Do You Need Bulletproof Coffee Beans to Make Bulletproof Coffee?

Do You Need Bulletproof Coffee Beans to Make Bulletproof Coffee?Late last week I wrote about a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast featuring Bert Kreischer where the two got on the topic of Bulletproof Coffee. Bert told Joe how his father told him he was making Bulletproof Coffee and Bert discovered that he wasn’t actually using Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee beans to make this coffee. Bert wondered if Bulletproof Coffee could actually be made without Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee beans, but rather just organic coffee beans?

The original idea of Bulletproof Coffee doesn’t belong to Dave Apsrey. He simply took something that already existed, wrapped it in his Bulletproof brand, and marketed and sold it to his customers. The original idea can actually be traced back to someone called Robb Wolf. He came up with the idea a long time ago and wrote about mixing coffee with MCT oil and butter. I believe the idea of putting butter in coffee and tea isn’t new and has been around for decades (if not centuries), but mixing butter and coffee along with MCT oil was Robb Wolf’s.

The truth is you do not need Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee beans to make Bulletproof Coffee, and Bulletproof Coffee isn’t a unique and special thing. It was a combination of great marketing along with some misleading information that created the Bulletproof Coffee–and butter coffee in general–trend.

Rather than spending the money on an expensive Bulletproof-branded product, look for quality organic coffee beans locally and use those. You get to support a local business, get a fresher product, and don’t need to wait for something to be shipped to your home. Obviously this may not be an option for everyone, but if you live in a city with boutique coffee shops who roast their own beans, you can find there a wider variety of quality beans along with knowledgeable staff who can help you.

You do not need Bulletproof MCT oil to make Bulletproof Coffee either, nor do you need MCT oil at all. Instead, you may choose to use virgin coconut oil in your coffee, which is how MCT oil is made. Nearly all grocery stores should carry some type of virgin coconut oil for you to use. If you find that you like the coffee prepared in this fashion, you may want to experiment with MCT oil, at which point you may have to look to online for it since it’s not something that can be found at a typical supermarket.

What is MCT Oil?

What is MCT Oil?Last week I wrote about some other uses for MCT oil if you don’t drink butter coffee for whatever reason. As it turns out, you can add it to just about anything. But before you start adding it to your smoothies and oatmeal, wouldn’t you like to find out just what exactly MCT oil is?

First, let’s look at the acronym: MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. MCT is composed of a number healthy fatty acids that are medium in length.  The fats that we get from most foods–and the fat that our body stores–are long in length. Small and medium length triglycerides are a good source of energy because they are easily metabolized by the body which is one reason why so many athletes are starting to discover and try MCT oil.

One of the richest sources of MCT is the coconut. MCT oil is made by extracting the caprylic and capric fatty acids from coconuts, resulting in a relatively unflavored, clear/yellowish liquid that can be stored at room temperature. Pure coconut oil or coconut cream is solid at room temperature and obviously has the flavor of coconut.

If MCT oil comes from coconuts, why not just use coconut oil or coconut cream in your smoothies or butter coffee instead of more expensive MCT oil?

MCT oil takes the “good stuff” (the medium chain triglycerides) from coconut oil and removes all the other stuff. Medium chain triglycerides comprise about 60% of coconut oil, so while it could be cheaper in the long run to use virgin coconut oil instead of MCT oil, you might use more of it. And because MCT oil is a liquid and essentially flavorless, it’s much more versatile, allowing you to integrate it into your existing diet easily without having to learn any new recipes.