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Wild Mocha Latte Recipe

Mike Rothschild

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Brew Coffee with preferred brewing method.

  2. Melt Cocoa Butter, CocoTropic Nootropic, Vanilla, and Salt together in pot over the stove on low/med heat.

  3. Pour into coffee, and serve hot or cold!

Tip: If you’re serving it cold, mix in well with hot coffee before pouring over ice- or the Cocoa Butter may solidify. Served best hot, or drank immediately if iced.

Wild Recipe: Keto Cortado

Mike Rothschild

Cortados are Cuban version of a macchiato. Potent and sweetened coffee cut (cortado) with milk. Traditionally evaporated milk was used, which makes full fat coconut milk the perfect replacement! This rich, sweet coffee is the perfect ending to any meal, and a must for that afternoon pick me up. 

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Espresso grind, dark roast coffee
  • Filtered water 
  • 3 teaspoons xylitol 
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk 

Directions

  1. Prepare your stove top espresso using a moka pot or caffettiera. Fill the bottom chamber with water up to the bolt or nob. 
  2. Fill the basket with ground coffee, full but not too packed. Place that over the chamber then screw on the top. Place the moka pot on a burner over medium high heat. 
  3. This will take a few minutes, but keep your ears listening for the sound of rising water, when the pressure beings to build. 
  4. In a small sauce pot heat the coconut milk over medium heat. 
  5. In a measuring up put the sweetener and have it at the ready, next to the stove with a teaspoon. 
  6. When the first drops of coffee come through the spout of the moka pot, measure out 4 teaspoons in to the measuring cup with the sweetener. Place the moka pot back on the stove to finish brewing. 
  7. Vigorously mix the sweetener and coffee mix to a sugary paste or syrup. 
  8. Beat the syrup as you pour the coffee into the measuring cup until fully combined.
  9. Pour ¼ cup of espresso into small cups. Then cut it with milk. I like equal parts milk and coffee. Mix, serve, enjoy! 

Wild Recipe: Wild Whey Coffee Smoothie

Mike Rothschild

 Recipe from  The Castaway Kitchen

Perfect recovery smoothie with protein and good fats. Low in sugar and with a caffeine boost to keep you going the rest of the day!

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

How To Add Raw Cacao To Your Diet

Colin Stuckert

Right now you must be thinking, “these fools spelled cocoa wrong!”

Sorry, not sorry.

While cacao and cocoa are often considered two different things, they are pretty much the same thing.

Cacao is the tree from which cocoa is produced. Once harvest, cocoa can be made into numerous product like cocoa butter and chocolate!

Again, it's pretty much the same thing, but for the sticklers that want to obsess over nomenclature, go by the definitions above if you absolute must separate them out by spelling.

Raw cacao is jam packed with a multitude of antioxidants, minerals and fiber. It is also a great source of iron and magnesium, which makes it one of the top selling superfoods on the market today.

For those with an affinity for sweetened chocolate, the unsweetened taste of raw cacao can seem bitter and prove challenging to incorporate into your diet.

But that should be no reason for only getting your chocolate fix through low-quality, sugar packed cheap chocolate products.

There are so many better, healthier ways to get cocoa into your body.

To add this powerful superfood into your diet, you can grab a handful of our raw cacao nibs and eat raw or sprinkle over yogurt or into a smoothie.

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A few ways to add Raw Cacao (Raw Cocoa) to your diet:

Add Raw Cacao Nibs to your favorite smoothie

For health nuts on the go, smoothies are a quick and easy way to get the most nutrients. We recommend adding a half a banana, a few tablespoons of almond butter, and a handful of raw cacao nibs to your green smoothie. This gives you an abundance of antioxidants and a nice dose of healthy fat, without adding a bunch a sugar.

