Adding butter to hot drinks is nothing new; it’s an ancient tradition in Tibet, for example, and it makes sense. Butter is tasty, unctuous and a superb source of calories, so anything with butter keeps you warm even on the chilliest nights.
Butter coffee is also a fantastic morning drink to keep you energized all day, especially if you’re skipping carbs. You’ve got to get your energy from somewhere, right? Well, it turns out butter coffee is a great way to stay energized, and making this specialty is quite easy. In fact, the name says it all — we’re adding butter to coffee. Here’s how to do it.
To make butter coffee, you need the correct type of butter. Never use margarine. That’s fake butter, and it’s pretty bad for your health. Instead, source grass-fed, high-quality butter. You’ll need around a tablespoon of butter per cup of coffee.
As for the coffee, I found that medium “city” roast is tastier with butter, as deep roasts taste too bitter and often have charred aromas, not all that compatible with butter. Of course, we must sweeten this beauty, and you want to try to sweeten your butter coffee with honey. It gives the drink a lovely flavor you can’t get from sugar or other sweeteners.
To make this apparently simple coffee, you must start with a scalding cup of coffee; whether it’s drip, filter, percolator or pod coffee, it doesn’t matter. You can even brew yourself a tall espresso, and it will end up beautiful.
To make a butter coffee, brew the espresso and melt the butter in it. Stir, sweeten to taste and add a splash of extra milk of cream to make it even creamier. You might want to stir occasionally while drinking to prevent the butter from sticking to the sides of the cup. Other than that, this one’s pretty easy, and it’s fantastic.
Drink butter coffee as-is or complement it with an equally buttery pastry. Jams and compotes taste so much better when you’re sipping on a buttery drink. Butter coffee is terrific for breakfast, so serve it with anything from a bowl of cereal to a few sunny side-ups.
Brew the coffee and melt the butter in it while hot.
Sweeten with honey and, optionally, add milk or cream.