Skip to comments.What’s the Deal with… Butter in Coffee
Posted on 06/07/2014 2:35:28 AM PDT by kingattax
People have taken to putting butter in their coffee.
The practice is polarizingit sounds awesome to some, disgusting to othersbut really, its not about how the mixture tastes. Clarified butter is a great source of energy, satiates you: I get the draw, coffee writer Oliver Strand told us on Twitter. But its more about diet than flavor.
Where It Comes From: Putting butter in morning tea has long been a thing in Tibet. The heart and soul of Tibet is butter tea, chef Vikas Khanna told us. (Khannas cookbook, Return to the Rivers: Recipes and Memories of the Himalayan River Valleys, was nominated for a James Beard Award this year.)
Its almost exactly what it sounds like: tea, brewed normally, and then served with a float of yak butter and Himalayan salt. It is hard to drink initiallyits so strong!but its the best thing Tibet taught me.
It was Dave Asprey, though, who most recently imported the idea to States, switching the tea to coffee, adding some other ingredients, and branding it Bulletproof Coffee. Then came the attention from Paleo diet experts and followers of the Traditional Foods movement.
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I tried it for a few days. Using the recommended grass fed type butter.
It tastes good... very creamy.
BUT....it was a big pain in the butt to have to whip it up every morning. Using a blender at 6 am is not a good idea for me.
I went back to my heavy cream.
Butter tea is the worst thing that I ever tasted.
Sounds worth trying
Oh, forgot to add....it does a very good job curbing the appetite. I wasn’t hungry until about 3 or 4 in the afternoon.
So if your trying to lose a few pounds by curbing your appetite, this works.
Last note...I also put a tablespoon of coconut oil in with the butter.
If you add the coconut oil you definitely have to blend it up in a blender. But it does taste good.
I use creamer and honey as my sweetener. The honey curbs my appetite and clears my sinuses.
Comes from the ideas of chai or tea with yak butter
Indian or Oriental crap
I have a Nespresso machine.....that’s how I drink coffee
Black or Au Lait
Like my women (I always say that)
Speaking of which....there is a Louisiana creole after dinner drink called CafeBrulot which uses orange peels...cloves....sugar...coffee....brandy or cointreau.....and on occasion butter in some recipes
Very fancy....hard to make Commanders Palace does
I’ve never tried honey in coffee. I’ll try it this morning with the cream.
I drank Yak butter tea in Tibet. It did seem to help with the high-altitude hiking. The taste was bareable, in the context of the trip.
Back home I drink coffee. Black. Strong. Occasionally as a desert I’ll have an espresso with sugar. I like the coffee-flavored sugar granules at the bottom of the cup.
I don’t think I’ll ever try butter in coffee.
dessert, not desert
Coffee is served very strong, black and unadulterated with any kind of sweetener or flavoring. That’s coffee. Other preparations might be enjoyed by some but they’re not coffee.
Does it not work to simply melt a bit of butter in hot coffee?
I make my coffee so strong and black, anyone who comes to visit automatically knows they have to dilute it.
I drink it as is, about every third or fourth cup I might add some Irish Cream...
Go straight or go home.
Heavy cream is how you get butter...should do about the same thing for you, just a little less concentrated.
I’ve always used actual butter...even way back when margarine was the favorite. I do not eat fake food. I said then ‘if God made it, I’ll eat it.’ If man makes it ...you can bet there is something in there we should not be ingesting.
Clarified butter, “ghee”, is very different in texture, consistency and taste from whole butter. Heat up butter to the melting point, just before boiling, pour off the lighter, clear liquid which will be about half. That’s “ghee”.
Whole butter in coffee would be gross!
Love bulletproof coffee! I use about a tablespoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of butter. A few seconds on the Vitamix and it’s frothy and creamy.
Er, to me that would be the same thing as having Corn flakes or Cheerios and not adding a bit of sugar to it. It would taste like cardboard. In the case of unadulterated coffee it’d make for a bitter drink that would make the experience unpleasant. I prefer pleasant:) Speaking of beverages I will never understand why people drink beer. I think it’s the nastiest thing, aside from the maggots I just saw this dude eat on Marooned.
“Coffee is served very strong, black and unadulterated with any kind of sweetener or flavoring. Thats coffee. Other preparations might be enjoyed by some but theyre not coffee.”
Agreed. If you can stand a spoon up in it, even better.
Never tried the butter, but the heavy cream has been a staple for years - the half-n-half (or non-fat) users have no idea what they're missing
And, you should be able to eat it with a knife and fork, IMO, good old Army field coffee.
I prefer cocoanut oil; about half a tsp. in black coffee for the first cup of the day only.
When people ask me how I take my coffee, I say, “black, like my..” and they wince expecting the old catch phrase. but I finish up by saying, “Like my ink pen”. It is fun to watch the faces go through the gamut of expressions.
I do enjoy by bit of fun...
Would one of those little juicer things work in lieu of a blender?
The secret to great coffee has always been an egg broken into the pot.
My wife will not drink my coffee. She says I may as well cut a slice and eat it. She likes her coffee so weak, you can read a book through it.
My wife says the she would drink coffee if it tasted like it smells. I say, drink it the way I make it and it does
I get my coffee ready late, at night and just plug the percolator in when I get up. My wife always wants coffee after I get mine ready. She says it smells so good.
