Okay, we'd be lying to ourselves if we didn't admit that our mornings started with a nice cup of coffee... or several nice cups. But there's a new trend making its rounds on social media and in coffee shops in the form of bulletproof coffee. Though we may have been hoping for a beverage that makes us feel bulletproof, this type of coffee is meant to keep you energized, offer a healthy dose of antioxidants, and help you stay fuller for longer. We're here to break down how to make it, what it is, and why some people swear by it.

What Is Bulletproof Coffee?

a cup of bulletproof coffee on a cutting board

Bulletproof coffee is a keto-based coffee that's made with grass-fed butter or ghee and MCT or coconut oil. The reason why some people prefer this over old-fashioned coffee is that grass-fed butter offers a ton of health benefits, including more fatty acids. MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil comes with its own list of benefits as well such as weight management and improving glucose metabolism. Coconut oil is also a good way to curb your cravings and has been known to lower cholesterol.

Essentially, this type of coffee is meant to keep you feeling fuller for longer while also supplying your body with more nutrients.

You can either make a cup using regular coffee beans or you can purchase specific bulletproof coffee beans designed for this exact drink.

a brewed cup of bulletproof coffee

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of regular coffee beans or bulletproof coffee beans
  • 2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter
  • 1 tablespoon of MCT oil


  • Brew yourself a cup of coffee using your choice of beans.
  • Stir in the butter and MCT oil before drinking.
  • Serve immediately.

Additional Methods

Though you can make bulletproof coffee the same way you do the traditional kind, you also have the option to stick all the ingredients in a blender and blend until the mixture becomes frothy. You can then pour it into a mug and enjoy it that way.

If you feel that 2 tablespoons of butter are too much for you, you can use one. Though the recipe for bulletproof coffee often calls for two, if you're easing your way into the drink you shouldn't take on more than your accustomed to. Additionally, MCT oil can make you a bit sick to your stomach and you may experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if you're not used to it. Try only having 1-2 teaspoons a cup to get you started. Once you get used to it you'll be able to have it by the tablespoon.

a brewed cup of bulletproof coffee next to a spoon full of coconut

Things To Consider

Before you go making bulletproof coffee for yourself, there are a few things you should take into consideration.

The first thing to keep in mind is that bulletproof coffee isn't the be-all and end-all of meal supplements or dieting strategies. Even if you see some weight loss in the beginning, but at the end of the day you're just replacing healthy breakfasts for coffee. There also haven't been any studies to prove that the keto-based drink is good for your health.

Whether you'd like to indulge in a cup of bulletproof coffee is entirely up to you and it certainly has its benefits. But there are some things to keep in mind before you start brewing a cup, so be sure to make an informed decision.

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