Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. People drink more than 400 billion cups of coffee every year, and coffee consumption is a daily ritual in almost every country on Earth.
Black coffee contains fewer than five calories per cup and is zero-carb, making it a great choice for keto dieters.
If you’re going to drink coffee on keto, just make sure you avoid sugar, milk, and other higher-carb coffee additives. They’ll kick you out of ketosis.
Instead, drink your coffee black, or choose low-carb additions like:
- Heavy cream
- Nut milks (almond, macadamia, etc.)
- MCT oil powder
- Monk fruit
Coffee also comes with a variety of health benefits, ranging from mental clarity to longevity.
Drinking coffee may help you live a longer, healthier life.
Several large-scale studies have found that people who drink coffee daily live longer[*]. Coffee consumption correlates with lower all-cause risk of death.
Long-Term Brain Health
People who drink coffee regularly are less likely to develop dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases[*].
Studies show that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of overall cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and heart attacks[*].
Attention and Focus
Coffee is a robust source of antioxidants, including several dozen different anti-inflammatory polyphenols.
Overall, coffee is great for you. It benefits your heart, brain, inflammation levels, and more.
Keto coffee is a good way to meet your ideal keto macros while also starting your day with a boost in energy and mental clarity.
Here’s what makes keto coffee work so well:
#1. Caffeine For Focus and Mental Clarity
Caffeine provides a variety of mental and physical benefits, including[*]:
- Increased energy
- Better focus and short-term memory (especially if you’re sleep-deprived)
- Improved mood
- Better physical performance
Coffee also contains essential B vitamins and phytonutrients, which further support energy production and protect your cells from stress[*].Finally, caffeine from coffee may increase your metabolic rate, so you burn more calories at rest and lose weight more easily[*].
#2. Saturated Fat for Appetite Suppression
A lot of people like to drink keto coffee and then eat nothing for several hours. This strategy works well for weight loss, as keto coffee is particularly filling.
#3. MCT Oil for Brain-Boosting Energy and Weight Loss
MCT oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), special fatty acids derived from coconut oil.
Your liver absorbs and processes MCTs rapidly, converting them into ketones (fat-based energy) much faster than it does other fats.
MCT oil can help you:
- Lose weight. MCTs can help you feel fuller for longer, and they have a thermogenic effect, which may help boost your metabolism and support your weight loss goals[*][*][*][*].
- Improve mental focus. MCTs can help sharpen your cognitive performance because your brain works best on fatty acids[*].
The classic keto coffee recipe calls for:
- 1 cup freshly brewed hot black coffee
- 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
- 1-2 tablespoons MCT oil or MCT oil powder
Combine these ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy.
To make the perfect cup of keto coffee, follow these few suggestions listed below.
Use Grass-Fed Butter
Grass-fed butter is more nutrient-dense than grain-fed butter[*]. It also tastes better and has a better consistency — creamier, instead of wat
Use Liquid MCT Oil or MCT Oil Powder
To learn about the differences between these two keto supplements, check out this handy chart for a quick review:
Make Keto Coffee Your Own With Optional Add-Ins
Use one or more of these to flavor your cup of keto coffee :
- Heavy cream or whipping cream
- Unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
- Collagen peptides from collagen protein powder
- Pink Himalayan salt
- Maca powder
- Sugar-free cocoa powder
- Peppermint or almond extract
- Pure vanilla
- Keto-friendly sweeteners such as stevia, monk fruit, or erythritol
Try experimenting with your favorite flavors and you’ll be able to whip up a keto coffee in less than five minutes.
Here are a few keto coffee recipes to make basic keto coffee more exciting.
Keto Dalgona Coffee
Dalgona coffee is a sweet, whipped, fluffy version of a traditional latte. It’s delicious and takes just a few minutes to make. This keto dalgona coffee recipe uses monk fruit as a zero-carb sweetener in place of sugar.
Dirty Vanilla Chai Latte
This dirty vanilla chai latte combines coffee and chai tea for a spicy, warming breakfast drink that’s packed with healthy fats. If you don’t have an instant keto coffee packet, you can substitute with a tablespoon of grass-fed butter and a scoop of MCT oil powder.
Salted Caramel Frappuccino
Almond milk, heavy cream, and cocoa powder make this salted caramel frappuccino nutrient-dense and low-carb. It’s also full of MCTs for extra energy.
Keto Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Vietnamese iced coffee is delicious, but it’s usually made with sugar-packed sweetened condensed milk. This keto version keeps the classic flavor, but uses stevia to keep the carb count low.
Coffee is a keto-friendly, high-antioxidant way to start your day –but it all depends on what you put in it! If you’re used to half and half or sugar-laden creamers, it’s time to make the switch to something more low-carb.
Whether you call it keto coffee, butter coffee, or Bulletproof coffee, adding MCT oil and butter to your morning brew is a great way to gain energy and stay in ketosis.