I’d pour her half a cup, add hot water to the rest of the cup and stir. Or you could get those coffee bags, like tea bags and let her make her own.
I’m with you Arrow, I like my coffee, robust, black no sugar. Good thing the Mr. is Ret. Navy and likes his the same way. The coffee pot it the first thing turned on after getting up. Even before the dogs get let out! I’m a grouch with out my 2 cups of Java.
They can keep star bucks, that stuff is NASTY. And supports the Wrong side. I can but a big can of coffee for what 1 cup of their crap cost.
Now that's funny!
If you want to follow a Paleolithic diet, dairy wouldn't be on the list. No domesticated animals in the Old Stone Age.
She got one of those one cup coffee makers you see at some places lately that have the little cups with just enough grinds for one cup. I tried a cup of that and was not impressed.
I’ll never set foot in Starbucks. We had their coffee at a conference years ago, and I poured about half of my first cup down the drain. Went to the hotel restaurant for the rest of the week.
Used to go ski-camping in CO. Believe it or not, in such a circumstance getting enough calories in a day is a problem. Enough calories is necessary to generate body heat.
So we used to carry a stick of butter per person per day, which is about 800 calories.
Added it to just about everything, especially tea. Didn’t try it with coffee, not being a coffee drinker at the time.
Tried it... Smmmooooothh. But always having to wash the blender?, I am not sure about it. It is interesting it gets a bit of a froth almost like a cappuccino and changes it color a bit...
My wife uses real maple syrup to sweeten her coffee. I’m too much a traditionalist since I’m still on sugar and creamer.
I enjoy saying this:
“I take my coffee like I like my women.....
(pause, waiting for everyone to adopt a knowing smile)
.....COLD, and BITTER.”
We don’t do it only because we lack access to a yak.
Yak butter tea. MMMMMM!
3 fingers of tap water in a plastic tea glass, 60 seconds in the microwave, 2 heaping teaspoons of Taster’s Choice, a quick stir...that’s my “coffee” for the day.
People think they don’t like strong coffee, when really, they don’t like bitter coffee, there is a difference. When making coffee, use more grinds and less water to get rich, strong coffee. The more water that passes through the grinds, the more bitter the coffee is. If you make it too strong you can add a bit of hot water.
The little detail this article forgot to mention is that in Tibet it is freezing cold!
Butter and salt in tea or coffee supplies crucial fat and water-retention support for cold weather. In such conditions, it quickly becomes delicious.
Drink it in warm weather though, and it tastes vile and overheats you like crazy.
I was grateful to the sherpa guides and their noble porters who poured cup after cup of the oily, dark brew into me. It was the most effective way to get as many calories as possible into one each morning before another 8-mile walk along narrow paths and up steep inclines, across rope bridges and recent landslides before, past ancient villages and monumental stupas, arriving with barely enough "gas in the tank" at a wayside tea house for a lunch of watercress sandwiches and cream cakes.
"Tea, sahib? Tea?"
Indeed, I would. Jolly good!
I’m going to try this winter 2014.
I just gave away a Keurig that someone bought me for Christmas or something. Hated it. lol
When I was little my Grandpa made “hobo’ coffee...boiled it on the stove and strained it. I always had a cup with my breakfast before school.
I like real coffee.
My wife says she likes “fresh coffee”, not some that’s been sitting a pot for hours. I have reheated coffee in my percolator after several hours if I’m thirsty. I just take the basket and stem out and plug it back into the outlet.
Its not new. I heard of it years ago.
I saw a Youtube video the other day where the guy puts butter in the Le Presse’ coffee pot then after its brewed he puts the whole thing in the blender and hits it for about 3 seconds. Its supposed to froth it up.
I used Kerrygold Irish butter from grassfed normal cows. Put it in hot strong black coffee. It was great. I don’t know what you need a blender for; I just put it in the cup. Gave me energy all morning. Kerrygold costs twice as much as the garbage butter I could get at the supermarket ($3.69/half pound) but it’s less trouble than making it myself, and sometimes time is money. Tastes so good my son was just eating it plain.
I guess I should have went further with my posts.
I was making the recipe for “Bulletproof coffee”.
Coffee, grass Fed butter, MCT oil (derivative of coconut oil).
Put in blender and blend.
(The blending helps the oil blend in instead of sitting on top)
I used my Nutribullet, but was worried the hot coffee would melt the plastic.
I then used a small hand blender, but grew tired of the whole ordeal.
Do you like Star Bucks coffee? Would you consider it to be bitter or strong? I’ve had it only a couple times but don’t care for it at all. I actually really enjoy Taster’s choice instant. I know most folks don’t like instant but it’s what I started out on many years ago so have an acquired taste for. That said, it does indeed taste worse black than brewed cofee does.
Had my first cup while in Vegas for a HS reunion BD for my husband’s 70 year old classmates. Crap was so strong I pitched it after a couple of sips.
Now I like robust coffee, I don’t need a double expresso full cup of it. Just a normal restaurant brew is fine. We ate out most of our meals, to expensive other wise, only reason we stayed at a casino was the group got a fantastic deal on room rates, as one of them had a son who was a assistant Manager of 1. But unlike Tunica, MS they don’t do comps for meals in Vegas. We did a lot of site seeing, not big on gambling, odds are house favor, not yours.