When coffee isn’t enough – drop in some butter


You, me and every other college student needs about five cups a day. Or, if we don’t have time for that, we put five shots of espresso in our caramel macchiato….

“Coconut milk, please.”

“Yes, I know it’s an extra 60¢.”

“No, I don’t need the receipt.”

Then after about three hours, the crash hits and it’s time for the second cup … and the third … and the fourth. But what if there was a better way to keep your all-night study sessions going?

Warning you now: this isn’t beach body friendly – you’ll need a whole stick of butter.

Enter Bulletproof Coffee.

The problem with coffee is its caffeine is a short term solution to a long term problem – the bad decisions you made last night aren’t going to disappear even if you spend $5.50 on a latte.

Bulletproof coffee solves this problem by throwing a stick of butter and a bottle of coconut oil at it.

Photo by Alexis Paige.

The goal? Saturated fats (the good kind, mind you – we’re talking unprocessed milk and coconut fats). The fats from the coconut oil and butter give you the long term boost that coffee lacks.

Your body takes much longer to digest those energy-dense oils than it takes to digest caffeine from coffee. Combine the two together and you have a concoction that in the morning gives you a quick jolt of energy via caffeine, which then carries on till two or three in the afternoon, thanks to those saturated fats.

Dave Asprey, the creator of Bulletproof Coffee, says he came up with the idea after being given milk with yak butter in it by the Sherpas of Tibet while he was climbing mountains like typical, rich white guys often do when they’re in the midst of a mid-life crisis.

Asprey is very assertive that you need to be picky when you’re making your Bulletproof Coffee. He insists the coffee grounds you use should be the least processed you can find. In fact, he’d argue the only coffee in the world that meets these exacting standards is (wouldn’t you know it) his coffee, which you can buy on his website for a hefty premium over its processed counterpart.

I prefer to buy something at Whole Foods and just pretend I feel good about how processed it is. Only grass-fed organic butter will do for your stick; you can pick up the KerryGold brand of this from your local Whole Foods.

Again, only organic, non-processed coconut oil will do: yes, Whole Food’s own ‘Everyday 365’ brand is the best and the cheapest. Don’t feel to bad about splurging for all that Organic Coconut Oil – at least you can use it to burn off that energy later.

On top of all this, make sure you use a blender to mix. Apparently that’s the only way to properly break down all that butter so it slides down nice and smooth – like butter.