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Butter Coffee: Miracle Drink or Crazy Health Fad?

May 7th, 2014

When a tall, willowy beauty tells you she’ll spill the secret behind her svelte bod, high energy levels, and glowing skin, well, you get ready to take notes. Then, when she tells you that it all started when she began drinking coffee made with grass-fed butter, you stop and say… Huh?! (at least if you’re me.) That’s what happened the first time I met the lovely Anne Marie Speck for a business meeting, and before long, we found ourselves (completely off-topic) talking about our shared love of all things health-related. I couldn’t believe she stumped me with a nutrition trend I hadn’t heard of yet, but once she started singing the praises of Butter Coffee and how it’s improved her overall health (we’re talking cholesterol, weight maintenance, heart, skin… the works), I had to learn more. I invited Anne Marie to stop by our studio one morning last week so she could walk us through making Butter Coffee the right way…mainly so that I could taste this concoction for myself. Keep reading for the results, weigh in with comments, and remember: don’t knock it ’til you try it!

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27 Comments under :: Butter Coffee: Miracle Drink or Crazy Health Fad?
  1. dorrit90 says:

    sounds definetly interesting. Need to look around where I can find these ingredients here in Germany. Thanks for that :)

  2. Kelly Jo says:

    I would definately try it! I have never been one to think that all fat is evil and there are so many different ways people like to enjoy the health foods that are best for their body and lifestyle. I really appreciate when people can step out of the box and try something new, thanks Camille!

  3. laurel walter says:

    I tried it, i guess i forgot to not eat……

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  5. Jill says:

    Great post! I am definitely hesitant to try this but you’ve inspired me to learn more about it. Thanks!

  6. What brand is that pink blender, it’s so cute!

  7. Nicole says:

    I’ve seen this around the blogosphere and didn’t know it was a recent trend (thought it was some traditional java thing I had missed out on). Really looking to try it – hopefully there’s a place here in Chicago I can get a cup without committing to all the ingredients. Thanks for the share!

  8. Traci says:

    I’ve heard of people doing this and have thought it was a bit crazy, but after reading this it seems to make a bit more sense…

  9. Y says:

    this sounds delicious

  10. Ash says:

    LOL, key word here being “trend”. Eating dollops of butter for breakfast isn’t healthy. Good fats are things like avocado, not butter! Grass fed or not. Can we all just try to eat clean, whole foods, instead of drinking caffeine spiked with saturated fat as a terrible morning jolt to the system? So awful. This is definitely one of those trends people will look back on and say to themselves, “What was I thinking?!”

    • Anne Marie says:

      You’re right, it very well could be one of those “What was I thinking?” looking back moments! However, after experiencing the health benefits first hand from consuming more than 40% of my daily calories from saturated fat compared to my previously fat free diet, I think its worth that risk :)

      You should look at the article posted recently in the Wall Street Journal featuring what new research is showing on saturated fats. It may make you reconsider!

      http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303678404579533760760481486

    • Jenna says:

      Many are starting to discover that the myth that saturated fat is bad for you and is one of the major causes of heart disease and many other diseases that have sky rocketed in the last thirty or so years is actually what is CAUSING all of these health issues. Which is not surprising since that goes right in line with the rise in popularity of a low-fat, vegetarian, and soy based diet that we have been told is “healthy”.

      In this article, David Perlumetter MD, the author of “Grain Brain” states:

      “Saturated fat is a fundamental building block for brain cells. It’s certainly interesting to consider that one of the richest sources of saturated fat in nature is human breast milk.

      Similarly, cholesterol is vital for a well functioning brain. Cholesterol functions as a brain protective antioxidant. It is the raw material from which our bodies make vitamin D, a fundamental player in preserving brain function.”

      http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-optimalist/201310/your-healthy-diet-could-be-quietly-killing-your-brain

      Yes we should be eating clean, whole foods that also include high quality, grass-fed meat, pasture raised pork, eggs and butter. This fear of fat needs to be debunked if we are going to improve our countries rising rates of heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, just to name a few.

      You can check out the book “It Starts with Food”. It breaks down these myths and explains why what we have been taught as “healthy” is in fact killing us, in a very easy to understand manner.

      http://whole9life.com/itstartswithfood/

  11. Lauren says:

    Does it have the same benefits if you use decaf coffee?

  12. Astami says:

    It’s so yummy! I love drinking coffee this way!

  13. Rachel says:

    If making the iced version, how much of the coffee concentrate does she use? Thanks!

    • Anne Marie says:

      Rachel, I use 12-16 ounces of coffee regardless of the iced or hot version. Cold brews are concentrated so you usually will add water to the concentrate in a 1 to 1 ratio. So I use 6-8 ounces cold brew and 6-8 ounces of water. If you try Chameleon Cold Brew brand, I recommend the mocha flavor! SO GOOD.

      A tip: warm the cold brew slightly on the stove the night before and blend the warm coffee with the butter and MCT oil. Chill overnight and ice in the morning, or make in the morning for an afternoon treat. Blending it warm ensures that the coffee combines well with the butter and stays well blended.

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  16. Alessandra says:

    I’ve seen this “Bulletproof Coffee” thing all over the interwebs and have a great friend who swears by it. Loved this post and glad to hear a woman’s perspective on it since the only die-hard fans I know were men (and we all know their results are quite different than women). Made this version this morning and really loving it!

  17. sarah says:

    Do i have to add cacao powder and cacao butter because i can’t find a shop that sells them and i don’t want to buy online. I was thinking of doing coffee beans, coconut oil, kerrygold butter and cocoa powder would this work?

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  19. Natalie says:

    The new craze is Bullet-Proof Coffee with, guess what, BUTTER! All of the reports I’ve read lately, state, that fat-free is not as healthy as once thought. When adding butter to your coffee, it’s important to remember that the butter used is very important, Kerrygold butter is what was recommended. It sounds a little bizarre, but I’m going to give it a try.

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