Alphacinno (Protein Shakes with Coffee)

Bulletproof coffee is all the rage, for reasons that don’t make a lot of sense. There is nothing magical about consuming nothing but fat in your coffee. The theory is that using fat and MCT oils causes your body to release more fatty acids into the bloodstream. In truth, bulletproof coffee “works” only to the extent a person consumes fewer calories over the course of the day than he would otherwise.

I don’t mess with bulletproof coffee, although I drink coffee. Coffee is a powerful antioxidant and nootropic. I make something much better than bulletproof coffee. I use cold brew coffee to make protein shakes.

(I call it the Alphacinno.)

alpha coffee protein shake alphacinno

Here’s what you’ll need to make an Alphacinno:

  • Cold brew coffee (16 ounces)
  • protein powder (50 grams)
  • MCT oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Udo’s oil (2 tablespoons)

Step 1. Make your cold brew coffee. I follow this recipe. The cold brew coffee is not bitter at all. It stores in the fridge for nearly a week without going stale. Cold brew coffee is great for protein shakes.

Step 2. Combine the cold brew coffee, protein powder, and MCT and Udo’s oil into a high speed blender. (I use a BlendTec or Vitamix, although any blender will do.)

Step 3. Throw it into a cup with a straw to look like the cool kids.

Notes on Protein Powder and MCT Oil:

I use NOW Foods MCT oil. However, there’s a niche protein powder company called Truetein (I’m not an affiliate) that makes powdered MCTs. This stuff is the best “coffee creamer” you’ll ever have and is great to have when traveling, as you don’t need to store it in the fridge. The only caveat is that it has a small amount milk protein powder in it. I do fine with dairy, but if you don’t, that’s something to consider..

For protein I use Truetein (combination of whey, casein, and egg protein) or Gaspari Myofusion. UPDATE: Gaspari has amino spiked its protein powders and therefore I will never give another dollar to Rich Gaspari.

You can use any brand of protein. I happen to like those two brands because they taste great and the protein is slower releasing.

alphacinno protein cold brew coffee recipes

Have you ever made a protein shake with coffee?

If so, post your recipes.

Read next: Alpha Muscle Meals

  • Shiva

    I’m not actually a huge fan of bulletproof coffee although I was on it for a couple of months. It was a little too high fat for me to maintain with the volume of training I was doing. And I really didn’t enjoy butter in coffee. This is a good alternative. Mike, how do you feel about cycling whey and vegan proteins to reduce food sensitivities esp. for those on 2 workouts/day? And what do you think about consuming fish oil concurrently because of the high amount of omega 6 found in western diet (do we need to add to it using Udo’s, most people are VERY omega 3 deficient). Also for those trying this, please go light on MCT at first or you will experience disaster pants. 2 tablespoons is A LOT for me (180 lbs male), so I’d advise a bit of caution here.

    • Danger & Play Blog

      Good points. I only have 2-3 big meals a day. I do intermittent fasting, so an 800 calorie shake does the job for me. I’ve rotated protein powders before (garden of life makes a nice raw vegan protein), but didn’t notice a huge difference. I do “cycle off” of protein powder now and then.

  • Nootroponaut

    TrueNutrition has powdered MCTs as well and they use maltodextrin instead of the nonfat dry milk powder.

  • too long in london

    Hi Mike,
    not really bulletproof- because, as you say, what’s the point?-but I have a mildly interesting aside. I started putting coconut cream in my coffee in an effort to get off milk. No real reason, it was just there from a Thai recipe I never got around to cooking.

    Haven’t had or wanted any dairy for 5 days now, but I also felt more upbeat, I wasn’t so hungry or distracted, my blood sugar was much more stable (I’m a diabetic), I didn’t have a ‘coffee crash’ and I’ve had less inclination to eat crap, both at and between meals.
    The sheer amount of saturated fat in coconut cream means that butter would probably be healthier, at least if you drink several cups a day, but it was an interesting occurrence.
    I wondered whether you could shed any light on this?

    • Danger & Play Blog

      Milk is bad new for some people. Milk can spike their insulin. I have always done fine with it, but milk and wheat are two foods that everyone should eliminate (one at a time, to avoid confounding factors) for 4 weeks. The reintroduce the food to see how your body responds.

      I can eat bread and cheese for days. No problem. But not everyone can.

      It’s important to know if you’re one of those people who can’t.

  • XCSkierBen

    Ha! Alphacinno. You should trademark that Mike. That’s a great name.

    Here is my recipe.

    New Orleans Cold Brew Coffee – 12 or 16 oz.
    2 packets Jay Robb Egg Protein Powder
    (I can’t handle Whey very well)
    2 Tablespoons Udo’s Oil
    3/4 cup ice

    Throw contains in a blender. Set to whip. Frap it up for about 30 secs. or to the consistency you like. Pour it in a glass or mug. Put it in a travel mug for on the go.

    That’s it.

    Ingredients list websites


    Protein Powder

    • Danger & Play Blog

      Sounds great man!

  • liam

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    • Danger & Play Blog

      Drink more green juice.

      • liam

        lol ok

  • Fortis

    It’s funny how much free shit you give us. This is a really good idea, Mike. You could trademark it and make it into a product and make millions. Coffee + protein and MCT oil must be one hell of a pre-work out and it’s cheap to boot.