Recreate Your Favorite Dessert

You can easily sprinkle raw cacao nibs over your favorite coconut ice cream. However, if you are looking to get a little more creative with raw cacao, you may choose to substitute raw cacao nibs into your gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix or even blend raw cacao with avocado, almond milk and agave to create a decadent raw cacao mousse.

Make a "Cocoa Trail Mix"

The varieties of homemade trail mixes are endless.

Grab some raw nuts, some cocoa butter wafers, some cocoa nibs, some dried berries, and you have a healthy and nutritious snack for on the go.

Whether you are a mom on the go, the superstar athlete, or a chef, adding more raw cacao into your diet is as easy as reaching your hand in a bag of raw cacao nibs, cocoa butter wafers, or Wild Chocolate powder. (You can also drink it with our brain loving Cocotropic!)

We want to hear from you! How do you use raw cacao? Comment below with your favorite raw cacao recipes!

Coffee and Health

Colin Stuckert

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world.

Many of us in industrialized, modern societies rely on the naturally occurring caffeine in coffee to help us get through the day. Some don't consider themselves fully functional, or even fully awake, until they've had their morning cup of joe.

If you’re one of these coffee-friends (like we are), you might appreciate it to hear that coffee contains quite a few health benefits.

That said, we recommend a healthy relationship to coffee—keep it moderate and cycle it regularly (go full days, and sometimes full weeks without consuming any coffee or caffeine).

Let's look at a few of the many health benefits of drinking coffee.

Coffee fights free radicals

Free radicals form in our body as a result of our exposure to pollution and other harmful elements. Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals in our body.

Coffee just so happens to be one of the most concentrated antioxidant sources in the modern humans' diet.

In particular, two key antioxidants can be found in coffee; chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid. Cocoa and tea are also abundant sources of antioxidants, but cup-for-cup coffee contains more antioxidants than both. (Research)

Coffee can prevent cardiovascular disease

Coffee contains the antioxidants cafestol and kahweol, both of which may help balance the cholesterol in your body.

Coffee intake is thought to be associated with lower risks of heart failure and stroke as it allows the release of fatty acids from fatty tissue.

Coffee improves alertness and brain performance

This should come as no surprise considering coffee stimulates the central nervous system.

Your brains contain a chemical called adenosine whose purpose is to signal the brain when you are tired. Caffeine in coffee can suppress the actions of adenosine, temporarily increasing your alertness and holding back your body's natural tendency to want to rest itself after hard physical or mental efforts.

Studies also found that the antioxidants in coffee may protect against Parkinson’s disease, prevent dementia, and can be useful as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Coffee improves physical performance

It was initially thought that caffeine in coffee helped improve how oxygen is absorbed into the athlete’s body, but that may not be the case.

Instead, drinking coffee can temporarily heighten blood sugar, which can be useful for prolonged physical activity as the extra sugar in the blood can be utilized by the athlete's body as a fuel source. (Research)

Coffee protects your liver

Studies show that people who drink coffee have lower chances of abnormal liver function.

One study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that individuals who drank up to four cups of coffee daily were found to have reduced alcoholic liver syndrome by 20 percent.

According to the British Liver Trust in a report published in June 2016, drinking coffee lowers the risk of liver conditions like fibrosis (scar tissue that builds up in the liver) and cirrhosis. Regular consumption of moderate amounts of coffee may also prevent liver cancer.


Of course, the benefits of coffee are not going to come through if you are buying low-quality, moldy coffee beans from factory farms. Opt for small-batch, fresh-roasted organic and fair trade coffee beans... opt for Wild Coffee.

Wild Recipe: Cocoa Butter Coffee

Mike Rothschild

 Recipe Credit:  The Castaway Kitchen

Recipe Credit: The Castaway Kitchen

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Grind your coffee beans and add them to the French press.
  2. Pour in hot water and steep for 4 minutes.
  3. Press, and immediately pour the hot coffee into the bowl of your blender.
  4. Add in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Start blending on low, and then gradually increase the power to high.
  6. Blend for 30 seconds.
  7. Pour your delicious, frothy coffee into two mugs.
  8. Share, enjoy.

