Butter and coffee don’t often find themselves in the same thought, and rightly so. You wouldn’t stick a tablespoon of butter in your coffee, would you?
It may sound rather unusual, but “Butter Coffee” is a relatively recent trend in the coffee world. Initially created by Dave Asprey in 2009, Butter Coffee combines grass fed butter, medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), and your favorite cup of coffee. The result? A cup of joe loaded with dynamic nutrients and oils.
Making Butter Coffee for yourself is simple: first, brew one cup of coffee (8-12 oz). Add one tablespoon of MTC oil (such as Coconut Oil or Palm Kernel Oil) and up to two tablespoons of grass-fed unsalted butter. Run the mixture through a blender until it’s creamy and foamy.
Asprey claims the mixture boosts cognitive performance, helps with weight loss, and can be taken as a breakfast supplement. Anecdotal results aside, none of this has been scientifically proven.
Having said that, here are some things you should know about Butter Coffee:
The taste - Butter adds texture and flavor; it’s perfect for those early mornings.
It’s simple - Unlike other specialty brew-methods, Butter Coffee is both simple and quick. Wait no more! (Here’s looking at you, Cold Brew.)
It adds valuable nutrients - Grass-fed unsalted butter is high in Vitamin K2, Omega 3 fatty acids, and other important nutrients. Plus, MCT’s may help burn calories.
Added cost - You’ll need grass-fed butter and your oil of choice on hand, so your average cup will cost a bit more to make than traditional brewing.
Don’t overdo it - MCT’s have their perks, but add too much and you may find yourself running to the restroom a bit sooner than you’d like.
Added calories - You are adding two tablespoons of butter to the mix after all.
Drink responsibly - Between the added calories and the effects of consuming a lot of butter, you may find that this Butter Coffee unsuitable as a meal replacement.
Written by Joseph Celia. Stay tuned to the Mobjack Bay Coffee Trends blog here for more insights on coffee's latest.