Many of us can not even imagine a day without one or two cups of coffee. It represents a way to be in charge of our morning, but it is also part of a ritual that calms us down.
It plays an important role in our lives. But have you ever thought about how did one get to drink coffee at all? How is it possible that went from coffee beans how to regular coffee got and later to modern designs with the addition of various useful adaptogenic substances?
Nobody exactly knows when people first started drinking coffee. Mentions of it can be found in various forms almost everywhere. Therefore, there are many variations of the “story” about when and how people started drinking this beverage that is loved by billions of people around the world today.
According to portal Sprigler, the first mentions of drinking coffee appeared in the Old Testament. It is possible that the cultivation of the coffee tree began in 575 BC, but perhaps much earlier. In many religious texts, we can find mentions of how the “dark drink „gave strength to the sick man who was then so strong that he stood alone against handful of armed men and then made dozens of woman happy. One of the most famous legends says that coffee was discovered by a goat shepherd named Cald. He noticed that his goats bit the berries from the trees and were kind of more alive after them. Monk from a nearby monastery allegedly noticed the unusual behavior of goats. He therefore picked the berries and roasted them and he made them drink for himself and for his brothers. As a result, the monks were less tired during their night prayers , so coffee has gained a firm place in their lives.
Officially, coffee seems to have started to be grown around the Arabian Peninsula, where it was also firstly traded. In 15th century it spread to Egypt and Turkey and in the 16th century it began, according to the NCA , to establish the first public cafes. Coffee was no longer drunk only in the privacy of home. It has become pleasant way to spend time, socialize, share gossip and build relationships.
Coffee first came to Europe in the 17th century, thanks to researchers and travelers.
Europeans quickly fell in love with the dark drink and for years they enjoyed increasing popularity. Of course, there were also those who considered coffee to be the work of the devil and a poison to the human body. Several times critics have tried to enforce a ban on drinking coffee, the Pope ClementVIII had to interfere. After tasting the coffee, he was so satisfied that any further doubts were inadmissible and the coffee ban did not take place.
Since then, coffee has also been used as a magic drink for various diseases from the plague, mental health issues to fever of unknown origin. Even today, many perceive coffee as a magic drink. Even though coffee along with tea ranks first in the list of popularity in countries around the world(According to the Springer portal), the largest coffee consumers are Americans and Europeans. The Statista portal states that , according to data from October 2020, the Netherlands was ranked first in the rankings. Other ranks were occupied by Finland, Sweden and Norway, where an average of more than 3 kilograms of coffee is consumed per person, per year. Slovak statistics show that Slovaks consume an average of 2.8 kilograms of coffee per year.
Nootropics and coffee have always been a part of history
Like coffee, nootropics could to be part of culture and traditional medicine since time immemorial. As we have written in previous articles, extracts from various plants have been used by our ancestors to treat various ailments or to support the body thousands of years ago. The first synthetic nootropics began to be produced only after 1960 to 1970. Until then, man relied mainly on what mother nature offered. In the 20th century, however, humanity began experimenting with nootropics and their combinations more and more. The current trend is coffees with the addition of nootropics, such as ashwagandha.
Dave Asprey and Bulletproof Coffee
Dave Asprey came up with a great idea for how to improve regular coffee a few years ago after he traveled to Tibet and tasted traditional tea, to which locals add yak’s milk. After this experience, he began to look for ways to improve coffee and tea even “at home”, where one does not usually have yak milke available.
Therefore, he founded the company Bulletproof 360 in 2013. He focused on the production of Bulletproof coffee a nd other products. At the same time, he taught people how to “hack” their brains and move their performance to the maximum, improve your mood and physical as well as mental condition. Gradually, his coffee gained a lot fans around the world. Asprey’s goal was to combine the pleasant with the useful and create a drink that will help top athletes, but also tired parents or ordinary people who want to take care of themselves.
As the Bulletproof portal writes, it is ideal to keep in mind that we are improving in every way due to a combination of several factors.
If we want to do the best thing for our body, it is not enough to just drink coffee or omit sweets and fried foods from your diet. Asprey therefore recommends drinking Bulletproof coffee, but also regular fasting and food adapted to our needs. Thanks to that a person can achieve the optimal state of mind and body.
The basis of Asprey’s idea is to add MCT oil and organic ghee butter to Bulletproof coffee. It is important to not add any extra sugar and artificial sweeteners to the coffee. Thanks to this, you will have the ideal amount of coffee, saturated fats and antioxidants that the body needs to function. Of course, you can also add protein into your coffee . Such a combination is, among other things, a rich source of vitamin A or beta-carotene.
