Over the last few months, we’ve been noticing headlines and ads touting the merits of “bulletproof” coffee — a drink that has its roots in yak butter tea. In the SLT HQ, we’re coffee people*, and when a new coffee trend is brewing, we’re eager to form and share our opinions. Although not necessarily in that order.
So what is bulletproof coffee, you ask?
Well, it’s coffee mixed with unsalted butter and coconut oil.
Why on earth would one do this to a cup of coffee?
Bulletproof coffee is believed to have positive effects on your cognitive function. It may also help to suppress your appetite throughout the day, which may help you lose weight.
To get to the bottom of this new fad, we held a tasting one mid-morning recently. Our tasters were all daily coffee drinkers, with levels of connoisseurship ranging from “All I ask is that it has caffeine in it” to “If it’s not a cup of syphon-brewed Yirgacheffe that was roasted two days ago, I’m not having it.”
We’d each already had our usual morning cuppas a few hours earlier and most of us were somewhat peckish when the tasting commenced. Also, we were all scared. I mean, why did every article or blog post we’d read in preparation urge one to work this stuff slowly into your routine?
The basic recipe we followed is here, although we subbed in plain coconut oil for the Brain Octane.
So what did we think of bulletproof coffee?
On the general appearance:
- “It looks like thin, watery peanut butter.”
- “I wasn’t expecting it to be so frothy.”
- “It’s so shiny!”
On the flavor:
- “Surprisingly not bad.”
- “Soggy diner toast.”
- “Wow, it’s really rich.”
- “I’m going to call it yummy.”
- “I bet it would taste better with a cigar.”
- “It tastes like coffee filled with rich, heavy cream. Actually, it tastes like coffee with butter blended into it.”
- “I would almost rather gargle durian ice cream.”
On the mouthfeel:
- “It really coats the tongue.”
- “There’s this tongue-coating thing going on that I do not like.”
- “My mouth feels lubricated.”
- “There’s no way I could drink a full cup of this.”
- “We’re supposed to drink this quickly? How?”
On the after-effects, noted sporadically throughout the day:
- “I feel jittery.”
- “I really don’t like the feeling in my belly right now.”
- “I bet I’ll feel better if I eat something.”
- “My chakras feel aligned, but I have a serious headache.”
- “I feel a little hyper, a little nauseous, and totally full – I barely ate lunch.”
- “I ate a full lunch. I was REALLY hungry after drinking the coffee.”
- “I feel like I drank a lot of coffee on an empty stomach.”
While the taste of bulletproof coffee was generally enjoyed, the health and diet claims associated with it seem optimistic. Perhaps a protein-rich breakfast and a good night’s sleep are the better ways to start your day. Although some people really do swear by this stuff.
That said, if you like butter AND you also like coffee, you might want to give this mélange a try. Honestly, it was fairly tasty. Or maybe you already have …. Are you a bulletproof coffee fanatic? Let us know!
*except for those of us who are tea people