How to make butter coffee a nice and guilt-free treat to sip on
When my friend first told me about butter coffee a few months ago I wanted to choke. My instinctual reaction was immediate horror.
Butter, in coffee? I thought to myself. Ewww gross!
“No, I swear it’s not that bad,” my friend said when he saw the look on my face.
Intrigued, I watched as my friend stuck a metal spoon in a jar of coconut oil. He stirred around the coconut oil and then took the spoon back out. I briefly saw shimmering coconut oil within the spoon before my friend twisted the spoon and dumped the oil into steaming hot coffee.
He now swirled the coffee that was now mixed with coconut oil. The oil floated to the top of the hot coffee and made little shiny tan bubbles. My friend withdrew the metal spoon out of the hot coffee. The hot coffee had made the metal spoon hot.
My friend then took the hot metal spoon and put the tip of the spoon on the top corner of a stick of butter. He sliced downward with the spoon, cleanly slicing the corner of the butter stick.
He then plopped the small piece of butter in the coffee which was steaming and whisked the coffee with the spoon. After a minute of whisking, my friend asked me if I would like to try it, and I said I would.
I sipped on it.
Butter coffee is nice, but not a game changer
After my friend left, I became very intrigued with butter coffee. I found a few good articles online for both the pro’s and con’s of butter coffee. Here’s an interesting article about some of the purported scientific benefits of butter coffee.
- Slower caffeine absorption means less jitters
- Extra taste
- Good gut bacteria
On the other hand, I also found a few potential downsides. If you are curious about butter coffee, I’d suggest reading those two articles to get a balanced perspective.
Here are my thoughts
Butter coffee can be a nice guilt-free treat. At first I was worried about calories, but after some experimentation I feel totally fine because the number of calories is minimal.
Sure, some articles online recommend 1-2 tablespoons of butter, or around 200 calories. But to me this amount is excessive. Two tablespoons of butter simply doesn’t taste that much better. When I add butter to my coffee, I use around half a tablespoon, or around 50 calories.
For the coconut oil in terms of calories I use one small spoonful, which comes at around 25-50 calories. So total amount of calories is about 75-100.
A little treat here and there is fine.
This is the main reason I’d recommend butter coffee – because a little treat here and there is fine. As a bonus, this little treat happens to feel decadent and luxurious too.
All I know is that when I sip butter coffee it feels like I immediately just want to savor the drink. Admittedly, sometimes I splash in a bit of coffee creamer for additional flavor too. Yet just the butter and oil are fine by themselves too.
What about the seemingly magical benefits of butter coffee?
If you read some of these articles about butter coffee you might hear all sorts of things:
I don’t know about all those things. I would not recommend butter coffee as some sort of enhanced Coffee 2.0.
The only thing I notice is that butter coffee starts to impact me slower – which might lend itself to less jitters.
When I normally drink coffee, I start noticing the effects of energy and focus about 30 minutes after I finish my cup. With butter coffee, I notice the effects later maybe around 60 minutes after I drink.
I feel like the effects of butter coffee are more subdued and spread out over time. My focus, for example when on butter coffee, seems to last a bit longer when drinking butter coffee versus regular coffee.
But honestly the differences between coffee and butter coffee are minuscule. They affect me both pretty much the same.
But I love exploring food related themes so even if minuscule, it’s the exploration and discovery that counts! This idea about the journey and exploration and discovery is why I started blogging about food in the first place.
Overall, there are other drinks out there that might surprise you, like a nutritious kefir drink.
Go ahead and try butter coffee just for the heck of it!
Guilt-free Butter Coffee
- 1 cup hot coffee
- 1 tsp. organic coconut oil
- 1 tab unsalted butter
- Start with hot coffee, coconut oil, and butter. I am using grass-fed unsalted butter and organic coconut oil.
- Take a teaspoon full of coconut oil and put it in the coffee. Stir it around. You’ll see some glimmering bubbles from the oil.
- Then use the hot spoon to slice off a tab of butter. Stir it all together.
- Instead of using a spoon to blend the oil, butter and coffee together you can also use a food processor. This is what I usually do. If you use a food processor, the spinning blades will mix in more air and oxygen. There will be more froth.