You know that jittery feeling you sometimes get after you’ve had a cup of coffee? And then the crash you get a couple hours later after you’ve used up the surge of energy it gives you? (Maybe you feel immune to caffeine’s effects like my roommates who were both baristas and have been coffee-obsessed for years.)
One day, I was told that there was a solution to that—a way of consuming coffee that gives you energy that lasts for a longer period of time and without the jitters. They call it “bulletproof” coffee, and only two extra ingredients can supposedly make that happen: grass-fed butter and MCT (or coconut) oil.
In my coffee?
First, that doesn’t necessarily sound appetizing or healthy. Second, just why?
Bulletproof Coffee is actually a brand itself, but it’s just as easy to make it yourself at home with your own ingredients, and, in that case, you would just call it “butter coffee,” I suppose.
Apparently, the caffeine metabolizes more efficiently when consumed with fat. I’m not going to get scientific here, and I’m not even sure they’ve been able to back this claim up scientifically yet. The person who originally told me about his endeavors with “bulletproof” coffee, tea, and matcha now swears by it. He says that in addition to giving him more reliable, durable energy, it keeps him full for hours and actually helps him burn fats when he doesn’t consume carbs before or after.
I read an article by a man who experimented with bulletproof coffee for a week. He consumed it as a replacement for breakfast, as it seems many do, and actually bought the whole Bulletproof kit for it. His experience was spotty, and overall he wasn’t a fan.
With the mixed feelings on it, I was hesitant to try it myself, but I’m a full-time college student with a full-time job who could really use a natural, enhanced source of energy. I figured I might as well give it a shot.
I went to Greecologies in Little Italy, which sells grass-fed butter coffee and matcha, on a Friday since I usually spend the whole day doing homework assignments before going to work a seven-ish hour shift at 6:00pm. It makes for a long day, and coffee tends to be the best thing for my focus and mental stamina. Instead of a breakfast replacement, I essentially had it as a lunch replacement (after having protein for breakfast) since I got to the coffee shop around 1:00 or so and usually do afternoon coffee on days like that anyway.
It was only my first attempt, but it seemed to work pretty well! I had so much energy, even through my entire shift at work, and only felt the need to eat a protein bar around 7:00 or 8:00. It felt like real energy, not just a rush. No jitters. No crash. And the next morning I woke up feeling great, too. The next Friday I went back to try their grass-fed butter matcha drink. That also worked well, and I felt great the next day as well.
Some people incorporate bulletproof coffee (or tea) into their daily routine. A friend of mine who’s a barista at Starbucks said that a customer comes in every day and orders a coffee with butter blended into it. I’m not quite sure that’s the right way to do bulletproof coffee—if there is a right way—but I’m not convinced it’s such a bad idea altogether.
Personally, it’s not something I’d drink most days, but it’s something I’m going to continue using every so often as long as it seems to help. Those 18-hour Fridays this semester might beckon for butter and MCT oil infused coffee more than the average day will. It will be interesting to see if it works as well every time.
Have you ever heard of bulletproof coffee? Is it something you’d try? Tell me what you think of this rising coffee trend in the comments below!