Recipe: How to Make Bulletproof Coffee … And Make Your Morning Bulletproof

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Bulletproof Coffee is not your average latte.

It’s a high-performance drink that has a massive impact on your energy and cognitive function. Bulletproof Coffee has helped everyone from driven CEOs to professional athletes to busy parents increase their energy so they can do more of what fulfills them.

So, what’s in it?

What is Bulletproof Coffee?

  1. It all starts with the beans. Brew 1 cup (8-12 ounces) of coffee using filtered water with 2 ½ heaping tablespoons of freshly ground Bulletproof Coffee Beans. Use a French Press for ease of use and to preserve beneficial coffee oils that paper filters keep out.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil. You’ll learn much more about Brain Octane Oil below, but keep in mind that this stuff is powerful. Start with 1 teaspoon per cup and work your way up to 1-2 tablespoons over several days.
  3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee. You read that right. It says butter. Don’t worry. This mixture also makes the creamiest, most delicious cup of coffee you’ve ever had. Oh, and make sure your butter is unsalted. Salty coffee is gross.
  4. Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it looks like a foamy latte.


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Drink Bulletproof Coffee instead of eating breakfast 

Starting your day with cereal, granola, oatmeal, toast, fruit, or another carb-heavy breakfast staple spikes your blood sugar. You’ll get a quick burst of energy, but by mid-morning your blood sugar will crash, and you’ll be hungry, tired, and unfocused.

Starting your day with Bulletproof Coffee, on the other hand, gives you three things:

  • Suppressed hunger. Brain Octane Oil balances ghrelin and CCK, your hunger hormones, keeping you full until lunch. You can read more about the science behind BP Coffee and hunger suppression here.
  • Steady lasting energy. The saturated fat in grass-fed butter slows the absorption of caffeine, which gives you even energy for several hours instead of a caffeine spike and crash. No jitters, either.
  • Mental clarity. Brain Octane rapidly converts to ketones, a type of molecule that your brain uses more efficiently than carbs or sugar. Pair ketones with the slowly releasing caffeine and you can literally feel your brain turning on. 

Ditch the carb-heavy breakfast. Start your day with fat for fuel. You’ll be sharp and alert straight through until lunch.

How does it work?

Turns out there is some powerful science behind the benefits of coffee, butter, and Brain Octane Oil. Let’s dive in:

Bulletproof Certified Clean Coffee Beans boost energy and brain function 

Coffee doesn’t just taste good. It’s packed with essential nutrients like B vitamins, potassium, and manganese.[1] Coffee has loads of antioxidants, which reduce your risk of chronic degenerative diseases and keep your brain sharp.[2] Other health benefits of coffee include:

  • A sharper brain: Bioflavonoids in coffee can actually make you smarter by intensifying neuronal firing in the brain. This means your brain cells will communicate faster so thoughts come more quickly and you’ll have better recall. Coffee can also protect your brain as you age.
  • A happier outlook: There’s some evidence that a couple cups of coffee a day can improve your mood and sense of alertness.[3]  
  • Better physical performance and less fat: Caffeine can boost your physical endurance so your workouts seem easier.[4] The caffeine in coffee can also raise your metabolism to help you burn fat.[5,6]

But none of these benefits mean much if you’re drinking the wrong coffee.

Just like the food you put into your body, the quality of your coffee matters. Certified Clean Coffee Beans give you the mental edge and energy you need to thrive. Crappy coffee can sap your energy and hurt your performance.

Since it’s hard to tell exactly how your beans are grown, stored, and processed (even if they’re organic), we decided to grow and process our own coffee. Here’s how our beans are different:

  • Location. Bulletproof Certified Clean Coffee is from high-elevation, Rainforest Alliance certified, single-origin coffee estates in Guatemala and Colombia.
  • Quality. Bulletproof Beans are held to stringent quality standards with special sourcing and processing methods that minimize mold and other toxin contamination. This means you can drink cup after cup without worrying about toxic crap in your coffee.
  • Taste. Bulletproof Beans are super high-quality Arabica beans, which have a smooth, bold flavor. They’re also less likely to grow mold.

Grass-fed butter adds high-quality fats and nutrients 

Healthy fat will sustain your energy for hours, balance hormones, and boost cognitive function. With butter, you’re not only getting essential fatty acids and other nutrients, it helps make the creamiest cup of coffee you’ll ever have.

The kind of butter you add to your Bulletproof Coffee is important! Grass-fed cows are healthier than factory-farmed or grain-fed cows, and the butter they produce reflects their good health.

  • Grass-fed butter is higher in essential nutrients. Your body craves good fats for hormone balance and brain health. But good quality, grass-fed butter also contains omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, CLA (a fatty acid with powerful fat-loss benefits), and antioxidants.
  • Butter is good for your brain and your digestion. Grass-fed butter is high in butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that can both prevent and decrease inflammation. High levels of inflammation link to everything from depression to cancer, so the less inflammation the better!

Brain Octane Oil provides clean energy with no crash 

Brain Octane is a staple of the Bulletproof Diet and a key ingredient in Bulletproof Coffee. It’s important because it raises fat-burning, brain-fueling molecules in your body called ketones. Brain Octane is a key ingredient for several reasons:

  • Purity. Brain Octane is a purified form of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) derived from 100% pure coconut oil. It’s then triple-distilled through earthen clay, so there are no solvent residues.
  • Quality. Brain Octane is 100% American-made and held to Bulletproof’s strict quality standards.
  • Taste. Brain Octane is also flavorless, odorless, and easy on your stomach, unlike some other MCT oils, which can give you what Bulletproof followers affectionately refer to as “disaster pants.” (See image below for a visual explanation.)



Different types of fats have different jobs. And because of Brain Octane’s molecular structure, it helps you to curb your hunger, lose fat, and kick your brain into a higher gear more than generic MCT oil. It’s more than 4 times as effective as plain coconut oil at raising your ketone levels, aka helping your body to run off of fat instead of sugar. This is what gives you clean-burning energy with no crash for hours at at time. Brain Octane can also help you:

  • Suppress hunger. Brain Octane suppresses ghrelin, the hormone responsible for making you feel hungry. It also enhances CCK, the hormone that makes you feel full. The result is that you feel satisfied for hours on even a small amount of Brain Octane.[8,9,10]
  • Lose weight. Ketones also boost your metabolic rate, decrease the amount of fat you store, and burn the fat you already have.[11-18]
  • Think faster. Brain Octane turns into ketones in minutes. Those ketones provide your brain with almost immediate access to energy. You’ll feel your brain turn on and brain fog disappear in favor of crisp, quick thought. Try it, you’ll feel it!
  • Work out harder. Bulletproof Coffee with Brain Octane makes an excellent fuel for your workout. Fueling with sugar and other simple carbs can lower your testosterone, which cuts into muscle building, among other things (think: sex drive and energy). Brain Octane gives you clean energy without sapping your testosterone and other sex hormones. The caffeine in coffee will give you a nice boost in the gym, too, so you’ll feel supercharged for your day and your workout.[19]

This is why Bulletproof Coffee works so well. When you drink a cup of it, you’re full for hours and those distracting food cravings vanish. Meanwhile, burning fat becomes effortless.

For a comprehensive look at Brain Octane Oil, check out this definitive guide.

Why does it need to be that exact recipe?

Not all buttered coffee is created equal.

To get the real benefits of Bulletproof Coffee you have to use Bulletproof ingredients. There’s no decent substitute for mold-free coffee or Brain Octane Oil. Using instant coffee and coconut oil won’t cut it.

Don’t add sugar, either. Sugar, even in natural forms like honey or maple syrup, will affect your blood sugar levels and keep you from burning fat.

Additions like coconut oil or coconut cream won’t give you the energy that Brain Octane will. Here’s why each ingredient is so important:

Why cheap coffee makes you weak 

The wrong coffee can sap you of your energy and actually make your brain slower. Source the best beans you can. You can do this by choosing beans that are:

  • Single origin
  • Small batch
  • From high elevations   
  • Arabica beans (they’re less moldy!)
  • Rainforest Certified
  • Tested for mycotoxins and mold

Bulletproof Coffee Beans meet all of these standards.

Why you should use grass-fed butter

Grass-fed is the key. This is where the nutrients are. It’s also what gives the coffee its creamy consistency. And for those of you with a lactose or casein intolerance, try ghee, which has most of the casein and lactose removed.

Non-grass-fed butter simply does not contain the nutritional punch of grass-fed butter. Period.

Why coconut oil just won’t cut it 

Brain Octane is four times as effective as coconut oil at raising ketones, those fat-burning, brain-boosting molecules in your body. Throwing coconut oil in your coffee won’t give the same effects.

Brain Octane is composed of a special type of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) derived from coconut oil. But all MCTs are not created equal. There are four different strains of MCTs and they each do different things, not all of them good.

You can read more about how MCTs work vs. Brain Octane Oil here.

That’s why a cup of coffee made with crappy butter and coconut oil won’t keep you full for more than an hour or two, but a true Bulletproof Coffee made with mold-free beans, grass-fed butter, and Brain Octane Oil gives you steady energy for an entire morning.

Coffee is a powerful health food  

Fat and coffee are the two most controversial foods in the Western world. But evidence is mounting that coffee and certain fats are not only good for your brain in the short-term (making you sharper and helping to balance your hormones), but also in the long-term, helping to protect against disease and curb inflammation.

Bulletproof Coffee doesn’t give you the jitters like normal coffee

Bulletproof Coffee allows you to get all the energy-boosting benefits of caffeine, but without the typical crash and jitters. How is this possible?

Moldy coffee beans are associated with brain fog and jitters. So, the difference between Bulletproof Coffee and other beans is the quality. Our beans undergo a stringent quality control process, so they don’t contain the mold toxins and pesticides that can tank your energy and focus.

You may want to rethink breakfast 

Bulletproof Coffee is breakfast – but without the insulin spike and crash that fruit, smoothies, cereal, or bread products cause. And because of all those healthy fats from grass-fed butter and Brain Octane, you feel full and energized for hours.

Bulletproof Coffee in the morning is best paired with the nutrition principles outlined in the Bulletproof Diet. You can download the basic guidelines here.

You won’t crash with Bulletproof Coffee  

Bulletproof Coffee contains targeted types of fat that keep you feeling full and alert for hours. When your blood sugar and hunger hormones are balanced, sugar and carb cravings disappear and your energy will skyrocket.

When your brain is running on fat instead of sugar, you have more focus and won’t experience the drops in energy that come with a high-carb diet. Your metabolism will switch into fat-burning mode, which frees you from sudden energy crashes and brain fog.

Fat doesn’t make you fat  

It turns out that science doesn’t support low-fat claims at all. Unfortunately, after 60 years of low-fat propaganda, the “fat makes you fat” rhetoric is so ingrained in our collective psyche that many people still fear fat, even though study after study shows that fat is harmless.[20] In fact, eating more fat is the single most powerful way to hack your cravings, turn on your brain, lose weight, and balance your hormones. Fat isn’t just good for you; it’s essential. Here are just a few reasons fat is your friend:

  • Fat won’t mess with your blood sugar levels like sugar or carbohydrates. It’s actually too many carbohydrates that lead to unbalanced blood sugar and fluctuating hormones, which ultimately leads to fat storage.
  • Fat slows the absorption of carbohydrates, which keeps blood sugar levels under control. Balanced blood sugar is the key to lowering stress hormones and inflammation.
  • Fat makes you feel fuller longer. Try upping the healthy fats in your diet. You’ll actually eat less.
  • Quality fats often contain fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K. Eating fat alongside other nutrient-dense foods will increase the fat-soluble nutrients you absorb from them, too.

Butter isn’t bad for you 

It might take your body a week or two to fully turn on its fat digestion systems when you make the switch to healthy fats in the morning, but you’ll feel the boost in energy and cognitive function right away.

If at first it is a little too rich, try using less butter initially then build up to the amount you like. Taking a betaine HCl or digestive enzyme supplement with your coffee will also help your body digest the butter.

Grass-fed butter is much healthier than other butter. Starting your day with grass-fed butter will give you lots of energy and it will give your body healthy fats that it will use to make cell walls and hormones.

You don’t have to like coffee 

You don’t have to use coffee to get the boundless energy and focus of butter and Brain Octane. In fact, the first time Dave experienced the benefits of a buttered beverage, it was in tea.

You can make just about any hot beverage into a creamy, frothy version of itself by adding butter and Brain Octane to your hot liquid in a blender. Hot chocolate, tea, and turmeric tea are just a few options.

Where Bulletproof Coffee began 

Dave Asprey was a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur when his health really started to take a hit. He was obese, weighing in at almost 300 pounds. He was also chronically tired, and his brain function was starting to suffer.

For years, he tried restricting calories and working out every day. Nothing helped. By the time he was 30, Dave’s doctors told him he was at strong risk for a stroke or heart attack — not at some indeterminate time in the future, but soon.

Dave got the idea for Bulletproof Coffee after a trek in Tibet in 2004. At 18,000 above sea level and -10°F, his energy was plummeting – until he staggered into a guest house and a local handed him a creamy cup of yak butter tea.

The butter-infused drink is a necessity for the people in Tibet, who live and work in such rugged, high altitude terrain. The drink instantly rejuvenated Dave. It was like a flip was switched on in his brain and body.

The biohacker in him wondered why the tea made him feel so good, and he embarked on years of research into why the yak butter turned his brain on. Eventually, Dave substituted tea for mold-free coffee, and yak butter for regular old grass-fed cow’s butter. Brain Octane Oil was the final missing piece. Together, those three ingredients gave Dave the abundant energy and effortless mental clarity he felt in that hut in Tibet. That’s how Bulletproof Coffee was born.

Make Bulletproof Coffee a part of your day

The best way to figure out if Bulletproof Coffee works for you is to try it. Here’s how you can incorporate Bulletproof Coffee into your day for boundless energy and focus:

  1. Buy some Upgraded Bulletproof Beans, grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee, and Brain Octane Oil.
  2. Replace your usual breakfast with a Bulletproof Coffee for about a week. It may take your body a while to adapt to burning fat for energy instead of sugar and carbohydrates.
  3. Eat your lunch and dinner as usual or just eat when you’re hungry.
  4. For maximum results, stay in the “green” zone of the Bulletproof Diet.
  5. Enjoy fat loss, muscle gain, and better performance overall.

We want to hear about your experience with Bulletproof Coffee. But first, you need the ingredients.

Try Bulletproof Coffee now and let us know what you think!



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  • walter

    what about insulin resistance exacerbated by coffee (caffeine)? Great blog!

    • pospos

      I have insulin resistance so need to avoid caffeine too – very interested in the answer to this!

      • WestEnd

        I am leaving a top level post. Includes @pospos

    • MalteseMom

      I just came to a screeching halt! coffee, insulin resistance? Would someone be kind enough to explain. I was told years ago that I was insulin resistance and I don’t know what it means really. I was told 45 years ago that diabetes was in my future and I didn’t heed the warning. My dr says I’m diabetic based on A1C. I’m use metformin but not insulin dependent. Thanks. I’ve been doing LCHF since Oct and have lost 16 lbs.

      • Believer

        Watch Dr. Jason Fung’s series of lectures on the “Aetiology of Obesity” and you will learn everything you need to know to understand insulin resistance and diabetes. You can find these on YouTube.

  • Dave Asprey

    An interesting question, Walter. Dr. Reaven, who authored the seminal book about insulin resistance, “Syndrome X,” and I recently had dinner before he spoke at the Smart Life Forum, but we didn’t touch on caffeine unfortunately.This relatively technical link offers some explanations of caffeine and insulin resistance in detail. Here is a summary of what they say:-Insulin sensitivity was impacted by only 15%, not 40% as is common in obesity. -Caffeine doesn’t actually decrease insulin sensitivity – the increase in epinephrine (adrenaline) probably does, but the study didn’t test that hypothesis.-The findings would not be the same during exercise or hypoglycemia most likely and weren’t tested on type 2 diabetics.-The study didn’t take into account tolerance, which develops very quickly for caffeine.We do know that caffeine is good for weight loss and exercise. It’s a performance enhancing drug in sports and mental tasks. Tim Ferriss and countless others use it for weight loss. If it caused significant insulin resistance, it wouldn’t work for weight loss over time..

    • Anonymous

      I think that if it has any influence over that at all it’s the way it messes with sleep patterns. There’s this whole complex interplay between hormones and neurotransmitters when you don’t get enough sleep at night in a dark enough room. To the extent that coffee messes with that, you’d want to cut it back. I try to get my coffee as early in my day as possible and I don’t drink more than two cups most days.

  • Leon

    Hi Dave,Thanks for taking the time to blog and disseminate all of this information. Especially all of the down to earth, practical , day to day stuff. Is the butter-cino the entirety of your breakfast? no protein?

  • Dave Asprey

    If I want to be in ketosis fastest, it’s coffee/butter/MCT oil blended. If I’m exercising or want more protein, I’ll add a smoothie with 1-3 raw eggs and collagen protein, or occasionally certain safe kinds of whey.

    • Could you elaborate on that smoothie/shake recipe? What do you use as base? Water presumably?

      • Dave Asprey


    • Jacob Haskins

      Why not pasteurized liquid egg product instead of raw egg and avoid salmonella?

      • Dave Asprey

        Salmonella is on 1 in 45,000 commercial eggs. Washing it removes the risk to effectively zero. (the ref for that is in my upcoming book). Raw eggs have enzymes in them that pasteurized don’t. Plus, my risk is from 4 eggs I inspect myself vs some company that blended 100,000 eggs…if one of them was bad, or the machinery was contaminated, I’ll get sick. Less processing = better.

        • Dale Watkins

          What about adding eggs directly to this coffee recipe? Has anyone ever tried it? Seems to streamline the entire process and may add some thickness to the coffee.

        • I wouldn’t recommend adding the egg yolk to hot coffee as it will cook it, and cooked yolks are leaders in atherosclerotic plaques.

      • Anonymous

        I have more of a chance of falling down the stairs than I do getting salmonella. And check out the ingredients list on those “pasteurized egg products” sometime. Ew.

  • Leon

    Hot tip: if you don’t have a magic bullet or other mixer you can use a protein powder shaker. I tried one of the ones with the metal wire ball and it worked great!

  • Zingbo

    Great stuff. Since i’m naturally jittery – Is decaf ok or is that toxic somehow?

    • Anonymous

      It depends on how it is decaffeinated. Check the label. It must be water-decaffeinated or else they probably used hexane. Which is stupid because caffeine is water-soluble, but if I totally understood the food industry mode of thinking I probably would not be able to sleep at night.

      Anyway. And I suspect there is a taste difference as well as a difference in toxin levels. Every time I drink decaf it grosses me out–there’s always a hint of Eau de Chemical Soup.

  • optionzz

    I LOVE this coffee…with grass fed butter. What do you think of raw, ground cocoa beans featured at healthfood stores? I put a teaspoon of it in and blend with butter/coffee. There is not sugar at all and it creates a flavor sort of like…coffee and chocolate! It is supposed to have all sorts of antioxidents in it.

  • Dave Asprey

    @optionzz – if you’re adding cocoa to the coffee, it doesn’t need to be raw (you’re cooking it in the coffee!) But it makes for a nice mocha flavor. As long as you have quality cocoa without mold contamination (a common problem with cocoa) you would be doing good things health-wise.

  • Albert

    I once emailed Trader Joe’s corporate asking them if they could verify whether the KerryGold brand of butter they sell is indeed from grass fed cows. But they replied that they could not verify this. 🙁 So, I’m hoping maybe you know something more about this question. How can I be sure it really is from grass fed cows? Thanks very much for your blog.

    • Anonymous

      It’s from Ireland. I don’t think they have “progressed” to the point yet of confining their dairy cattle to barns.

  • walter

    ” That’s because toxins in cheap coffee (Starbucks included) will steal your mental edge and actually make you weak, but clean coffee actually fights cancer and provides antioxidants.”what should we look for when selecting a brand of coffee?

  • walter

    my research into coffee roasters in the Vancouver B.C. area indicates that coffee fitting the criteria that Dave specified may be found at: (organic) (thailand organic)roasted in calgary alberta and can be found at a costco road show occasionally.

    All of the roasters share these common factors:

    wet processed
    fermented washed
    sun dried
    single origin
    high altitude

    Dave what would be your opinion on sun dried beans from thailand? It is high altitude grown coffee, but would the enviroment (humidity) lead to mould growth due to the region in which it is sun dried?

    What is you opinion on organic vs coventional? I understand that conventional coffee plants are heavily pesticided.

    • Dave Asprey

      Walter, cool analysis! Did you see the latest post on 3 steps to finding coffee shops? Your list is great. I’d suggest removing the sun dried beans though – they are almost always moldier and lower quality than properly treated ones. They sometimes taste great, but I’m recommending great taste AND great mental performance. That’s hard to do when you dry the beans outside in the sun where bugs can eat them and birds can…well you know what on them. 🙂

  • Zak Ryan

    Dave, Is there some effect of salted butter aside from defanging of the bitterness of the coffee?

    I had a hard enough time finding any Kerrygold at all, I was not in a position to be choosy.

    I’m also having a hard time penetrating the shield people put around the source of their coffee where I live. The only parts of the checklist i could confirm in the coffee i’m trying is that it is %100 arabica and single source.

    • Dave Asprey

      I could handle salted butter in yak butter tea, but in coffee, it’s unsalted only. Salty make coffee taste awful. 🙂

      I just wrote a post on finding good coffee – try it!

  • Tom

    I go into work at about 4 PM, and for the past two days I have had bulletproof coffee. Definitely puts me in a good mood. I actually swear by drinking a super-smoothie upon waking in the morning 🙂

    I used organic coffee from Trader Joes, I ground the beans myself, and I made the coffee in a french press. The butter(used about 1.5 ounces) I bought is German grass fed and hormone free, from Whole Foods. I put the coffee in a to-go mug from Starbucks, and I shook-up the concoction. I suppose I could find better coffee, and I would be willing to buy it online, if you have any links in mind.

    I work at a restaurant, and I have decided to stop drinking the coffee at work. Bulletproof coffee, on the drive in, does me well enough, and if I am really craving a hot bev at work, I have green tea.

    Is “Taking a betaine HCl or digestive enzyme supplement” necessary, if I don’t have any apparent trouble digesting the butter and coffee?

    Any other pointers?

    • Dave Asprey

      Hi Tom – thanks for the update! I replaced my smoothie with bulletproof coffee and found I felt better, with more energy, and more fat burning and muscle growth. A post on the reason for that is coming up! I’m interested in the brand of your German grass fed butter – don’t know of any from Germany!

      The enzyme isn’t necessary if you feel fine on the coffee. Some people, notably vegans or vegetarians or low fat dieters, have taught their bodies not to be able to digest fat. They benefit greatly from the enzymes, but if you’re feeling fine, they aren’t necessary, although they may still be healthy.

    • Rick

      Is there evidence that organic coffee is less likely to be moldy than non-organic?

      • Dave Asprey

        There is not evidence I’ve seen, in fact the opposite may be true. High quality coffee, organic or not, is better than just average organic coffee. But the healthiest is mold-free organic coffee. Much of what I drink isn’t organic, but it’s the best you can get.

  • Tom

    P.S. I just read the post about finding the best coffee in any city. Thanks!

  • Clay

    What kind of hand blender are you using? All the ones I’ve seen are a lot bigger. Thanks!

    • Dave Asprey

      I went to Amazon and searched for “aerolatte” and bought a cheap knock off for $5. I have an Aerolatte and it’s not nearly as good as the cheaper ones. 🙂 “battery operated hand blender” is another search term to try.

  • Ronn

    Hi Dave, I’m new to your site and all the fascinating information here, so if my question has already been asked and answered elsewhere, I haven’t found it yet.

    I’ve had dairy allergies since childhood. Could I substitute extra virgin coconut oil for the butter in Bulletproof Coffee? If not, any other suggestions on replacements for dairy?

    I’m a 95-99 percent raw food vegetarian (a vegetarian for 35 years; raw foodie for 4 years). I eat eggs occasionally, and can tolerate small amounts of raw goat milk cheese once in a while (is raw goat milk cheese evil?). Is there a place for me in the Bulletproof Diet plan?


    • Dave Asprey

      @Ronn, all of the anti-aging doctors I work with have told me the same thing (except one raw vegan guy): that vegetarians (and esp vegans) are harming their health vs a careful omnivorous diet. I did do a raw vegan diet for 3 months and felt great at first, but after a while I felt like something was missing. The initial “feeling great” comes from getting less toxins from poor quality, overcooked meat. The longer term sub-optimal health most people get is from a lack of healthy fats and vitamins. I continued on the raw diet for another 4 5 months or so, but included raw meat and eggs. Never felt better, but when I was going to Tibet for a trip, I drew the line at raw aged yak. Raw takes a lot of time so I don’t do it as much as I once did, but my health hasn’t suffered now that I control toxins. That said, here is what you can do and still be veg: (I’m also dairy intolerant btw)

      Use ghee, or clarified butter. Most people can handle grass fed butter even if milk upsets their stomach. If the trace amounts of protein in butter still bother you, clarify it. Ghee is a superfood like coconut oil, and the combination is the 2nd best you can find. The very best is MCT oil + ghee. That’s what I take when I have time to make it, both for fat loss and for brain function. Worth your time to try – I think you’ll feel a super improvement in how you feel.

      Use whey and lots of raw eggs, especially yolks.

      Substitue virgin coconut oil, and add extra MCT directly.

  • shashi
    The link is not working,please fix. I am hungry for more info!
    Thank you so much for this blog!

  • Thanks! It had never occurred to me to combine two of my favorite things: coffee and clarified butter! It’s already late in the day, but I’m tempted to make some right now :).

    • Dave Asprey

      @Brent, clarified butter (ghee) is awesome. Gives the coffee a toffee kind of taste.

      • Dustin Bopp

        This inspired me to clarify some butter for the first time and add it to my coffee. It’s really amazing. I’ve described it to my friends as tasting like a Werthers Original without the sugar. I try to make my own butter from raw, grass-fed milk I get from the local farmer’s market. Unfortunately, while easy, it takes a LOT of milk to get a small amount of butter. And then once clarified it’s even less so I mostly go with Kerrry Gold I get from Trader Joe’s. I have been intermittent fasting (8 hour eating window a day — basically lunch and dinner) for several months with only black coffee during the fasting hours. Since becoming fat adapted through a Primal diet its easy for me to breeze through hours without eating. About a week ago I started adding the clarified butter to my coffee since I understand the fat will not interrupt the fast. Dave, what are your thoughts about IF-ing?

  • Tom

    Dave, you mentioned some interest in the German butter I buy at Whole Foods in Reno. Well, here it is:

    As you might infer from my domain name, I am very interested in tracking data, etc., and I would love to work with you. If you don’t have any projects in mind, I have suggestions. Thanks for you help! Tom

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  • Jacob Haskins

    Why 1/2 tbsp of butter instead of 1 tbsp of heavy whipping cream?

    They seem to have about the same nutrient profiles[1], butter is made from whipping cream[2], and the cream stays dispersed in my coffee as it cools instead of forming an oil slick on top like the butter does[3].

    [1] and as my nutritional references. You will need to adjust the serving sizes to tablespoons and divide the butter data in half for the comparison.


    [3] Personal experience: no matter how much I foam the butter in the hot coffee, as the coffee cools, the foam turns into lipid pools which then join to form an oil slick on top of my coffee. I am a slow coffee drinker because I hate burning my mouth so this is a real problem for me. It seems like this is an illustration of the old adage that “oil and water don’t mix.” When the coffee is cool, I am drinking grease and regular black, bitter, coffee instead of a creamy latte because of the separation.

    • Anonymous

      Someone who is allergic to casein will be happy to enlighten you as to what the difference is. Although, they should therefore be using ghee, not butter, in their coffee. Gets that last little bit of milk solids out.

      Cream doesn’t bother me so that’s what I use. Happily, the type I use is from grass-fed cows and no gums or thickeners (or skim milk! I’m lookin at you, Kroger!!!) have been added.

      • Jacob Haskins

        Does the churning of cream into butter really transform casein protein into something that doesn’t trigger allergic reactions? (Cheese making OTOH actually separates the different milk proteins.)

        I know that cream is, by far, mostly milk fats to begin with, so that still doesn’t answer my question about why butter is better.

        There is no separation of food components when transitioning from cream to butter.

        The only argument I can think of in butter’s favor is that it comes in smaller, more convenient packaging.

        • Rick

          If you take a quart of cream and shake it in a jar for five minutes, you’ll see the fat separate from the “buttermilk”. This will give you a lump of butter and about a half cup buttermilk. The buttermilk contains the casein and the butter is mostly fat. Do a search on youtube for how to make butter.

        • Dave Asprey

          Butter mostly removes casein, but cultured butter goes further because the enzymes break down the casein. Ghee is virtually casein free!

      • *raises hand*

        I’m allergic to casein, but the small amounts in butter have never been a problem for me.

        It takes about 2 Tbsp of cream to get enough casein to trigger my reaction. Which means, happily, I can tolerate a LOT more butter!

  • Mark

    I now have this every morning along with a smoothie. It took a little faith to get past the thought of butter in my coffee (same with raw eggs in my smoothie) but I love both! BTW I’m not “overweight” but I’ve dropped 10lbs/2 inches (goodbye love handles) and I’m not dieting…just bulletproofing what I eat.

    I need to figure out how to do this when I’m traveling.

    • Dave Asprey

      Mark, this is awesome! It’s astounding what grassfed butter and raw egg yolks do for you. 🙂

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  • Vicki Dixon

    I did this yesterday for the first time and I could barely sleep last night. I had very little appetite and felt great. This morning I did it again and I’m bouncing off the walls even though I haven’t eaten anything since lunch yesterday. I am hooked.

  • phil


    Great article!
    Butter in coffee…Sound good. But how much butter are we talking about? 🙂

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  • Mlemley

    Dave –

    I notice that KerryGold unsalted butter advertises that it is grass-fed, but KerryGold’s salted butter doesn’t say anything about being grass-fed. do you know if it is?

    Mark Lemley

  • Adam Benjamin Crafter

    I’m a big fan of Ghee or coconut oil in my coffee.. Love how you wrote it out here!

  • Rehanastormme

    I’m all up for it but…doesn’t coffee take a toll on your teeth eventually?

    • Yeah. I wait for my coffee to cool a bit then drink it through a straw. My dentist actually approved of the idea.

  • Pete

    Tried a Blender Bottle today to make Bulletproof coffee and it works great. Perfect for office or anywhere you don’t want to drag around an appliance.

    • Pete, the hot coffee was ok inside the plastic BlenderBottle?

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  • Tim Murphy

    Dave, I am a coffee snob and only like to drink black coffee. But I finally tried BP coffee and I can’t believe it but I am hooked. I heard in one of the Podcasts you said to use a paper filter to filter out the oils in the coffee. I don’t remember why though. Many coffee snobs like myself use a French Press to make coffee which leaves the oils intact. Is there anything harmful in the oils?

    • Clay

      According to this paper : , “Consumption of unfiltered, but not filtered, coffee increases serum levels of total and LDL cholesterol” in contrast to paper filtered coffee, which “[…] demonstrated very little increase in serum cholesterol.”

      • CrankyFranky

        on first pass I wondered about the paper filters absorbing the butter fat – after a blood test showed high cholesterol, I read about the cholesterol-raising oils in unfiltered coffee and switched to paper filters – after next blood test results my doctor said ‘I don’t know what you did, but it’s working!’

        so I figured – if paper absorbs oils, what about all the fat in melted butter you’re recommending – won’t the paper absorb a lot of that ?

        but then – re-reading – I saw you mentioned making the coffee before adding the butter, so that can work – not sure about the sequence with the exploding blender comment …

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  • Dave, thank you for this coffee! My breakfast now it’s just this coffee :). I lost 29 pounds since I started drinking this coffee (from 198 pounds to 169 in 3 months).

    At the beginning I was drinking this coffee for breakfast and there is always something I ate. But week later since I started drinking this coffee I did not feel hungry until the evening. Now my breakfast it’s just this coffee. For lunch I usually drink a liter of organic kefir. And I eat something more about 6-7 pm (fishes, lamb, broccoli etc). That’s it. And I didn’t do anything by force. Changes were happening spontaneously, easily :).

    I have a blog in Polish language about a personal and spiritual growth – I come from Poland but I live in New York. I published a post about Bulletproof coffee on my blog (coffee with butter) –

    Now I love getting up in the morning because of a cup of delicious and healthy coffee with butter :).

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  • S M

    Hey Dave — I started drinking a milkshake inspired by your recommendations: Blend 1 cup pastured/grass-fed/organic milk, 2 tablespoons organic almond butter, 1 tablespoon extra virgin, organic coconut oil. Tastes amazing — any thoughts on this combination? Wanted to check before I make this a staple (or begin recommending it).

    • I would recommend switching from the cow’s milk to coconut milk. Better types of fats and tastes rather divine. You can also switch from the almond butter to the grass fed, cow’s milk butter. I’m not sure of the benefits of almond butter, but good cow’s butter is great for increasing your stomach acid (via high levels of butyric acid).

      If you are interested in a good smoothie, I blend frozen, organic berries with coconut milk, cocoa powder, stevia, cinnamon, why protein, and a tablespoon of MCT oil. It’s quite good and the cocoa powder has been researched and shown to raise HDL levels significantly (I know it’s raised mine).

      • Lisa, what kind of coconut milk are you using, and where do you get it? Thanks!

        • I know this has been a while, but I like Golden Star coconut milk. Great tasting and no additives or preservatives. Reasonably prices as well.

        • Thank you Elizabeth!

      • Fit Girl

        This guy is a tool. He writes, “All the benefits of healthy milk
        fat with none of the damaging denatured casein proteins found in cream”

        Casein is a milk protein and is in all dairy products. Dairy fat is one of the worst fats.

        Butter is healthier than margarine, but it’s still bad for
        you. If you want good fat, go for olive oil and coconut oil.

        If you need more calories, make homemade granola with maple
        syrup or just eat more nuts.

    • Did you Ever get any more information on this… I’m just starting out with BP and want to make sure I have plenty of options in the arsenal

    • MalteseMom

      There it is…almond butter, I think S M just answered my other posted question.

  • Chris

    Poured hot coffee into my blender and the blender exploded ><

    How do I preheat a blender to prevent this?

    • Add hot water to the blender and pour it out right before adding the coffee.

      • Chris Thomas

        Excellent. I’ll try that.

        • dedaal

          It works. I never thought of that before you asked. Thanks.

        • Wendy in Highland Park, NJ

          The comment with the answer was deleted. Can one of you please share what it was?

    • Cristina1717

      Hey, Ninja makes these heat proof single serve tumblers that fit right onto their blending machine (the entire ninja system kinda kicks butt if it can be added into a budget to purchase), see if your brand of blender has something similar online.

    • Zeek

      Get an immersion blender instead. 🙂

  • Howard

    Hmmm… My wife steered me onto this site. She specifically mentioned the “bulletproof coffee.” I already do something similar to this, but probably not optimally, since I have been using decaf instant (ok, enough with the groans, already). I decided to get off the caffeine a few months back, and I spent a week enduring almost crippling headaches, so I’m not going back on that particular route unless I come across some solid, credible evidence that caffeine is actually beneficial.

    I blend 6 oz of boiling water with some whey powder, olive oil, coconut oil, and butter. Most mornings.

    Looks like I will just have to try Kerry Gold (and better coffee) to check to see if it really makes a difference. Guess I will need to locate some MCT oil again (don’t remember where I got it, and don’t recall any special benefit, but maybe I just wasn’t doing it right). I will probably keep the coconut oil, too. BTW, I have discovered that a small pinch of Xanthan gum will keep oil in suspension a bit longer. Glucomannan has a similar effect, but more than just a tiny bit of Glucomannan loosens the bowels. Cream, BTW, has some natural detergents in it that will also help keep oil in suspension.

    • ouch. Don’t put in the whey powder! The boiling water will denature the proteins in the whey, and heating olive oil is never a good idea either as it oxidizes the cholesterol.

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  • Hi Dave, I’ve been drinking this coffee with butter for 3 days now. Its an amazing feeling, I’m happy to report. I feel like it gives me more non-jittery energy from one cup of this ‘bulletproof coffee’ than from 2 cups of coffee without butter. I haven’t found the MCT oil yet, though I can get organic, cold pressed coconut oil here in Panama and am going to buy some today.

    Though I have to admit that I feels great about 30 minutes after drinking this combo, I’m still concerned that I’m drinking a ton of butter and wondering about any side effects, cholesterol, etc. 2 tbs of butter is a LOT to throw in your morning coffee 5 – 6 days a week and suck down. If 2 tbs = 1 oz., that’s 5 – 6 ounces of pure butter per week. Check out the nutrition info on that here I have to admit that its mostly greek to me.

