Coffee :)


“The more abstract the truth you want to teach the more you must seduce the senses to it. - Friedrich Nietzche

Corey Boutwell


Article Quick Glimpse 

  • History of coffee

  • What happens in your body

  • Coffee benefits - mainly polyphenols and antioxidants

  • Drink plenty of water and salts before drinking coffee

  • The importance of Caffeine Fasts due to the severity of Caffeine Tolerance and the cues to know your in the optimal Caffeine Sensitive Zone

  • The importance of coffee curfews due to the long half life of caffeine. Caffeine increases cortisol preventing quality sleep

  • Choose quality coffee as coffee can be full of mould toxins. In short always buy organic fresh roasted beans, keep the bags sealed and do not keep the beans for too long. As a tip perhaps buy smaller bags so you finish the bad more quickly.

  • Coffee enhances fasting

  • Blend with good quality fats to make a Bulletproof Coffee

Biggest Takeaways

  • If you do not feel a large buzz from one cup of coffee you are tolerant and you need a break (3 days off 1 day on 2 days off minimum)

  • Coffee is great for performance Mental and Physical so use appropriately

  • Caffeine curfews are essential no caffeine or coffee after 2pm period

  • Coffee hangovers are a thing

  • Caffeine fasts are essential

  • The quality of coffee is critical - organic - fresh - mould toxin free -  single origin - buy coffee from roasters and health shops

Coffee History

Coffee is originally a bean that comes from Ethiopia and was brewed into a drink that was used for religious chanting. The brew's purpose was to help spiritual practices go on throughout the night. The first records of coffee being used is in the 1500’s.

The beans eventually made their way through schools and authorities till it got to Cairo in Egypt. It was used in schools and authority provinces to help people learn better and stay awake late at night. Once it got here coffee houses became popular, people would talk, learn and pass coffee pots around. They became popular socialising spots. They even tried to ban coffee as religious authorities recognised it as a forbidden drink.

As Egypt had close relations with Europe, eventually the beans made their way to Europe. Coffee production quickly went through Europe. When the Dutch got a hold of the brew, they took it on explorations to America and Asia and the rest is simply history.

Coffee has been a part of our lives since the 1600’s-1700’s.

Would you have guessed that the coffee culture of enjoying coffee in coffee houses, schools of learning and authorities have been around since the 1500’s? 

What Does Coffee Do In The Body?

Coffee affects you in 3 ways, it affects your:

  1. Brain

  2. Body

  3. Gut

  1. Coffee in the Brain

Coffee/caffeine are known to affect the limbic system, but data on the influence of coffee and coffee constituents on neurotransmitter release is limited.

Increased calcium signaling and dopamine release. Increased calcium signaling is a difficult concept to describe: basically it means your cells are more responsive by:

  1. Increasing the speed and ease of muscle contraction

  2. Increasing muscle regeneration

  3. Increasing speed and use of brain activity (neuroplasticity)

Coffee as a rule develops stimulating effects on the central nervous system, heart and circulation which is mainly caused by caffeine.

Controlled studies in humans show that coffee can improve different aspects of brain function. You will see below why, how and where.

Coffee affects 3 different chemicals in the brain:

  1. Increases Dopamine - Dopamine is a mood stimulating chemical.

  2. Decreases Adenosine - Adenosine promotes sleep and supressess arousal.

  3. Increases Norepinephrine - Norepinephrine moves via adrenaline pathways and is stimulating.


Dopamine contributes to feelings of:

  • alertness

  • focus

  • motivation

  • happiness

  • a sense of fulfillment

Caffeine can immediately improve mood by stimulating dopamine. Caffeine whilst stimulating dopamine depletes serotonin over time and therefore, consistently using coffee will cause you to feel worse.

When serotonin starts to deplete it is (quite literally) not a laughing matter. 

Serotonin is critical to regulating:

  • sleep cycles

  • pain control

  • carbohydrate & sugar cravings

  • digestion 

Low levels of serotonin have also been associated with a decrease in immune function.