Grabbing a Morning Cup of Joe with David Asprey: His Secrets to Making the Perfect Bulletproof Coffee


Say goodbye to toast and oatmeal, and hello to Bulletproof Coffee, the latest trend in energizing breakfasts! David Asprey gives your regular old cup o’ joe a healthy makeover by blending mold toxin-free, high-quality coffee with grass-fed butter and Brain Octane Oil, all of which help to keep you feeling full for up to 6 hours, while providing a major boost in energy and cognitive performance. Chock full of nutrients and healthy fats, Bulletproof Coffee takes your caffeine fix to a whole new delicious and nutritious level. So let’s give this one a try…

Typically, we’re told fat should comprise about 20-30% of the diet. So, when people hear that more than half my calories come from healthy fats, their first question is usually “Why?” But next, people often want to know, “How?” This is where Bulletproof Coffee takes center stage.

I first learned about the power of butter at 18,000 above sea level, near Mt. Kailash in Tibet. It was on this trip that I tried yak butter tea for the first time and felt so good afterwards, I had to figure out why. So I began researching butter, tea, types of fat, and how fat affects the brain and energy production in general. My kitchen became a science lab, and I began trying to recreate that mental and physical boost that I felt after the mug of yak butter tea.

I began by switching from tea to coffee, since coffee is my personal preference. And the more I looked into recreating a drink that boosts performance, the more I realized just how toxic most coffee is. Conventional coffee beans show traces of pesticides, herbicides and invisible toxic mold that will actually drain you of your energy. So, I started by sourcing the highest quality beans I could find.

Once the coffee is brewed, I throw it into a blender with unsalted, grass-fed butter along with Brain Octane Oil, an extract of coconut oil that improves energy and brain function.

Yes, you read correctly: butter. All the benefits of healthy milk fat with none of the damaging denatured casein proteins found in cream. This coffee will keep you satisfied and maintain energy levels for up to 6 hours, and because I’m having it first thing in the morning, I’m programming my body to burn fat for energy all day long! Now let me explain the key ingredients.

It all starts with the beans

When designing Upgraded Coffee, I was most concerned with reducing and eliminating mycotoxin contamination. These toxins, which come from mold, can find their way into ordinary coffee beans. One study that tested 60 coffee bean varieties found that 91% of green coffee beans were contaminated by mycotoxins. Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee is sourced from a high-elevation, single-origin coffee estate in Guatemala. These are high-quality Arabica beans (which are less likely to grow mold), and they’re produced using a special method (unique to Bulletproof) that minimizes mycotoxin contamination. Upgraded Coffee Beans are regularly tested for mold contamination and held to stringent quality standards.

Why butter is better

So why the grass-fed butter? First of all, fat shouldn’t be scary. In fact, your brain is made of mostly fat and fat is your body’s preferred source of energy. Using grass-fed butter is important because grass-fed cows are naturally healthier than factory-farmed or grain-fed cows, and the butter they produce reflects their good health. You can actually see the difference: grass-fed butter is a sunny yellow color (those are the nutrients), while grain-fed/factory-farmed butter is almost white. Grass-fed butter is full of antioxidants, high-quality fats (including brain- and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids) and nutrients like CLA, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, D, E, B12 and K2.

The nutrients in grass-fed butter are the building blocks of your cells and hormones, contribute to healthy energy production, and can actually improve blood cholesterol levels! It’s also what makes Bulletproof Coffee so creamy, frothy, and delicious.

What on Earth is Brain Octane Oil?

Brain Octane Oil is a purified form of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. MCTs have carbon tails that come in various lengths, from 6 carbons to 12 carbons. The shorter the tail, the faster your body can absorb the MCT and convert it to ketones, little molecules that can fuel your brain and body instead of glucose. Brain Octane Oil is pure eight-carbon (C-8) MCTs, 18 times more potent than coconut oil. Compared to C-6, C-8 is nearly tasteless and odorless, and can still be quickly converted to energy. This can give you a speedier metabolism and a powerful brain boost.

So now that you understand the reasoning behind all the ingredients, here’s the recipe you’ve been waiting for:

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

  • Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof® Coffee Beans. (French press is easiest.)
  • Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil to the hot coffee (It’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days).
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted (repeat: UNSALTED!) butter or ghee.
  • Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it froths like a foamy latte.

That’s it. Simple and truly delicious. It may take a week or two to fully maximize its fat metabolism pathways when you switch to a high healthy fat breakfast of Bulletproof Coffee. If at first it’s a little too rich, try using less butter to start. You can then gradually increase the amount you add. I also suggest taking a betaine HCl or digestive enzyme supplement with your coffee to facilitate fat digestion.

Try Bulletproof Coffee as a solo breakfast– i.e., do not eat anything else alongside. You will revolutionize your morning, feel unlimited energy and focus. It’s actually incredible. After one drink of Bulletproof® Coffee, you may just say goodbye to your traditional cereal and toast breakfasts for good.

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