Monday, 27 October 2014

Beginners Guide to Bullet Proof Coffee

It's so beautiful
For the uninitiated an original Bullet Proof Coffee contains
  • 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof® Coffee Beans. (French Press is easiest.)
  • Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane™ to the hot coffee (It’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days).
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee
  • Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like a foamy latte
and is available here

I guess the next question any potential Bullet Proof Coffee consumer should ask themselves is "why?" because to most the idea of consuming butter with coffee sounds utterly absurd. Regardless Bullet Proof Coffee has be shown to provide;
  • A brain boost thanks to the caffeine but also the good cholesterol and fats in the grass fed butter and MCT oil. Your brain is made up of a lot of fat and cholesterol the consumption of a bullet proof coffee on an empty stomach allows rapid absorption of these fats combining with the caffeine and fuelling brain function
  • A boost to fat burning thanks to the butyric acid in the grass fed butter and the fat consumption boosts the bodies release of ghrelin which plays a key role in the burning of fat stores. Not to mention the caffeine which has great thermogenic effects
  • Blunts the insulin response immediately and for the rest of the day. Meaning that you'll immediately feel full and will require a lot less food to feel satiated from your remaining meals.
  • Good quality coffee is also chock full of anti-oxidants
I believe, however, that one needs to test the BP water before jumping in and shelling out for a lot of expensive ingredients they may never want. This is my guide to popping your BP coffee cherry.
  • I would start off having a long black with 5g butter and 5g coconut oil (any brand you can get your hands on for now), this will give you an idea if you like it or not and if it's worth going to the additional expense and effort of buying the proper ingredients (grass fed butter, organic coconut oil, MCT oil or cacao butter)
  • Make sure you start with 5 grams of each ingredient only, any more than that as a start point and you'll get the runs
  • This should be consumed as your first meal of the day and a minimum of 2 hours before eating again. Consuming a BP coffee on an empty stomach allows the maximum benefits to be felt and not eating for 2 hours after prevents you from getting the runs (from excessive fat consumption)
  • Make sure you use a stick blender (or something similar) to really blend up the ingredients thoroughly (minimum 2 minutes), if the fats don't completely emulsify through the coffee the drink becomes oily and unpalatable when it should taste creamy and delicious.
  • I use a Le'Xpress Frother like this to blend mine
  • Glass blenders or plastic bullets have been known to crack or explode because of the heat of the coffee, so be warned.
  • Gradually increase from 5 grams to 15 grams of butter and coconut oil (some go higher but 30g of fats suits me fine)
  • If you think you want to continue with it look to purchase grass fed butter, organic coconut oil or MCT oil in order to receive the maximum benefits
  • Please note that a true BP coffee includes Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) oil (available from bulknutrients) but I really like the nutty taste of coconut oil so I keep using it, coconut oil is 50% mct oil anyway
  • My personal recipe calls for 10g of Cacao butter (along with 10g of grass fed butter and 10g coconut oil) because it's absolutely delicious and has many nutrional benefits (similar to that of dark chocolate)
  • I also continue to use regular espresso coffee because I'm not sold on the benefits of BP upgraded coffee


The finished product

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