Four strips of bacon, pan-fried. Two-egg omelet with cheese, a couple fried tomatoes, and a stack of pancakes. Top with orange juice and coffee, and that sounds like a good breakfast to me.

Instead, Silicon Valley meal-replacement cult Soylent thinks you should just drink this shake and be done with it.

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The idea behind Soylent, a meal-replacement cult that has taken over Silicon Valley, is that cooking is time-consuming and difficult. Instead, the nutrition process has been optimized into a bottle, which is cheaper and healthier than cooking all your own meals.

Their latest product combines Soylent and caffeine to make a special breakfast mix, being lovingly called Coffeist. It has the caffeine kick of a morning espresso, with added L-theanine, one of the active ingredients in green tea that reduces the twitchiness associated with coffee.

I have to admit, I’m quite taken by the idea. Although I love a proper breakfast, I’m not normally up early enough to make one, and breakfast gets totally bypassed all too often. There’s nothing really appetizing about a shake, but I also don’t find much happiness or joy in a cold bowl of cereal.

My only problem with the shakes is the price: 12 for $40, so even if you use them only on weekdays, you’ll be shelling out $20 a week just for breakfast. It’s a tough ask for an experimental product (and a little soulless), but I kinda hope it catches on.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.