Why Decaf Coffee is Back and Now Bulletproof

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New science brings new insight, and that is my (humble) case for this post.

In the past, there have been a few reasons that decaf coffee didn’t meet Bulletproof standards. One of the cool things about biohackers, is that when we get new information, we upgrade our models of the world. Some of the latest research on decaf does just that.

Impaired energy metabolism in the brain is known to be tightly correlated with cognitive decline during aging and in subjects at high risk for developing neurodegenerative disorders,” said Dr. Pasinetti. “This is the first evidence showing the potential benefits of decaffeinated coffee preparations for both preventing and treating cognitive decline caused by Type 2 Diabetes, aging, and/or neurodegenerative disorders.(1)

The study did not specify which types of coffee beans were used, which brings us to the Achilles’ heel of coffee – mycotoxins.

There are two reasons why caffeinated coffee is preferred. One, the caffeine protects the beans from toxins (if stored improperly). And two, poor quality beans are universally turned into decaf – KEYWORD ‘poor quality.’

Poor quality beans negatively impact coffee drinkers, and inhibit peak performance. Until there was a solution, decaf was a bad idea. Many of you still wanted decaf, and that served as inspiration to solve your problem!

Upgraded™ Decaffeinated Coffee is now available, and will give you your favorite coffee taste with added health bonuses.

Along with the study above, it turns out decaffeination allows cafestol to remain in the coffee. Cafestol modulates bile acids in the intestine, and is a potent neurological anti-inflammatory in the brain.

Antioxidant Download

The antioxidant molecules in decaf coffee are numerous. Roasting increases the antioxidant content of the beans and we carefully control our roasting process to maximize antioxidant content as well as minimize any mycotoxin contamination. Upgraded™ Decaf Coffee delivers a bottomless cup of benefits.

Improve Carbohydrate Metabolism

Research concludes that people who drink coffee on a regular basis have a significantly lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes. This effect is independent of caffeine content but is dependent on the amount of coffee consumed. Many published studies show that people who drink 4-6 cups of coffee daily are at 50% lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes than people who drink two or fewer cups per day. Upgraded™ Decaf Coffee makes this level of consumption both more attractive & easier!

Post Work-Out Bulletproof Coffee

If you’re a biohacker that loves a second helping of Bulletproof Coffee in the afternoon, but don’t want to throw off your muscle gains from an afternoon workout by consuming caffeine, then Upgraded™ Decaf is for you. With our decaf coffee, you’ll reap all the benefits of Bulletproof Coffee, without putting a stop to your Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting. Caffeine inhibits mTOR (Mammalian Target of Rapamycin), a mechanism in all of us that increases protein synthesis in our muscles after exercise. Now, you can enjoy a second helping of Bulletproof Coffee with our decaffeinated beans, and continue to build muscle. Win!

The Bulletproof Standard for Decaf

Our beans are of the highest quality source we can find; from a single estate, Central American farm (just like our regular Upgraded™ Coffee beans). They will also be processed without fermentation, which means it will be the highest quality decaf with the least amount of toxins available.

Upgraded™ Decaf brings a new age for Bulletproof coffee. I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Share a comment below about your thoughts on the new Bulletproof Upgraded™ Decaf Coffee.

1Mount Sinai Medical Center. “Decaffeinated coffee may help improve memory function and reduce risk of diabetes.” ScienceDaily, 1 Feb. 2012. Web. 6 Jan. 2013.

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By Dave Asprey

  • Very stoked to see this. especially for my mom who is afraid of caffeine due to using other medication also. However I must wonder if just one study is enough to start saying decaf is ok, when it is obviously a great market for upgraded self to enter…

  • ReneeAnn

    Would you provide a link to the study? Or, am I just missing it somewhere above? Thanks! 🙂

  • TheJeebus

    Through which process is the caffeine removed?

  • Tara

    Dave, where does Bulletproof coffee (decaf, or caffeinated) fit in for someone who has stage 2 or 3 adrenal fatigue?

    • Todd

      Tara, I too have serious adrenal fatigue and it runs in my family. I have found a few things that really help me. Catch me at toddtizz on skype if you’d like to share notes

      • daniel

        hey todd, would you mind emailing me with some of your discoveries? danielthomashind@gmail.com
        i’d really appreciate it, as i too suffer some from adrenal fatigue. all best, dth

      • If its not too personal, you might consider posting on the forums to help others who are in a similar situation

      • kamila

        Hi Todd,

        I’d be grateful if you’d email me too whatever you may have. I’ve been dealing with this for many years.


