Making bulletproof coffee does not need to cost an arm and a leg. Here’s how to get the equipment, including coffee and butter, in Australia on a budget.
I recently read an article listing the equipment for making butter coffee which included expensive coffee bean grinders, coffee machines and blenders totalling over $500!
If you’re just dipping your toes into the world of bulletproof coffee you do not need equipment this expensive to get a great cup.
The equipment I use below is cheap, easy to find online and in stores and supermarkets around Australia, and most importantly, makes a great cup of butter coffee.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need, with some tips on what to look for, and I’ve also included a quick recipe with instructions below too.
- Coffee grinder
- French press / Coffee making equipment
- Grass-fed butter
- MCT oil
- Insulated cup
Without further ado, here’s what I personally recommend for making butter coffee at home:
Technically the official bulletproof coffee recipe is made using official Bulletproof coffee. In the past I’ve tried two official Bulletproof Coffee beans: Original Roast and French Kick, and have found them to taste great using my French Press (which is the method I recommend for making it at home).
Bulletproof coffee is claimed to be free of moulds which are present in other coffee beans. According to the Bulletproof website, these moulds affect mental performance and energy levels.
While I have enjoyed official Bulletproof coffee beans in the past, I am personally happy trying other beans too. I currently buy my coffee beans from Single O, which is a roaster with a string of cafes in Sydney and an online store. I’ve used The Reservoir, Killer Bee and Ngoli beans to make bulletproof coffee and they all taste great and have subtle differences in flavour too.
Either way, the key point to note when buying coffee is to buy whole beans and grind them up each morning. It’s an added step, but trust me – it pays off in the taste department!
If you’re particular about your coffee grinds there are great buying guides out there such as the Wirecutter’s comparison.
For the rest of us, I have found great results using the Breville Spice and Coffee Grinder. I bought this at Big W a number of years ago for around $50 and it has stood the test of time.
There are also budget-friendly hand grinders which cost around $60 – $70 and can be bought online, such as one of the Wirecutter’s picks: the Porlex Mini Coffee Grinder.
If you’re using the French press method to brew your coffee, you’ll want to grind your beans into a coarse grind.
Coffee making equipment
My pick for making a great cup of coffee at home is to use a french press, although if you have an espresso or nespresso machine, these also make great tasting butter coffees too.
My pick again comes from The Wirecutter’s French Press comparison, which is the Bodum Brazil. This is readily available from many Australian homewares stores (I bought mine from David Jones) and online stores.If you’re debating the size, I recommend the 8 cup as it gives you the ability to make more than one coffee at a time if your significant other (speaking from experience) wants one too! This french press is durable, easy to clean and costs around $40.
Remember that you’ll need hot water for this recipe, so if you don’t already have a working kettle add this to the list. You don’t necessarily need a kettle with temperature control because of the recipe below.
Grass-fed unsalted butter
Grass-fed unsalted butter is getting easier to find in supermarkets around Australia over the last few years. I personally buy Westgold, Mainland Organic or True Organics Unsalted Organic Butter (according to their website their cows are raised predominantly on pasture) depending on where I am and what’s available. These are all available in my local Coles store.The main keys when looking for butter is that it’s grass-fed and unsalted. It’s easy to spot unsalted vs regular salted butter on the packaging, but the grass-fed part isn’t usually advertised so ensure you do your research.
Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil is an extracted form of coconut oil. Benefits include increased brain function and reduced cravings.
The official bulletproof coffee recipe lists Bulletproof’s own products, Brain Octane Oil or Brain Octane XCT Oil as the oils to use in your recipe. Brain Octane Oil contains 100% caprylic acid (Carbon-8 or C8 MCT), which according to the official Bulletproof blog is a great MCT for ketone production and hunger suppression because it’s absorbed faster and is tasteless. Brain Octane XCT Oil contains a mixture of C8 and Capric acid (C10) and is cheaper as C10 is more affordable to obtain.I personally use Melrose MCT oil because it’s more available in health stores. You can buy it in three variations: Original, Plus and Pro. I buy the Original version, which has a mixture of C8 and C10 (similar to XCT Oil). Plus has a mixture of C8, C10 and Lauric Acid (C12) and Pro has Caproic Acid (C6), C8 and C10. Research shows C10 has antifungal benefits, and C12 has antibacterial benefits.
MCT oil is not readily available in Coles and Woolworths at the time of writing, but it is readily available in most health food stores, and many online health or supplement stores too.
I’ve used regular blenders in the past but switched to a stick blender with cup as it’s easier to clean in the morning when time is at a premium.
My only note for buying a stick blender is that it should have a durable stainless steel blade. I bought mine from Woolworths for under $25. It’s easy to clean and comes with its own beaker for mixing.
Regardless of whether or not you’re using a stick blender or regular blender, just make sure it’s safe to blend hot liquids with it.
I used to use a ‘magic bullet’ style blender when I first made butter coffee, but stopped when the coffee leaked out of the seal and coated my kitchen and my face in hot half mixed butter coffee. These upside-down blenders can also be hard to turn off quickly in the event of a leaking emergency.
In my opinion the stick blender is a safer and easier alternative. You can also easily unlock the particular stick blender I’ve mentioned so that you only have to clean the blade section, which is much easier than cleaning an unwieldy full-size glass blender.
There’s nothing better than enjoying your butter coffee on your commute and at the office. I use a Contigo West Loop Autoseal mug because it doesn’t leak and keeps my coffee hot all the way through my commute until I reach the office (about 40 minutes). I use this mug even when I’m at home, because unlike regular coffee, when butter coffee cools down it’s not very enticing.
I’ve been using this for over five years now and it’s still in great condition. It’s a bit pricier than some comparable insulated bottles at about $40 in David Jones, but has been worth it so far.
Making your butter coffee
The standard butter coffee recipe is usually:
- 400ml of coffee
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 teaspoons of MCT oil
If you buy the equipment above, here’s a quick rundown of how to make your coffee using a french press and electric grinder:
- Heat up 400ml of water in your kettle.
- In the meantime, grind your beans until they’re coarse. If you’re using the Bodum Brazil and you’re making one coffee, you’ll need 3.5 scoops of coffee beans (about 25 grams). Once you grind them, they should resemble a soft dirt, not a fine powder. If using the Breville grinder above, I find grinding for 10 seconds, then shaking the grinds up and grinding for another 3 – 5 seconds does the trick. Put your ground coffee in your french press.
- Once the water is boiled, let it cool down for exactly two minutes. This ensures the water isn’t so hot it burns the coffee.
- Gently pour the 400ml of hot water into your french press. Give it one or two gentle stirs to make sure the ground-up coffee is properly mixed in.
- Wait exactly four minutes for the coffee to brew.
- While you’re waiting, put your butter and MCT oils into your mixing beaker.
- Once the coffee is brewed, gently plunge it using the french press and pour it into the beaker.
- Blend the contents for 20 – 30 seconds and pour it into your insulated mug.
- Clean up!
Once you get the process down to an art, this should take about 10 minutes with cleaning.
Do you make butter coffee differently? Let me know your experiences below!