Wild Recipe: Creamy Coconut Mocha Decaf

Colin Stuckert

Oh coffee! The magic little bean that fuels us so! It’s delicious and complex flavors... its seductive aroma.

It truly is the only (real) way to wake up in the morning!

But if you love coffee as much as we do, you probably need to curb your caffeine intake from time to time.

Thank mother nature for water processed Wild Lonestar Decaf!

Most people think that decaf is caffeine-free, but that's not the case. Most decaf has about 1% caffeine. So def not what we are used to, but still a tad of caffeine nonetheless.

So how can we still get some of the benefits of coffee with caffeine in it by drinking coffee with only 1% caffeine in it?

Easy: Add Mushrooms!

Our Wild Shroom line does the trick. Medicinal mushrooms, in case you haven't heard, are revered for their mental benefits as well as their long term health-promoting benefits. (Learn more about them here.)

In summary, mushroom coffee is a great way to get similar caffeine-like benefits of mental clarity and stamina without the caffeine load. (And if you aren't in the mood to give up caffeine, try mushrooms in your regular coffee for a near-life-changing combo!)

The following recipe can be adapted to any coffee and with a mix of ingredients... so feel free to experiment! (And don't forget about the Wild Butter Brew recipe since it should be a standard in your drink repertoire.)

Deliciously brewed, blended with super foods and coconut cream; this creamy coconut mocha decaf will leave your regular cup of Joe in the dust! 

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Creamy Coconut Mocha Decaf
by The Castaway Kitchen

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Grind your coffee beans to a coarse grind and add to your French press.
  • Bring 12 ounces of filtered water to a light simmer in a kettle or sauce pot (200F).
  • Pour into the French Press. Gently stir with a wooden spoon. Let it steep for 4 minutes.
  • Press the coffee and pour it into a blender.
  • Add in the coconut cream, cordyceps and cacao powder.
  • Blend until frothy, about 30 seconds.
  • Pour into your favorite mug. Enjoy!

Wild Recipe: Wild Tea Gummies Are Delicious and Simple

Colin Stuckert

One of our best-selling Wild Teas, Curr Berr #6, is the perfect ingredient for the following homemade gummy recipe.

It’s sweet and tangy flavor and bright red color scream, "Make gummies out of me!"

Not to mention the fact that it's a veritable powerhouse of antioxidant inflammatory fighting goodness.

Take a bit of grass-fed beef gelatin (or Wild Collagen), honey and fresh lemon juice and you’ve got a unique, delicious and adorable gummy bear that packs a punch in more ways than one.

Take a few daily for a nutritional boost or throw them in your gym bag for some post-workout recovery.

Traveling? Pack these bad boys and have protein and immune boosting power in your pocket!

Enjoy!

Curr Berr Gummies

Ingredients

Directions:

  • Bring ¾ cup water to a light simmer in a small sauce pot.
  •  Remove from heat, stir in tea. Mix and cover, set aside.
  • Steep for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the tea back in to sauce pot through a fine mesh sieve, discard the berry mix.
  • Heat tea mix on medium heat.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and gelatin. Whisk until all the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the honey.
  • Distribute the mix between food grade silicone molds.
  • Refrigerate to firm, 30-40 minutes.
  • Carefully pop out of molds and store in a jar in the fridge.

*Although they do well at room temperature if you’re going to pack them in a bag for a few hours.

*If you don’t have molds, you can line a loaf pan or glass baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the mix in and place in the fridge on a flat surface until it sets and becomes firm, about 40 minutes. Then cut it into cubes.

Coffee and Mold

Colin Stuckert

Here's an email I received in reply to this article.

