I know it seems a little weird or even unhealthy to be putting butter in your morning coffee, but I’ve been hearing such great things that I just had to try it myself. The concept behind adding butter to your morning coffee isn’t a new idea, in fact it’s a ritual practiced by the Tibetans for centuries. Butter tea also known as Po cha in Tibet is made from churning tea, yak butter and salt together. Butter tea is consumed several times a day and is said to provide great benefits, especially in the high altitude areas like Tibet. It is high in calories, which helps keep energy levels up. The butter helps prevent chapped lips, which is an extremely valuable benefit on Tibet’s windy mountains. And it’s believed that the tea helps keeps the mind focused, aid digestion, and promotes a healthy cardiovascular system.
So, that brings us to the west; why put butter in our coffee? It’s said to have similar effects like help energize your body and mind for the day ahead. Adding sugar and dairy to your coffee doesn’t seem to have the same effects, in fact your caffeine high crashes faster. There has been a lot of talk about ”bulletproof coffee”, and how the combination of this particular coffee, butter (grass-fed) and Octane Oil is the best way to reach these benefits. You can read more about this on their site, http://www.bulletproofexec.com.
I decided to give this ‘butter and coffee’ deal a shot and tested it for one week. Every morning for 7 days I started my day with a cup of coffee and added high quality unsalted butter (Stirling Butter) to it.
Here are my findings..
Surprisingly I found it delicious, although you are talking to a butter lover here! I normally add milk to my coffee, and enjoy a slight bitterness to it. I was surprised that the coffee still tasted creamy with only the butter in it. The texture was silky and smooth, I found the cup of coffee overall very enjoyable.
In all honesty, I didn’t see much of an improvement throughout the day with energy levels or being more focussed during the 7 days. But the following week, I felt great!! I was motivated, energized and overall feeling good.
I enjoyed the coffee with butter but I don’t think I’d make it my morning ritual. I love my tea in the morning and prefer my coffee in the afternoon. I definitely have no problem adding butter to it though!
It was a fun little experiment and I suggest trying it for yourself, although I would stay clear of using poor quality ingredients as there are only a few ingredients and the flavours are what is the important. Make sure you don’t use salted butter either, I used Stirling Whey Butter, because it’s one of my favourites in flavour.