Bulletproof coffee - everything you need to know and how to prepare it

Brief summary of the article

  • Bulletproof Coffee, also known as butter coffee, is an energy drink made from quality fats (usually coconut oil) and high quality coffee beans.
  • The recipe is simple: just mix coffee, coconut oil or Brain Octane (C8 MCT oil) or herbal ghee. Find out how it all works below.
  • When you drink Bulletproof coffee, you will feel full and energized for hours. Unlike coffee, which is relatively short-lived. It is excellent for keto, intermittent fasting and the Bulletproof diet.
  • Coconut oil and margarine work, but are not optimal. For best results, use ingredients that will help you feel your best: quality coffee beans, pure MCT oil and grass-fed butter or ghee .

Bulletproof coffee ingredients

Coconut oil does the job very well and is often preferred because it is more affordable. But for best results, we recommend an MCT oil that will improve the absorption of ketones:

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  • FAST KETONES: Provides a pure source of the only MCT that effectively increases blood ketones.
  • EASILY DIGESTED: C8 is more easily digested than other medium chain triglyceride oils. The typical indigestion, loose stools and stomach upset caused by MCT should not occur.
  • NON-GMO, PALEO & VEGAN SAFE: This all natural C8 MCT oil is suitable for consumption in all diets and is completely non-allergenic. It is free of wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts and shellfish and comes entirely from non-GMO coconut and palm.
  • EASY TO COMPLY: C8 MCT Oil is odorless, tasteless and can be substituted with traditional oils. Easy to mix into protein shakes, bulletproof coffee or any other type of beverage for long lasting energy.
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: All Ketosource products come with a full 30-day money back guarantee. Try our products risk-free.

And finally you will need a quality coffee like this one:

Jamaika 100% Blue Mountain Coffee specialty, coffee beans, 454g
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Jamaika 100% Blue Mountain Coffee specialty, coffee beans, 454g
  • 454 g of 100 % Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans per bag
  • Vacuum packed for freshness
  • Packaged in a nice burlap bag
  • Brews 50 to 60 cups per bag
  • Ideal to offer

What is a bulletproof coffee?

Bulletproof coffee is no ordinary latte. It's a high-performance, energy drink that has helped a wide range of people in their daily activities, from passionate CEOs to professional athletes to busy parents, to be more active, without suffering slumps. This energy drink adds a powerful building block to both intermittent youth and ketogenic diets, helping observers of both diets feel full, alert and focused. Read on to find out how to make this delicious drink, where it comes from and how it works.

Recipe for Bulletproof coffee

It all starts with the beans. Make 1 cup of coffee using filtered water with 2 ½ tablespoons of freshly ground coffee beans if possible. Use a plunger coffee maker for ease of use and to preserve the beneficial coffee oils that paper filters typically block.

Add 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of Brain Octane oil. You'll learn a lot more about Brain Octane oil below, but keep in mind that this product is powerful. Start with 1 teaspoon per cup and work your way up to 1 to 2 tablespoons over several days.

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter or 1 to 2 teaspoons of ghee (for those who cannot tolerate dairy products). You read that right. It says "butter". Don't worry. This mixture also makes the creamiest, most delicious cup of coffee you've ever tasted. Oh, and make sure your butter isn't salty. Salted coffee is vile.

Blend in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it resembles a frothy latte.

The history of Bulletproof coffee

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a smooth, bulletproof cup of coffee

Dave Asprey was a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur when his health began to deteriorate. He was obese, weighing nearly 300 pounds. He was also chronically fatigued and his brain function was beginning to suffer.

For years, he tried to limit calories and exercise every day. Nothing helped. At age 30, Dave's doctors told him he was at high risk for a stroke or heart attack - not at some indeterminate time in the future, but soon.

Dave got the idea for Bulletproof coffee after a trip to Tibet in 2004. At 18,000 feet above sea level and -23°C, his energy was in free fall - until he stumbled into a guesthouse and a local handed him a cup of creamy yak butter tea.

The biohacker in him wondered why this tea felt so good, and he embarked on years of research into the power of ingredients. Eventually, Dave replaced mold-tested coffee with tea and yak butter with grass-fed butter or ghee.

Brain Octane oil was the final missing piece. And the right mix of these three ingredients (good coffee, good MCTs, and grass-fed butter) finally gave Dave the same feeling he first experienced in that Tibetan mountaintop hut. That's how Bulletproof Coffee was born.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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It turns out there's some powerful science behind the benefits of Brain Octane coffee, butter and oil. Let's dive in:

COFFEE BEANS AND PEAK PERFORMANCE

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Coffee doesn't just taste good. It also provides antioxidants. Caffeine keeps you alert, and it can also boost your metabolism and help you burn fat for energy.

But none of these benefits are very important if you don't drink the right coffee.

Just like the food you eat, the quality of your coffee is important: Bad coffee can sap your energy and hurt your performance, while good beans can give you an edge.

