I have always considered butter to be a guilty pleasure that you happily slather all over your toast in the morning, so it came as quite a surprise when I stumbled across the new butter coffee craze that it plummeting our cafes. This new coffee ‘health’ trend is called Bulletproof coffee and it seems that it is here to stay, for a while at least.
Seeing as coffee is pretty much my favourite thing in life, and there are many opinions and debates floating around about this new ‘wonder’ drink, I naturally had to look further into it.
To give you an idea just how much Bulletproof coffee has kicked off around the globe, founder of the concoction, Dave Asprey has been described as the Heisenberg of coffee. Now if anyone here knows anything about Breaking Bad you can appreciate just how extraordinary that statement is. Believe it or not, David Asprey’s inspiration behind his brew coffee stems from a visit to Tibet where he enjoyed a creamy cup of yak butter tea and learnt about the power of butter. That’s right — the power of the butter, grass-fed butter that is.
Butter coffee is closely linked to the concept of Paleo diet, which pretty much means you eating like they did back in the day, I mean way back, like caveman time — anything you can hunt and gather. Essentially we are talking about fats, particularly the saturated variety, for slow burning, stable forms of energy. In this regard, saturated fats (low carb approach) is a good thing.
So what does it taste like?
Truth be told, I gave a shudder at the thought of the blend when I first heard of it, but I was still eager to try. I must say, I was happily surprised and actually enjoyed it. It makes for a smooth coffee that is quite strong. It tastes exactly as you’d think butter and coffee would together but somehow much nicer, the strong coffee aroma hitting your taste buds with a buttery after-taste.
For those keen to DIY at home, here’s the recipe provided by David Asprey:
- At least 2tbs unsalted grass-fed butter (I like up to 6 tbsp., or 80g or 88 ml).
- 1-2tbs of MCT oil (15-30 ml)
- 2 cups (~453g or 500ml) of hot coffee brewed with low-toxin beans
Being a rookie, I altered it a little:
- 2 cups of hot coffee brewed
- 1 ½ tablespoon Pepe Saya ghee
- 1 tablespoon MTC oil
- Make 1 cup of filtered coffee (nice and hot as the butter cools it down quite rapidly)
- Add the brewed coffee, Pepe Saya ghee or unsalted butter and MTC oil into the blender
- Blend for 30 seconds, pour and enjoy.
I would definitely suggest reducing the recommended amounts if you are making it yourself, or telling your local barista you are a newbie.
How is whipping up this brew containing coffee, grass-fed butter and MTC oil good for you? As we know caffeine is a known performance enhancer that increases metabolism. Grass-fed butter is rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), hence why it must be grass-fed. CLA is said to burn body fat, as well as boasting cancer fighting antioxidants, it is also is a known super food for the heart- full of good cholesterol. The MTC oil is pretty much a blend of coconut and palm oil, the benefit of this oil is that is an easily metabolised form of energy. Need I say more? Pretty much if you whip these three ingredients together, you will create a morning brew that will not only increase your energy and focus (6 hour buzz) but it will also slim your waistline, all in a cup of coffee. Hard to believe isn’t it?
However, it is important to remember that everything in nutrition depends on dosage. This is why, although people may find the benefits of the Bulletproof to be amazing, it does not mean is it a substantial breakfast alternative. If you are going to partake in drinking Bulletproof, you should watch your dosage, saturated fat is healthy in reasonable amounts but it can be harmful when you start eating excessive amounts that are out of the norm.
If you prefer to have your bulletproof made for you, you can pick up the butter beverage at cafes such as Ruby’s Diner (pictured above); alternatively you can get everything you need to make your own from the guys at Optimoz.
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Photographs by Tammi Kwok