What Is Butter Coffee

Butter has become an important ingredient in coffee drinks because it is said to have a lot of benefits. Some of these benefits include mental clarity, fat burning, energy, and so on. Although most coffee lovers consider this non-traditional, we can say it has come to stay.

Butter Coffee
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Butter coffee is a rich blend of coffee, butter, and coconut oil or MCT oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride). When coffee is infused with these ingredients, it maintains energy levels that can be sustained for many hours without the characteristic coffee crash. Other functions of butter coffee are balanced hormone levels, cognitive function boost, reduction of hunger, and so on. 

This coffee is packed with flavor and is satisfying. It has a delightful foam or froth on top of the coffee drink when it is brewed properly.  Butter coffee is similar to bulletproof coffee, but they are different. 

The espresso machine is not needed to brew this coffee and as such is the perfect coffee for home baristas. Butter coffee can be brewed with simple coffee makers like AeroPress coffee maker and a high-speed blender. This article will provide all the information you need to know about infusing butter in your coffee drink.

If you prefer learning by video, this article is also explained here.

What Is the Difference Between Butter Coffee and Bulletproof Coffee?

They are both similar but are the same, hence, most people mistake butter coffee for bulletproof coffee. Butter coffee consists of already brewed coffee, coconut oil, and good butter. Bulletproof coffee was developed by Dave Asprey, an entrepreneur.

Dave’s special bulletproof coffee uses only a particular type of coffee beans, grass-fed unsalted butter and MCT oil (it is also found in coconut oil). Butter coffee is simply a DIY type of bulletproof coffee that does not necessarily need MCT oil or a specific type of coffee beans.

Buttered coffee is commonly consumed by people who are following a keto dietary plan (a diet high in fat and low in carbs).

Note that organic MCT oil contains more fats than the one obtained from coconut oil.

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What Is the Nutritional Value of Butter Coffee?

An 8 oz cup of coffee with 2 tbsps of unsalted butter and coconut oil contains the following nutrients: 445kJ calories, 0g protein, 50g fat, 9% Sodium (of the reference daily intake, RDI), 20% Vitamin A (of RDI), and 0g fiber.

Vitamin A (a fat-soluble vitamin) is important for the skin, good vision, and immune functions. It also contains vitamins B, E, K, and little quantity of calcium. But they are not great sources of these nutrients.

Butter coffee contains about 85% saturated fat. This amount is too much for only one serving. Replacing some of these saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats can reduce the risk of heart disease. Examples of food rich in polyunsaturated fats include seeds, fatty fish such as mackerel, tuna, herring or salmon, and nuts.

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Why Put Butter in Coffee?

Video: Why Are People Drinking Buttered Coffee?

This video will explain why you should try a butter coffee recipe and it’s nutritional benefits.

There are several beneficial reasons why you should add butter coffee to your coffee recipes. Here they are:

It Is Healthy for The Skin

Low dietary fats are harmful to the body. It can cause so many health conditions such as premature aging skin, hormonal imbalance, deficiency of the fat-soluble vitamin, and so on. Every cell in the human body is covered in two protective fat layers. 

The low-fat diet causes the body to produce more cellular walls more than it should. This can further lead to different health concerns including aging skin (less glow and plasticity). 

A diet that has lots of healthy fats is beneficial to the skin. It nourishes your skin inside out, gives anti-inflammatory nutrients, and is a building block in the production of healthy hormones. 

Coconut oil consists of saturated fats. This regulates cholesterol levels in the body, balance metabolism, and reduces inflammation in arteries found in the heart. Most people use coconut because of the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial benefits of its components (capric and lauric acid).

Coconut oil is also used in skincare, oil pulling, and hair care. Some studies have found that coconut oil and olive oil protect the brain and neurons against dementia.

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Source of Energy

Butter coffee is said to provide constant, long-lasting energy without crashing blood sugar level. Fat is known to slow digestion, so the caffeine present in coffee is slowly absorbed and as a result, provide long-lasting energy. This effect is likely unnoticeable and hence insignificant.

MCT oil (similar to coconut oil) is most likely responsible for this long-term energy boost gotten from butter coffee. MCTs are broken down quickly and is absorbed by the body because of their short chain length.

Because of this, they can be converted to ketones (molecules from fatty acids in the liver) or be a source of instant energy. This helps to boost energy for a very long time.

Cheaper Than Most Coffee Drinks 

Butter coffee is cheaper than most coffee drinks sold in coffee cafes. The good news is, it can be brewed at home and its ingredients are readily available. Besides, most cafes do not serve this coffee drink, so you have to make it yourself.

