Drinking buttered coffee at Mmm...Coffee Paleo Bistro

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Mark Antonation
If you're not familiar with the Paleo diet by now, you're probably living in a cave. In a nutshell, it involves shunning grains, sugars and processed foods in favor of meats, eggs, vegetables, a little fruit and occasional nuts and seeds. Fat is good, especially if it's the kind of fat that nutritionists have been telling us to avoid for the past fifty years. There's science behind the diet and lifestyle, according to practitioners, but I'll leave that to the experts. For my part, I like butter, especially expensive butter from pampered cows. Which is why I occasionally stop for a Bulletproof coffee at Mmm...Coffee, a tiny shrine to ancestral eating tucked into the courtyard of the 910Arts building in the Santa Fe Art District.

See also: Snooping around for the Doggfather at Moontower Tacost

Mmm...Coffee owner Jami Fynboh makes her version of Bulletproof coffee (an invention of Internet health guru Dave Asprey) by fortifying a double-shot Americano -- she uses beans from Kaladi Brothers -- with two tablespoons of butter from grass-eating cows and one tablespoon of MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil. A quick whirl in a high-speed blender emulsifies all that fat into the coffee so the texture stays creamy without separating. And yes, that's a whole lot of butter, even if you choose to ignore the MCT oil (which I believe is extracted from cold-pressed, hormone-free biochemists). No matter, the resulting concoction tastes almost entirely of rich coffee and butter, with no sweeteners, syrupy flavors or even my other favorite: whisky. The MCT oil adds just a hint of coconut and science-based smug satisfaction.

The idea behind Bulletproof coffee is that it's breakfast in and of itself. And probably lunch and a fair portion of dinner, too. It's also an excellent replacement for that lost tube of lip balm in situations where you don't want to be seen rubbing a stick of butter on your lips.

The energy boost from a cup lasts longer than that of standard cappuccinos and lattes, which makes sense considering the caloric payload delivered, and there's no mid-morning crash of the kind brought on by a morning muffin or Pop-Tart. While I wouldn't indulge in a Bulletproof coffee every morning (unless I owned my own dairy farm), it's an occasional lavish treat that I can justify by pointing to the nutritional expertise of tens of thousands of online blog commenters. Surely they can't be wrong.

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Mmm...Coffee Paleo Bistro

910 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

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910 Arts

910 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

Category: General


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21 comments
garzaiverson
garzaiverson

Stupid. Don't fall for this. 460 calorie drink.

garzaiverson
garzaiverson

Stupid. Butter tastes good. We all know ... 460 calories. Really. This is being promoted by the company that wants to sell their product... Don't fall or this propaganda.

peggy.holloway5
peggy.holloway5

This is my regular breakfast. I am on a ketogenic diet and my partner and I fuel on ketones and nothing is better than MCT and coconut oil + grass-fed butter for nutritional ketosis. We are "old people" who have spectacular energy on this lifestyle. We regularly do long-distance bike trips where we have nothing but bulletproof coffee before cycling 50+ miles for multiple days.

As for paleo being a "fad," I fail to see how eating the way humans evolved to eat and have done for most of human history is a "fad." Low-fat, grain-based diets with copious amount of sugar and processed, packaged foods are very recent to human history and should be considered the fad that has destroyed the health of millions.

JohnCohen
JohnCohen

I'm still not sure if I want to try it. It sounds wonderful from what everyone has been saying but still, the concept of butter in my coffee doesn't sound pleasant. Does it go well with dark roast K-Cups? Because that's all I have in my house at the moment. 

Suzanne Houston Nash
Suzanne Houston Nash

I blend my own buttered coffee in a magic bullet. It`s about the same calories as Starbucks vanilla latte but it tastes much better and you feel more energetic.

Dena Sue
Dena Sue

Whatever. Paleo is a cult.

DerpMcDerpington
DerpMcDerpington

So many hipsters there.  Want a quick table?  Throw an 8-track player on the curb outside and stand clear of the stampede.

Jamie Doig
Jamie Doig

I have tried their buttered coffee and it will GET YA GOIN!!!!

swag
swag

The best thing about diet fads is all of them have died a horrible, embarrassing death with enough time for science and math to catch up with them.

Sabira Stash
Sabira Stash

Bulletproof... Nothing to loose... Fire away, fire away. :)

IsBoulderBetter
IsBoulderBetter

300 - 350 calories is breakfast and lunch (and maybe a portion of dinner!) for you? Do you weigh 80 lbs?

sacs1800
sacs1800

@garzaiverson Some of us burn three times that every morning when we exercise. Obviously, your caloric intake must match your activity level.

mmmcoffee
mmmcoffee

@JohnCohen It is really no stranger than cream in your coffee.  It will make any coffee taste like a rich, delicious latte.

peggy.holloway5
peggy.holloway5

And "calories" are pretty meaningless. It is more important to consume foods like butter and coconut oil that don't raise insulin and blood sugar like a vanilla latte. Swap out the sugar bombs for fat bombs. Live long and prosper!

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Great, now they'll need a port-a-potty outside the building. :(

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