    Give us the goddamn E-book so we can pay you already.

    • anon1

      >Give us the goddamn E-book so we can pay you already.

      This is the essence of a valued business man, if he can provide so much benefit that people are practically screaming for a product they will be valued customers for life.

      Heck I’ve benefited from d&p for a long time am looking forward to giving back.

    • T and A man

      Reward for him may be as simple as pay it forward.

      Dig deeper, strive further, be a winner…. live life to your potential, and then give. Lift other men up, reach the guys he can’t.

      Competition is the first rung, the low picking fruit of testosterone.

      Cooperation, collaboration…. that;s the next step of testosterone, of positive masculinity, that’s what moves mountains.

      If Mike then observes guys around moving mountains, he might feel good saying to himself “I played a part in that”. I can sense something bigger in you about to burst out, I hope to be around for that breakout moment.

    • Danger & Play Blog

      I will eventually. When you’re building an Internet business, you can do it one of two ways:

      1. Do promotion after promotion, new product launch after new product launch.

      2. Deliver value and good will well in advance. Show you are legit and want to help. Then start launching a book or other service every few months.

      The first method is basically running a rat race. “What can I sell now? How can I squeeze more money out of D&P?” If I wanted to run the rat race, I’d go back to working crazy hours as a lawyer.

      The second method may not be as lucrative as the first, but it’s far more sustainable.

      I am looking to build a business that will provide me a reasonable full-time income while working 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.

      I have probably over delivered good will and should have started selling stuff months ago, but that’s fine with me. I have enough money saved up to not worry about cash for a while, so I don’t have that rush to monetize.

      Obviously I need to start thinking about making more money on D&P, but that was never why I started it. I’ll monetize it intelligently. Not to sound too full of myself, but when I put my mind to something….I tend to do it better than most. Once I really start thinking about money, the money will come.

      I do appreciate those Amazon affiliate link purchases.

      Those purchases add up and cover all of my hard costs (hosting fees, Genesis themes, Mail Chimp widgets, podcast transcription fees, etc.)

      So it’s good that all of my hard costs (and then some) are covered.

      I’m also paying a lawyer to set up a trust for D&P and getting D&P trademarked. That way if I die, D&P will live on.

      Seems morbid, but if I died and no one paid to renew the domain, some scum bag Internet Marketer will buy the domain at an auction and put god knows what trash on the site.

      I’ve put my heart and soul into the site, so that’s a real concern of mine.

      • Fortis

        Deal. I’m going to remember to buy my stuff through that link.

  • g status

    Never heard of this but sounds brilliant. Ima try

  • anon1

    Unrelated but will you be doing juice posts mike? Got a omega 8006 and have started to use it. And holy crap I am going to need a lot more vegetables to be able to prepare for a juice fast. One mason jar took like a bag of carrots, 2 tomatoes, 2 apples and some ginger. I don’t know how I would be able yo prepare for a fast day where I would need multiple drinks. Any recommendations?

    • Danger & Play Blog

      Use a lot of water-containing vegetables like celery and cucumbers.

      I make a lot of Real V8 Juices:

      • T and A man

        I made my first fruit free juice last week. I’d previously used apples and lemons to balance the taste with sweetness.

        Last Sunday was carrots, celery, beetroot…. the new ingredient was ginger. It’s sharp savory taste counted all the earthy, bitter flavours quite well. Made enough for 5 cups, four of which I froze. Two boiled eggs and one cup of that juice for breakfast every morning… in a calorie deficit phase has been rather effective.

        • anon1

          I’m planning kale, beetroot and something sweet to add to it tomorrow.on the upside its the most veg I’ve had ever, and the banana ice cream I’ve made is awesome

  • Brian

    Just made this up this morning and it was delicious. I dont have a blender or straight MCT oil (just coconut at the moment) so might be good for people that dont have those at the moment either.

    -1 scoop whey protein, chocolate (24 grams)
    -1 Tbl coconut oil
    -1 cup almond milk
    -1 shot espresso
    -Ice (optional)

    Just throw in to a blender bottle, shake, and you are good to go! Not sure if the heat of the coffee could have unintended effects on other ingredients (just theorizing) but my espresso machine pulls a kind of luke-warm shot anyways.

  • Cor

    Here’s a good quick one:
    10 oz Rice Milk
    1 Banana
    1 Scoop of Plantfusion’s Chocolate Caramel Phood
    Cold Brew Coffee (to your taste/caffeine tolerance)
    Drop in a scoop of carob chips while blending for texture

  • shabby

    I am currently enjoying my first alphaccino having followed the recipe exactly. It’s incredible – tastes great and is giving me the perfect pre-workout buzz. Highly recommend it. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Tom

    Have you ever made this in bulk, in a big pitcher/canteen?

    • Danger & Play Blog

      Make the cold brew coffee in bulk – big pitcher. It will last a week or more. Then make your alphacinnos as needed. If you leave protein in a pitcher it can start to taste nasty after a day or two. If you want to make a batch of alphacinno all at once, get a good insulated thermos that will keep it cold. Freeze the thermos overnight and then fill it with the alphacinno.

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