The Recipe, The History, The Facts
Like most of you that have landed on this page, our level of LOVE for “All Things Coconut” runs deep! So it’s easy to understand why we’re touching on today’s hot topic of Bulletproof Coffee.
Let’s face it, Cold Pressed Coconut Oil is HOT right now! Millions of people around the world are using it for everything imaginable [Check out The Coconut Oil Remedy List] but I’m sure you’ve heard this already… However what happens when you add it to your other favorite fixation… Coffee? Well… It becomes absolute deliciousness!
If you’re like us, you drink coffee… And lots of it! The modern day coffee obsession is REAL! In 2011 The Huffington Post reported that Americans alone consumed nearly 400 million cups of coffee per day, which equated to approximately 146 BILLION cups of coffee per year! Using the Census.gov real time population clock, we determined that the United States population was 312,426,927 on November 1st, 2011. That is equivalent to every man, woman and child in this country consuming 1.26 cups of coffee per day!
Huge numbers to say the least and there isn’t much that indicates demand will be slowing down any time soon. So why do I mention this? And where is the Bulletproof Coffee recipe? Haha, keep reading.
In 2009, the self-proclaimed biohacker and entrepreneur behind the branding of Bulletproof Coffee, Dave Asprey stumbled upon a delicious concoction called Yak Butter Tea while hiking in the mountains of Tibet. Read more about his story on his blog, yet we want to EMPHASIZE that we in NO WAY endorse using or purchasing his products. The phony marketing schemes leave a lot to be desired. Yet we do give credit where credit is due, and it is because of his blog post that this delicious recipe has gone viral…
Anyway back to the Yak Butter Tea, this is a drink said to be consumed throughout the entire day in Tibet for many centuries. A recent article published by NPR quotes a Tibetan drinking as much as 60 cups per day! Sure does make the 1.26 cups of coffee consumed per day by Americans seem miniscule wouldn’t you say?
Before hearing of Yak Butter Tea, I must be honest, I had no idea what a Yak was… Using the simplest of comparisons, it’s a Buffalo of some sort with long shaggy hair that has thrived in the Himalayan Mountains for thousands of years. These massive beasts stand about 7ft tall and 11ft long, yet are friendly by nature and survive on a diet of merely grass and herbs.
Circling back to the United States… Upon Dave Asprey’s return from his hiking adventures, Bulletproof Coffee was born! Remember those statistics about coffee consumption I was mentioning early in this post? Something tells me Dave was well aware of them too.
Yak’s don’t live in the United States and Tea doesn’t sell as well as Coffee here… Point Blank.
One can only assume that with these limitations in mind, Asprey substituted Coffee for the Tea while adding butter and MCT oil with hopes of emulating the nutritional properties and taste of the Yak Butter Tea. He accomplished all of this while simultaneously reinventing a product that has been used for thousands of years through some clever marketing and branding techniques.
It’s an interesting story and concept to say the least, yet the gimmicks surrounding his idea make it all seem very deceiving. Most people have a hard enough time understanding the concept of fats in Coconut Oil [read our post on the Health Benefits of Medium Chain Tryglicerides in Coconut Oil] and butter has been labelled the villain for the war on heart disease for the last decade or so... And now we’re combining them all in coffee which has undergone its own fire from time-to-time… The naysayers had a field day with this one!
Yes we agree the name is ridiculous… I mean Bulletproof Coffee… Really? But it’s catchy and easy to remember. We also know Aspray has no nutrition or medical background yet he has deemed himself a biohack...
The truth of the matter is while we don’t agree with his fallacy that drinking Bulletproof Coffee for breakfast is all you need to lose weight, we do agree that this is a much cleaner way to consume coffee, and tastier too. We urge everyone to consume a healthy breakfast consisting of real proteins, fats, and carbs. Speak with a Registered Dietitian or a Licensed Nutritionist if you are looking for guidance with the proper nutritional regimen.
Back to our modified Bulletproof Coffee, did we not mention how delicious it is? Find out for yourself in the comforts of your own home with this easy to follow recipe…
- 1 cup of your favorite coffee blend
- 1-2 tablespoons of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1-2 tablespoons of unsalted Kerrygold Irish Butter
- Blend together (15-30 seconds) until foamy
How does this differ from the trademarked Bulletproof Coffee?
- Asprey claims to have a special mix of low toxin, high performance coffee… We say pass on this and use any quality coffee blend.
- We do appreciate his idea of utilizing grass-fed butter or homemade ghee to obtain all the healthy benefits of milk without the casein. Kerrygold butter is our personal recommendation as it’s high quality and imported from Ireland.
- The “Brain Octane” fuel is essentially MCT oil, which we DO NOT recommend or support. Make the correct decision and use Raw Organic Coconut Oil to substitute this synthetic ingredient.
When it's all said and done, some have resonated this drink with the likes of a creamy latte… Not far off in my honest opinion. Think about it, we haven’t even mentioned sugar once throughout this post… No sugar is needed! Amazing!
The New York Times reported that the well-renowned Integrative Doctor Dr. Frank Lipman recommends Bulletproof Coffee to his clients (which includes high profile names such as Gwyneth Paltrow) for greater “mind clarity and a bit of pep” but also has emphasized that the drink does not fulfill all the nutritious benefits of a healthy breakfast.
We feel similar to Dr Lipman in the sense that utilizing the amended ingredients for Bulletproof Coffee is a far more nutritious way to drink coffee. Traditionally coffee has been packed with sugar, artificial sweeteners, and milk which all cause issues in their own way. Adding grass-fed butter, which is filled with vitamin K2 and other nutritious components combined with Coconut Oil and its excellent fatty acids provides far more nourishment for the body than does that of a typical coffee with cream and sugar.
Most of you know that we live in Miami, home of the cafécito and café con leche, two favorites among the local community… Yet we must tell you that more and more people are starting to appreciate the unique taste and health benefits of this amended Bulletproof Coffee.
How many times have you drank coffee and literally half way through your stomach is already upset? If you’re like many others sensitive to the acidity of coffee with milk and sugar request Bulletproof Coffee and see if you have any discomfort… We’re confident you’ll have a pleasurable experience as do the many others that are making the switch.
In Conclusion, while we love our amended Bulletproof Coffee we also love a great café con leche, and while we won’t indulge often due to our food sensitives, who says you can’t treat yourself on a limited basis? Stay Pure My Friends!
Disclosure: While Kevin Terrero is certified by the NCCPT as a Personal Trainer, this article is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered medical advice. If you are in need of medical advice, please seek the appropriate medical counsel.