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'Kopi Gu You' or Bulletproof Coffee

  • by Pete Farrant

Not everyone in the office was convinced when I mentioned writing a blog on a coffee which you add butter too however, it is a brew that is growing in popularity in the west and so certainly worth a mention..

You may have heard of Bulletproof coffee, especially if you're trying out Keto at present and I'll give you the recipe towards the end of this blog, yet did you know that in Singapore they have been drinking 'Butter Coffee' for a long while now?

Interestingly the reason for it's introduction is not too dissimilar to many of the reasons people drink it today..

Introduced within Hainanese coffee shops in Singapore, Kopi Gu You, the traditional butter coffee has been a stable favourite since the 1930's. Literally translating to 'Butter Coffee' it was originally made for local labourers. By adding butter to black coffee, it provided an extra dose of energy which lasted throughout the day. 

There are also many rumours that this was the beverage of choice for 1930's opium smokers, who used this as a way to sooth their scratchy throats. 

Once a regularly seen drink, it is only found in a handful of places throughout Singapore now. Modern takes on the original Kopi see the beans roasted in sugars or butters, which caramelises around the bean, to give the same sweet smooth flavour once brewed.

Over the last few years however, what many would consider to be a bizarre drink, has been growing in popularity over here and especially promoted by those of Silicon Valley.  This is due to the claimed science on how it can be super beneficial for the body during weight loss.

As mentioned before, known as 'Bulletproof coffee' this popular variation claims to spike the bodies metabolism, while burning fat stores to aid weight loss, by introducing medium chain triglycerides to the mixture of coffee and butter.

Aimed at aiding your bodies Ketosis this has become the morning coffee of choice for many. Now, I'm certainly no expert on the science behind this and cannot guarantee or back the validity of this claim however there seems to be some relevance that cannot be ignored.

What do you think?




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