How to Make Bulletproof Coffee at Home

Whether you’re following a fitness blogger on Instagram or haunting your favorite local cafe, the phrase “Bulletproof Coffee” may have appeared on your radar recently. The coffee is the trendiest of trends among the fit and fabulous and touts itself as “high performance” drink that sharpens your focus and keeps you fuller, longer.

So what is this seemingly magical breakfast beverage? Why should (or shouldn’t) you drink it, and how can you make it yourself at home?

 

What is Bulletproof Coffee?

At its most basic, Bulletproof Coffee is coffee blended with fats to make a frothy, satisfying drink. Because you’re whipping the ingredients together in a blender, rather than just stirring with a spoon, the drink gets foamy and the fats incorporate with the coffee to cut the acidity and bitterness for a richer taste.

Bulletproof Coffee has their own brand of coffee beans, which they call “high performance, upgraded” beans. To make Bulletproof Coffee, you’re supposed to brew the beans and then blend with grass-fed butter and their Brain Octane oil until the drink froths. 

Bulletproof’s Brain Octane Oil is a form of MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil — AKA a concentrated form of 100% pure coconut oil. Other MCT oils you might find elsewhere could be derived from a mix of distilled coconut, palm, and other oils, so Bulletproof prides itself on the purity of their product.

All that said, using regular coconut oil (organic, virgin coconut oil specifically) is much cheaper and likely to deliver similar results, though the guys at Bulletproof might tell you otherwise.

 

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What are the benefits of Bulletproof Coffee?

The Bulletproof brand claims a whole host of benefits for those who drink their coffee, including: Sharp focus, increased brain function, non-jittery energy, higher productivity, weight loss through ketosis (more on that later), and lack of hunger.

Adding a calorie-dense fat like coconut oil or butter to your coffee can combat coffee’s natural acidity, making it easier on your stomach and keeping you fuller, longer. However, I tend to be skeptical of any brand touting a miracle diet or drug, and would encourage you to take your own diet and lifestyle into consideration before jumping wholly on the bulletproof train.

 

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Are there drawbacks to Bulletproof Coffee?


Bulletproof coffee isn’t for everyone. Two tablespoons of butter and up to two tablespoons of MCT oil is extremely calorie dense and (obviously) high in fat. It supports the “Keto diet,” which burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates, but you’ll need to cut carbs almost completely from your diet to see those fat loss results — a dieting extreme that is often unsustainable and unhealthy.

Personally, I like how rich my coffee tastes when I add fats, and I do feel less famished by lunch when I drink it. However, I find that half a tablespoon of butter and half a tablespoon of coconut oil is more than enough (sometimes I just do one or the other) to froth up my coffee and give me a kick of energy. Since I eat carbs and will continue to eat carbs until the day I die, I like to be more moderate with the fats I consume.

 

 

How to make Bulletproof Coffee at home

If you want to whip up some BPC on your own in the morning, you’ll need:

Brew your coffee as you normally do, whether that be in a regular coffee maker, Chemex, or french press. Then, pour the coffee into a blender (and they’re serious about this — you need a blender) and add the butter and oil. Blend on high for about 30 seconds or until the coffee looks frothy like a latte. 


Bam. Presto. That’s it.

Like I mentioned earlier, you’re not required to stick to the full amount of butter and oil if the Keto diet isn’t your thing. Using a half or quarter amount still tastes delicious.

 

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Do you drink Bulletproof Coffee? Is it your favorite thing or just another fad? Start a discussion in the comments!

  • A surprise downside of blending this coffee – and I agree, dropping some coconut butter (my choice) into my coffee cuts down on the anxiety and jitteriness the coffee produces, tastes great and keeps me full longer – blending cools the coffee down so fast that it’s cold before I can finish it. I still haven’t solved this one!

    • Daryl Lindsey

      I haven’t encountered this problem, but I do pour my coffee straight into an insulated thermos since I drink my coffee on my commute! Maybe that’s the trick to keeping it warm?

    • YES! I suppose you could nuke it again after the blending but that is now way too many steps!

  • RightMeeow

    I was excited to see this article because I love drinking coffee this way. However the unnecessary diss to the Keto lifestyle was disappointing. I’m seeing the ‘Whole 30’ many times on this blog but is that not also a “fad” diet? I’m not looking to start an argument I’m just calling out for judging different diets that are not all that different.

  • I can’t get on the bulletproof coffee train. Something about putting butter in my coffee grosses me out. I know there are benefits though I just can’t get past the butter. I do drink my coffee everyday with added organic MCT oil in it though. So I guess I’m drinking a half bulletproof coffee!

  • Lan | MoreStomach

    this might be a dumb question: but do you also add the other stuff you normally would in your coffee, like cream and sugar?

    • Nope; the idea is that you’re cutting out the “bad” (like dairy and sugar) and replacing with the “good, healthy fats” (though to me, the research is inconclusive and simply hasn’t been around long enough to convince me). I’ve done it before, and it’s good, but I don’t drink my coffee this way anymore – I drink it black, mostly, and sometimes spring for the cream and sugar. Moderation.

      Edited to clarify that I fully believe in “good, healthy fats” and that dairy and sugar do have an impact on some people, but not everyone.

  • I’m into the coffee, but mostly because I’m really digging Keto. Not for everyone, of course, but I’ve loved how I feel on it. I barely need coffee!

    Lindsey | This Miss Cooks
    http://thismisscooks.com/what-is-keto-diet/

  • Kaitlyn V

    Isn’t there a rule about not putting hot liquids into blenders due to upwards pressure, or is bulletproof coffee room temperature?
    Because I’m not sure how I feel about room temperature coffee . . .

    • laralaw

      I was wondering that too, and wondering if you could just use an immersion blender.