MCT oil is obtained from 100% coconut oil, distilled several times and processed only with the help of water, heat and pressure. Asprey recommends trying to exchange the classic breakfast for coffee with MCT oil and organic ghee butter for at least a week. We often do not realize it, but we are often supplying our bodies with a huge amount of sugar since the day starts. However, the desired effect often does not appear, instead our bodies deplete energy reserves and after a few hours we reach again for another dose of sugar.
Four sigmatic – how coffee with adaptogens was created
Scientists began to study adaptogens intensively during the Second World War. They believed that they can help soldiers feel better and be more powerful and resilient. However, research has become more realistic from 1950 to 1960 in Russia, where scientists embarked on a number of clinical studies. The goal of the experiment has been to increase the body’s resistance to stress and reduce the damage external environment can cause. They were interested, for example, in Chinese schizandra (Schisandra chinensis), Eleutherococcus senticosus or rhodiola rosea.
The concept gradually became known to the public between 1997 and 1998. It became popular, however, it did not begin until later, when it was shown that adaptogens usually have no side effects.
However, the charm of adaptogens has only really begun to appear in recent years, especially in combination with coffee, tea or other beverages and food. Today, adaptogens are already available in various forms from powders and tinctures to tablets under different brands and in different price ranges. Of course, you need to pay attention to the quality and check the content of adaptogens before buying them.
One of the well-known companies dealing with adaptogens is Fourt Sigmatic, founded in 2012. Finns are known to take care of their health as best they can. They understand the beneficial effect of cold exposure and sauna as well as carefully chosen adaptogenis in our diet and the possitive effect it bring to our bodies. In addition, Finland has long been one of the largest consumers of coffee and tea. Therefore, we encounter the idea of combining the pleasant with the useful.
The founders of Four Sigmatic came up with the idea of adding adaptogenic fungi to the drinks, that people love so much. At present, Four Sigmatic manufactures products with more than 20 different types of adaptogens, including mushrooms such as Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus) or reishi (Ganoderma lucidum).
What is usually added to coffee today?
Currently, more and more people are interested in coffee with added adaptogens. Although traditional coffee is great and clearly has its advantages, its consumption can still have side effects. For sensitive people or when consumed in excess, caffeine can cause chills, headaches, and inability to concentrate or feelings of anxiousness . The role of adaptogens in coffee is to strengthen the body and highlight the positive effects without having to worry about the side effects of caffeine.
As of now, very popular adapogens are ashwagandha, ginseng, gingko biloba or nigella sativa. Of course, if you do not prefer caffeine, decaffeinated coffee is easily aviable with the addition of adaptogenic herbs.
Whether you need to recharge your energy in the morning in the afternoon or for a Business meeting, the possibilities are endless…
Alternatives are available for everyone, even for those after who can’t fall asleep in the evening after a regular cup.
… and how did Boboobo coffee started?
I started to become more and more interested in biohacking and optimizing health with different adaptogenic herbs and another supplements. So I started to mix different compounds with my coffee. After I created the best possible mixtures with high quality bio coffee, I decided this coffee should spread in between as many people as possible 🙂
A few words in conclusion
As you can see, drinking coffee has been a part of humanity since the beginning of times. You would hardly find a moment in history when coffee was not drunk. Coffee has gone through different stages, changing along with different trends. But it always was a drink that has been known to have positive effects on the human body and mind. A significant step forward was the addition of adaptogens to coffee in this area. One of the pioneers in the world of coffee and biohacking was for example Dave Asprey, who came up with the idea that coffee can be made with MCT oil and organic ghee butter to enrich it with the ideal amount of saturated fat. And without the body being burdened by the amount of sugar.
Where biohacking and adaptogens are mentioned, the Finnish company Four Sigmatic must also be mentioned. After 2012, it became famous mainly for adding adaptogenic mushrooms, such as reishi, to coffee at present, Four Sigmatic manufactures a diverse range of products with more than 20 different types of adaptogens.
Coffee clearly has a positive effect on interpersonal relationships. For example, did you know that if two people that are holding a cup of hot coffee feel they are closer to each other? If you offer coffee to a customer, you are more likely to convince him that your coffee or product is the right one.
In addition, sitting with coffee is simply something that always makes us happy. It is easier to get up in the morning, if you know that the first cup, for example in the form of Triple Energy Coffee with ginseng and schizandra ,will supply you with energy soon.
You can handle the pitfalls of the day with absolute peace thanks to Zen Coffee with Ashwagandha. Your immune system can handle difficult periods thanks to Super Health Coffee with reishi and nigella sativa. Cheers!