Sunday, June 8, 2014

Coconut Oil Coffee?

My friends at Allrecipes.com posted this very intriguing video for what they’re calling “Coconut Oil Coffee.” As some of you may know, I’ve recently admitted to having a coconut oil and coconut milk obsession, so I really want to try this, but before I do, I thought I’d find out if any of you have tried this strange brew yet. Well, have you? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought. I’ll probably try it anyway, but thought it’d be fun get some of your opinions first. Thanks in advance!

46 comments:

S/V Blondie-Dog said...

Me thinks 'dat it needs a generous splash of Kalua.

d j said...

Chef John, I have done this with organic coconut oil, and it is fantastic! The coffee must be very hot of course, so I recommend microwaving the hot coffee to make even hotter before blending.

Kelly Toon said...

I prefer butter in my coffee, and coconut oil in Chai tea.

Anthony Vaiana said...

I don't even like cream in my coffee, I don't think I could ever put butter in it. Coffee is coffee, just drink it, don't ruin it with butter! What are you some sort of Communist?

Steven said...

I don't know why they're implying that butter is healthy, but that looks pretty good

K. Takenya Clark said...

I have tried it. At first, it seemed weird to put oil in my coffee but uopn trying it, I found it to be delicious. Coconut oil is very delicious and nutritious.

Karen said...

Hello Chef: I've been making coconut oil and butter coffee (aka "Fat Coffee") at breakfast for several months. I use 2T butter (salted and unsalted both work for me), plus 1 Tbsp coconut oil. I started to make it because I began eating a low-carb-high-fat diet for weight loss. Besides being carb-free, this coffee fills you up and is absolutely delicious. Tip: if you pre=heat your blender with some hot water, the coffee will stay hotter when you blend in the butter and oil. --Karen

clark said...

Hey CJ

Tried this (after reading articles on the benefits of coconut oil) with the butter. The coconut oil adds a slight flavor to the coffee so if one is not predisposed to the taste of coconut, may wish to skip. Have you tried a little device called the Aerolatte which is used to froth milk for a latte in a coffee mug, glass? Little simple tool that can be used as well for simple sauces.

KPeff said...

There's a brand of paleo diet marketed by some guy as the "Bulletproof Diet" from which this recipe, Bulletproof Coffee, originates. It usually involves his brand of processed coconut oil (medium chain triglyceride or MCT oil), which he claims is much more potent and better for you.

I use full fat coconut milk in my coffee because I often throw some squares of rich dark chocolate in there, and it only takes a little dairy to prevent absorption of the good stuff in chocolate. I also add a teaspoon of sugar, some good cinnamon, and emulsify it all together with a battery powered milk brother, but a blender would probably do a better job.

kinjun ranger said...

Sorry Chef. I have never heard of this before. If you try it you're braver than me.

Aaron said...

I am addicted to this drink. I have one most mornings that I do not have time for a real breakfast. I recommend warming up your blender first with hot water so that your coffee doesn't get cold when you blend it OR I like to put the ingredients in a sealed mason jar and just shake it for about 20 seconds. It gives the same result with much less clean up involved.

Lenny Marsidi said...

Hi, I am Indonesian who love coconut coffee, its was a common and famous trsditional drink in our country, the original name is bajigur, combination of coffee, coconut milk and brown sugar, and a bit of salt, some time we put a piece of fresh ginger in it to make it a little warm in our stomac.

Mike said...

A company has been proting organic coffe with grass fed butter on facebook, but haven't heard of cocoanut oil in it. I do vigorously rinse my mouth and teeth twice daily with coconut oil (organic unrefined) and find my teeth cleaner, whiter with no tartar buildup. Plus, I seem to feel "energized" in a way afterwards. Also have used it, with corn oil, for broiled fish (top and bottom) and like the very subtle flavor it adds. I used it in a batch of peanut butter cookies and my wife noticed it right away (she didn't care for the combination :(

Richard Sharp said...

Google "Bulletproof Coffee" for more info on this. It's very popular in the low-carb/keto/paleo communities. Tastes great, healthy and has a great kick in the morning.

Jason Smith said...

Meh....

bdwilcox said...

