Last Updated on August 21, 2020 by Ellen Christian
I like to consider myself an unofficial expert on coffee. If it’s coffee in any form, I’ve probably tried it at least once or twice. Macchiatos, lattes, cappuccinos, frappuccinos. I love them all. When I first heard of bulletproof coffee, I was intrigued. I’d never heard of it before. Just what is bulletproof coffee? Most importantly, where could I get one?
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What is Bulletproof Coffee?
So after a bit of research, I learned what bulletproof coffee is. It was developed after a trip to Tibet when Dave Asprey had the chance to try a creamy cup of yak butter tea. Yeah, that doesn’t sound very good to me either, but…. In an effort to duplicate the buzz and focus he felt after enjoying that drink, he created bulletproof coffee which begins with coffee that contains the least amount of chemicals and processing from the roasting process. He has his own brand of coffee available on his site and it even comes in k-cup form, although it isn’t compatible with version coffee maker I have. Not wanting to be stopped by that, I chose an organic, fair trade version of coffee that is the lowest toxin coffee I have available in my area. Don’t use flavored coffee, instant coffee or heaven forbid decaf coffee.
To the coffee, he adds two tablespoons of unsalted butter that is non-GMO. Don’t use margarine. Don’t use light butter. Use real butter that has nothing artificial added to it and no hormones. Bulletproof coffee also contains something called XCT Oil which is an oil that converts to energy faster than other oils and helps contain healthy cholesterol levels. It is extracted from palm and coconut oil and is 6 times stronger than coconut oil with no taste.
Bulletproof coffee is a combination of these three things but it’s more than that. Ideally, he recommends you should make your coffee using a metal filter which means you’d need to try it with something like a French press. I’m guessing he wouldn’t be overly impressed with my plastic k-cup.
After that, you add hot water to your blender to heat up the blades. Then you empty the hot water and add the freshly brewed coffee, butter and XCT oil to the blender. You then blend until it’s frothy and enjoy. You can’t just mix it with a spoon. It needs to be mixed in a blender. After that, you can add cinnamon or even stevia.
So, after learning this, my next question was “Is this paleo?” At first glance, the answer would be no. Butter is not paleo since it’s a dairy product. It could, however be considered primal which is basically paleo with dairy added in.
He actually talks about how bulletproof coffee relates to paleo on his site. His diet appears to be related to paleo and primal since they both focus on the types of foods our ancestors ate rather than the typical standard American diet of low fat yogurt, artificial sweeteners and overly processed diet foods. However, he says that his diet is based on research into biochemistry and human performance. He feels it overcomes some of the problems with the paleo diet.
Finlandia Butter is available in both salted and unsalted. You will want to use the unsalted variety if you choose to make Bulletproof Coffee. Finlandia Butter is imported and contains no GMOs or hormones. It is made with milk from cows not treated with hormone rBST and that’s important to me. Of course, you can enjoy the salted variety on a delicious paleo baked good like my Chocolate Beet Pancakes.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.