16 Ideas for Delicious Bulletproof Coffee Hacks

By: Dave Asprey
April 1, 2021

16 Ideas for Delicious Bulletproof Coffee Hacks

  • Butter in coffee? Amazing. But that’s not the only way to elevate your morning cup of joe.
  • Different coffee add-ins can pack an even bigger nutritional punch. Think antioxidants to combat free radicals, collagen protein to support vibrant skin and nails and other quality fats to keep you fueled.
  • Read on for my favorite Bulletproof Coffee hacks and the science behind why they work.

In addition to putting butter in coffee, I’ve experimented with adding other nutrients to create new flavors that have an even bigger impact on how I feel.

It turns out I’m not alone. Bulletproof fans add a lot of creative things to their daily Bulletproof Coffee recipe. This inspired me to share my own favorite Bulletproof Coffee hacks.

Why fat helps you absorb more nutrients

I’m a Bulletproof Coffee purist most of the time, yet in the morning—depending on how I feel—I’ll add other stuff to my ritual of blending in unsalted grass-fed butter and Brain Octane MCT oil.

Blending nutrients into your coffee (or really any beverage) with quality fats is classical biohacking, pure and simple. You’re taking something healthful and wrapping it in small drops of fat created during blending called micelles, which increase the absorption of the nutrients. This principle is what helps your body absorb antioxidants in vegetables when they’re consumed with some fat.[1] We’re talking lipid droplet chemistry here, and you can feel the difference (plus get some awesome flavor combinations).

Without further ado, here are my top 16 Bulletproof Coffee hacks—and a controversial bonus tip at the end.

16 Bulletproof Coffee hacks

1. Bulletproof Keto Creamer

A milk frother inside a mug of Bulletproof Coffee made with Bulletproof Original Creamer

Whether you’re already familiar with the benefits of Bulletproof Coffee or are new to the concept, this powdered creamer is an easy, no-blender way to get your morning cup of butter coffee.

Anticipate a fully powered brain and body, thanks to the fat-burning fuel in MCT oil, and access high-quality fatty acids and nutrients, courtesy of grass-fed butter.

Together, these quality fats work with your coffee’s natural caffeine to deliver sustained energy.

2. L-Theanine

Variety of mugs on tray

L-Theanine is a popular supplement that works synergistically with caffeine. It’s an amino acid naturally found in tea that increases alpha brain waves.

It has been shown to mitigate negative effects from caffeine, including impaired sleep quality and anxiety, while boosting the positive effects.[2] [3] [4]

You can also take it in a capsule in the morning along with your coffee. But why not blend it in? It won’t change the taste, but it changes how you feel.

3. Turmeric

Spoonful of turmeric

Turmeric is the popular yellow spice used mainly in Indian cuisine. It contains a powerful compound called curcumin, which supports a healthy inflammation response and is a strong antioxidant.

Adding it to your coffee will boost the total amount of antioxidants, but will diminish the coffee flavor.[5] [6] [7] If you don’t like coffee, but want to get more antioxidants, try this Bulletproof Turmeric Latte recipe.

4. Ginger

White mug of coffee

Ginger is rich in gingerols and has been used for its antioxidant, tummy-soothing and healthy inflammation response support.[8]

Like turmeric, ginger will diminish some of the coffee flavor. Mix this stuff with turmeric, and you’ll taste NO coffee (but what kind of masochist would do that?) and get a powerful herbal blend.

5. Grape seed extract

Person making pour over coffee

Grape seed extract has an astringent, tannin flavor that’s not bitter (depending on the brand). It also acts as an antioxidant.[9] [10] A pure grape seed extract can add amazing flavor notes to coffee.

6. Collagen Protein

Bulletproof Chocolate Collagen Protein frothed into a coffee mug

Collagen Protein is a great addition to Bulletproof Coffee as a protein source that’s high in the amino acid glycine. It provides the building blocks for healthy skin, bones, and joints.[11]

It also stands up well to the heat of coffee, which is not true of quality whey protein. Learn more about the benefits of collagen protein.

7.Vanilla

Woman holding mug of coffee

Vanilla adds a great flavor and has historically been used as a cognitive enhancer.[12] Real vanilla (only about 5% of the “vanilla” people consume) has a super high ORAC score of 122,400.

You can mix vanilla extract or powder in with your coffee grounds, or add after brewing. Or double hack your coffee with some Vanilla Collagen Protein.

8. Cayenne

Woman sipping coffee while reclining in socks

Cayenne is well known for its health impacts, especially since it works synergistically with MCTs for thermogenesis.[13]

Add incrementally to your morning brew to create an enjoyably spicy kick.

9. Blueberry powder

Cartons of blueberries

Blueberry Powder has a high amount of polyphenols, as well as a high ORAC score. It also raises BDNF, which helps brain function.[14]

Remember to watch out for high amounts of fructose, a naturally occurring sugar in fruit. I use blueberry extract in the morning, or blueberry powder in my second cup when I have one.

10. Eggs and/or egg yolks

Bulletproof Coffee Hack with egg latte

No butter? Eggs, and especially egg yolks, are a good alternative as a source of quality fats. They are packed with micronutrients like omega-3s and vitamin K2 (see below).

Check out this Bulletproof Coffee Egg Latte recipe.

11. Bilberry Powder

Woman holding cup of coffee

Bilberry powder is made from bilberries, a close relative of cranberries. It can reduce eyestrain and support overall eye health.[15]

It’s expensive, so increase its bioavailability by combining it with fat in your Bulletproof Coffee.

12. Cacao butter

Chunks of cacao butter

Cacao butter provides a subtle chocolate finish to your coffee. It’s also a great source of quality saturated fats.[16]

It’s not a replacement for real grass-fed butter. Just add a little!

13. High-quality chocolate powder

Cacao butter next to chocolate powder

Make your Bulletproof Coffee into a polyphenol-rich mocha with an unsweetened, high-quality chocolate powder.

Pro tip: If you want that chocolate flavor without having to break out your blender, try Bulletproof Dark Chocolate Cold Brew Latte, which tastes exactly like a creamy mocha!

14. Vitamin K2

Pouring a cup of small batch single-origin coffee

Vitamin K2 is a powerful addition to your coffee. It’s heat stable and doesn’t change the coffee flavor.

To get the lowdown on how crucial K2 is to your biology, check out this article.

15. Maca

Maca in bowl

Maca, also known as Peruvian Ginseng, is an endocrine adaptogen that can help balance hormones. It’s also high in vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium and zinc.

I like this one, though I do recommend you do your homework on quality and sustainability.

16. Ceylon cinnamon

Cinnamon sticks with cinnamon powder on wooden background,

In rodent studies, cinnamon has been shown to lower blood glucose levels.[17] It also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, and may help protect against neurological disorders (again, in animal studies).[18]

Ceylon is in contrast to the kind of cinnamon you usually find in generic grocery stores, which is called cassia. It’s worth upgrading to Ceylon, especially since cassia may expose you to a toxic compound called coumarin.[19]

Bonus tip: Add nothing at all!

Cups of coffee

Black coffee is great too, when you’re not hungry. I often enjoy a cup of black coffee brewed with Bulletproof Coffee Beans. Or I make a shot of espresso made with finely ground coffee beans in my La Marzocco GS3 (at 198.7 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact).

The bottom line: In the end, finding what you need to add to create the best Bulletproof coffee is something that will be unique to every person. Take these suggestions, then go out there to create your perfect cup.

Itching to learn more about Bulletproof coffee beans and grounds? Check out this insider guide to our clean coffee and learn all about how it’s made!

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