reunited with coffee
It has been a long while since my body has tolerated coffee. I think I quit my daily cup a little over a year and a half ago because it started wreaking major havoc on my adrenals and giving me horrible anxiety — this was all around the same time I suspect I got lyme. I’m assuming it’s not a coincidence. I’ve been substituting my coffee fix with matcha, and though I love the frothy green drink my deep adoration of coffee will never be something I can ignore.
Recently I’ve been sipping on espresso and cappuccinos from time to time, finding that the extra caffeination compared to matcha isn’t getting me all wired and jittery at all. So, I decided to start giving bulletproof coffee another whirl and am pleased to report that my body is finally welcoming this dreamy substance again. For reference, a serving of matcha has about 30 - 70 mg of caffeine, a 1 oz shot of espresso has about 65 mg, and a cup of coffee has 95 - 120 mg.
i’ve been making great strides in healing lately, and have felt the most “normal” I’ve felt in a long, long time. The signs are more clear than ever that I’ve made a big dent in recovering from Lyme, and tolerating coffee definitely feels like one of them. I’m reluctant to admit that because I feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, but life’s too short to suppress times of clarity.
I am still not making coffee a daily occurrence (yet), but am most certainly treating myself to a bulletproof coffee or cappuccino a few times per week. I’m finally able to take advantage of Portland’s insane coffee scene, and already plan on creating a PDX coffee shop guide. Thrilled is an understatement.
The benefits of bulletproof coffee are plentiful, but the most known are the steady boost of energy it provides and the increase in cognitive function. The saturated fats in butter/ghee slow the body’s absorption of caffeine, which is why bulletproof coffee gives you energy for several hours as opposed to an intense spike and then a crash. MCT oil rapidly converts to ketones in the body, which is a more bioavailable source of energy for our brains than sugar or carbohydrates; hence the mental clarity. I can personally attest to the claim that bulletproof coffee won’t cause the jitters. Although when my health was at an all time low, coffee in any form — even bulletproof — caused wildly unbearable jitters. Everyone’s ability to tolerate caffeine is different, so listen to your body. If coffee possesses too much caffeine for your system, try this matcha latte recipe instead!
My go-to bulletproof coffee recipe dates back to my college days, and it remains tried and true. This recipe makes enough for two.
20 oz organic, fresh brewed coffee — My go-to is a Chemex pour over. Freshly grind 6 tbsp roasted coffee beans, transfer the grounds to the pour over carafe, and use 205 degree water to brew. For a more in-depth pour over tutorial visit this website. By all means, make coffee the way you like to make coffee; it’s definitely a matter of personal preference.
1-2 tbsp Fourth and Heart vanilla bean ghee or Vital Farms grass-fed unsalted butter — The key thing to note here is unsalted butter. I’ve never made the mistake of using salted butter, but I imagine salty coffee isn’t all that great.
2 tbsp Bulletproof brain octane oil
3-4 scoops Vital Proteins beef gelatin or collagen peptides — It’s important to note that if you use beef gelatin, you must consume the coffee while it is hot or your bulletproof coffee will turn into bulletproof jell-o.
Dash of Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until frothy. Enjoy it hot.