I read with interest your article here on coffee.  While I agree that the brewing process for coffee can possibly kill the mold itself,  it's the mycotoxins that it produces that are heat stable.  And herein lies the problem.  The reason Dave felt bad after consuming the "moldy" coffee was because of the mycotoxins.  Therefore, I agree that at the very least, ALL coffee should be tested for mold, especially the organic, fair trade stuff.  We pay a premium for an organic product and I believe that that should also include mold testing as that is an area of concern for quite a lot of folks, myself included.   Everyone should care about mold contamination.   Most people have no idea what mold is doing to us.  It is very, very dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.  Because of this, (mold) I have had to stop drinking coffee, which I thoroughly enjoy by the way, even though I didn't start drinking it until I hit 50.  (Go figure!)  

I'm sure that you probably have little interest in the the little fuzzy stuff to give it much thought, but mold IS toxic in any form.  Even antibiotics cause our guts SERIOUS harm and it might not be until 15 or 20 years later that you actually discover the effect that the antibiotics you took as a kid are affecting you now.  I wish more people were informed about the toxic effects of mold.  Yes, it can kill you.

Thank you for letting me vent.  I hope you will reconsider your lax view on the importance of mold testing as well.

Here's my response:

The mold found in a home, like black mold, and the mold found in foods, like mycotoxin, are not the same things. There are many forms of mold, each varying in their effects on the human organism. Also, there is little evidence that mold survives the roasting process. So unless the beans are ground and then stored incorrectly, or have been whole and sat for long periods of time in improper climates, mold is not going to be an issue.

Finally, lab testing does not guarantee much. To certify something "lab tested," all someone has to do is test their beans "sometimes." I've know of certain companies that do things like this all the time, like a whey protein company that tests their whey once a year so they can market it a certain way as long as that single test finds whatever they can find.

Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of nonsense marketing hype in the food and supplement industry. And consumers should absolutely test: test for themselves by testing how they feel when they use certain products. I'm all for the scientific method. But I am not for blindly reading "lab tested," and determining it as the holy grail. That, I think, is myopic for numerous reasons.

Hope that helps!

P.S. Antibiotics should be used as a last resort. In that, we are in 100% agreement.


Might be illustrative to my take on the whole coffee and mold issue. Finally, my main point is to self-test.

Some dude in a lab coat doesn't need to tell you how to live or what to eat.

Most of the time, in fact, that dude in the lab coat does not have your best interests in mind. He's usually being paid by those that are trying to dupe you.

The idea of testing, and the blind-trust given to scientists is a dangerous mental framework that I see our current culture buying into with alarming regularity. 

Just look at what the Doctors in the 60's and 70's did to this country when they used crappy "science" to tell the world that eating fat causes heart disease.

Yikes.

Use your body as a lab. It's the best scientist you're ever going to meet.

 

-Colin
Founder

The Wild Foods December Promotion

Colin Stuckert

Since December is a time of giving and showing gratitude for loved ones, our December promo is going to help you do just that by getting as many Wild Minis into your hands as possible!

Our team has already produced 500 minis this week in preparation for the December promotion. And more are on the way.

Wild Minis are 1-2oz sizes of the Wild Foods product line. They are great for travel, trying new ingredients and, best of all, gifting.

And they fit perfectly in stockings. Like perfect... See how perfect:

 
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To help you fill those stockings and give the gift of Wild Foods, we are offering the following promotion for every order placed in the Wild Foods store for the month of December (no promo code required):

  • Order $25 = Receive 3x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $9)
  • Order $50 = Receive 5x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $15)
  • Order $75 = Receive 7x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $21)
  • Order $100 = Receive 10x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $30)
  • Order $150 = Receive 15x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $45)
  • Order $200 = Receive 25x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $75)
  • Order $249 = Receive 35x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $105)
  • Order $499+ = Receive 60x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $150)
  • Order $999+ = Receive 150x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $300)

Average Retail Value for Wild Minis = $3.00

Start Shopping Now!

