Why Bulletproof Coffee Works

Everyone is talking about this new tribe of crazy people putting butter in their coffee so they have more energy. There are believers who swear by it, attribute it to weight loss, better energy, better spirits throughout the day. So what is going on with this new trend?


A monk pours butter tea in Tashilhunpo Monastery, Tibet
A monk pours butter tea in Tashilhunpo Monastery, Tibet

In the unique and harsh environment of the Tibetan Plateau, 7th century Tang dynasty Tibetans created a butter tea called po cha. Often sipped throughout the day for energy, hydration and energy for long days of farming. The drink is made by churning fermented black tea with salty yak butter. With origins in Ayurvedic, an Indian system of medicine, each butter tea ingredient serves a purpose. The tea may improve mental alertness and cognitive capacity, and the polyphenol compounds may help buffer the stress of high-altitude living. Sodium balances the diuretic effects of the tea, while yak butter contains about 2.5 percent conjugated linoleic acid. CLA has been shown to have anti-carcinogenic properties and may help reduce hunger, decrease body fat mass and increase lean body mass in some people.

Coffee has always been associated with coffee going back to the 1650’s when Europe discovered coffee. Things like sugar and milk are available at almost any coffee shop in the world, which can be handy when you need to mask the taste of low quality beans, errors during the roasting process, or a bad brewing process.

Most doctors would like me to point out here that coconut oil is high in saturated fats. It has been up to chefs to find good uses for the oil, without going overboard. The low smoking point of the oil makes it better for It has been a staple of asian cooking and is sometimes used as a substitute for, of all things, butter.


Bullet proof coffee has blended (literally and figuratively) the history of health foods and coffee fueled work sessions into a new trend. Add in some weight loss claims and it’s a hit.

The biggest gain you will get from bullet proof coffee is the shared ritual. Like cross fit, you are joining a community that takes their mornings seriously and needs a breakfast that will fit their ideal lifestyle.

If you feel like you need your morning drink to match your style, you should give bullet proof coffee a shot. With moderation, you can’t do any damage and you might just find a routine that fits your schedule.

The basic bullet proof coffee recipe looks like this:

Bullet Proof Coffee

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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The basic cup of bullet proof coffee.


  • 1 1/2 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of hot coffee
  • flavoring, like, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, or sugar (optional)

The Bullet Proof website will insist that you use the best quality butter, distilled coconut oil, and high quality coffee.


  1. get the coffee brewing
  2. pour coffee on top of the butter and coconut oil in a blender
  3. Blend until frothy, usually 20 – 30 secs; you will see a thick film along the top, like a cappuccino
  4. add you flavoring (optional)

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