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The Ultimate Paleo Coffee

Written by Louise Hendon on October 4

Watch the Bloopers at the End!

This coffee is what I’ve been loving recently! And I’m showing you how to make it in my very first video on YouTube – I even designed my channel art last night (*feeling smug*).

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel here or click the link the video – I have more videos in the pipeline, including one on my favorite salad.

A Few Quick Tips on How to Make Paleo Coffee

1. Start slow – by this, I mean that if you’re not used to eating much fat, then I would put in just 1 teaspoon of ghee + 1 teaspoon of coconut oil initially until your body adjusts after a few weeks.

2. Use good ghee – this is the ghee I use (it tastes absolutely AMAZING – in fact, I love licking my spoon after scooping the ghee out)! Pure Indian Foods Grassfed Organic Cultured Ghee
paleo cultured gheeYou might be wondering why cultured ghee, so this is what Pure Indian Foods say is special about “Cultured Ghee” as opposed to “normal ghee:”

Milk contains lactose, a natural sugar which gives it that delicate sweet taste. In order for the body to breakdown lactose, an enzyme called lactase must be present. Many people lack this valuable enzyme in their digestive system causing a common digestive problem known as lactose intolerance. In order to metabolize lactose, lactase must always be present. During the culturing of milk or cream, lactose is converted into lactic acid. This makes for a much more digestible product for many people. Remember, generally ghee does not cause a problem with lactose intolerance. This is because during the ghee making process, the lactose is removed even if the butter used to make the ghee was not made from fermented cream. Cultured Ghee is known as Desi Ghee in India, where the word desi means prepared with indigenous method. Please note that this product is not a source of live and active cultures.

3. Blending makes it frothy – you don’t have to blend the coffee to get the amazing health benefits, but it does help with flavor and look (blending makes it look like it’s a cappuccino, otherwise it just looks like oil floating on top!). You can actually just blend the coffee with some coconut oil, and you’ll get a similar look, although it won’t taste as creamy.

You can blend it using a cheap magic bullet blender (under $50) or with a super cheap milk frother (under $6). The results with the magic bullet is slightly better, but the milk frother is a cheaper and more portable alternative.
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4. Add in coconut or almond milk – to make the coffee even more frothy, add some coconut or almond milk in before blending. My dad taught me this trick after I showed him how to make this coffee!
5. It works with Tea – that’s right. Even if you hate coffee, you can still make this same drink with black tea or even herbal/caffeine-free teas like rooibos. I found the spices in Earl Grey to complement the creamy ghee flavors the best, but any black tea will work well. Just remember to blend it!

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How I got started on blending my coffee: As I mentioned in my previous post, Dave Asprey from Bulletproof Exec got me started on this recent coffee craze :) He tells his wonderful story of how he discovered bulletproof coffee and how he makes it here.

Let me know in the comments below how you like to make your Paleo coffee!

harry - October 9

Hi Louise,
Way to go on a great first video. I like the coffee with ghee, but did not try adding coconut oil. Am now looking forward to it. And I laughed at the flying spoon outtake! Keep ’em coming.

William - October 13

Will get the ghee today and try it during the Ravens game this afternoon.

Rachael - October 20

Great looking video, however, the music plays over the audio, and I can’t hear you speak. I hope that it’s just me, but I thought you’d want to know.

    Louise Hendon - October 20

    Thanks Rachael – I noticed the problem and I’m fixing it in all future videos. It’s only a problem if you have more than 1 speaker I think or if you’re using earphones). The voice and music is coming out of the left speaker, but the music is coming out of the right speaker without any voice. Thanks for letting me know!

LLisa Petrison - October 20

Probably best to credit the Bulletproof Executive for the idea of combining grass-fed butter/ghee, coconut oil and coffee for a Paleo coffee drink.

    Louise Hendon - October 20

    Thanks Lisa – Dave was the one who got me on this current coffee craze after meeting him on a cruise earlier this year. Thanks for posting his link – I also mentioned him in a previous post about coffee –

    He’s definitely popularized this way of drinking coffee, but the idea is much older and Dave says he got the idea from seeing Tibetans drink yak butter in their tea! Tea definitely tastes good to this way too :)

ayelet - October 21

Hi Louise,
I’ve been having my bulletproof coffee w/coconut oil, and either a dash of cinnamon, or a little piece of 85%-90% chocolate.
I would also suggest making your own ghee, as it’s cheaper and fun and EZ. See my post in my blog about making your own Ghee:
good luck!

Bonnmom - November 11

I have been using coconut oil and coconut butter in my coffee. It was good but I never thought of blending it. How genius! I had it with all 3 this morning, the ghee too. Yum. But coconut butter is also a good substitute if you’re out of the other too. Whipping it is the key.

    Louise Hendon - November 11

    Nice – I’ve tried it with just coconut butter before, but hadn’t considered adding it with the others :) Will try it!

Louise - February 24

Amazing! I use a French Press for really strong coffee. The frothiness and delicious flavor really surprised me. I’m completely hooked!


    Louise Hendon - February 24

    Thanks Louise – it frothes even better with a tiny bit of almond, coconut, or regular milk :)

Karie - March 5

This is so awesome! I love coffee like this – I feel so awake and alive when I drink it! I also love to add cinnamon, vanilla and a bit of organic raw honey. It’s lovely:)

Dagmar Dolatschko - April 22

I’ve started adding a dash of cinnamon to coffee or black tea. The idea with the blender is great because it would probably mix up the cinnamon better – otherwise it tends to float.
You could also add a dash of pure cocoa powder (not sweetened).
Cinnamon is good for so many things – besides, it tastes good.

Louise Gagne - June 2

Hi Louise:
I just found you. Love that you made the video and I can see just how you did this.
I cannot drink caffeine in any form. How would this be in decaffeinated coffee? I want to try this because just drinking coffee is so boring and I think it would be marvelous to try. I love
Ghee and coconut oil.
Thanks, Louise

    Louise Hendon - June 2

    Hi Louise – decaf works fine! So does decaf black tea or rooibos red tea (which is naturally caffeine free).

Catherine - September 5

Hi, Louise – I’m having trouble finding a small, personal blender that can handle hot liquids. What kind are you using in the video? I don’t want to use (and clean) my big one every day. Thanks so much – this coffee has changed my life!

    Louise Hendon - September 5

    Hi Catherine – I’m just using a magic bullet. Another option is a small milk frother (they’re very cheap and you just froth the drink the cup you’re going to be drinking from so there’s no extra washing up).

Linda @ The Fitty - December 16

I’m still not too sure what the difference between regular and cultured ghee is. I’ve never worked with ghee but I certainly want to taste it. Does it taste. better than butter, or similar? What is the typical fat breakdown in one tbsp? Can I use a handheld frother to make bulletproof beverages instead of a blender?

    Louise Hendon - December 19

    Hi Linda – cultured ghee takes our more of the lactose and casein, and yes ghee tastes similar to butter…personally I like it more. It’s pretty much pure fat (it’s all the solids from the butter removed). And yes, I love using the handheld milk frothers :) This is the one I use:

Eric - January 14

Is paleo ghee sold at whole foods, does anyone by chance know? Thanks.

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