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How to Make Fatty Coffee with Butter and MCT Oil (Ketogenic Coffee Recipe for Biohackers)

Posted by | April 16, 2013 | Fat-Burning Tips, Recipes, Videos | 42 Comments

How to Make Fatty Coffee

Hi Folks,
I’ve been getting loads of questions recently about how I make my “fatty coffee” at home.  So I just made a video (filmed by the crazy-talented George Bryant, no less) giving you a fatty coffee recipe.

As many of you know, I don’t tend to eat breakfast most days of the week. Instead, I engage in a ketogenic fast, which starves the body of protein and carbs.

But Abel, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

No, it’s not.

A biohacker at heart, I drink my breakfast and I like it that way. I typically employ a compressed eating window in my daily routine, typically eating my first meal of the day between 12pm and 3pm. But before I have my first meal, I have lots and lots of fat… in my coffee.

Remember, fat is brain food.

And you want to know how you can really burn fat? By eating lots of it.

I’ve been putting heavy cream in my coffee (along with other fun fats, including but not limited to clotted cream, coconut oil, nut butters, and even Bailey’s from time to time… shhh) for many years. But last year I was inspired by my buddy Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee(tm) to throw butter and MCT oil in there, as well.

Then things got crazy.

Combine my homemade, hand-roasted, french-pressed, fair-trade, organic coffee with a healthy helping of fat and deliciousness ensues.

For those who don’t have my secret source of green beans, my friend Dave Asprey contributed his take on the importance of sourcing high-quality beans:

Abel is right that fresh roasted beans are better. Starbucks has hundreds of millions of dollars of pre-bought coffee sitting around, and some of it sits for months. The problem with sourcing green coffee is that the vast majority of green coffee, even washed coffee, contains some amount of mycotoxin antihistamine. You can reduce the likelihood of getting large doses of it by using Central American shade grown wet process coffee, but wet process coffee is still fermented with uncontrolled species, and the skill level of the coffee picker controls what goes in to the fermentation vessel. That’s why Upgraded Coffee is produced with a process which is of course freshly roasted (not quite as fresh as Abel, but very fresh), but also allows for no fermentation ever, and we test every batch with laboratory techniques to verify that there are no detectable performance-robbing toxins. The result is that the coffee gives you a boost but without jitters or a crash.

There aren’t many coffee beans that I recommend, but if you’re looking for a high-quality bean with a great-tasting roast, Dave’s Upgraded Coffee is a solid option. Lord knows when I was out in San Francisco at the biohacking conference, that coffee got me through the jetlag.

So how can you make fatty coffee at home? Watch the video below to find out. Enjoy!

 

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42 Comments

  • Christina D says:

    Well I know how I’m making my coffee tomorrow!

    Question – You mention roasting your own coffee… do you need a specific product to home roast coffee in, or could I do it in my oven or something?

  • Rich says:

    I’ve been putting coconut oil in my coffee and skipping breakfast for awhile now, along with eating modified Paleo (modified = anything I want one day a week). At 56 years old I’m still in 31X40 Wranglers (what I used to wear in high school) at 6′ 0″ and 165 lbs, so I know the lifestyle works. If you will, please allow me to plug my favorite coffee… Kabum @ http://www.kabum.org. It’s the best coffee I’ve been able to find so far (and they appear to be doing a good thing as well). Kabum + Organic Coconut Oil + one of those little whipper things = yummy coffee and a clear head! And to Christina D, You can roast coffee in a hot air popcorn popper, but I like the Hottop home coffee roaster the best. Google it.

  • I do a similar blend every morning. I have found using a magic/nutri-bullet blender to be ideal. You get a really frothy coffee and it comes with a cup.

    In the afternoons I will often some protein powder as well (ends up like a cappuccino).

  • Mike says:

    I’m new to the site here, and loving all the new ideas I’m learning. I’ve been following a leangains style of IF off and on for a couple years now. I understand that fat causes little to no insulin spike…but slamming all those calories surely counts as breaking your fast, no?

    • Abel James says:

      Yes, it’s ketogenic fasting, not fasting outright. If you consume calories, you’re technically not fasting. However, if you consume only fat, your body stays in autophagy so you still get many of the health benefits of fasting without the restriction.

  • Justin says:

    What’s a good substitute for coffee? i’d like to start doing a bullet-proof drink in the morning, but I do not like coffee. Any ideas?

  • Donna Abreu says:

    Awesome, Abel! Do you have posts about the Ketogenic fast?

  • Rachel says:

    Do you think it’s necessary to fast? I workout way more than a normal person, I’m vegan, and I have a really busy schedule so I find my self eating dinner later than 7 or 8 sometimes. In the morning I only consume fruit, just fruit until 12 then I eat my meals after that. I just feel that it isn’t necessary to get results? And what are the benefits from fasting, and is it really that bad to eat breakfast?

  • Marie-Elizabeth says:

    What would you recommend to replace the heavy cream? I don’t do dairy (except grass-fed butter). Would unsweetened vanilla almond milk be too processed or caloric for this?

  • Morgan Miller says:

    So I am sure you use grass fed/finished butter and cream, but I cant do any dairy. I love the idea but it really doesnt work for me. Any suggestions? I have tried it with just coconut oil and it tastes ok, but I am not sure it is giving the same effect.

  • donna says:

    hi, been making your fat coffee instead of brekki for about a month. i have major fat to lose, around 90lb and want to build great muscle. how many times a day would you say to have a fat coffee? i would be happy to replace all my meals with it!!! oh btw should i not do the coffee if not in ketosis? cheers :)

  • Mike Pritts says:

    Abel, you mention skipping breakfast when you drink “fatty coffee.” How long do you recommend going without eating after? I workout in the morning before work and like to eat immediately after. So for me, I would have the coffee at 5AM, workout, then breakfast around 0730. Is 2 1/2 hours sufficient before having protein/carb?

