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A Message from Our Scientific Advisor

Chris Angeloni, Grove Ave scientific advisor

 A message from Chris Angeloni, scientific advisor to Grove Ave.

I’m a neuroscientist who helped formulate Grove Ave Starter. I did a lot of research into the ingredients behind Starter, which have been scientifically proven to be safe, effective, and provide real cognitive benefits. Of course, I want to put my money where my mouth is, so I have been taking it for the past month. The following is an account of how it went.

Transitioning Away from Coffee

I work at the University of Pennsylvania. To cope with my busy schedule I quickly became a caffeine addict. Between classes, research, and maintaining some semblance of a social life, a mid-morning or early afternoon cup of coffee was necessary to make it through the day. To tell you the truth, I love coffee; I’m a French press guy who likes to buy fancy beans and grind them by hand. I still do this on occasion, but for the most part, I’ve switched to taking Starter. Why would I give up my beloved coffee?

First off, Starter is a lot easier than coffee, and it lasts longer. It would take me five to ten minutes every morning to make coffee; if I have an early meeting or journal club, I often have to go without coffee because it simply takes too long to make. Also, I work in a lab, so having a cup of coffee sitting around the lab bench is against lab protocol and dangerous. Making coffee, in many instances, became wasteful. I would make a fresh cup, have a few sips, then would have to get to work in the lab, leaving the coffee behind to get cold and leaving myself insufficiently caffeinated.

A Convenient Daily Option

Starter is simple. If you’re like me, you just take one pill in the morning and you’re set for most of the day. You don’t need to carry around a cup of coffee or worry about it getting cold. Starter also has a much subtler effect, providing a steady, level amount of alertness and energy throughout the day whereas coffee's effects would take hold immediately and often make me uncomfortably wired.


Second, Starter is very affordable. As anyone who buys coffee can attest, a daily coffee habit can be a costly addiction. That $2 to $3 dollars a cup per day (and that’s black!), easily becomes $60 to $90 a month before you know it. This was part of why I brewed my own coffee, but, in the end, brewing your own mean going through a couple of $15 bags of coffee beans per month, plus the cost of brewing equipment (grinders are expensive!). Coupled with the extra time it takes to make your own, Starter is an incredibly affordable alternative that is much less effort.

More Than Just Caffeine

Finally, Starter is much more than coffee. Formulating Starter, we realized we had the opportunity to make a beneficial daily supplement. In addition to the stimulating benefits of caffeine, Starter includes L-theanine, a component extracted from tea leaves which helps to round out the jitters that often come with coffee consumption. This was one of the most notable differences when I switched; instead of the borderline mania I sometimes experienced after drinking too much coffee, Starter has a slower release that makes me feel awake and cogent throughout the entire day, and I am notably more productive for it. Plus, Starter has vitamin C and echinacea, two natural immune system boosters. As a graduate student, nutrition sometimes falls by the wayside, and Starter is an easy way to incorporate these nutrients in your daily routine.

In the end, I won’t be going without Starter anymore. While coffee is great, it can be inconvenient and its effects are often variable or too short-lasting. With Starter, I get a clean boost throughout the day at a reasonable cost, with minimal effort, allowing me to focus on the things I need to get done.


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