All coffee is the same right? Sure, some coffee tastes better, but I didn't think that there was really much difference between 100% Kona and Juan Valdez.
Coffee usually doesn't do much for me in terms of energy, but I do like the taste. The way it works is that I get a caffeine buzz for about 20 minutes, then I get sleepy. That is the way is has always been.
But if there was a coffee that could make me more alert during trading, I was all for it. It's cheaper than coke (just joking). I'm willing to explore anything (no matter how small) that will give me an edge in trading.
Enter Upgraded™ Coffee
After hearing about some of the claims that were going around about this coffee, I had to give it a try. Here is a quote from the Bulletproof® Executive website:
“This coffee makes you feel noticeably better than anything else you’ll find. You’ll never go back to Starbucks again.”
Well, Starbucks coffee is quite terrible anyway, so maybe that's not the best comparison, but the website also says:
“Upgraded™ Coffee is the result of an obsessive pursuit to find the absolute highest performance coffee beans on earth. It’s taken me more than 10 years to identify every step of performance-robbing toxin formation in coffee and to find a reliable, perfect source of beans that always make me feel great…”
Sounded a little sensational, but I'll give almost anything a try…once. So I placed my order.
What makes it different?
Before I get to my review, let's start with how this coffee is different from the other stuff you find in the stores. Almost all coffee beans are either dried in the sun or wet pressed, then left to ferment. These processes make it easier (cheaper) to remove the tough outer layer of the bean and also have the added “benefit” of introducing large amounts of myotoxins, which makes the coffee taste better.
However, as the name suggests, myotoxins are…toxic. So you are basically getting good tasting, cheap, toxic coffee. Two out of three ain't bad, I guess.
But it could be better.
Upgraded™ Coffee beans are mechanically processed right after picking, in clean, cold water. But, who cares? Well, let's find out…
The Review of Upgraded™ Coffee
My first impression of the coffee was that it tasted good, but not the best tasting coffee ever. On the first taste, I drank it black. I would give it an 8/10 in terms of taste. But it definitely tastes cleaner than other coffees. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but that is the only way I could describe it.
And the energy?
That was the impressive part. As I mentioned above, other coffees usually make me sleepy, but with Upgraded™ Coffee , I felt very alert. The energy would last an hour or two, then wear off slowly, with no narcolepsy afterwards.
Then naturally, I decided to turn it into Bulletproof® Coffee (video tutorial). That is when I really started seeing some results.
It allowed me to focus through the London Session and a lot of the New York session. I'm usually done after London and head for bed.
I didn't feel jittery either. It was a very natural feeling. And true to their claims, it is the most satisfying cup of coffee I have ever had. Again, not the best tasting (although it was still an 8/10), but it just felt really good to drink it…like my body needed it. Yeah sounds weird, but it's one of those “you had to be there” type things.
But then I ran into a problem…I used it all up.
So I went back to drinking regular Joe. It wasn't the same. Once my body got used to the good stuff, I couldn't go back. I actually just had some crap coffee as I'm writing this and I'm feeling sluggish already.
Needless to say, my order of Upgraded™ Coffee can't get here soon enough.
Of course, there are other components to energy like diet and exercise, but it terms of having a quick and easy hack for staying alert, this is hands down the best thing I have found.
If this interests you, check out the Bulletproof® Executive website. It won't cure shitty trading, but it can help ensure that you don't lose money because you fell asleep on your keyboard, again.
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