While foraging for lunch last week, I stumbled into a quaint oriental restaurant, built from repurposed wooden ornaments, crafted logs and plenty of carpets. My eyes glued to the menu, debating whether I should order the quinoa “Tabouli” salad or Tibetan Mantu, I noticed a peculiar discussion intensifying on the opposite table. Simply put “buttered coffee, buttered tea” seemed to be the heavily debated and voiced topic. Once in a while I hear the question myself, customers asking if I ever heard about putting oil in my coffee. Why would you mix butter in your tea or coffee?
The custom of putting butter in your morning beverage is not a completely new concept. In Tibet for example, you may be offered a cup of tea where the ingredients are butter, tea, salt or pepper. Or you might find a similar custom in Singapore, there coffee beans find themselves stir-fried with butter in a wok, then strained through a filter into a cup. Morning drinks of such kind are said to boost your metabolism and provide energy for body and mind throughout the day.
I know a few people who love it, and swear by it. And therefor decided to describe some of possibilities and benefits of having butter or oils with your morning beverage. A refreshing and new way of having your coffee is by adding: • 2 cups of coffee. • 1 tablespoons raw, unpasteurized coconut oil • Mix in your coffee cup The ultimate benefits include an increase of energy, speed up metabolism and boost for the immune system. Everyone can basically create their own coffee recipe by adding extra cold pressed, unrefined and preferable organic quality oils into their morning beverage. It is a delicious way to get a boost of beneficial fats. Adding butter usually makes the beverage creamier and adds an extra flavor to it.Other popular oils include walnut, almond or even hemp seed oil.
The coffee currently making the rounds, also commonly found at hotel bars, is a take on “bulletproof coffee”, a term coined by David Asprey, and a coffee recipe — with butter — that many people have adopted as part of their morning ritual. It’s very popular among individuals on a “paleo diet”. Instead of having breakfast, one is supposed to consume “bulletproof coffee” instead: • 2 cups of coffee. • 2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter. • 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil. • All mixed in a blender. I’m sure “bulletproof coffee” is tasty and can boost ones energy levels, especially for someone on a ketogenic diet. However think twice before giving up the rest of your breakfast nutrients. One peculiar ingredient in “bulletproof coffee” is MCT oil, a common supplement that claims to be all-naturally from compressed oils of palms and coconut. Just like butter, it promotes itself as being fuel that helps energize your body and jump start your metabolism. I’m particularly skeptical to new things that have an acronym as a name therefor MCT is short for medium chain triglycerides. Another term widely used for “triglycerides” is fatty acids. I will have a separate blog post on MCT oil, as it requires a deeper look into what it actually is and how it is made. The idea of adding healthy fats to our morning coffee has been around for hundreds of years. It is always advised to use high quality ingredient in a reasonable quantity. Enjoy your next coffee with some fresh coconut oil and see what it does for you!!