Bulletproof Coffee 101

2 Nov 2020

You have started or are about to start drinking Bulletproof coffee. Like many of our customers, you may be wondering what ratio of butter, MCT oil is best. Or what kind of coffee to use. The answer is simple. What works best for you! Feel free to experiment with different types of coffee, butter, oils and ratios of ingredients like a real biohacker.

Coffee


For making Bulletproof coffee you can use any coffee you want, but the quality of the coffee contributes to the result. We'll explain it to you. 

The coffee beans

Coffee (and chocolate) is a product that often contains mycotoxins. Mycotoxins come from fungi and can be very harmful to health (think of: not being clear of mind, weight gain, respiratory complaints, allergic reactions, respiratory infections or asthma). With coffee that contains fungi and mycotoxins, you don't get the brainboosting effect you hope to achieve with a Bulletproof coffee. By using a higher quality (and yes, more expensive) coffee, you can constantly make good Bulletproof coffee. NoordCode strives for the highest quality on the market and is tested for fungi and mycotoxins. 

How you make the coffee

This is a bit more advanced, but definitely worth considering. How the coffee is made can improve the benefits of coffee. For example, by grinding the beans themselves and using a metal filter, more water and fat soluble substances in the coffee remain intact. A good option is a French Press, the Pour Over method or the Aeropress Coffeemaker with metal filters. Finally, the quality of the water with which you make your coffee is important. Go for filtered water and add minerals if necessary. 

Butter


Use only real butter made from milk (no chemically modified margarine or vegetable fats). The butter is (in addition to coffee) the biggest seasoning. Choose a butter you like. Butter contains fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K. The general rule is: the more grass the cow (or sheep or goat) has eaten, the healthier the butter is.

If you are lactose intolerant or have other reasons not to eat butter, try ghee (clarified butter). Ghee is pure milk fat (without milk sugars or milk proteins) and is therefore well tolerated. The same rule applies here: choose ghee from cows that have eaten the most grass. NoordCode's Ghee is made from exclusively grass-fed, grazing cows.

Coconut oil


Here you can make many adjustments to your own preferences. The most important part of the coconut oil is the content of MCTs. MCT is the abbreviation for Medium Chain Triglycerides. MCT fatty acids are converted into energy in the body. Long-chain fatty acids are converted into energy more slowly. This means that the shorter the chain, the better, but only to a certain extent. The amount of MCTs therefore determine how quickly your body can absorb them and convert them into ketone production (think: fat burning and energy) and determines how much energy the Bulletproof coffee gives you shortly after drinking.

A short ranking of MCTs based on how many ketones the body produces:

- C6: Capric acid (not very common in coconut oil): is very quickly converted to ketones, but is poorly tolerated by the intestines. C6 occurs in poorly purified MCT oils and is likely to cause problems when ingested. C6 doesn't seem to taste very good, which alone is a good reason to avoid it.

- C8: Octanoic acid: Well tolerated by the intestines and quickly converted to ketones. About 6% of coconut oil is C8. It has no taste itself, but can enhance other flavors.

- C10: Decanoic acid: Will be tolerated after an habituation period, so don't overdo it (think: an acute toilet visit)! Is converted to ketones less quickly than C8, but still pretty good. About 9% of coconut oil is C10. Like C8, it has no taste of its own, but may work as a flavor enhancer.

- C12: Lauric acid: C12 has an 'average' length, but does not behave like an MCT in the body. Is converted to ketones about as fast as longer non-MCT fats (not very fast, therefore). C12 has other advantages, such as anti-microbial properties. C12 just doesn't help to make ketones very much. About 50% of coconut oil consists of lauric acid.

The C stands for the number of carbon atoms that make up the fat. So C8 has 8 carbon atoms.

If we only look at how we can get as many ketones as possible, we want as much C8 and C10 as possible in Bulletproof coffee. For this MCT oil, which is a blend of C8 and C10, gives the best result. Be careful with the dosage. The body will have to get used to the amount of MCTs. Think: 'disaster pants'.

To further improve ketone production you can consider a C8 MCT oil. By using only C8 oil, which is better tolerated and faster converted to ketones, you can increase the benefits of Bulletproof coffee and reduce side effects. C8 MCT oil is more expensive than mixed MCT oil, but you probably need less C8 MCT oil for the same amount of energy. NoordCode sells the C8 version and the normal MCT oil (the combination of C8 and C10). 

Other ingredients

 

You can adjust the coffee even further by adding extra ingredients. Think about it:

- Protein powder such as collagen hydrolysate and gelatin. Choose a powder that is heat resistant and dissolves easily. 1-2 tablespoons of protein powder makes the coffee even more filling.

- Flavorings: spices such as cinnamon, vanilla or cacao can give some variation in flavor to standard Bulletproof coffee. Using unprocessed coconut oil also gives the coffee a slight taste of coconut, which MCT oil does not have.

- Sweeteners: use a sweetener that does not increase blood sugar, such as erythritol, xylitol or stevia.

- Adaptogens: mushroom extracts give you extra brain boosting effects. See here a Bulletproof coffee recipe with adaptogens.

Make sure you choose high quality ingredients that you tolerate well. Just like with a poor quality coffee, extra ingredients can turn on your fight-or-flight reaction and undermine the positive effects of Bulletproof coffee.

 

The official Bulletproof coffee recipe (by Dave Asprey)

The official Bulletproof coffee is made with Bulletproof coffee beans, Octaine oil (C8) and grass-fed butter. NoordCode sells an alternative to butter and add-ons (such as collagen) that are true to the consideration. To inspire you, we've prepared three upgraded Bulletproof coffee recipes for you!