3.01.2013

How I Make Bulletproof Coffee

A few months ago I found out about Dave Asprey of BulletproofExec.com, through his visit to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and was totally blown away. I had been bouncing around with a lot of different health/nutrition ideas and philosophies ranging from calorie counting to raw veganism to the ideas of Gary Taubes in his book Good Calories Bad Calories (which I highly recommend). I came to the conclusion that many of the most commonly held ideas about health and nutrition were not only insufficient, but flat out wrong. (This blog is my way of documenting the things that I'm learning and experimenting with in my own life, as well as a way to share my thoughts and experiences.)

Weekend breakfast (my Instagram)

I had already started to implement a diet higher in healthy fats and low in carbs, so when I discovered Dave I was super excited to try out some of his recommendations. The first and most obvious thing to try was Bulletproof Coffee, and as I'm an avid coffee drinker I took to it right away. I've felt drowsy, jittery and even gotten headaches from coffee before, so I was excited to start using cleaner coffee, and to implement an energy-filled, high fat breakfast. I tried it and completely fell in love with drinking coffee this way. It makes for an amazing breakfast, and I feel sharp and energized for hours. After making Bulletproof Coffee every day for the last few months, here are my recommendations:

As Dave recommends, I make the coffee with:
  • About 2 tbsp. of Kerrygold unsalted butter or other pastured butter
  • About 1 tbsp. of medium chain triglyceride oil (I've tried NOW brand MCT and Dave's Upgraded MCT and both are great.)
  • About 16 oz. brewed, low-toxin coffee. Since I'm a bit of a coffee snob and love experimenting with different brew methods and temp/grind/pour-speed ratios, I started experimenting with a way to get the best coffee taste out of Bulletproof Coffee and eventually settled on using the pour over method. We use single-origin, 4,000 foot elevation South American, low-toxin, washed coffee beans from Happy Cup Coffee. For a good tutorial on how to get the best results from your coffee by brewing this way, check out the pour over method tutorial from thekitchn.

I blend all three of these in our VitaMix blender for just a few seconds. As you can see in my Instagram above, it comes out foamy like a latte. The butter and oil don't separate from the coffee at all, and the taste is pure coffee + creaminess. I used to need a lot of sugar and half and half in my coffee, but no more--Bulletproof Coffee is way more satisfying.

8 comments:

  1. Bulletproof Coffee is sooo tasty... and actually way easier than making an actual latte, haha!

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  2. I think I might have to attempt this!

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  3. I'm not a big coffee drinker, but I am heading down the Paleo road. I'll be interested to hear more about your experiences!

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  4. Definitely! So good!!

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  5. Any ideas for bulletproof espresso/macchiato?

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  6. If I were to do a bulletproof espresso I would take the shot of espresso and still blend it with butter and mct oil, but I'd just use less of it. The great thing about blending the coffee is that it makes it frothy like a latte, so you're basically doing a bulletproof latte every day! You can also add things like vanilla, cinnamon or cocoa to add different flavors. Let me know how your experiments turn out!

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  7. I made my first cup of coffee and it was prepared in less than two moments and very delightful. This Keurig small maker is much less noisy than other individual The Best Coffee Maker Review machines I have used. The deficiency of choices create this device very simple to use.

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