Butter Coffee- The Truth & A Simple Butter Coffee Recipe
With this easy butter coffee recipe I want to set the record straight about this beverage’s origins because as of the writing of this (May 4, 2014), there is an enormous amount of misinformation circulating both online and in the culinary world.
–Butter Coffee was not invented by the American guy who is now trying to sell his so-called proprietary “discovery” and products. Butter coffee has been around for centuries (if not longer) in northern Asia. Over a decade ago I was traveling in India when my yoga instructors introduced me to this creamy concoction and it was certainly nothing new to them. Other parts of Asia have also been drinking this type of coffee for generations, much like they created and have been drinking Butter Tea (most popular in Tibet).
-While I agree that having a warm glass of butter coffee (no sugar) in the morning can keep you focused with enough energy (from the fat) throughout the morning, in my personal experience, I do not notice any increased mental focus. Having this bit of fat in the morning helps when you’re the kind of person who doesn’t have time or just doesn’t want to sit down to a full healthy breakfast. I can go from that one glass for breakfast to lunch and not be hungry or sluggish. By now if you’re a coffee lover you know the myriad health benefits that coffee has as long as you’re not guzzling more than 2 to 3 cups a day.
-Contrary to popular belief, butter is not the enemy. Fake chemicals, fake foods, fake beverages and too much sugar (even the real stuff) are the enemies to generally terrible health and bad skin. IN MODERATION, butter is a valuable asset to a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. Granted, if you are someone who lives a very sedentary lifestyle, hardly ever exercises, eats a ton of junk food, then adding butter to your diet is not the best idea. However, if you are overall a generally health-conscious person who has a reasonable diet, has some exercise every week and isn’t already overcome with extremely high cholesterol, heart issues and the like, having butter in moderation can in fact help with overall good health.
Butter is rich in Vitamins A, D, E and K, Lecithin which can help combat cholesterol, Lauric Acid which fights fungal infections and some of its saturated fats have anti-cancer properties.
People across Asia and Europe have been consuming butter in moderation for centuries and many of its peoples have maintained great health as compared to Americans who have vilified butter yet remain among the unhealthiest and most overweight population in the world.
As for the taste of Butter Coffee- those opinions about how gross the concept is- get over it. It tastes exactly like using whole milk in your coffee. If you stop for a moment and think about how butter is made, this makes complete sense. Also, if you’re someone who absolutely needs sugar in your coffee, adding a bit of sugar to this Butter Coffee recipe yields a taste very similar to that of having condensed milk in your coffee (like Vietnamese Coffee).
Makes 4 cups
4 cups very hot, freshly brewed coffee
4 heaping tablespoons unsalted butter (use best quality)
Place the hot coffee and the butter in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy (about 1 to 2 minutes). Serve immediately.
Note: Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in two batches so as not to scald yourself from the steam and create a blender accident. Since the recipe calls for 1 cup of coffee to 1 heaping tablespoon of butter, you can do any size batch to meet your needs. You can also
do this manually by stirring in the butter rather than using a blender but you
won’t achieve that frothy texture like the original in Asia where they do a
sort of “pulling” technique by swooshing the coffee and butter
between two tins.