    • mmejoanna

      I’m not Dave, but I have challenged adrenals and some advice — absolutely avoid caffeine, you need to relax, not amp up. Also, look into emwave. Dave is into it, also. I actually did some work for them awhile ago and saw a study of 30 women who practiced 30 mins a day for 30 days… their cortisol went down 26% – that’s the stress hormone, very linked to your issue. DHEA doubled as well (vitality hormone) which would feel good. Good luck and persevere! Kick this thing!

      • Wow, that’s an impressive drop in 30 days. Sounds like everyone could benefit from that. Emwave purchase moves up in the queue! Thanks for reporting —

      • L McFar

        High cortisol is an issue in Stage 1 adrenal exhaustion, Stage 2 will have spikes and dips. Stage 3 needs cortisol. Some in Stage 2 will need it at certain times in the day when they drop. Lowering cortisol for some may be a disaster. Reader beware.

        • Xin


          Issues can arise both from too high AND too low, cortisol-wise.

          It is not necessarily easy to discern by “feel”: too-high and too-low have MANY symptoms in common, including “feeling wired,” anxiety, and exhaustion.

          Cortisol is not easy to guess at.

          I have had, and still have, adrenal issues myself.

          I have made many mistakes (and caused myself unnecessary health-suffering) due to acting without enough information & skimping on testing when trying to be “frugal.”

          It was not worth the money saved on not testing.

          Is why testing at least 4x/day over 24 hours is **EXTREMELY** recommended BEFORE attempting to undertake things aimed at increasing or decreasing cortisol.

          VERY IMPORTANT to bear in mind that everyone’s cortisol patterns throughout the day have the ability to fluctuate up and down. It’s not necessarily just one or the other.

          (As mentioned above with, for example, the spikes and dips.

          Depending on the state of your adrenals and hormone-axes, you can also spike or deplete (“paradoxical response”) your cortisol via strong emotional stressors at any point in the day… among other things.)

          The body is complex, and less stress & better circadian rhythm/lifestyle generally does mean more ability for it to self-regulate.

          But given the value-for-cost of a non-invasive 24-hour saliva test (ASI; Adrenal Stress Index), for something like the emWave…

          …even for the quite-poor, the drastically increased chances of actions actually helping one’s adrenals improve, rather than worsening the issue, are very worth it.

          Again: It is not necessarily easy to discern by “feel”: too-high and too-low have MANY symptoms in common, including “feeling wired,” anxiety, and exhaustion.

          Find an appropriate day/days, then test, test, and re-test. 🙂

  • JHamDMD

    Ok, I have read numerous sources that say cafestol is associated with an increase in LDL cholesterol unless you use a paper filter to filter it out. Why on earth would you want to keep it in your coffee? I know that not all saturated fat is bad for you, but how can cafestol be good for you?

    • ReneeAnn

      Would you link to an article on this? Thanks!

    • mmejoanna

      I’ve also read about the LDL, in the forums here, and I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of this question. It seems the answer is because, as Dave says here, cafestol also “modulates bile acids in the intestine, and is a potent neurological anti-inflammatory in the brain”. Cost-benefit analysis?

      • Pretty much, I think it depends on what you care about more, and whether or not you think inflammation or LDL is worse for you. I prefer coffee with a metal filter, as I’d prefer to reduce inflammation, particularly in the brain, and have seen studies suggesting that cholesterol levels matter less than CRP and inflammation levels in general, but of course there is mixed data out there. The rest of the details are above my level of research.

    • Very interesting. Just found this study, which backs up your point.


      Admittedly, my LDL has increased substantially since moving in a more BP/paleo direction (HDL also increased, but not to the ratio I’d like to see.) I’ve definitely been french pressing daily. Might start swapping that out.

    • Madeleine Fulton

      I don’t know anything about cafestol, but here is an article by Dr. William Davis, author or Wheat Belly, about weight loss on this type of diet and cholesterol: http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/06/i-lost-weight-and-my-cholesterol-went-up/

  • Gabriel

    Very interesting product. Will pre-workout caffeinated coffee also inhibit muscle gains?

