|November 17, 2023

Bulletproof Coffee vs. Regular Coffee: Why People Are Making the Switch

By Rebecca Paredes
Reviewed by Theresa Greenwell for Scientific Accuracy on 09/25/2023

Bulletproof Coffee vs. Regular Coffee: Why People Are Making the Switch

  • There’s no “right” way to drink coffee. But one way of preparing it can give you more energy without sacrificing flavor.
  • You might have heard of keto coffee—coffee blended with MCT oil and butter. Bulletproof Coffee started it all.
  • Find out why certain ingredients work better than others, and why Bulletproof Coffee isn’t the same as regular coffee.

One of the best things about coffee is that there’s no one “right” way to drink it. You might enjoy it black, with a splash of non-dairy milk, a spoonful of stevia, over ice or … blended with butter and MCT oil.

That’s Bulletproof Coffee, otherwise known as keto coffee.

If you haven’t tried it yet, here’s a quick primer on what makes it different than a regular cup of coffee and why you should give it a sip—even if you’re not keto.

What goes into your morning coffee?

Man drinking a cup of black coffee.

You probably started your day with coffee or are planning on drinking one later.  In the United States alone, 64% of adults enjoy a daily cup of coffee, and 79% of those surveyed said they prepared coffee at home.[1] But what goes into your coffee cup makes a big difference in the way it makes you feel.

You have two big benefits when it comes to coffee: flavor and function. Flavor is determined by factors like the type of coffee beans, your coffee brew method and what you add to your cup. Function means how your coffee makes you feel—alert, energized and, for some of us, more like a human and less like a zombie.

Those functional benefits aren’t just from caffeine, though. If you want to increase your energy, banish brain fog and curb cravings, you want to pay attention to three key things: the quality of your coffee beans, what you add to your coffee (if anything) and how you feel after drinking it.

Yeah, a super-sweet vanilla latte tastes good. But it’s also packed with sugar and artificial ingredients that contribute to energy roller coasters. What if your morning cup of coffee did more?

Keto coffee is the secret, and the ingredients in Bulletproof Coffee make it the cream of the crop. Keep reading to find out why Bulletproof Coffee is different than regular coffee.

Related: How to Brew the Best Cup of Coffee of Your Life

Bulletproof Coffee vs. regular coffee

Ingredients for Bulletproof Coffee recipe

Regular coffee has its own benefits. It gives you a dose of beneficial antioxidants and nutrients like chlorogenic acid. Black coffee can also support weight management and fat-burning, which is good news for your metabolism.

But a lot of coffee beverages are loaded with heavily processed creamers, sugar and syrups packed with high-fructose corn syrup. This stuff might taste good, but excess sugar just isn’t good for you—it makes you tired and makes you crave more sugar.

Bulletproof Coffee is different. It doesn’t have any sugar. It gives you the nutritional benefits of coffee. And each ingredient works together to increase your energy, curb cravings and keep you focused all morning long.

Related: Is Bulletproof Coffee Good for You? Why You Want Quality Fats in Your Coffee

Why should I drink keto coffee?

Woman holding a mug of Bulletproof Coffee

You might have heard of keto coffee before. But, what exactly goes into this concoction?

The recipe is surprisingly simple. Essentially, it’s coffee, blended with some combination of MCT oil, coconut oil, butter or ghee.

Bulletproof Coffee is like the godfather of keto coffee. It’s made with three specific ingredients: clean coffee beans, grass-fed butter and Bulletproof Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil. Not regular butter. Not coconut oil. And that’s intentional.

Why’s that the case? Here’s how each ingredient plays an integral role in creating a cup of coffee that’s surely different than anything you’ve tried before.

  • Clean coffee: If you drink coffee every day, you want to make sure your beans are processed with care to reduce exposure to mold. (Yikes.) Bulletproof is committed to clean coffee production, which means you can sip with confidence every morning, or whenever you prefer a cup of joe!
  • Grass-fed butter: It’s better for you than conventional butter. It’s more nutrient-dense and packed with satisfying fats. Plus, it comes from happy cows.
  • Brain Octane MCT Oil: This is C8 MCT, aka a concentrated version of the good stuff you really want in coconut oil. It supports weight management, suppresses hunger and gives your brain a boost.

The idea is that keto coffee is higher in quality fats and lower in sugar than other coffee beverages. On the keto diet, you want to eat lots of quality fats and keep carbs low to stay in the fat-burning state called ketosis.

Related: Keto Coffee Recipes to Keep You Happy and Laser-Focused

How to make Bulletproof Coffee part of your life

Looking to add Bulletproof Coffee to your routine? There are several ways to make that happen:

You can even switch things up to keep your taste buds on their toes. One day, make your keto coffee with Bulletproof Hazelnut Creamer for added richness, depth and quality fats. The next day, take things in a different flavor direction by using Bulletproof French Vanilla Creamer instead.

The bottom line: You don’t have to be keto to enjoy this type of coffee. The quality fats help keep you full, and because it’s made with no sugar, you won’t get the same energy crashes you might expect from a traditional latte. Instead, you get a delicious cup of coffee that tastes like a creamy latte and fuels your brain and body.

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This is an updated version of an article originally published September 2014.