Butter coffee or bullet coffee as it is known in some circles is the newest coffee trend. Local favorite, Picnik, specializes in this style coffee. Picnik founder Naomi Seifter gave me the low down on butter coffee, why we should all start drinking it, and how we can incorporate it into our day-to-day lives.
Butter coffee has its roots with Tibetan monks. It was also popular from the Himalayas to Nepal to Ethiopia. Why are people so into you ask? Butter coffee has a lot of benefits. Despite containing butter, the beverage can be good for weight loss. Good quality fats and omega-3s give you more energy. There are no jitters or upset stomachs like some people have with drinking coffee without food. Butter coffee staves off hungry and digest the caffeine more slowly, saving you from that 2PM crash.
Butter coffee is pretty simple to make. All you need are 8-12 ounces of brewed coffee + 1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter, and 1 teaspoon of MCT oil. You can add more MCT oil once you know how your body handles it. It may sound bizarre, but MCT oil is substance found naturally in other things like coconut oil. The quality of the coffee is not nearly as important as the butter. Grass-fed butter is full of vitamin K and other nutrients and is anti-inflammatory. For more information on why grass-fed is crucial, check out this article.
Even if you’re making it at home, butter coffee doesn’t have to be boring! The Picnik menu is full of fun choices like marshmallow, pumpkin spice, and candy cane. I tried the pumpkin spice and it was the perfect way to bring in fall. You can make your butter coffee more fun, too, by adding things like cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla bean, essential oils, etc. Try to steer clear of artificial sweeteners. Picnik uses maple syrup, maple sugar, and honey to sweeten all their food, including butter coffee.
With a lot of health trends, you may be wondering how safe it is to drink. Because it uses everyday ingredients, butter coffee shouldn’t give you too much trouble. Naomi said her fiance drinks two cups a day and hasn’t seen any abnormal effects. You can drink it every morning with or without food depending on whether or not you’re trying to lose weight. If you are adding butter coffee to your routine to help with weight loss, check out Picnik’s blog on optimizing this.
If butter coffee isn’t your speed or you are trying to cut back on caffeine, Naomi says you can get some the same benefits from bone broth made with grass-fed butter and MCT oil. Bone broth is the one thing she says everyone should add to their lives. The healing benefits are incredible.
Head to Picnik today to see if butter coffee is something you want to incorporate into your life. You can also pick some up in select Whole Foods.