  • Ryn says:

    Hi there I featured you on my blog! Just to let ya know! Thanks, Ryn

  • Rikard Dahl says:

    Hey Abel!

    Interesting post! Do you have any studies that show that the advantages of calorie restriction can be kept whilst consuming calories from fatty acids?

  • Darin says:

    I did my own version with what I had on hand. It was not only really good, but did indeed keep my hunger free for a solid 4.5 hours. My glucose level (currently type II diabetic) only rose a small amount as well. I used Italian espresso and basically made a bulletproof Americano or as I like to call it, High Caliber Bulletproof Coffee :-D. I like mine a little creamier and sweeter so I added an extra ounce of Almond milk and a teaspoon of xylitol. I’m not sure health-wise how this particular brand stacks up, but the flavor is the best coffee I’ve ever head once I dilute it a little and it’s not even close.

    4 oz – Lavazza Crema e Gusto Ground Coffee, Italian Espresso(prepared)
    4 oz – hot water
    2 oz – unsweetened Almond milk
    1 tbsp – Kerrygold unsalted butter
    1 tbsp – Trader Joe’s Virgin Coconut Oil
    1 tsp – Xylitol

    Abel, if you add the nut-butter, do you do that in addition to the butter and MCT or Coconut oil or in place of one?

    • Emily Dewey says:

      Sounds delicious! You can add the nut-butter in with the MCT/coconut for some added flavor. The MCT’s are part of the energy and focus kick you get from Fatty Coffee :) – Emily, FBM Team Coach

  • Huge, HUGE fan of fatty coffee! Not only does it taste great, but it’s also the absolute best way in the world to wake up and jumpstart the brain in the morning.

    I’ve tried the Bulletproof version –– and it’s certainly good –– though I’d like to think my own recipe and preparation is quite a bit tastier. Here’s how my version goes:

    • One cup of dark roast organic coffee, quick brewed in an Aeropress.
    • One TBS of Kerry Gold Salt-free Butter.
    • One heaping TBS of Organic Coconut Butter.
    • Three to Four TBS of Organic Coconut Milk.
    • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of Ground Cinnamon.

    Place in a tall cup or mug, and then whip the living hell out of all this using either a long spoon or small electric whisk.

    Honest-to-god, this is the best damn cup of coffee imaginable, and the sort of thing that keeps me going for a good three to four hours (especially with all 250 of its delicious, saturated-fat laden calories). Also, the cinnamon is a really nice touch, giving a slightly sweet flavor to the brew, without actually adding any sugars to the mix.

    • Emily Dewey says:

      Sounds delish! I love coconut butter in mine as well! Do you brew the coffee with the cinnamon mixed into the beans? I’ve done that before and liked the results too! Cheers to fatty coffee! :) – Emily, FBM Team

  • Emily: I use an Aeropress to brew my coffee (a great cup of java in just sixty seconds), and wouldn’t attempt adding the cinnamon to the beans. Cinnamon turns slightly gelatinous when added to hot water, and so –– if the beans and cinnamon were mixed together –– the “gluey” cinnamon would clog up the filter of the Aeropress.

  • Jackie Treehorn says:

    Bulletproof coffee gone wrong:

    http://youtu.be/8QV6MMPWGxQ

  • Bill Reside says:

    some of us are chronic over-doers. I know its hard to advise but how much of this coffee is too much? is it intended for one cup until noon or several cups. Is it another one of those “find what’s best for you” situtations?

  • Stuart Foster says:

    Wondering how many times a week people do the fat coffee? Sure that people are al over the place…. but for weight loss, what are the benefits of the daily fatty fasting versus lets says 3-4 days a week?

    Do love my coconut cream, HWC, and Kerrygold blend!

    • Emily Dewey says:

      Yup, you’re right, people are all over the place with it! Totally depends on what works best for your body. Play around with it and see what gives you the most energy/best results :) – Emily, FBM Team

  • Randy says:

    I like the name “fatty coffee”. I often drink fatty coffee but for reasons that you might not typically hear. I’m calling it Shanghai Bulletproof Coffee! http://www.chinabiohacker.com/blog/how-to-make-shanghai-bulletproof-coffee

  • Aubrey says:

    I’m eager to try this but I’m one of those people who needs a little sweetness in my coffee. I’ve tried for years to like coffee with out sugar, or sweetener, but it’s yet to happen. Is there a good alternative? I’ve heard of people adding a small amount of stevia, but on the flip side, have heard that’s bad because it makes you crave more sugar. What’s the best choice to not spike your insulin or blood sugar?

  • Yoli says:

    Hello Abel, Can you please tell us what type of French Press you have?

    Thanks so much,

    Yoli

  • Mary Ann Wiebe says:

    Hi Guys,
    Finally researched yesterday a lingering suspicion I had about MCT oil. Why are the current Paleo gurus pushing MCT a processed version of natural virgin coconut oil? This processed MCT oil is missing the healthiest part of the oil which is lauric acid, abundant in the natural product. Best source other than human mother’s milk. Why are we paying more, and shipping it across the country, to get less healthily product. I’ve bought tons of MCT, but enjoy my fatty coffees with the real stuff.

    Of all people to be pushing a processed oil MCT that is devoid of the best quality component! I marvel that you as the Paleo gurus whom we come to trust aren’t looking into this yourselves. I’m just say’s.

  • Jose Valenzuela says:

    Hi Abel, I enjoy listening to your podcasts and have learned a lot from it. My questions is where can I order the fair trade coffee if I want to do my own roasting. Thanks.

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