Should You Put Butter and Coconut Oil in Your Coffee?

By: Dave Asprey
March 4, 2016

Should You Put Butter and Coconut Oil in Your Coffee?

Lots of people are talking about putting butter in their coffee these days, but they are still doing it wrong.  Hint: don’t stick a pat of margarine on top of your cup of coffee and watch it melt.  At very least, blend in grass-fed butter instead – but check out the checklist below to see exactly how to brew the perfect cup! 😉

Bulletproof Ground Coffee is now available for the first time – in addition to whole beans – so as a reminder here are the basic steps for how to make Bulletproof Coffee correctly, as well as 10 of the most common mistakes to avoid.  For more information, visit:

Checklist: Bulletproof Coffee 101

Here’s the checklist you must follow to ensure your cup of Bulletproof Coffee is giving you the maximum possible benefit from drinking it:

  1. Brew coffee using coffee beans without mold: either brew Upgraded beans, which are specifically designed and tested to contain the lowest mold toxins of any retail coffee in the U.S.  If you don’t want to do this, see #2.
  2. Failing that, at least use good coffee: Whatever you do, please do not use your office’s nasty, burnt, week old coffee – one major TV station made this mistake.  If you don’t want to buy Upgraded coffee beans, at least follow this 3-step protocol for finding the cleanest coffee possible on store shelves.
  3. Use a blender already: Just get a blender!  Another major TV station made this mistake, and they just stirred their coffee with a spoon – trust me, this doesn’t work.  If you don’t have space or money for a normal-sized one, at least get a small hand held blender.
  4. Use grass-fed butter, not industrial crap butter: And make sure it is unsalted, or it will taste bad.
  5. Add as little or as much butter as you want: The amount of butter you add depends upon how hungry you are – there is no fixed number of calories in Bulletproof Coffee.  It can be 100 or 500, depending on who you are and what you want. I recommend 1-2 tablespoons butter or 1-2 teaspoons grass-fed ghee.
  6. Start with a little Brain Octane oil, then work your way up: As your body transitions to running on energy from healthy fats, it has to relearn how to create energy.  Start with a teaspoon of Brain Octane and work your way up slowly to avoid a funny little diversion I like to call “Disaster Pants.”

Now you’ve made Bulletproof Coffee that tastes good and activates your brain.  Just remember: don’t expect it to experience the full benefits of real Bulletproof Coffee if you don’t use all of the following ingredients: unsalted grass-fed butter, Upgraded Beans, and Brain Octane.

You might think, “wow, this is a lot of work compared to normal coffee” – but indeed, Bulletproof Coffee is NOT normal coffee.  That’s the whole point.  Indeed, it’s a nutrient-dense, energy-charged breakfast that fuels you all day long without the crash or jitters associated with a normal cup of joe.  By the way, it is also super easy and quick compared to cooking yourself breakfast.

Butter Coffee Mistakes: 10 Things NOT To Blend Into Your Butter Coffee

Sometimes people get a little too creative with their Bulletproof Coffee.  Sometimes it’s a biochemistry mistake, but sometimes it’s a culinary disaster.  (And we’re not talking disaster pants, either!)

1. Whey protein:

Whey is not heat stable and the IGG peptides (from good quality low temp grass fed whey, of course) get damaged by the high temperature of your coffee and the blender’s mechanical action. You can, however, add whey protein to an iced version of Bulletproof Coffee if you blend it gently. (Hint: opt for Upgraded Collagen instead if you want a biochemical protein kick in your normal hot Bulletproof Coffee.)

2. Raw cream:

Raw cream isn’t raw anymore once you put it in hot coffee!  IF you tolerate raw cream (it has more casein protein than cultured butter) and can find it, save this expensive, rare treat for whipping and eating cold, or on top of the coffee after it has cooled a bit by pouring it in an unheated mug. The higher amount of casein in the cream will bind to the antioxidants in coffee, which means you get less of the antioxidant benefits than you’ll get with grass-fed butter or ghee. If you must spoil the antioxidants in your coffee with cream, use pasturized grass fed cream – it’s a lot cheaper, but you’re going to pasturize it with hot coffee anyway!

3. Soy Milk

It can wreak havoc on your hormones. Listen to Dr. Sara Gottfried and cut the soy from your diet! Your estrogens, thyroid levels, etc. will benefit.

4. Casein protein

It removes the antioxidant benefits of coffee. Again, if you want some protein, add some Upgraded Collagen instead.

5. Kale

Not shockingly, kale is gross in coffee. Don’t ruin a batch! 😉

6. Bacon grease

I know a few people love it, but…bleah!

7. Industrial butter and margarine:

Don’t do it – use unsalted grass-fed butter instead.

8. Industrial nut milks:

Most use low quality nuts, many contain carrageenan (which is bad for the gut and liver), or high fructose corn syrup. It’s best to save nuts for eating, not drinking! Or make your own nut milks using your blender…

9. Pumpkin Spice Extractives:

Or any other artificial flavorings, colorings, chemicals, and additives for that matter…

10. Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners:

Everyone reading this already knows how bad sugar is for you, but you should also avoid aspartame, sucralose, Splenda, and other chemical sweeteners known to be toxic.  If you require a sweetener, use Stevia, xylitol, or erythritol.  The free Bulletproof Diet Roadmap lays out in a infographic which sweeteners are best and worst for you.

If you do want to spice up your coffee with some delicious flavors, while keeping it healthy and nutritious, check out last week’s post on the top 15 hacks to Bulletproof Coffee.  Don’t forget: in case you missed, it Bulletproof GROUND Coffee is now available!

What other tips do you have for new Bulletproof Coffee drinkers?

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