    I tend to cook just about everything in butter, but I’m curious if you could expound a bit on exactly why this combination works this way. I’d hate to fall victim to the “I read it on the Internet, so it must be true” phenomenon I’ve chuckled at other people for sooo many times.

    As the entire world drinks coffee non-stop and has for tens of thousands of years, I can typically find support and information on just about anything that common online in 100 places. It concerns me that there are so few mentions of coffee with butter anywhere else that are positive. There’s a few people saying that it happens here and there, usually in other combinations of tea, chai or with much less butter.

    I’m actively involved in lifestyle design and really working to become healthier, stronger and improve my quality of life through diet and exercise. Tim Ferris’ books are incredible and I’m researching a lot more. Your site has become a destination for me, but I’d love to know more about specifically why this works. Thanks for taking the time…

    • Howard

      Despite 4 decades of attempts to do so, there has not been any study that conclusively demonstrates that dietary saturated fat or dietary cholesterol will increase heart attack (or any other health) risk.

      This is the fraud committed by Ancel Keys in his cherry-picking 22-country “study”. He merely threw out the data from the 15 countries that contradicted what he already believed, and used the data from 7 countries that appeared to support what he already believed.

      • Right on. We’re having Chris Masterjohn on the show to talk about this soon 😀

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  • Rick

    Hi Dave, my Emwave2 is on the way thanks to eBay. Thank you for discussing it. I will buy the separate software from you if you offer it individually.

    Will your coffee be roasted in such a way as to preserve the polyphenols? I see that the Rich Rewards Breakfast Blend by Life Extension is advertising this benefit. This may be a new product.

    • Yes. Bulletproof Coffee is roasted by the #1 roaster in the U.S. in such a way that preserves all of it’s polyphenol content. In fact, roasted coffee has a higher antioxidant capacity than green.

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  • Keeler 2.0

    Dave – I have been on the Bulletproof Plan since last Monday and I feel incredible. The Bulletproof coffee is excellent….really gets me fired up in the morning. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us.

  • Andrea Groves

    1. I need to buy locally roasted/organic coffee
    2. I need to buy grassfed cream to make butter
    3. I am making this, and I will be amazed.

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  • AG

    How many tablespoons, or liquid ounces does 30 grams of MCT oil translate to?

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  • Dnjclarkster

    I have been doing my coffee with the butter ever since Andrew told me about it. Recently, I got a bit lazy and just used organic coconut cream in it and I want to tell everyone….. it made a difference. I started getting hungry about 10:30 – 11 AM. I have not felt that in forever. I also did not have the same get up and go as normal. I went back to my butter coffee and am feeling right back on top of my game. Needless to say, I will not be “getting lazy” any time soon again! LOL
    Thanks for all of your great tips and products.

    • Howard Lee Harkness

      Coconut cream? Try adding coconut OIL. Has roughly the same effect as butter for me. I will sometimes add a bit of MCT oil, butter, and coconut oil — the grassfed butter is expensive, and I try to stretch it.

      BTW, since I use stevia to sweeten my coffee, salted butter actually makes the coffee taste sweeter — and then, I use the old Navy trick for brewing coffee, namely, a pinch of salt on top of the grounds causes the bitter oils to coagulate and stick to the paper filter, which improves the taste substantially.

      • Dave Asprey

        Howard, if your coffee has bitter oils, it’s not Bulletproof to start with! Coconut oil tastes good, but it won’t foam. A half lb of Kerry Gold is $2.69.

  • Lauren

    Dave, just wanted to thank you for inspiring my husband and I to change from a mostly vegan diet to your modified Paleo diet, along with the Bulletproof coffee program. We use the Kerry Gold unsalted butter with Artisan Coconut cream and little bit of organic coconut milk blended in organic coffee. We’ve been doing this since October. Also, I started adding MCT oil to our protein shakes made with Designer Whey protein, fresh spinach, a few strawberries and blueberries, organic ground flax seed, and chia seeds. This is usually our lunch (sometimes I’ll eat raw oatmeal with walnuts and coconut milk for a late breakfast). Since adding the high quality EFAs to our diet, and removing all gluten (no bread, pasta, etc), and being careful with veggies / fruits that convert to sugar (corn and potatoes, bananas), I’ve not had my monthly migraine headache ever since. At 59 years of age, this is the first time I’ve not had any migraines!! These blinding headaches would force me to take Ibuprofen or some other powerful pharma drug to knock them out, or else, the headache would knock me out. Also, I have not gained any weight, maintaining my 110 lbs effortlessly. Everything else is healthy, skin, bones, cholesterol, energy levels, sleeping well, etc.
    I share this for your readers to let them know that your program really works!! Thank you again!


    • Thank you so much Lauren. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to receive such praise 🙂

      • Frenzy

        WTF! That Rocks… To all of you coffee junkies: keep up the good work! Peace…

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  • John W

    I live in a really rural area, but was in a larger city about 3 hours away earlier this week and we stopped by a whole foods store and picked up some grass fed butter (we got quite a bit so hopefully it will last for a little while). We had already ordered some coffee online that meets your criteria for a “cleaner” coffee.

    I have to say, we’ve really been enjoying our bulletproof coffee the past couple of days…

  • Howard Lee Harkness

    Just got back from a Caribbean cruise. Stuffed myself all week. All the lobster, steak, eggs, pork, chicken, prime rib, etc. I could eat. And I got some stares for putting the butter in coffee — I used at least 6-8 pats of butter every day.

    Did not do much exercise, either. Mostly caught up on reading & sitting in a hot tub.

    Lost one pound.


    • Rock on Howard!

    • Chood5


    • Great work, mate@!

    • L P

      Where you able to find unsalted butter there? That’s usually the challenge when eating out, I think.

      • Howard Lee Harkness

        I did not find any unsalted butter. I just used salted butter. I don’t find it as objectionable as Dave Asprey… 🙂

      • iggi

        i saw unsalted kerry gold butter (in a silver foil vs the salted gold foil) at trader joes for ~$3

        • nora

          Trader Joe’s brand butter was grass fed last time I checked.

    • Paul Grech


      Has anyone had blood work done to see levels on cholesterol? I have elevated triglycerides as I use to BBQ heavily. I did well on hte HCG diet but the 40lbs i lost is back and im at 300 lbs again. I had my first coffee today and was impressed. good energy till 130pm from 630 am.

      • Jon

        Triglycerides are 3 sugar based glycerols put together. Nothing to do with the meat you bbq and all to do with the sugar based bbq sauce, fries, and sweet tea you had with it.

        • Zach

          ^ exactly. Sugars = triglycerides stored in the body. Tons of proven science out there incase you don’t believe us.

        • JackMarse

          Triglycerides are formed from Fructose. Minimize fruit (and eliminate junk food), don’t eat wheat or oats and see how your lipid profile improves including vLDL. It is very important to get your vLDL size. See online tests at LEF and DirectLabs. Note that if you are obese, all your lipid numbers except LDL will improve fast. LDL will be last to go down. If you think you might be at risk for CVD get a Calcium Score.

        • rna

          Glycerol is a sugar alcohol most commonly produced by breaking down fatty acids. It is not synthesized from fructose or glucose or sucrose. Triglycerides are NOT “3 sugar based glycerols put together”, they are three fatty acids conjugated to a single glycerol molecule. Fruit and grain consumption have little to do with glycerol and triglyceride levels – unless you are simply eating too much of course. Alcohol consumption can increase triglyceride levels under certain conditions. And may I add, if you consume more claories than your body uses you will gain weight. The debate on that in this column has been silly. There is an excellent Coursera course (for free) on undergraduate biochemistry, and anyone interested can sign up.

      • Kristin

        The new book that is out ‘Cholesterol Clarity” would be a great read for you..for anyone for that matter. I have listened to a few podcasts with the author, Jimmy Moore and it really is life changing to hear how too high of cholesterol is NOT really the problem..there are other numbers to focus on. We just need to be more educated on these numbers and ask for the appropriate tests.

        I have been focusing on a Paleo/Real Food diet for a few months now. Even without much activity, i dropped 17 lbs rather quickly. I have about 35 more to lose and am buckling down more on my food choices, particularly carbs, but I will tell you that this is the first time in my life, I don’t focus on food, I don’t EVER feel famished and my “numbers” are near perfect!!

        Good Luck to you!!!

    • Patricia Lucus

      UM? OK

    • Nardwuar

      Howard, for my next vacation I want to go on a cruise with you.

      • Nardwuar

        Then drink a shitload of butter and coffee.

        • Howard Lee Harkness

          Check out the 2014 Low-Carb Cruise (google it). I’ll be there. If you had been on the 2013 LC Cruise, you would have had the opportunity to meet Mr. Asprey there. I don’t think he will be on the 2014 cruise. I got an interview with him, which I published on
          The post immediately after that one is about an interesting discovery I made about decaf coffee.

    • Andeeme

      I will be doing exactly this on my upcoming trip abroad. This is the first trip where I don’t expect to gain and ounce. What fun!

      • Pete A

        Lost five pounds on my last cruise…BP Coffee and Paleo.

  • Heather

    I don’t like coffee. I am trying to learn to like tea! Can I do this in tea also?

    • Dave Asprey

      Heather, it’s best in Rooibos tea, or you can do it with high quality cocoa too. Chai is pretty good too.

    • Yep. But make sure it’s high quality. I really like tea with coconut oil and a bit of cinnamon.

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  • Dillon

    I’m not a fan of coffee (i’m a tea person), even the good stuff, but I have recently started doing this with my tea and its great. Kerrygold butter and coconut oil. good to go

    • I’ve been making bulletproof green tea for the past few weeks. Tastes great and gets me going in the morn.

    • MalteseMom

      Could you substitute Almond Butter? And how do you folks monitor your vitamins, etc?

  • Richard Ney

    I have been drinking BP coffee every morning for about 6 weeks. One cup with a tablespoon of Kerrygold unsalted butter and a tablespoon of either MCT oil or extra virgin coconut oil. It tastes great, is energizing without giving me jitters, and holds me until lunch or dinner. Great stuff!

  • Shauniemerletto

    hi dave when i drink coffee i get really really angry so what else can i drink that has the same effects

    • Dave Asprey

      Shaunie, that anger is the mycotoxins, not the coffee. Clean coffee is a different thing.

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  • One of my coaching clients just pointed me to this post. I think you just ended my coffee hiatus. Thanks!

  • Chuck

    Hey Dave! When given the option, would you use ghee or butter in the bulletproof coffee? And if ghee, use the same amount, or less?

    • Depends on your sensitivity to dairy, whether or not it was grass-fed, etc.

    • Dave Asprey

      Ghee is better for you, very slightly, but you need a better blender. I use 20% less ghee.

    • To answer the question about amount, the big difference between ghee and butter is the trace protein content. I’d say use the same amount that you would use for regular butter.

    • I would recommend butter unless you have a sensitivity to casein (as I do). I wouldn’t recommend ghee over clarified butter however. There seems to be a much larger amount of oxidized cholesterol in the ghee when compared to butter. Clarified butter has significantly less oxidized cholesterol than ghee as it is cooked less and isn’t browned (which is where ghee gets it’s nutty taste), but more than regular butter. Take your pick. I tend to eat goat’s milk butter (organic, grass-fed) just because it has the benefits of no oxidized cholesterol (like regular butter) but has significantly less casein than cow’s milk, meaning I’m much less sensitive to it.

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  • Hebarnes

    what about “cold brewing” coffee? would that have an advantage?

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  • Jay

    Hey Dave! Stumbled across your site. Not even sure how I got hear but… I’m a coffee junky and I find this awesome. Haven’t tried it but I will. Wanted to make sure it was ok to share this on my site. Full credits of course. Thanks and can’t wait to explore your site

    • Dave Asprey

      Jay, go for it! Thank you.

  • Sarahmasteller

    So this coffee is sold whole bean correct?

    • yes

    • Dave Asprey

      I like to say “Give me whole beans, or give me death.” (yes)

  • Tluna68

    would grassed organic ghee work for this?

    • Tluna68

      never mind! Should’ve looked at the other comments first!

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  • Niall

    Anyone know another good brand of MCT oil that I can get (online) in Europe??

    Unfortunately Dr Friedman hasn’t made it across to Ireland yet and even the health food stores are looking a me a little strange when I ask them about it!!

    …..looooving my Bulletproof Coffee and intermittent fasting btw. Using some coconut oil at the moment but would like to juice it up a little more with some good MCT.

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  • Anonymous

    What is the best way to brew the coffee? Do you recommend a certain machine?

    • Laurel

      My new favorite is the AeroPress. It makes awesome coffee, cleans up fast, and fits in the drawer. The downside is that you have to heat the water in a kettle yourself.

  • Twagner1

    Man, I was getting ready to flame you for being a hyperbolic, self-aggrandizing, idea stealing ass, but then I tried that there coffee recipe and , MAN! I feel …new. So now I have ordered 2 bags of your beans and downloaded the IQ3 Mindware. I hope this isn’t a honeymoon effect. BTW, You know what else jazzes me up? The look on people’s faces when I tell them I put a half a stick of butter (grass-fed, hell yeah!) in my coffee. Ha! Thanks.

    • Dave Asprey

      Haha, thanks. I’m glad you like it, and yes, the butter phobia reactions are priceless.

      • Ryan

        What are your thoughts on putting your protein powder in the coffee?

        • dahlia

          I put cocoa in my coffee, or is it vice versa. And half and half. And spices. And vanilla. And no sweetener. Seems like a fine place for maca. Taste it and see.

          I put my maca in a green smoothie or if I forget in a salad.

        • Rick Pack

          Dave has said that using his protein powder is fine but you want to avoid high-heat and blending it for more than a very brief time to avoid denaturing and damaging the protein micro-fractions, respectively.

      • Is it a total “no no” to add a small bit of raw sugar to the cup of coffee?

        • Dave Asprey

          It is a bad idea! Use erythritol, xylitol or stevia!

          Sent from my nobile phone. You understand….

        • Dr. Oz recently had an episode that discouraged the use of artificial sweeteners. He stated they have side effects such as weight gain, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Pure stevia only (without additives). I use Sweet Leaf.

        • Howard

          Oz, Ornish, Weil, McDougall, et. al. are right less often than a stopped clock. However, in this case, Oz might have accidentally stumbled over part of a real fact. Google “your small intestine has taste buds!”

        • Dave Asprey

          Lol – yes, only natural sweeteners (xylitol erythritol stevia)!

          All those guys (Ornish et all) mean well – they’re not evil. Just not systems thinkers…

        • Nater

          Thinking that Xylitol and Erythritol are more natural than unprocessed cane or beet sugar is just ridiculous. Those are completely man-produced (xylitol comes from hydrogenated wood sugars) and there’s no possible way you can call them “natural.”

          As an additional point of discussion, I have actually built and flown a rocket using erythritol as the fuel. Erythritol was my rocket fuel. Think on that.

          Granted, the lower calorie density and glycemic index impact is worth mention, but calling them “natural” is fallacious.

        • doug shytle

          In fact, any sugar purified from its source plant by a process involving high temperatures will be “unnatural.” Moreover, if the sugar source plant was grown in mineral depleted soil (as is the case with sugar cane), the sugars within will be less natural regardless of the purification process. Why? Because when plants are grown in natural mineral rich soil, the sugars’ crystaline structures are stablized by certain minerals. These natural sugar mineral complexes are lost under high temperatures used in the sugar refining process.

          However, your rocket fuel analogy is irrelevant as most powdered dry sugars, including glucose, are highly combustible, even explosive under the right conditions.

          Yes, xylitol and erythritol are primarily used because of their lower calorie density and glycemic index, but also because they both “starve” harmful bacteria.

        • The idea of ‘natural vs unnatural’ is a complete waste of time. Do any of you think coffee or butter are ‘natural’? I think it’s a false paradigm and would personally argue that everything is ‘natural’ even nuclear power, which occurs in nature (stars). Stop thinking in these terms and look for solid evidence of benefits and health risks.

        • KM

          Anybody tried coconut crystals?? read about them – I use them for all kinds of things — they are great.

        • KaliMa

          How is coffee unnatural? Because it is fermented, dried, roasted, ground and brewed? So chocolate is unnatural too? How long were the Aztec and Maya consuming a chocolate beverage?

        • Kate D

          I always put sugar in my coffee. Today is the first day I have tried this recipe and it was so good and creamy, it did NOT need any sweetening. I know this may sound dramatic, but I will only drink coffee like this from now on. Thank YOU!

        • Abobolico

          I had the same experience. I was adding stevia to my BP coffee at first but one day I forgot the stevia at my parent’s home.
          God! the butter makes the coffee so creamy… And with the sweet taste of cinnamon & vanilla, I’m don’t need any sweetener now 🙂

        • Bulletproof Dee

          Dave, does using organic cane sugar really take away that many benefits? I have used Xylitol in the past and had severe reaction (after using for two weeks, felt very depressed, after cutting it out of my diet, depression went away). I am afraid of non-sugar sweeteners now. Please help.

        • Candace Lee

          Have you ever tried stevia? It isn’t and “artificial”, chemical loaded sweetener like so many non-sugar sweeteners.

        • Bulletproof Dee

          Thanks Candace, but for some reason, stevia tastes bitter to me (the types I have tried, which admittedly are not too many types). Is there a specific brand which is better than the rest? I am thinking putting sugar in BPC is spiking my insulin and I am storing some of the fat. This is a guess. I hope it’s not true!

        • Howard Lee Harkness

          I also find stevia bitter, if I put too much. But I use stevia glyceride (stevia in glycerine), just enough to be barely sweet, and it’s ok. Also add a bit of cocoa powder and some coconut milk. BTW, I got to speak personally with Mr. Asprey on the Low-Carb cruise, and recorded an interview with him at

        • Bulletproof Dee

          Nice! So it was sweet enough? I couldn’t bare the stevia ruining my precious BPC. I will listen to your interview. Thanks.

        • Howard Lee Harkness

          That’s purely a personal preference. Barely sweet is enough for me.

        • Candace Lee

          same here

        • Candace Lee

          Hi Dee, Mostly I use/prefer Sweetleaf but we do use some Truvia for our low-carb and wheat-free way of eating. Do want to try this Bulletproof, just found the site yesterday.

        • Chelsea

          I wouldn’t recommend truvia (read your labels!) but I’ve tried many others and NuNaturals is by far the best! All the others I’ve tried are super bitter and weird tasting.

        • Bulletproof Dee

          I will try Nunaturals. Do you recommend liquid or powder?

          Thanks Chelsea!

        • How about organic palm sugar?

        • jimmy

          Dave your hilarious! avoid sugar but adding a huge slab of cholesterol and fat to the coffee is a sound nutrition and health move?

        • Zach

          Yes, yes it is. Fat = essential to life, and is a MUCH better source of energy than sugar.

        • Candace Lee

          I see the troll is back in action. He really needs to read up on the effects of sugar and all the bad press that good fats have received over many years. Of course I am starting to believe that this country is trying to kill most of us anyway with their GMOs and pesticides that are filling the pockets of the already rich.

        • Rob

          Ignorant Troll go away!

        • Cristina1717

          what about coconut sugar? (no added sugar, it’s made from coconut, super tasty and it actually has some nutrients, low-glycemic), you think a tbsp of that is okay>?

        • Alf

          I like locally grown honey to sweeten my coffee and tea.

        • Chloe Blue

          Yes, I like NuNaturals pure stevia too…..also the Kal brand is very good.
          Neither one will give a strange aftertaste as long as you use it in small quantities, which will provide plenty of sweetening.
          Make sure to buy the pure stevia extact powder and NOT the one with maltodextrin or other fillers.
          You have to really pay attention to the label.

          You’ll know it’s the right one because on the nutrition info label, it will give a ridiculous amount of servings contained within a small container.

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  • Awitbeck

    Hey Dave
    I like drinking coffee but had to switch to decaf because whenever I drink regular coffee my sweat smells like ammonia. When I avoid caffeine, the smell isn’t there.
    Do you think BP regular (not decaf) coffee would cut the smell because the treatment of the beans is different and it is less toxic?

    Does anyone else have this problem and can you do BP coffee with organic decaf beans?

  • Bea

    Hey Dave! We don´t have grass-fed butter in Sweden so is it a bad idea to make this coffee with butter that is not grass-fed?

    • I just started making this the other day. I don’t have ready access to grass-fed butter either but I’m making due with whatever I can find. Three days in and I love it!

  • rattybag

    Am I correct in thinking this is for cold coffee? Not hot?

    • rattybag

      OOOOPS!! I should have read more comments before I asked this question! Sorry!

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  • Hi guys! I have just ordered my first bag of Upgraded Coffee. I usually have protein and egg white pancakes in the morning. Can I have a cup of Bulletproof with it, or does it have to be just the coffee?

  • Gut Real

    I use salted Kerrygold with some raw honey and it is very tasty!

    • Dan

      Heating raw honey destroys almost all of the benefits.

      • Dave Asprey

        Yep – raw honey in coffee isn’t raw! 😉

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  • Can flax oil substitute for MCT?

    • Steve

      Flax is a fragile oil and heat will destroy it. Search the site for flax and you’ll see other reasons why it may be better to use other oils than flax even without the heat issue.

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  • Mbc-andy

    I know that you are recommending high quality coffee. But what about us poor folk that can’t afford it? (I’m not talking about being cheap or frugal – but that there just isn’t enough money to spread out.) Will I get any good benefit by just using my Folgers? Oddly I have access to good quality butter – my friend milks her grass fed dairy cows 🙂

    • Dave Asprey

      Mbc-andy, you’re better off skipping the folgers and buying good quality coffee, grinding it very very finely, and brewing it very hot. You can make a pound of coffee last a long, long time that way. Or, you can blend the powder into a smoothie and just consume the entire bean for the health effects. Folgers and other low-end robusta coffees are bad news from a Bulletproof perspective.

  • Marvin S

    Thanks for this!! Made my own bulletproof coffee with Kerry Gold unsalted butter from TJ’s and it tastes so good and I’m feeling great! Not sure if it’s from the coffee or the benefits of the lymphatic massage I got.

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  • Liz

    I made two batches this morning and I can’t seem the get the coffee strong enough! The first time I used about 2.5 tbs of coffee grounds for 16oz of water and the second time I used 3.5 tbs for the same amount of water. Both times I felt like the coffee tasted somewhat diluted. Does anyone else have this problem? Do the butter and coconut oil (my replacement for MCT oil) cut through the coffee? I still think it tastes pretty good, but I would like to taste a bit more of the coffee. Help!

    • Dave Asprey

      I use 28 grams of coffee to 415ml of water, and the water is heated to 195-200 degrees. If you’re using a drip coffee maker, the water isn’t usually hot enough to brew proper coffee!

      • Gene

        So how do you brew your coffee? Do you use a special coffee maker?

        • Dave Asprey

          Pour over or French press!

        • Gene

          Do you filter the coffee afterwards to remove terpenes?

        • Dave Asprey

          It depends; paper filters remove some good stuff .

  • Christy

    Wow, this is simply amazing! And so energizing and satisfying, too! I love the taste of butter, but thought “hmm, butter in my coffee, I’m not so sure”.

    I amso very happy that I tried it this morning, because I am never going back!

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Great article. Is there a special blender you prefer? Magic Bullet? Vita-Mix? Blendtec? Thanks for the info.

    • Dave Asprey

      Thank you! I prefer the Blend-tec or Vitamix. The Magic Bullet doesn’t work that well for coffee because the hot coffee is sealed in it, and the steam pressure pushes the coffee through the seals relatively quickly. I ruined one this way. Plus, the bigger blenders make the best foam. ?

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  • I did it with cocoa made with water…sorry my butter was salted and a spritz of stevia, the combo of sweet with salty is really gourmet. I could live on this stuff. Also, instead of a regular blender I used my immersion blender and mixed it right in the mug.

    • Dave Asprey

      Yes, if you mix salty sweet and chocolate, it’s really good. But salty coffee? Bleah

  • I didn’t catch the foam part…I’m going to go try it in my Ninja blender. ;o)

    • Dave Asprey

      Sadly immersion blenders don’t foam well without a whip

  • Welch

    is there a modified recipe for an espresso? or a double espresso? boom!

    • Dave Asprey

      Espresso works, but you need to melt the butter first. Not enough heat mass in the smaller shots to melt the butter!

  • Finally got my upgraded coffee in the mail and tried the bulletproof recipe with my girlfriend this morning. I loved it, but more importantly, she was impressed so I know it was really good.

  • Lisamariestein

    Hey, Dave! just ordered 4 bags of BF coffee after completing the bag you gave me at Paleofx 12. very lively. today I added a bit of coconut milk and pastured butter…and cinnamon. Mmmmm. smells like my moms old cinnamon rolls without the flour. I like the antiox bennies of cinnamon and it adds a sweetness, rounding out the natural acidity of the Guatemalan bean.

  • Tried with a steel stovetop espresso machine, Yeo Valley unsalted organic grass fed (get it in Waitrose UK folk) and a Blendtec. Very, very nice indeed!

  • carnecasa

    Inspired by my recent discovery of your site, I decided to try Bulletproof Coffee for 3 consecutive days last week. The mental effects were amazing. I have been off of coffee for about 5 years as well as virtually dairy free for about 3 years. I have had issues with dairy related to sinus problems for as long as I can remember. But, thinking that maybe I could tolerate some grass-fed butter and really wanting to see this work, I decided to run the experiment. I used Kerry Gold the first day and then a grass-fed ghee the next two days. On the fourth day, I woke up with my first my bout of sinusitis/allergic rhinitis (or whatever the hell it technically is) in about 3 years. I was not overtired or stressed prior to the experiment and I have been following a diet (ultra clean Paleo) that I would say is about 95% close to the Bulletproof Diet for the past 3 years. I desperately want to think something else triggered this and I wonder what your thoughts are

    • Dave Asprey

      Well, that’s a bummer. You may be VERY dairy allergic. Or you may be undergoing a herxheimer reaction. Run experiment again with just ghee. Use Xlear nasal spray during it to keep sinuses clean and reduce chances of infection.
      I’d consider a blood test to see if you’re really allergic to casein or if something else is going on. I know dozens of people who’ve had allergy relief from acupuncture or NAET. It’s worth exploring.
      If you want similar benefits, you can do coconut oil/cream with MCT oil in the coffee, then take 6 grams of butyric acid. Not as good for you as butter, but may be the solution for you.

      • carnecasa

        Muchas gracias for the thoughtful reply. I will try your suggestions. Thanks also for such great work. Almost finished all the podcasts…

      • Adam J

        My body sucks.

        I love everything that has to do with this subject that you teach, I think you’re brilliant but I don’t feel well, probably due to food allergies.

        First I had to eliminate dairy due to asthma with,although slight, but frightening, bronco-spasms.

        Then several green-end vegetables and grass-fed beef (possibly due to timothy-grass allergy) I just now also eliminated avocado, because of lg E-responses slighter, fortunately, than the above-mentioned.

        The dietary change on a positive note has given me fantastic body-temperature-retention and immune-defense, I used to get colds constantly, and I’m never cranky from hunger!

        Its driving me crazy however that more often than not I get slight, slight asthma every time I eat, even when I think I’m only having things I’ve been fine with individually and kept a food-log that I react by getting very subtle asthma/bronco-spasms.

        I know I’m supposed to keep a daily food log, and I will, but I’m suspecting delayed IgG-reactions like low energy, heart racing, pain on left side and fatigue (three doctors said my heart was fine).

        Can you, mr Asprey, please give me your opinion?


    • TrueVision

      Carnecasa, have you looked into using a neti pot for your sinus issue? Use only the special salt they recommend, not table salt, or it will burn your tissues. You can add in hydrogen peroxide also, a tablespoon or 2. I have read people using Willard’s Water as a nasal spray in throat and nose has done wonders for numerous aliments.

      • carnecasa

        Thanks TrueVision. I have been using neti for years. In fact I use SinuPulse. I didn’t know about hydrogen peroxide or Willard’s Water though so thanks for that. Since my original post several months ago, I switched to grassfed ghee from Pure Indian Foods for my Bulletproof Coffee and have had not sinus issues since! I think I discovered my sensitivity is to casein for ghee is golden!

  • Linhares Lucio

    I used to do inttermitent fast and was going fine but now with ur bulletproof coffe it is much better, I am a professional MMA fighter and I need the energy to perform better. I have a question for u, can I use coconut butter instead of coconut oil and can I play with the ratio, doing for example 50/50?

    • Dave Asprey

      Hi Linhares – you’re the second MMA pro fighter I know who is on the Bulletproof program! You can use coconut butter vs oil, but I find that the average coconut butter has more toxins in it (from the fermentation process that’s used often to make it) than coconut oil. The highest performance you can get is by adding the MCT I recommend, which has 6x more C8,10 than coconut oil. It’s a big difference!

      • Linhares Lucio

        Thank u very much:)

      • Steve

        Dave get these guys on the show!

  • Jeffrey

    Major fan of the Bulletproof coffee. How long would it last in a thermos? Would the health benefits be depleted if its stored for about 4 hours? And how do I convince my wife this is healthy thing and not going to give me a heart attack since butter has a bad rap? – Jeff

    • Dave Asprey

      It lasts fine in a thermos; I do that a lot. You can shake it up to get the butter frothy again too!
      For you wife, send her to our blog, or get her a copy of Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat.” She’ll be snacking on butter in no time too! ?

      • Jeffrey

        Thanks Dave! Appreciate it.

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  • Rhys Morgan

    So fucking stupid. Eat real food.

    • Dave Asprey

      Rhys, exactly. Everything on the BP diet is real food. It’s just hard to eat 20 thousand calories a day, even of bacon… 😉

    • Candace Lee

      Butter IS real food, so is coconut oil – so what WAS your point???

  • Heard you on a Gweek episode from a bit ago and bought the coffee and MTC before it was over. I’m excited. This Ikea whipper is like $2 in the actually store and seems to work great.

  • Oh and my real question was: How many tablespoons of grounds do you put in for two cups? 2? 4?

    • Dave Asprey

      It’s hard to use tbsp. because grind density matters a lot. Fine ground will weigh more than coarse ground, and brew method matters. I use 28 grams of coffee in 450ml of water. ?

  • danna kinsky

    Dave, Thank you for your work. I recently met you at BIL and have been drinking your coffee since. I still get a bit of a stomach ache / headache and wondering if you might know why. I’m a long time vegetarian, and I drink your coffee with Lactaid milk and raw honey. I tried getting the butter, but all they had at whole foods (in Los Angeles) is lightly salted butter, and like you said, a crime. ( and yuck, i tried ).

    so my questions are:

    1. why still the stomach ache ?
    2. is it still ok, aka not harmful to the benefits to use Lactaid full (not low fat) milk and honey ?
    3. I had an idea and I was wondering your thought about it – I am still using a filter coffee machine and not an espresso machine. Can I brew one cup of coffee and several hours later, re-brew from the same beans ?
    4. lastly – do you have things you can do with the leftover beans ?
    I have been saving them, and wondering if you toss them / re-use them / re-purpose them. I have noticed after a week or so when left of the counter in a wooden bowl they became a bit moldy.
    5. Where can one find the correct butter if not at whole foods ?

    Thanks again !

  • JHunterW

    Hey there. I just made my first ever cup of bulletproof coffee using your upgraded bulletproof coffee….and wow! I have never liked coffee, but I am truly a believer now! I mixed in creatine and anircetam and have been just amazingly focused all day (studying for tests). I recall you mentioning that after you have gotten good and used to being in ketosis you could add a small amount of sugar to your coffee along with the sweetener (I use stevia) and would have the sugar high without the crash. I have been on the BP diet fully for 4 weeks (only had 2 splurge days so far) and cut sugar entirely out, dropped 10 pounds of nothing but fat, still have all my muscle, but I was considering the advantages to having that sugar high, especially in combination with bulletproof coffee for my early classes/tests. Do you think this would be acceptable and how much sugar is too much in the case of not getting a crash? Thanks so much!

    • Dave Asprey

      Sugar is not a good idea in the morning. You could do 2 tsp of raw honey a half hour before the coffee, but not in the coffee. Xylitol for sweet is ok though in the coffee.

      • danna kinsky

        How come no honey in the coffee ? Also, please reply to my questions underneath ===>

        • Dave Asprey

          Honey in hot coffee is not raw and it changes the metabolic effects of the meal. Anti ketogenic

        • danna kinsky

          I knew that honey can not be heated / boiled because it actually turns toxic, but the same people that told me that said its structure does not change when you put it in hot water / tea / coffee (and not microwave / heat it up ) — is this what you are referring to when you say anti ketogenic ?

        • Dave Asprey

          Simply that fructose in honey can shut down ketosis.

        • 100% agree! Better off changing your habits away from a sugar-based intake high. It takes a while to ween yourself off of the narcotic (sugar), but it can be done.

        • Zack_Leman

          I thought you said if you take 3 teaspoons of raw honey at night before sleep it would not shut down ketosis.

        • Steve

          bump… I’m doing the honey thing too because I haven’t yet figured out why low carb makes me sleep poorly

    • Dave Asprey

      That’s quite a stack! I’d take the creatine and aniracetam as pills/powder rather than mix in the coffee for flavor and heat stability though! ?

      • I agree with Dave. I am a HUGE fan of aniracetam. It’s best to make a separate concoction.

        Here’s what I do as a part of my morning ritual:

        1. A version of BP coffee – quad shot espresso, 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1/8 c or less of heavy whipping cream, 1/8 coconut milk.

        2. Brain solution: 2 tablespoons of MCT Oil (The kind on upgraded self), 750mg Aniracetam, 250mg Pramiracetam, 1-2g of Choline Bitartrate, 250mg of caffeine
        b. DHEA, Acetyl l-carnitine, Fish Oil, Vit D, Multi-Vit

        3. Whey Isolate – 13g (Not a drop more to ensure not to agitate insulin levels. 5-10g of Creatine

        This is just in the morning. I eat nothing until 1, and when I do it’s sans carbs.

        I am always looking to dial in my routine – yet this is a bad-ass start of one. I will never start a day off without my routine – it makes such an incredible difference that it’s hard to put into words.


  • I made Bulletproof Coffee for the first time this morning. I used Maui peaberry beans that I brought back from a recent trip, and a couple tablespoons of Kerrygold unsalted. It was fantastic; kept me satiated through a trail hike and about 4 hours. Great stuff.

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  • Marilyn Olmsted

    Hello everyone,
    Just got my coffee and have my first cup in hand….I added 1 tsp of sugar. Does that ruin the benefits? I usually drink my reg coffee with grass fed whole milk and 2tsp organic unprocessed cane sugar.

    • Niall F

      Hi Marilyn! Here’s my limited understanding and long winded answer…… Cortisol is the super morning time fat burner as long as insulin levels remain low. Skipping breakfast (Intermittent Fasting) ensures that there’s no spike in morning insulin as a result of eating lots of carbs but having a Bulletproof coffee for breakfast also doesn’t result in an insulin spike and in fact speeds up the whole fat burning process (in addition to lots of other benefits).

      So, very simplistically, I believe that by adding sugar it will spike the insulin secretion and thus put a halt to all the good work being done by the cortisol.

      Then again, I could be way off the mark!! Would love to hear from someone else on this.

      Here’s a very good blog from a guy that comments here a lot, …

      • Dave Asprey

        Niall is right!

        • Yeah, I heard that guy is super intelligent and even more handsome…. Major love to my boy Dave Asprey. Dave is one of maybe three guys that continually produce incredible value-added content within my network.

          Bulletproof Coffee morning intake, in my opinion, is a MUST application with regards to building an overall critical kick-ass wellness strategy. It is a MUST for those professionals that wish to utilize enhanced cognition while at the same time enjoying immense amounts of energy and weight loss.

  • Niall F

    Sorry for taking so long to show my appreciation, but thanks so much to Dave and Armi for making an exception and getting some Bulletproof Coffee Beans across to the land of unsalted Kerrygold (actually unsalted Avonmore is more popular over here!!!

    Many a delicious coffee was had and very much appreciated!!

    • Dave Asprey

      So glad u liked Niall!

  • Fj

    as always i approach new stuff with an open mind and a tad of healthy skepticism, this being no exception

    i just tried my first cup of coffee using the bulletproof method…

    all i can say is wow!

    jeff in miami

    • Dave Asprey

      FJ, you’re not alone! Most people are skeptical of this until they try it. I can’t describe my apprehension when I first threw a chunk of butter into my coffee in the blender. One taste had me convinced…but it was a hurdle to try. ?

  • Peter Moeller

    I was kinda wondering.. Is there a specific reason that salted butter is a crime?.. in Denmark grass-fed butter is imposible to buy.. Only salted grass-fed butter with an amount of 1,2 % salt.. But I have to say.. it taste wonderful and I have all rdy lost 3 kg (6.6 lbs) in 3 weeks.. So.. Is there anything else except the taste that makes it a crime?..
    And btw.. thx for a great recipe!.. It is well-used in Denmark!

    • Dave Asprey

      Hi Peter! So glad you’re enjoying Bulletproof Coffee. The only problem with salted butter is that it doesn’t taste as good in coffee. Feel free to have all the salted butter you like!

