The woman spoke no English, but smiled unceasingly while she violated my personal space, nudging the steaming mug at me. I could only wonder about the void where her two front teeth once hung. As transfixed on the smile as I was, I soon snapped out of the trance and felt the hot mug burning my hand. As I looked down at the cup I could see oil droplets separating on top from the rest of the concoction. The shiny circles appeared to be dancing on the top of the hot liquid. Mostly out of politeness, and an unwillingness to offend my toothless hostess, I took a sip. Surprisingly, it wasn’t bad. Sweet and salty, and more floral tasting than I expected. I sipped a bit more. It was five o’clock in the morning and I was just north of Tengboche Nepal, on my way to Everest Base Camp. Through gesticulation and grunting mostly, I deciphered that I was drinking some sort of tea with the butter or cheese, or worse, from a Yak mixed in.
That was the first morning I became sold on the salty, oily, kick that Yak Butter tea would give me each morning. I began trying different versions in the little lodges where I slept most nights. I found my mornings sharper, more energetic and happier. Once back in Khatmandu with it’s modern conveniences (like electricity), I forgot about the Yak Butter tea. Until I came back to the US.
I read about a formerly overweight guy named Dave Osprey who created a morning starter called Bulletproof coffee. (He’s since turned it into a major league nutrition company). That’s when I decided to experiment with my own Adventure Coffee. After a few years, I’ve got it right.
The good news for you is I’m not trying to sell anything, I only want to help make your life better, so this coffee recipe is free. If you want to learn more about high fat low carb (HFLC) Ketogenic dietwatch my video intro. No need to buy any crazy expensive supplements. There are three things that I do recommend you have though:
- A French press – you can buy the SterlingPro French Coffee Press easily and cheaply at Amazon
- A really good blender – I use the Vitamix 5200 Series Blender because it’s killer for smoothies too.
- Organic, free-trade coffee (most Organic coffees are mold-free so you don’t have to buy the expensive over-hyped Bulletproof Ground Coffee 12oz unless you want to. I like my buddy Martin’s Mayorga Coffee Roasted Organic Café, Cubano Dark Roast )
It’s easy to make too. I boil water and add it to three tablespoons of ground coffee in the French press. In the blender I mix:
- 1 tablespoon of MCT or Coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of Heavy Cream from grass fed cows (to taste)
- 1 raw egg – from free range chickens and organic so you don’t get salmonella
- 1.5 tablespoons of grass fed, unsalted butter
- Occasionally I’ll sift in some raw cacoa powder
Then I spin all of that up in the blender. Sometimes I’ll add a splash of boiling water if the butter isn’t really soft, so it mixes up well.
Then I finish the coffee. After I pour the hot water in the French press I’ll stir it with a spoon and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then I plunge it. After it’s plunged I pour the entire French press contents into the blender with the other stuff (that is already mixed up) and crank it up. Viola – nice frothy adventure coffee that is all you need most mornings for breakfast. High fat, good caffeine kick, and plenty of protein. And it tastes good too.
Let me know what you think of it!