Butter coffee has been a cult favorite for a few years now, especially in the Paleo crowd.
The first time I had it was at Picnik’s South Lamar trailer, which was one of the first places in Austin to find this drink made with grass-fed butter, 100% coconut MCT oil and grass-fed whey protein that is supposed to lead to “elevated energy, curbed appetite, increased productivity and enhanced cognitive function.”
I can attest to at least the curbed appetite and increased productivity, but I also just really liked the taste. After all, butter is just cream in another physical state, and the added protein was definitely satiating. (At the farmers’ market a few weekends ago, I had my first cup of butter tea, one of the original warm butter drinks, and it gave me a similar happy belly feeling.)
Plenty of cafes sell butter coffee now, but starting this week, you can buy a ready-to-drink bottled version of Picnik’s butter coffee online and at its South Lamar trailer and Burnet Road restaurant.
Picnik is selling the coffee in three flavors: cappuccino, mocha latte and dirty chai. The cappuccino has zero added sugar, and the mocha latte and chai flavors are sweetened with maple syrup.
“We wanted to make a product that could be taken on the road, that doesn’t require refrigeration, and that everyone can have access to and enjoy, even outside of Austin,” owner Naomi Seifter in a release. “Butter coffee is very satisfying because of its higher fat content, so we find it to be a perfect morning beverage. This drink keeps your body sated so that you can work for longer periods of time without being interrupted by hunger or cravings.”
You can buy the shelf-stable, 10-ounce bottles online at picnikaustin.com, in the two Picnik locations or at the new 365 by Whole Foods Market in Cedar Park. Seifter says that these are the first shelf-stable, ready-to-drink butter coffees on the market and that they should be available for purchase in more retail outlets later this year.