It goes with everything salty and sweet. You use it for cooking, spreading, baking, and just about anything you can think of. But… Have you ever tried to add butter to your coffee?

The combination is older than you might think. It originated in Europe when farmers with a surplus of butter would add it to their morning coffee. Often, it was accompanied by milk and sugar, to take their café au lait to the next level. But today’s butter coffee is entirely different. Healthier, in fact. How did this happen?

Origins Of Coffee With Butter

In 2014, lifestyle guru Dave Asprey published the book The Bulletproof Diet. Among other things, the book advocates for the incorporation of high-fat foods in our diet. Not just any kind of fat, however; medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs.

The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey

These are easier to metabolize than other fats and seem to promote weight loss and other benefits. The original recipe asks for high-end, expensive MCT oils, and is called Bulletproof Coffee.

Butter Coffee came about when people started trying to replicate Bulletproof coffee in their home. To achieve this, you only need butter. However, it’s better if it’s grass-fed, which has a higher MCT concentration and coconut oil. And, of course, coffee!

How To Make Coffee With Butter

Butter coffee is absolutely delicious. It’s a convenient way to one-up your coffee without too much work. Use unsalted butter for a more neutral flavor. Although, salted butter does work if you’re having coffee with milk.

It is best enjoyed with French press coffee— it isn’t too bitter nor too acidic, and it has just the right texture for this recipe.


  • 29 grams coarse grind coffee
  • 14 oz. of water
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Sugar to taste (optional)


  1. Bring 14 oz. (400 grams) of water to a boil in a kettle.
  2. Pour ground coffee into the French press.
  3. Pour water into your French press about ⅓ of the way up, then stop.
  4. Wait 20 seconds.
  5. Now proceed to pour the rest of the water. Place the lid on top.
  6. After 4 minutes, your coffee should be ready. Go ahead and pour yourself a cup.
  7. In that cup -and while the coffee is piping hot- add butter and coconut oil.
  8. Stir vigorously for ten seconds.
  9. Add sugar or any other sweetener of your choice.
  10. Enjoy!

And just like that, your Butter Coffee is ready.

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If you like your Cup of Joe as hot as can be, be sure to take one tablespoon and let it sit outside, on a plate, before you start making your coffee. Otherwise, cold butter might spoil a perfectly good hot coffee!

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Sherry Harris

Sherry Harris, a bonafide coffee brewing and tasting enthusiast, is the founder of Coffee Shop Lady. She writes for regular coffee drinkers who like being informed about the best coffee beans from around the world, espresso machines, coffee makers, grinders, and delicious coffee drinks and recipes.