#305. What is Bulletproof Coffee?

Bulletproof coffee: the best thing to happen to meatheads since Fireball.
Bulletproof coffee: the best thing to happen to meatheads since Fireball.

There’s a lot of hullabaloo about bulletproof coffee.

It’s allegedly a breakfast replacement and keeps regular drinkers full for five to six hours. It allegedly promotes weight loss. It allegedly puts extra pep in your step and makes your brain function on a higher level.

I’m not sure about any of that stuff.

All I know is that it tastes pretty delicious.

So what exactly is bulletproof coffee? It’s brewed coffee + fat. Some common fats include butter, ghee (that’s clarified butter, aka butter stripped of its lactose), coconut oil, or if you’re super rich, this guy’s $45 concoction.

I don’t drink bulletproof coffee regularly.

The reason I tried it in the first place was because I’d given up dairy and missed my half & half. The idea of drinking butter-coffee sounded disgusting (#305), but I just couldn’t ignore all the people singing its praises. So I tried it and was pleasantly surprised.

These days, I normally drink my coffee black, so adding a touch of fat on the weekends is a bit of a treat.

If you really want your bulletproof coffee to taste delicious, don’t just dump fat into your mug and expect it to be awesome. It won’t be. Instead, follow these easy steps:

1. Pick your fat.

Ghee is available online or in your local grocery store, often times in the Indian dry goods section. Sometimes in the refrigerated section... though it doesn't need to be refrigerated. 
Ghee is available online or in your local grocery store, often times in the Indian dry goods section. Sometimes in the refrigerated section… though it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

My go-to is ghee.

I like it because it’s lactose-free (I have all sorts of tummy issues… you don’t even want to know. Unless you do want to know and then you can read all about it here) and doesn’t have a strong coconut flavor. I like coconut, just not in my coffee.

2. Brew Your coffee.

Black coffee from Blue Bottle-- a subscription service I can't get enough of!
Black coffee from Blue Bottle– a subscription service I can’t get enough of!

Of course, starting with good coffee is key. I subscribe to Blue Bottle. They deliver freshly roasted coffee to my house 2x a month. It’s a total treat (and great gift, btw).

Currently, I am using this kettle and a Chemex to brew coffee at home. I grind my coffee in this burr grinder, which seems like a ridiculously fancy thing to own, but it makes a big different in how my coffee tastes. Scout’s honor.

Another crucial step in great coffee at home is precise brewing.

I know, I hate measuring, too. This guide makes figuring out the ratios a breeze. I weigh my beans before I grind (this scale is great & works for all sorts of kitchen-y stuff). I know! It sounds like a pain, but the results don’t lie.

3. Add Fat.

Just ignore the grown out shellac manicure.
Just ignore the grown out shellac manicure.

Bulletproof coffee freaks suggest 2 tablespoons of fat per cup.

I’ve tried that and nearly pooped in my pants (literally). I’d recommend g-r-a-d-u-a-l-l-y working up to 2T if you’re really serious about drinking this coffee as a breakfast replacement.

I normally do 1-2 teaspoons, which works fine for me.

I'm melting! I'm melting! Oh, puns.
I’m melting! I’m melting! Oh, puns.

4. Power up the Immersion Blender

Stick blender, meet coffee mug.
Stick blender, meet coffee mug.

Like I said earlier, some people simply stir in their fat and drink.

I don’t think so.

I prefer making an emulsion with my immersion blender. It makes a creamy, smooth drink free of oil slicks. You could use a regular blender, but ugh, more dishes.

A key thing to remember here is that your immersion blender needs to actually fit inside your mug. Precisely why I selected this pretty peacock number I “won” at my friend Kimberly’s baby shower.

Simply stick the blender into your coffee/fat mixture. A few seconds should do the trick.

Frappe that fat!
Frappe that fat!

5. Drank.

Perfectly frothy bulletproof coffee.
Perfectly frothy bulletproof coffee.

And there you have it. Your own bulletproof coffee. I know the whole concept seems weird, but try it. It’s actually pretty delicious, right?

Please note that because of science, this doesn’t work in iced coffee. But hot coffee? Yes!

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So what do you think? Going to try it or is this for the birds? And if you’re already a bulletproof devotee, I want to know if all those purported health benefits are working out for you. Like I said, I just drink this as a treat.

P.S. Bulletproof coffee is Whole30 approved. Read about why I did the Whole30 last March, what I learned along the way and see my before and after pics (PPS I am wearing a swimsuit, not my skivvies. Just so you know).

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Comments (5)

  • Elizabeth Doyle 6 years ago Reply

    Jordan and I tried this on Sunday morning for the first time. We had a boatload of coffee and grass fed Kerrygold butter, we figured after hearing all about it for a while now it was worth a try. Probably for cholesterol conscious reasons we won’t do it all the time, but the alertness is a pretty amazing side effect—a cup offered more pick me up than my normal iced coffee with espresso jet fuel.

    Also, if not on the Whole 30, add a dash of vanilla extract for a more latte like experience.

    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply

    It’s weird, but kind of great. I can’t drink that much of it. Is that whole cholesterol thing true? It seems like science is kinda halvsies on it. I dunno, I am pretty sure everything is killing us.


    And good note on the vanilla. Another excellent addition = a tiny bit of cinnamon.

  • Emma 6 years ago Reply

    Someone told me a long time ago they put butter in their coffee. Obviously, I immediately tried it (any excuse to consume more butter) …and it was delicious. Like hot buttered rum, but coffee. Didn’t Julia Child say anything will taste good with enough butter?

  • Kathryn 6 years ago Reply

    My first thought was, "um, ewww" which probably means I need to try it. I’ll report back in a month after I’ve gathered enough courage to actually do it.

  • My first reaction was "ewe" but I’ve come around to the idea. I still haven’t tried it myself but I’m definitely interested in giving it a try in the future. Since Whole30 I drink my coffee black and I like it that way, so I have to ask myself "why add the fat?", but if it’s a meal replacement then I totally get that.

    I’m glad to see my husband and I aren’t the only one’s who measure out their beans before grinding them in their burr grinder and use their fancy kettle to boil water — haha.

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