GAPS and coffee have a love/ hate relationship. For many GAPS adults, coffee has a ritualistic place in our daily routines, making it one very difficult to give up piece of our previous dietary menu. I for one have enjoyed coffee since I was a young soldier on my first cold bivouac in Northern Germany. I have been something of a coffee snob (no, I do not like Starbucks…it does not qualify as quality coffee). I patronize only fresh roasted coffee from coffee shops or places that print the roast date on the bag…only buying coffee that I can consume within three weeks of said roast date. Enough coffee-geekery ( btw I am a member of CoffeeGeek.com…username WhoIsJohnGalt).
So a couple months ago I heard an interview with the creator of a blog called The Bulletproof Executive. Dave Asprey refers to himself as a bio-hacker and has experimented with and researched various aspects of diet and lifestyle. He has formulated an approach which is similar to GAPS, or upgraded Paleo. Dave is a bit of a mycotoxin-phobic, so has some interesting thoughts of home fermenting, but in most ways he is supportive of the recommendations of the GAPS diet…including recommendations for exercise and sleep. Anyway, back to the coffee.
One of the relevant aspects of the Bulletproof approach is to start the day with Bulletproof Coffee. The key is to start by brewing quality, fresh roasted, mold free coffee beans. I have several local sources and know of a few options across the country. Secondly, you need a source for pastured butter ( Dave recommends Kerry Gold, but we also use Organic Valley Pasture Butter). It has to be pastured butter to achieve the stated benefits ( the mct’s and omega 3:6 ratio I pasture butter make a difference); margarine or run-of-the-mill butter will not do. Also, Dave sells an MCT oil supplement, but I have not tried that…you could use coconut oil to get the same effect. So here goes….
Make two cups of coffee. Add in two tablespoons of pastured butter ( and Optionally one tablespoon MCT or coconut oil). Dave recommends blending with a stick blender to froth, I simply stir with a spoon.
I have been drinking my coffee this way for about two months now. I typically only drink black coffee, so I had some getting used to amendments in my cup. But I was surprised at how soothing and delicious the combination butter and coffee can be. Dave recommends this as a breakfast replacement for fat loss, but that is not a goal for me. However i am somewhat fat adapted after two years on GAPS. I find the caffeine helps my mental alertness and the butter ( along with my usual GAPS breakfast ) helps stave off any morning snack-longing, so I am net more productive in the mornings.
Read Dave’s full article to understand the derivation of this method and the full benefits Dave has uncovered. Give it a try. I think that if you are a coffee lover, this will definitely fit into your GAPS lifestyle.