Between the coffee and all that oil, I'd recommend trying this at home, on the weekend, with no prior engagements, and ready access to the facilities...

Clear as Mud said...

This looks absolutely disgusting, sorry.

Beth said...

Isn't this also called "bulletproof coffee," or is that just when it's made with butter?

Kimbo said...

I have. It's delicious! I found that the best way for me to make it was to use a stick blender.

Jon said...

why not bacon fat? :)

Shauna said...

Is this for real? Oy..
I drink a big 16oz "cup" of coffee each day.. That'd be 530-ish calories shot. ca-ra-zy! Unless it tastes like a pile of buttercream, I don't think it's worth that much, regardless of the health benefits of the butter/oil.

JP Jeanne said...

On other sites they call this "bulletproof coffee" and I've been making it every morning for about two months. It's definitely tasty on its own, but I like to add a little cinnamon and vanilla extract. If you want to sweeten it I recommend maple syrup.

Ed Adams said...

I could not make this and drink it. The act of dumping clumps of fat into a blender with butter and pouring coffee over just doesn't look or sound appealing. However, if it were served to me and I drank it unbeknownst to the origins, then I'd probably like it.

Judy said...

*nodsnodsnods* this is a common thing in Paleo circles. I don't drink coffee so I have not tried it but this post made me go look up the Bulletproof Coffee dude's site and they offer a Cacao tea to use the same way as the bulletproof coffee (with the added oil and butter). I bought some to try this out with :) So thanks for asking about it Chef! Hope you like your Coconut oilified coffee when you try it :)

draceanaqueen said...

what if one only likes ice coffee?

Jonet said...

This Blend is definitely not for me... its taste strangely nutty and thick for the same time..eventhough the taste of coffee is not disapering, but it became strange in my pallet...

Lisa from Indiana said...

No. Just...no. I heard about this on the "Its a Thing" podcast and almost choked. Seeing it made ruined my morning. In the future this will be known as "You people believe anything" coffee.

philogaia said...

I'm glad to see so many like this. I don't think I can start my day without it. It seems that the Bulletproof guy may have got the coffee idea started here but he says his inspiration is Tibetan butter tea which is also delicious. Grass-fed butter that has a higher amount of fat soluble vitamins is the ticket and along with the medium-chain FA of the coconut oil really gives a boost. When I make this coffee I feel more energized and focused all day and I eat less overall. It is part of my way of keeping my weight under control. I have a Magic Bullet that makes this easy. A stick blender in a properly sized cup is the fastest (don't use the beaker from your stick, though. I found the hot liquid weakens and then cracks the plastic.) I think you should try it for a couple of weeks and let us know what you think.

Vermonstrous said...

Yes, this looks awful. Yes, it's actually quite good. Agree with the previous tip to preheat the blender with boiling water. Also don't just blend until smooth -- blend until it's frothy and has a latte-like consistency. It's also excellent with a square or three of dark chocolate, or topped with a hit of cinnamon.

Kimbo said...

@Jon, I actually did try bacon fat one morning. The first few sips were delicious, but it got old quickly. It might be good with just a touch of bacon fat (I used a whole tbsp along with the coconut oil).

Franken Stein said...

I say NO to this latest of free-range hipster drinks.

Al Manfredi said...

Pre trying the 10 day Detox diet, I was drinking my coffee exactly like this! It's delicious and I think you should give it a try.

Darlene said...

In the Himalayas they serve you Yak Butter Tea before you climb for hours - centuries old - Sherpas breakfast.

When I did the BulletProof Executive drink my stomach hurt for hours. I tried a few times, each time with the same result - terrible stomach pain.

My "very helpful" friend told me I have gallbladder issues. lol Not sure if that is true or not - but I can NOT process all that fat at once.

Alexandra TheOrganizedList said...

This isn't for me, but to each their own.

Blue Arc said...

Cream is liquid butter. Blends itself right in the cup. I like coffee. Don't see any need for coconut oil. If coconut oil is "healthy" I think there are lots of ways to introduce it into a diet without putting it in my coffee. This whole thing seems a little silly to me but that's probably due to my age. Question...does cream become healthier when it's churned into butter?

Karen said...

