In July, I transitioned from my previously unconscious use of chemically-ridden, high-pesticide load coffee pods and started making organic coffee with a Chemex brewing system.


Suddenly I found myself feeling like a scientist as I made my daily cup of joe, and it allowed for a completely new approach to the art of making coffee. Here are three recipes I've used during my experimentation.



Modified Bulletproof Coffee

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The paleo movement has ignited momentum in the world of coffee with the birth of Bulletproof coffee. The original way of making Bulletproof coffee falls into more of a primal category, since it includes dairy. I prefer a modified version, using ghee instead of butter. Here's how I make it:



  • 1 Tablespoon of MCT oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of ghee
  • 18oz of fresh brewed coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of turmeric



Blend it all together and enjoy!


Traditional bulletproof coffee would not use the cinnamon and turmeric. These modifications offer an anti-inflammatory benefit, which is a bonus for any athlete.


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Homemade Cold Brew

Cold brew is another craze in the coffee world, especially here in Los Angeles. I love an afternoon cold brew like nothing else. At my favorite local spot I mentioned how much I enjoy a good cold brew and also that I write for Breaking Muscle, and the gentleman behind the counter was happy to tell me how to make my own. Delighted, I ran home and immediately got started. Here's how to do it:



  • 16oz of cold filtered water
  • 3/4 cup freshly ground coffee



  1. Combine both ingredients in a Mason jar and stir.
  2. Cover and let sit for 16 hours.
  3. Strain through a coffee filter into a new container and refrigerate until chilled. 
  4. Enjoy a delicious homemade, simple cold brew!



"Hello" Cup of Coffee

Since the beginning of my health-conscious life, I crave a little kick now and again with my food and drinks. That desire, coupled with a strong love of chocolate, inspired this cup of deliciousness. Basically my two cravings got married and they now exist in a cup of coffee that excites from the first sip to the last. I call it my “Hello” cup of coffee.



  • 8 ounces of freshly brewed coffee
  • Dash of cinnamon, turmeric & cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of cacao powder



Mix all ingredients together and stir with a spoon. Take your first sip and say hello!



For the athletes in all of us, each of these recipes offers tools for optimum performance. Bulletproof coffee supports a ketogenic fat-burning response. The anti-inflammatory benefits of the spices used have long been known for their benefits. And there's no denying the energy a delicious cup of coffee brings to any workout.


The decision regarding caffeine in an athlete's diet is an individual one. I find coffee helps my performance, and science has found the same thing time and time again, so I'll go on enjoying a cup of joe before my daily workouts.


Photos courtesy of V Capaldi.