  • Thanks for the upgrade. I swithched to decaf (no loss of flavour with quality roasts) some time ago, and guess what, my arrhythmia disappeared in three days. And since the butter here in NZ is top shelf, bulletproof coffee remains on the menu.

  • Stageman

    Does this process remove all caffeine or most caffeine? Are there still small amounts of caffeine in the coffee?

  • Can you drink this in the evenings, or will the MCT oil still interfere with sleep?

    • Madeleine Fulton

      Can you link to something saying MCT oil interferes with sleep? I am relatively new to this blog, but I’ve been reading as much as I can here, and that hasn’t come up so far (In fact I have been taking some coconut oil with calcium-magnesium before bed at night to increase absorption.) Thanks!

  • optionzz

    YEAH! I’d like to think Dave did this just for me 🙂 , but probably not. I, too, had adrenal exhaustion and was completely off coffee for years (learned to “like” hot water…bleah). I’ve snuck back because Bulletproof Coffee is SO GOOD!. I even luxuriate with a second cup in the afternoon once in awhile, but that’s more caffeine than I need. Of course, I’ve also lost weight…a good thing.
    But NOW, I can have an evening cup of Bulletproof Decaf as a desert (I actually like it better than ice cream…weird I know.)
    Thanks for a new product that I actually want! My order is in, and I’m anxiously waiting for it! Quality Decaf without toxin worry. Yes!

    Pete A

    • joevil

      Are you over your adrenal issues or are you still dealing with it and still drink decaf with no negative results?

      I am dealing with adrenal fatigue too and is on a no caffeine diet but loves coffee. I used Dave’s bulletproof coffee before and it was the best coffee ever,but now I need to stay away from too much caffeine.This Bulletproof decaf may just be really good news!

      • optionzz

        Well, I don’t have the symptoms, but I suspect it led to other health problems later. I drank NO coffee for many years, in fact until Bulletproof, (relatively) toxin free coffee became available, I think I might have had two or three cups in many years. My doctor at the time said “cold turkey, no more coffee at all” but I had no adrenal response at the time. I’ve not been tested recently, but no symptoms. If you can sense your response to caffeine (I can), maybe minimal decaf? Don’t know; no expertise in this area. Good luck!

  • joevil

    If this new buzz about coffee is true (preventing diabetes 2 etc) then this will be available in pill form shortly,I am sure. Just like resveratrol in red wine

  • MK

    I’m pretty excited to find this! I like to drink several cups of coffee a day… and I always worry about the amount of caffeine. =/ Pretty sure it is the “happy drink” element that I seek, not the caffeine. I’ve been alternating between Caribou Coffee Decaf and your regular Bulletproof coffee. Now I will give your decaf a try! Any chance you would consider an introductory offer discount??? (hint, hint) =)

  • Chris

    All of the coffee you recommend is bagged. I’m an avid Keurig user (it’s quick and easy) and would love to find a coffee that comes in the k-cup. BTW – I just found the BP site and am trying to learn as much as I can as fast as I can so go easy if you find this request horrible because of the plastic k-cup or such. 🙂 Thank you!

  • Tom Jeanne

    Since you make such bold claims about your coffee, where is the evidence to back up your claims about mycotoxins? If you test your coffee so stringently, you should post the results. If they’re as good as you say, then that will help sell your coffee to skeptics like me.

    • Kevin

      I second this.

  • Sameer Jain

    Dave / team — do you have an estimate of how much caffeine there is in the regular (non decaf) Upgraded Coffee? Thanks!

  • Mo

    wouldn’t roasted be against the idea that low heat or no heat cooking is best? I was just curious.

  • Gertraut Maclaren

    Where can I get Bulletproof decaf and normal coffee in Vancouver, Canada

  • Lyle

    Would this decaf coffee be ok for someone who is pregnant?

    • Me

      I would consult your OB

  • Rdd TheStrong

    Dave you say “Caffeine inhibits mTOR (Mammalian Target of Rapamycin), a mechanism in
    all of us that increases protein synthesis in our muscles after
    exercise” – So why is coffee good if it inhibits the increase of protein synthesis in our muscles after exercise?

