“Parking lot is tight, wifi sucks.”

Official Review: CONSCIOUS CUP in Crystal Lake, IL

First sniff sip, “holy shit”, I said complacently. It was memorable. That’s what this place does, creates an impression.Their coffee is different. Their coffee is pure black beauty.

This particular visit, I tried the Robot Heart, signature blend. Just a 12 oz black coffee. It always comes out so hot. I love that. None of this nonsense like McDonald’s lawsuits. I want my gosh dern hot coffee to be just that, hot. At first relish, the complexities ensue. This blend is acidic with a high flavor profile. Notes of cherry, cocoa, smoke. Smells like it’s been freshly roasted, which, if you’re unaware, they roast and package on site. This roast leaves an after note of a roughly 60% dark chocolate, so it’s bitter but with a quality soft sweet end.

Parking lot is tight, wifi sucks.

My only complaint. This is a review, I have to be honest.

When talking about a perfectly fine establishment and all I have to criticize is the lack of parking lot space and the wifi inconsistencies, I can get over their one fault. I categorized them both into one fault because you don’t need either of them to enjoy coffee.They have a quality product. They give back. They get their hands dirty. McHenry County is lucky to have this gem because people collaborate here, people have conversation here. No small talk. Or almost better than that, complete solitude. No one will bother you either. It’s the best of both worlds.

The music always fits the setting like a Body Glove product. It’s always clean, major plus, and the lighting is natural. The barista’s are knowledgeable, kind, calm, and hardworking. I did notice, it’s mostly women who work the coffee-making operation. So, just a little tip of the hat, curtsy at the knee, cheers to that. *Side note, I did receive excellent customer service by a gentleman when I first started to come in. Which was a lot and he was just as wonderful. All about equality here.*

The coffee here is something to consciously experience. Sniff it. Taste it all over your palate. Watch the steam wave continuously into the abyss.

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How to Make Bulletproof Coffee

What you’ll need:

  • Blender
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Grass Fed Butter
  • Good Quality Organic Coffee
  • Hot Water
  • Love

The process is so easy, more steps than a regular cup of coffee, but so worth it.


  1. Heat blender by pouring hot water at the base, let sit till coffee is made. I use a french press, so only a few minutes is necessary. Then dump out.
  2. Add about 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of coconut oil to blender.
  3. Add coffee atop fats.
  4. Blend about 30 seconds. More if you’d like.
  5. Done! Pour into favorite mug and enjoy.

The purpose of heating the blender is to keep the coffee as hot as possible because after blending it cools down. The step is not necessary, however, that is all part of the “love” concept.

You can get away with eliminating the butter, but just wait till you try it.

This is a great way to have sustaining energy. Not to mention it lifts a screen of fog and enables you to have fluent thoughts. Do not be alarmed of the fat content, it is great for your body and mind. Enjoy the beautiful frothy head.

*This is not my original idea. Kudos to the man, Dave Asprey.*