The problem is finding good coffee consistently - that's why the coffee beans we use are expertly picked, sorted and roasted.

  • Location: Blue Mountain Jamaica coffee beans come from protected high altitude crops, at least 1800 meters above sea level, and are harvested by the parishes of St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary's in the proper manner.
  • Quality: Coffee beans are subject to strict quality standards. They are selected and processed to minimize mycotoxins and other contamination. Blue Montain coffee is among the most controlled coffees in the world.
  • Taste: The coffee beans are very high quality Arabica beans, which have a sweet and pronounced flavor.
Jamaika 100% Blue Mountain Coffee specialty, coffee beans, 454g
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Jamaika 100% Blue Mountain Coffee specialty, coffee beans, 454g
  • 454 g of 100 % Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans per bag
  • Vacuum packed for freshness
  • Packaged in a nice burlap bag
  • Brews 50 to 60 cups per bag
  • Ideal to offer

The benefits of Brain Octane oil

Brain Octane oil is a staple of the Bulletproof diet because it provides you with brain-fueling molecules called ketones. It's a key ingredient in the Bulletproof coffee recipe for several reasons:

Purity: Brain Octane is pure C8 MCT oil, derived at 100% from coconut oil. It is tri-distilled and purified with only water, heat and pressure. This means you get pure, highly ketogenic C8 MCTs - and no coconut residue.

Quality: Brain Octane oil meets strict pharmaceutical quality standards.

Taste: Brain Octane oil is tasteless and odorless, unlike some other MCT oils.

Different types of fats have different functions. And because of its molecular structure, Brain Octane oil is four times more effective than coconut oil at increasing ketone levels, allowing your body and brain to run on fat instead of sugar. This is what allows you to burn clean energy for hours on end.

Don't add sugar either. Sugar, even in natural forms like honey or maple syrup, will affect your blood sugar levels and prevent you from burning fat.

Why poor quality coffee can make you weak

Just as good coffee gives you an amazing feeling, poor quality coffee can sap your energy. So make sure you're using the best beans possible. You can do this by choosing beans that are:

  • Single origin
  • Small batch
  • From the high altitudes
  • Arabica grains
  • Tested for mycotoxins

Blue Mountain coffee beans meet all these standards.

WHY COCONUT OIL IS NOT ENOUGH

Compare MCT to coconut oil. What is the difference?

Brain Octane oil is more than three times as effective as coconut oil in providing energizing ketones, and throwing coconut oil into your coffee won't give you the same effects.

After all, Brain Octane oil is caprylic acid (C8), a special type of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) derived from coconut oil - and not all MCTs are created equal.

That's one more reason why you'll notice the difference when you make Bulletproof coffee with the right ingredients.

Here's a little more detail if you're curious about the differences between MCT oil and coconut oil.

Rethink your breakfast

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Bulletproof coffee is breakfast - but without the added sugar that comes with some common morning staples like fruit juices, smoothies and bread. And with all that quality fat from grass-fed butter and Brain Octane oil, you'll feel full and energized for hours.

Not all fats are bad

In fact, eating more good fats can be a powerful way to beat snacking cravings and fuel your brain.

Unlike many other fats, most of the high-purity C8 MCTs in MCT oil travel directly from your liver to your brain. Then your body converts them into ketones that are burned for energy - not stored on your waistline.

C8 MCT Oil Premium Glass Bottle |Produces 3 X More Ketone Than Other MCT Oils | Pure Caprylic Acid |Ketogenic, Paleo & Vegan Sympathetic |Ketosource®
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C8 MCT Oil Premium Glass Bottle |Produces 3 X More Ketone Than Other MCT Oils |Pure Caprylic Acid Triglycerides |Ketogenic, Paleo & Vegan Friendly |Ketosource®
  • FAST KETONES: Provides a pure source of the only MCT that effectively increases blood ketones.
  • EASILY DIGESTED: C8 is more easily digested than other medium chain triglyceride oils. The typical indigestion, loose stools and stomach upset caused by MCT should not occur.
  • NON-GMO, PALEO & VEGAN SAFE: This all natural C8 MCT oil is suitable for consumption in all diets and is completely non-allergenic. It is free of wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts and shellfish and comes entirely from non-GMO coconut and palm.
  • EASY TO COMPLY: C8 MCT Oil is odorless, tasteless and can be substituted with traditional oils. Easy to mix into protein shakes, bulletproof coffee or any other type of beverage for long lasting energy.
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: All Ketosource products come with a full 30-day money back guarantee. Try our products risk-free.

Bonus: Because fats can make you feel fuller faster, you may find that you actually eat less by adding high-quality ketogenic fats to your plate.

But what happens if you don't drink coffee?

You don't even have to use coffee to experience the many benefits of Bulletproof coffee. In fact, a Tibetan tea was Dave Asprey's first introduction to the energizing power and delicious flavor of a warm, buttery pick-me-up.