  • Ben

    Just wanted to throw this out there…Was annoyed that my water bottle was retaining coffee flavor when I put water in it so I scoured the web for a good glass one. This is actually meant for scientific use I believe but it’s 32 ounces and works great (found it on Amazon of course):
    Vestil Glass Square Graduated Bottle, 32 oz Capacity, Clear

    • Xin

      Throwing this out there, too:

      The company “Teaology” makes great borosilicate glass cups of various sizes.

      I’ve wanted to use high-quality (close to or at lab-quality) glassware for various reasons, including ease of cleaning & non-reactivity of the material.

      (One big one: I’m extremely sensitive to toxins and pathogenic microorganisms from things like even-slightly-dirty dishes. I don’t want mycotoxins from my naturally damp environment accumulating on my dishes; clay-based items seemed to cause mold-exposure-like reactions for me when not washed super-thoroughly, and cleaning them tended to expose me to airborne mycotoxins that were stirred up by the cleaning.

      Another: Many food/drink vessels’ materials also seem, to my extremely sensitive system, to leach or react with food and drink, which often makes me feel unpleasant in a number of ways.)

      My experience with cleaning, use, and cleanliness of taste (no retained flavors imparted from previous contents) has been great.

      Amazon also sells them.

      (Search for “Teaology” + “glass” + “cup” in the Amazon search bar.)

      They’re cheap, and shipping’s free, even on their single $3.99 items.


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  • Paul

    so coffee pre workout is a bad idea because of mtor inhibitors?

  • JJ

    Is there any info on how much caffeine exactly is in a cup of the decaf coffee? I’d need to know that before trying it, as am caffeine sensitive.

  • Boe

    For those of you asking about adrenal issues:
    #1 AVOID FOR ADRENAL FATIGUE = FOODS HIGH IN OMEGA 6. Removing these foods made a massive difference to my energy, even after having removed gluten (even foods with traces of gluten, eg soy sauce) for a couple of years. (I’m still gluten free though.) You have to be super vigilant about it. No false nuts, like almonds, peanuts, etc. Just eat true nuts. I usually only eat raw, organic macadamias. Occasionally I will have other nuts but only in small amounts. Only fry with olive or palm/coconut oils. You have to scrutinise every ingredient on labels. If it just says “vegetable oil” it’s probably soy or sunflower or some other vege oil that is going to be high in omega 6. Also, avocados are high in omega 6. Sad but true. Avoid! Go to nutritiondata.com, then in the menu go to Tools > Nutrient Search Tool and search foods highest in Total omega 6. Avoid them. Your adrenals are fatigued from constantly having to produce cortisol to fight inflammation from all the inflammatory foods you are eating. It took me a long time to work that out after following all the mainstream rubbish advice on adrenal fatigue, like “don’t eat sugar”. I still eat plenty of sugar because I am a chocoholic. It was not the problem. It’s the omega 6 that was the big problem. I have done plenty of cortisol saliva assays to test this. Obviously, don’t go crazy on sugar. I would prefer no sugar but I’m not committed atm. But definitely try to get omega 6 right down.

    • Diana VP

      I have read in numerous places that olive oil should be used after cooking because of the low smoke point. If used to “fry” with, the oil will definitely oxidize, which becomes a negative in the body. Fry only with saturated animal fats, or coconut oil. Dave has an explanation in his book (or was it a podcast) about how using the butter and Brain Octane with the coffee actually helps the adrenals. Well, something like that. Also, some foods contain Omega-6, yes, and I wouldn’t eat a ton of avocados, but some is where you get good fats. Just make sure that the ratio is not mostly O6. I think that worse than eating avocados is stressing out over everything I eat. Because, someday, like with HFLC, science will correct itself. Check out Mark Sisson’s post: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-the-omega-3omega-6-ratio-may-not-matter-after-all/#axzz3S4c85Bj2

      • Boe

        Yes, true, don’t over stress about everything. As well, sometimes foods are nourishing for the soul too… and if you break your rules occasionally for that, it’s ok. 🙂

  • OM


    Joe Rogan is quite angry about the false use of scientific facts in this site in regards to the coffee and other ingredients of the diet.

  • Kathleen

    When will Upgraded Decaf become available in K-cups? Thanks

  • Britt W

    Would you say that decaf BP coffee would now be okay to drink while pregnant? Looking for a BP Coffee sub!