      • Luluweezie

        I accidentally used salted butter today and didn’t like the taste of saltiness in my coffee, so I added a bit of maple syrup (this won’t work if you’re fasting, I guess), and it tasted like kettle corn — salty/sweet. Really yummy!!

        • Dave Asprey

          Wow!! Tempting for dessert! 😉

          Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

  • Joe

    I just started trying this 2 mornings ago I love the tast but no noticeable changes in energy. I am only 25 and have always been a morning person. I also before this used to have coffee and protein powder every morning. Anyways I was wondering the science for this and if adding protein in it would be fine? I know protein also triggers mTOR. Along with the science of the coffee I was wondering for studies on how it’s possible to eat so many cal. Without getting fat? Thanks

    • Dave Asprey

      Coffee inhibits mTOR; it doesn’t trigger it. It’s the rebound of mTOR when the coffee and fast wear off together that triggers the fat loss and muscle gain!
      It’s possible to eat this many calories because calories don’t make you fat. Bad calories make you fat. Toxins make you fat. But calories in themselves are a very poor way of predicting what food will do to your weight. Ten calories of arsenic-laced snake venom may kill you even though it’s “protein”. Precision in choice of calories is key.

      • What an interesting idea: coffee inhibits mTOR but then mTOR rebounds. Do you have a study you can quickly find with this idea? I’ll try to look for one later as well.

        • Dave Asprey

          It’s referenced on the Upgraded Coffee page!

      • Joe

        Ok that makes sense I’ve always been from the cal is a cal camp. Are there any studies on the poisens in unhealthy food that contribute to more fat than calories? I guess I’m a nerd and I like to read the studies and research. Also your body isn’t really in a true fast with all the calories from butter is it wouldn’t it then be in the fed state? This is all pretty new to me I’ve been reading other books on fasting recently as well. I’m sorry for all the questions just really interested I’ve been trying to become a healthier person and so I find all of this very interesting.

        • Dave Asprey

          There are tons of studies. Look at the posts “It’s not the calories stupid” and the grass-fed series. In short, omega 6 and mycotoxins and xenoestrogens are all major issues.
          Fasting with only fat gives you the benefits of fasting but stronger ketosis and more resilience. You can call it fasting or not; the effect is the same. ?

  • Joe

    Would adding whey protein to my bullet proof coffee render it useless or make it not have as great of an effect on my health?

    • I believe he addressed this in another comment by saying that he sometimes adds whey after the coffee has cooled (to avoid denaturing) and to blend the why lightly, if at all, to avoid damaging the fragile microfractions.

  • You’re advocating the ingestion of over 40 grams of saturated fat(which is above the recommend daily intake) in one sitting, which has been shown in multiple scientific studies in rats and humans to increase the rate of cognitive decline in individuals.

    • Multiple scientific studies, eh? Cite one.

        • The link goes to a site that requires registration, which I presume costs money, so I didn’t pursue it. But even without reading the ‘study’, I can guess what vendor the ‘researchers’ used for their high-fat rat chow: Purina Test Diet. Which means that the ‘researchers’ proved that Crisco negatively affects cognitive function in rats, and is known to be toxic to humans. Which I already knew.

        • Without having access to the full text, there is one obvious problem with this study:

          It’s in rats, not people. Rats metabolize fats, carbohydrates, and proteins differently than people. This is also why the rodent research on fructose is meaningless for humans.

          It’s also likely the rats were eating other junk with the saturated fat which could also cause mental impairment.

          Do you have any human studies showing saturated fat causes cognitive impairment?

        • Yaniv

          I would be interesting to here people’s thoughts on this study:
 which includes Human trials.

        • Sevren

          Older adults are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of dietary fat and the present results underscore the importance of evidence that seniors with marginal levels of nutrient intake often perform poorly on tests of cognitive function, and are at increased risk for various forms of dementia

          Related studies showed that these effects were modulated by concentration of fat, environmental influences, and treatment with glucose
          These quotes were from the study cited. A few points:
          1: Humans are not rats. The effects of any given factor in a study on the health of a rat will not correlate directly with the effects of the same protocal in humans.
          2:The are other factors involved than just dietary fat intake such as poor overall nutrient intake and environmental influences which are not cited. The study(at least the abstact) therefore tells us very little about the direct affect of saturated fat on on cognitive function. It is at best a correlation, not a causeation

        • Howard Lee Harkness

          A rat study. Apparently you are not aware of the ingredients in the standard Atkins-bashing recipe for rat chow. It’s called 5TJP, and it’s primary fat is Crisco. Which proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that…



          Please try again.

    • Dave Asprey

      That’s an awfully large blanket statement. Whoever wrote those recommendations didn’t understand that different lengths of saturated fat have different effects. MCT and SCT oils – like in butter and coconut – have different effects. The “low saturated fat” recommendations are not borne out in real experiments!

    • Care to provide a reference?

    • HomebirthMidwife

      Chris, I don’t believe there are any studies coming to these conclusions you state that are using the saturated fat from GRASSFED, pastured animals. Can you please post them, because all the ones I know of that vilify saturated fat and blame it for heart disease (which has since been debunked) only reference grain/corn-fed animal fats. Completely different products nutritionally. The diminishment of healthy fat intake (and the increase of transfat and sugars) by humans has actually contributed to cognitive declines, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

  • danna kinsky

    is it still ok, aka not harmful to the benefits to use Lactaid full (not low fat) milk ?

    • Dave Asprey

      Lactaid is still full of casein and the other problems with milk. Take probiotics instead of drinking lactaid!

      • danna kinsky

        The reason for lactaid milk is not for the probiotics in them, but for the milk itself. i still prefer that taste of the grass fed unsalted butter in the coffee — so even if i add butter, i prefer to also add milk. is regular milk better than lactaid milk or is any milk no good unless its raw milk ? ?

        • Dave Asprey

          If its not raw milk, don’t drink it!

  • danna kinsky

    Can I brew one cup of coffee and several hours later, re-brew from the same beans: With a filter machine or a stovetop espresso maker ?

    • Dave Asprey

      You can, but it will taste quite bad. Better to brew 2 cups, and save the hot coffee in a jar for later drinking, either iced or reheated.

      • danna kinsky

        i tried it, it tastes very weak in comparison, but not bad… i don’t mind weak coffee personally, i actually prefer it… (weird, i know) – am i still getting the same amount of benefits from the weak coffee as from a new fresh cup ?

        • Dave Asprey

          You’re getting less benefits that way too. ;(

  • Lucas Marina74

    would a person get the same benefits by using coconut oil instead of mct oil?

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  • J W


    Can I make my green tea, possibly matcha, bulletproof instead of coffee? I am not really a coffee person. Is there a reason why I should try this with coffee and not green tea?

    • Dave Asprey

      Green tea and coffee are both good. They have different and sometimes overlapping benefits. Go for it!

  • Sourpusscandy

    How I do it: boil water, brew coffee in a french press, stir. in a bullet cup (blender) add 1tbs coconut oil, 1-2tbs butter, 3 oz half&half, put melitta filter/cone ontop of that, filter the coffee into the bullet cup, about 6 oz, blend that, let the rest of the coffee filter into a mug or two, pour the melted blended fat & coffee into the mugs of brewed coffee. minimal heat loss. oh wow I love this stuff!

    • Dave Asprey

      Sounds delicious! Why the half & half? The sugar and inflammatory proteins aren’t going to help you, and it’s probably not even noticeable as a flavor enhancer.

  • K Davis

    I’ve recently begun the Bulletproof Diet combined with the Intermittent Fasting protocol. I also have a condition called Interstitial Cystitis and drinking coffee can give me bladder pain. I want to get the best results possible for fat loss. Here are my two questions:

    1. Taking the supplement Prelief with coffee reduces eliminates bladder pain for me, if I take it with Bulletproof Coffee will it adversely affect the fast or fat loss? It contains Calcium glycerophosphate and magnesium stearate.
    2. Would I be able to get the exact same results from green tea with butter and MCT oil, or would the effect be less dramatic? If they produce the *same* results – what kind of green tea should I be looking for? Brands?


    • Dave Asprey

      The prelief supplement seems ok to me. If it’s anti-acid, take it an hour after the coffee. Green tea doesn’t work exactly the same way but it does work. High quality green tea from Japan is your best bet.

    • CV

      I had Interstitial Cystitis for years before being properly diagnosed this year in Feb 2012. It was bad I couldn’t leave the house for years to hardly do anything, so much pain! My doctor told me to take a bunch of stuff and Prelief. I ignored her advice and I ate frozen wild blueberries in the mornings and drank nettle tea infusions and stopped consuming acidic foods as frequently (onions, tomatoes, pineapple, etc) for 2 months and my body was able to heal. I would NOT recommend Prelief as it messes with the hydrochloric acid in your stomach. It also is a calcium supplement too, wasn’t there a big snafoo recently about calcium supplements increasing the risk of heart attacks? The only reason you need Prelief is so you can keep eating acidic foods which irritates the bladder linings in some people with IC. If you just stop eating those acidic foods its not necessary to take. Well I got better in less than 2 months, and have not had a relapse. I cannot believe I no longer have to make plans around the bathroom!

      I have since learned that blueberries help repair nerve damage, no wonder I felt better when eating them! Nettle tea (dried nettle LEAVES not the root) (Buy in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs in bulk of 1 lb increments, weigh 1 oz and steep in 1 quart of boiling water for 4+ hours, I make at night and steep while sleeping.) You then strain and drink and do this daily so you will need 4 lbs worth for 2 months. Within a few days you should feel relief and keep drinking it, nettle has amazing health benefits its a shame more health nut paleo/raw vegans/etc don’t rely on the help of herbs and instead use supplements. Nettle IS a superfood and its native to North America! 😛

      I wish you the best and I hope you see this message. At first the nettle might seem like it is not helping as it has a diuretic effect as its cleaning the body but since I now drink the tea daily as it is mineral rich and delicious I have noticed a huge difference and it does not make me need to use the bathroom frequently anymore. I used to have psoriasis too and it has helped heal old scars on my skin since ingesting it for 4 months, its truly a great ally to have!

      • Dave Asprey

        What awesome sharing of what works!

        Green tea is good but not the same as coffee on MTOR. Prelief is not a good idea as its calcium, but a magnesium oxide capsule may work. Adding fat will help, as it gives the natural acid in your stomach something to emulsify. Staying low carb and eating VERY green on the BP diet could help. Self experimenting to see what works is important. Listen to your body!

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  • Wendy

    I love my Bulletproof Coffee… but with summer coming up, have you figured out a way to make it cold? I have tried to put ice it in and the butter comes out of suspension. Then only thing I can come up with is to make it in an ice cream maker but then that doesn’t make it very quick in the morning….

    • Dave Asprey

      Your order of mixing is off!

      Blend butter with a small amount of hot coffee and MCT. Add ice and more cooled coffee (or just use hot coffee with butter, then add ice). It won’t work without the MCT.

      • Wendy

        I pretty much dump it all in while I wait for the coffee to brew, then I put that in and let the Vitamix sort it out!! Thanks!!

        • Dave Asprey

          Yep, a wonder blender helps a lot ( I use a Blendtec!)

  • Is the Bulletproof coffee contraindicated for those with adrenal issues or Hashimoto’s?

    Is it better to use a paper filter or not? I have a gold filter.

    Are you still offering a special for those buying an emWave?

    • Dave Asprey

      If you have adrenal problems or Hashimotos, you should work with your doctor. I’ve definitely had adrenal burnout (see my video on hacking information overload) and have recovered from stressed adrenal states while drinking one large cup of Upgraded Coffee in the morning, Bulletproof style. The adrenal stressors in coffee largely come from the negative things in coffee. A clean cup of coffee doesn’t have the same effect on your adrenals as a bad cup of coffee. Depending on the state of your adrenals, what else you’re doing to take care of yourself, and your own response to coffee (or any other supplement or food), you should evaluate and decide. I was off coffee for several years before I figured this out.
      I completely reversed my Hashimoto’s by strictly giving up gluten, while at the same time drinking my Upgraded Coffee beans. The quality of the beans matters here. There is cross reactivity between mycotoxin and gluten; mycotoxin exposure can trigger gluten sensitivity itself. I found this in my own experience, and Dr. Shoemaker writes about it too.

      • Such an important idea that I had not imagined until The Bulletproof Executive, Dave Asprey. Reduce mycotoxins and we reduce food sensitivities along with overall stress.

      • Adlock Hungry

        Holy Crap!!! Light bulb moment! I’ve had a host of food intolerances/sensitivities arise since about my early to mid 30’s (I’m 40 now). It started with the primary grains (wheat, barley, rye, etc), but has spread (at least by way of sequential self-discovery) to almost anything grain-like, all legumes, all squash (and probably their relatives, cucumbers & melons), and all nuts. Plus an allergy panel that singled out avocado, casein & ginger among other more minor things. Mid-30’s is about when I started drinking coffee regularly, but I was also a grain/carb-aholic throughout youth including my twenties (endurance athlete). I always assumed that all the grain consumption took its toll, thus leading to my current state. Does the cross reactivity of mycotoxin mean it could CAUSE gluten sensitivity or only that it will also provoke the same immune response?

        2nd Question: I’m what you’d call a “hard gainer” who will be perpetually lean no matter what my food choices or amounts. Given my above conditions I’d like to try out the BP Coffee not for weight loss, obviously, but for the healthiest possible choice of something that I really love and would prefer not to give up (I’ve given up enough things fergoonnessake!). I would like to consume it along with my typical giant meal in the morning (eggs + sometimes sweet potato + sometimes bacon, or sometimes a hearty stew/shepherd’s pie), with the benefit of the extra calories I need since, like I said, I am a skinny mofo, and I work out a lot. Whatdya think?

    • Dave Asprey

      There are two ways to make the coffee that work.
      The gold filter method maximizes cafestrol and kawehol which have anti-inflammatory effects in the brain, but they also raise LDL cholesterol (in my mind, this is not a problem, as it doesn’t raise oxidized cholesterol, and cholesterol is useful in the body for many things as we write about extensively on the site). People with ADD or ADHD in particular may feel a noticeable difference from using a gold filter.
      The paper filter method removes these substances. Your cholesterol doesn’t rise, but you don’t get the benefits of them either.
      I prefer the taste of paper filtered pourover Hario V60 brewed coffee, but I prefer the cognitive effects of a gold filter.
      If you’re drinking normal (low) quality coffee, I recommend paper filtering all the time. If you’re drinking clean coffee like Upgraded Coffee, the gold filter is a good choice. Either is ok; we’re talking smaller differences here.

      • Mark Na

        Is there something special about gold or would a French press with a stainless steel filter work just as well for someone with ADHD? Thank you

  • Dave,

    Thanks so much for the speedy reply!
    So, you’re saying that the gold filter will be better for ADD/ADHD?
    I agree about the taste, less bitterness, when using a paper filter, but worth foregoing this for the increased cafestrol.

    Thanks also for connecting the dots between gluten and Hashimoto’s- I’ve been learning about this, and the imperative to use the Upgraded coffee in this situation.

    I gave up drinking coffee 26 years ago b/c it made me jittery, tense, obnoxious and completely derailed my spiritual life. I’m encouraged to hear about your experiences using very pure beans and the bulletproof recipe. I love the taste of coffee but wasn’t willing to “pay the price” for drinking it. I am a primal/paleo believer and I’m thrilled to know about Paleo 2.0!

    I’m in the Bay Area too. How long does shipping take?

    I have tremendous appreciation for your dedication to your upgrading yourself and sharing the results with others as it dovetails beautifully with my own dedication to upgrading myself and sharing the opportunities with others. If you’re curious, you can read about it at

  • In the shopping cart there’s a space for a coupon code…..where would I find a coupon code?

    • Dave Asprey

      At live events I sometimes provide a coupon code! None are running right now.

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  • Dave B

    Is there any other reason, apart from personal taste, not to use salted grass fed butter? I have tried it with both just out of curiosity and i actually prefer salted kerrygold in my coffee.

    • Dave Asprey

      Yes. The unsalted Kerry Gold is cultured; the salted is not. More culture = more butyrate!

      • Dave B

        Thanks, unsalted it is, i have to keep my colon happy 🙂

        • I put sea salt in when I’m blending because I prefer it salted too. 🙂

  • Vanessa Christensen

    Just ordered bulletproof coffee beans and MCT oil; I can’t WAIT for it to arrive so I can start my day out with what sounds like the best cup of coffee ever!

    • Dave Asprey

      Thank you Vanessa! ?

  • gwelch

    you drink this every morning or only on days you are intermittent fasting?

    • every morning! But if you aren’t fasting, feel free to have a meal sooner than the afternoon.

  • Sebastian

    Hey – I live in Switzerland and as Switzerland is pretty protectionist about agriculturual products it is impossible to buy any strictly grass-fed butter here. Shoud I stick to cockonut oil/milk, olive oil and the other things on your list or is butter still an option ?

  • I know you mention xylitol is ok in the coffee, but you don’t mention stevia. I know stevia is green on the bulletproof diet, but does it ruin the ketosis? I’m having a hard time with the bitterness of the coffee without some sweetener.

    • Dave Asprey

      Stevia is just fine if you like the taste!

  • Thanks so much for this! My late husband loved coffee, and so do I (too a lesser extent). Since I am the only one left for my kids I really want to live. And this breakfast sounds not only healthy but enjoyable! I discovered low carbing just this feb. which has made me so much more present (I gained 2 hours a day in being awake) but I feel also adds to longevity. It doesn’t seem so expensive when it replaces what used to be Kashi cereal and vanilla soy milk too me 🙂 I feel like the 65% carb diet suggested by the govt. is really bad, and my family learned the hard way. However I lost 3 BMI points in 2 months from an already healthy 24.7 with no effort and food I love.

    I already use (salted) butter in cooking, so I’ll stop that. And just get this good butter for coffee

    I also save my bacon grease it saves $ in cooking oils. so Ill use that if I need a salted fat. (Grilling chicken, yum)

    Thanks, this should help my college studies as well (I’m 26 in college) A tastier cram session methinks.

  • Liliankmh

    Hey there! Love the taste of the upgraded coffee prepared according to this recipe, and love the energy boost from the MCT oil.

    For a female wishing to drop those last 10 lbs or so, would you still recomend these amounts and ratios of oils, or perhaps go a bit easier on the butter portion of the recipe?
    Thanks for any clarification and suggestions!

  • Phillips66sb


  • Vbstudent2000

    What speed on the blender? I have a vitamix. I’ve been doing it on super high and it doesn’t get froathy.

    • Dave Asprey

      Weird – not enough butter? I get froth on super high Blendtec.

      • Vbstudent2000

        Ok I will try again tomorrow. Is 30 seconds too long?

        • Dave Asprey

          I do about 20-30 seconds. Not too long I think. More butter maybe?

        • Vbstudent2000

          I was doing it too long then perhaps. Came out GREAT today. Just ordered MCT oil too. Thanks Dave.

  • Chris Shade

    You want Ox Bile, not Betaine HCl for the butter. Ox Bile is for fats and Betaine HCl is for proteins. Awesome idea though. I will try.

    • Dave Asprey

      Uh, no! Betaine helps emulsify too.

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  • Gladina

    Just a quick question regarding source of coffee. For now I am not able to order online your awesome coffee, but have found a brand called Magic Volcano. It is single source and hand picked beans. They aren’t wash pressed (sun dried), but so far I haven’t had head ache, jitters or any bad GI problems….so is still OK in the meantime? Btw, it DOES taste very good with no gross aftertaste.

    p.s. I tested some Nestcafe instant coffee and I wanted to ‘test’ any bad effects. Wow…after over a month of no diarrhea problem…guess what…yup! I felt so crappy for that whole day and even on into the next day…WOW!

    Thanks for all your good work!

    • Dave Asprey

      Natural process (sun dried) is usually higher toxin than washed, but if you feel good, that’s what matters most.

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  • Elai

    Hey how many shots of espresso would you say your 500ml of coffee is? 2 shots, 4 shots? Any special advantages to having it right away or later from a thermos?

    • Dave Asprey

      Probably 3-4

  • Vertun2002

    Just got my “Upgraded coffee”, played around with the recipe and came up with this:
    2 shots of Upgraded espresso
    1/2 can of coconut milk
    1/2 stick of grass fed unsalted butter

    Brew, blend, drink!
    OMG! it’s like coffee on steroids that tastes like heaven!

    • Dave Asprey

      “coffee on steroids” love it!

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  • Cheryl

    While I wait for the coffee to arrive, can you use organic coffee from Whole Foods?

    • Dave Asprey

      I’ve never had good luck with WF organic coffee. Try a local coffee shop with a roaster or at least lots of tattoos! ?

  • m. bouvier


    i was wondering what your take would be on tweaking the recipe by subing coconut oil for MCT oil? you’d still be getting those quick burning MCT’s right? but with the added benefit of lauric acid. i’ve been putting a tbsp of coconut oil in my coffee in he mornings for the last year but i really think kerrygold is the power packed ingrediant here, and is what really keeps the hunger at bay (making you feel bulletproof) but what’s your take on coconut oil vs. straight MCT oil?

    • Dave Asprey

      You can use coconut oil without harm, but you need to take 6 tablespoons of coconut oil to equal one of the MCT I recommend. They are not the same thing!

      • Fred

        So 6 tablespoons of coconut oil == 30 g of MCT as per the recipe?

        • Dave Asprey

          No; to equal my Mct dose you need 6x what I use, or 180 grams of coconut oil, which is somewhere close to 6Tbs I think.
          You will probably poop on yourself if you eat that much coconut oil and butter at once. 😉
          Sent from my nobile phone. You understand….

  • guest123

    What about ghee instead of butter?

  • Bill

    Dave, what coffee maker do you use? I have been searching and searching and can’t find one with a consistent high rating.

    • Dave Asprey

      I prefer French press or Hario V60

  • Jcsingsalot

    I just received my BP coffee and I am excited to try it! I’ve never Jenn very good at brewing my own coffee though. Do you think you could break down exactly how you would brew it with the amount of beans, water, etc. I typically use a French press without paper, how would I use it with paper and how about in a regular coffee pot? Since I’m the only coffee drinker in my house can I make 2 days worth and keep it in the fridge or will that damage it? Thanks!

    • Jcsingsalot

      Oops, that would be “been” not “Jenn very good”. 🙂

  • Paleo-Pommie

    Hi, I’ve just made my morning coffee as per your suggestions (without the MCT oil). I was a bit nervous drinking coffee with butter! But have to say that it was absolutely delicious and I’m going to have my morning coffee like this every morning.

  • gwelch3

    Dave, would one drink this every morning or only on days during intermittent fasting? (i.e. IF 3-4x / week)

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  • Jared

    I have been making this coffee for a week exactly as you make it (your beans, French press, lots of butter, 1-2 tbsp mtc). It’s great.

    It might be a coincidence, but it might have helped me play the best golf of my life. I didn’t make this connection until I was looking at your site today. I am in a golf league that plays 9 holes on Wed. In the past three years, I am usually around 50. Yesterday shot a 42 and pared 6 out of 9, and two bogeys. It was by far the best round of my life.

    Also, is it cool to just eat a ton of Kerry Gold? I’ve been making 3 scrambled eggs in about 4tbsp butter, which works really well. The butter is soaked up in the eggs and they are incredible with sea salt. How much is too much though?

    • Dave Asprey

      Welcome to being bulletproof Jared! That was your brain being turned on all the way – just your hardware finally working. Wait until we get into software upgrades! Secret butter powers do extend to golf…
      I eat as much butter or ghee as my body wants with zero concerns about it.

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  • How important is the actual coffee. What if I had 200mg caffeine, 80g of cerigold, and MC oil, all separately in the morning, or with green tea or something, I cannot be 100% sure that coffee I buy will be 100% mold free, also not too crazy about coffee…

    • Dave Asprey

      Pretty important actually. Coffee has a lot more going on than just caffeine.

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  • Branden

    Just made this and I am hooked! The only problem is I want another. If on a Keto diet how many can I get away with in a day?

    • Dave Asprey

      No limit as long as you can sleep!

  • Gen

    Hi! I was just wondering what your thoughts on Philz brand coffee beans are? I’ve been a big fan ever since I’ve had my first cup and generally can’t stand the other stuff now anyway (not that I’ve tried your brand yet). Thanks! 🙂

    P.S. I have just made a cup of it in the French Press and did the grass-fed butter w/ a scoop of Stevia and am really enjoying this cup right now. Looking forward to easing myself into this lifestyle!

    • Dave Asprey

      I have had Philz and know Phil is a stand-up guy. Their coffee tastes good…but it’s all blended. Blends dramatically increase the odds that some less than stellar (and clean/mold free) beans are in your cup. Single-estate will always lower your risks. So I count Philz as “people who care about quality coffee and are good for the community” but not in the “people who produce scrupulously clean low mycotoxin coffee” bucket. I don’t drink it because it gives me a headache. Your mileage may vary. ?

  • Paul Hampton

    Hi Dave

    Bought myself an awesome bean-to-cup coffee machine and had my first Bulletproof coffee yesterday using some of your recommended coffee beans, MCT oil and some raw biodynamic grass-fed butter from my local farm shop (UK).

    I actually noticed a marked improvement in my cognitive function – I wasn’t expecting such a definitive effect – certainly not after one cup!

    My question – I drank the coffee at 9am, and didn’t feel hungry for about six hours afterwards. That was despite a 90 minute heavy weight training session and a run! Do you also experience such a long feeling of satiety after drinking bulletproof coffee? If so, do you just make yourself eat or actually wait until you are hungry?

    Thanks for your help bud.


    • Dave Asprey

      Welcome to being bulletproof! Instant results the first day. ? Yes, it satisfies like nothing else. I usually wait until I’m hungry, about 6-8 hours, following the BP Intermittent Fasting protocol.
      You will get used to feeling this way, and you won’t want to go back. I’m jealous of your butter – sounds awesome. Biodynamic food is always a little better in my experience.

  • Sheshredss

    Hey there! I love this post and can’t wait to try! I’m curious to know more about the coffee as I’ve seen the Prop___ signs at Starbucks etc. Is there a brand of “good” coffee that you can recommend? Can I count on anything local as usual? Last thing- what about adding butter butter AND nut butter? Thanks!!!

    • Dave Asprey

      The only brand of coffee I’ve ever found that consistently is low toxin is Upgraded Coffee, here on the site. I created it because I wanted to drink it. ?

    • Dave Asprey

      The only brand of coffee I’ve ever found that consistently is low toxin is Upgraded Coffee, here on the site. I created it because I wanted to drink it. ?

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  • I got some Kerrygold unsalted butter, and am waiting on our coffee beans to arrive… until then, I’m using it with some good coffee we get from the co op… and, I’m surprised that this is drinkable!

  • Lmow

    Just had my first cup of bullet-proof coffee. It was delicious, as promised, but I’m not even remotely satiated and I don’t have the amazing amounts of energy I expected. I usually drink a quad shot espresso in the morning, so I’m not sure this is enough caffeine for me. Would the Upgraded Coffee make a difference? As a person with hypoglycemia, I was really looking forward to the possibility of more sustained blood sugar.

    Thoughts? What can I tweak for better results?

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  • lamaddalena

    Dave, I have purchased and consumed several bottles of the MCT oil you recommend but wonder why your preferred brand is so much more expensive than the NOW brand. I see no difference in the labeling. Second question: I would like to make your coffee using a Moka (the tiny coffee maker than Italians use—just add water and espresso grind). Will I lose any benefits? I hate to have to buy yet another coffee maker, ala, a french press.

    Many thanks for responding!

    • Dave Asprey

      Your coffee maker is fine!

      The MCT we recommend is pharmaceutical grade and a different density than the cheap stuff. Some brands use a mix of the 4 lengths of MCT oils, but the one we recommend is almost 100% the C8, C10 lengths (capric and caprylic) that are most important.

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  • Soozahne

    Hi Dave. I’ve been drinking and enjoying the bulletproof coffee for about a week now. This weekend I was able to get my hands on some raw grass fed cream. It’s thick, has the consistency of say peanutbutter or something. Heavy. I tried it in the coffee and absolutely loved it. Do u think this would be an acceptable substitute for the butter? Nutritionaly similar? Since it’s raw and grass fed would the denatured cassein proteins you speak about in the post still be an issue? Would love your input. Thanks for putting me on to this!

    • Dave Asprey

      You’re fine if not casein sensitive, but hit coffee cooks raw milk. Butter has more butyrate too!

      • Paul Khosla

        Hi Dave, my first post here. Just started a on your diet. Had my Gallbladder removed 20 years ago. Should I be concerned about the high fat content in the coffee and diet?

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  • Carlroehrich

    Dear Bulletproof Executive,

    Greetings! I am the Sonic Dreamer, and one of the things I am is a musician. I noticed a *marked* improvement in my creativity as well as my ability to sightread a piece on the piano (sightreading means sitting down and playing a piece of music, which you have never seen before) after drinking my very first cup of coffee with nearly 3 tablespoons of Kerrygold unsalted butter. Thank you for making me a believer! I have ordered the MCT oil, and will begin adding that as well.
    I have a few questions for you:

    1. Is there a difference (benefits, etc) to how fine the coffee beans are ground? Is there a threshold where benefits begin to decrease, for example?

    2. I can not find any definitive proof as to which is better overall: Paper filters or mesh filters. As for taste, paper wins handily. Would you explain the ‘hacking’ benefits of non-disposable filters?

    3. I have yet to find a different brand of grass-fed, unsalted butter here in New Haven, CT. Have you tried (or even heard of) any other brands?


  • GFox

    Hi Team BPE. Few questions:
    1. Can I just get a definitive answer on this, please: If I am not a coffee drinker at all but a green tea drinker is the recommendation that I actually start drinking this super-duper coffee? I’m game if that is the case.
    2. I take it MCT oil can be kept in the fridge and will not solidify?
    3. Is Anchor butter really a reasonable second choice to Kerry Gold? It is so widely available an “commercial” I guess that would surprise me.
    4. Would ghee from grass-fed butter always be preferable to just grass-fed butter?
    5. Been 95% Paleo for two years.I have increased my butter intake to about a third of a stick a day in the last two weeks. I think I have gotten a bit less lean. Is it possible that some people have to be more active in order to drink butter without adverse effects on body fat %?

    Many thanks,

  • Adlock Hungry

    Tried the recipe today with Taylor Maid single origin stuff, Sierra Nevada Vat-cultured Butter, and Coconut oil. Fantastic! Can’t wait to try it “as Question:
    I’m what is referred to in the fitness world as a “hard-gainer”. I am very lean and thin with or without exercise, no matter what I eat and no matter the quantity. Since I do exercise rather substantially (CrossFit) and have such a naturally lean physique I don’t avoid carbs and I don’t do intermittent fasting. Can I still presume to benefit from this tasty beverage even if I have my eggs, bacon & sweet potato in the morning?


    • Adlock Hungry

      Should say “as prescribed” up there. Don’t know what happened.

    • Josh

      depending on how many carbs you eat, your body might not be in fat-burning mode. personally i think diet is 4-6x more important for physiological optimization than exercise.

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  • memria

    I just ordered my Uprgaded coffee, and can’t wait to get started on this BP diet plan. My sister is super skeptical about this whole thing and I hope I can prove her wrong!

  • Marky Mark

    I’ve just received my Bullet Proof Coffee in the post and I’m looking forward to getting the best kick start possible. Bring it on!

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  • I’m definitely going to try this out and grab some of the UN-salted grass fed butter… I also need to switch up the coffee I have as well.. while I don’t drink coffee often, it’s usually from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts and I expect that it’s not the mold-free beans… thanks for the heads up!

  • Prav Persaud

    So what were u doing at Mt. Kailash ? We’re u doing a pilgrimage ? It is one of the holiest places on earth for Hindu’s 🙂

    How was ur experience ?

    • Dave Asprey

      I walked around Mt. Kailash but did it after the pilgrimage season ended, when it was -10 degrees f. Did it after 10 days at a Buddhist monastery. It was amazing!

  • Laura Burks

    Wondering if it still has that “coffee” taste? I like creamer to get rid of that edge :/

  • Brandon Branch

    Just tried this a minute ago but added a teaspoon of dark cocoa powder to it like I do with all my coffee. This might be the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had.

    • Dave Asprey

      Wait until you try Upgraded Chocolate Powder in it!

  • Girl

    I’m getting confused with all these comments to such a short and (with respect) un-detailed article. From some of the comments I read, there seems to be a ‘pack’ that can be purchased (the ‘right’ coffee & other ingredients to make this BulletProof Coffee).. but where is the link to buy the stuff? Also, is this a ‘weight loss’ method? There seems to also be some confusion as to what EXACTLY this BulletProof Coffee is supposed to be for?

    I’m confused. Please write another article with more details about this idea. IE: Why it is ‘good’; Is it for weight loss?; What are the exact ingredients and the amount to be used daily?; Where (online or off) can I purchase the ingredients; and so on..

    Thank you – I need more clarification and details on this interesting yet confusing theory. PS: I’d like to lose or maintain weigh and to build muscle tone. Is this for me or not?

    Also, from what I’ve read (I’ve read this entire page) – it seems this is complicated and gets more complicated when reading all the comments.

    Thanks for any help.

    • You can buy the coffee from his store,

      And Kerrygold butter may be in your local organic store.

      • JC

        I’ve found Kerrygold at Walmart.

    • It *can* be a weight loss method depending on your body. I’ve lost a good 15 lbs on it. It does this mainly by inducing ketosis in your body by reducing the amount of carbohydrates you ingest during the day. Also, by eating a large volume of fats the glycemic load of the foods you eat (e.g. how much they spike your blood glucose and thereby your insulin which directly affects your body’s fat storage) is greatly reduced, thereby significantly helping weight loss efforts. Also, high fat diets have been shown to be muscle protectants, so you shouldn’t be losing muscle mass, especially if you are also lifting heavy.

      It *is* complicated, and it does get even more so with the increase in knowledge. It’s complicated because metabolism is complicated and largely unknown. It’s also complicated because not all bodies have the same metabolism. Some do incredibly well on high fat, others need more carbs, or more protein. There are allergies to contend with, and various levels of intolerance. The best thing you can do is figure out what *your* body needs, but the BP diet is a great place to start, a great platform to build off of, IMHO, as the science is sound.

  • Digitalrain

    can granulated lecithin be added to emulsify the coffee butter mix?

    • Dave Asprey

      Only if coffee is not too hot. Aeration and heat with omega 6 oils creates oxidation.

  • I got great results from using an immersion blender. Only one piece to clean, other than the cup.

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  • Bulshock

    Just tried it and I’m pretty sure the reason(s) it didn’t taste as good as most people have been saying is because I can’t afford grass fed butter regularly and didn’t have a chance to blend it with the hand blender I have (used a fork). It still tasted alright, I also halved the butter as I only did one mug. Still, pretty sure this will help out. Ordered the MCT Oil so I’ll try it with that when it arrives.

    • Dave Asprey

      Yes factory butter floating on coffee is not very bulletproof! 😉

    • Susan

      Traders Joe’s carries Kerrygold butter if you are able to shop there…

      • Joey

        costco has kerrygold too

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  • Hailybug

    I’ve been adding a scoop of Whey Protein to my BP coffee…am I hurting the effects??

    • Dave Asprey

      Don’t heat the whey! 😉

  • luvmystella

    I received my 5 pound bag of Upgraded coffee beans yesterday and couldn’t wait to brew some this morning. I brewed 16 ounces, added 2 Tbsp of my favorite grass-fed, unsalted butter (Kerrygold), 2 Tbsp of MCT oil, and blended it in my magic bullet. The taste is amazing! I wasn’t sure how it would be with butter, but it was the creamiest, most divine cup of coffee I have ever tasted! The recipe you provided states 30 grams of MCT oil – that’s about 3 Tablespoons, correct?

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  • Would Live/Raw cream work the same as Kerry Gold butter? Or would it be better or worse?

    • Dave Asprey

      Its marginally better but hell of a lot more expensive

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  • I’ve been doing something similar for a while but I’m wondering why with all this natural stuff you prefer “’MCT oil”. Why not use the natural product virgin coconut oil? MCT oil has been put through a fractionation machine which breaks apart the naturally occuring molecule and reassembles it in a different configuration. Bad idea.

    Pure, natural coconut oil is much better in my book.

    I think the only reason they did the fractionation in the first place was based on a mis-guided fear of saturated fats so they wanted to isolate only some components of the original coconut oil.

    Coconut oil is an amazing product of nature and doesn’t need any “help”!

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  • EllenMandeville

    “Add 30 grams of MCT oil for max energy, weight loss and brain function (optional if you have none)”

    optional if you have no MCT oil or no brain function? 😉

    Can one use Coconut oil?

  • EllenMandeville

    oops, didn’t see your reply to SalimM.

