Sunday
Feb092014

"Bulletproof" Coffee

There's been a lot of news about fat - the good fats - and how they are a factor in a healthy diet and a necessity for brain health.  There have been numerous studies that show we all need to be eating more saturated fats, such as coconut oil and butter.  With the "modern-day" diet of grains replacing fat as a major calorie source, there is a negative impact on the brain.

So....what's all this talk about fat have to do with coffee? 

Coffee is known to have amazing health properties - loaded with antioxidants and many disease-fighting properties.  With all the benefits aside, so many of us "need" coffee to start our day. What if you could kick the benefits of coffee up a notch by adding the beneficial fats?  Let me introduce you to Bulletproof® Coffee

Bulletproof® Coffee is the brain child of Dave Asprey, founder of the "Bulletproof Executive".  The orginal recipe is available on the Bulletproof Executive website, where you can order Bulletproof® products, including supplements that can be added to your coffee.  You will also find some other great health & lifestyle information.  

Want to make your own "Bulletproof" coffee.  Here's a recipe that you can make with ingredients you most likely already have on hand.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces hot brewed coffee (using your favorite brewing method)
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee (build up to 2 Tbsp or more over several days)
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

  • Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until the butter and oil is blended into the liquid and the coffee is frothy.  

If you are not too sure about the drink, give it a chance beyond your first attempt.  You can experiment with the amounts of butter and/or oil as well as other additions, such as:

  • Raw cacao 
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut Cream or milk

The concept behind this concoction is to start your day off with healthy fats to reduce hunger, provide sustained energy, promote brain function and add a hefty dose of nutrients to your daily coffee.  (On a side note, studies have shown that ingesting 1-2 T of coconut oil helps reduce sugar cravings.)  As you incorporate this into your diet, pay attention to your hunger, sugar cravings and other improvements throughout the day. 

We want to hear from you.... What are your favorite additions to your Bulletproof coffee?  What benefits have you experienced?

Friday
Feb072014

Where Does Coffee Come From? A Journey from Bean to Cup.

Where Does Coffee Come From?  A Journey from Bean to Cup.

Mahalo BizBrain.org for the infographic.

Sunday
Dec222013

Hawaiian Energy Coffee, 100% Kona, Now Available

A new batch of Hawaiian Energy Coffee is available.  

Hawaiian Energy Coffee is 100% Kona Estate Coffee - hand-picked at the peak of ripeness. Estate coffee is exclusively from one farm, and always 100% Kona coffee.  

Click Buy Now  to order your whole bean Kona coffee, available in medium dark roast.  

Thursday
Nov212013

2013 Hawai'i Honey Festival

1st Annual Hawai'i Honey Festival

presented by the Big Island Beekeepers Association

November 23, 2013  l  11:00 am - 5:00 pm  l  Nani Mau Gardens (Hilo)

The First Annual Hawai`i Honey Festival will take place amid the 22 acres of tropical plants and flowers of Nani Mau Gardens (421 Makalika Street).

The festival will include the Fourth Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge: beekeepers from throughout the State of Hawai`i will submit their best comb, liquid and solid honeys to be blind-tasted and judged by a panel of experts, with winning apiaries receiving recognition and award seals for their honey.  Other festivities include the "People's Choice" Honey Tasting, live Hawaiian and pop music, hula, crafts and honey vendors, "ono" food, many children's activities, beekeeping demonstrations and observation hives, other bee and agricultural exhibits, lectures and demonstrations and bee-friendly plant sales.

For additional information, visit the Big Island Beekeepers website.  

Thursday
Oct312013

2013 Holualoa Village Coffee and Art Stroll

Holualoa Village Coffee and Art Stroll

an annual event of the

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

November 2, 2013  l  9 am - 3pm

Historic Holualoa Village  

 

Experience the best of both worlds that Holualoa Village has to offer - sample Kona coffee while strolling through the picturesque village of Holualoa, discovering local artwork including paintings, ceramic sculptures and handcrafted woodwork. 

Nearly two dozen farms' coffee will be featured at Holualoa's unique art galleries and shops. Gifts, live music and more. Shop for handcrafted goods and meet local farmers and artists.  Free parking at Holualoa School and the Catholic church. There is also a public parking area across from the Holualoa 'Ukulele Gallery.

 

poster by Paul Maddox