Hands up if you like coffee! Great, I include myself in that. I'm fortunate/misfortunate enough to live 2 minutes from a local coffee roaster, so found myself spending a fair amount of money there. Yes, I could make it at home but it never tasted as good. Until now!!! Now when I go and have a coffee from there it doesn't seem a patch on mine.
So what have I discovered? Bulletproof coffee! As with everything I do, I'm a few years late to the party, but so are Apple and they do alright out of it all. I heard about it in an audio book, and then I remembered seeing it in a cafe nearby, so I gave it a try. Yum yum! It was delicious, except they used real butter. I'm not a strict vegan, but where possible I try to be, so I did a little research into this and discovered cacao butter.
So what's special about this coffee I hear you ask. Honestly, it tastes better than my decaf, skinny, oat milk, fropacapaccino but has heaps of nutritional benefits.
MCT- Medium-chain triglyceride- oil is added which is claimed to have a load of benefits. I'm not a nutritionist so I am not going to add to those claims, or read through all of the research papers to see if they're true, but my very '4-year old' understanding is this; the body needs fats, the body digests the medium ones the easiest. Yup, that's all I need to know.
Cacao butter. Again, a load of health claims made about this one. Using my '4-year old' science again; it tastes yummy! If you want to look up the benefits of these ingredients you are welcome to. I am not qualified to write about them, and neither are most of the other articles you'll find on the interweb, so I will leave that research to you.
The main thing I noticed was not feeling jittery from the coffee. I generally try to drink decaf (yes, I know it still has caffeine in it, but that little hit is enough for me), and then if I feel I need to, have a full-caf. But that really makes me shaky and a bit of a nervous wreck. I've tried the recipe with normal coffee and I really feel less shaky with it.
Anyway, the recipe that I use.
1. Make your normal coffee. Here I am using an Aeropress and decaf coffee.
2. Add MCT oil, cacao butter and the coffee into a blender. I use 4 buttons of cacao butter, and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil, but experiment and get a taste that you like. Just be careful to not use too much MCT oil as (I read somewhere) it can take the body a little while to adjust to this oil if it's never really had it.
My £100 a month coffee habit has now become a healthy treat at home! Everyone I've given it to try has loved it and I'm sure you will too.