Bannerproof Your Coffee...

If you're an avid coffee drinker, you may have heard of bulletproofing your coffee by now. It was designed by Dave Asprey and the basic idea is by adding healthy fats to your coffee in the morning, (via unsalted, grass fed butter and coconut oil) you will have more energy, boost your brainpower and curb hunger. So, since I live in Atlanta, which is also home to the incredibly delectable Banner Butter, I figured some taste testing was in order...

The recipe to Bannerproof Your Coffee is quite simple: Take a tablespoon of unsalted Banner Butter, a tablespoon of coconut oil and place in a blender along with your cup of hot coffee. Blend for a few seconds until frothy, then pour into a mug. Top with a sprinkling of cinnamon if you so desire and enjoy...

My niece and I also tried Banner Butter's Cinnamon, Cardamom and Ginger, which goes great with regular coffee as well as Pumpkin Spice coffee- perfect for a chilly, fall day. A sucker for flavored anything, I loved this creamy, spiced version the best. 

Thirdly, we tried a mocha version using locally made Atlanta chocolate, Xocolatl. We melted a couple tablespoons in a double broiler, added that into the blender along with the coffee, butter and coconut oil, then drizzled some extra melted chocolate atop our finished cup. Ultimately, I'm not sure if I had any more energy or brainpower than a normal cup would provide, but I did feel satiated and I did love the taste...especially when there was melted chocolate on top. 

If you're in Atlanta and wish to buy a cup rather than make your own, stop by Caveman Coffee, on the BeltLine, which is offering two versions right now: Butter Coffee (with unsalted Banner Butter) and Autumn Spice Butter Coffee (with Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger Banner Butter, maple syrup, vanilla and almond milk)  Yum. 

And no matter where you live, have Banner Butter delivered to your front door, here. Via Scoutmob...

 

Images: Sweet Peach, Whitney Ott    Content: Sweet Peach

 

The Banner Butter Video...

A few months ago, I shot a video for one of my favorite southern food companies, Banner Butter. It was one of those side projects that, between jobs, my cameraman/editor and I finally completed late last week. The goal was to showcase why cultured butter tastes better than your traditional butter and to do so in a fun, captivating way. We gave it a whirl...


My endless gratitude to James Schroeder for his tireless efforts behind the camera and in the edit; to Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object for her perfectly quirky illustrations; to Elizabeth and Drew McBath for their constant enthusiasm and support; Eric Lanford for hosting and Miss Ruthie for all your help along the way. Plus, the fabulous extras who spent a patient afternoon at my abode. Enjoy the video and buy some Banner Butter. Great thing is via Scout Mob, they'll ship anywhere. I'm biased, but may I suggest the Cinnamon, Cardamom and Ginger one. It's sublime...

 

Bulletproof your coffee...

I have yet to try bulletproofing my coffee but I'm intrigued. This trend has taken off on the west coast and NY and involves combining coffee with two tablespoons of grass fed butter. Tech entrepreneur, Dave Asprey came up with the idea while hiking in Tibet (he found a similar creation there, made with yak butter). Supposedly, the combination of coffee with butter high in Omega 3's and vitamins, is good for you and your brain. Those who partake report a suppression of hunger and a renewed mental clarity. Gotta try... 

 

image: Maya Visnyei


 

Banner Butter

Oh butter, how I love you so. Yet I never knew our love could deepen and evolve the way it has over the last couple of months. Because of you, I'm more open to receive and feel gratitude...

My love for butter has evolved because I never knew what I was missing. Our popular American versions pale in comparison to how its been done for centuries in Europe. At Banner Butter, based in Doraville, Georgia, a talented team is creating quite the buzz by getting back to basics and crafting small batch, cultured butter. They are just one of a few retail cultured butter companies in the whole country.

As owner Elizabeth McBath explained, "Sweet cream butter (your standard grocery store variety) is pasteurized and immediately churned to kill both good and bad bacteria. Cultured butter is left to sit before churning so good bacteria grows and adds that rich butter taste. The butter you're used to eating, they artificially add that butter flavor back in."  

Elizabeth, along with her husband Drew, hired executive pastry chef, Kat King to help them develop their recipes. They now focus on three compound flavors, plus a lightly salted, sea salt and unsalted butter, then of course, seasonal compound varieties for when the inspiration strikes. 

Like the day of my visit when Mary Ellen Yupari, the Manager of Operations, just so happened to be trying out a new seasonal flavor of Georgia peach with local, organic honey, cinnamon and sugar. It smelled divine. I picked up the final result at the Grant Park Farmer's Market a few days ago and I have to say, although I may be partial, this is my new favorite. 

Chefs, Catherine Weaver and Jennifer Weissman work beautifully as a team mixing, churning, washing, molding, weighing and packing Banner Butter rounds. They love working with cultured butter and talking about their process. It really makes a difference when you know your food is crafted with this much care and passion. 

Cultured butter is so creamy and tasty, you often find yourself eating it like frosting from a cake. Elizabeth and Drew source their cream from Southern Swiss Dairy Farm in Georgia- from cows that are hormone free and grass fed. Each small batch at Banner takes 20 hours to make. It's a labor of love- can't you just tell? 

Elizabeth is passionate about her butter and the way she works with her staff (whom adore her) lets me know even bigger and better things are on the horizon. Both her and Drew have found a new passion through their foray into the food world which has received rave reviews and incredible support. Elizabeth, "I feel more connected to community. We're making something really traditional and it grounds you in a special, beautiful way." Oh butter, who knew our love could get this good? 

Check out the Banner Butter site to learn more and follow their ever so lovely Instagram account, produced by Ruthie Weil. 

 

Photos: Sweet Peach; Whitney Ott; Garnish & Gather     Content: Sweet Peach