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  • Jenna

    Hi, I would like to source a coffee and roaster here in Australia. What bean am I looking for? Guatamala single estate bean, high altitude wet processed? but which grower and bean. I could order from you but I wonder how long it would take to get here and then how long I have to use the beans and of course the cost. Thanks I appreciate any help. I currently have been using an organic fair trade coffee with coconut oil and have since started with butter. I am hooked but seriously would like the good coffee.


  • I’ll try to get my local barista to add this to their menu board.

    • Dave Asprey

      Send me a pic if they do!

  • I would love to see the MCT oil in bigger sizes like you did with the 5 lbs. of Bullet Proof Coffee. I am surprised how quickly I have gone through it. I ordered two more bottles and hope they get here before I run out!

    • Dave Asprey

      Tracy, I hear you. Would a multi-pack of MCT at a bundled discount help?

  • lynn

    I started Paleo last summer. About 80/20 but working on it. I am beginning to FEEL bullet proof. I have No more hot flashes. I Heal from a cut in minutes it seems. Never run out of energy. I am doing things I thought I’d never do again. Just amazing…I am 57, soon to be 58 and feel healthier than when I was 30.

    • Joey

      Lynn I’m so excited for you. This stuff does work. I am only 40 and began having daily wicked hot flashes about every 45 minutes this past June. Just hit me like a brick. I almost cried! I’m too young for this! I’m only 40!… I immediately drew upon what I knew and went back to gluten free and sugar free. A little while later I found this site and with the confirmation of all the amazing info here started back with the paleo and going real heavy on the kerrygold and coconut oil. The hot flashes immediately started weaning down and now I just noticed yesterday that I haven’t had one in like two and a half weeks. I totally attribute it to those fats. In another funny story, I used to wait tables while finishing my degree and I waited on this couple one day who both looked about 50 years old. They had a little 2 year old with them in a highchair. I innocently ( but dumbly) asked, ” oh do you guys have your grandson for the weekend?!” To which they replied very graciously with smiles (sure they got asked that a lot) “He’s ours!” I felt sheepish and embarrassed but had to ask… She said ” We tried for years to conceive and finally just gave up, a couple years ago for unrelated reasons, I went on the Atkins diet and I turned up pregnant 6 months later! This lady swore it was all the proteins and fats, which for years she never let herself have, that balanced her hormones and enhanced her fertility. was a really cool story! Finally, just have to add, noticeable increase in spontaneous language and decreased anxiety in my autistic daughter as well. Oh yah, we’re kickin’ autism’s ass BP style LOL!

      • Ubergail

        Joey I would love to know how the bulletproof techniques are helping your daughter. My son is 5 and is autistic and I think this could help him, but I am trying it all on myself first.

        • Chelsea Frost

          You seriously want to give a child coffee?

        • Garrett Galloway

          You seriously ask that question on a site where the majority of people are American and feed their children highfructose corn syrup and caffeine in sodas? What exactly in coffee is worse than a soda?

        • Chelsea Frost

          Uh, maybe because coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine/cup, where soda has 30mg/cup? (
          Do you have any idea what caffeine does to the developing child?
          Well, apparently no one on this site has even the first clue about nutrition or calories.

        • Garrett Galloway

          Again, ignorance must be bliss. You’d rather give a kid a soda, with ZERO nutritional value (and just as damaging to your liver with fatty deposits as alcohol, minus the intoxicating effects), than a coffee that has the potential positive health benefits. A nice side effect of long term soda abuse is cirrhosis of the liver. Please show me at what dosage caffeine negatively affects bone density as that is the only ill effect listed by the NIH as specific to children. In those same places you might also take a note of the number of sodas a child drinks and note that the caffeine in that quantity is more than a cup or two of coffee.

          You can live with brittle bones, if it even effects you more than a few percent bone density. You cant live without a liver. Your priorities are totally screwed up.

          P.S. Your link is broken. Get off your high horse.

        • Chelsea Frost

          You assuming arrogant shit. Where did I say I’d rather give a kid soda?

        • Garrett Galloway

          “Uh, maybe because coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine/cup, where soda has 30mg/cup?” -AngryAndStupid

          Hi, I’m ArrogantAndAssuming. Its nice to meet you AngryAndStupid!

        • Chelsea Frost

          You asked me what in coffee was worse than soda. Nowhere did I say or imply that I’d give a child either beverage.

        • Garrett Galloway

          You compared coffee to soda in mg of caffeine. You did not state that you do not give your children. You defended soda as having less caffeine than a coffee. It would be a logical assumption that you felt soda was ok and coffee was not. Are you feeling guilty or do you just like to argue for the sake of arguing?

          Even at coffee dosages, the negative effects as stated by NIH is 6mg of calcium wasted by 100mg of caffeine. 6mg is less than .01% of the necessary calcium negated by a cup of VERY caffeinated coffee – also found on NIH.

      • bob

        Nice. Do you also ask overweight women if they’re pregnant?

      • ashleyroz

        Neat! I got pregant with my son after a year of trying with just 6 weeks on atkins. It was amazing. I had seriously just stopped trying.

  • Lynn

    I’m off to get the unsalted Kerrygold NOW. Is Kona beans from Hawaii good enough?

  • Joe

    Dave, you’ve thrown a wrench into my belief system.

    I’m a health blogger and life-long health nut.

    My view is that though there are some benefits to coconut oil, and given that it’s far better than long-chain fatty acids, it, like all saturated fats should be eaten in moderation.

    Moreover, I extoll the benefits of trying to get all three macronutrients into every meal, the proportions being specific to the individual, but that the proteins be lean, the carbs low glycemic and the fats primarily omega-3 fatty acids.

    And now I must scratch my head over your butter-coconut-coffee for breakfast.

    I get your point of view on the matter and the fat-reducing experiences of you and many of your readers. But I wonder if, at best, it’s a short-term process for fat reduction (assuming, on average, it does that), rather than a prescription for a lifelong diet.

    Dr. Ornish has expressed his disfavor of your characterization of his diet, one nearly opposite of yours, in Comments elsewhere on this site. In 2008 The Lancet Oncology had his diet reviewed:

    The results were all favorable re reduction of cholesterol, waistlines, fat, and increases in mental alertness and the like. More interesting, however, was that the telomerase activity in the men’s blood cells increased by almost 30 percent!

    As you know, this is an indication of improved longevity outcomes.

    So, yes, I realize you are a prime example that this diet works, but two questions:

    1. To what extent does your supplementation (testosterone, etc.) contribute to your leanness?

    2. Assuming the Bulletproof Diet does reduce fat for most that try it, should these people not switch to something more akin to the Ornish diet for long-term health?

    Thanks for any input you care to present.


    P.S. I’ve been experimenting w/ the coffee/coconut but can’t bring myself to add the butter. Yes, I’m not hungry till the 1:00 or so, but haven’t been feeling as good as usual. I do add about 30 grams of no-carb protein powder to the mix, within 1/2 hr of arising, per Tim Ferriss’ recommendation.

    P.P.S. The one thing I have trouble accepting re Ornish’s diet is all that soy. Soy worries me. It’s that estrogen thing.

    • Dave Asprey

      Joe, omega 3 oils unsaturated – they oxidize. You need stable oils to make your cell membranes. Your body can only manufacture one fatty acid from scratch – palimitic (saturated) acid. We are built to run on saturated fats, with enough omega 3 to keep our membranes flexible, and very little omega 6. That’s why eating 50% of your fat as saturated fat is a good idea.
      I’ve kept my weight off for more than a decade. It’s not short term. It’s a lifestyle.
      As for the Ornish studies, where do they compare grass-fed low toxin vs Ornish junk food? It’s never done. Industrial factory meat is bad for you and I’d rather starve slowly on the Ornish diet than poison myself quickly with industrial foods…but optimal is another game entirely. There are no studies of telomere length from people who eat Bulletproof, or even Paleo, so we go on other markers (blood tests) and quality of life, and biochemical understanding. It works.
      The testo is a non-issue. I take a small replacement dose because after my multiple toxin exposures and previous obesity (on an Ornish-ish type lower fat diet I might add), I don’t make much testo. I can influence it up using diet and exercise, but not to where it should be. So I monitor my blood level, and it’s in the middle of the curve for a man my age. No unfair advantage there.
      The BP Diet is not a fat reduction diet. It is a high performance, maximum brain enhancing, low toxin, high energy, anti-aging diet meant to sustain health for very long periods of time. It just happens to make fat fall off too. ?
      Thanks for the good questions Joe!

  • Joey

    Dave, how do you get the butter/oil into your kids? I have an autistic child that desperately need it but obviously wont do coffee and is gluten free so putting it on toast etc. is not an option. would a sweet potato loaded with butter and cinnamon for breakfast be ok? also, what do you think about all the gf breads/baked goods etc on the market? bad idea?

    • Zorica

      Of course I’m not Dave, however I would like to give my opinions based on my exposure to other comments made by Dave and Armi on this blog.

      Yes, the sweet potatoe idea is AWESOME for your child. Also, don’t be afraid of the coffee (low toxin of course) for your child. Armi stated that there’s really no evidence that coffee is bad for kids. Many cultures do this already and it’s sometimes more diluted than adult version. For example, 1/3 coffee, with 2/3 cream (hopefully raw from grass fed cows). You could use coconut milk too with this beverage and extra butter and coconut oil and MCT. Also, putting good quality cocoa powder in it with some raw cane sugar (or cocnut sugar). Might add a nice sweetness, but if not use the Xylotol or erythritol that Dave uses often. (When I was a kid I always took sips from my grandfather’s coffee.) It doesn’t stunt growth (maybe bad coffee does?)

      The gf baked goods would not be bulletproof. I would not buy them or encourage eating them. You could make your own sweets and treats using coconut flour etc. as well as Get Some Ice Cream (don’t think it’s just for adult ‘get some’). There’s also the BP cupcakes that Dave makes with his kids too. At a friends’ b-day party if you’re stuck and they only serve crap (but at least gluten free) I guess don’t panic, but don’t use at your own house.

      Hope this was helpful until Dave chimes in. 🙂

      • Dave Asprey

        Zorica, you nailed it! Thank you.

      • Joey

        Thank you Zorica! I wonder if the bulletproof coffee sweetened up and with a little of daves cocoa would prove to be a good safe and effective stimulant alternative to adhd meds for those kids meanwhile providing the necessary fats for proper brain function….. I’m going to give it a whirl with mine and see how she fares.

        • Luluweezie

          I’d love to hear how that turns out!

        • Dave Asprey

          I give my kids Bulletproof mochas often!!!

          Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

    • mark

      i don’t know if dave would approve (but, i’d love to hear his take on it) of this but i make “hot chocolate for my son, 3 years old. consisting on about 2 tbsp of raw cacao powder, a few drops of stevia and 2 tbsp of unsalted kerrygold then pour hot water over it and blend… you may have to adjust how much stevia you use, as some brands are sweeter than others and you’ll have to find just the right mixture to overpower the bitter raw cacao but my boy loves his “hot chocolate” he calls it, “coffee” because i make it relatively the same way, with the blending and all and calling it coffee lets him feel like a big guy so, i go along with it…good luck!

      • Dave Asprey

        As long as the chocolate is low-toxin, not only do I approve, I give it to my kids too! ? (note: Bulletproof Upgraded Chocolate Powder is days away from shipping…)

    • Dave Asprey

      The GF premade goods for autistic kids are usually going to cause major problems, sadly. Lots of chemicals and bizarre things. The sweet potato would work, but you need more protein in the morning, and carbs later in the day. Mine do smoked salmon, eggs, bacon, avocado, coconut, and leftover meat from dinner in the mornings. Butter is a garnish on nearly everything; they love it. You may need to use ghee though because of autism casein probs. Blending it into soups is a good idea too.

    • Luluweezie

      For what it’s worth, I make coconut milk smoothies for my kids, and if I feel they’re not getting enough fat during the day, I add melted coconut oil or melted butter into the blender along with the coconut milk, frozen banana, and berries. Cocoa sometimes, and raw honey or maple syrup or stevia.

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  • Lone StephEnsen

    This coffee sounds great, but I didn’t know that there was mold in coffee beans. We grind our beans for every cup we drink. Can you tell me what coffee I should buy, living in Denmark?

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  • natanya

    Hey Dave – this coffee sounds amazing but my adrenals take a hard hit when i drink coffee. do you see any counter-benefits to adding a bit of maca to my morning cup of bulletproof coffee?

    • Dave Asprey

      This coffee may affect your adrenals much less than you expect! Maca is fine!

  • natanya

    weird.. i posted earlier but now my post isn’t here. Dave, do you see any counter-benefits to adding maca to my morning cup of bulletproof coffee?

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  • natanya

    maca in the bulletproof coffee – good idea or bad?

    • Lisa?

      GREAT idea. Any super foods or super herbs are great to add in to coffee. Coffee is a fantastic delivery system! I typically add in a host of things like medicinal mushrooms, raw cacao, coconut oil, ghee, herbal tinctures, etc.

      • Dave Asprey

        Make sure it’s high quality maca powder; some has mold problems.

        • paul

          hi dave,it is not possible to get 100% grassfed unsalted butter in ireland or uk,its impossible so would it be ok to use mct oil alone without butter thanks.

        • MotherGinger

          Kerrygold is FROM Ireland!!!

        • spanner

          Outside of the US, butter is by default grass fed. We just need to look for unsalted.

        • It’s not like this has been researched to the nth degree: try it and report back how it feels & tastes! 🙂

        • Chloe Blue

          Paul – that’s unbelievable. I’ve never been to Ireland, but when I picture it, I thought it was all rolling hills and endless grass meadows and pastures….how can the cows not be allowed to eat it?!?

      • dedaal

        I keep mushrooms and protein powder separate from my hot, usually coffee beverage.. There’s room in my life for more than one beverage. This am eg am coffee /cocoa beverage and a berries/protein/beverage and an egg/veges/left over salmon. . have I know what I should have playing as tunes now, lol- if only the nexus could double time while I do this.

        So the additions I commonly fancy and used today: coffee cocoa, ginger, cayenne, maca, astragalus (different if ‘stir baked’ or raw and this am I used some of each, stir baked and then the veges and then the eggs, all in one), stevia and vanilla and cardamom optional, vitamin c somewhere. For reshi or agaricus blazi or changa or similar mixture, I use the Dragonherbs capsules or tincture. I get inspired by the spirit of jamu, that is the Indonesian word for this kind of “Food Medicine” that is used everyday and eaten, and can be bought from the street seller of jamu. This let’s me draw from whatever tradition.

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  • Stu

    Dave, I’m sort of a coffee dork. I order my beans green(unroasted) from Guatemala(wet processed) and roast them myself. This lets me get a true medium roast and really fresh coffee! When I add the Kerry Gold Butter it taste fantastic. What effect if any do you think this would have on the coffee being bulletproof?

  • Hleva

    I ordered your upgraded coffee, but made my own version of the coffee, with Kerrygold butter. I don’t usually drink my coffee black, but it was okay to drink it black.
    When my upgraded coffee arrives, does it come with instructions? I have a french press coffee maker.

  • Loop

    When is the Bulletproof Upgraded Chocolate Powder going to be available??

    • Dave Asprey

      This week!

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  • VeniceBum

    I was interested in buying it –BUT then they dont support my mac chrome browser or apparently any mac browsers. And they don’t know it. Their site chided me to allow cookies. Changed my entire opinion of the site and their programs. Ignorance does not exist isolated on one page.

    I feel forewarned.

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  • Cyblood61

    Well, I placed an order 3 days ago paying nearly $10 priority mail (the cheapest choice available) for one item, and haven’t received anything except for an automated order message. No product, no tracking number, no shipping estimate – nothing. As far as first impressions go for customer service, these guys are severely lacking in communication. Oh, and no response from the support group either. Guess I’m either out $85 or will to just guess when it may appear………..

    • Cyblood61

      Dave – New Order # 100001480 if you’d like to personally get involved.

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  • Olav

    Would a can of coconut milk with cacao powder, some vanilla, grass-fed butter and MCT oil convey the same benefits?

    Can’t wait to have your chocolate powder available, curious..

  • Zorica

    Can you put colostrum in the coffee mix? I tried it like this and it tasted amazing, however I don’t want to ruin the colostrum. The colostrum is in powder form but from grass-fed quality source. Thanks.

  • Rebecca Eccles

    Hi I just started IF and a weekly fast and I was looking into your bulletproof coffee to supplement this and help. Will bulletproof coffee harm my weekly fast? I have about 40 lbs to lose and I was hoping that this would jumpstart that! Any ideas would be helpful! Thanks!

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  • Alison

    Can you use this in a french press or what is the right method?

    • cogrick2

      I use a french press and place a coffee filter around the french press filter unless I am short on time. I add the butter and MCT oil after I dispense from the French Press. The coffee filter is easy to rip so I suggest pressing the handle down slowly.

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  • Simon Carignan

    This coffee is just so good! I now look forward to every morning to make myself a cup of this coffee. I tried it this morning with some cacao and cinnamon in the blender and it added just the right amount of flavor/spiciness!

    Thanks Dave for this recipe, big fan of the blog.

  • Added grass-fed butter & MCT to 2 tbsp of unsweetened cacao powder, 1 tsp of stevia and 3 drops of lime juice, for a cup of serious hot chocolate. YUM!

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  • Anne

    Hello, a Swedish nutritionist and famous low-carber claims that drinking your coffee leads to leptine resistance (or at least affects one’s leptin negative). She claims that eating more than 70 grams of fat in one meal does that, since it’s not natural for humans (she argues).
    What is your comment to this?

    • cogrick2

      Seventy grams of fat is an an enormous amount. I doubt Bulletproof Coffee has nearly that much.

      • Anne

        I quote the recipe:
        “Add 2 Tbs (or more, I prefer 80 grams, about 2/3 of a standard stick of butter) of Kerry Gold or other UNSALTED grass-fed butter
        Add 30 grams of MCT oil for max energy, weight loss and brain function (optional if you have none)”80 grams + 30 grams = 110 grams 🙂

        • variable

          You quote correctly, but add incorrectly. Butter is only about 80% fat, so the total of Dave’s recipe would be, in fact, much closer to this phantom nutritionist’s claim

        • Dave Asprey

          K.G. butter is 84% fat. 😉

          Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

        • geehuro

          @BetterBaby:disqus have you heard smjor icelandic butter? it’s at my whole foods and seems to be the only legit butter, and i believe it’s grass-fed and pure… and a review ranked it above kerrygold… thoughts?

        • Dave Asprey

          Definitely tried it but it is not 100% grass fed afaik. It’s lighter cored than KG too. But it tastes pretty good!
          Sent from my nobile phone. You understand….

    • Surprised no-one addressed your issue. Dave recommends eating starchy carbs one or two times a week to replete Leptin and growth hormone levels. The Bulletproof diet is generally low-carb, but it’s not Atkins. It’s a cyclical ketogenic diet, where you come out of ketoses once or twice a week.

    • marcio

      Has she ever heard of Inuit?

    • Gladina Vuletic

      Right now I don’t care about some Swedish nutiritionist nor do I care about some Inuit.

      I am running into problems with my brain and I need the extra fat, but mainly from coconut oil and MCT. If it ‘ruins’ my leptin so be it. (which id doesn’t).

      I drink too much coffee though considering my brain needs right now…sigh. Some things are hard to give up.

      I take a lot of Mg though which has helped also in a tremendous way. I’ve also started taking d-ribose which I actually feel a benefit from. (Not just b/c I paid a lot and hope for good result b/c I’ve spent on other supplements and didn’t really experience the benefits they spoke of).

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  • miss_sarcastic

    This is going to sound rather stupid, however…Although I love coffee, I’ve never loved it enough to make it at home. Church, work offices, functions, etc usually provide me with the coffee I’ve desired thus far, haha. So…

    FOR this recipe…how much water should I put in the reservoir of my coffee maker, and how much coffee, per the 2tbsp/30g of butter/mct oil? Thanks!

    As a Health Education major at Texas A&M, I’m excited to see how the BP coffee (and diet) personally affect me so that I can later help others!

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  • 33rdsquare

    Tried this this morning, so far so good. Makes coffee very velvety.

    BTW – there is a typo – “Allow me to state…”


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  • Emma

    I notice that xylitol is on the green end of the ‘sweetener and sugars’ section of The Bulletproof Diet. Does that mean that it’s ok to sweeten the Bulletproof Coffee with xylitol? I’m not sure I could face unsweetened coffee.

  • cccquilter

    Better to use raw butter!

    • Dave Asprey

      Not really. Coffee cooks it!

      Sent from my nobile phone. You understand…

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  • J D

    You are correct about the butter optimizing cholesterol levels. My wife and I only eat real butter, and we only use coconut oil as our cooking oil. I grill pork a lot, eat fried eggs all the time, etc. We recently had complete blood work done as a routine physical, and our cholesterol was, to quote my doctor “perfect”. She showed me the levels, commenting that both types were elevated, but in “ideal balance”. You should have seen her mouth pop open when I told her about the butter and coconut oil.:)

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  • Katy

    I’m interested in the combination of butter and MCT oil, why the butter at all and not just twice the amount of MCT? What benefit does butter have that MCT oil doesn’t? Thanks!

  • Joe

    Just got my upgraded coffee, ran to the local Whole Foods and picked up some Kerry Butter—- I used my french press, about 1/4 slice of butter- awesome!!!!! Tried it twice. Once with a little brown sugar, didn’t do it for me, actually tasted strange. Then tried it again, butter in cup, poured hot coffee over it, no sugar, whipped it. Perfect. The only sugar I ever really took was in my coffee. I think I am done with table sugar for good. And the coffee beans didn’t have that slightly strong scent that oily beans usually have. The beans have an subtle and almost sweet and thick aroma. Do these coffee makers spike those beans to give them strong scent?
    Dave, thanks!! An awesomely simple, but effective biohack.

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  • Vilora

    Hello, I have a lactose intolerance. What can I use instead of the grass-fed butter? I cook in coconut oil. Can I use that? Put two tablespoons of coconut oil in my coffee?

    My last question is: is this your breakfast? Or do you take it with your breakfast?

    • Dave Asprey

      Use ghee and MCT oil or coconut oil.

      • Vilora

        Thanks! Then I will use coconut oil instead of the grass-fed butter.

        And is the bulletproof coffee indeed your breakfast or do you eat something with it? Someone told me that it was enough for him as breakfast???

        • WestEnd

          I think you have misunderstood. I suggest thast you go back to reread Dave’s reply again. AND != OR

          In addition, lactose is in the whey fraction which is removed from the milk as butter is made. It is in the comments too, somewhere. Clarified butter removes any residual milk proteins and sugars (lactose) from the butter. Some clarified butter is called ghee which is a word from India.

          I have read that organic raw unpasturized milk is not a problem for the lactose sensitive. Somehow the processing changes the chemistry of other milk. So that’s a second way tho go.

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  • Joey Chang

    This is fantastic. Thank you. I’m gonna repost this on my facebook page

  • Joey Chang

    Hey Howard, it’s interesting that you seem to focus on mold issues in your post & comments. May I ask if that’s rooted in your research findings or personal experience (or both?)

    • Mel

      That is such a good questions, Joey. It’s always relevant to ask why the thesis or research question was asked in the first place. Too bad there is no response because I’m also interested.

  • Benjamin Stafford

    Hey Dave! thanks for this info. So is this coffee basically a breakfast meal replacement?

    • Elena Skok

      I’ve been using it as a meal replacement for the last 2 weeks – it keeps me so full that I have to remember to eat my lunch before it becomes dinnertime!

  • Tim

    Can you substitute the butter with cacao butter from the upgraded website?

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  • Does this work with decaf coffee?

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  • Is there a limit to how many cups you can drink a day? Is it for example safe to drink 3-4 or more cups of bulletproof coffee a day?

    And what if it’s impossible to get grassfeed butter? Will you then recommend that I use normal butter instead – or no butter at all?


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  • Is everything back ordered at this time? Tried to get Cocoa Butter, MCT Oil and Coco powder …

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  • Debb

    As a heart patient with arrhythmia, I avoid caffeine like the plague (having an Atrial Fibrillation episode is horrific!).
    What are your thoughts, please?
    Is decaff “bad”?

    • Judy

      I have a. fib. Last bout, I believe, was caused by some bad coffee from a chain known for it’s bread. Now, I stick to single source coffee, one cup per day, with Kerrygold and MCT. No bouts since starting the bulletproof coffee every morning. One other thing to look into to manage the a. fib is accupuncture.

      • Young Physician

        Please do not attempt to manage your atrial fibrillation with acupuncture. Judy, when Debb ends up with a stroke because she threw a clot into her brain from her heart after deciding to stop taking medication and use acupuncture, the blood will be on your hands. Please don’t offer medical advice over the internet.

        • Mike

          I don’t see anywhere in that above post that recommended to stop taking medication in lieu of accupuncture, why the “river runs red with blood” dramatics?

        • Judy

          Thank you Mike. I continue to take my medication, and would not recommend anyone stop taking their’s either. I have just found that it is a helpful tool. If the Young Physician does some research, she/he might find that their was a study done in Italy that showed a significant decrease in incidence of a.fib through the use of accupuncture.

        • Nobody

          Well one study and without knowing how you found it and which journal it was published in it is pretty difficult for anyone to comment on it. The consensus is that caffeine increases your heart rate and it sounds like Deb has paroxysmal AF which means she could potentially go into AF from taking caffeine. The world isn’t turned around by one research study. If you want to go scientific then you should come up with more facts about the study – what were the
          sample size, selection criteria, statistical significance? What sort of study was it? Were any confounding factors addressed? Was there a causal relationship? or was it just a population observation?

          Before accusing others of not doing enough research I would try to bring up evidence and convince them rather than talking down to them.

          I would however agree that you did not suggest stopping medications nor did you advise acupuncture as a definite to Deb in your first post.

        • Judy

          Please see my response to Mike.

        • mrod

          agreed^^^ I have done a good amount of research on alternative medicine, acupuncture included, there has been very little to no scientific backing to prove these methods work. As of right now they are considered no more than a placebo effect.

        • Eric Stecher

          If you continue to take your medication and the acupuncture does nothing more than cause a placebo effect, then what the hell? If it feels like its working even a little, that enhances your mood and relieves stress which in turn could reduce any heart problem. Let me just reiterate: Im not saying stop any other medical treatment at all.

        • tiredofthis

          can’t believe there’s so much “high on the horse” nonsense on this page… totally takes away from academic discussions… people: get a life !

        • Lori

          Nobody said to stop her medication. DO try acupuncture! It’s not an either or situation unless you make it one!

      • Judith Thompson

        Obviously I need bullet proof coffee b/c I don’t understand any of these comments. Q: What else do you eat during the day? And, can I add sweetner? Can’t stomach black coffee–yuck

  • jojo

    Hey all, only on my second day of bullet proof coffee and I understand why so many have become die-hard so quickly.
    It really seems to be the real deal.
    Any thoughts on a vegan alternative to the butter?
    I was wondering about something like hemp butter?
    Would that be a close second?

    • Dave Asprey

      Vegan hemp harvesting kills more lives than grass fed ghee from small farms! There is no ethical or health reason not to use handcrafted butter in it. Coconut oil is closest (try canned coconut milk/cream) but you will miss the CLA and the SCFA in butter that make it work! Hemp oil is high omega6 and not recommended.

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  • Why wouldn’t cream from grass fed cows be as good as the butter?

    • Dave Asprey

      More casein, less butyrate.

      Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

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  • Stu_UK

    Just had a 80g chunk of butter in my coffee. It just melted and made the coffee taste like it had cream in. Thought I would have spewed up!

    In the UK its pretty easy to get the Yeo Valley Unsalted Grass Fed butter. Tastes great

    • Dave UK

      I use Yeo Valley unsalted also, i think its better than kerrygold just because kerrygold is not organic.Berkeley farm butter is also good 😉

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  • Dr Russ

    Have been drinking coffee this way now for the last 4 months. For the last 30+ years my hands have been so dry that at times they crack and bleed. I have tried countless creams and lotions. I have slept with gloves on with lotions, etc. Rx medicines from medics, all to no avail. I have done multiple body detoxes and cleanses, changed my diet, etc. After only month of drinking the bullet proof coffee, my hands are no longer dry and no longer crack! I combine the Kerry Gold butter with organic coconut oil and drink 2 cups a day like this. Thanks for this nutrition tip.My skin loves it !!! 🙂

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  • Joe Rogan !!!

  • Tyi

    I think this is great BUT there’s a growing number of people who can’t afford these type of items. And these are some of the most in need people of these items. People on budgets need to get help on issues like this but need knowledge of products they can use without stressing their budget.

    • Dave Asprey

      It’s better to drink one cup of good coffee than 5 cups of bad. This is $2 per bag more than Starbucks. It’s not a high margin product (ie I don’t make a lot but it helps people)
      Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

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  • se123

    just listended to you on Joe Rogans, podcast. Going to give the bullet proof coffee a shot.

  • Adam S.


    Starting bulletproof coffee tomorrow. I figure that per two cup serving with 2 tbsp of Kerry Gold butter and 2 tbsp of coconut oil, there are 420 calories. How much BP coffee is too much? I was thinking two cups in the morning and two at night because I won’t be eating more than 1-2 servings of meat per day and wanna be eating enough calories.

  • Just polished off my first batch of Bulletproof coffee. The taste is damn good. I used a lot of coconut oil for the MCT and the toasted coconut flavor is awesome. I am thinking a little cardamom might be good? How does that rate for spices on your food chart?

    Also, I would love to buy your coffee beans but $18 per 1lb bag is not really in my budget. Can we say that any bean, grown in high altitude in Guatemala, that is wet processed in a clean facility will suffice for mycotoxin free beans?

    Where do Kona beans fit into all of this?

    Thanks for all of your work man. I am buzzing all over. This is the real deal!

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  • Chip

    What’s a good substitute for someone who doesn’t care for hot drinks, I’m not a fan of coffee (cold or hot) and not much for tea either. Is there a good smoothie that can be made with the butter and MCT oil?

  • Devin Navarro

    Hey Dave. Quick question. Does eating unpasteurized grass fed butter have any benefits/drawbacks over pasteurized (Kerrygold) grass fed butter? Just wondering since I have the ability to buy either. Thanks.

    • Yaniv

      Second this question.

      • Matt

        Dudes, unpasteurised every time! More of the natural biologicals in it, great for GI health

        • Michael A

          Putting anything unpasteurized in steaming hot coffee will probably pasteurize it since boiling water/coffee is 212F and pasteurization only goes up to about 170F.

  • Halo

    Is it normal to have a wicked gastrointestinal effect? I just tried HP for the first time, loved it, loved the clarity. And then cramps and “other issues” set in…..

  • Lindsey

    Can you make this same recipe with a high quality tea? If so, do you have any recommendations?

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  • dirtymonkey22

    Living off a Bridge card Its hard For me to Get the Best coffee because I have to budget Out what I send On food for the month so I haven’t got the good coffee yet, but i have started to put in the grass fed butter and Coconut oil in my crappy coffee and I still notice a difference.

    • Dave Asprey

      If you do that, add one charcoal capsule (orally) to help.

      Sent from my nobile phone. You understand….

  • Julian

    Powerful Rob Wolff!!!!!

  • I’m really looking forward to trying this however grass-fed butter is very hard to find where I live… can you recommend a suitable substitute?


  • Hi there,
    I am really looking forward to trying Bulletproof Coffee however grass-fed butter is very hard to find where I love. Can anyone suggest a suitable substitute?


  • James

    Hi there,
    am really looking forward to trying Bulletproof Coffee however
    grass-fed butter is very hard to find where I love. Can anyone suggest a
    suitable substitute?


    • James

      Apparently it is illegal to sell unpasteurized dairy in Canada 🙁

      • marshal

        Sadly, this is the case. One way around this is to look for a local cow share — you own a portion of the cow and pay the farmer to raise, milk, and deliver to you. So technically, you are not buying the raw milk. I live in Toronto, Canada and there are several cow shares nearby.

        This also applies to butter; it has to be made from commercially pasteurized cream before it can be sold in Canada. Fortunately, in nearby Kensington Market, I can buy freshly made butter from grass-fed cows at Mendel’s Creamery (still pasteurized though).

  • Fred

    Dave, what’s your thoughts about using a a tablespoon of sunflower or soy lecithin in the coffee mix?

    I find that I have to shake or stir it between sips to keep the oils in suspension. With an emulsifier such as lecithin the oil and coffee should stay in suspension.

    BTW, lecithin has 1g of carbs/TBSP and lecithin is in about everything we eat, pretty much like HFCS.


    • Dave Asprey

      Only do this if you’re drinking lukewarm or chilled; hot coffee oxidizes it (esp blended) and is not a good practice.

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  • Alex

    Love the blog! Any benefits to just coconut oil? Ive really been enjoying the Nutiva C. oil in my coffee (about 2 tbsp) with a bit of sweat-leef pure stevia drops…My brain fog dissapears much more than with my organic coffee alone…what specifically would adding butter change? Note (bad genetics but good insulin health and average less than 80-90g carbohydrate each day…around 10-11%bf)

    • Dave Asprey

      Butter has butyric acid that coconut doesn’t. Coconut is 15% MCT (useful MCT’s anyway) so it’s a good thing too.

      • Alex

        Well, I’m beginning my “fasts” using just the C. oil for now, about 4tbsp, hoping I can see similar results to actual fasting until noon or 1 (was using a leangains style protocol) but without the brainfog I experienced occasionally with coffee alone. Thank you kindly, and I am enjoying the podcast as well sir.

  • Heights

    Would it negate all the “bulletproof” benefits to ad a drizzle of raw, organic honey to the recipe ? (obviously after it has cooled a bit)

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  • K

    Dear Dave,

    We’ve been trying bulletproof coffee for two weeks now and cannot get enough of it!

    So much in fact, that we wake up in the mornings looking forward to it in the same fashion you would wake up early on Christmas day for presents!

    However my question is , sometimes later in the afternoon we start to feel sluggish and originally it was coffee that would get us through the day. The feeling after we get bulletproof is amazing and it would be great for that sluggish moment in the afternoon. So would increasing your daily intake of bulletproof coffee from 1 cup to two be too much? Or would it be best to keep such fat heavy drink only for the mornings?

    And if so, any recommendations for that afternoon slump?

    it was a joy to hear you on the Joe Rogan Experience! We’ve been sharing your work with all of our family and friends, and we look forward to incorporating more of your diet to our daily life!

    Thank you so much! 🙂


    • Dave

      I think the most exciting part of my day is when I wake up and think, its time for Bulletproof Coffee!

      • Dalia

        ….so, do you recommend 2 cups in the morning??

        • You are not addressing “that” Dave but one of the many others. Also, no matter what one/several Dave’s would say about this I intuitively doubt that THAT much butter daily would be very healthy / maybe make 2 cups with half as butter in each? 🙂

        • Me

          Definetely have another cup if you want. You may not want to in the later afternoon or evening as the caffeine might affect you sleep. The butter is not an issue though, you probably need to get in more healthy fats anyway. Dave says he goes through a stick of butter everyday, so you it in your coffee and drench your veggies in it too!

        • jimmy

          Oh heck if Dave goes through a stick of butter a day it must be awesome for me right? These questions are either placed by the site designers or people who think adding butter to their coffee is going to make them feel awesome are just morons.

        • Terram Lux

          Over indulgence in anything is unhealthy…Proceed with caution. Further, Mr Asprey is…shall we say…rather active on a whole host of levels to include physically. He can easily afford a stick of butter a day and likely more. He burns a LOT of calories to stay in mountain climbing shape. Others here likely don’t burn as much as he. Consider your calorie burning levels before you assume you can climb a mountain or eat an entire stick of butter a day.

        • Zach

          you haven’t heard that he’s been eating 4500 calories a day and has done only 2 hours of working out for over 2 years and still has a 6 pack. Calories have nothing to do with body fat management. That’s the biggest load of crap of all time.

          Read Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. Your argument is invalid now. 🙂

        • Mark

          LOL! Right…and I hear he can fly through the air like Superman and shoot lighting bolts out of his azz! Your hero worship is cute and amusing. Calories in and calories out is the most basic biological science there is with literally thousands of fine medical studies to back it up but you keep believing in whatever makes you happy. 🙂

        • Zorica Vuletic

          Calories in and calories out absolutely makes sense and there is no defying it. HOW does it be accounted for in one’s body? That’s the question. If 400 calories for one person acts differently than 400 calories for another—then you know they went in and they went out—but HOW fast…HOW were they accounted?

        • Garrett Galloway

          Different kinds of calories have different capabilities of usage and storage. 100 calories of pure fiber, will simply be excreted – never used. 100 calories of high fructose corn syrup will be (mostly, 60ish %)stored in your liver and serve no purpose but fat creation. 100 calories of glucose will be used in day to day activities with minimal storage in fat cells and liver. 100 calories of protein can not be stored anywhere except in creation of muscle tissue or converted to ketones for usage by most bodily processes for energy. Calories in does NOT under any circumstances equal calories out in the way we currently lable food. Don’t be ignorant and pass along the old and highly outdated methods of food watching.

