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GrantT
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 8:26am
Subject: Re: Coffee and Butter
 

I follow a mostly fat-burning "Paleo" way of eating, and if you look up "Bullet Proof Coffee", you will find numerous recipes that include butter (preferably grass-fed dairy butter...which is impossible to find in Canada), and coconut oil blended into coffee.

Interestingly, if you take butter (salt free) and coconut oil, pull a shot of espresso into it, and use an immersion blender, you get an amazing froth - very cappuccinoesc (new word of the day).  Add some hot water for a great Americano!

It tastes AMAZING!!!  It is my favorite espresso based drink.

If you follow a low-fat lifestyle, not a good drink for you.  But if you follow a low carb/paleo/fat burning diet lifestyle, it is a great drink.  I often use it as a breakfast substitute, and it holds me over like a meal as well.

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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 9:46am
Subject: Re: Coffee and Butter
 

Seems like I read somewhere that the monks in Tibet have some kind of drink in the morning that serves as breakfast.  It's a combination of several things.....probably coffee, butter and a grain.  Everyone gets a little bowl.  

What could we be missing!!  A breakfast drink?
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:22pm
Subject: Re: Coffee and Butter
 

Some may recall the following conversation on CG in 2007.  I did and remarked about it WAY WAY WAY back then:

"Espresso and butter?"

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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:38pm
Subject: Re: Coffee and Butter
 

Hi Len:

On this site I even found it back in 2005 but there was not lot of first hand commentary on it. Unfortunately when I look at your link know I can't find your reference. Anyway, I posted this as I wanted to hear first hand remarks on their experience. I am well aware of the use of butter in traditional drinks but hey I also know about tribal women who rub apples under their armpits and give it to the men they like. In both cases, it is interesting to read but much more enticing to hear it from someone who has experience the real deal! :)

After you posted did you ever try espresso with butter?
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 1:21pm
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garrett17 Said:

Hi Len:

On this site I even found it back in 2005 but there was not lot of first hand commentary on it. Unfortunately when I look at your link know I can't find your reference. Anyway, I posted this as I wanted to hear first hand remarks on their experience. I am well aware of the use of butter in traditional drinks but hey I also know about tribal women who rub apples under their armpits and give it to the men they like. In both cases, it is interesting to read but much more enticing to hear it from someone who has experience the real deal! :)

After you posted did you ever try espresso with butter?

Posted July 26, 2012 link

I posted the 2nd comment in that Espresso and Butter thread.  You know I never tried it as I always use salted butter instead of the unsalted as what should be used.  Maybe I will try it today.

Len

 
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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 12:54pm
Subject: Re: Coffee and Butter
 

Hello again.  I went for it today and pulled a shot with  my La Pavoni and then added about  1 1/2 teaspoons of butter (salted because thats all I had).  I let it melt, swirled the shot glass a tiny bit, and swilled it down.  Comments:  I could barely tell there was butter in it.  The shots I pull with the pavoni are exceptional to begin with; the taste and mouthfeel already inherent in the shots overwhelm anything the butter may add.  Thats my opinion.  Final analysis:  Save the butter for your toast.

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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2012, 12:05pm
Subject: Re: Coffee and Butter
 

I wasn't aware that they drank butter coffee in Tibet, only butter tea. I haven't tried it but a friend who has had it a number of times told me it is most definately an aquired taste. She drank it so as to not offend her hosts. The tradition there is to continually top up the cup, much to her consternation. I've had this treatment with chang (Sherpa beer) and the refilling didn't bother me in that case.

The Tibetans and Sherpa use yak butter for the tea, which by itself probably isn't so bad (I've eaten some very good yak cheese) except that in the case of my friend it was always rancid. I don't know if this is typical or she was simply unlucky. It is also salted so you have a slightly rancid, salty, and oddly tasting butter flavored tea. An acquired taste.

They also use this tea as the liquid to prepare a kind of porridge made from roasted barley flour which sounds interesting but I think I'd prefer espresso and biscotti.
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 3:35pm
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I tried it this weekend.  I used 1/2 Tbsp of butter in a double shot with maybe a 1/2 tsp of undated butter.

It really transformed the taste.  There was no bitterness.  It was a little too buttery for my taste but there was almost no melted butter floating on top after I stirred it in.  

My wife thought it tasted interesting.  I did, too.  I might try again with 1/4 Tbsp in a double shot.  I prefer with milk but if I run out I would use butter.
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 4:16pm
Subject: Re: Coffee and Butter
 

pizzaman383 Said:

I tried it this weekend.  I used 1/2 Tbsp of butter in a double shot with maybe a 1/2 tsp of undated butter.

It really transformed the taste.  There was no bitterness.  It was a little too buttery for my taste but there was almost no melted butter floating on top after I stirred it in.  

My wife thought it tasted interesting.  I did, too.  I might try again with 1/4 Tbsp in a double shot.  I prefer with milk but if I run out I would use butter.

Posted August 1, 2012 link

Maybe I didn't use enough butter.  I feel the 1 1/2 teaspoons I used added nothing to the taste or body.

Len

 
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