The owner of the CBD cafe tells us in this interview why bulletproof coffee should be your new way to get your caffeine fix
When we found out that there was a healthier way to drink coffee and get our caffeine fix (without the jitters), we turned to Elika Mather, the co-owner of Kitchen by Food Rebel (and kickass health coach), to ascertain if this was true. Let us explain the new drink every coffee-die hard should try… Bulletproof Coffee.
So tell us, what is Bulletproof Coffee?
Bulletproof was founded by a guy called David Asprey in the US. It’s an upgrade of coffee, taking black coffee blended with grass fed-butter and a medium chain triglyceride oil.
Why are people even doing this to their coffee?
The combination of blending coffee with good fats allows for a slower release and, therefore, a more stable blood sugar level. Also, the health benefits of added MCT oils to your coffee include a high concentration of ‘brain power’, in addition to the fat burn that people have come to know from ketosis. In fact, many civilisations in history have combined butter with coffee, and if you look at the history of Singapore, you will find old coffee shops with butter coffee.
How do you make a bulletproof coffee?
Take high-quality coffee beans to make a black coffee, add one tablespoon of MCT oil (coconut oil does have MCT, so if you can’t get the concentrated MCT oils, this can work), and one tablespon of grass-fed butter. Blend for around 30 to 60 seconds in a blender to form a creamy foamy coffee consistency!
Wouldn’t it be better to go caffeine-free if you really wanted to be healthy?
Caffeine itself isn’t bad for you. Of course, it does have some addictive properties, but it’s all about the individual’s caffeine sensitivity and working out what works for them. Often, you have people concerned about their sleep patterns, but are drinking caffeinated drinks in the late afternoons that are stimulants themselves.
Isn’t butter bad for you?
No, butter is a natural product that occurs from cows. Commercial cows arent always reared in the best conditions or fed the right things, so it’s important to opt for ‘grass-fed’ butter and ideally organic. Also, a large percentage of the population cant take dairy, so if there is a chance of this, then either swapping to ghee or removing all dairy products is important for you. It’s wise to consult a health coach or a functional medicine doctor to understand more about your food intolerances.
What words of advice (or motivational facts) do you have for someone wanting to reduce their coffee intake?
Start small! Reduce to one daily coffee, ideally in the morning, when it will have less impact on your sleep. Try bulletproof as a steadier way to manage sugar levels in the morning, and then supplement through the day with a combination of green tea which can be gentler on the caffeine. Or if you like your lattes, try turmeric or chai (no sugar added) lattes that can have naturally stimulating spices inside like cinnamon. Dandelion coffee will be soon readily available too! And yes, the roasted dandelion root flavour resembles the taste we have come to love from coffee!
Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737, p. 6224 7088. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.