Product Spotlight: Wild Cocotropic

Colin Stuckert

Our new Wild Cocotropic is a potent blend of our best-selling Wild Chocolate with reishi mushroom, raw maca powder, mucuna pruriens and Wild Turmeric.

It contains no sweeteners, so you can sweeten with your preferred sweetener and drink it like hot cocoa or just add it to smoothies, shakes or a mug of butter coffee.

The options and benefits are limitless—anything relating to mood, brain and focus. You can improve your focus while also decreasing anxiety and distraction. The potent superfood powders, reishi mushroom and mucuna pruriens, each have their own powerful effects on the brain. 

Ingredients: 100% Organic Non-Alkalized Natural Wild Cocoa powder, Reishi Mushroom Extract, Organic Raw Maca powder, Mucuna Pruriens Extract, Organic Turmeric

 

 

 

Coffee and Mold - Is It Exaggerated?

Colin Stuckert

I recently received an email from a customer.

In his email, he asked this:

2. I read you article on coffee and particularly the section on mold. I know that high heat from roasting does kill the mold, but I know from talking with Dave (from Bulletproof) that he is also concerned not just about the mold but also the toxins created from the mold such as ochratoxin A which are not destroyed by high heat. I notice no mention of this, so I wanted to get your thoughts.

Here was my response:

To answer your question, it's all about mitigating exposure and buying great coffee. Then testing it on the individual level. The fact is, if you test beans that you get from a farm and they test mold-free, well then you keep buying from that farm and they hopefully don't change anything... right?

And if the beans test positive for mold, you stop buying from that farm/exporter and instead buy from someone else while repeating until you find a farm growing coffee without mold issues.

It's all a little exaggerated in my opinion. Furthermore, you don't need to have a lab test to know that a certain bean makes you feel good and tastes great just the same as you don't need to lab test folgers (or any other crappy coffee) to know that it makes you feel like crap and tastes like crap.

Testing Coffee Beans

Let's assume you were selling "lab tested" coffee beans. 

When your batch of green coffee beans would "pass" a test, you would then approve that lot or farm and send them to your roaster to be roasted before being sold to the public.

The beans that don't pass your test would be ruled out for consideration.

From there, you would add that grower and bean to your "approved" list of coffees.

Maybe you would do this until you had a few farms and exporters on your approved list—at least enough to supply the beans you need to fulfill customer orders.

Then what?

You'd automate the buying process—or someone else would handle that, like the roaster, as is standard in the coffee industry—and you'd go about your life, business as usual.

After that, how often would you test your beans?

Maybe once a quarter? Maybe a few times a year? Maybe once a year?

Who knows...

In reality, you could test your beans in a year and still market your product as "lab tested," regardless of just how shady that seems. After all, it's still true, right?

(And such is a standard example of the subtle ways marketers can spin language.)

Finally, you could make people sign an NDA before letting them in on your testing process and protocol (which is exactly what certain popular brand requires).

And that's one way to do it.

Now let's remove lab testing from the equation and look at a way to produce the same end-result of finding a delicious tasting coffee that's low in mold and grown with respect to the environment and the end-user's health.

 Is this what "lab-tested" coffee looks like? The problem is; no one knows.

Is this what "lab-tested" coffee looks like? The problem is; no one knows.

Human Trials

Instead of testing your green coffee beans in a lab, let's say you use "human trials," e.g. you and others you trust that know coffee test some green coffee beans from a few select coffee producers.

After receiving your beans, you fresh roast them to a various roast profiles and send each person home with a few ounces of each roast to test. You instruct them to try the beans with a few brewing methods as well as without added cream, butter, sugar, etc. 

You also instruct them to listen closely to how they feel after drinking the coffee—an hour after, 2 hours after.

Finally, you ask them to rate each coffee from 1-10 on the feeling spectrum.

Then you compile the results and choose the clear winners.

You then add this list of winners to your "approved/tested list."

