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Our Coffee

What is butter coffee?

Butter coffee is a brand new drink that is healthier than coffee with cream. It is inspired by Tibetan butter tea, and butter infused coffee from Kenya, where coffee was first cultivated. Grass Fed Coffee tastes like a decadently creamy and smooth iced latte, without any sugar, so you can enjoy it guilt-free!

What kind of coffee is in Grass Fed Coffee?

We use cold brewed fair trade coffee from Peru. The cold brew process makes our coffee low in acidity and naturally sweet. We use a mixture of organic and non-organic coffees as organic certification is very expensive for small plot farmers.

Where is the coffee in Grass Fed Coffee from?

We use a blend of Peruvian Fair Trade coffees and coffee extracts. Fair trade coffee certification helps support small plot coffee farmers in developing countries. Sustainability is just as important to us as taste!

Why do you cold brew your coffee?

Cold brewed coffee is sweeter, low in acidity, and less bitter without any added sugar. We could get super nerdy about coffee flavor profiles in Grass Fed Coffee and how we obsessed over them for 14 months, but we’ll let other experts chime in to preserve our dignity.

Is your coffee organic?

Some of our coffee is organically certified, and some of it is not. Click here for reasons why organic coffee isn’t always necessarily better. That said, there are advantages to organic coffee as well. We will continually revisit our supply chain as we grow, including organic vs non organic coffee.

Is your coffee mycotoxin and aflatoxin free?

YES!

Grass Fed Coffee SPD 348-002 Aflatoxin & Ochratoxin Jan. 28


About MCT Oil

What are MCT oils?

MCT (medium chain triglycerides) are distilled coconut oils. MCT’s are healthy fats that are uniquely absorbed in the liver without being broken down first like other fats.  Used for energy like carbs, MCT’s are more efficient as they contain more energy per ounce.  Athletes use MCT’s to boost athletic performance. MCT’s can also boost cognition as well. Our MCT’s are sourced from coconut plantations in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

But why put MCT’s in Grass Fed Coffee?

Medium-chain triglycerides

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are fats with an unusual chemical structure that allows the body to digest them easily. Most fats are broken down in the intestine and remade into a special form that can be transported in the blood. But MCTs are absorbed intact and taken to the liver, where they are used directly for energy. In this sense, they are processed very similarly to carbohydrates.

MCT’s have incredible purported benefits in fat burning and muscle building. They are absorbed quickly by the body for energy, just like carbs, but contain more energy per ounce than carbs.

Many athletes consume MCT oils in butter coffee to improve their athletic performance. There are also limited studies that suggest MCT’s improve cognitive function.

Anything else about MCT’s and grass fed butter I should know?

The levels of MCT/Butter in Grass Fed Coffee were carefully selected to provide maximum benefits while limiting any inconvenient effects. But some may experience digestive distress until accustomed to the levels of MCT/butter. This typically happens within 1-4 days.


About Carrageenan

Grass Fed Coffee contains Carrageenan. Is that safe?

Carrageenan is a natural emulsifier that comes from red algae. It has been used in food since the 15th century. There are two types of carrageenan:

  • Undegraded Carrageenan is certified and approved by the FDA and many other regulatory bodies as safe. It has been tested and retested extensively. It is used in by a wide range of organic products today.
  • Degraded Carrageenan (poligeenan) is not safe for human consumption. The studies sited against carrageenan involve degraded carrageenan, not undegraded.
What are emulsifiers and stabilizers?

Ordinarily, butter coffee blended at home results in creamy latte like beverage with a frothy head. But if left sitting, eventually the coffee, butter, and MCT oil will separate.

We prevented this process in our ready to drink butter coffee by using an emulsifier and a stabilizer. So all you need to do is give your Grass Fed can a vigorous “like a boss” shake!

Why not use a natural emulsifier?