        • mrod

          what about healthy fats? what happens to them?

        • CDville

          Almost. In some people, protein is converted to glucose via gluconeogenesis, preventing ketosis. Metformin helps prevent the process and allow ketosis to occur.

        • George Parigian Jr.

          It is absolutely true that “a calorie is a calorie,” because calories are a unit of heat energy. It is also true that “a pound is a pound,” but it would be foolish to conclude therefore that a pound of feathers would be just as valuable as a pound of gold!

        • kkh

          Not…..all calories are NOT equal. 200 calories of Coca-cola is NOT the same as 200 calories of grass fed beef or organic carrots. Just like there are good carbs and fats, and not-so-good carbs and fats. The calorie count may be identical, what u get out of those calories is going to be vastly different. That’s why weight watchers is bull…..someone who is using all their “points” to eat healthier foods is going to lose more weight and be healthier than someone who uses their points to eat crap, even tho the “calories in” would be the same.

        • Joey

          Wow the trolls have descended upon this thread today. I hope people quit getting sucked in soon. its clogging up my inbox

        • Rebecca Hudson

          That’s why I’ve lost nearly 80 lbs and improved my health per medical blood work results while totally ignoring calorie intact, and enjoying any healthy fat that I care to. Gonna be kind of hard to argue with me when the scales and the blood work prove my case.

        • Melissa

          Rebecca- I’d love to pick your brain! I need to lose about 85 lbs and have some questions for someone who’s been through similar circumstances.

        • julie

          Try Atkins. I read the original book and have just added bulletproof coffee to my diet and am in love!!! I have lost 12 pounds!!! All eating real butter and heavy cream with all of the meat and cheese I want.

        • Miles Hennis

          Dr. Atkins died of cardiovascular disease and was obese. One might want to keep that in mind when eating the way he recommends.

        • Howard Lee Harkness

          1) Bullshit. Dr. Atkins died of a head injury.
          2) Bullshit. Dr. Atkins was nowhere near obese.

          It’s interesting how these two vicious lies popped up the day Dr. Atkins slipped and fell on the ice in NYC.

          Mr. Hennis, you might want to consider something more in line with your intellectual capacity than commenting on nutrition blogs. Mopping floors or stretching fence wire, maybe.

        • Miles Hennis

          Thanks for the insult, after I wrote it I did some research and did in fact discover that what I had learned about him was in fact bullshit. Now for you Mr. Harkness, it’s nice that I have learned you are unable to carry on a discussion in a sane manner. Have a nice day!

        • usaguy

          You shouldn’t put out false “facts”, then get upset when someone calls you out on it…

        • Miles Hennis

          I didn’t and am not upset, I believed what I wrote when I wrote it, lots of people believe that, it’s a major rumor. Now that I know the facts. The only thing that was a little upsetting was how mr harkness insulted my intellectual capacity which frankly had nothing to do with the subject matter at hand. Just because he can’t carry on a discussion without insulting people’s intelligence is no skin off my back, more power to him. Have a Great Day!

        • Raquel

          But Mr. Harkness is right. Anybody who comments on blogs and repeats rumor, either in public speaking forum or written, without doing any research on the facts themselves has the intelligence of a lemming. What you wrote was just loud and wrong and shows your ignorance. An intelligent person would want to get their facts straight before commenting. Would you give a public speech with the facts that you had before you did the research you should have done before you commented? Just saying……

        • Starbaby

          That is not true about Dr. Adkins. He did NOT die of heart disease or obesity. The research is in and fat doesn’t give you heart disease or make you fat—sugar does !

        • CDville

          Melissa, if you eat a high fat/low carb diet (see Gary Taubes’ books) AND eat only when you are hungry, your weight will go down. If you eat when you are not hungry (by the clock or because of stress) you will consume more calories than your body needs. The high quantity of fat will help you not be hungry before your body needs more, and it helps your body burn the fat it has stored. Calories in/out still matters (physics rules), but counting calories is a waste of time because all calories are not metabolized in the same way.

        • George Parigian Jr.

          Melissa, the one thing that characterizes all successful diets is avoiding refined carbohydrates, which raise insulin levels and cause fat storage. This is why all the major systems “Atkins” “Pritikin” “Sears” “Ornish” ect. all show success for those who follow them carefully. The key is keeping insulin low and not allowing it to spike. Since fats do not cause insulin release, a diet composed largely of healthy fats would results in minimal fat storage and maximum fat burning. The body will horde anything that is restricted to it, so if you are on a fat restricted diet, the body will tend to store fat. You would think that all these modern geniuses in science would know this by now, but I guess not. This is in line with the current thiking about “evolutionary biology” but again, they only see what they want to see.

        • ? Red47?

          I realize you posted 3 years ago, but…the science behind this is really interesting to me. I have found a friendly explanation of this in the Trim Healthy Mama Plan book. They would love bp coffee, I’m sure! Don’t buy the book until you look through it. Borrow from the library or something. The main idea is to keep proteins steady at each meal while adjusting the radio of “fuels”–fats and carbs. If a person’s body is functioning well, the calories in, calories out can work just fine. If the weight remains despite that math, this may be a new formula for you. Don’t worry about all the products they recommend unless you want to, just get the basic formula down and run with it. Starting my day with Bulletproof Coffee is a plus for me.

        • Patricia Lucus

          you can’t reason with dumb lol GOOD JOB!

        • Shiloticus

          I lost 80 pounds by switching to Geiko!

        • Moded

          U mean Geico

        • robo_1742

          Everybody know that!
          But did you know you can loose the entire contents of your bowels if you consume more that 2 TBS of MCT oil your first day?
          (only try this if located close to a toilet for 24 hours)
          Rangers lead the way.

        • Cheesesteak

          No shit?

        • i’m glad I wasn’t drinking bullet proof coffee when I read this.. then again maybe it would be good for my sinuses… hmmm 😉

        • Joseph Wright

          Great job. People trip me out with the calories in calories out bullshit. Keep believing that shit if you want. Meat, fat, and green leafy veggies, will keep you lean and thin.

        • ILoveHockey21

          I believe that our diet depends on our blood type. Most Americans are type O. They can easily digest meats, but not carbs. They need rigorous exercise. However, if you have blood type A, your body does not digest most meats well, but thrives on many types of grains. (Not wheat though….unless it’s sprouted.) I am an A, and I’ve been eating mostly the good grains, little meat, and lots of veggies. Type A’s should also do less rigorous exercise, and more calming like Yoga and Tai Chi. Once I made these changes, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt. I am 45 and my husband said I’m in the best shape I’ve been since we got married. I also am adding lots of the healthy fats to my diet, and yes…I believe that this works too. I believe that HYDROGENATED oils, CORN everything, and our depleted grains that is in every snack in America, is why we are fat, sloppy, tired, and have a million medical issues. People always ask me, “HOW do you still have 6 pack abs after having 3 kids…you must do sit ups everyday!?” Nope…don’t do them at all. Just eat right. I do want to note, that I tried that Adkins diet back in the early 90’s and I gained 5 pounds in like 4 days and felt horrible. I KNEW my body needed carbs. I could not use the bathroom. (low stomach acids make it hard to break down meat protein). Once I stopped, I lost the weight. However, many of my friends found success. I now wonder if it has to do with blood type on how people react to this. I recently found my birth mom. (I’m adopted). She told me a few weeks ago that she’s having “stomach issues”. I SO BADLY want to tell her that it’s probably what she’s eating and if she would lay off the meat, she would feel fine. She also thinks Canola oil is healthy…we don’t know each other well enough yet for me to go into her house and start telling her how to live. I swear her problem is simple low stomach acid, and the wrong type of oil and fats! Yes…her blood type is A like mine. So Joseph, I’m betting you have either AB blood (can eat BOTH in moderation) or you have type O. ?? I would love to know. 🙂

        • Justice0501

          If you actually measure your TEE and compare it to your caloric intake you’d realize that it’s far from shit – unless you believe paleo allows you to defy the laws of physics.

        • George Parigian Jr.

          Rebecca, it’s clear from reading these comments that some people are blinded by what they consider “scientific thinking.” The only thing that really matters to people who have common sense (like yourself) is RESULTS, and your results obviously prove that at least in your case, IT WORKED!

        • KB_Soberdog

          Me too Rebecca, I lost 70 lbs in 6 months just doing coffee with coconut oil (not even butter), cutting down on sweets but not eliminating, and not doing fast food but once in a great while (I like taco bell bean burritos!). Have many injuries still and can’t lift weights again yet, walk a lot, but I don’t even work out. I continue to lose more weight every week. I do not count calories.

        • Patricia Lucus

          trolls who have apparently NO LIFE you have to just feels sorry for them I guess 😉

        • Kev

          The amount of calories you intake makes not a lot of difference, it really is where you get them from.

          If you want real info ask a professional athlete, you will find that none of them starve themselves, even when they are not in training and they get plenty of fat from sensible sources.

          The only problem I have with my diet is that if I’m ever in hospital nurses think the machines are malfunctioning, the last one just looked at my blood pressure and heart rate and said “WOW!” just staring at the screens in wonder. I eat plenty of fat, but only from high quality sources.

          It’s not the quantity of calories you consume,it’s the quality. Simple as that. If you are eating nasty processed saturated fat it will clog your system not burn cleanly and make you fat and possibly ill.

          Your body possesses the ability to burn off excess calories, it doesnt run like a car where energy relates exactly to mileage, but it can only burn them easily if they are CLEAN calories. Calories that cant be burnt easily simply get stored for later in your fat reserves.

        • Ant

          Calories in – calories out is NOT backed by biology in terms of favorable hormonal response (the primary mechanism of action relevant to dietary adaptation). The hormonal response produced by food is far more important than the calorie content of said food.

          Contrary to popular opinion, a 100lb person can still – technically – be “obese”.

          Educate yourself instead of reading the first hit you find on Google that supports your own ignorant belief.


        • Aldous

          Yes, totally flawed. Maybe if our stomachs were furnaces we would get the same amount of energy from food as the calorimeter does.

        • julia

          that’s old science

        • Pete A

          It would be worth reading “Good Calories, Bad Calories” before making silly statements like “calories in-calories out” arguments. It depends on how the calories are metabolized. A lump of coal has WAY more calories than you need in a day, but eating it would certainly produce weight loss…maybe worse. Please don’t be seduced by the simplicity of the CI/CO argument of old. It was never true…but it FEELS like it should be. Read Taube’s book! It explains the science behind the failure of the CI/CO argument.

          When one has only Bulletproof Coffee for breakfast, s/he stays in “fat burning mode” (much like fasting, but with plenty of energy). I, and countless others, have lost weight and felt better than ever before–I’ve been on it for two years, and down about 35 pounds to where I want to be. NEVER before have I easily lost weight and kept it off while feeling SO good.

          I wish you total success on whatever path you find for weight loss and life quality. Bulletproof works for me, and the couple dozen or so others I know who use it.

        • RGB REC

          Then why do I also eat pretty much all the butter I possibly can, never count calories, and never gain weight? Carbs, particularly the grain kind and the starchy kind, are really the only thing that tell the body to create and store fat. Again, refer to Good Calories, Bad Calories. There may be studies that say calories in calories out count, but look them over and see if there are any controls on toxins in the food going in/out. Most of what they use is probably dried starches to “measure” and distribute calories. You think they’re giving these rats high-quality grass-fed beef and butter? Doubt it.

        • kkh

          U two are arguing the same point

        • elaine

          Mark, Maybe you should read the book (Good Calories bad Calories) before you start flapping your gums.

        • Laurie

          Elaine, I was really enjoying “listening” in onto men talking about calories like we women used to. Very entertaining, this discussion . . . they don’t agree on anything, and the fight’s about to break out. Oh, the passion! Let’s sit back and listen in again, shall we? I’m dying to find out who wins . . .

        • conk

          Sir, you are dead wrong. This tired old theory has been disproven over and over again. It’s all about WHAT you eat, rather than how much. Period!

        • Aldous

          The fundamental assumption of calorimetry: the energy produce by combusting food is the same amount of energy available to a human upon consumption of that food. Rather presumtive I would think.

        • George Parigian Jr.

          The problem with the “calories in calories out” theory is that there is no consideration for how the particular food in question affects your metabolic rate and insulin/leptin levels. The idea that 300 calories from a sugar laden desert, and 300 calories from a healthy fat source affects the body the same way is downright silly!

        • Jagan Kumaravelu

          This. This. This. This!! The best way to explain the argument against “calories in, calories out”. So flawed, yet people talk as if its the thing that ever existed even before earth came.

        • kkh

          Ahahaha that’s awesome. Although calories in/calories out is BULL

        • Vilhjalmur

          If you believe that biological organisms work like bomb calorimeters, then, yeah, you’re right! 😉

        • robo_1742

          completely agree but the “type” of calories has a major influence on metabolism. You can significantly raise your caloric intake if low glycongen foods are consumed.
          Rangers lead the way.

        • Calories in calories out is bunkum: all you have to do is look at the amount of congealed fat that gets sucked out of any major city’s sewers: if that was counted as “calories in”, it would certainly not be counted in “calories out” (because the “calories out” calculation only counts expenditure, not waste). Tens of billions of calories that “missed the out-count”, and yet folks still got fat… because of the composition of their diets.

          Folks like Lustig, Taubes and (on a lighter note) Tom Haughton have shown in great detail, that excess consumption of simple carbs (and some complex carbs, like amylopectin-A) results in a very different amount of fat deposition than, say, the same caloric quantity of fats or protein.

          Calories from different sources are not iso-metabolic. Caloric content of foods calculated by bomb calorimetry are a poor estimate of the caloric yield from the body’s physical processes. Caloric expenditure estimates from activity are unreliable, and take little or no account of EPOC or the differentials in TEF/SDA of different foods.

          Don’t bring that idiotic 1970s broscience into the internet: it will get mashed and you will look silly.

        • Karon Reiter

          America has been on a low fat diet since the 1970s and still we have the highest obesity and heart disease. How’s that low fat working out, huh? Not very good. The government guidelines for a low fat diet was created by a group of scientists and nutritionist that sat on the boards of the food industry and the pharmaceutical companies while outside scientists and nutritionists vehemently opposed the low fat diet because there wasn’t enough research being done to proof fat caused weight gain and heart disease. And there still hasn’t been a clinical controlled study done since in this country – only observational. Sweden just completed a 16 yr controlled clinical study and what they found you will never see published here in the US because it disputes the low fat recommendation and sites carbs, i.e., sugar as the culprit. They have now adopted a new healthy guideline which is a low carb-hi-healthy-fat diet.

        • How can one access the Sweden 16-yr controlled clinical study? We need those indisputable facts to confront those smug big-pharma-lackey doctors who protect their jobs by means of sustaining ill health in their trusting patients.

        • Nikko

          Calories in and Calories out is the biggest deception ever. Not all calories are the same.

        • Cole

          Thats just because of a high metabolism

        • robo_1742

          If it’s worth doing,,,, it’s worth overdoing! Rangers lead the way.

        • james

          Didn’t Dave say on one of Joe Rogan’s podcasts that he only exercises like 15 minutes per month or something like that? I could be totally be making that up.

        • FatBear

          I used to get out and row 10 miles every morning, six days a week. I lived on macaroni loaded with cheese and felt great. It charged me up. I was invincible. If you exercise as much as this guy apparently does, you can eat anything and feel great. But it seems irresponsible to prescribe it for others who are not so active.

        • Patricia Lucus

          and people like you who troll around the internet to sh*t on peoples hopes it works makes you much better right, 😉 , who’s the moron =)~

        • kennedy

          CALM DOWN PEOPLE UR ALL GOING ON ABOUT NOTHING.. People are reading the comments to see if it works, not listen to you bitch about calories in vs out.. go do some research and stop spammin

        • Tom

          Try it …. I’m not a shill for Dave… I’m a customers… The coffee is exactly as described by these guys… No B.S.

          I’ve never spent so much $ on coffee, but it’s worth it

        • Guest

          If it’s worth doing,,,, it’s worth overdoing! Rangers lead the way!

        • offskooring

          Keto bro…Keto…your welcome

        • Chuck Adams

          how about using decaf for afternoon hours??

        • samantha.redmond

          After 5 yrs I decided to resign from my old job and i couldn’t be happier now… I started doing a job from comfort of my home, for this company I stumbled upon online, several hrs each day, and I profit now much more than i did on my old job… Last payment i got was for Nine thousand dollars… The best thing about this work is that now i have more free time for my kids… CHILP.IT/728813e

        • peaknik

          You intuitively doubt it because since the 60’s we’ve been told fat is bad.
          We’ll some people I guess also aren’t used to getting much fat in one go and it can make them feel nauseous.
          Anyway the 15 year long Sydney diet heart study concluded already 1979 that fat didn’t cause heart problems. The finding only emerged 2013. 2013 a Swedish medical expert panel also concluded that LCHF diet was best for weight loss AND that Fat does NOT cause heart disease. Similarly a panel sponsored by Swedish health authorities looked at the science against fat and they discovered that the data had been skewed to match the desired result and that the science against fat was very weak. Also google “5000 open heart surgeries, what really causes heart disease” where a senior american heart surgeon shares his experience. Having that said, if your diet is also high on carbs, then you’ll be stacking on weight as the carbs (insulin) will prevent you from going into ketosis and your body instead will be in a fat storage mode. Hope that is of some value in re-evaluating the “dangers” of eating butter.

      • eat

        it’s called addiction

    • JohnD

      For those stating “a calorie is just a calorie”, I suggest doing a web search to find the most up to date research challenging that notion. For one, check out Cara B. Ebbeling et al. Effects of Dietary Composition on Energy Expenditure During Weight-Loss Maintenance. JAMA, June 27, 2012 DOI: 10.1001/jama.2012.6607 . That study was over a year ago and there has been more research since so…study up and get your facts right.

    • Garrett K

      How much water are you drinking? Remember, when you’re consuming caffeine, it DOES dehydrate you. Make sure that you’re drinking ample water, which will hydrate your entire system, and let the magic of the Bulletproof Coffee actually work better.

      You’re made of 70%+ water 😉 Make sure to keep those levels high!

      • Rachel Hawkridge

        Can you cite that caffeine = dehydration? The medical literature indicates that caffeine =/= diuretic, rather that caffeine is bladder irritant, making us “pee NOW”, rather than “pee more”.

        • Garrett K

          My contact lenses are harder to wear on days when I drink coffee. I’ve found this every single time I’ve worn coffee, and had anything which contains caffeine, including chocolate, coffee, tea, etc.

          Water helps to balance the feeling of ‘my contacts seem to want to shred my eyeballs, and me rub my eyelids to redness’ that comes with larger amounts of caffeine consumption.

        • Beth

          I have dry eyes and take a small vitamin A pill every day and that completely eradicates the problem.

        • Robert Casper

          It’s possible caffeine irritates your eyes and it may not be the dehydration. It may also be that coffee is meant to be drank, not worn.

          I will say though, I have a muscle condition that causes pain when I am dehydrated. When I drink coffee, I get the same pain.

        • Garrett K

          I stopped putting coffee onto my eyes. The caffi-mask wasn’t the best idea for getting me up in the morning. Great advice. 🙂

          Serious note – I have taken BPC out of my routine (for the moment), plus added more sea salt to my water. Seems to be helping a bit 🙂 Definitely less eye dryness.

    • b

      I like this coffee too and believe it helps me metabolize the caffeine better. Also, being a thin guy with high metabolism i usually experience drastic ups and down with caffeine, so i’m excited about this. But of course there is no magic energy drink/pill/drug or food item out there that will “work” for you. If you are relying on anything to make you feel or perform a certain way, you will be needing more and more of it, and then there will be side effects. When will we all learn that “what goes up must come down”??? there is NO way around that. Sure, have another one in the afternoon K, and then have trouble falling asleep and then take a sleeping pill and then develop psoriasis and start experiencing depression, then start eating brownies by the fistful and gaining weight…:) The sluggishness you are feeling is the side-effect of a drug, no matter how delayed.

    • peaknik

      If you are in ketosis then you can have several cups like this. Or just have some Cheese with butter. You’ll still lose weight. And stick to healthy fats yes, saturated fat is healthy and transfats and poly unsaturated fats are the bad ones, contrary to what they’ve been telling us for the last several decades). If you have body fat and are in ketosis you should however normally not experience running out of puff in the afternoons. The energy if not from butter should come from burning your body fat. If you are very lean though you need to increase the amounts of fat that you eat.

    • CatPenus69

      Great Joe Rogan Experience follow-up

    • Damien

      This is called caffeine addiction.

  • PD

    First attempt at the coffee and it’s damn delicious. I searched high and low and found some single origin k-cups for my Keurig….is that okay or am I getting shit coffee still?

    • Steve

      Please take this is in as light a way as possible… but Dave obviously wont answer this because he prefers that you buy his coffee because it’s “proven”, and because it helps him generate the revenues he needs to continue doing research and consistently update the website.

      Also, without knowing where the coffee comes from or how it’s processed, Dave can’t answer even if he wanted to.

      • Ron

        Try using the Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter from Amazon. I use this at work with a Bullet blender at work during the week.

        • Sean Mckendry

          sounds like there is clear demand for a prepared bulletproof solution.

        • Sean Okonsky
        • Garrett K

          Bulletproof K-cups are a nice touch, though it’s definitely a better idea to get the Bulletproof beans, grind em, and fill reusable K-Cups.

          We Bulletproof Executives want to be known for sustainability and creating a Bulletproof world.. intelligently, not for creating more trash, right? 😉

        • Sandi

          and skipping the chemicals in the pods themselves…can’t be good for the brain or the body!

        • Garrett K

          Totally agree. The less trashy chemicals that go in (from regular K-cups) the better.

          Following up on my previous post, in 2006 the amount of plastic used in single use K-Cups sold, could go around the entire world.

          That was just in 2006.

          Invest into reusable K-Cups. It’s worth it. 🙂

        • pghpammy

          The plastic Dave uses in his K-cups is more recyclable. But I like filling my own Kcup so I can control the amount of coffee that’s in it (also less expensive that way.

        • Jerryct48

          Right. I save about $50/month by using the reusable K cups.

        • Nicole Rigs

          Thank-you!! Those things are the worst new product to hit the shelves! Aren’t we supposed to be trying to cut down on this sort of trash? Why the heck are we creating more! Ugh. Don’t even get me started lol.

        • Nicole Rigs

          I didn’t know they had re-useable cups… at least that’s a start (a backwards start but a start nonetheless).

        • Carmela

          yeah they sell a four pack of reusables at CVS for $10

        • Joel

          No kidding. After spending upwards of $150 on this setup you get… a regular single-serve coffee maker.

        • healthnut1

          exactly, it is such a waste of money!!

        • Shorty20122012 .

          Wait what? There’s a better way to do what the guy is describing in the article?

        • Jerryct48

          I save $50 a month by using the reusable K cups.

        • charlotte.lark

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        • risa

          are there chemicals in the k cups? as it doesn’t say anything but coffee if you just buy the regular coffee not flavored

        • Amber Ray

          k cups are made of plastic and there are chemicals in these plastics that transfer into your drink when they are heated up.

        • John Fitzgibbon

          Nothing from plastic in k-cups transfers to your coffee. Show me the scientific evidence and testing that shows this. You are a nutbag like many others who just make stuff up to suit your beliefs.

        • Freedom321

          You don’t have to be insulting.

        • Marie Manual

          Its in the bulletproof diet/cook books, about not using plastic, how it gets into everything u heat up and is toxin, so amber ray didn’t make this up, u need to read the books about bulletproof coffee john Fitzgibbon, before u start call people names, like “nutbag”………….smh

        • John Fitzgibbon

          Oh how typical. It’s in the bulletproof diet/cook books? You can’t be serious. That’s your source? You are a nut bag too and a lot more. It never occurred to you once that the diets or cook books you read have a vested interest right? Do you even know the person and/or persons behind bulletproof coffee and some of the bs claims they have made in the past like your friend Amber Ray or whoever? Like most lazy Americans you believe what you read because it’s convenient for you. Do your research! Show me the SCIENTIFIC evidence and testing behind the statement that “toxins” are released from plastic k-cups. Ohhhhh the toxins, the toxins! Lol. Don’t you dare quote some laughable diet or cook book or whatever to make claims and beliefs about something that has never been proven. Wake up Marie Manual!

        • Gina

          Out of curiosity, John, are you a scientist? Personally I do a lot of research because I have the time to do it. Most “lazy” Americans are working 1 or 2 jobs to support families and don’t have the luxury of time. And those of us who do have the time don’t have the paid subscription to the various scientific paper journals and are left with reading between the lines of the abstracts, unless we want to depart with the average $32 fee to download the full study. And most “lazy” Americans do not have the training to understand the study nor how to analyze the results, let alone know who’s behind the study and may benefit from certain results. 50 years ago science told us saturated fat and dietary cholesterol led to heart disease. Today, science is telling us the opposite. Who is the “lazy” American and “nut bag” to believe? Science does tell us that plastics made with BPA are linked to childhood obesity, but they are arguing whether that is causation or correlation. They say further study is needed. Who’s to say that an endocrine disruptor that leads to childhood obesity doesn’t have a harmful effect on adults? Scientists can’t agree on this crap, so what do you expect from us “lazy” Americans? Oh, and btw, Keurig says they do not use BPA in the manufacturing of their plastic cups. But personally, because my “lazy” self says: “When in doubt, don’t” I avoid plastics and heat. I do use them in my fridge and freezer though, although I prefer glass. I also don’t use a Keurig. I love my Bunn coffee maker and also my French press.

        • John Fitzgibbon

          When did I ever say I was a scientist? My profession has nothing to do with anything in this conversation. Your long post adds very little to this conversation except that you quoted a fact in that Keurig says they do not use BPA in the manufacturing of their plastic cups. They don’t, so it looks like you’ve done some research. The fact that Americans have kids or multiple jobs doesn’t give them the right to make false claims about anything. If they don’t know because they don’t have time to know then don’t make claims. You seem to be missing the point entirely, and you don’t need $32 to find scientifically published journal articles. There are many places online that scientific studies can be read or shared and discussed without a fee. However, since you brought it up, $32 is a very, very small price to pay in order to find out the facts regarding something important to you. I am sure most lazy Americans could figure out how to drop some of their meaningless costs to put together $32. The problem of course is they are inherently lazy and they would find reasons that would prevent them from doing so ? Plus, spouting false claims that are convenient for them to believe in is just much easier anyway.

          “And most ‘lazy’ Americans do not have the training to understand the study nor how to analyze the results, let alone know who’s behind the study and may benefit from certain results.” -EXACTLY! So if you don’t understand it don’t repeat it!

          “50 years ago science told us saturated fat and dietary cholesterol led to heart disease. Today, science is telling us the opposite. Who is the “lazy” American and “nut bag” to believe? Science does tell us that plastics made with BPA are linked to childhood obesity, but they are arguing whether that is causation or correlation. They say further study is needed. Who’s to say that an endocrine disruptor that leads to childhood obesity doesn’t have a harmful effect on adults?” -Considering you later state that Keurig doesn’t use BPA in their cups and this is the point of the entire argument here I have no idea why you wasted any time with these sentences. You are making a point that doesn’t need to be made nor is relevant in this argument.

          As I final note I will reiterate my point. There is NO scientific study showing that K-cups release some ridiculous harmful toxins when used. None, yet people continue to spout this crap because it’s what they want to believe, not what they know to be true. You call yourself lazy and that I should expect less from you because scientists can’t agree on crap? Well that’s a sad statement indeed but I never called you lazy. However if you feel you are in the lazy American camp then so be it. I don’t know you and don’t pretend to. Scientists will always continue to disagree on many ideas and concepts, which is a good thing, but that still doesn’t get us any closer to the misleading info that toxins are released from K-cups. I personally don’t use a Keurig. I use a very nice Breville but not because of supposed “toxins”. I like to grind my own beans and control the level of strength in my coffee.

        • Gina

          Well, at least I wasn’t called a nutbag!! LOL

          I didn’t say you said you were a scientist which is why I asked. If that offended you, my apologies.

          I also didn’t say that you said I was lazy. I’m the one who choose to wear the label you liberally applied to a group of Americans, some of who are taking part in this discussion. Besides, I can be lazy.

          “I am sure most lazy Americans could figure out how to drop some of their meaningless costs to put together $32.” First you call a couple people here nutbags; then you imply they are “lazy Americans” and now you imply that the same group of Americans have “meaningless costs.” Why do you use insults to advance your position in the argument? Who are you to ascribe meaning to anyone’s choice on how they spend their money?

          You really don’t have to answer, but if you do, so be it. You will have the last word.

        • John Fitzgibbon

          You are a nutbag and now acting like a total moron too! I don’t insult anyone to advance my argument. I won my argument some time ago as nobody has produced any scientific studies showing “toxins” are released in K-cups. Game, set, match, get it? Probably you don’t because you now just want to play games and take this conversation to some ridiculous idiotic area where you would feel more comfortable. Well sorry, I made my point and until someone proves me wrong and shows me a study I’m comfortable with my position.
          As a side note I am who I want to be and can say whatever I want to say and I say many people in this country have spent much more than $32 meaninglessly. Stop trying to be such a hero and play semantics with me. It makes you look dumb when you can’t admit the truth.

        • Namma

          There’s an old wise saying that goes something like “pick [or choose] your battles wisely”. Not a lot of wisdom in what you’re doing. Leave off. This is a tiny, tiny thing that some people choose not to use K-Cups. Unless you foolishly invested heavily into it, it’s a non-starter.

        • John Fitzgibbon

          I invest in the truth so when I see bullshit I call it as such. Toxins being released from the plastic in K-cups is bullshit. I’m glad you almost made a point about nothing but then actually made no point at all. Solid contribution chief. Well done! Lol.

        • Mike Burke

          I have a good old fashioned gravity water feed Broomfield Koffee King coffee machine, commercial quality and fashioned muslin washable reusable filters and use dark roasted ground coffee. Australians tend to like our coffee stronger than Americans though. I still would rather use cream (instead of milk of any type) but have heard of using butter but just can’t bring myself to use it!

          I do get a whey protein isolate hot chocolate mix, sourced from New Zealand, by a company here…and it can be made with hot water (I always use filtered) or milk. It has 22 grams of protein, 10g of carbs (half is fibre) and red algae and a balanced range of amino acids and vitamins. I have one cup and don’t feel like eating or snacking further.

          I have started having it twice a day and making a vegetable soup home made for dinner and one before bed. No cravings, clear headed, lots of energy.

        • Lesa Lane

          BPA has been linked to breast cancer. Sheryl Crow, the rock n roll singer, attributed her breast cancer to drinking water from plastic BPA water bottles while on tour.

        • sludgemonkey

          I would do her but she has some issues.

        • jnlwriter

          I haven’t even tried bulletproof coffee yet, or read any books, but as medical and health journalist, I’ve read the studies on the dangers of plastics contaminating food and drink. Some progressive companies are doing better, making compostable “plastic,” not (necessarily) to be confused with biodegradable plastic (still a step up for the environment but not always for health).

        • MattyD

          “Highly Recyclable – These filters are the most eco-friendly
          because they are made from 100% polypropylene, making them recyclable
          along with other #5 plastics found in bins, trays, and cables. The
          THERMOCELL Fresh Seal is also recyclable with other #7 plastics that
          turn into plastic lumber and custom plastics. Upgraded Coffee Cartridges
          are designed with sustainability in mind.”

        • Ryann MacIntosh

          no! really 🙂 yay!

        • Penn State Clips

          Which Bullet blender cup? Specifically, will the cups with the handles tolerate the heat of the coffee?

        • Turbyfillss

          Watch out putting hot liquid in a sealed bullet blender will cause it to expand and gush out every where.

        • angela1a

          yes, that can be dangerous I have seen it happen before , the lid flies off like a bullet….

        • tlbirdsong

          gives bullet proof coffee a whole new meaning…..lololol

        • keysey

          And guys, I know Dave says use a blender, but I doubt you have to use a blender for this stuff. Just pour the coffee in a tall pitcher along with the other stuff and use a hand blender. So much more convenient.

        • Coffee

          thanks for this idea – the top blew off my blender and in the less expensive bullet type blender – it cracked the sides. I will try a hand blender

        • Garrett K

          Using an actual electric blender helps to break down the fat, and truly make them more rapidly digestible to your body. Unless you’re using a high speed hand blender, you won’t get the same effect.

          Unless you’re an Android or Robot. Then ignore any previous limitations. Because Androids & Robots.

        • Nat

          Exactly how I do it. Handheld stick blender is easier.

        • Suzie Nunnally Clary

          Um… a hand held ‘blender’ is still… ummm… a ‘blender’. I’m just sayin’.

        • kkh

          Yes it is still a “blender”, but it isn’t a very “high speed” blender. There is a difference. When I travel, I take a hand blender with me, and it does work. But the blender at home, since it is a lot faster/higher speed, makes the coffee much more well-blended and more frothy.

        • Suzie Nunnally Clary

          My bad. ty

        • kkh

          Oh no, not “your bad”, not at all. I was just pointing out that there is definitely a difference between making BP coffee with a regular blender and with a hand blender.

        • Suzie Nunnally Clary

          After being away from my comment then coming back, I found my comment to come off rude. That wasn’t my intention, and maybe you didn’t read it that way. But I learned a lesson about playing with the written language.

        • kkh

          Things don’t always sound the same in text as they do in our heads!

        • zee

          Hence the term ‘bullet blender’ lol!

        • vision33r

          Using a Keurig with a resusable coffee filter is like boiling water and then pouring it through a bad strainer. That tiny little k-cup does not brew coffee at all and just runs water right through the grind. You don’t need a $100 machine to do that.

        • Freedom321

          I just read about putting the coffee grounds in cold water and setting in in the fridge overnight, then strain. It is supposed to be retain much of the nutrients. I suppose you can just heat it up if you want it hot.

        • kkh

          Yep, that’s called “cold brewed”. Good stuff. As far as K-cups….ugh. So much plastic and such horrible coffee. I have been roasting my own beans, and it is amazing how much better a couple dollars and a couple extra steps more tastes. Since we are all lazy bastards that have to have everything “convenient”, now we have plastic EVERYWHERE. Just read about a couple of Orcas washing up on a beach, and they had stomachs FULL OF PLASTIC. All because we want “convenience”. Great.

      • JonBot

        As pointed out in the JRE – even Daves beans have some Mycotoxins present, despite the rhetoric. High end, washed single origin coffee beans will get you close at half the price.

        • Antony Reed

          Have you priced it out?? I sure have. High altitude, single origin, wet-processed coffee beans are hard to find and very expensive. Dave’s brand usually ends up the better bargain, oz for oz when you buy the 5 lb. bags.

        • kkh

          I can buy very high end beans, and they are actually slightly less than Dave’s. And now that I am roasting my own coffee beans, I get those same high end beans for about half the price of Dave’s. Plus the freshness is unparalleled. Just amazing. I thought I knew what good coffee tasted like, but roasting your own (actually a quite simple process) makes for the best coffee I have EVER had. Apparently how coffee tastes is as much about how fresh it is as any other factors.

        • lorreann

          Where do you find high end washed beans? How do you even search for that?

        • kkh

          Can you please post a link to where you get “High end, washed single origin coffee beans” at “half the price”? Because I can get them for about half the price UNROASTED, but roasted? I don’t think so. So please enlighten us. I have done extensive research on this and the “high end” beans you speak of are not half the price of Dave’s. Hence the term “high end”, you know?

      • Ryann MacIntosh

        you can use his blend in a k cup for the keurig steve 🙂 ji think thats what the question was.. does it HAVE to be a french press? or can it be brewed however?
        i think its fine but probably not ideal PD but its how I’m going to do it. i can’t have two or more different forms of making coffee on my small counters 🙂

        • Deb

          I’m kind of leery of using my Keurig since someone posted an article on FB about mold/algae growing in the reservoir. Yuck! Go though all this time and expense to get quality coffee/butter/MCT and add a dose of mold? I don’t think so. I think I could boil my machine in vinegar at this point and still wouldn’t trust it!

        • amber

          You should be cleaning the reservoir.

        • Jenna

          I have a single-serve Keurig and run it through several times with white vinegar once a week. It’s been fine for years (no mold), and I use a re-usable cup which also gets the vinegar treatment. The drip is about 2-3 min, not 4, but it’s a perfect amount for BP coffee and you don’t have to stand over it! Man I love white vinegar, that stuff works on everything.

        • krily

          I recently read that about all coffee makers because who among us really cleans them. I just use a pan of water and a tea ball.

      • Thomas Jones

        He doesn’t waste time and energy on “haters”. I think you need mindfulness therapy for your disorder. Good luck!

      • Jody UncleFester Mohler

        The only way to get truly fresh coffee is to roast your own. He just wants you to buy into this system. Fresh roasted coffee means less than a week roasted.

