Butter me up

Posted on: 8th August, 2014

Category: Health

Contributor: Hannah Dare


I hope you are having a fantastic summer! We are having a very exciting time in Organico, lots of changes and lots of new additions to our menu in the Cafe. One that is becoming a fast favourite is Butter Coffee! The craze for Butter Coffee started the USA — where else! Dave Asprey (a mountain climber turned celebrity health guru) spent a lot of time researching why people in the Indian Himalayas add Yak Butter to their tea, and why it seems to give them such health benefits. Dave was completely exhausted at the end of a day’s trekking when he was given a cup of Yak Butter tea. He felt so revived and revitalised that when he came home he did research and found that most people benefit from the extra good fats in this drink. But he was a coffee drinker, not a tea drinker, so BulletProof Coffee ™or Butter Coffee was born. He developed a drink based on the concept of butter tea for coffee, which involves adding butter and coconut oil to your coffee. If you look up his website (details below) you will see that there are a lot of claims made and some expensive products sold which I’m not totally on board with; however, I really like the taste of Butter Coffee, I think the extra coconut oil is very healthy for me, and I find my concentration and energy are both very good after a Butter Coffee (whereas sometimes after a normal coffee I can be a bit scattered!)

It’s a bit ironic that I am promoting this coffee, because when I was working in Nepal I had to grit my teeth and force myself to drink the Yak Butter Tea, which was proudly served to us as a sign of hospitality. It was generally made with rancid yak butter (few fridges in Nepal!) and the overall effect was pretty horrible. This meant I was initially highly suspicious of butter coffee, however having investigated the health benefits, I steeled myself to try and was surprised to find that it was really enjoyable!

We have one particular customer who has been taking a cup of Butter Coffee every day since sometime around Christmas, and I questioned her recently as to the benefits. She said that while she really enjoys the taste and the creaminess of a Butter Coffee coffee, the main reason she has continued is that is has had a huge impact on her mental agility. In particular she has been able to manage complex maths problems with ease, which she feels she would have struggled with previously. And she also feels that her husband has become younger in the same time period…quite a good advertisement I think!

To make your coffee ‘bulletproof’ you take a hefty piece of butter (about a tablespoon) and a teaspoon of coconut oil (or MCT oil — see below) and then using a blender (a stick blender is fine) you combine it with coffee and it makes an unusual tasting coffee which is creamy and latte-like, but has no milk in it. It is essential to blend it well as it is the emulsification of the fats with the coffee, which both creates the taste and also gives the health benefits. As you become more accustomed to the MCT oil you can increase the dose, which increases the health benefits. And what do you know — Dave recommends KerryGold butter as the best butter!

We all know Irish butter is far superior to continental butter, partly because grass fed butter is higher in good fats than butter from corn fed animals, which gives it the distinctively yellow look and creamy taste, as well as considerably more health benefits.

BulletProof Coffee™ is hugely popular with bodybuilders; the immediate effect is lasting energy, quite different from regular coffee; the medium to long term effects seem to be improved memory, improved skin softness, improved workouts for athletes, better weight management and blood sugar control.

Bulletproof Coffee is a commercial product and Dave sells an ‘Upgraded ™’ coffee and MCT oil (which is an extract of coconut and palm oil). His coffee is a high altitude, low mycotoxin coffee.

We don’t use Dave’s coffee, as the price is eye-wateringly high and Organico’s own house blend is also high altitude and low mycotoxin coffee, which we sell as beans and as ground coffee. Recently we have sourced an MCT oil also, so we can offer two types of Butter Coffee — one using our own blend of butter and organic extra virgin coconut oil, and one using MCT oil and butter — so you can see which you prefer. And if you like it you can find the ingredients in most healthfood shops…

For more information on Butter Coffee try www.bulletproofexec.com or www.powerful.ie.

Organico Cafe is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm; for reservations call 027 55905 and for the shop call 51391. If you have any questions please feel free to email us on organicobantry@gmail.com.

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Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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