Monday, April 21, 2014

Buttered Coffee

A “new” health fad involves drinking high end coffee flavored with equally high end butter.  The theory behind the fad is that both coffee and butter, through, different mechanisms, act as appetite suppressants, while the caffeine in the coffee acts as an energy booster.  The theory has merit, but the notion of buttered coffee sounds strange.

Indeed, it is exotic.  In Ethiopia, coffee is sometimes served with spiced ghee.  The fellow who sells the coffee and butter for this weight loss scheme was inspired by the Tibetan practice of flavoring tea with yak butter.  I’ve also heard of buttered coffee being served in the American South and Midwest.

Intrigued by the concept, I tried it.  And I liked it!  Remember that butter and cream have much in common; so using butter instead of cream produces a similar flavor.  It tastes like a latte.  The only difficulty is that the butter will re-solidify when the coffee gets cold, so drink it while it’s hot!

Here’s what I do:  To one cup of coffee I added between one and two teaspoons of butter (unsalted, but salted tastes fine, too), along with any sweetener or flavoring, and stir ubtil thoroughly melted and combined.  For an Ethiopian touch, add one of these spices: fenugreek, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, or nutmeg.  And Somalis sometimes flavor buttered coffee with garlic, cardamom and cloves.

And now you know how to make your morning coffee a homeschool research project!

This post has been linked to Thrifty Thursday, Anything Goes, The Mommy Club, Hip Homeschool Hop, Works for Me Wednesday, Babies and BeyondGrowing Home Tuesday, MYHSM, and Busy Monday.


Summer Nicole said...

Yum! I'll have to give this a try! :)

Amy Will said...

Ooh, I'm trying this today! Butter + cinnamon coffee sounds like a good combo. Maybe this will be a good afternoon snack substitute! Thanks for sharing :)

Wendy Hilton said...

Hmmm...I have to admit that buttered coffee sounds a little strange, but I may have to give it a try! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us on the Hip Homeschool Hop!

Co-owner of Hip Homeschool Moms :)