The truth is, you can turn any hot drink into a creamy, frothy version of itself simply by adding butter and Brain Octane. Hot chocolate, tea and turmeric tea are just a few options.

How do I get started with Bulletproof coffee?

You need the essential ingredients for bulletproof coffee

The best way to find out if Bulletproof Coffee works for you is to try it. Here's how you can incorporate Bulletproof Coffee into your day to increase your energy and performance:

Get the ingredients - ideally, Blue mountain coffee beans, vegetable butter and Brain Octane oil (or, for a blender-free, easy-to-carry option, try Bulletproof ready-to-drink coffee. You can take it with you anywhere, without refrigeration).

Try swapping your regular breakfast for Bulletproof coffee for a week. It may take your body a while to adjust to the excess fat. Start slowly with small amounts of plant-based butter and Brain Octane oil, and work your way up to the total amount included in the recipe.

Eat your lunch and dinner as usual, or just eat when you are hungry.

For best results, stay in the "green" zone of the roadmap for a bulletproof diet.

Bulletproof coffee is your new breakfast ally

Breakfast staples, loaded with sugar and refined carbohydrates, can spike your blood sugar. Sure, you may get a quick burst of energy, but by mid-morning you'll be hungry, tired and unfocused.

Start your day with a bulletproof coffee, on the other hand...

Reduces hunger and snacking attacks: The quality fats in Brain Octane oil help you stay full.

Gives you mental energy: Brain Octane quickly converts to ketones to help fuel your brain with high-performance fuel.

Forget the sugar-rich breakfast and start your day with fat as fuel. When you feel sharp and alert for hours, you'll be glad you made the change.

4 Common questions about bulletproof coffee

1. Isn't Bulletproof coffee high in calories and fat?

If you've ever tried a low-calorie diet, you know how unsustainable it is. You starve yourself for a few days until your low-calorie diet collapses and you eat everything you can get your hands on.

In addition, as your body slows down your metabolism to compensate for your decreased caloric intake, you end up gaining more weight than you lost. Thus begins a painful cycle of yo-yo dieting.

In the long run, restricting your calories will not help you lose weight. Counting calories doesn't work because your biology is far too complicated to reduce weight loss to "calories in, calories out".

A better approach is to optimize your metabolism and hormones, both of which help burn fat, while limiting your hunger with food that keeps you full for hours. Bulletproof coffee checks those boxes.

The saturated fat and cholesterol in butter support your hormones (all steroid and sex hormones, including fat-burning testosterone, come from cholesterol) and provide steady energy, not the afternoon drowsiness of traditional breakfast foods. The MCTs in Brain Octane oil turn into fuel for your brain and promote thermogenesis, increasing your metabolic rate.

All of this translates into feeling full for hours, while burning fat. Don't be afraid of the calories or fat in Bulletproof coffee. They do you a lot of good.

2. Drinking calories can't be good for my health, can it?

If you're talking about fructose-laden juice or soda, yes. Most sugary drinks give you a quick burst of energy...then you crash and are hungry an hour later. But Bulletproof coffee gives you a totally different experience.

This is where Brain Octane really works its magic. It quickly converts to ketones, which are an alternative to the glucose your body normally uses for fuel. Ketones work on two hormones, ghrelin and CCK, in ways that curb cravings for hours. Coconut oil is not strong enough to affect ghrelin and CCK like Brain Octane oil does.

In this case, it may be more satisfying to drink your calories than to eat them. You can learn more about the science behind Brain Octane and hunger suppression here.

3. A bulletproof coffee won't break my youth?

No, as long as you don't take protein or carbs with it. Fat doesn't impact your blood sugar levels. This means that bulletproof coffee can actually help you extend your fast, without making you feel angry. Find out how bulletproof coffee complements intermittent fasting here.

That said, the nutritional profile of Bulletproof Coffee doesn't compare to, say, an avocado and some whole eggs. It's a tool to support ketosis, benefit from intermittent fasting, and fuel your mind and body with quality fats. You want to eat nutrient-dense whole foods for your other meals.

If you eat lots of greens, grass-fed meat, eggs, quality fats and organ meats, all seasoned with a solid dose of salt, herbs and spices, you'll far exceed your daily requirements for most nutrients. For even better results, follow the Bulletproof Diet (all information is free here). It's an incredible way to lose weight, increase your mental alertness, have steady energy hours and feel your best.

Brain octane MCT oil for more efficiency:

Bulletproof Upgraded Brain Octane Oil (473 ml)
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Bulletproof Upgraded Brain Octane Oil (473 ml)
  • Contains 100 % of capacitive acid (C-8 MCT) = 18 times more powerful than coconut oil.
  • Supports digestion and the immune system, provides effective energy
  • Immediately converts to ketone bodies, promotes fat burning.
  • Tasteless and odorless, ideal for the refinement of coffee, smoothies and salads.
  • Ideal to complement a ketogenic, paleo and low-carb diet.

Last updated on 2022-06-26 / Affiliated links

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