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Butter In Your Coffee: It’s A Thing

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Last night at a birthday, I met a friend-of-a-friend who’s a committed adherent to the “paleo diet.” Although I’ve never stuck to a genuinely paleo regimen (and definitely don’t come anywhere close right now), I’m quite paleo-curious, and an amateur nutrition buff in general. So I was pleased to take the opportunity to tell this guy about “Bulletproof Coffee,” and now I’m gonna tell you too.

Bulletproof Coffee was invented and the term coined by this guy, Dave Asprey (the “Bulletproof Executive”), who describes himself as a “Silicon Valley investor, computer security expert, and entrepreneur who spent 15 years and $250,000 to hack his own biology.” He was inspired by the nourishing yak butter tea (blech) that was given to him by sherpas in Tibet, but seriously now, coffee > tea so I think this beverage was a stroke of brilliance.

You can read all the detailed instructions at Dave Asprey’s site if you like (in particular, he worries about coffee containing toxic mold? – a topic for another day) but here’s the gist of it:

  1. Make some coffee,
  2. Dump the coffee in a blender with a couple tablespoons of butter,
  3. Let ‘er rip, this will only take a few seconds.

The end result is like a supercharged latte++. Bulletproof Coffee has a foamy head and offers a creamy, buttery (obviously), satisfying mouthfeel. The butter packs some calories and fat, of course, but if you use grass-fed butter it’s a relatively healthy fat (as well as being much more flavorful than ordinary, non-grass-fed butter). Dave says not to use salted butter in your coffee under any circumstances, but honestly I have done it before in a pinch and it’s acceptable.

Here’s the other thing, Bulletproof Coffee is quite filling. You get some caffeine, you get some nutrient-dense fatty energy, and you don’t really need to eat anything else for hours. I know you’re feeling weird about buttering your coffee, but is it really any worse than having a donut or a crappy bowl of sugary cereal with your cup of joe? And those conventional breakfasts just leave you hungry again 5 minutes afterwards, anyways. Not so with Bulletproof Coffee!

So give butter in your coffee a try, and thank me later.

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