Why Put Butter in Coffee?

100% organic grass fed butter is an absolute go-to choice of clean fat that serves as a fantastic source of energy and combined with a low carbohydrate diet helps ensure your body stays in a state of ketosis.

Butter has a modicum of Medium Chain Triglycerides, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids with NO trans fats to boot.

Coffee Cup on Kitchen Scale

Zeroed out kitchen scale with coffee cup on it.

Prepare the Coffee Cup

I don’t always do this, but while I was at it, I wanted to illustrate how easy it is to use a kitchen scale and weigh your ingredients.  This scale is a typical digital scale.  Simply turn the scale on, set the cup (or dish, doesn’t matter) on the scale, then click the zero button.  In my case it’s a zero button.  All this does is subtract the weight of the butter so you can focus on the weight of the contents… in this case, BUTTER.

So, you can see in the picture the scale shows a weight of zero grams.

Butter Going in the Coffee Cup

Butter Going in the Coffee Cup

Prepare the Butter

Next, I grab my reliable kitchen knife from the dollar store and sliced me off a big chunk of butter.  By the way, Coconut oil is a nice healthy alternative to butter as well.  Personally I like the taste of butter, better.

However, coconut oil has the medium chain fatty acids which is much better for quicker and longer lasting energy for several hours.  However, butter has the Omega variety of fats.  The omega-3 fatty acids in butter are not the EPA / DHA variety, they are ALA.  However, it’s still a reasonable source.  So you might consider having a cup of each – butter and coconut oil.

Coffee in Coffee Cup on Kitchen ScaleAdd Butter to Coffee Cup and WeighButter Nutritionals

The package of butter I use is 150 grams, so I was eyeballin’ for about 25 grams.  I got pretty close.  I came in at 30 grams.

The total fat is a total of just under 25 grams of fat.  15.3 of this is actually a good thing.  Don’t let the main-stream fool ya.

Just ask Butter Bob Briggs.  He’ll tell you that butter makes your pants fall off.  The downside to this is that the omega-6 fatty acids far outweigh the omega-3 fatty acids.  This is not a problem as long as we get some good Omega-3 fatty acids from a different source.

Pour Hot Coffee in the Cup

Pour Hot Coffee in Coffee Cup over Butter

Pour Hot Coffee in Coffee Cup over Butter

Pour the coffee and let the butter melt.  Notice in this sequence that I put the butter in the cup first, before the coffee.  This is a good idea for a few reasons.

  • Allows you to measure the butter more easily, unless you just want to eyeball it.
  • Prevents a lot of potential splashing of coffee
  • But, maybe even more importantly is because it takes a little while to melt.  Butter is more comprised on long chain fatty acids so they take a little longer to melt than coconut oil for example is is over 60% medium chain fatty acids.  If I added the butter afterwards, the coffee would have just that much more time to cool down.  Go ahead – call me picky.
Butter Coffee

Butter Coffee

Envy the Coffee that Gets First Taste of the Butter

Now, all you have to do is watch the yellow submarine melt away.  If you are concerned that 30 grams of butter is too much for a single cup, don’t worry.  The majority of it will melt soon enough and you’ll have a nice creamy, delicious cup of coffee.

However, there is likely to be some butter left after you drink your coffee if you drink as fast as I do.  Just pour more coffee in over the left-over butter and keep drinking.

In the End

I hope you feel inspired to go make you a nice mug of Butter coffee.  You see that it’s a nice source of saturated fat with Omega-3.

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