        • Clay

          It’s actually a bad idea to brew coffee that has been roasted less than a week prior to brewing because of the amount of c02 molecules that are in the beans.

        • Susan

          This is a fact.

        • discerningdave

          Not true, the CO2 almost completely outgasses after 12 hours… by one week, beans are no longer fresh, many of the valuable oils are starting to turn rancid…


          you can get very top quality beans (green) to roast at SweetMarias…

          Keurig is (should be) a crime

        • kkh

          I would say 24 hours after roasting is probably good for off-gassing. But 2 to 3 days after roasting seems to be peak as far as flavor!

        • kkh

          2 to 3 days is perfect. After a week, the coffee really isn’t that fresh anymore.

        • Bingo – I call it a low level pyramid scheme.

    • Jess

      Hey there, did you know that Keurig sells re-usable coffee filters? You can buy a couple for like 10 dollars where I live, and then fill them with any coffee you want. Less waste, too 🙂

    • Shardae Avents

      Hey PD send me an email at so I can send you a sample of the coffee I use! Its amazing and it already has MCT oil in it. Looking forward to hearing from you!

      • Dee

        I’m interested in the coffee / coffee beans you use that has MCT oil already in it??

        • Shardae Avents

          Great send me an address to send the samples to and I will ship them out!
          Kind Regards,
          Shardae Avents

        • Faylin

          Shardae Avents I am interested in the samples also here is my address 3446 Red Leaf Lane, Sierra Vista, Az 85635

        • Facepalm

          Good god, don’t put your address up on the internet! Are you crazy? This isn’t a private forum, hell, I just stumbled my way here and I see your address…I could be anyone, and it’s been already been here for a month? Take it down!

        • Million L. Dreams

          That was my knee-jerk reaction, too, but then I couldn’t figure out WHY
          it mattered. I can go to Google Maps and find the address of any random
          house I want. Faylin’s username isn’t attached to anything (like political views), so it’s unlikely that someone would be insanely offended and go hunting.

          I still wouldn’t put my address on a public site, but there doesn’t seem to be
          real logic behind the fear. Do we just assume that someone will try to kill us?

        • kkh

          You know it is EXTREMELY EASY to get ANYONE’S address off of the internet, right? Calm down already.

        • June

          Address still there, crazy. I live in New Zealand & I wouldn’t put my address or phone number on here.

        • Jd


        • Greg

          Ooh, a piece of candy!

        • DW

          are you crazy??? NEVER post your address (or phone number) on a public forum… that is asking for trouble….since this is such an old post… I hope all is well with you, as you have not responded to any more comments, I hope it does not mean you were harmed by having your address posted here….

      • Rose

        Shardae can you tell us what coffee with MCT already in it that you use. or can you send me a sample?

      • Emilie

        Very interested in this – how can I learn more?

      • Shardae Avents

        Hello all the name of the coffee is MontaVida. I am sorry I have run out of samples so here is the link to the coffee I mentioned. Do your own due diligence as I did before I partook of this coffee. My husband and I are partnered with the company and we launched this coffee last year ( so if you decide to purchase we do receive a percentage I just want to be honest). Here is the link

        Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

      • Donatello
      • kkh

        Can you please explain how you have coffee beans with MCT oil already in them? I roast my own coffee beans, and I don’t see how this is possible.

    • Brainbuster

      Dave said that coffee from Central America has the least toxins in it. And coffee from Africa and Egypt? (I think) have the most toxins.

      • Matthew Wolferstan

        Have you looked at a map? Egypt is part of Africa.

        • Rich

          Have you looked at a map? Egypt is part of the middle east.

        • Ginger in Montreal

          I’d like to see what map you’re looking at Rich. Egypt is most definitely in Africa; to the west of Libya. Where exactly in the Middle East did you think it is?

        • nikkidarlin

          Egypt is both in Africa AND in the Middle East, the Africa being a continent and the Middle East being a region of the world delineated by politics, climate, religion (to a degree) and trade.

        • nikkidarlin

          It’s similar to saying that Greece is Mediterranean and European.

        • peaknik

          Egypt is way East of Libya. There is Tunisia in between.
          But yes, Egypt is geographically in Africa but geopolitically in ME. That’s what confuses many people

        • LPN

          boys, boys — attract more bees with honey. Please, less arguing about unrelated issues. THANK YOU. I logged on as a first time reader and this makes me wonder what i really am looking at. I wonder about professionalism with this behavior. If I’m concerned enough to research an issue, I expect better conversation. Onward!

        • li bARTLEY

          actually libya is to east of egypt?

        • lil bartley

          I MEAN to east of libya

        • Charlotte

          You’re both right, it is in the continent of Africa but it is considered by many to be in the Middle East. In the same way, everyone would agree that Saudi Arabia is in the middle east. But technically, it is in the continent of asia. Semantics, semantics, dont get your panties in a knot over it.

        • Dave Osborne

          This reminds me of a funny story that has nothing to do with bulletproof coffee, but everything to do with geography. Years ago, one of my classmates in a high school history class focusing on middle-eastern history (which includes northern Africa) answered the test question “which continent is Egypt in?” with the answer “Africa – North America”. They were sure that Egypt was in Africa, but their logic was that Africa was part of North America, because after all that’s where African-americans are from. Face palm.

        • Mat K

          I couldn’t resist reminding you that Egypt is in both Africa and Asia, with the Middle East being an area mainly in Asia that includes Egypt, but also covers the African part of Egypt and the European part of Turkey – Turkey also spans 2 continents.

        • Cat

          Egypt is most definitely in Africa, not Asia. Turkey spans two continents, yep, but not Egypt. The Middle East refers to a grouping of most W. Asian countries, and might include Turkey/Egypt for historical and geographical reasons; but Egypt is part of Africa, no doubt. Couldn’t resist reminding you.

        • Mat K

          Egypt (Listeni/?i?d??pt/; Arabic: ????? Mi?r, Egyptian Arabic: ???? Ma?r) is an Afro-Asiatic transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula.

        • Logic

          Egypt is a part of Asia and Africia. “Middle East” is a region. Not a continent. There are 4 continents in that side of the world. Europe – Africia – Asia – Australia. The “Middle East” is within the Asian continent. Yes, majority of the portion of Egypt is in Africa. But there is a portion of egypt, which is split by the Gulf of Suez, which branches from the Red sea. West of that is the Egypt within the Africa continent, and east of that is the part of Egypt in the Asia continent. Which would also make it in the REGION of the Middle East.

        • Logic


        • Dave Osborne

          You’re correct as of 1982. However, between 1953 and 1982 the Sinai Peninsula – which is the part of Egypt in Asia – was occupied by Israel and as I remember it from the class in question the map showed that area as Israel.
          I noticed from your later post that you’re European, so it may be the case that your maps would have shown the Sinai Peninsula ownership differently than in the US. It’s certainly been a never ending political issue.

        • Alex

          Wow! if you are the kind of people that have been super upgraded by this magic coffee then maybe i might not try it after all.. Its like the Cross fit equivalent for pedants

        • kkh

          I was thinking the same thing. Get over yourselves people. Too much caffeine maybe?

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    • nanciesweb

      You can also get yourself a coffee press (around $20) and use your Keurig as an on-demand hot water dispenser. We use ours for coffee, instant soup, teas (with teabags), oatmeal, etc.

    • Ryan

      I used to use the Keurig machine but I recently discovered there is a mold issue with it. I have the machine with the water tank on the side so you’re not constantly refilling it. If you don’t clean it regularly it gets moldy and starts smelling like a fish pond. I thought originally if I kept it super clean I wouldn’t have any issues but the mold grows so quickly I was cleaning it after every use. Then I researched to see if anyone else noticed this. Sadly I discovered an even worse issue…after the first time you use the Keurig machine out of the box it will forever have a cup of water inside, ready for the next cup of coffee you make and Keurig doesn’t make the water hot enough to kill all of the bacteria and mold that grew inside. So I was drinking a moldy cup of coffee every morning for the last couple years. I made a switch to a percolator and notice the coffee tastes 100x better and I feel better. I’m not sure if all Keurigs store the water inside but its something to look into and consider if you are looking to be bulletproof.

    • Adella Gonzalez

      That’s refreshing to read. (Pardon the pun.) I was hoping that it would taste good. I gotta try this. 🙂

  • mtvecchio

    is it ok to just pour the brewed coffee onto the butter (melting it) instead of blending it all? when i get up really early in the morning all my housemates are sleeping so i dont want to wake them.

    • OlavDi

      Blending is not necessary, but it will give you a foamy cup of coffee similar to a latte. Without blending, the butter doesn’t mix very well with the coffee. Instead, just use a whisk and beat it manually; it will give you the same result.

  • James Tripp

    What is a good substitute for butter? I have an anaphlyactic milk protein allergy. Would coconut oil be good?

  • Zaid

    is there a certain brand of coffee that would be good for the bulletproof concoction?

  • S. J.

    I live in Canada and am having a hard time getting grass fed butter (no Kerry Gold in Canada).

    Do you guys have any recommendations for butters that are available in Canada?

    • Dave Asprey

      Organic meadow is closest..,or self imports are legal in certain quantities…
      Sent from my nobile phone. You understand….

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  • David Freeman

    Dave Asprey: There is a brand of “organic butter” sold by Costco at the moment that bears the following description. Does it meet your definition of suitable butter to vouchsafe the right fats?

    –“The cows live outdoors all year-round, with 24-hour access to water, and are fed a nutritionally-balanced diet of organic pasture, organic mixed forages (such as alfalfa hay,grass hay and silages), organic grain (such as soymeal, ground corn, wheat, sunflower and flax seeds) and an organic vitamin and mineral supplement.They are not given any antibiotics or hormones.”

    I anticipate that your answer is going to be “no”, but it seems significant that most of the butter I see in the health-food stores (like Rainbow Grocery in SF) say only “pasture-fed”, which does not exclude substances other than grass –so I’m a bit overwhelmed by the uncertainty at every turn. Any help?

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  • How would you recommend making this if i only have a coffee machine at work? pre-blend the butter at home or something?

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  • I’d like to throw this in…this morning a made 500 ml of Just Us French Roast this morning and then blended in 80 grams of Organic Meadows butter (the only thing even remotely close to grass fed I could find in canada) and 40 grams of coconut oil.

    I drank this at about 7 am. I felt great most of the morning and then at 11am I had to run to the washroom and vomited it all up.

    Also, I hadn’t eaten anything all morning.

    Anyone else have this experience?

  • gt0520

    Hello Dave – heard you on the Joe Rogan podcast and I have one question regarding the grass-fed butter piece. Does it clog arteries?

  • Suzy

    Hi, is there a non-dairy way to bullet-proof my coffee?

  • Liz H.

    What kind of coffee machine do you use? What kind of machine do you recommend ?

  • JimmyJakes

    what goes well with BPE coffee for breakfast?

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  • Trish

    can i get bulletproof coffee in the UK?

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  • Jill

    Can this same idea work with tea instead of coffee? (I gave up coffee a few years ago, and have reasons not to go back to it.)

  • Johnny

    Does anyone know if “mainly grass fed butter” is still ok? and if not does anyone know a place where you can get unsalted grass fed butter in vancouver?

  • Matt

    Any recomendations for non coffee drinkers? I want to start my day with something I can mix my mct oil and butter in. i Try to avoid caffeine.

  • This is my new favorite article!! Keri, read this, and we can apply this to my nutrition choices. 🙂 Please!!

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  • Nikki

    where do I get mold free coffee??

    • Dave Asprey

      Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

  • Have you ever though about adding biohacking your bowel movements to the list of benifits for this coffee or as it’s own catagory? Works for me, talk about time management.

    • Dave Asprey

      Lol if it does that, it may be too much MCT!

      Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

  • Dustin

    Is there anyplace to get grass fed butter in canada?? Maybe online or something??

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  • chris

    Grassfed Organic Ghee by Indian foods or

    Anchor Butter New Zealand, Unsalted
    just cant seem to find kerrygold in the stores and they are sold out of the unsalted online lol good work i guess

  • Tara Meldrum

    As someone in Canada, no where near a place where I can buy grass fed butter (booo), what are my options for alternative ways to enjoy bulletproof coffee!? HELP!

    • Jason Hampel

      Have you tried Organic Meadow Unsalted Butter? I believe they sell this at many organic food stores and I believe Superstore also carries this product.

    • kevin

      Just try Purity Farms Grass fed ghee. You can buy it from Vitacost.

  • Eric

    I was just wondering what benefits the butter has in the bulletproof coffee?

    • Dave Asprey

      Butyric acid is antiinflammatoty

      Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

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  • Thank you, Bulletproof Executive! My boyfriend and I are totally addicted to bulletproof coffee for breakfast. I used to have such a hard time figuring out a quick, healthy breakfast, but no more! My boyfriend loves it so much that he often feels like one cup isn’t enough, and was wondering about having a second cup later in the day. Can there be too much bulletproof coffee, or would you tell him to go for it?

    • Dave Asprey

      Go for it! Just make sure sleep quality stays up!

      Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

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  • Chris

    Hi Dave, a quick question, is MCT powder a good optional for oil? Shipping to the UK is a bit on the hefty side otherwise I’d be getting some of your coffee/mct oil to trial. if not in terms of MCT oil, what are the main things to look for? Thanks

    • Dave UK

      I’m also in the UK and shipping costs have put me off from buying from Dave. I also find it difficult to find unsalted KG Butter, so i use Yeo Valley unsalted and coffee from The Grump Mule Co, Cafe Equidad is probably the best quality washed coffee i can find, i also use PVLs MCT oil, all in all its MEGA, my wife and I have been on this for over a year and we haven’t died 🙂

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  • Rait

    I drank one cup and already felt full. Just amazing what butter can do!

  • Kim

    I would like to try this, but before I do, I’d like to know if I can eat anything else in the morning in addition to the cup of coffee. When I go long periods without eating, I have the tendency to pass out, so I never skip breakfast. Will I still get health benefits from the butter/coffee if I also eat something else in the morning?
    Also, I am not a coffee-drinker. I have the occasional cup of tea, but other than that, I don’t consume much caffeine. Will this be a major shock to my system? Thanks.

  • Red Tide

    Hello Dave

    Just made my first batch of BP coffee and I was pleasantly surprised. I feel great, I am full and have a ton of mental clarity. I do have one question though. I am in Canada so grass fed butter is impossible to find, so I have purchased some ghee to use. Is the ratio used the same? I ask because I thought the coffee was quite oily and separated constantly, I was stirring it like mad otherwise the ghee just floated to the top, which made for some hard to drink sips! I also used Nutiva coconut Oil as I am waiting for the MCT oil to ship.

    On another note for Canadians, I contacted Nanak foods in BC and due to overwhelming demand they will have, as of the end of November, a purely grass-fed ghee. The company told me in recent months they had received a incredible amount of requests for the product. I can only assume it has to do with the growing popularity of BP coffee. Nanak products are available at Superstore as well as local Indian grocers.

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  • lalib

    i am wondering if this process of bullet proofing coffee would work as well with ghee that’s made from the butter of grass-fed cows? since the milk-fat portion is not contained in ghee would that inhibit or negatively affect the final product?

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  • marshal

    Can someone tell me how to convert 30 grams of MCT oil to teaspoons/tablespoons? I’ve started with 1 tsp as recommended on the MCT oil label.

    PS. Tried it this afternoon with a square of Lindt 90% chocolate blended in — amazing!

  • J

    I really really want to do bulletproof coffee and have tried several times but gosh darn if it doesnt make me nauseous every time 🙁 I know its the fats..particularly the coconut oil. any suggestions for a reason and solution so I can hack this bump in the road? thx

    • Matthew Michael Crown

      Start out slowly – very slwly with just a little butter and build up.

  • Todd

    Waiting for my coffee and MCT oil to be shipped, (not complaining) and I have a couple questions. Can I grind the beans and use a Mr. Coffee as I normally would for other coffee or is there some other way I should be brewing the coffee? Also, do I need to drink it all in one sitting or can I save some for later? I work away from home and would want a second cup after lunchtime. Thanks.

    • Dave Asprey

      It’s ok to save some for later. Use a gold filter for your Mr. Coffee. ?

  • Brian Edward Croner

    I’m gonna try it.

  • Helen

    I always sprinkle in cinnamon into my french press when I make Bulletproof coffee.

  • mule2500

    I love BP coffee but it seems to stop bowel movements 🙁 SO I stop BP after 3 days any ideas?

    • Zorica

      Until Dave responds (I hope he does):

      First, determine if plain coffee causes the same problem for you. Then if it does not and it’s only the BP style, then it might indicate you need some help with digestion, either stomach acids or further enzymes in the gall bladder for fats digestion. Either or, you can then further test to see the effects with digestive enzymes and/or betaine hcl.

      Hope this helps.

      • Dave Asprey

        Zorica is right! Lipase and betaine HCL would be good. So would magnesium. I suspect you are still teaching your body to digest fats.
        Sent from an iphone. That means it’s spelled wrong…and I’m probably lost. You understand… -Dave

        • mule2500

          Ok I will get some to help. Thanks again! I have turned many on to your site and wisdom! And many thanks for the transcripts of your podcasts

      • mule2500

        Plain coffee does not cause same prob. I have my gall bladder removed btw. And thanks for quick response! 🙂

  • Paul Walden

    Hoy Dave!

    What’s your take on slow carbs such as oatmeal and pasta when used for endurance and strength training?

    I love the idea of drinking my breakfast, but I do a fair bit of long-distance running and strength training and wonder if I’ll be alright on this. Presently eat a massive bowl of oatmeal porridge and a couple of eggs (together with some really disgusting coffee that I will soon give the boot in favour of the BP calibre).

    Absolutely LOVE your site! Dynamite.


  • bruce

    do you make decaf bullett proof coffee
    I have issues w/caffeine

    • Mo

      Test out White, Green, Black, and Yerba Mate Tea blended with butter

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  • Jumalio

    I don’t get it… here Dave you state that salted coffee is a crime but…here you talk about using salt in your coffee:

    Am I missing something?

  • David

    Hey Dave, would it be okay to drop 10-15 grams of Green & Blacks organic dark chocolate to the bulletproof coffee? I add this into the coffee and it tastes delicious!

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  • Justin

    I’m loving this recipe! I recently wrote up an article about how much I liked it. I add some virgin coconut oil as well, which makes for a great wake up call in the morning. It also makes me less hungry which is a definite bonus. Thanks for sharing this with the world!

  • Hi Dave, I ran out of my Upgraded Coffee and been trying to find something good in town while I wait for the next shipment of your brand.

    Looks like ALL the wet processed coffee I’ve found goes through a small fermenting process after it’s been washed to get rid of the remaining pulp on the bean, is this normal or will that grow toxins in the bean?

    I need some bulletproof while I wait.

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  • daffie

    Psst… we don’t have cell walls. Just wanted to let you know.

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  • jared

    Does anyone know of a specific brand of coffee that I can buy from Trader Joes or Whole Foods? I have been living off Dave’s coffee for months and I am out. I ordered a few weeks ago and they are back ordered. I can’t last the week without coffee and Dunkin Donuts messes with me. I think that Dave is 100% correct with the mold issue.

    I really need to buy some today. Thanks!

    • WestEnd

      I read about Intelligencia coffee and that it fills the bill of mold free and single source. Your mileage of course may vary.

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  • Mike

    I heard that MCT oil reacted to heat the same way as omega 3, which would mean that putting it in hot coffee wouldn’t be a good idea… does anyone know if this is true or not?

  • matthiasak

    So I haven’t ordered Upgraded Bulletproof Coffee yet, but I have had the opportunity to use Kerry Gold butter and some Coconut oil that is 65% MCTs. It’s wonderful!

    And I have gotten some very awkward looks and conversations started when I make it. HAHA XD

    From the autophagy and such last week, I’ve already dropped a few pounds, and my abs have tightened up without any exercise, my skin has cleared up, I’m sleeping heavily at night, and have been getting away with 6 hours of sleep a night!

    I’ve also read Body by Science (great book!) and looked into CSAs in my area that provide 100% grass fed beef for cheaper alternatives to shopping at the grocery store / Whole Foods.

    There is one question I have, regarding the quality of my coffee. I have been using an organic Guatemalan single-sourced whole bean from Central Market, however I read that the oils themselves still get released when the bean is brewed and may contain mold toxins attached. Well, what about cold brewing overnight? By brewing in cold water we keep more of the oils in the ground bean and I can then warm up the iced-toddy if I want to have a better ability to absorb the butter and coconut oil into the coffee. Theoretically this should make some badass bulletproof coffee.

    Is this a good process?

    • matthiasak

      As a side note, I have been taking COLD showers before bed, and I have been able to fall asleep much faster than normal. Having some fat before bed (30ish minutes before) also seems to really help.

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  • marlon


    It all sounds so interesting. One problem, I live in China and can not find that kind of butter let alone grass feed protein. Is there anything else that might work in the coffee?

  • Chris Armiger

    I’m sure I’m missing it or just way overthinking it perhaps. Does it make a difference how fine or course you grind the coffee? And do you mix it right after making the coffee?

  • Chris Armiger

    Perhaps you can make a short video detailing the step by step of how to make the perfect “bulletproof” morning joe for us visual learners….PLEASE!

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  • As a lupus patient I am always looking for ways to be more productive and have more energy. This recipe sounds like heaven but unfortunately, I am allergic to wheat and dairy. Is there an alternative to butter?

  • T Pompa

    Just created a major life-style productivity rough draft for the next 4 months of my life. I will be starting every day with BulletProof Coffee. In addition, I’ll be implementing Dave’s diet. I’m 100% committed, and hoping to share my experience of the products in relation to those who want to experiment optimizing their life-style.

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  • Tried this after I got my Rok Expresso Maker for Xmas. Didn’t realise I blended salted butter. I can confirm it is a crime! Yuck!

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  • SkepticalGenius

    Does this stuff actually work

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  • Robert Rivera

    Hello, I just want to tell you that the upgraded coffee has changed my life! I am a crossfit and jiu jitsu athlete at Undisputed Fitness in Santa Fe New Mexico. The results have been explosive! I have more energy and some guys cannot keep up with my energy levels and I feel I owe it all to the coffee. I drink about six to eight cups a day and I recommend it to anybody that wants to feel Powerful throughout the day. I would like to try a few other of your products with my coffee. I am curious about your cacao and vanilla? Again just thought I would drop by and let you know how I feel. I always tell people about your website and so far my feedback has been GREAT! Thanks for all the great info on your site!

    Robert Rivera

    • Joey

      Yikers! 6-8 cups a day?! no wonder you’re flyin’ high! I think dave only recommends 1-2 cups a day?

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  • god

    crazi dumfuc

  • Shawn J

    Hey Dave. Is it ok to have a minuscule amount of carbs in the coffee? I use erythritol, but I also add about 4g of coconut sugar for its great taste. The coconut sugar is low glycemic. Thanks!

    • Zorica Vuletic

      Just want to remind everyone (which Dave probably does elsewhere). Make sure to have good Mg status (in cells and not blood test with only 1% of Mg showing in blood/serum). I discovered that drinking a lot of caffeine can deplete of Mg. Don’t bother give up the delicious coffee though (well you might want to for a short time while you replete your stores) but instead focus on getting good Mg either from loads of green veggies and/or supplementation. This is my strategy…we’ll see how it turns out. After two days of mg supplementation I am already noticing benefits. Hope it keeps up. I’m also switching to high green tea consumption for now too. Don’t worry I am not giving up coffee—HELL NO way that is happening (too delicious) but for now I need to help my mitochondria atm….store it with Mg.

      Also for every 1 molecule of sugar (organic or not) it uses up 54 molecules of Mg. At least from what I read: wow! I was drinking too much coffee and using too much honey. I ran into trouble. So fixing that now…wish me luck.

  • Rich H

    Hey i’m just getting on the bulletproof diet (starting step 6 of the 14 step process). I was wondering if bulletproof tea is ok. I quit drinking coffee 2 years ago, and I don’t really like the taste anymore. So any thoughts on bulletproof tea would be great!

  • I use a magic bullet to blend my bulletproof coffee/butter and coconut oil, which usually leaves a large head of foam which i scrape off and throw out… am I missing out on the good fats?

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  • chrisinmiami

    What if you are already a little overweight? Do you still recommend this?

  • Took me a couple of hours to work through just the comments on this blog post. Lots of great information if you’re willing to dig.

    Quick question: Any recommendations on how much Lipase and Betaine to consume if experiencing heartburn and or constipation?

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  • Kate

    Hey Dave, I’m a 34 year old woman. I want to eat a Bulletproof Diet now so that when I’m ready to start a family, I can conceive quickly. I know caffeine consumption is not recommended during pregnancy, but can I drink coffee in the meantime, until I start trying to get pregnant (or even until I AM pregnant)? I love the taste and convenience of BP coffee.

  • Otrora

    How much coffee do you grind at once? How much is needed for your 500 ml each morning?

    I, of course, would prefer it as freshly grind as possible and would hate to grind too much and losing the taste by the next day.

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  • How much BP coffee grounds do you use for the 500ML of water it states to use above? First time I made it it was ridiculously strong and bitter. Wanting it to tastes as amazing as everyone says it does! I’m a “coffee with my creamer” kinda chick so no sugar should be interesting but wanting to give this a try along with my crazy diet I just started! Please let me know (:

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  • Lisa

    What if you have an allergy to coffee, can tea be used instead? And if so what kind?

    • Rich H

      I have been using bulletproof tea for three weeks. I tried several brands in that time, but recommend Celestial Seasons. They have a wide variety of flavors and they seem to work the best for me (probably very low in Mycotoxins). Celestial Seasons is a common brand and cheaper than coffee by a longshot. However, I recommend you try out a couple of different brands and see which one or ones work best for you.

  • Matt Gibbins

    Uh I just had my first bullet proof coffee but used 500ml of pure coffee brewed in a stove top coffee maker before I realized you suggested black coffee…Should I have diluted the coffee down to approximately 1oz of espresso to 220ml of water or did I do the right thing? Wow I’m rushing so hard I think I already know the answer but confirmation would be appreciated

  • PoorGuy

    How can a poor guy do “bulletproof”? Is there some way?

    • Rich H

      grain fed unsalted butter (no where near as good as grass fed), mct oil (optional), and tea. Find a brand that works for you. It should not make you sick or tired even if you dial up the dose and add an extra bag or two. you could blow 20$ have 6 brands of tea to try out, and still have just as many servings as 3/4 lb bag of upgraded coffee. Once you find out which one is best for you, you’ll actually save money over cheap coffee!

  • WestEnd

    (@pospos asked about his situation in which the advice was to avoid caffeine because of insulin sensitivity.) I think the oil helps with stomach reactions, acidity, and with hypoglycemic reaction. I use my internal feelings as a guide. The oil makes a difference.
    Test and trust your internal sensors but know that context, what foods are eaten near the same time, and time of day c
    affectsthat. Also exercise does too.

    In relation to the insulin reaction, i have read that fiber mitigates sugar, eaten together. I read it in Michel Montignac’s books re diet.
    Confession: I am only inspired by the Bulletproof recipe and moderate it. . I use a teaspoon of coconut oil in a cup of coffee, plus cinnamon, other spices, think Mexican chocolate spices. Occasionally cocoa.

    Interestingly I have read that MCT oils, which is 2/3 of coconut oil, is literally a food for the brain. I had thought that only sugar was a a source of brain food.
    I tried to find a local source of mold-free coffee and tried Intelligencia,at one of their stores, $$ too but no delivery. It was terrible. It gave me that over-hyped feeling I get from the wrong -usually I’d say cheap coffee. Not for me.

    Disclaimer: Since I am female, and over 65, my body reactions might be different from yours. Someday I will get the nerve to ingest that much fat at once. Just to test.

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  • Armin

    Hey guys,
    I am a bit confused.
    Do you need to grind the Bulletproof Coffee beans first or do you make the coffee with the whole beans?

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  • Is 30 Grams of MCT = to about 2 Tablespoons?

  • Does this work with tea of any kind? I’m a black tea drinker – hate coffee. Seriously.

  • Jason Hampel

    Looks like Organic Meadows is about the closest you can get to grass fed butter in Canada (Superstore seems to stock it as well as most organic food stores). KerryGold is not allowed to export to Canada at this time.

    Here’s the reply I got from Organic Meadows when I enquired about the butter…

    “Being certified organic, they all must abide by the organic rules which include that the cows must eat primarily grass. Throughout the warm months this is more obvious since they are all out to pasture between approx. April and November eating what they graze. However, because we live in Canada and the grass is covered during the snowy winter months, eating only grass is not possible. What they are also given is alfalfa, peas, oats, soybeans, corn etc. During the summer months, in general, the cows are fed 95-100% grass because its readily available. Our farmers also collect the hay for storage to feed the cows during the winter months. During the winter months the amount of grass would be about 70-85% depending on the farm and the quality of the hay that they were able to bring in from their fields. All of their feed must be 100% certified organic, non GMO and must not contain any animal byproducts.”
    Personally, if that’s the closest I can get to grass fed, then, I’ll take it.

    • Gladina Vuletic

      When I’m not hemming and hawing about my tolerance for casein, I am very happy with Oganic Meadows. No it’s not 100% grass fed but I’ve compared with regular butters (since I was hoping to save $$ with regular butter) and you can taste (and feel) the difference.

      Go ahead with the Organic Meadows if our country is going to be stupid with food laws. :insertranthere:

    • CT

      Thanks for looking into this. I’ve been looking around for butter with grass fed on the label with no luck. I’ve seen Organic Meadow though. I had no idea that Canada doesn’t allow Kerrygold exports. What’s the reasoning behind that?

      • Zorica Vuletic

        Reasoning: Although Canada is a great country, our import laws are just ridiculous. That’s the ‘reason’. haha There are many things which we cannot get even from online shopping. Organic Meadows does seem fine though and I am satisfied enough with this brand. 🙂

  • Bean

    Is it okay to use cultured butter that is grassfed and unsalted? It’s the only grassfed I can find.

  • Jason Hampel

    If you’re looking for good coffee beans in Calgary, check out Phil & Sebastian in Chinook Mall. Great Single Origin beans, wet processed from Guatemala. They were recommended to me by DrumRoasters out of BC.

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  • I made my first cup tonight with the unsalted butter, cacao butter, and chocolate powder. It’s pretty good. I’m curious though why it says 2 tbs of butter as 2/3 of a stick? There are 8 tbs in a stick. Himalayan salt is an excellent addition if you have a sore throat, it’s like gargling salt water plus it tastes great. Most coffee in the Navy has a pinch of salt added.

    Will the coffee with that much fat interfere with intermittent fasting or paleo type eating?

  • MustBeSaid

    Just buy some organic white tea silver needles and brew that. You get FAR more antioxidants than this coffee (twice as much as green tea and four times as much as black tea), much less caffeine (which is what makes people jittery, not “toxins”) and it doesn’t stain your teeth like this coffee will over time.

    PLUS, you don’t get all the cholesterol that you do in coffee. Filtering your coffee will remove most of it but if you’re drinking espresso or drinks based on espresso, you’re getting quite a bit of artery clogging crap.

    AND because of the much lower caffeine content, you can drink more of it throughout the day to get a low but steady amount of caffeine to give you energy without the spike and crash of higher caffeine drinks. It also means you can drink more of the potent antioxidants without worrying about being jittery.

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  • Sfredendall

    First time I’ve ever had coffee that taste as good as it smells. Awesome, truly! I’m using a kuerig k-cup and it’s still the best coffee I’ve had. I use a burr mill grinder on medium, is that fine enough for this method.

    Thanks for the badass coffee

  • KP

    Dave, is this safe if I don’t have a gallbladder ?

  • Candra

    What kind of coffee brewer do you use with this bulletproof coffee?

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  • This stuff is beyond amazing.

  • Razi

    Hi Dave, With your lifestyle and all the travelling you do I am wondering if you have mobile BPC kit that you carry around.

    If so can we see what it looks like?

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  • asdfiction

    Be bulletproof my friends (joe rogan brought me here)

  • James

    Hi Dave, my wife and I live in Denmark near Copenhagen. We have the chance to be able to buy coffee in our local supermarket from the place in Guatemala that you are referring to. I am not sure whether it is exactly the same but it sounds very much like it from the label on the coffee bag. When I told my wife we should give it a try, she was like “yaaak! so much butter, that will be awful!” But I just said “wait and see …”. She is now a fan 😀

    Damn that’s really good and filling! I like coffee, and I love butter but I never thought of blending the 2 together. I knew about the Tibetan tea but my mind never made any link with my daily life and habits. Now that we have embraced the primal blueprint principles, things have clicked in so many ways lately and this coffee is just one of those clicks 😀

    Thanks for putting the recipe online!


  • Lisa

    Hi My husband and I have been on the bulletproof diet for about five weeks now – going great and we have managed to help other family members get on track to becoming bullet proof. We have managed to source some really good grain free butter, MCT etc, but we just to make sure we are using the right coffee beans.We live in Sydney and would love to know where to get mould free beans thanks very much 🙂

  • Lis

    Hi, I am cows, goat and sheep milk intolerant plus intolerant to casein – any alternative to the butter?

    • Gladina Vuletic

      Ghee. No lactose, and no casein or whey. All milk fat.

  • Gladina Vuletic

    I have an off topic question. Regarding allergies (as I see about people posting here for butter). Is it possible to ‘get rid’ of allergies if one uses magnesium and especially zinc? Zinc has to do with immune strength and growth. I wonder if it could be possible.

    For example I think in my life time depending on health (and stress) I might be ‘allergic’ to something or not. I am not sure and I just have to test things as I go. But I would like to know if anyone ‘got over’ their allergies (also think of GAPS and how Dr. Campbell-McBride believes that with GAPS one’s gut can be restored and many allergies (and behaviours) can be restored.

  • Brad53590

    Having the hardest time finding the butter? Any suggestions? Online is always sold out and can’t find it locally.

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  • JuiceDaddy

    I live in British Columbia Canada and I don’t have access to grass fed butter so what do you recommend I substitute with if I can at all? Please help me :'(

    • Steve

      They have cows creamery unsalted butter at whole foods in vancouver, which is a grass fed butter from PEI. Hope this helps…

  • Kas Mason

    What about using Ghee?

  • Healthnut on Wheels

    Whats up Dave. This is Miguel in Miami. Man, i’ve been reading about you and listening to podcasts in which you have been the guest speaker. I’ve just ordered 5lbs of coffee and your MCT oil. Cant wait to get it man. I freakin LOVE coffee but have thought about giving it up. Same as you talked about in some interviews. I just dont feel right. alot of times i get bloated and it feels as if it gets in the way of my digestion etc…Anyway, I own & operate The Healthnut on WHeels here in Miami. We’re a foodtruck and now, cause of the success of the foodtruck, we have a meal delivery service which is kicking booty! Check us out at and check us out on IM. I post pictures everyday of what we’re cooking for everyone. My clients range from ladies wanting to fit back into their “skinny jeans” to elite athletes getting ready for the Crossfit Games. I love what i do and improving the quality of peoples lives through nutrition is my passion. I spend all my driving hours listening to podcasts and to be honest with you ran out of podcasts to listen to from my go to guys such as: (CHris Kresser, Robb Wolfe, Everyday Paleo, That Paleo show, Underground wellness, This week in Paleo etc, etc…) so i was searching for some new stuff and i finally heard someone interview you today and well, the rest is history. I loved what i had to hear and havent been able to get enough all day. I have experimented with coconut oil in my coffee in the AM while skipping breakfast and honestly, I do feel great and have mental clarity. I’m sure theres better though and I’m convinced i wil love your product. Looking forward to it. here’s my email in case you want to reach out. Take care.

    • jbug

      so great!

  • Joyce

    Really, really…I have been drinking my morning coffee for over 60 years and believe me it hasn’t killed me yet. Grandparents drank what coffee they could get during the war..lived to be in their 90s and 100. Besides who in the world takes that much time to make a cup of coffee. Butter..BUTTER!???? In my coffee.yuk.

    • god++

      I don’t even like coffee, but my grandparents love it (they grow coffee themselves), and they are healthy and strong. But I agree with you, if drinking this would make you live an extra year, don’t you lose more time by making such an elaborate drink every single morning?
      What matters in the end: genes.
      The longest living person in the world used to smoke and ate a crapload of chocolate every day…

    • CT

      I thought it would taste gross myself initially; however, I actually stayed open minded and TRIED it before knocking it.

      With butter or coconut oil blended in, it actually tastes like a really amazing latte. It’s quite surprising.

      Additionally, the time commitment to make a cup of this coffee is around 5 minutes. So I don’t know why you think it takes a long time, unless 5 minutes is a long time to you.

      Cup of Coffee = 2 minutes to make (using an Aeropress)

      Throw coffee into a blender, throw in tbsp of coconut oil, and blend = 1-2 minutes

      Total time = ~3-4 minutes

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  • Hello Dave,

    -10 degrees? Is that F or C?

