Can Bulletproof Coffee really deliver increased focus, energy and make you more productive? How does it work? Is it healthy drinking Bulletproof Coffee every day?
It’s been years since I tried Bulletproof Coffee for the first time. I heard about it from my friend who tried to convince me that mixing coffee with butter and coconut oil instead of eating my morning (more or less) healthy breakfast is the way to dramatically improve my energy level and productivity.
I hesitated a bit, but finally, I decided to try Bulletproof Coffee and see what happens.
And I’m happy I did so. I can honestly admit that drinking Bulletproof Coffee positively influenced my life.
Why this happened and what is Bulletproof Coffee (BP Coffee)? Let me tell you more about it.
What is Bulletproof Coffee?
“What the hell just happened to me? I’m impressed. And it’s much stronger than I thought!”
This is what I said to myself after I drank Bulletproof Coffee (BP) for the first time.
You know, I am well aware of the Placebo effect, but I’ve always been somehow objective. I learned how to separate ideas from reality. Since I’ve been experimenting with nootropics and food supplements for several years, I found a successful technique that minimizes the effect of the Placebo effect.
So, what I can definitely tell you right away – Bulletproof Coffee works. And if you want to improve your cognitive performance and energy level, you should give it a try and see how it works for you.
After I tested BP Coffee for the first time, I immediately wondered if it is something I could drink over a longer period without negative side effects.
To understand if drinking BP Coffee leaves unwanted consequences, we have to understand how it is made.
Bulletproof Coffee is simply coffee, blended with (preferably grass-fed unsalted) butter and coconut oil (or Brain Octane Oil).
I know what you are asking yourself: “Why in the hell would anyone put butter and coconut oil into the coffee?”
Well, one reason could be that it dramatically increases your energy level.
Yup, mixing caffeine and healthy fats will help you have a kick-ass start of the day. But can you handle it?
Benefits of Drinking Bulletproof Coffee
When it comes to nootropics, certain food supplements or man-made mixtures like Bulletproof Coffee certainly is, it’s quite challenging finding research and facts that would show positive benefits or at least deny any kind of harmful side effects.
In this case, logical thinking combined with our personal experience is basically the best we have.
Obviously, adding caffeine (which is a central nervous system stimulant) will end up in a relatively powerful mixture of brain stimulants.
However, I couldn’t find any real study showing the consequences of drinking BP Coffee every day for months or years. We’re still too early for that I’m afraid.
Besides the studies (or the lack of them) I can admit that my experience with Bulletproof Coffee has definitely been fascinating.
When I drink BP Coffee, I get a huge energy kick about 10-15 minutes after I drank it. It feels somehow medium-strong (it probably depends from person to person) and it lasts for hours.
Your focus is increased, you get a lot of energy and you feel extra productive. Basically, you feel like you unlocked your limitations and nothing can stop you (you want to feel like that all the time, trust me).
The biggest advantage with drinking Bulletproof Coffee is that the effects last for hours (much longer compared to just drinking normal coffee).
In addition, the “crash” that usually comes after drinking coffee never happens. I guess that the combination of grass-fed butter and Brain Octane Oil/coconut oil/MCT oil takes care of that.
According to Dave Asprey (the founder), here are top 3 benefits of drinking BP Coffee:
Suppressed hunger. Brain Octane Oil balances ghrelin and CCK, your hunger hormones, keeping you full until lunch.
Mental clarity. Brain Octane rapidly converts to ketones, a type of molecule that your brain uses more efficiently than carbs or sugar. Pair ketones with the slowly releasing caffeine and you can literally feel your brain turning on.
Steady lasting energy. The saturated fat in grass-fed butter slows the absorption of caffeine, which gives you even energy for several hours instead of a caffeine spike and crash. No jitters, either.
So, here we have a powerful morning cocktail that tastes delicious and gives you a ton of energy.
But is it healthy to drink? Where is the trick? Are we missing something?
How Does BP Coffee work?
As you might know, coffee, in general, contains essential nutrients like B vitamins, manganese, and potassium. Coffee also has loads of antioxidants, which reduce your risk of chronic degenerative diseases and keep your brain sharp.
Drinking coffee will make your brains sharper (the brain cells can communicate faster) and improve your mood.
Now, real BP Coffee contains Grass-fed butter and Brain Octane Oil. According to Dave, “healthy fat will sustain your energy for hours, balance hormones, and boost cognitive function. With butter, you’re not only getting essential fatty acids and other nutrients, it helps make the creamiest cup of coffee you’ll ever have.”
In addition, Brain Octane Oil is important because it raises fat-burning, brain-fueling molecules in your body called ketones. Different types of fats have different jobs. And because of Brain Octane’s molecular structure, it helps you to curb your hunger, lose fat, and kick your brain into a higher gear more than generic MCT oil. It’s more than 4 times as effective as plain coconut oil at raising your ketone levels, aka helping your body to run off of fat instead of sugar. This is what gives you clean-burning energy with no crash for hours at at time.
Is Drinking Coffee with Butter a Good Idea?
According to the founder, drinking BP Coffee is much better for your performance than eating your (healthy) breakfast.
If you ask me – I’d recommend drinking Bulletproof Coffee now and then, but I wouldn’t completely substitute it for your breakfast.
Bulletproof Coffee is a perfect “tool” to overcome your peaks. It’s also a drink that quickly improves your mood and provides necessary energy for the hard days.
It tastes delicious (at least in my opinion), it’s easy to prepare (more about it below), it isn’t completely unhealthy, it’s a drink made out of natural compounds and it delivers on its promises.
