What is Butter Coffee? Info + Paleo Recipe

If the name "butter coffee" doesn't tempt you (or at least intrigue you) all by itself, here's everything you need to know about the latest buzz in java.

A Brief History

In the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Tibet and India, making yak butter tea is an age-old tradition. Tibetans serve their guests warmly with "buttered tea," made from strong tea, yak butter, water and salt. It is customary for the host to refill the cup after each sip.

Butter Coffee

Inspired by these traditions, Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave Asprey has created a delicious new way of enhancing coffee, said to offer tremendous amounts of sustained energy, clarity, focus and satiety. Another bonus? Every ingredient is pronounceable and pure.

Whirled together in a blender, his method combines freshly brewed coffee, unsalted grass-fed butter and MCT oil, extracted from coconut oil to isolate the medium chain triglycerides. MCT's don't have to be broken down in the intestine and are absorbed intact. They are taken to the liver and can be used directly as a long-lasting source of energy.

Described as an uber-rich cappuccino, the result is frothy, creamy, delicious and rich in healthy fats, which the body uses to support brain function.

  • Pure organic ghee can be used in place of butter. It does not contain milk proteins (check the label), making it a viable option for dairy-sensitive individuals.

To make your own version of butter coffee, try the simple recipe below. This method also works for earl grey, chai and other teas.

The Recipe:

Blend together the following ingredients for 10 seconds.

  • 1 cup of hot coffee
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Drink in place of breakfast.

A natural sweetener like stevia, agave or yacón and spices of your choice may also be added to personalize the experience.

The use of a blender or milk frother is strongly suggested, as it prevents the oil from separating while you're drinking the beverage.


Recipe from Prevention.com, Why People are Putting Butter in Their Coffee, found here.

Additional information sourced from Wikipedia, found here.

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