    And more importantly, should 4-500 mL be interpreted as 4 times 2 mugs, each 500 mL, or one mug, between 400 and 500 mL?

    Where I live, a ‘cup’ of coffee, is served in the French tradition, about 6 fluid ounces or 180 mL, whereas a mug is about 12 fluid ounces, or 360 mL – neither of which is the half-pint ‘cup’ used for measurement.

    Sorry if I’m being too semantic, I’ve got adegree in Engineering, I suspect a hint of Aspergers, and worst of all, I haven’t had my coffee yet today 😛

    (going to attempt quantity 1 @ 500 mL serving of coffee, with 2 tbs unsalted butter. If successful, I’ll add coconut oil next time.)

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  • god++

    You can’t upgrade your IQ by 20 points, You can’t upgrade your IQ at all…

    Also, tea > coffee

  • Julia


    I love bulletproof coffee. I love coffee in general.
    However, I’m concerned about how the caffeine will affect my adrenals over

    I understand why you advocate the coconut oil and butter for
    the brain. But can you more specifically address the coffee and caffeine
    aspects? Yeah, coffee/caffeine makes me feel like superwoman. But is regular
    consumption going to result in adrenal burnout?

    I read the Better Baby Book. And I understand that caffeine
    is to be avoided during pregnancy. So if it is not good for fetuses, explain
    how caffeine might be good otherwise. I would love to hear you say that my
    adrenals will be fine, but I really want to know the truth.

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  • Dan

    This is the best thing I discovered in years. I got your 1 month supply 2x now. I make 6 cups of the bulletproof coffee, 3 tablespoons of Kerry Gold, and 3 table spoons of MCT. Best breakfast ever. Anyway, do you think that is to much on a daily basis? I usually drink it from bfast until lunch time. I’m never hungry and have tons of energy. Thanks so much!

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  • My first cup o’ Bulletproof Coffee

    Shipping on my coffee and MCT Oil was lightning quick, thanks! My Hario V60 Pourover from Amazon arrived in the same shipment so that was a good sign. I was off on an adventure now. Hmm. How much coffee is 20 grams? Sent me to the internet … Oh wait, the handy instruction sheet says to just fill the included scoop to the ‘tippity top. Nice. Though the unbleached number 4 filters I bought looked right in the store, that no longer appears to be the case. I need pointier ones. The Hario calls for something called “mountain fold” … arrrrrgh? Just need to get this coffee in me, so I make it work … pre-moistening the filter like in the Vimeo demo. Now it’s time to pour, only I
    have way less coffee than in the pouring tutorial, so this ain’t taking no three minutes. That’s for people making several cups that can afford the luxury of pouring quicker and a little sloppier. When you only have enough grounds for a single cup you have to pour a bit, let it seep through, pour again … let it seep. 10 minutes and counting. No coffee on my lips yet. By the time I’m done, most of the coffee is now room temperature and way too lukey to melt the Kerry Gold unsalted butter. I heap it in anyway plus a teaspoon of MCT for good measure. We’re doing this first cup up right! I don’t have a hand blender on me … don’t even know what one is. Neither did Bed Bath and Beyond. I resort to
    just pouring the preparation into my blender. This appears to work great as the coffee starts to get nice and brown and actually looks good enough to drink. Only problem is, it’s more a frappacino at this point. So I pour it all into a saucepan to warm it up because we no speaka’ the microwave around here. Now …
    twenty five minutes after I first embarked on this crazy journey, I am about to get my first taste of Bulletproof Coffee …. All I gotta say is … this better be a John Travolta at Jack Rabbit Slim’s like epiphany here, or I may wind up disappointed …

    Alright … owwwwee … it’s still a little hot … I blow .. here we go … first taste goes down the throat …

    BEST CUP OF COFFEE I EVER HAD IN MY LIFE! Oh my god … so creamy … so tasty … exactly what I like. THANKS DAVE!

    Now if I could just get this prep time down to under fifteen
    minutes …

  • Staci C

    This has been bugging me, you say “30 grams” of MCT oil, but the bottle measures dosage in “1Tbsp (15ml)” so how much is 30 grams?!

    • Nat

      30 grams is roughly 1oz. 1oz is 2 tablespoons

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  • JM

    Recently being diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) and finding energy levels, alongside, times of complete fatigue general day to day life can be a massive problem, followed by steroid treatment which causes for some people insomnia, its been recommended to me by my brother and best friend to give your Bulletproof coffee© a try! so here goes….if you guys are interested I will post the results 2 weeks from now :0) if I may, in finding the results positive would like your permission to post links and results on my MS society blog page. kindest regards

  • Soren


    I love Bulletproof Coffee! I have a couple questions…. If I drink BPC and then run and lift can I drink protein after? should I wait until later when I’m hungry? I just don’t want my body to start burning muscle. Am I way off base? Not too knowledgable about this stuff so be nice! 🙂 I really appreciate your input.


  • Jackie Thomson

    Hi Dave, can I get your Upgraded Coffee Beans in Ireland?

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  • G

    What if your diet already includes grass fed butter and coconut oil – -would adding even more to the coffee be overkill? I was more interested in the quality of the beans….

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  • Pamela Rose

    Is there a way to properly store the stuff? I’m a first time drinker, and I stupidly made 700 ml all for myself, and now I think I’m feeling the richness get to my head. :/

  • Bob

    Great bulletproof butter in NZ – Organic Times unsalted butter, grass fed, beautiful flavour, no hints of rancidity (guts me sourcing great butter then discovering the taste is not all there), also available through HuckleberryFarms Retail.
    NZ equiv of Kerry Gold would be Mainland butter. Pesticides, hormones used etc

  • I just started this concoction this morning although I used instant coffee. I was unaware as I heard about this from a podcast by the “Superhuman Coach” I have to say I was scared to try it but it was delicious and satisfying! On the road to weightloss!

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  • Rathnam

    Dear Dave,

    Can you describe for me how butter is supplementing the ratio of healthy fats that are exquisitely important for your theory to actually work? I ask because I was always under the impression that the nature of animal-derived fats promotes inflammation and the biochemical processes linked to heart disease and cancer.


  • Ben Abecassis

    Apologizes if this has been asked before, but where I live I can’t find grass-fed butter. Would I benefit at all from normal butter or should I just skip it and use good coffee and coconut oil?

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  • ben

    So how butter and oil is needed for a single cup of coffee?

    Also can a french press style coffee maker work with this method?

  • ben

    Oh, and can homemade ghee (from kerrygold i suppose) be used instead of butter, just to make the blending a bit easier?

  • twiggz

    Can you blend protein powder with it? To kind of make a high protein bulletproof mocha?

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  • ok, i really love the bullet proof coffee except i feel i must post a warning…if you decide to mix it with a hand blender, even if your jug is a foot tall, you will end up with a bulletproof coffee coated kitchen, ask me how i know

  • There are no references to scientific literature in this article, causing me to doubt the validity of the statements made. You need to link to relevant studies if you’re making strong claims.

  • Meedia

    Tried my first one this morning. I am worried about my heart with two tablespoons of organic grass fed butter and MCT oil floating around my veins! Psychologically we’re programmed to avoid that much fat from a young age aren’t we? But I will say that 2.5hrs later I do feel alert and zoned in. Can’t help feeling I might be a little hungry before lunch, but I look forward to sticking with it for a week or two to see if it makes a difference to weight and or energy levels.

  • Bulletproof Dee

    Hi Dave and Armi!

    Thank you so much for doing what you do. I discovered Bulletproof coffee just a month or so ago and I LOVE it. I have shared it with anyone who is interested and when I have the chance to make it for them, they love it. Even got my mom to try it and she loves it. I love being Bulletproof, my life rocks so much more now. Since starting the intermittent fasting, I’ve been losing “fat” effortlessly. I have been feeling for satiated and not hungry all the time. I’ve been listening to your podcasts and your guests and have learned so much. You have truly influenced my life and the lives of so many others. I am reading “Wheat Belly” and look forward to ditching wheat for good, (I never knew!). I look forward to more content! Thank you DAVE!!


  • pwnstar

    I recommend making your own butter, Kerrigold might be decent in the states, being a european style cultured butter, get some jersey milk/cream and churn your own, much nicer.

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  • This part is confusing me. How much coffee is 4-500 ml (2 mugs)? Do you mean between 4 and 5 hundred millilitres = 1/2 litre? Or 2 mugs that are 500 millilitres each = 1 litre? Or is it 4 x 500ml = 2 litres?

  • Roxy

    I’ve been wanting to give this a go but have had no luck finding grassfed butter within toronto… Boo!

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  • I wish I could find unsalted pastured butter, but the only Kerrygold or other brands around where I live are salted! I did find Organic Valley Cultured Butter that is unsalted though. Would this work??

  • Tara Davis

    Oops! I used salted Kerrygold. Now I know why I thought it was disgusting. Take two approaches. Thank you! 😉

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  • Hi Dave!

    You’ve brought me out of coffee drinking retirement with this concept of bulletproof coffee. My biggest problem is I don’t seem to respond well to caffeine…or at least I think that’s what’s happening. I’m not at full on shakes, but there was some nausea today. Also, you mentioned you suffered from adrenal fatigue, and I have been repeatedly taught that step one in repairing the adrenals: cut the caffeine. How did you approach it? Are the mycotoxins et al largely contributors to the adrenal fatigue perhaps? And yes, adrenal fatigue is an issue.


    • Gladina Vuletic

      Good news!! Dave has BP decaf coffee now! Woo hoo!! It’s Swiss water process, so it still ensures the same non-chemical and non-mycotoxin beans as his regular caffeinated coffee.

      I start to learn slowly that yes, maybe caffeine is not the best for adrenals if one is compromised. Oooo well.

      Good luck Frederick!

      • I just saw that too! I’m going to try the caffeinated version first actually (should show up tomorrow). I’m wondering if the bulk of my problems with coffee over the years hasn’t been simply the mycotoxins in the first place. I’ve been using some organic coffee that I’ve had, and it’s seemed pretty good. I was travelling this weekend, and had the hotel do the blending of the butter and coconut oil. It was OK, but the coffee definitely didn’t make the grade.

      • I’ve been drinking the caffeinated Upgrade coffee with the MCT oils this week, and I’m finding I’m getting an upset stomach about an hour after finishing. I’m not getting the nausea that I used to have with standard coffee, but general discomfort that I have not experienced before with pretty much the same ingredients (hotel coffee all last week too). I’m thinking it’s the MCT oil or the upgraded Anti-aging supplement. Anyone else experience something similar to this? I’m figuring its most likely my body getting used to something different, but still disconcerting.

        Thanks in advance for your thots/replies!

  • Roger

    Wow. I’m a fan of Provigil/Nuvigil and coffee. And I’m aware of the benefits of grinding your own coffee shortly after it’s been roasted. But you’ve made me rethink the optimal coffee bean. I’m definitely giving Bulletproof Coffee a try.

    BTW, your last comment was “P.S.S.”, but you really meant “P.P.S.” for “post postscript”

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  • Bamagrl

    I tried this coffee for the first time it was amazing but I it was lacking a little sweetness that I like. Since I don’t like stevia I added a teaspoon of blue agave and it was perfect. Is this a no no or is it ok?

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  • akpesca

    The coffee tastes great! Unfortunately,
    it made me throw up…

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  • bob

    Why not just drink the grease straight? What’s the need for the coffee?

  • Pat

    I don’t like coffee. Could this work with green tea?

  • Wow – Dave honestly I thought this was gonna taste bleeeurg but amazing….it tastes really nice! Like creamy milky coffee. Here’s hoping for ‘limitless’ in a mug 😀 Thanks mate

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  • Guest

    I am such a newbie to this that I am still waiting for my first shipment of bulletproof coffee and mct oil. But in the mean time, I’ve been using good matcha green tea powder and nutiva coconut oil in place of the mct oil to make it. I was able to find some grassfed cultured butter. I am in Portugal so this was not easy. It is French and says it is medium salted. Tastes ok. I have to say, the flavor and energy of this drink is amazing! I am completely full until lunch or mid afternoon depending on when I drink it. It taste like a buttery matcha green tea latte. Oh and I add a bit of vanilla. I absolutely cannot wait to try the coffee. Thanks!

  • HL

    Dear Dave,

    I am such a newbie to the bulletproof diet that I am still waiting for my first shipment of bulletproof coffee and mct oil. I just wanted to share that I have been using your recipe with matcha green tea powder instead of coffee while I wait. I have to say that the taste is amazing and I am full for hours! Luckily I have some nutiva coconut oil and was able to find some grassfed butter. Thanks!

    • HL

      Sorry, I didn’t mean to comment twice. I thought my first comment didn’t post. LOL.

  • David

    Read “That’s because toxins in cheap coffee (Starbucks included) will steal your mental edge and actually make you weak, but clean coffee actually fights cancer and provides antioxidants.” and raised an eyebrow, then got to “Grass-fed butter is much healthier than other butter.” and stopped reading.

    Pure comedy gold! Well written!

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  • Jasond

    Hi Dave,

    Just listened to your call with Mark Divine, both you hosting and him hosting today on the 18th.

    I started mixing your formula for the coffee and I ordered all your ingredients but just couldn’t wait to get started. So I started with Pete’s coffee, grassfed Ghee, and straight coconut oil. Day 1 was amazing, I could tell my body was craving it but I stuck to 1 dose per day. I am now on day 4 while I wait for all the bulletproof ingredients to arrive and I am noticing some changes.
    500ml of coffee per day

    1) I feel like after dosing with this for 4 days straight, 1x per day that my tank is full and I am not quite craving it as much. Is that a function of using “nonbulletproof coffee” or regular coconut oil as opposed to MCT oil?
    2) My girlfriend and I have both noticed appetite suppression, we are both very active lifters / crossfitters and I work very long hours at my job as well so my thought is that I am worried that I am getting sick if I am not hungry, but after your statement about physiology I am thinking that it is the fat intake. Your thoughts?
    3) Is there any negative reaction if we add cinnamon or other things to the coffee? My initial thought was that the cinnamon was acting as an appetite suppressor?

    I can’t wait for the REAL STUFF to show up so I can be mycotoxin free in my coffee! I work in agriculture so I can appreciate the threat of such toxins in our own food supply. My goal is to change the food we eat (in a positive way).

    Thanks for your response!

  • Ecoterrian

    Thank you, for this wonderful Ideal, I myself can not drink coffee but my wife does and loves at least two cups a day. I worry about her not getting enough proper foods and vitamins for her heath as she is a survivour of a brain tumor removed 3 years ago. She will enjoy something that can be healthy if added to something she truly enjoy’s. thanks again

  • lwbarbara

    Hi Dave,
    Dave, I received my order of your Upgraded Coffee and was so excited to start my new morning routine. I went out and bought a grinder and french press. I made it this morning for the first time, while it tasted good I have been nausea since then. I suspected it might be too much butter for my stomach so I took anti-refux meds and a couple Tums but that hasn’t help. I’m thinking of reducing the amount of grass-fed butter. How much do you recommend for a starting point.

    • Gladina Vuletic

      Here’s some things to consider. 1 DON’T use ant-acids. Your stomach acid is probably too low instead of too high, therefore it tries to give acid but instead is misplaced into acid reflux. 2. To handle fat digestion you can try things like ox bile to help digest fat. 3. Just double check you do not have any dairy allergies and see if you get the same problem with just ghee. I find for me I need to be careful with the amount of butter I have otherwise it will be inflammatory for me. Hope this helps, and please stop using ant-acids unless you actually have evidence of a peptic ulcer that was actually caused by too much stomach acid.

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  • Patty g

    Can I please ask for the nutritional content?

  • Valina

    I use Ghee instead of grass-fed butter. Is that okay? If not, where can I buy grass fed butter. Also at supermarkets or only at natural food stores?

  • John

    hi fit

  • Is BPC just for mornings? And how many cups in the morning? And should you drink it everyday?

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  • Judy

    Will this work with ghee or goat butter? I’m not allowed cow butter and want to try it.

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  • Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the recipe its changed my life and part of my daily ritual. I cant wait to start out my morning with bulletproof coffee.

    On my blog I posted an article entitled: Leaving Tips 006: How to Feel Invincible in 10 minutes. The equation is bulletproof coffee + green juice = invincible. My post can be found @

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge in hacking the human biology.


  • B

    Dave, I just want to say THANK YOU.

    I had a friend who used to drink what he called “Ming Tea” (which makes sense to me now since the Ming dynasty was the Mongol ruled dynasty, and they are from the steps near Tibet) it was essentially what you described having found in Tibet. At the time I thought he was crazy for drinking so much butter, and I just assumed the reason he was thin and perky was genetic. After finding this post and being reminded of the Ming Tea claims my friend had made I decided to try your coffee recipe. All I can say is WHOAH! I feel like I could go ten rounds with Mike Tyson, or run a marathon, or just make it to work with a spring in my step. I am two weeks in and I don’t think I will ever stop.

    Got some of your coffee on the way, and I can’t wait to see the difference between that and the stuff I am drinking.

    Anyway, if you stumbled onto this blog post, and are reading this comment unsure about whether or not BulletProof Coffee is legit, it is. Too legit even, maybe even too legit 2 quit, we will see.

    • j

      great comment! I love it too!

    • Anonymous

      A minor nitpick; the Mongol-ruled dynasty was the Yuan dynasty.

  • iamdaedotcom_edmproducer

    Hi Dave – Just curious what sources you used to determine the amount of mycotoxins in coffee?

  • Keri

    What is the best way to store the coffee beans to keep them at their best?

  • Midnitemoon222

    I followed the exact instructions above and made the bulletproof coffee and it made me sick for the whole day. I even threw up. What did I do wrong?

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  • ChadB

    Have you ever considered/tested the health value or chemical constituents in lightly roasted coffee versus dark roasted?

    If non-roasted nuts are better for you then it seems like something similar should be true for coffee.

    Love the products and knowledge here!

  • Aileen

    If one cannot stand drinking coffee, would it be ok to use green tea or some other drink?

  • james

    been doing this since the beginning of the year, notice some difference but not the huget hat a lot of people say and i am often hungry within 3 hours. My wufe finds it works perfectly for her.

    Let me say one thing, the coffee is not wonderful as it tastes like coffee with butter! I did drink my coffee black and with one

  • james

    sorry hit emter to soon, here is the rest

    Let me say one thing, the coffee is not wonderful as it tastes like coffee with butter! I used to drink my coffee black and with one spoon of sugar so switching to no sugar and dairy in coffee is a big change for me, but even my wife says for taste the coffe with mile is better.
    I know people this has worked rally well for, i would say worked 50% for me but enough that i still do it but i think more our of habit than anything else

  • Hunter

    So instead of mct oil, half to one table spoon of coconut oil? How much differance between the two oils is there?

  • kreppertmom

    I don’t like coffee, can’t stand the smell. Do I have to start drinking coffee to do BP diet?

  • Alex

    Anyone in the UK on here trying this out, what butter brand do you use?

    • Ryan

      Yeo Valley Organic

  • Alex

    Also are there any non dairy butter alternatives that can be used with this recipe?

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  • Love it! Thanks so much for this..

  • Ronin_84

    I first saw coffee with butter on the Korean show Iris. I thought it would be disgusting, but I became more interested. Normally I can’t stand regular coffee because it’s bitterness and only drink lattes with extra whole milk. Is this something I would enjoy?

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  • fjwolski

    Hey Dave,

    Thanks for all your work. I have just tried your coffee, and like it a lot. I used to drink tons of coffee few years back – way beyond healthy limits I guess – I’ve quit for few years now I’m back but drink significantly less. There’s something about BP coffee that makes it taste great, just as a plain black french-press coffee.

    BUT, I have also tried few times your recipe with MCT oil & butter, and I cannot do it. Simply can’t. To me, it’s disgusting. I tried both Kerrygold and Smjor butters, different amounts of it, … The effect is there (lots of energy and no hunger for many hours after the morning buttery coffee) but it’s an absolute pain to drink it. Any suggestions?


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  • Dave, I have a question about the Kerrygold butter. Does it matter that it is pasteurized? I have tried raw grass-fed butter but the Kerrygold simply tastes better. Is it a big deal to eat pasteurized butter or should I stick with the raw stuff?


  • Rizzo

    I found an amazing unsalted grass-fed butter that is better then Kerry Gold I was using. Anchor Butter link attached I have found it in a few grocery stores that carry it in Chicago, I hope you can find it and try it out. It is so worth the hunt.

  • Kb910

    Dave, I have been looking for the Kerry Gold all day long and have only found it salted. Do you know where I can go online to purchase it?

  • Frank Harris

    Coffee fans say light roasts retain more caffeine and original flavor of the bean. Is this true? Is so, I’m totally in favor of a light roast option with more natural caffeine.

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  • Lori Randall

    Can you do the same with black tea? I’m not a coffee drinker.

  • mumrah

    my son recommended this to me, as i get very tired and have difficulty in focusing, so here goes and i will get back to you with the results. Jacqs

  • Can ground flaxseed be added?

  • Kylie

    what is the diff between you MCT oil you “extracted” and coconut oil… you say your “extraction” process makes it 6x stronger than coconut oil- which, as we know is a MCT. why would i not just add a tablespoon or so of the MCT containing Coconut oil?

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  • I stirred the butter into my first cup of coffee.
    Blended the second cup…I was amazed at the difference blending made to the look, consistency and taste of the coffee. Definitely make sure to blend it!
    So far, so good.

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  • What are your thoughts about adding some Organic Cocoa or cinnamon to flavor it up??

  • I am 38 and a total coffee rookie (when I go to a coffee shop I literally ask them for whatever they have that tastes closest to a choc shake, lol). Have never cared for typical coffee taste but decided to order the upgraded coffee, MCT, and anchor grass fed unsalted butter (found it on amazon) to do the recipe right.

    BUT… how much of the actual coffee am I supposed to put into the coffee maker? I did take the beans and get them ground up, but I just have a standard 4 cup paper filter style coffee maker.

    This morning I tried 1 tbsp coffee grinds, 4 cups water, 1 tsp mct, 2 tbsp butter and I thought it tasted pretty ‘weak’, but again I’m definitely not a coffee snob.

    After lunch I tried 1 more tbsp coffee grinds, just 2 cups of water, 1 tsp mct, 2 tbsp butter and then blended in some ice in a ninja along with 1 tbsp choc powder (but want to try some choc whey powder – would that be ok?).

    It was definitely stronger, but what is the typical coffee grind to water ratio?

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  • Sonia

    Hi Dave- I love the bulletproof and have been drinking it for about 6 months now. I’ve been meaning to ask though- I’m not ‘full’ til 3pm or anything like that. I’m up at 6am. I’ll often have just one bulletproof but occasionally two if I’ve got the time to make-drink-make-drink etc. I’m hungry by midday usually. Would you say your weight loss is due to the lower caloric intake? I know you ate some massive amount of calories and still lost weight but I’m confused if that is what we should be able to achieve with bulletproof fasting…. I eat 100% bulletproof and I’ve just cut dairy (except the butter)- any other suggestions?? Cheers. Love your work. Come to australia! ????

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  • Alex

    I think I must be in the minority here, but I didn’t like butter in my coffee. Has anyone got any alternatives?

  • SeanHoskin

    So I had been reading and listening to the podcasts after my former trainer introduced the material to me at a dinner one evening. This morning I took the plunge and made the coffee. Instantaneously, my body felt like it was on fire. I was alert, sweating and ready for my 4:00 am workout. At the gym I hit the workout with such intensity that my 3 hour plus usual efforts were accomplished in just under 2 hours. And I was innervated beyond belief still afterwards and not hungry! Amazing!

  • Jane

    I just finished my first week and a half of bulletproof coffee.

    I started with the full recipe, with the butter and the coconut oil. Then tried it with the vanilla and chocolate powders, and cinnamon. I also tried adding the cocoa butter on some days. I used Truvia as a sweetener.

    Then, my partner wanted to try it too. So, he went for the full mix, and then also just for the coffee with half and half (gasp!). With just the half and half, no sweetener

    I’m 50 and he’s 53. We use a Vitamix. We each have 2-3 cups a morning.

    So far here are my(our) results:

    On its own, plain black, the Upgraded Bulletproof coffee we ordered is great tasting. I will continue to buy it. With just half and half it is also really tasty. No bitterness, no/low acid taste. Totally worth the money.

    As for the recipe with all the added butter and oil, and/or with the powders, the coffee concoction definitely needs sweetener. I’m still trying to find/adjust the correct amounts of all the additives for taste. I think I added too much of the chocolate, didn’t like the cinnamon at all, and I can’t bring myself to add more than 3 tablespoons of the butter (for two cups).

    After gamely trying what I prepared for him in the mornings, my partner prefers his coffee the old fashioned way, plain with half and half. I have to say, I prefer that taste as well, but, I will continue with the recipe provided with the butter. Why?

    Well, my skin is SO much happier. All my life I’ve had extremely dry, and often itchy, skin. In the week and a half that I’ve been consuming the different variations of the coffee plus butter, my skin feels transformed. Can’t speak to the memory enhancement though.

    I also tried Nuvigil for a week. I do suffer from excessive sleepiness, particularly in the car or at a desk, but this stuff didn’t help me. Didn’t help with concentration either. It did completely erase all appetite, which was very strange for me because I’m a hearty eater. I have stopped taking it because I don’t like the way it made me feel: it was like I was physically anxious, but not emotionally anxious, if that makes any sense at all.

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  • Ryan

    Just tried making the coffee for the first time. I found the best beans I could in the area. Organic, fairtrade beans made by Cafè direct, from Peru.

    I ground them myself, made the coffee, added 1 tablespoon of organic Yeo Valley butter, and one tablespoon of Biona coconut oil.

    It wasn’t the best tasting thing in the world. So much so I couldn’t stomach a whole cup of it. Any recommendations on improving the taste? Does MCT oil have a taste? The coconut oil was overpowering, so that might have been the problem for me.

  • Eileen

    So, in trying to adapt the recipe, I’m confused as to how much brewed coffee to use – 500 ml = 16.9 oz or close to 2 cup of coffee..
    .. and does the whole recipe equal one or two servings of the bulletproof coffee? Thanks

  • Melissa Bishop

    Coffee is not paleo approved. It’s a BEAN, yo. Beans are not part of the paleo diet. Even, ‘clean’ coffee beans (no such thing) contain toxins naturally as part of their defence against their natural predators; birds, bugs. If you are on the paleo diet because of health reasons and you find you are still having symptoms, ditch the coffee!

    • Zorica Vuletic

      I don’t think Dave claims to be paleo. He might say ‘upgraded paleo’ or something like that, only to reference and to attract paleo audience. But by saying ‘upgraded’ that there implies it’s not paleo, but ‘upgraded’ which means to include ‘clean coffee’. LOL I find the whole paleo thing quite ridiculous. Dave might eat a certain way which he finds works for him and if it happens to share attributes to paleo, then so be it. I find it ridiculous to see what our ancestors ate and apply that to modern times: we are so damaged from generations of pollution and transgenerational epi-genetic effects that sometimes what works for cave man doesn’t necessarily work and/or is simply not enough for the people we are today.

      I also point out again that by looking at the traditional societies left today; you still see such variation in diet. And even these people are influenced by overall changes in environment and what is available.. For example, some cultures eat loads of beans (and thrive) but these same people did not eat them when they first started out. Soy (it’s garbage for me and I don’t eat soy with a 10 ft pole) is eaten by many people without ill effect etc. But these same people eating soy did not eat it thoursands of years ago, but only discovered eating it out of starvation circumstances. And so on and so forth. in other words, I do like to look at the corner cases and theorize how things would and would not be for past and present peoples etc.

      But please, don’t go on about coffee not being paleo. There’s plenty of other, better arguments to avoid coffee (for some people).


    • HairyG

      Coffee is not a bean, it is a berry.

  • I like to add 100ml Vodka to my 500ml morning bulletproof coffee. Kickstarts the day!

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  • Eric Giesbrecht

    Has anyone ever experienced a gall bladder attack from this ?

    I’m on my first cup here and can feel a strained sensation on the lower right side of my rib cage… LOL

  • Teresa Lace de Souza

    Its a GREAT Message !

    I will buy my Next Coffee at the Organic Shop – to save Money I was buying Cheap Coffee – where I use to buy GHEE .

    AND I wil try the GHEE Breakfast .

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  • RB

    I don’t drink coffee. And can’t have caffeine. What else can I use besides coffee for your mixture?

  • Nat


    Today is my first day trying BPC. I drank at 7AM 2cups coffee w/ 2Tbs kerrygold unsalted, 2Tbs MCT oil. It’s 11AM now and while I feel pretty decent now, I experienced an upset stomach from around 8AM on. I’ve also had 3 visits to the bathroom with diarrhea. The last 2 were green and smelled like vomit. I’m guessing this is bile. Will HCI’s or digestive enzymes help with this? Good news is I think the worst is over and I’m still not hungry.

    • Zorica Vuletic

      Ox bile helps with gallbladder. (and digesting fats). Betaine hcl is good for stomach acid and it’s role in braking down proteins. Digestive enzymes target depending on what you’re looking for. Some are for carbs digestion, some are for proteins digestion and others are for fats digestion. 🙂 Good luck!! 🙂

      • Nat

        Last night I picked up some NOW digestive enzymes which were recommended by Rob Wolff. It’s now 9:30 (2.5hrs after coffee and I feel great with no upset stomach. For comparison, yesterday’s log shows me with an upset stomach and on the toilet at this time. I also lost 2.5lbs in 24hrs. I’m combining the BPC with Paleo (which I’ve done before). Results have been great thus far. Energy is up and interestingly enough my usually sensitive skin looks and feels better even only after a day.

  • Christopher Suk

    Why grass-fed butter? just for taste? If i usually drink black coffee, should i still put this in?

  • Jeff W

    It took me a while to finally order this coffee and make the bulletproof recipe. The bulletproof recipe tastes very good and definitely gives you long lasting and sustained energy/ mental focus. But the bulletproof coffee black is absolutely amazing. It is the smoothest and tastiest coffee I have tasted and I am a huge coffee drinker. I french pressed 2 tbsp. of coffee per 6 oz. of water and let it steep for 5 minutes. I want the benefits of the Bulletproof recipe, but the smoothness and taste of the black coffee is unbeatable. Every coffee shop should carry this and Dave needs to open up coffee shops asap so people can taste real coffee.

  • zilep

    Dave!!! when is the darker roast becoming available?? i’m waiting patiently 🙂

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  • guber

    what about coconut oil in coffee?

  • GnosticDancer

    I just heard your interview with Jan Irvin on Gnostic Media.

    I then went and just splurged on a lb of your coffee and I will be picking up some butter this afternoon.

    QUESTION: You state that coconut oil is your next best option to MCT oil? Can I used that for the time being?.

    Also, do you ever use just Butter and make Butter “tea?” Can you use it with Tea? Or is it the coffee that is that doing a lot of the work?

  • Joe

    I have a question for you…

    So recently I’ve started drinking bulletproof coffee for about 1.5 weeks and it seems to give me a really hard crash, not much energy, and the shits.

    I’ve been mixing like 1-1.5 tbsp of organic grassfed butter and 1 tbsp of coconut oil with it. I recently found out that the butter is salted though, is that bad? You say not to get salted butter, but is that just a taste issue?

    And I’ve been drinking it within an hour because it cools down quickly (I haven’t gotten the joulies yet). Could this be the problem?

    I would greatly appreciate some help, thanks!


    • scx316

      From how I understand it, you should be mixing way more butter into your coffee. Dave recommends 70% of a stick each time you make it. And try mixing in some MCT oil rather than coconut.

  • Prot

    I’m on a medical diet with lots of fat, so I’m always looking for new ways to get it in. This coffee ist great! Some weeks ago, I tried spooning butter into tea (having the thought of Himalaya, too), and it was a nightmare. I’ll stay with coffee now!!!

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  • Mark

    I am not a coffee drinker. Is there something else I can use with the butter and MCT oil besides coffee to get the same effects? Mark

  • Alison Green

    Mmm. This has been recommended by my chiropractor here on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Am trying it tomorrow am!!

  • Anthony Della Rosa

    I did it this am with a Tablespoon each of grass fed butter and coconut oil. It was awesome

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  • zunking

    I am new to this site – is the author of this post Dave Asprey?

  • Bill Mariano

    Delicious….amazing. This website along with Mark Divine’s Unbeatable Mind is changing my life.

  • eli

    thx for this.. loved your talk from the sexy back summit.. we’re on a similar path my friend… BTW the coffee is amazing
    Eli Wilhide

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  • darinncha

    I am about to start drinking the coffe, and would like to know if the strength of the coffe is important in relation to the oil and butter?

  • Patrick Scott


    I’ve read and researched this for a couple of weeks before trying it or the first time, and I have to tell ya, it just tastes like butter and coffee to me. ‘Delicious’ and ‘Amazing’ are not words I would use to describe it. I did 4c of coffee, 2 Tbsp Kerrygold, and 2 Tbsp of ON MCT Oil. The one thing I didn’t do is purchase the Upgraded Coffee, but based on my findings a lot of people don’t initially. If they try it and like the taste, they move up to the upgraded coffee, but I’m not sure a mold free coffee is going to change the fact that I only taste butter with a hint of coffee. Now, I know the obvious response is reduce the amount of butter used, but doesn’t defeat the purpose of drinking it?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • Patrick Scott


    In December of 2012 I was my heaviest at 285lbs, 6′ 3″and ~30% body fat. I joined a gym, changed my diet, and am currently at 235lbs, 6′ 3″, and ~20% body fat. I started looking for something to kick start my fat burning and that’s when I heard about BulletProof Coffee. After a lot of research on BulletProof Coffee and the individual ingredients over the last couple of weeks, I decided to give it a try. I can honestly say I didn’t think it was that good, it just tasted like coffee and butter. I wouldn’t use words like ‘Amazing’ and ‘Delicious to describe the taste. The recipe I used was 4c of Coffee, 2 Tbsp Kerrygold butter, and 2 Tbsp of ON MCT Oil blended until I got a frothy head. Is there anything I can do to make it taste better? I know the obvious answer is to use less butter, but won’t that defeat the purpose?

    Any suggestions you have would be appreciated.



  • Patrick Scott


    In December of 2012 I was my heaviest at 285lbs, 6′ 3″and ~30% body fat. I joined a gym, changed my diet, and am currently at 235lbs, 6′ 3″, and ~20% body fat. I started looking for something to kick start my fat burning and that’s when I heard about BulletProof Coffee. After a lot of research on BulletProof Coffee and the individual ingredients over the last couple of weeks, I decided to give it a try. I can honestly say I didn’t think it was that good, it just tasted like coffee and butter. I wouldn’t use words like ‘Amazing’ and ‘Delicious to describe the taste. The recipe I used was 4c of Coffee, 2 Tbsp Kerrygold butter, and 2 Tbsp of ON MCT Oil blended until I got a frothy head. Is there anything I can do to make it taste better? I know the obvious answer is to use less butter, but won’t that defeat the purpose?

    Any suggestions you have would be appreciated.



  • Jill Mack

    How about a teaspoon or two of organic buckwheat honey instead of any of the recommended sweeteners so far?

  • Arianna

    Hi, I’m vegan. Was just wondering if this recipe works with vegan substitute butter. What would be my next option?

    • Zorica Vuletic

      My recommendation is to use just the coconut oil and/or MCT oil (but the coconut oil just tastes better) and to not bother with the butter or whatever substitute. (I really can’t see the substitute being any good anyway.) I found for some reason (although it might be different this year) that I can’t tolerate so much butter like that at once, so I just stick to the coconut oil and I have 0 issues with that.

      • Arianna

        Thanks so much :)) do you recommend a certain coffee brand as well? My sister just started weight watchers and she and I would love to try this out 🙂 just dont know any mold free coffee to buy

  • Sean

    You’re aware that animals (humans included) don’t have cell walls right?

  • Makoman

    Hi, can I just confirm the amount of coffee you need. The recipe says Start with 4-500 ml (2 mugs) of black coffee. Is that 4 x 500 ml or is that 400 to 500ml? I’m guessing the latter 🙂

    • joble

      Obviously it’s the latter. The former makes no sense whatsoever.

  • JRo

    Are you familiar with Paleo/zone eating? My husband and I eat this way, using zone (blocks per meal) with only paleo foods and are big into crossfit. I tried this coffee and it’s delicious! My only concern is the amount of fat. I know it’s the good stuff, but for a female my size (130lbs with 16-20% body fat depending on how I’m training at the moment), my meals are only supposed to include 2 blocks of fat which would be the equivalent of 6 almonds, or 2 tbs avocado, depending on where they’re coming from. That’s about 7 grams, give or take. Adding the butter and the MCT oil really increases it. Do you find that bulletproof coffee causes weight gain when someone is trying to build their lean body mass, or does it not really have that side effect when taken in the morning?

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  • Ahmad Awadallah

    Can ghee be used instead of butter?

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  • Ben

    Just as an interesting point of conversation, did you know that coffee is regularly consumed with butter in the ethiopian highlands and occasionally with salt too.

