I’ll take two pats of butter in my coffee please


coffee_godIf our morning rituals are sacred coffee is the ultimate sacrament. The aroma alone reminds even the late night crawler daybreak has arrived. I myself have never been a fan of the drink. However when long nights turn into early mornings sometimes there is no way to avoid this caffeine fix. Workring at Starbucks, I saw the addictive quality of this drug, as well as the specificity people demanded. Two pumps of this, three bags of that, skinny, soy, grande, shaken, foamy, swirled, speaking coffee is a language; I heard it all and I became the expert. That is until a friend recently told me she enjoys her am coffee with butter. Yes this:

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 Which left me looking like this:


And yes, my first thought was EW! too. My mind was kept totally inside the box. I only could imagine dark bitter coffee with a layer of melted greasy butter on top, the thought of swallowing that made me heave. As I side-eyed her she explained why and how.


  Adding butter to coffee has become popular as more and more people are making the connections between greater focus and brainpower along with fewer cravings when they drink it. Science actually shows that it’s the carbohydrates, NOT fat, that turn into sugar in the bloodstream and lead to weight gain when not being utilized for energy. We know that healthy fat supports cognitive function and metabolism by slowing the assimilation of carbohydrates in the blood stream, and thus lessening their damaging effect. So while it sounds mind-blowing (and gross) it actually makes sense.


  French press high quality low toxin coffee that has been tested for mold. Use an immersion blender/or regular blender to blend up to 2 TBS of unsalted grass fed butter, and up to 2TBS of MCT oil into the coffee. This step makes the coffee frothy like a latte.

Drink and Enjoy!

 At the end of the conversation I was still looking at her like


All the benefits she described had gone in one ear and out the other. Butter? Healthy? More importantly how could this even taste good? I had to try it. I so wanted to prove her wrong; this was just too much for my mind to handle. She made me a small shot of the concoction. It smelled like coffee and looked like coffee but I still didn’t believe it was good. So with doubtful mind I took a sip. The sip was full bodied and flavorful with silkiness to the mouth-feel; surprisingly it wasn’t so bad. My only complaint was a slight greasy feeling aftertaste. If a little sugar or chocolate was added it may in fact taste good! This is coming from some one who only drinks coffee out of necessity, so taste is there. But what about health benefits?

Of course everyone who drinks it and the brand that promotes it are only going to tell you the amazing qualities of butter coffee. My guess is that Bulletproof is trying to take over like kale, quinoa, and juicing. Energy levels are subjective and there has yet to be any true studies in terms of weight loss aspects. The toxins that their coffee are free of can be found in other day to day items we consume. No one seems to be dying from eggs. (Check the against link below for more info) In truth I don’t think butter coffee will hurt you, but it doesn’t seem to help you either. It seems like a lot of extra work, and unless it is all you eat for breakfast you are adding unnecessary 100-200 extra calories to your day. But alas butter makes everything better so if it makes you happy, butter up your Joe, mornings are rough enough as it is.


Curious to learn more? Here are some good sites with positive and negative takes on butter coffee

FOR: http://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/

AGAINST: http://evidencebasedfitness.net/yummy-but-not-special-part-ii-bulletproof-coffee/

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my life has been a very interesting journey thus far. in my quarter century crisis im and not certain of much except that i love cooking and entertaining, and pleasing people is my passion. (wait that sounded a little funny) i am goofy eccentric, and love to laugh, in fact i often laugh at the most inappropriate times. i place high value in honesty and working hard. i don’t really believe in faking it until you make it, without some base knowledge or some sort of depth to your cause. i believe in making mistakes and trying everything once as long as you bring yourself no harm and no harm to others. i am a new age hippy, my words to live by are freedom, serenity, and love. i look for signs of the world and listen. i do judge, anyone who says they do not is a liar, but i use my judgements against you to reflect back on me to see how i can better myself. i hate constraints of our society, including grammar, punctuation, and recipes. i think fast except when it comes to numbers. the culinary world has always been and shall be my safe haven and outlet. i want to inspire, teach, and learn.

One thought on “I’ll take two pats of butter in my coffee please

  1. Interestingly Chefleen,

    I just finished reading a science fiction novel by M.C. A. Hogarth where some characters drank buttered coffee. I think it helped with gravity sickness ( being too heavy). Enjoying your blogs.

    Cheryl and Cynthia


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