Ok, for those of you who learn by watching, here's a quick video of how I supercharge my butter coffee.
As you can see, I add a bunch of different fats to it, including cacao butter, coconut oil, and grass fed butter. I've actually changed up the quantities a bit since shooting this video; I do less coffee, more (and different) collagen, and probably slightly less coconut oil. For you measurers...
I add the fats because they seem to both smooth out that caffeine buzz and they suppress hunger for me until sometime around 2 pm. That's dependent on whether or not I've worked out, but on non-workout days the only "meal" I'll eat in the mornings is my butter coffee.
You might wonder about the powders in there. Actually, you're probably wondering about the egg, so I'll deal with that first.
Ok, on to the powders. First up is the BUBS Collagen powder. I do two scoops now (Lee has been requesting extra lately) and I like the way it changes the coffee texture and froth, plus it keeps our hair & nails healthy.
Periodically, we'll change out the various "other" powders we blend in. I'm always curious to see what works.
Lately I've been using the OM Mushroom Master blend, but I've used all sorts of different things before, from MCT Oil powder to maca.
Most of 'em don't seem to make a huge difference, although a lot of the time it's hard to notice what you don't feel. Peter Defty (of VESPA fame) talks a bunch about this concept, and it's a powerful one. For the collagen, I've noticed that when I stop taking it I seem to get more aches and pains.
For now, we're sticking with the OM; I feel a definite increase in focus during my morning writing sessions with it in there. I've noticed that some of these additional powders seem to lose effectiveness over time, but so far, so good.
One thing not often discussed is what doesn't go in my coffee. I know, I know, coffee is personal. Still, if you're going to try and supercharge your fat burning there is no place for sweeteners in coffee. I don't use ANY of the following in my coffee:
It's an important enough point to lay out. You're probably reading this because you heard about butter coffee, or bulletproof, or mega, or whatever it's called, and you wanted to know more. In a nutshell, I think you've got a lot of flexibility with the fats; butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, cacao butter; all are good and will provide benefits.
Where you don't have a ton of flexibility (if you want to increase your fat burning in the morning) is adding sugar. There's the caloric aspect with "regular" sugars) as well as the psychological aspect with what I call "sneaky" sugars, the stuff like xylitol, erythritol, etc.
Sugars aren't inherently terrible, but adding them to your morning coffee is. Keep your sweet stuff limited to your dessert, that's the best way to manage it and make sure you fully enjoy both the glory of coffee and the decadent luxury of that once-a-day sweet.
There are a couple nuances to making the butter coffee that are easy to screw up and make a big difference. They mostly revolve around the right temperature. Too hot, and you'll scald the coffee (and start to cook bits of that egg). Too cold, and well, no one likes cold coffee.
My method changes a bit with the season. We don't have heating or cooling in our house, it's one of the benefits of living in San Diego. :)
In the summer I keep the butter in the fridge, and in the cooler months it stays out on the shelf.
I started to pre-heat everything religiously in the winter a few years back and just carried it through into the summer, but I'll bet it doesn't matter as much when the ambient temp is above, say, 80°F.
I LOVE my Aeropress, but how you make your coffee is up to you.
I grind the coffee with the Pharos, and use the inverted method on the Aeropress, letting it sit for 4 minutes as recommended by Tyler Wells. That's just enough time for me to get the egg warming up, walk to my home office and turn on my feet-heating pad, then walk back, pour the boiling water out of my cup and add all the various fats and powders.
I top it off with more hot water, then blend and pour out a bit into Lee's cup. That's my morning butter coffee ritual, enjoy!
The big question is: Does butter coffee affect your fasting? Read about fasting and butter coffee here.
Too much reading...
How about dessert?