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The Surprising Benefits of Butter Coffee

Saturday, June 14, 2014

We all take our coffee slightly differently, but in large this tends to be whether you have milk, how much, and whether you’re going to have sugar. Have you ever given any thought at all to melting a stick of butter into your morning cuppa?!

I’m sure, like us, you’re a little bit sceptical about all the latest health tricks and tips which appear in the newspapers on an almost daily basis. They often contradict what was stated a week previously, and more often than now these seem a matter of opinion rather than the conclusion of extensive research into the long-term health benefits.

In recent weeks we’ve read about how coffee can lower suicide risks and how an extra cup of coffee a day can lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes. These are actual studies, conducted by academics over long periods of time. We’re obviously particularly interested about the attention coffee receives in the media, and our mobile coffee franchises love to hear about all the good a quality cup can do.

The most recent story to catch our eyes though is one about butter coffee. Just the idea of butter in coffee makes us feel like we’re piling on the pounds – can it really be a good idea?


Butter in tea has been a norm in Tibet for a long time. It’s simply normal tea with a spot of butter added to it (use yak if you want it to be really authentic). Dave Asprey took this concept over to America, where he branded it as Bulletproof Coffee. Since, there’s been various articles written about whether there can actually be any health benefits of adding butter to your beverages. Tibet isn’t one of the countries that Cafe2U’s mobile coffee franchises exist in yet – perhaps if we expand in that direction we’d better start stocking butter!

What they say:

Apparently adding butter (it has to be grass-fed and unsalted) to your morning cuppa can give you tonnes of energy. The advice of Bulletproof Coffee is that you drink butter coffee (and only butter coffee) for your breakfast and see how much difference it makes. To make your own, just brew yourself some high quality coffee. We recommend Cafe2U@home, or nip along to your local mobile coffee franchise and ask for a black Americano. Then add between one and two tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter. You’ll be able to find plenty in your local supermarket but apparently corn or soy-fed cows just won’t make the right kind of butter. Mix in a blender and drink straight away.

Health Benefits:

This butter is healthier than you might realise, and can even improve your cholesterol. There’s lots of vitamins in full-fat butter, including significant amounts of A, D and K2. In essence, it’s really good for your body (or so we’re told!). Other reported benefits include better energy retention and high focus levels.

We’re not sure if our mobile coffee franchises will be offering butter alongside our syrups and chocolate powder, but we’d be very interested to hear if you’ve tried it and noticed any differences.

Reckon you could stomach it?!

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