In the last few years, there has been an influx of coffee blends into the market that is being called smart coffee. It’s getting perhaps a bit confusing as to which is truly smart coffee, and which are riding the marketing wave. We thought it was time to do the research and provide our readers with a Smart Coffee Guide so that they could choose the best nootropic coffee to drink.
What is Smart Coffee?
Smart Coffee is a loosely used term to describe the coffee itself or the effect that coffee has once someone drinks it. Let me explain. Smart coffee is a typical coffee blend that has been infused with all-natural nootropics that enhance cognitive (or brain) function. The reason why people describe the coffee as being ‘smart’ is that nootropics will trigger specific cognitive functions in people that lack them but will not in people that already have a normal capacity for that function. Therefore, it seems as if the coffee is ‘smart’ in its ability to determine what the consumer lacks and needs.
Because the infused nootropics work to produce a higher level of cognitive or brain function it can also be said that smart coffee makes you smarter. However, my research into smart coffee has determined that smart coffee, through the nootropics, gives you a more enhanced mood or sense of well-being, more sustained energy, more clarity, and focus. Because of the increased energy, clarity and focus people can perhaps think quicker and make decisions more clearly. But it does not make you smarter or more intelligent.
What are Nootropics?
Nootropics are the real key in understanding smart coffee. The term ‘nootropics’ is perhaps new. But nootropics have been around for thousands of years as they occur in nature and we’ve all been consuming them since birth. Our body needs them to trigger our neurotransmitters that send signals to neurons and other cells throughout the body. Without specific nootropics neurotransmitters don’t fire, signals are not sent, specific hormones are not released, and problems occur.
An example of this is process is the release of the hormone serotonin, called the “happy hormone”. If serotonin production is inhibited it can cause depression. That is why there are many stories of people that drink smart coffee and experienced a sense of well-being they haven’t had in many years. It’s simply that the nootropic combination in the coffee got the neurotransmitter to send a signal to release more serotonin. That’s why some describe nootropic coffee as “happy coffee”. What’s interesting is that pharmaceutical companies have been making synthetic nootropics for many years that produce the same result. But in many cases, they also produce undesired side-effects.
Here is a small list of natural nootropics. Some, or all of which, you may recognize.
Acetyl-l-Carnitine, Alpha GPC, Bacopa Monnieri, Chromium Polynicotinate, Citicoline, Creatine, Curcumin, Gingko Biloba, L-Theanine, Cocoa, Ginseng, PEA (Beta Phenethylamine HCl), Rosemary, Sunflower Lecithin, Taurine, Tryptophan, and many, many more.
Why Do Coffee and Nootropics Work So Well Together?
The first reason why coffee and nootropics go so well together is that caffeine is a nootropic! Yes, that’s right. If you’re a coffee drinker, a tea drinker, or eat chocolate you’ve been consuming this nootropic for many years. It also happens that certain nootropics work well with, or are enhanced by, other nootropics. If you dive deeper into your understanding of nootropics, you’ll hear the term ‘stacking’. That refers to combining specific nootropics to produce enhanced results. Some smart coffee manufacturers stack specific nootropics with caffeine to produce such an enhanced result.
Another reason why coffee and nootropics are combined to produce smart coffee is that so many of us worldwide drink coffee. And, we do it in the morning so we can get the most out of smart coffee for the day. Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. This makes coffee the perfect delivery system for the nootropics contained in smart coffee or nootropic coffee.
The Smart Coffee Guide – The Best Nootropic Coffee
A little about our Smart Coffee Guide before we get started. We want to be totally transparent and let you know that we are Independent Modere Distributors and sell Logiq Coffee, one of the coffees listed below. The information and opinions listed here are our own and not necessarily that of Modere, Inc. Having said all that, we have been very objective with the information in this Smart Coffee Guide. These smart coffee blends are listed alphabetically. We would love for you to purchase Logiq Coffee from us but if you choose another coffee listed below because of the information you learned here, we’ve done our job and provided you with value. Let the Smart Coffee Guide begin!
*The statements below have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products
are not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.
Whole Bean/Ground/Single-serve pods
Arabica Beans Grown at a High Elevation
Rainforest Alliance Certified
Sourced & Processed to Minimize Mycotoxins
Nootropics additives (Brain Octane Oil & Grass-fed Ghee) must be purchased separately
$14.99 for 24 cups - 63 cents per cup
Brain Octane Oil – 78 cents per cup
Grass-fed Ghee – price not available
Total price per cup - $1.41 not inc. Grass-fed Ghee
Although BulletProof is a well-harvested product and perhaps a very healthy coffee to drink, it is not what we would consider a smart coffee. There are no nootropics infused into the blend. They do claim that the Brain Octane Oil that is purchased separately does give you more energy, more brainpower, fewer cravings, and increased fat burning. However, other than mentioning that Brain Octane oil has MCT oil, the product description does not reveal how this product provides you with these benefits. LACKS NOOTROPICS
Elevate Smart Coffee
Instant Coffee mix in a tub
$55.00 for 30 cups - $1.83 per cup
Elevate Smart Coffee is not the least expensive nootropic coffee on the market at $1.83 per cup. But it does give you a healthy dose of nootropics. However, the formula for this coffee has changed and it no longer gives the same impact on your focus, clarity, energy, and cravings as it once did.
