Disclaimer: This sounds superbly awful. In fact, when I first heard about it I didn’t try it for at least 6 months because I didn’t trust the recipe. I figured it would be something one would have to drink as if they were on the final stage of Fear Factor. Rest assured, it’s delicious, like a super creamy latte.
Disclaimer 2: The guy who is responsible for making this coffee popular is a scam artist, IMO. He doesn’t deserve to have his name mentioned. He peddled this recipe so he could sell his own brand of coffee and MCT oil (while telling you his brand was super special and “low toxin” and all this other nonsense). It was all a lie. One of dozens the guy uses to promote himself and his products. With that said, it doesn’t mean this coffee recipe is bad for you or that it’s a scam—just know that it won’t give you superpowers.
Disclaimer 3: Be aware of the warnings I posted here as many have come to misuse Bulletproof Coffee (based on claims made) on a regular basis (usually as a meal replacement).
Bulletproof Coffee Ingredients
- Single Estate, Columbian Amber Caveman Coffee (****ing delicious! But use any high quality coffee you want)
- Unsalted Grass Fed Butter (Kerrygold)
- 100% Pure MCT Oil (important that it’s pure and not cut with crap oils)
Make sure the butter you use is grass fed. Kerrygold is a brand most likely available in your area. The fat from grass fed cows is not the same as the fat from grain fed cows. Grass fed is far better in every capacity.
How to Make Bulletproof Coffee
- Place 2 to 6 tablespoons of grass fed butter in large cup or mug.
- Pour 1 to 3 tablespoons of 100% pure MCT oil over the butter.
- Brew 16 ounces of coffee (I use a Chemex) and pour into the mug.
- Blend with an immersion blender. (I also highly recommend the Ninja with Single Serve — it makes 16 ounces perfectly).
What will it do for me?
The fat in the butter and the effects of the MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides extracted from coconut oil) will keep you full and energized for hours. It also provides necessary saturated fat (yes, you read that correctly) and CLAs (Conjugated linoleic acids). Cholesterol is the building block of hormones. Demonizing cholesterol and saturated fat was one of the worst mistakes of the mainstream healthy and fitness industry.
Is putting butter in your coffee dangerous?
Not everyone is thrilled with the idea of putting butter in their coffee, but this Facebook post offers a pretty decent response…
Can someone explain to me why everyone wants to rave against butter in coffee as a ‘con’, ‘dangerous’ or a ‘scam’, but those same people aren’t out there claiming that heavy cream, milk, or other pasteurized, crap dairy in coffee is bullshit? I mean…churn cream for a while and uh….that’s butter.
She’s right, after all. The hate against putting butter in coffee is ridiculous considering that it’s basically the same thing as cream (but better quality if you follow the recipe—it’s hard to find grass-fed cream).
But there are legitimate reasons to bash Bulletproof Coffee. Aside from those three reasons, you should know that the guy who made it famous is a snake oil salesman. He gave everyone the recipe, but told them that they needed to buy HIS coffee beans (“Upgraded Coffee”) because they were “low toxin” (as in “low in mycotoxins”—complete bullshit), and told people they needed to buy HIS MCT oil because it had some super special bullshit in it.
And if you didn’t buy his stuff? You were doomed to “brain fog” and ill-health.
That’s not all. He also claimed he spent thousands of dollars verifying that his beans were low toxin (even though an independent lab showed that nearly every bean on the market is low toxin, even the cheap hotel brand crap). It turns out that the mycotoxin issue has been a known issue in the coffee world for a long time and the changeover to wet processing has completely resolved it for nearly every brand available.
This guy then promptly trademarked the name and started sending cease and desist letters to anyone who didn’t worship at his altar (I got one shortly after publishing this article). Gross.
I think this is where most of the hate for Bulletproof Coffee comes from. And rightly so. This man is absurd and out of control and he’s doing a lot of harm to people’s wallets. The claims he makes about bulletproof coffee (and most of his products) are extremely embellished.
So here’s the deal. For real. There’s nothing wrong with putting butter and MCT oil in your coffee. But it’s not going to give you superpowers. And it shouldn’t be misused (common among people on ketogenic diets—something I don’t recommend for most people.). And it doesn’t require specially branded ingredients.
Which wraps me back around to a point I hammer constantly: there are no magic pills or potions. There are only the authentic pillars of human health. Anyone who tells you otherwise only wants to make your wallet thinner.
Kevin Geary is the founder of RebootedBody.com and a respected expert on cravings, eating psychology, and long-term habit change. He’s worked with thousands of men and women in over 35 countries around the world through his online academy and programs like Shut Down Your Sugar Cravings.