Usually, the bitterness of coffee is smoothed out with milk or nonfat cream. But bulletproof coffee recipe, a beverage made with butter, is gaining popularity.
“Bulletproof” coffee (ketocoffee, armored coffee, maslatté) is called Silicon Valley’s favorite beverage, and the star of “Big Little Lies” Shailene Woodley confesses her love for it – on the Jimmy Fallon show talked about how great it is to get a dose of healthy fats and caffeine in the morning. Bulletproof coffee recipe was born from the traditional Tibetan drink and is now served in many American cafés.
What is bulletproof coffee?
This is a coffee with butter and MCT oil, which is an oil that consists of triglycerides (fatty acids) with a medium chain length. It tastes like a latte, but without milk or sugar.
Who invented bulletproof coffee recipe?
The drink became popular thanks to Dave Asprey, an investor and “biohacker” from Silicon Valley. In 2004 Dave went on a trip to Tibet, where he tried the national drink Chasuima – tea with added yak butter and milk. When he returned home, Asprey experimented with the recipe for a long time to achieve the effect of a “hot Frappuccino without milk and sugar”.
In 2009, he achieved the desired taste and effect and posted the 460-calorie coffee recipe on his blog and suggested replacing breakfast with it. The recipe is still available for free, but thanks to it Asprey has built his bulletproof empire – he launched a wide range of products under the Bulletproof brand.
Two versions of MCT oil, Brain Octane Oil (contains 8 carbon atoms) and XCT Oil (a combination of 8 and 10 carbon triglyceride chains) are on sale for $46 a can, as well as coffee, bars, and supplements.
Since the launch in 2011, the sales have increased by 700%. In 2015, the brand’s Bulletproof Coffee opened in Los Angeles, where you can drink a fatty drink for $6 to $7 or eat an “armor-busting” ice cream. This year, Asprey received a $19 million of investments for his “greasy” café in New York City.
However, the idea itself of buttery drinks is not new. Traditional Kalmyk tea is actually fat-laced tea. Adding a piece of butter to coffee is common in the northern regions of Italy. Melted butter was added to a hot drink by many Soviet grandmothers.
Bulletproof coffee benefits?
It’s delicious. It’s a quick breakfast, so you don’t have to get up an hour early. But if one argument can be made for its unqualified benefits, Bulletproof improves cognitive function (Dave Asprey claims to have increased his IQ by 20 points thanks to the drink), helps you lose weight, and lowers cholesterol. Medium-chain fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect. Properly prepared bulletproof coffee enables you to enter ketosis faster. MCT oil is metabolized very quickly into ketones, which instantly give you a burst of energy and a “clear head” feeling.
Sounds perfect. Are there no pitfalls?
Despite the energy content, it’s not easy to make it to lunch on one bulletproof. For example, Fast Company magazine expert Chris Gayomali drank a cup of bulletproof at 7 a.m. and by 10-11 a.m. he was unbearably hungry until he began supplementing the buttery coffee with liquid protein – it helped him maintain the feeling of satiety.
Naturopathic doctor Nadia Brito Pateguana calls bulletproof coffee a “treat” and emphasizes that “fats should come mostly from food, not drinks.” “Liquid calories” are one of the leading causes of weight gain on any diet, and although it’s not easy to “overeat” on LCHF, “overdrinking” is what some people manage.
Many people drink coffee in the hope of boosting their metabolism, but excessive caffeine consumption increases cortisol, the stress hormone that makes us eat more and leads to fat deposition in the belly area.
So bulletproof is still worth considering as an emergency option if you can’t eat a full meal but have time for a cup of fatty drink, or as a treat, you don’t allow yourself every day.
- 1 coffee shot
- 20 g butter (or ghee)
- 15 ml MCT oil
- erythritol (optional)
- Boil the coffee. We add both oils to it. Using a mixer or blender, mix the fats into the beverage. Enjoy!