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5280: Where to Find Bullet Proof Coffee

This popular beverage, made with coffee, grass-fed butter, and a shot of medium-chain triglyceride oil, supposedly increases your energy and helps you burn fat. Here's where to get your fix.

Bulletproof coffee is a whipped drink of high-quality coffee, grass-fed butter, and a shot of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. Invented by Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur Dave Asprey and now part of his comprehensive “Bulletproof Diet” plan, the popular drink is marketed as a “biohack”: brain food that can substitute for a meal, help increase energy, and burn more fat throughout the day. Although controversial, some swear by Bulletproof’s combo of healthy fats and caffeine.

On first sip, Bulletproof tends to get a “love it or hate it” reaction. It’s creamy and foamy like a latte, but can taste somewhat bland because the butter mutes the coffee. But it is also a rich drink that will immediately appeal to some palates. For me, it was an acquired taste.

The Molecule Effect in Lincoln Park premeasures the fatty ingredients (two tablespoons of grass-fed butter and coconut oil) for its Bulletproof to make sure that it has the perfect consistency when blended with two shots of espresso. This funky cafe is built to inspire creativity with an industrial design and unusual art, like an LED poster that endlessly scrolls through Tinder profiles, so the Bulletproof ethos fits right into their offerings. Plus, the Molecule Effect opens at 6 a.m. every day but Sunday, so you can get your blast of energy first thing in the morning.


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