Chef John...did you give it a try? Did you like it?

Chef John said...

Okay, based on these results, I feel like I should either drink this every day, or never try this, ever. ;)

Thanks for all the entertaining feedback, and yes, I will try this soon and report back.

Sandy said...

HI Chef John, I read you post about Bulletproof coffee, but I didn't comment then because I didn't have much to add...I've made it a couple of times but it was so-so. I know it's popular in the paleo world, I pretty much follow the primal version (allows some cream) ...but I just saw this article on 3 Reasons why Bulletproof Coffee is a bad idea and thought I'd pass it on to you: http://authoritynutrition.com/3-reasons-why-bulletproof-coffee-is-a-bad-idea/

Timothy Johnson said...

I drink coconut oil coffee every morning and throughout my morning fast which usually lasts about 3-8 hours. My diet consists of fats, proteins, and fiber (no carbs!) spread throughout 3 meals and carbs and proteins (no fats!) spread throughout a super high carbs and protein smoothie post-workout and meals 1 or 2 meals thereafter.

I do the coconut oil coffee (always with 10g added whey protein isolate) in the morning for 3 reasons: the coconut oil and its MCTs stimulate the body into using fats for fuel, external and internal fats, 2)leucine to prevent catabolism of the muscle cells, and 3) coffee because of the "cholinomimetics" chemicals in the roasted beans that suppress hunger.

Uhhh, most of this seems rather irrelevant to this blog---so i'll add something that is relevant: coconut oil and dark roasted coffee is really freaking tasty and the oil keeps my lips moisturized and smooth.

Elaine Livingston said...

Native Forest Brand Organic Unsweetened Coconut "Cream" is better. Comes in a 5.4 oz can.

Jon said...

I tried it the day after the blog post went up. I did not use butter because I don't have any and had to use my food processor since I don't have a blender and magic bullet is too small.
Maybe that's why it didn't work out.

The coffee had a coconut taste and was fairly creamy. Flavor was not unpleasant. The oil sort of floated on top and stuck to my lips and mustache. That was kinda gross.

If I had to cut dairy out of my diet I could probably handle this, but only if I could get a good emulsification.

Oh yeah, the coffee stained my food processor so there's another negative.

cookinmom said...

Yes, I have made this bulletproof coffee and it's very good and well worth it. I make a cappuccino and put it in a large mason jar, add 1 T. coconut oil, 1 t. butter, little sugar and put stick blender in, lift it up and let it whirl around long enough to get froth. Then I put it back in my mug and heat her up in micro...mmmm!Don't forget cinnamon or pumpkin spice in fall as a treat!Whatever I don't drink, I will make an ice bullet later.

Sherry Bolinger said...

The premises "bullet-proof coffee" are: 1) many folks do NOT get enough fat in their daily food intake and 2) This coffee drink can lessen your hunger and food cravings.
I will make strong coffee, and simply add coconut cream (or coconut milk) to a strong cup of coffee, simply for the richness! I find it sweet enough, as is.

Raymond Bowden said...

Wow...that is delicious! I already use coconut oil and butter for most cooking, so I gave it a try. It definitely helps to blend it until it is frothy so the oil isn't floating on top. A year ago I would've been unwilling to try this, but ever since watching the movie "Fat Head" I'm looking at nutrition in a whole different way. Watch the movie and decide for yourself!

EM Kirk said...

it's not bad, make sure your butter is unsalted lol. better yet use homemade i know they recommend the European butter. it does make the coffee creamy like a latte.

Alicia said...

I'm in the "you gotta try it" camp! I drink this every day. Like others who have commented I do a low carb/high fat diet plus I also fast from the moment I wake up until noon.

But I do allow myself a cup of coffee blended with a tablespoon of organic non-refined coconut oil and a 1/4 cup of half and half and then either splenda or if I'm feeling particularly creative I might use some type of sugar free syrup. Right now I'm trying a sugar free tiramisu flavor...yum-a-roonie!

The blend of the coconut oil and the half and half give me the energy I need to get through the morning plus keeps me full until lunch. Oh and I purchased a hand held frother to blend it all up so I don't have to wash a blender every morning. Hope you try it and let us know.