  • Brad

    Great first experience. I was hyper awake and focused for several hours. DO NOT start with 30g (6 tsp) of MCT. As great as those few hours were, I am now sitting on the toilet for the eigth time in the past two hours. MCT oil is a laxative, keep that in mind.

  • Chris

    salted coffee is amazing. pinch of salt in a bad cup of black, turns the acidity around with out making it salty.

  • Tyler Steele

    No water?

  • Bulletproof Deconstructed: Hi Dave, thanks for turning me on to the butter/mct coffee concept. I read your post here last year and tried the coffee mixed as described –I liked it, but since I already felt unsurpassably excellent most mornings, it was hard to feel the impact of this interesting breakfast. But, I’ve continued to use it because I do believe it helps me stay lean (perhaps by optimizing fat-burning, or simply by keeping me away from sugary breakfast items –which is a wonderfully freeing feeling). Although this is my breakfast of choice, I now opt to consume my BP coffee in “deconstructed” format –the coffee, the butter, the mct oil, all separately. The reason for this approach is simply that I like my coffee straight, black, and strong. Likewise, the butter tastes lovely as it meltingly enrobes my tongue in its *neat* form… same for the mct.

    Note: I tried your coffee beans and liked them, but I’ve moved to Portland, OR and buying out-of-town roasts just ain’t going to happen. Now if I see some convincing science that the delicious roasts that I’m buying here actually contain harmful amounts of toxins, I would consider switching over to BP beans, but I haven’t seen any such findings yet.

    Anyhow, just wanted to say thanks for this wonderful breakfast idea!

  • Gio

    I tried this today. It’s amazing.

  • Pinky

    I just tried putting a couple spoonfuls of kerrygold into my morning coffee, and now I feel EXACTLY like that “Do ALL the things!” meme.

  • mccubcakes

    i’m dairy free as well, can I use ghee as an okay butter substitute in butter coffee?

    • JackMarse

      No, repair your gut. Start by eating good quality plain full fat yogurt everyday for 3 weeks. You will then most likely have no trouble with butter and milk.

  • Nick

    Thanks so much for this Dave – i’m 10 days into bulletproof coffee and i’m down from 3 coffees by lunch time to just 1 in the morning – what a great change to my mornings! Really adopting a lot of the principles from your book based on this.

    p.s. keep up the great podcasts!

  • Mr_Beetroot

    If I make this and leave it in a Thermos for an hour will the butter/oil settle?

    I was considering blending this once I get up and leaving it in the car until I leave the gym.

    • Eugene Chong

      I left a little bit left in a cup and then had to rush out, came back 6 hrs later and only a thin film of butter was on top and this was when the coffee was cold. You should have no problems with a thermos.

      P.s. I drank the rest cold and it was still delicious.

    • james

      Beetroot dont worry about it settling in your thermos. Drink it straight after blending or let it sit the whole day. Whenever you drink that huge slab of fat and cholesterol it will probably settle just nicely in one of your coronary arteries anyway. I have stumbled on to moronic threads in my time but this one truly takes the cake. Do you people even have a brain to speak of. If he told you to put yak shit in your coffee would you do it? Most probably!

      • El Cid

        You are relying on old and bad science that was bought and payed for by the margarine industry. What a dolt you are.

      • JackMarse

        CVD is based on calcium metabolism dysfunction. Sat fat with lots of simple carbs is what causes plaque. Then you get a calcium shower to the brain and you are done.

  • Ahmad Awadallah

    I like to take Krill / Fish oil. Is there anything wrong with taking these supplements with my bulletproof coffee? They come in pill form so I would not be mixing it in the cup itself… that would be gross! LOL

    So would taking krill/fish oil enhance the brain focus of this drink, or should I take it at a later time of the day with food? Thanks!

    • jj

      some people have tried that and lapsed into coronary arrest but I think you should be ok

      • Ahmad Awadallah

        LOL. I’m not asking if it is safe wiseguy. 😉

        Just wanted to know if anyone has tried them together and if they experience even further alertness, etc…

      • El Cid

        You are an ill informed dolt stuck in the twilight zone of poor information download from the 1970’s that all saturated fat is bad. Read the new science which confirms the old (not 1970-1980) science

  • Eugene Chong

    Just started and I’m impressed. I have a couple of questions though, can I take papaya enzyme instead of betaine hcl? Does it matter which I drink first, kale shake or coffee?

    • jj

      as long as you take it in suppository form, you can take either, they should both work

  • god

    a stick of butter for breakfast is healthy? you are full of shit

    • JackMarse

      Whatever you do, if you eat high fat you have to minimize carbs and knock out grains expecially wheat and beer. Carbs are converted to sugar including fructose so lipds will go haywire.

  • Kyle MadMonkey

    Can you use organic butter instead grass fed?

    • jj

      no it absolutely has to be grass fed, and not just any grass. preferably grass that has been pissed on by a mature female dog in heat. I find that works best for me

      • Ahmad Awadallah

        LMAO!!! I guess I was not the only one you were trolling.

  • teal

    caffeine is toxic therefore all coffee is toxic. it’s a defense mechanism for the coffee plant.

  • geddy

    try putting ass butter in there too, see how it helps your IQ, better yet, just punch yourself in the face and see how that goes.

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  • Steve

    The Bulletproof coffee recipe calls for “4-500ml” of Upgraded Coffee. Is that a total of 2000ml? Which I think is 2 liters? Seems like an awful lot of coffee? Or is it suggesting 400-500ml of coffee? per serving? Just starting so wanted some more info. Thx

    • JackMarse

      400-500ml (or ~16 oz), just short hand is my guess.

  • f_m627

    Is there any info about fat ingestion in the morning helping to stabilize blood sugar throughout the day?

  • Chelsea Frost

    Let me get this straight:2/3 of a stick of butter in your morning coffee is healthy? WTF is wrong with you people? Even though Dave apparently grasp the concept of a calorie, let me state the caloric impact of 2/3 a stick of butter: 540. That’s about 1/4 of the calories the USDA recommends a healthy, active adult male consume in one day. And your advice for “energy” is to drink several of these a morning?

    Secondly,: salted ( that is, sodium) blocks the receptors for “bitter” flavors on our taste buds, which means that, in fact, coffee made with salted butter would taste less bitter. (I know most of you aren’t the science type, but hopefully, that was simple enough for you.)

    Third and final, what exactly are these “toxins” in ‘cheap’ (and I guess I’m supposed to interpret ‘cheap’ as less than $19 for 3/4 lb) coffee? What evidence do you offer to prove that these toxins are in every coffee except the overpriced swill you are selling?

    • Zorica Vuletic

      You sound kind of bitter. I don’t bother with the butter in the coffee myself, and instead I just use sugar and/or honey. Sometimes I’ll put a bit if coconut oil, but I cannot tolerate the butter.

      I don’t know about calories from USDA for physically fit males, since if you look at the 1950s they said for fit males to eat 4000 calories, but now they have something closer to 2000. So the calories thing still doesn’t really make that much sense b/c it does not determine ‘how’ those calories are burned up within each individual.

      I don’t bother buying expensive bulletproof coffee, however I am lucky to have access to Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee or coffee from Cuba and/or other various tropical locales. It’s pretty awesome, let me tell you. I have drank something like Tassimo coffee or Maxwell and yes—I did not die. I’m a little bit with you on what is the issue with ‘toxins’ and/or ‘mold’ when instead if you support your immune system well enough, these should not be an issue—granted it’s assumed that such mold or toxins or chemicals that they use overall in our food supply simply did NOT exist back in the day and noone needed to sound like a snob by saying mold free, or grass fed or organic etc. It was what ‘everyone’ had available to them.

      Ok, I hope you can enjoy your day now. Try to relax. 😛

      • Chelsea Frost

        And you seem stuck in the past. It’s not 1950, it’s not “back in the day”. I’m calling out an ignorant person on his stupid practice that he’s encouraging others to try.

      • Candace Lee

        Have you ever even heard of what Monsanto is doing to all of our food? Do you even know what GMO’s are? “Organic” is NOT snobbish – maybe you like eating stuff full of pesticides? Grass fed is instead of filled full of GMO pesticide laden corn. Where do you get your honey? Is it local and raw or do you buy it off a shelf somewhere? Most of the “honey” sold in stores does not even contain any pollen, this is how they cover up where it comes from which is most likely China. I try avoid anything with ingredients from China since they killed many cats and dogs in recent years. I make my pets treats (chicken jerky) myself now.
        Welcome to 2013.

    • girl

      I’m guessing that this coffee preparation is not sodium-free whether the butter is salted or not. You can use your science to confirm that. The amount of salt in salted butter would make your coffee taste straight up salty.

      I kind of agree about the last point though; there’s plenty of excellent coffee out there.

  • Chelsea Frost

    And quite frankly, to those of you saying, “I tried it! It’s delicious!” …No fucking duh. You’re drinking pure fat.

  • Jimmy

    Dave I’m not a starbucks fan at all but on what basis are you making the claim that starbuck beans are “toxic” and your beans are pure and toxin free? Rejuvenated by yack butter tea eh? My hypothesis is that you were hypothermic, low blood suger and incredibly fatigued and if you were given any fatty, high calorie foodstuff you would have felt equally rejuvenated. True coffee connoisseurs around the world no doubt breathing a collective sigh of relief you were not miraculously saved by a cup of Yak Shit tea!

  • Cesmode57

    Had my first cup 5 mins a go w grass fed butter.
    Off the bat I didn’t taste the bitterness of all other K cup brands including Starbucks house blend. If fact this is the first time I ever tasted coffee that isn’t bitter. Not to mention it only has butter.
    Will update you in energy levels soon.


  • JohnyBeGood

    I am a big proponent of grass fed raw milk. Do you see any issues with adding a small amount of milk or cream to bulletproof coffee for its probiotic benefit?
    Thank you!!!

    • JohnyBeGood

      Any other knowledgeable people out there – please feel free to offer your opinion on adding raw milk as well.
      Thank you,

  • Xdy

    What if you only drink herbal tea?

    • JackMarse

      Try it! Replace the coffee with the tea.

  • Kyle the advisor

    I’ve been drinking bulletproof coffee for about two weeks in lieu of breakfast, and I love it. I do have some questions about am dosage that you guys might be able to help with. I use two tablespoons of butter and two of oil, but is it alright if I use more coffee? I have always drank a lot of coffee in the morning, but since I switched to this the refill factor hasn’t been necessary. Am I hurting the process by doubling the amount of coffee?

  • Wil

    All I want to say is thank you Mr. Asprey. After ingesting your Bulletproof coffee, and following your diet guidelines and other advice for about one week, I have never felt more energy and wakefulness for prolonged periods of time, for maybe…. since – ever.

    Much appreciated and I will do my utmost to use this new found energy to develop into a person that can add some positivity

  • Caroline

    What about the Blood Type Diet where 0 cannot drink coffee and should not have butter unless it is Ghee.

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  • Vicky E. Johansson

    Just came across this, and can’t help but wonder if there are any alternatives like this for people that are allergic to lactose and/or vegan? I happen to be both, so I don’t have too much to choose from, haha 🙂
    Thanks for a great post!

    • JackMarse

      Eat a good quality plain full fat yogurt for 3 weeks. You will then be able to drink milk as you will have the needed bacteria in your gut.

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  • Sandra

    Hello bulletproof world~~I just received my coffee and MCT oil; had the grass fed butter ready to go. I was so excited this morning I forgot to blend it up, just let the butter melt, stirred it up and am drinking it now. Yes, delicious and I already am feeling rather chipper! My question~my before today coffee drinking habit was adding a little organic agave nectar and SO brand coconut creamer (hazelnut). Whiile I do enjoy the flavor I am wondering if adding these every now and then would be counter-active.. any recommendations most appreciated!!

    • JackMarse

      Agave is high in fructose. So expect your Tri’s to go up. Nix the Agave. Use Stevia if you are a sweet junky.

  • Toby Akurit

    Lovely, tasty and delicious. Very latte-like. Unfortunately, after my first cup I spent an hour on the toilet with copious diarrhea and still have constant nausea. I can tell that I should never do this again on an empty stomach — and doesn’t that completely run counter to purpose, being an intended replacement for breakfast?

    • Howard Lee Harkness

      You need to build up to it, especially if you are currently in sugar-burning mode. If you are a sugar burner, you will not be able to tolerate that much fat in one serving. Try starting with about 1/2 of the recommended fat (or less). It helps to be fat-adapted, which requires a grain-free low-carb diet.

      I initially had some loose stools, but I can now tolerate 6 tbl or more of fat at one time. I generally have 1 tbl of “brain octane”, 2 tbl of coconut oil, and 2 tbl of butter with my BPC, along with a couple of ounces of coconut milk. It is now my breakfast on most days.

      • Toby Akurit

        That seems like smart advice. I’m part-way there (eating mainly paleo) and usually tolerate lots of fat quite well. I occasionally have some mild IBS symptoms and today’s wreckage seemed a lot like a very bad bout. Several hours in and I’m still wrecked. Had to call in late for work.

  • Carissa Li

    why MCT? I wonder.

  • Jonathan Tapia

    First day drinking bp and its delicious

  • DTC

    does it matter if you make your coffee with paper filter or metal filter?
    what would you prefer?

  • MSD

    I am sorry your product uses Palm oil. Palm oil demand is leading to massive deforestation in South East Asia!

  • anthonyd

    Anyone experience any gi distress using grass fed butter and coconut oil?

    • JackMarse

      No, but gray feces. See my post above from a short while ago.

  • Paul

    I use too like McDonald’s coffee. But after reading what is in their coffee, I have found alternative
    which must healthier. which is infused with Ganoderma?

  • Sean Okonsky

    Love the coffee, been drinking it for about 2 months. I have a question about serving size though. I have the bullet proof k cups and ive been using one k cup with 2 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of cocunut oil. It says to be drinking 2 cups though. should I be using two K cups and twice the amount of butter/oil, or one k cup with 16 oz of water? any information would be greatly appreciated. looking foward to buying mct oil in future

  • Jean Ann

    I read allot of comments but find this the weekest coffee I have ever had. Did I miss something?!?!? No brewing measurements on the bag or in the box…

  • Maybe im a little slower, but how can butter somehow be better than cream, when in fact butter IS cream, just churned more?

    • girl

      Cream at the grocery store is not that rich. If you ever churn cream into butter, you’ll see that only the part that solidifies is the butter… there’s other stuff left in the churn.

  • illicit

    Been doing bullet proof for 8 weeks, lost 13 kilos (112kg to 98).

    I play rugby so I am reasonably active, I have lost the weight without any additional exercise (we train once a week, play once a week).

    I am a lot fitter, not sure if because I am carrying less weight around or because muscles are loving the bullet proof, but I can play a half of rugby now at full pace which I haven’t been able to do since I was in my mid 20s (I’m 34).

    Also my recovery time now is way better, almost like what it was when I was in my early 20s, as in I barely notice muscles soreness on the first or second day (second day normally would be the worst) after game day.

    I don’t buy any of Dave’s stuff, I just use his diet guide and coffee reciepe (use vitoria mountain grown as it is the closest I can get).

    Basically this diet is boss. Thanks.

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  • Stayupla8

    Why is there no bloom when pouring hot water over this coffee ? Coffee aficionados will claim this is a sign the product is stale. Is there something unique about this stuff that eliminates the CO2 out gassing ?

  • Stayupla8

    Is there any part of the process that causes this coffee not to bloom when pouring the hot water over the filter ?

  • rebecks

    Hi, just wondering, im using the Coconut Oil as i cant find an unflavoured MCT oil in New Zealand – how much of the coconut oil should i use as a replacement for the MCT oil?

  • Olivia

    I have been drinking Bulletproof coffee for over a month and have seen improvement in my energy level and stamina throughout the day. The only problem is that almost as soon as I drink the first sip, I feel sick to my stomach. I feel queezy and know I need to eat something but nothing sounds or tastes good. This usually last till sometime in the afternoon. I’m also hypoglycemic and start to get shaky and weak if I don’t eat something. Any suggestions?

    • nancy

      Eat something

  • Jessica Peck

    Just curious with all the talk lately if MCT containing palm oil, is it renewable or from the urangutan’s forests?

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  • Laura

    Hey, any particular way of storing the coffee beans? Room temperature? Also, is it ok to make a lot at once and put it in a covered glass pitcher in the fridge?

  • Rus Archer

    been drinking this for 2 months now
    1 with the upgraded coffee
    i don’t notice a difference, except this upgraded stuff tastes lousy
    once the 5 pound bag runs out, goin back to stumptown

  • andyburke

    hi, how do you purchase items?

  • Jan

    I live in the British Columbia interior … we have one health food store and they have quit selling Terrygold butter????…. I’m using organic butter made here in Canada … Ontario I believe…. but from what I understand the Kerrygold is by far superior because of where it comes from being so much cleaner and much less depleted than our soils. I have travelled the southwest USA and I’m well aware of the water and soil issues there so Butter from Canada would be better.

  • paul

    Do i need a coffee machine to make this or can i put the grounded beans straight in a cup with boiling water?

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  • Marco

    So what do you recommend to people who don’t like coffee? 🙂

  • goro

    Dave, when are you bringing out nespresso style pods? I can image 2 pods per morning coffee would do the trick. Im currently doign it myself with those refillable pods, however, they end up being too weak. Anyone here got any suggestions to use the nespresso with the bulletproof coffee? Why? Its easy first thing in the morning, plus i love my nespresso machine!

  • JW

    Does anyone make iced coffee with it? If so, any changes?

  • nora t

    Anyone develop a “tolerance” to bulletproof coffee? When I first started drinking it, it tasted awesome and I got that shot of adrenaline and focus. After two months and switching from coconut oil to MCT, I no longer get that focus, energy and the taste is eh. I used to wake up looking forward to it, now I have to make myself make it and drink it. THoughts? I’m so bummed.

  • nora t

    Anyone develop a “tolerance” to Bulletproof Coffee? When I started drinking it two months ago I had the typical, awesome results – energy, focus etc. I looked forward to drinking it. Now, I have to make myself make it and drink it. I don’t get the results I used to and the taste is eh. The only change I’ve made is going from coconut oil to MCT oil and adding a tbsp of Upgraded Collagen. Thoughts? I am so bummed.

  • ramblingspider

    Eh? Butter contains all of the saturated fats of milk, concentrated. You can tell they are saturated because they solidify at low temperatures.

    Saturated fats have been shown over and over again to raise cholesterol except for one study funded by the American Beef and dairy lobbies (which do you believe?).

    Kerry Gold will not solve your cholesterol problems. Your cells can make, all by themselves, the cholesterol they need for cell membranes (not cells walls which are found in plants and don’t contain cholesterol) and hormones.

    I’m sure it tastes lovely but this is not a healthy drink.

  • Danny

    Wait wait wait. 2/3 stick of butter? Isn’t that a lot for 2 mugs of coffee?

    • ramblingspider

      1200 calories! All in saturated fat.

  • Toronto girl

    Coffee-wise, the closest thing I have found to bulletproof coffee in (toronto) Canada is 100% Arabia coffee beans. I can’t find the bulletproof name brand anywhere! Also, regarding the grain fed butter, I am at a complete loss to where that can be found in scarborough, which is my area of toronto. The closest thing I’ve seen is vegan butter spread..which is NOT even close to butter! Any suggestions/advice/help is appreciated. Thanks
    Toronto girl

  • ron

    Once I get these beans, I need to grind them. I can’t find anything specific here, but I probably want a bur grinder. a small one that just grinds just enough beans for 2 cups at a time. Then, I think I want to boil 16 to 20 oz. of filtered water. Put the beans in a small french press and add the hot water. Then I can get on with adding the butter and oil.

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  • mm

    I have a question. Just started the BP method, is the recipe for the coffee for one serving or two? I have been making my coffee with half of the ingredients and it makes 1 mug. I drink this amount. Do I need to drink another or what?

  • Eric LouveMachine Rapisura

    Dave, I do not want to sift through all these comments but will mct oil “blend” into cold coffee?

  • Shannon Stoney

    The Kerry Gold butter around here is all salted. Where do you find it unsalted?

    • L.B.

      Health food stores/Trader Joe’s

  • Amanda Hawkins

    Why does the coffee come with this warning:”WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, or birth defects or other reproductive harm.”
    Never see that of grocery store coffee.

    • L.B.

      Because the coffee in your grocery store is sent to your state. Anything that comes from Cali/has a chance of being sent to or sold in Cali by a business has that stupid label. It is because Cali sucks and is full of hippies.
      I have gotten fruit and veggies from Cali with that warning on it.

  • Maurice

    So where do we get the right coffee beans in the UK?

  • Québecoise

    My boyfriend being Irish, he grew up on kerrygold butter and sees it as normal butter. Ah, the lucky Irish. Can’t wait to go back: great seafood, butter, etc. And they love the Montréal Smoked Meat I bring in exchange…

  • curiousjorge

    If the coffee beans are already roasted with butter/MCT Oil, why do you need to add it when you brew it?

  • Chris

    Just to let you know. Animal cells do not have cell walls. We only have cell membranes which, I assume is what you meant

  • Ricardo

    Im really sorry if im coming off as dumb put i need help in terms of how you measure the coffee. Each bag is 12 ounces. And Dave put that you need 4-500ml or two mugs of coffee when making it. Im just trying to find how long a bag of coffee would last me but the bag is measured in mass while instructions are put in measurements of volume. I really have never measured coffee since my mother always buys those jars of coffee that already crushed. I hope that nobody thinks ill of me if I say im 16 but i really want to change the way I take care of myself. I listen to Joe Rogans podcast and he always talks about how good and energized he feels while eating right and properly caring for his body. I am always feeling disoriented and terrible everyday.I guess I went off on a tangent but i felt that I needed to justify why I couldn’t measure coffee. If somebody could tell me how its measured in the instructions or many cups 1 12 ounce bag will make I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Jo-Bob

    All the benefits of healthy milk fat with none of the damaging denatured casein proteins found in cream…
    I’m confused. Butter is made from cream. I thought Butter has casein. I thought only clarified butter has most but not all of the casein removed. Is my current thinking incorrect?

  • T.

    What’s up with this disclaimer on the bottom of the page for the Bulletproof coffee beans (Upgraded coffee beans)? I have copied adapted it below:

    Frequently Asked Questions for Upgraded™ Coffee.

    California Proposition 65 WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

  • randifinn

    I use salted butter in my coffee and it’s still delicious. In fact from what I’m reading on other internet sources, salt is traditionally one of the ingredients in Tibetan butter tea.
    Also just a note, kerrygold butters and cheeses are only 90% grassfed and supplemented with corn and soy according to the company 🙁

  • Samantha Cross

    Hi Dave, a young personal trainer who works in a local health food store handed me your website address today and would not sell me a certain product I have been buying for the last 3 months until I looked at your site. I need to lose 25kg and in the last 3 months I have dealt with cancer and just finished radio, I feel like crap and emotionally tired every day. I’m not understanding this diet and would appreciate a little help. I don’t eat butter or drink milk and not much on eggs unless they are curry 🙂 will this diet help me as I’m at my wits end. I lost 56kg 7 years ago on tony ferguson and I am torn as to try this again or yours. The young personal trainer is strongly suggesting the Bulletproof one. Also due to being in Newcastle NSW Australia, what support is available.
    Thank you and I appreciate any help…..

  • JackMarse

    Just came across this and decided to try Yerba Mate Bulletproof with TJ’s Organic Butter (doesn’t mention grassfed) and TJ’s Organic Coconut Oil since those are what I had on hand. Warmed my SmartStick and mixed in 2 vessels. Turned light creamy and blended well; gave me good energy. Went down OK with no digestive issues except my bowel movement 8 hours later started with gray feces then switched to brown. I am thinking this massive amount of fat surprised my liver? Or is this a sign not is all well with my liver?

  • T.

    Why was my comment deleted? All I asked was why it says: California Proposition 65 WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, or birth defects or other reproductive harm. (at the bottom of the home page).
    Is this on all coffee? I don’t understand.

    • Bill

      i see both your comments, it wasn’t deleted

    • Kate

      On the top of the comments you will see “Best” so the best comments will be shown on top. New comments cannot be seen on the first page. You just have to click on it and choose “new” to see the most recent comment.

      I think the site should set “new” as default though. A lot of new comments went unanswered probably because of this too.

  • Paul Rohe

    I’ve had Tibetan tea on Many occasions, they usually add a touch of salt as well, but real salt not the white processed stuff, not bad if one treats it as say a soup first time round, they use high quality stewed black tea BTW. I most mention, because its a common and funny mistake, it’s most definitely NOT yaks butter the Tibetans use, the YAK is the BULL……true, seriously.

  • Paul Rohe

    No such thing as yak butter, a YAK is a BULL, the female or cow is a DRI … Is true I promise…LOL.

  • I landed here via Tim Ferriss’s Blog. I’m going to give this coffee a shot tomorrow.

  • Joseph

    Gonna try this shit once. See what happens.

  • nancy

    I’m not a coffee fan. Has anyone tried this with a black tea, etc? I’ve never been a coffee fan. I’m not sure what kind of tea they use in the Himalayas…

  • Omnivore Vegetarian

    I’ve gone all-but dairy-free because of the difficulty in getting good-quality milk but now I’m intrigued to try this. I am a big fan of eating healthy fats — I started eating eggs almost every day and have been feeling more energetic than ever before!

  • Damien

    I don’t personally drink coffee due to digestive issues, but I was wondering if the butter itself would yield the energy. Would putting this in my morning smoothie work?

  • sheilerama

    Hi – I came to this site by way of comments in Tim Ferris’s site. Would using raw milk butter work as well as the Kerry Gold butter? The farm that I go to for my milk doesn’t always use grass to feed their cows (winter time in New England will do that to ye), but they use oats and other feed (non GMO) on occasion.

  • Reza

    I am dairy intolerant and do not eat dairy. What are your thoughts regarding butter in coffee for me?

    • Really?

      If you are dairy intolerant and do not eat dairy, then you should probably keep doing what you’re doing.

      Next question.

  • matt

    Greetings , I love the recipe ……just trying my first a customer brought his own butter and coconut oil so now I would like to serve it as Bulletproof Coffee….Elevation roasts my coffee weekly and you said just ask…..Thank You Matt White Arvada Perk ….

  • Ana

    What about using ghee?

  • Patricia Lucus

    I’m new to this and ordered 2 bags of this coffee. Got the correct butter and made my first cup today. LOVED the taste of it but OMG…within about 10 min I felt like I was on some kinda drugs? i do NOT like that feeling at all…sure I got a boost of energy heck it’s strong coffee but did I make/drink to much? Said 2 cups on the directions but I can’t do 2 cups too much for me to handle do you have to do 2 cups or it doesn’t work?

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  • aaron

    I’m drinking my very first cup of bulletproof coffee right now. While i can’t yet comment on how it makes me feel, I am pretty stricken at how delicious it is. I assumed this would be a “gag it down” kind of thing—at least until I got used to it—but on the contrary, it’s like a treat!

  • Michael DeAngelis

    “That’s because toxins in cheap coffee”

    Toxins. That solves whether or not I think this site is credible. Throwing around fear-mongering buzzwords without a clue what they mean. What toxins?

  • juan

    So far I am loving my bullet proof coffee, it really does give me a great amount of energy. I do however get ridiculously hungry 2 hours later. I haven’t lost any weight but than again they haven’t created bullet proof beer so until they do that I am pretty screwed. I do have a question though. Can you add protein to your bp coffee?

  • MJ

    can anyone point me in the direction to confirm how many calories are in a standard BP coffee (the stock standard 1 drink) – seems to be mixed on the web and cant really find anything on this page so far . Cheers

    • Howard Lee Harkness

      Calorie counting is an eating disorder.

  • Jennifer

    At first I cringed at my husband suggesting that I put butter in my coffee, but I was brave and tried it. I LOVE it! He also put cocoa in it with stevia… it was better and richer than anything I’ve had at that famous coffee place. Excellent stuff! Also I ‘m much more alert afterwards.

  • Paul

    I like cream teas, will they make me awesome too?

  • HarleyQuinn

    serious questions; how do you recommend drinking this for maximum benefits? In the morning on an empty stomach? Is this your breakfast? With your Modafinil and other nootropics? Just wondering… if it has too many restrictions, like having to only drink it on an empty stomach or not eat anything for hours I’m less likely to stick with it.

  • Leila

    I am a newbie…and i am buying the BP Coffee kit. If i add the BP Vanilla to my BP coffee will it interrupt the Intermitent Fasting? Xylitol (not corn based) will interupt the fasting also? Drinking coffee with no sweet will be very dificult for me.Trying to solve that problem. Please help!

  • MA

    just wondering how this diet will effect children (3 & 5). Are there any adjustments that need to be made for them…

    • Really?

      Do you seriously believe it’s a good idea to give any child – much less kids that young – coffee?

      Yet another argument in support of parenting exams and licensing…

      • Zorica Vuletic

        Don’t be such a hard up. Many cultures have coffee beverages for children (and only after a certain age). They are like 3/4 milk and/or cream. It is not a daily thing either. (But sometimes it is. For example you will see on MDA site about an egg coffee: Many Italian people would tell how when they were kids in Italy, they would get a similar recipe before heading off to school. Some had some porridge, but some just the egg coffee.)

        I believe giving kids cardboard, oops, I mean cereal is an example for requiring parenting exams/licencing. This cereal is put with skim milk. In my books, this is actually close to starvation meal. If one is poor and only has access to cardboard, these peoples would find a way to put butter or cream so as to make it at least nourishing while the cardboard helped them to feel ‘full’ in the face of starvation.

  • Joe

    I drank this stuff for a good 3 months, and every day it felt like I got all foggy and tired afterwards. Yes, I made it correctly, so could it be an allergy? I have like nothing to eat, because my parents buy crappy food all of the time, and I refuse to eat it, so I guess that could be it. That still doesn’t explain why i only felt crappy after drinking it though.

    Also I heard that caffeine can disrupt your sleep schedule for up to 48 hours and that it messes with your body’s acidity…is this true? I heard this from an extremely reputable source: a relative who has been bodybuilding for years and who has been bio-hacking for decades.

    Some help would be appreciated.


  • commalove

    What;s a reasonable limit to how much butter I should be using? I;m up to about a half stick of butter each morning with my one or two mugs of coffee, but I feel like I can do even more. Also, while I love the butter, the MCT oil makes my throat feel weird, so I usually leave it out. Anyone else have a similar experience?

    • Zorica Vuletic

      I don’t know what your history is regarding the sorts of food/nutrition you ate, but if you feel you can tolerate more butter than just keep doing that until you don’t feel for as much any more. It could be a temporary thing in your body craving extra fat due to some possible deficiencies. So you load up on the butter, which gives you more fat, which helps to digest/absorb key nutrients from your diet. I really think that when your body is ‘repleted’ you’ll naturally feel for less over time. 🙂

  • Kandi

    Sounds interesting. Have to try it! Own a coffee roasting business, micro batch roasting grade one only! organic,some shade grown beans. Will try it with our own beans and see!! Thanks for the recipe.

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  • Ben

    Just wanted to throw this out there…Was annoyed that my water bottle was retaining coffee flavor when I put water in it so I scoured the web for a good glass one. This is actually meant for scientific use I believe but it’s 32 ounces and works great and is only $7 (found it on Amazon of course):
    Vestil Glass Square Graduated Bottle, 32 oz Capacity, Clear

    Also you’ve probably already seen this but this is an MCT oil alternative, also on Amazon ($16):
    NOW Foods Mct 100% Oil, 32-Fluid Ounces

    • Howard Lee Harkness

      I prefer my stainless steel thermos (also on Amazon). Note that the price on the 16oz one is currently higher than the 32oz model. However, most items now on Amazon are actually sold by 3rd-party vendors, and the prices may vary substantially over a short period of time. For instance, that $12 bottle of MCT (which is the same brand I use) is now $25.

  • JWein83

    Has anyone come up with a good process to make bulletproof iced coffee?

    Pouring a hot cup of BP coffee over ice just waters down the coffee.

    Should i brew a cup of coffee with the upgraded beans at night, leave it in the fridge over night, then blend the butter and mct oil with it in the morning? Or would this not melt the butter at all and not blend well? I have tried just making a cup of BP coffee at night (all blended up) and putting that in the fridge til morning but that was fun to drink the next day.

    So what’s the best way to make BP iced coffee??

    I would like try adding the 2 egg yolks in as well but not with the whey protein as suggested. Anyone try it that way. I also assume you would only add the eggs into a cold or ‘iced’ BP coffee and not a cup of hot BP coffee??

    • Wendy in Highland Park, NJ

      Coffee ice. Pour cooled coffee into ice cube trays and freeze them, and use those instead of water ice.

  • commalove

    My local healthy grocery store sells buffalo milk butter from Italy … I think it’s totally organic and grass fed …. any thoughts on using some of this stuff in my bulletproof coffee?

  • Trent

    Dave Asprey & Dr. Sarno have changed the world and only people who gave them a chance will understand how and why. Anyone with chronic pain, read up on Sarno. Because of my amazing results with him, I was open to trying bulletproof.

  • commalove

    What is cultured butter? I can’t find Kerrygold at the moment, but I did find some organic cultured butter …

    • Zorica Vuletic

      Cultured butter has bacterial culture. I would feel safe with this and not stress yourself if you cannot find Kerrygold. You will get the beneficial affects from cultured butter. It’s organic, so it’s ‘good enough’. I do not worry about grass-fed as I let my budget be my guide. I feel safe with Canadian food production/sanitation even if it’s grain-fed. I have poisoned myself with Chinese sourced food, so I know the difference. People get in such a fuss over grain-fed. I do believe that all food on the planet is ‘adulterated’, but in Canada, the level is so insignificant that you should not stress over it. Chinese sourced food, even if from frozen on the other hand—DO NOT EAT!!

  • Joe

    I drank this stuff for a good 3 months, and every day it felt like I got all foggy and tired afterwards. Yes, I made it correctly, so could it be an allergy? I have like nothing to eat, because my parents buy crappy food all of the time, and I refuse to eat it, so I guess that could be it. That still doesn’t explain why i only felt crappy after drinking it though.

    Also I heard that caffeine can disrupt your sleep schedule for up to 48 hours and that it messes with your body’s acidity…is this true? I heard this from an extremely reputable source: a relative who has been bodybuilding for years and who has been bio-hacking for decades.

    Some help would be appreciated.


    • Heather

      So because he’s a body builder he’s a reliable source? Is he an expert in biochemistry? Is he an expert in exercise physiology? How about biology? They are actually some of the worst spouters of CW – and refuse to open the mind up to anything other than what read on the bodybuilding forums. I used to frequent those until I realized that calories in/calories out had absolutely nothing to do with weight maintenance and health.

      And some people metabolize caffeine quicker than others. Check out for the Acid/Alkaline Myth. I have the genotype. I can drink a pot of coffee and sleep afterward. 48 hours? Do some research on the half-life of coffee. It depends on who you are.

      Why oh why do we think the human body is stupid? It is an amazing and complex machine.

    • Beth

      I recommend reading through the Bulletproof forums on this site for more information on bulletproof diet and lifestyle. BP coffee is one part of this system- diet, supplements, etc are also integral.

  • MorphingInterstices

    I have tried a lot of different high-altitude single estate organic pure Arabica coffee beans in the last year, and aside from a really nice Ethiopian one I got from a Paris boutique in la rue du Renard in the Marais near the Centre Pompidou once, Asprey’s is a clear stand-out. His MCT oil is really nice too.
    Dave, you deserve much cred for

  • First of all i would like to say that the coffee tastes great and im enjoying it! The only thing is, for the last 2 days, about 14 hours into my fast i get very gittery and almost feel like im going to collapse, with a slight stomach discomfort and a racing heart.
    This is the 4th day i have been implementing the coffee for breakfast but have been eating paleo/primal for a month previous to starting this.
    Has anyone experienced this before? Is it an adjustment or should i break my fast sooner? Maybe eat more the night before? Any help would be appreciated.

    I get my butter from a grass fed supplier, i use mct oil and organic, single origin coffee from Monmouth coffee in London.

  • CB

    Have the prices gone up since this blog post was written? I just check Starbucks and 12oz there is about $12. $18/12oz seems awfully expensive for coffee beans…

  • walkerlady

    We’ll I have to say after 50 a woman’s body can make fat out of water… 30 3500 cal a day was zip no problem , but when the change comes the metab goes to hell, but after doing the BPC it’s attempting at climbing the ladder… I love coffee and Butter now it’s just in the form of liquid and not a croissant, and adding 3 miles a day of hill climbing is just taking the energy level close to zip again….change is not a dirty word !!!

  • Trent

    I am thinking of easing in to this. If I just do the bullet proof coffee, and continue my regular diet and exercise, will this have any benefit or do I need to do the whole deal right out of the gates? What about having regular coffee and eating some healthy protein breakfast with it instead of butter?