 Don't discount the importance of human trials 

Don't discount the importance of human trials 

In each method above, you end up with a specially curated list of premium coffees that taste great and make you feel great. In fact, you might even end up with the same list of coffees from the same farmers by following completely different curation/testing methods.

In case you were wondering, at Wild Foods we used the latter method for creating the Wild Coffee line of Organic, Single-Origin, Fair Trade coffees.

I have a feeling that our Wild Coffee beans pass any lab tests with flying colors. Especially considering the hundreds, possibly thousands, of human trials our beans have undergone at this point (friends, family and Wild customers).

I wanted to address this topic because of the frequent questions we get about our coffee beans. I'm hoping to point out how some people mistake the trees for the forest in the case of mold and coffee.

Since the point is to find amazing coffee that tastes great and doesn't have mold issues (the forest), whether or not beans are tested does not actually change the coffee itself, it merely gives you one way of testing beans (the testing method being the trees).

All that being said, if you buy "lab tested coffee beans" and you find they don't taste great and/or they don't make you feel that awesome, then perhaps you should factor that data point into your conclusions?

Yours in Health,

-Colin Stuckert
Founder/CEO

 

 

 

 

3 Essential Nutrients Only Real Food Can Offer

Colin Stuckert

This is a post from Mansal Denton, the manager and co-founder of Nootropedia, a nootropics and brain health brand that produces content and software tools to improve mental performance. He also has a fascination with psychedelics, but he won’t tell if you don’t.

We all know that real food tastes better than processed, but the nutritional value is higher as well. Real food is filled with many essential nutrients that humans need for optimal mental and physical performance. Being deficient in these nutrients isn’t rare, unfortunately. Most people don’t get nearly enough of these nutrients, which creates a cascade of negative health effects.

Instead of looking for supplements that your body has a hard time absorbing, look into real foods to acquire the following essential nutrients.

1. Magnesium

In the developed (western) world, magnesium is the second highest deficiency after Vitamin D. Magnesium is responsible for regulating over 300 enzymes in the human body, which influences all aspects from protein synthesis to nerve function, and even creating DNA. This nutrient is so important for your optimal performance, it even influences production of a brain chemical called serotonin.

Even if people recognize their deficiency in magnesium, it is very difficult to find a source of the nutrient that is well-absorbed by the body. That’s one of the reasons it is best to find magnesium through real foods. Cocoa is a natural source of magnesium that the body can absorb easily. It also tastes much better than a magnesium glycinate supplement!

2. Iron

Unless you are eating grass fed red meat, iron is another common nutrient deficiency. For vegetarians, vegans, or pescatarians this is even more of a risk and can lead to deficiencies in strength and muscle health.

Even though a doctor might tell you to take a standard iron supplement, you’ll find far more bioavailable iron from traditional whole foods like cocoa powder and even turmeric. A small dosage of turmeric has up to 10% of your daily recommended iron.

3. Vitamin D

Even though magnesium deficiency is a major concern in the western world, there is only one nutrient we lack more: vitamin D. It seems silly that westerners would be deficient in the “sunlight” vitamin, but people in colder climates (away from the sun) are typically deficient. These days we spend so much time indoors and out at night that it is hard to get all the vitamin D we need from the sunlight.

Luckily, we can allow our fish products to collect the vitamin D for us. Many fish are filled with vitamin D including the menhaden fish oil, which is caught and harvested from U.S. waters. Beyond the benefits of vitamin D, this fish oil also has omega-3 DHA and EPA, which are essential nutrients for brain health.

Whole Nutrition... Then Supplementation

As a specialist on brain health supplements and nootropic drugs, I’m a firm believer in using modern science to enhance our mental performance. Yet, I still believe the greatest source of cognitive improvement is seen through basic practices, such as sleeping, eating whole foods, and exercising.

By eating whole foods that are processed in conscious ways, you can get all of these essential nutrients from your diet. You will be able to avoid spending money on useless supplements and, most importantly, you’ll have a healthier life with delicious ingredients.