However, I still believe that drinking Bulletproof Coffee instead of eating your morning breakfast is rather unhealthy. Mainly due to the lack of nutrients your body receives with drinking coffee. Also, caffeine is a neuro-stimulant, so taking it too much could make us dependable. It’s not just the physical addiction that worries me. It’s more about the lack of this super-heroic-can-do-it-all feeling that your start missing once you quit drinking this powerful morning elixir as I like to call it.
Based on the articles written about Bulletproof coffee, I couldn’t find a scientific research against drinking it, but neither for it. What you can find are several stories of people who tried it out like me and shared their experience with the world. That’s what we can rely on.
Now, imagine that you substitute your morning vitamins, minerals and proteins you get from a healthy breakfast with a bunch of healthy fats and calories. That doesn’t sound too smart to do it every single morning.
I also read stories of how BP coffee increased cholesterol level of people. I would also suggest reading this article.
Sometimes, you have to decide between a healthy, less powerful alternative and a less healthy, more powerful alternative.
If your diet is balanced and you live a (more or less) healthy lifestyle, you can risk a bit by adding semi-healthy stuff in your diet to boost your performance.
A precondition for that – you need a healthy lifestyle.
So, a big YES to drinking Bulletproof Coffee, but don’t do it every day!
How to prepare Bulletproof Coffee?
I was sure you wonder how to prepare Bulletproof Coffee.
The idea of getting an additional boost in the morning sounds just too thrilling, doesn’t it? I completely understand you.
In order to get the most out of drinking it, you have to prepare Bulletproof Coffee in the right way. I didn’t invent this mixture, so I more or less use the advice of Dave.
Her is the step-by-step process of preparing Bulletproof Coffee:
- Brew 1 cup (0,2 – 0,3 L) of coffee (Dave suggests using filtered water)
- Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil or a coconut oil (I’d recommend starting with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil)
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter
- Mix it (preferably in a blender) for 20 seconds
- Enjoy your morning cocktail
It’s that simple. It only takes a couple of minutes and you’re done. What happens after is an energy rush that is followed by hours and hours of high energy levels and dramatic clarity.
And this is the secret of this coffee!
You can also check out this video to learn more:
When Should You Drink Bulletproof Coffee?
I often hear people wondering when is the best time of the day to drink Bulletproof Coffee.
My recommendation is to drink it early in the morning, after your morning meditation/training/shower or whatever you do after you wake up.
I usually wake up around 7 AM, so I drink coffee at around 7.30 to 8 AM. My energy stays very high for several hours, usually until my lunch at around noon. This is also the most creative part of my day, where I tackle most of my challenges.
What I wouldn’t recommend is drinking Bulletproof Coffee after 5 PM. Caffeine stays up to 2 days in your body (even though most of it goes out in about 5 hours). Because of this fact, drinking Bulletproof Coffee, which is much stronger than the normal coffee, could negatively influence your sleep.
And since I once tried drinking BP Coffee at around 8 PM and couldn’t fall asleep until around 3 AM, I would really suggest drinking it in the morning.
Alternatives to Bulletproof Coffee?
Bulletproof Coffee works, but is there something stronger available for you?
Titanium Tea, promoted by Tim Ferriss, is a mixture of Aged Pu-Erh (puer), Japanese Sencha (Green tea) or Turmeric Tea, a tablespoon of non-salted butter and a tablespoon of coconut oil (or MCT oil).
Similar ingredients – similar effect. With one small difference.
Titanium Tea is definitely not as delicious as Bulletproof Coffee is. But give it a try and you’ll see what tastes better for you.
I already wrote about Yerba Mate before (click here).
Compared to Bulletproof Coffee and Titanium Tea, Yerba Mate delivers the smoothest energy boost and it is definitely the healthiest alternative.
I usually drink Yerba Mate when I do more creative work. If you are in a hurry and you are trying to reach your deadline, then I’d suggest you drinking Bulletproof Coffee or Titanium Tea.
Where can you buy Bulletproof Coffee?
The best place to order Bulletproof Coffee is directly from the Bulletproof Online Store.
There you can also order Brain Octane Oil & several other food supplements.
Go check it out! 🙂
The Ultimate Combo
Is there something more than “just” Bulletproof Coffee?
Bulletproof Coffee is a perfect energy-booster for you.
But if you combine it with certain nootropics, you’ll be able to do more. Much more!
I usually combine Bulletproof Coffee with Mind Lab Pro, which is probably the best nootropic stack for improving your cognitive performance, clarity and memory.
This is the ultimate combo that’ll open a completely new world for you. But don’t take my words for granted – try it out for yourself & you’ll see!
1. Can I use coconut oil instead of Brain Octane Oil?
The official explanation is that the “Brain Octane is four times as effective as coconut oil at raising ketones, those fat-burning, brain-boosting molecules in your body. Throwing coconut oil in your coffee won’t give the same effects.”
While I cannot say there is a 4X difference, I personally noticed that Brain Octane Oil is stronger, so I would recommend it. Besides, it’s easier to add it to your coffee than a normal coconut oil.
2. Will my body crash after I drink BP Coffee?
Well, most likely not. If your diet is healthy (and you eat fats instead of carbohydrates), then your metabolism will take care that you don’t crash.
Just be aware to drink high-quality coffee!
3. How does BP coffee taste?
If I’m not completely sure how healthy it is, I can say that the majority of you will love the taste. It tastes a bit funny at the beginning, but you quickly get used to.
4. Can I drink more than 1 BP Coffee per day?
You probably don’t need more than 1 per day. Try drinking one and if you feel like you need more (and your body can handle it), go ahead, but don’t exaggerate.
5. Would you recommend drinking Bulletproof Coffee every day?
Probably not – but 1-2 times per week should be ok!