We tried. And failed. And tried. Then failed some more. Remember our 14 month formulation process? This was one of our biggest challenges. We learned natural emulsifiers currently on the market are not effective at getting Grass Fed Coffee to blend the way we needed it to, without negatively impacting flavor and bitterness. Eventually, we found a proprietary emulsifier that we believe is safe and effective. Moreover, it’s only present in trace amounts (.2% per 8 oz can). We’ve listed all the ingredients in our emulsifier and stabilizer on our label to be as transparent as possible.

What’s Microcrystalline cellulose?

Microcrystalline cellulose, or wood pulp, is another emulsifier commonly used in vitamin supplements.

What are mono and diglycerides?

Mono and diglycerides are synthetic fats produced from both plant and animal origin that are additives to help stabilize and extend shelf life.

We recognize that some may be concerned with mono and diglycerides. We view them to be a functional necessity when creating a shelf stable product that can keep for an extended period of time. Again, these are only present in minute amounts (.20% of 8 oz).

What’s sodium carboxymethylcellulose?

Sodium carboxymethylcellulose is also known as cellulose gum. It is another emulsifier used in many gluten free foods, chewing gums, ice creams, and biscuits.


Consumer Safety

How much caffeine is there in 1 serving of Grass Fed Coffee?

GFC contains 80 milligrams of caffeine, which is equivalent to a normal cup of coffee. However, the combination of caffeine and MCT amplifies the effect, so we recommend consuming a half can to start. It is very strong.  

Is Grass Fed Coffee safe for pregnant women?

We’ve placed a disclaimer on our can because there is conflicting information regarding the safety of caffeine for pregnant women. Additional information on our main ingredients (grass fed butter, MCT oil, coffee) is included below.

Grass Fed Butter has many vitamins and nutrients that can be helpful during pregnancyThe effects of MCT oil and pregnancy have not been studied extensively. But the benefits of coconut oil (from which MCT is distilled) during pregnancy are extensive. A list of potential side effects from MCT oil and how to mitigate them are listed here.

Research suggests coffee to be beneficial to many areas of health. However, coffee does contain caffeine, which generates conflicting opinions for pregnant women.

This is another overview of butter coffee and pregnancyAs always, please consume Grass Fed Coffee under the care of a medical professional.

Should I drink an entire can?

We recommend consuming a half can to start. While the effects of Grass Fed Coffee (mental clarity, focus, energy) are steady and lasting, they can be very strong at first for beginners.

I’m lactose intolerant/allergic to whey protein. Will Grass Fed Coffee be a problem?

Our Grass Fed butter does contain caseins which can cause an adverse reaction to people who are lactose intolerant. Additionally, dairy products like butter do contain lactose and whey. We recommend anyone that is lactose intolerant or allergic to whey protein consult with a medical professional before consuming Grass Fed Coffee.

GRASS FED BUTTER

Why is “Grass Fed” important?

Grass fed butter contains more heart healthy vitamins and nutrients than butter from industrialized grain fed cows, minus hormones and antibiotics. [Image of Grass Fed Cow] Our butter is incredibly rich and dark yellow in color.  This is why Grass Fed Coffee is naturally frothy and creamy. Our grass fed butter is imported from Germany.

Butter in coffee? Really?

Yes, really! People have been putting in butter into coffee and tea around the world for centuries.

Click here and here to find out more historical details of butter coffee and tea.

Also, cream is butter, churned. So it’s not that weird, we promise!

How is grass fed butter any better than regular butter? It’s all yellow to me.

Grass fed butter (from pasture grazing cows) contain higher levels of CLA’s, Vitamin K2, and omega 3’s, and butyrate when compared to butter made from grain fed cattle.

Grass fed butter in Grass Fed Coffee contains high levels of heart healthy fats and vitamins, which can be a key part of a healthy diet.

Also, butter from grass fed cows is said to be richer and darker yellow as opposed to pale grain fed butter.

Of course grass fed cows are MUCH happier, healthier, and more sustainable… and we think it tastes better too!

Where is our grass fed butter sourced?

We import German grass fed butter. This was an intentional choice, as there were no sources of grass fed butter in the US large enough to accommodate our initial needs.

We do hope in time that local sources of grass fed butter will grow, so we can support dairies closer to home.

