Grass Fed Coffee…. Just WTF is going on?

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At first glance, you’ll likely suspect that the grass fed coffee living organic coffee eating grass, or maybe you’re thinking that it is made of “marijuana”. You’ll be surprised:

What is grass fed coffee?

Grass Fed Coffee is actually smooth, creamy, delicious Butter Coffee combining cold brew coffee, grass-fed butter, MCT oil and organic chicory.

The cold brew coffee refers to coffee brewed in a coffee-making equipment where cold water is used; the hot brew is coffee cooked by pouring coffee granules into a boiling water. MCT Stand for medium-chain triglyceride, a fatty acid which forms most of the substance of organic coconut oil. Chicory is a food-enhancing additive derived from a herbaceous plant of the dandelion family. 

The substances in that coffee sound somewhat complex and confusing. You might loose interest and forget about that supposedly delicious drink altogether. You better not. Think twice. The drink might be what you actually need right now. If you have had “brunch” (breakfast and lunch combined) and you already want to snack, this complicated drink might be useful to you. This drink is packed with nutrients that drive hunger away and it’ll keep you farther away from dinner much longer if added to your brunch. 

Nutritional information

The butter and the MCT oil (coconut oil) are the key elements. A version of the grass fed coffee that features the duo is said to contain: 

  • 316 calories
  • 26 grams fat
  • 0 grams sugar
  • 21.8 grams protein
  • 0.2 milligrams vitamin B2 riboflavin (11 percent DV)
  • 500 international units vitamin A (10 percent DV),
  • 296 milligrams potassium (8 percent DV)
  • 0.6 milligram pantothenic acid (6 percent DV) 
  • 100 milligrams sodium (4 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligram manganese (3 percent DV)
  • 7.1 milligrams magnesium (2 percent DV)
  • 0.5 milligram niacin (2 percent DV)
  • 0.4 milligram vitamin E (2 percent DV)
  • 10 milligrams calcium (1 percent DV) 
  • 0.8 micrograms vitamin K (1 percent DV). 

What are the benefits of grass fed coffee?

This version of the grass fed coffee gives you the main benefits provided by coffee plus those supplied by the added elements. A general account about grass fed coffee simply said the butter-laden coffee is known:

1. To boost cognitive function.
2. To support the body’s fat burning efficiency. 
3. To balance mood and hormones. 
4. To reduce hunger.
5. To make you drink coffee without experiencing the typical coffee crash. 

The “crash” pertains to the drop in vitality as soon as the “energy boost” supplied alone by coffee is exhausted; the “crash” in grass fed coffee actually happens later because the calories added by the butter and MTC oil to the coffee component would kick in as soon as the effect of the coffee component is exhausted. 

Another account pointed out that one third of the benefits of grass fed coffee come from butter. Aside from the fat-soluble vitamins we already know, that account identified a short-chain fatty acid called “butyric acid or butyrate as having the potential or capability to deliver the following benefits:

1. Butyrate and it’s derivatives could be used for the prevention and treatment of human metabolic syndrome. 
2. Helps improve the function of the mitochondria. 
3. Helps improve the cholesterol and triglycerides markers. 
4. Helps maintain fasting insulin level. 
5. Helps suppress inflammation in the gut and other body parts. 
6. Helps fight cancer with anti-cancer properties.
7. Helps to maintain gut barrier integrity. 
8. Helps maintain healthy body weight.

Thus far, my sources had established that the major components of the grass fed coffee are cold brew coffee, grass fed butter and the fatty acid MCT oil. You already know that cold brew coffee- not any coffee- is being used for grass fed coffee. You also now know that the fatty acid MCT oil can be found in abundance in organic coconut oil and that chicory is a food-enhancing additive. What you need to pay attention to- that my sources emphasized is: that the butter for making grass fed coffee must come from a cow that grazed on live grass, not one that was fed organic corn or hay or commercial feeds.

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The general rule is: The healthier the cow, the better is the butter. Cows like grass, not commercial feed. Cows that eat organic grass give the best butter.

Though the source’s reasoning appears a bit skewed, it hit the nail on the head: the grass fed coffee is so-called because the type of butter is used to make it comes from milk produced by cows fed with living grass; it isn’t, after all, not a kind of grass being mixed to coffee- but butter derived from a grass-fed cow- that gave the strange coffee its name.

My source also pointed out the advantage of using “grass-fed ghee” over “grass-fed butter”. Ghee is being made by removing the protein-casein- from butter; casein is extracted for sale as a commercial sports supplement. If they also use or prefer to use grass-fed ghee for making grass fed coffee, or bulletproof coffee, so be it. But I think ghee may be more suitable for frying rather than for making a healthful drink because it is deficient in protein; the whole butter appears to be the healthier choice. 

Original Grass-Fed Ghee by 4th & Heart, 16 Ounce, Pasture Raised, Non-GMO, Lactose Free, Certified Paleo, Keto-Friendly
Bulletproof Grass-Fed Ghee, Quality Clarified Butter Fat from Pasture-Raised Cows, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO (13.5 Ounces) Ghee (13.5 oz)

There is a kind of coffee that operates around the same principle as the grass fed coffee- enhancing the value of coffee by adding compatible healthy food elements. This- the Maffetone Coffee- uses cream (instead of butter) produced from grass-fed Jersey cow and organic coconut oil.

The Maffetone coffee ingredients:

1. 1-1/2 cup of strong light roast coffee
2. 1/4 cup Heavy cream from a grass-fed Jersey cow.
3. A raw egg yolk.
4. 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil.

Dr. Maffetone demonstrated in YouTube how to make the coffee himself.

He grinds the roast, mixes all the ingredients in a small hand-held blender and transfers the concoction into his favorite mug. Dr. Maffetone invented his special coffee in connection with his work in encouraging the use of fat as the main source of body fuel and he is promoting ways to improve our fat burning capacity for fitness and health. Dr. Maffetone specifically made the special coffee to respond to the need “to start the day with food that doesn’t induce significant insulin production, keep hunger away and provide high energy resulting in the need for fewer calories over the course of a day”. Dr. Maffetone believes his special coffee achieves the desired purpose because of the addition of substantial fat nutrients in the coffee.

The nutrient fat is said to “keep hunger away” because it is packed with calories. Among the energy-giving foods, fat is the more efficient compared to either carbohydrate or protein. Fat provides 4,000 calories per pound or 9 calories per gram while carbohydrate and protein individually provide only 4 calories per gram. Likened to a computer, the Optimal Human Being (=)equals Hardware (+) plus Software (+) plus Energy. Your body is the hardware, the way you move is the software and fat is the energy. There is also wisdom in equating fat to electricity and carbohydrates to diesel; “electric cars are over 3 times more efficient than fuel-cell vehicles.

If you look more closely at the Maffetone coffee, you might think that the Maffetone Coffee is the mother of the strangely-sounding GRASS FED COFFEE.

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Self-proclaimed coffee drinker. I would, on a typical day, start my day by grinding my coffee with a manual grinder and use a French Press as a starter (2 cups), then a pour-over in the afternoon (4 cups). I had my fair share as a barista but I prefer to drink it, not serve it.