Rather than spending money on cups of coffee from coffee vendors, you can buy a coffee grinder, coffee maker, and blender. With this coffee equipment, you can make this delicious goodness in the comfort of your home.

This is an investment no doubt that will serve you for years. Having a coffee bar at home will save you a lot of money.

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It Stops Hunger Cravings

Hunger cravings can be caused by a blood sugar crash that can result from a surgery breakfast or waiting for too long in between meals. Symptoms of hunger cravings are crankiness, brain fog, doughnut, or coffee cravings. This is to boost energy levels that are depleted.

Butter coffee is said to suppress hunger pangs and also help you eat less food thereby losing weight in the process. It contains lots of fat which slow down digestion and can give a satisfying effect. This is believed to be caused by coconut oil used in butter coffee which contains a large amount of MCTs.

MCTs are a form of fat in the body that promotes feelings of satisfaction or fullness.

Mental Clarity

Butter coffee is believed to increase mental clarity and enhance cognitive function. Like earlier discussed, MCTs are converted to ketones in the liver in people who are on a keto dietary plan. Ketones are the basic energy source for brain cells.

Even though it has been shown to protect the brain against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, it has not been clearly shown to improve mental clarity. More evidence suggests that it is the caffeine present in coffee that is responsible for the mental boost, alertness, and focus

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It Enhances Metabolism 

Coconut oil found in butter coffee increases the temperature of the body while it digests and helps to absorb nutrients in fats. This is delivered to the body quickly and in turn the rate of metabolism increases.

In contrast, other typical coffee drinks served in coffee shops like latte coffee do not offer these benefits. Rather, they contain preservatives, artificial flavors, sugar, and food coloring.

It Has A Unique Taste

Butter coffee has a unique richly flavored, creamy, smooth, and satisfying taste with no added sugar. The process of blending emulsifies fats perfectly giving you a continuous delicious and flavor taste. Each sip of this coffee is no different from the first.

This caffeinated drink is second to none.

How to Brew Butter Coffee?

Brew your cup of coffee (about 8 ounces).

Add one to two tbsps of coconut oil.

Add one to two tbsps of unsalted butter or ghee (a type of butter low in lactose).

Mix all these ingredients in your blender. Then blend until it has a foamy latte or for about 20 to 30 seconds.

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Common Brewing Mistakes When Making Butter Coffee

There are common mistakes to avoid when brewing your butter coffee. They are:

Adding Excess Coconut Oil

Too much coconut oil in butter coffee can result in stomach upset in some people This is particularly evident in people whose body is not used to taking-in too much coconut oil.

To avoid this, make sure you only add a little quantity of coconut oil to your coffee. You can begin with one or two tablespoons and then adjust it as you get accustomed to it.

Using Low-Grade Butter

It is very important that you use quality unsalted grass-fed butter for your butter coffee drink. An example is the Kerrygold butter.

Blend Not Shake

An important step in brewing butter coffee is the blending process. This lasts for about 30 seconds. Blending emulsifies fats with your coffee which is water-based. It prevents fats from differentiating on top of the coffee drink.

Do not attempt to shake the ingredients rather than blending, you will ruin your coffee drink.

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What Are the Downsides of Butter Coffee?

Drinking butter coffee is not a balanced or healthy start for your day. Butter coffee should never replace a healthy breakfast as you will not get all the beneficial nutrients. Nutrients like fiber, protein, minerals, and vitamins play a major role in our overall wellbeing and health. 

Drinking this coffee drink with your breakfast is also not ideal. It will only increase the number of calories your body does not need.

In addition, the fat contents of butter coffee can cause stomach upset and other digestive issues like diarrhea and bloat. This is common in people that are not used to high consumption of fats.

People who are hyper-responders to cholesterol (foods that contain high cholesterol raises their blood cholesterol levels) should abstain from butter coffee. 

What Is the Balance?

When trying this coffee drink, make sure you create a balance. To maintain a healthy diet all long, make sure that you compliment butter coffee with extra fruits, proteins, and veggies. Also, lower fat consumption in other meals except you are on a keto diet.

Take more of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as nuts, seeds, fish oil, and avocados throughout the day.

Final Thoughts

Butter coffee contains coffee, good butter, and coconut oil. It is easy to make and quite delicious. This coffee is believed to have a lot of benefits such as increasing energy levels, metabolism, and curbs hunger cravings. 

It also protects the body against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. All this from just drinking a cup of coffee infused with butter and coconut oil. Despite these benefits, there are other healthier means of starting your day if you are not on a keto diet plan.

We hope this article answered all of your questions and is beneficial to you and your friends. It’s a healthier alternative than giving up your cup of joe altogether. Drop your comments and recipes in the comment section below. We will love to hear from you.