The label lists a high daily fat percentage from one serving. Will I get fat from drinking Grass Fed Coffee?

When combined with low carb/high healthy fats and protein diets like Paleo and incorporating intermittent fasting, many butter coffee drinkers have actually reduced their body fat percentage.

But we recognize that everyone’s metabolism is different so please consume Grass Fed Coffee under the care of a medical professional.

But isn’t saturated fat dangerous?

Recent research has shown that there is no link between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease. It is a far more complex relationship than saturated fat = bad. Saturated fats can actually be beneficial, especially when they’re full of vitamins and antioxidants like those found in our grass fed butter.  Empower yourself by doing your own research!


About Chicory

What does Chicory do?

Chicory is a root that smoothens the taste and mouthfeel of coffee. It is a good source of inulin, which helps with weight loss and general health. Chicory in coffee is famous in New Orleans. Our chicory is grown in France.

Chicory is also a well known additive to coffee from New Orleans, and contains inulin, which may help with weight loss and general health.

Why organic chicory extract?

We use organic chicory extract (mixture of dried ground chicory roots and water) from France. When combined with Xylitol, chicory smoothens the mouthfeel and taste of Grass Fed Coffee.

Chicory is also a well known additive to coffee from New Orleans, and contains inulin, which may help with weight loss and general health.


About Xylitol

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables. It is a zero net carb sugar substitute. The body uses xylitol like a carb, without raising blood sugar levels.  Xylitol adds a hint of sweetness to Grass Fed Coffee without being overpowering.

Xylitol? What does that do

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol (not the kind that gets you tipsy) that is present in small amounts in fruits and vegetables. It is used as a sugar substitute, but contains 40% less calories than sugar. Xylitol is processed by the body like a carbohydrate, but does not raise blood sugar levels like sugar, which is why it is considered a no “net” carb sweetener.

Xylitol is also used to prevent tooth decay and has antibacterial properties.

Grass Fed Coffee has just enough Xylitol to taste slightly sweet, without being overpowering.

Grass Fed Coffee contains 11 grams of carbs per serving (8 oz). Where do those carbs come from, if there is no sugar?

The 11 grams of carbs in Grass Fed Coffee come from Xylitol and organic Chicory. For comparison, a 12 oz Coke contains 39 carbs from sugar.

For food labeling purposes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that labels list the full number of grams of total carbohydrate that come from sugar alcohols (like Xylitol) and fiber. But these sources of carbohydrate are only partially converted to glucose—or not converted at all—so they may have less impact on blood glucose than other carbohydrate components.

A more detailed explanation of no net carbs can be found here.


Our Ingredients & Packaging

Are your ingredients non-GMO?

Yes! All of our ingredients are non-GMO.

Do your can liners have BPA?

Yes and no. Our can liners have two layers, an outer liner containing trace amounts of BPA, and an inner BPA free liner.

The adhesive liner that attaches directly to the can contains trace amounts of BPA. However, this layer never touches the coffee, as the innermost BPA free layer, blocks all access.

Completely BPA free cans do exist, but are currently unavailable for beverages of our size. This was the best solution we could find on the marketplace.

Will the MCT oil in Grass Fed Coffee erode our plastic liners?

We’ve run multiple corrosivity liner tests and passed with flying colors. Our MCT oils will not degrade our liners.

Why does the label say “Contains Milk” when milk isn’t an ingredient?

FDA regulations dictate that any product containing dairy state “Contains Milk” on the label. Grass Fed Coffee does not contain milk, but it does have butter.

Is Grass Fed Coffee shelf stable?

Yes, it is fully shelf stable!


Shelf Life & Storage

How long is Grass Fed Coffee shelf stable for?

Our current shelf life studies have Grass Fed Coffee shelf stable for three months. We are currently running an extended shelf life study and will update that information when our study is complete.

Do I need to refrigerate Grass Fed Coffee?

Nope!  No refrigeration is necessary. It’s solely a question of personal taste.

We prefer it chilled though!

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