Why do I add butter to my coffee? Maybe a better question is why am I writing about buttering coffee in a blog that's supposed to be about writing a book?
The simple answer is that health and nutrition are part of my writing process. I have found that if I eat right, get plenty of sleep, and exercise, I am able to be more productive. My goals are long term. I want to be able to write not just one book, but many. Taking care of my health is all part of the process. I'll look into anything that's supposed to give me an edge.
So, let's get back to the coffee. Dave Aspery, the Bulletproof Executive, was the first person I ever heard talk about it. He refers to it as Bulletproof Coffee. Because he's selling the Bulletproof product line, he also says that you have to use his coffee and his MCT oil. He also claims that he's the creator, but like a lot of his claims, that doesn't hold up to scrutiny. By the way, he also has a diet he's developed that's build around his product line.
He claims that his coffee will give you all day energy and will kill hunger pangs. That hasn't been my experience with it, but full disclosure, I don't use his products. I had a fantastic professor by the name of David Lane who defined a cult for me. If someone has the truth and they're the sole source of the truth and he wants to charge you for the truth, you're dealing with a cult. So, yes, I think that Dave Aspery is a bit too culty for me.
The bottom line is that when I first made coffee like this, I was looking for an edge. I wanted to be able to take something that would allow me to write more. I don't think it's given me that, but it is delicious. This is how I make it.
Brew up your favorite brand of coffee in a device of your preference. I have come to really love the old fashioned percolator.
If you want to stick to the recipe a lot of people use, then go seek out MCT oil. I prefer to use coconut oil. Why? First, it's cheaper than MCT oil. Second, coconut oil is the source of MCT oil. It's just been processed so that there is no coconut flavor.
What's the purpose of medium chain triglycerides? They're supposed to help burn fat and stave off hunger pangs.
I put about a tablespoon full of coconut oil straight into my coffee cup.
Next, I fill my cup with coffee. I find that it melts the coconut oil and makes it a little easier to work with.
After that, I put two tablespoons full of butter into the blender. Make sure that's unsalted butter.
Throw in the coffee and blend it all together. If you do it right, you'll get this amazing light froth on the surface.
As I've said, haven't noticed any of Dave Aspery's promised benefits. However, it is one of the best cups of coffee I have ever had.