Bulletproof Coffee – WTF is the Big Deal?

March 6, 2016

The other day I was on Instagram and saw that Jessica Biel could not live without her Bulletproof coffee. Later that same day I was reading in my Thrive magazine (yes, it was from the Holidays) about the amazing uses for coconut oil including, yes….Bulletproof coffee. Coincidence? I think not!

So, of course I had to find out what the big deal was. If this was a new craze, I had to try it. I have to be in the know at least.

So, I did some research about MCT, coconut oil, etc. I quickly came to the conclusion that:

A) I would use coconut oil since it is all natural (MCT is man-made)
B) Anything to give me more energy while using natural ingredients….sign me the heck up!
C) You can also lose weight. Bonus! Since moving to Chicago, I have eaten my way through half the damn restaurants in this town, so it would not hurt to lose a few lbs.

I then knew I was not going to buy the stuff, only because I am cheap and will find a way to make the crap on my own. 

I also wanted to make sure that I tried this stuff out for a while before I told my audience to try this. I wanted to make sure it did not make one crazy, psycho, or want to hurt others.

So, here is what I have learned, determined, and my modified recipe is below.

Bulletproof coffee began in 2009 when David Aprey started blogging about this concoction that he put together after a trip to Tibet. Many other countries have, for centuries, drank coffee with butter in it. Well, this guy did it right. 

This coffee is supposed to make you think better and lose weight by basically using a concoction of “upgraded” coffee, grass-fed unsalted butter, and “Brain Octane”. Blend the drink in a high-powered blender and you will have a frothy drink, almost like a latte.

David Aprey has a great article on his Bulletproof coffee. This gets more technical but definitely worth the read.

Now, you will also read articles stating that this stuff is awesome, but you have to buy the exact product. You will see reports and info that this is just crap and does nothing. I modified it a bit so I am sure that my version falls somewhere in the middle. 

Personally, my husband and I like it! We tend to drink less coffee than before. I feel more alert and have lost a few lbs, but that could also be attributed to taking better care of myself and not eating out as much. For the purpose of this article, let’s just stick with the coffee 🙂  

Even though I am not using the exact ingredients I love that the small amount of butter provides some dairy to my diet and coconut oil is always good to have. So either way, it’s a win-win. Since we only have 1 cup of this a day, I am not adding large amounts of saturated fat to my diet. 

The coffee that we typically use is organic or fair trade. I try to buy local as much as possible.

The butter that we use is homemade. See my past post on how to make your own butter (super easy). Just make sure to use grassed milk if you can. Kerrygold butter is also a great one to use as well and I have seen it in most grocery stores. 

I typically buy my coconut oil from Tropical Traditions. We buy in bulk since we use it for everything (future post on coconut oil coming soon). If you are just starting out, Nutiva coconut oil is also a great option as well. You can buy it at many grocery stores and a brand that I have used in the past.

Make sure to use a high-powered blender, do not just stir. We have a Vitamix that is amazing, but any blender or hand blender should work fine. 

Here is my twist on BPC…

Healthy Twist on that Cup of Joe
Yields 6
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 min
  1. 6 C of Coffee
  2. 1 Tbsp of unsalted grassfed butter
  3. 1 Tbsp of coconut oil
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender for 20-30 seconds
Katharine Rosemary http://katharinerosemary.com/
 Let me know what you think, if you drink something similar, hate it or love it! 


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