How to Make Bulletproof Coffee: Butter Your Coffee Like A Boss
By: Dave Asprey
January 5, 2015
I get asked this question over and over again: so why should I blend **grass-fed butter** into my Bulletproof Coffee?
If you’re just going to put plain industrial butter in plain industrial coffee, you’re not going to get the great results you’re going to get from making real Bulletproof Coffee. Even just taking this step does provide some benefit over adding milk, cream, nut milk, soy, sugar, or artificial additives, however.
Why Put Grass-fed Butter In Bulletproof Coffee?
First, putting plain milk reduces the amount of catechins, a type of antioxidant found in coffee. By not putting milk in your coffee, you get 3.4 times more antioxidants because casein, the milk protein, binds to the catechins and makes them unavailable.
(Want more catechins in your diet, in addition to coffee? Other superfoods very high in catechins include chocolate, green tea, and berries.)
Since coffee (even industrial grade) is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet, we might as well decide to get the maximum antioxidants out of commodity-grade coffee as possible. In fact you might want these antioxidants even more because you’re dealing with a higher amount of mold toxins in your coffee bombarding your system!
Second, when you get butter in coffee, you’re creating small droplets of fat suspended. Those small droplets are called micelles, and they make the fat more digestible; one of the roles of bile in the body is to create micelles to help you digest fat. In the Bulletproof Diet Book, I mention some of the other amazing things bile does – including acting as a signaling molecule for your system.
Butter Coffee Steps (official Bulletproof Coffee recipe here):
- Brew or buy hot coffee.
- Using a blender (not a spoon), blend in 1-2 tablespoons unsalted, grass-fed butter (or 1-2 teaspoons grass-fed ghee), as well as 1 teaspoon-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane or XCT Oil. Start slow with the oil and build your way up to avoid disaster pants.
Hint #1: if you get a big oil slick across the top, you’re doing it wrong. Be sure to blend even if that means using a hand held blender or latte frother!
Hint #2: These are the top 10 Bulletproof Coffee mistakes people make; don’t make them! 😉
You owe it to yourself to try Bulletproof Coffee made right at least once. To do this, you need:
- Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee: they don’t give you the crash and jitters that are so common from a normal cup of standard coffee
- Grass-fed, cultured, unsalted butter: culturing breaks down the trace amount of casein that may be left in some butters (for instance, use silver label KerryGold, instead of gold label)
- Brain Octane Oil or XCT Oil: the benefit comes from the ketones, so your body can easily stay in fat-burning mode (ketosis) all day without hunger
When you read the Bulletproof Diet Book, you’ll learn several other, less well-known reasons Bulletproof Coffee works so well for people.
So for goodness sake: if you’re going to put industrial butter in your industrial coffee, you’re headed in the right direction – but at least use a blender. Otherwise, well, it’s just plain gross.
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