Bulletproof Coffee is very popular in paleo and ketogenic circles and has become a trendy drink in the United States and Great Britain in recent years. But what is in this drink and what makes it so special? Let’s learn more today.
Bulletproof Coffee (or BPC), also known as butter coffee, is a high quality energy drink made from coffee combined with grass fed ghee and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. This coffee drink may seem unusual to many, but adding butter to coffee is not so strange in some countries of the world. In Nepal and Tibet, yak butter tea is the traditional favorite drink and for many centuries in Ethiopia, where coffee is currently consumed as a drink with ghee and salt, coffee leaves and beans were chewed together with ghee.
It does not break the intermittent fast and it is actually given in place of breakfast, it actually helps to prolong the morning fast until lunch time, providing great energy, capable of increasing brain performance and providing satiety.
The original BPC is made with certified organic single origin coffee, ghee preferably grass fed or from grass fed pasture raised cattle, MCT oil.
I wanted to test a 100% Arabica single origin organic coffee suitable for Bulletproof. Upon opening the bag, the smell of the coffee is intense, the roasted beans at the grind acquire notes of chocolate and caramel. When tasted, it is what I can define as a “true” coffee flavor, strong but not at all acidic, energetic but not aggressive and easy to digest.
Single origin coffee has a mild taste due to the low roast and more sustainably processed coffee beans. The difference between BPC-specific single-origin coffee and a coffee blend, though organic, is very evident in both goodness and effectiveness.
In addition to coffee, grass-fed ghee is a common fat source included in Bulletproof. The ghee in coffee slows the absorption of caffeine, which means it stimulates the brain’s nervous system for an extended period of time, so the positive effects can be achieved for hours, instead of a sudden spike. Fats provide a constant level of energy and satiety. In addition, the type of saturated fat in ghee and MCT oil allows for a more sustained release of caffeine.
MCT oil is another important ingredient in Bulletproof Coffee. MCT oil helps the body in the metabolism of fats: it goes directly to the liver where it is converted into ketones, which are created when the body produces energy from fats instead of sugars. MCT oil is usually produced from coconut oil. There are four types of MCTs: Caproic Acid (C6), Caprylic Acid (C8), Capric Acid (C10), Lauric Acid (C12).
The MCT oil of choice for Bulletproof is C8 because it can be more easily digested and converts to ketones much faster than C10.
The mixture of grass fed ghee and MCT oil together with a high quality coffee make a good drink.
Ingredients for 1 serving
– single-origin organic coffee
– MCT oil (1 teaspoon)
– 1-2 teaspoons of grass fed ghee
– Natural or filtered water
Optional additional ingredients
– 2 tablespoons of hydrolyzed collagen of vegetable origin
– 2-3 tablespoons of 60% coconut milk.
1. Grind coffee beans with a coffee grinder.
2. Prepare the coffee with the mocha or with the filter coffee maker for American coffee.
3. Mocha: 1 or 2 cups of coffee.
4. American coffee. Prepare coffee in the filter coffee maker with 250 ml of filtered water and 2 ½ heaping tablespoons of freshly ground Bulletproof coffee beans.
5. Pour the coffee into a mug.
6. Add the collagen and stir to dilute.
7. Add the MCT oil.
8. Add the ghee.
9. Add coconut milk.
10. Blend the mixture with a milk frother, or in a blender for 20-30 seconds until a large amount of foam forms. This action, in addition to adding cream to the drink, allows the fats in the MCT oil and ghee to blend perfectly with the rest of the ingredients. In addition, with this function, a very good creamy foam is formed.
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