posted: August 16, 2014
How many spoonfuls of butter would you like with your coffee?
When was the last time you reached for oil and butter when making your morning coffee? It’s not exactly the first thing that comes to hand—or mind. But, that’s what the man behind Bulletproof Coffee wants to convince us to do.
Dave Asprey is the new powerplayer on the coffee scene, a surprising turn for those who know him since he once went five years without a drop. He hated how coffee turned his emotions into a rollercoaster ride with ups, downs, warp speeds and loops.
All that changed on a trip to Tibet, when Asprey stumbled into a guest house while trekking at 18,000 feet. There, his hosts offered him a traditional yak butter tea. He spent the next couple of years trying to figure out why the creamy concoction made him feel completely rejuvenated, and finally Bulletproof Coffee was born. (Note: many claim that Paleo diet guru Robb Wolf has been promoting a similar version of the brew for almost a decade.)
You wouldn’t be the first one to try it. For more than a decade, one holistic health expert has been doling out doses of butter coffee to his clients, Muscle Mag reports. And curiosity about the supposedly super-powered coffee has been growing so quickly that even coffee shops have started selling the in-demand product.
lululemon ambassador, boxer, and gym owner Nick Odorisio swears by making his coffee bulletproof
Our Philadelphia based ambassador, boxer and personal trainer Nick Odorisio says he drinks it for the energy factor. “It’s a great start to my morning. It provides satiety and I don’t feel hungry for hours.” He adds that for some reason butter doesn’t bother him in this drink form, though he can’t drink milk or soymilk.
All someone needs to feel like a superhero all day is three ingredients and some time for a coffee-brewing process Asprey calls “meditative.” (Others may call it “long.”)
Asprey recommends using a French press or pour-over method with a metal filter for about four minutes to brew his trademarked Bulletproof Coffee Beans (a 12-ounce bag will cost you $18.95 US). While the coffee is brewing, preheat a blender, so your coffee stays warm. Plop in two tablespoons of bright yellow organic butter from grass-fed cows and one tablespoon of MCT oil. Blend, blend, blend, then enjoy a creamy, delicious cup of Bulletproof Coffee followed by a day of mental acuity, increased energy and no food cravings. (Scroll to bottom for two more recipes.)
Still, the idea of having three tablespoons of oil and butter a day can be a little much for some people, and there are experts crying foul over how many calories and how much fat is in one cup. When our Houston-based ambassador and yoga instructor Josie Unseth’s peers recommended she try bulletproof coffee to satiate hunger pangs, she wasn’t as quick to jump on board.
lululemon ambassador Josie Unseth has had bulletproof coffee every single day since she first tried it
“I thought it sounded completely nasty, but I committed to try it once because [my colleague] had a theory that I wasn’t eating enough fat—the healthy kinds—to feel satisfied. I waited a few days to try it because the idea really freaked me out,” she says.
Still, it only took one cup to get her hooked. “It’s delish! Sweet, salty, creamy, coffee-tastic goodness. And guess, what? It makes me feel full. Hallelujah!”
Nick says the fat content makes him feel both decadent and contrarian. “Decadent because the creamy taste of the coffee makes it feel like a forbidden Starbucks calorie bomb drink. Contrarian because it’s in direct contrast to mainstream ideas of nutrition that fat is bad. Some people are deathly afraid of a little fat… but fat is flavour, and when you take fat out you have to replace it with something that is typically a chemical, coffee,” he says.
It’s hard to deny wanting the benefits Asprey claims to hold the key to—increased brain power, controlled appetite and boundless energy—but only time will tell how bulletproof the new coffee’s subscribers are.
Nick’s Bulletproof Coffee Recipe
1 cup earthy, dark coffee (I like local brand Lacolombe)
2 tbsp Kerrygold grass-fed organic butter
1-2 tbsp pressed virgin coconut oil
Make your coffee with a pour-over method or French press. Then place all ingredients into a Vitamix and crank it up to 10, until it froths.
Josie’s Bulletproof Coffee Recipe
2 shots espresso
1 cup hot water
1 tbsp Kerrygold grass-fed organic butter
1 tsp organic coconut oil
Put all ingredients into a Magic Bullet for about five seconds, whipping until frothy.
Aleksandra Sagan is a freelance writer who loves covering millennial and post-secondary issues. She’s an avid runner and health buff, who frequently blogs about her fitness and finance goals on her website. She loves to cook healthy food with lots of spices in her kitchen, but has an irrational fear of baking and the precise measurements it requires.