Elevate Nitro™ Coffee
Instant Coffee Mix in a tub
$65.00 for 30 cups - $2.17 per cup
Elevate Nitro™ Coffee brings something to the table that no other smart coffee does. The nootropics in Elevate Nitro™ promote the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a compound in the body that causes blood vessels to widen and stimulates the release of certain hormones, such as insulin and human growth hormone. This may enhance blood flow in the body to improve performance in sports, promote healing, enhance heart health, reduce blood pressure, and provide many other potential benefits. But at $2.17 per cup, it does cost more than all but one other choice.
Four Sigmatic® Mushroom Coffee Mix
Organic Arabica Beans
Lion’s Mane for focus and creativity
Chaga mushrooms for immune support
$24.00 for 24 cups - $1.00 per serving
Genuine® Healthy Coffee
Organic Arabica Latin American Blend.
Stone Ground Coffee - Low Acid - Non-GMO
GENUINE’s Healthy Brain nutritional support combines your love of coffee with the finest blend of scientifically-validated neuro-cognitive boosting nutraceuticals. Now you can finally enjoy coffee while supporting your nutritional needs for cognitive enhancement.
$17.95 for 12 cups - $1.50 per cup
Ground/Single Serving Pods
High Altitude Artisan Coffee
Alpha-GPC, Taurine, DMAE, L-Theanine
Boosted Energy Levels
Optimized Focus and Concentration
Enhanced Athletic Performance
$21.95 for 24 cups – 91 cents per cup
Whole Bean/Ground/Single Serving Pods
100% Organic Low Acidity
No Ingredients listed but claims unparalleled mental edge, improved energy, and well-being
$17.97 for 20 cups – 90 cents per cup
OUR CHOICE AS THE VERY BEST SMART COFFEE
TetraBlend™ Coffee is formulated to support four key areas of cognitive function: Mood, Focus, Memory, Healthy brain aging. Key Ingredients: Bacopa Monnieri, L-Theanine, Coffee fruit concentrate, Natural caffeine from green tea and coffee, Liquid BioCell®. Keto friendly, zero sugar, non-GMO, gluten-free
Modere Logiq™ with Tetrablend™
Packets or individual serving sticks
Not only does Logiq™ from Modere® come with nootropics to support cognitive function, it also contains Modere's patented Liquid BioCell® formula. Liquid BioCell® is the new generation of collagen, redefining the way we age and how we perform. Logiq™ is formulated with the exclusive Collagen/HA Matrix® Technology to support joint and muscle fitness and connective tissue health, counteract skin photoaging, restore youthful skin, and support healthy hair, nails, gums, and eyes.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product
is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.
NeuRoast Smarter Coffee
Signature Coffee Roast Blend
Better focused, clear-headed, and energized longer. It's also lower in acidity, lower in caffeine, and higher in antioxidants and plant-based nutrients than regular coffee.
1000 mg of NeuRoast mushroom extract blend per serving.
315 mg Lion’s Mane, 305 mg Cordyceps, 150 mg Chaga, 150 mg Reishi
80 mg Turkey Tail
$19.99 for 20 cups - $1.00 per cup
All-natural organic blend. Packed with immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, it promotes habits for a healthy, energy-boosting lifestyle without losing its bold, delicious coffee-flavor.
Neurovana Nootropic Coffee
Instant Coffee mix in a tub
$91.99 for 20 cups - $4.60 per cup
MODERATE AMOUNT OF NOOTROPICS
Noocaf Focus Smart Coffee
With the Focus blend you can achieve a smooth boost of mental performance without the jitteriness and anxiety that sometimes comes along with a strong cup of coffee.
Benefits: Increased productivity, enhanced concentration, a feeling of focused calm
Ingredients listed: L-Theanine, L-Tyrosine, Alpha-GPC, Taurine, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12
$32.00 for 24 cups - $1.33 per cup
Revital U Smart Coffee
Instant Coffee mix in a tub or ind. serving sticks
Manage weight, boost energy, improve mental focus
$49.99 for 30 servings - $1.67 per cup
We've infused your daily cup of joe with a boost of essential vitamins, MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides), Cinnamon, and Turmeric to help your brain and body stay brilliant.
$19.95 for 20 cups - $1.00 per cup
VitaCup Genius Ground Coffee
Ground/Single serving sticks/single serving Pods