Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. Their mixture includes MCT oil, grass fed butter with a double expresso. If that doesn't wake you up I don't know what will.
Urban Health is a new store in Ranelagh, it is situated just under the bridge. Their bulletproof coffee contains MCT oil, cacao butter or grass fed butter (whatever the persons preference), organic expresso & hot water. Urban Health is a little outside the city but is definitely worth visiting.
Bear Market Coffee is in Blackrock. The lads in Bear have nicknamed their bulletproof coffee ''Grizzly Coffee''. Their mixture contains standard double espresso shot, hot water, unsalted butter and either coconut oil or additional option MCT oil and chocolate syrup.
Crossfit Perpetua are in Dublin 2, 20 Sir John Rogersons Quay to be exact. They claim to have the best bulletproof coffee in town. Their brew is made with 100% organic arabica coffee, raw cacao butter and pure MCT oil.
HoneySuckle food store is situated in Clontarf, Dublin 3. Their mixture contains real unsalted butter, coconut oil and our free-trade organic coffee.
My Own Brew and My Experience of Bulletproof Coffee
After speaking to the cafés serving Bulletproof Coffee, I was intrigued. It sounded tasty and they had me convinced it would benefit me while exercising. So on Sunday morning I got up and made my own version. My coffee included 2 tbs of unsalted butter, 2 tbs of coconut oil, 2 hits of coffee and boiling water of course. I whisked it all up together and eagerly poured it into the glass. I gulped it back in seconds. It tasted good a little rich but was easy to drink. The next few minutes I waited patiently for my coffee to kick in, I think I expected to suddenly turn into Sonic the hedgehog and start racing around the gaf. I got a little hyper and was definitely ready to go to class. I had booked myself into the Mixed Weights Training in Kickstart Fitness, Tallaght, Dublin 24. The class was a mixture of TRX, free weights, barbells, body weight exercises and cardio. It lasted an hour and a half. I made it through the whole class but had to take a two minute break because I felt queazy. My strength didn't seem to be affected but my endurance certainly was. My ability to take direction was all over the shop, (not sure I can blame that fully on the coffee)! Overall it hadn't been a bad attempt and I still felt energised after the class but at about 4 I crashed, I felt like I needed a nap. I imagine this is what it feels like to come down off a pre workout supplement - wasn't ideal! In conclusion to my little investigation I think I'd drink a Bullet Proof coffee before a session based primarily around weight lifting rather than a class which involved so much movement.