A Better Way to Drink Coffee?

Coconut_oil_coffeeBy Ali Wetherbee

A new trend is sweeping a nation of groggy office workers and tired stay-at-home moms alike. You might hear it called “Buttered Coffee” or “Rocket Fuel” or “Bulletproof Coffee,” and if you’re like many of us, you’re probably a bit skeptical of this strange idea of putting butter — yes, butter — in your morning cup ‘o joe. But those who have tried it swear it not only tastes good, but also gives you more energy and a better ability to focus. Even Dr. Oz recommended buttered coffee to improve and stabilize energy and fight burnout.

While this trend is new to the U.S., adding butter or other oils to hot drinks is a long-standing tradition in some cultures. Yak Butter Tea, for example, is a Tibetan drink made from tea, water, yak butter, and salt, and is enjoyed daily as well as served to guests. Many claim that buttered coffee boosts their metabolism, helps them stay full longer, and can even replace breakfast, and most agree that it provides a steady stream of energy — without the crash. If you are avoiding coffee, you can make your drink with tea similar to the Tibetans. I enjoy mine as cocoa (about 1 cup hot water plus a tablespoon cocoa powder), and it works great for powering through energy slumps or tackling a mentally demanding project. Coconut oil adds healthy medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which amp up your metabolism, and grassfed butter is packed with nutrition. Whichever ingredients you choose, the basic recipe is simple:

  • 1 cup of freshly brewed organic coffee (or tea, or cocoa)
  • 1 tablespoon grassfed butter, such as Kerrygold
  • 1 tablespoon Perfect Coconut Oil
  • Sweetener of choice: i.e. stevia, maple syrup, honey, or no sweetener
  • Optional: add a teaspoon of vanilla or a pinch of cinnamon for a flavor boost

Make sure your coffee is hot enough to melt your butter and coconut oil. Blend all ingredients in the blender for 30-60 seconds, until frothy. That’s it! You can start with just a teaspoon of butter and coconut oil to allow your body and taste buds to adjust, although many find this drink quite tasty, even decadent. Omit the butter and double the coconut oil if you are dairy free or vegan.