About Coffee Blocks
Coffee Blocks claims to be a “reinvented” form of instant coffee that includes grass fed butter and coconut oil to provide you with healthy fats and long-lasting energy that can help you burn fat and lose weight. In fact, Coffee Blocks is claimed to be the easiest way to make fat burning butter coffee, and to be “a simple, beautiful, health filled drink you can make anywhere.”
How Do Coffee Blocks Claim to Work?
Adding butter to coffee? What in the world?
While it might sound surprising, buttered coffee is a recipe originally popularized by Dave Asprey of Bulletproof, who claimed that he was rejuvenated by yak butter tea given to him while trekking through Tibet. Because of that experience, Dave came back to the US and decided to use a similar recipe, but with coffee instead of tea, claiming that this recipe can help provide prolonged energy and a boosted metabolism to help you lose weight. Then, in May 2014, buttered coffee officially entered into mainstream consciousness after being featured on the popular daytime TV show Dr. Oz, where he made many of these same claims.
In order to accomplish this, the coffee in Coffee Blocks is claimed to release liver bile, which helps break down the fats in the grass fed butter more quickly and to give you an added boost of energy. Coffee Blocks also claims that grass fed butter contains high levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin K2, CLA, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and Butyrate, as well as the ability to absorb calcium, improve cholesterol, and even help you lose weight.
What Ingredients Does Coffee Blocks Contain?
Overall, Coffee Blocks only contains five ingredients: Unsalted Butter from Grass Fed Cows (specifically from Kerry Gold), Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Egg Yolks from Free Range Chickens, Organic Vanilla, and Coffee.
We’ve already talked about how Coffee Blocks claims butter can improve your health, but the second key ingredient it contains is coconut oil, which contains MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) that are claimed to burn extra calories and reduce hunger. The Coffee Blocks website even goes so far as to claim that MCTs are “one of the great fat burning foods out there.”
According to the product’s website, Coffee Blocks can be used in just 3 steps:
- Pour hot water into a cup.
- Add the coffee block to the hot water.
- Stir until well mixed.
Coffee Blocks are claimed to be useful at any time of the day, but are intended as a breakfast replacement. However, it’s claimed that you can eat a healthy breakfast after consuming your coffee if you’re still hungry.
Coffee Blocks also claims that their instant coffee contains no sugar, carbs, or gluten.
Coffee Blocks Pricing & Refund Policy
As of the time of this writing, Coffee Blocks are only available for preorder, through 3 different options:
- Sampler – Includes 6 coffee blocks: $27, plus $10 S&H
- 12-Pack – Includes 12 coffee blocks: $48, plus $10 S&H
- 24-Pack – Includes 24 coffee blocks: $84, plus $15 S&H
- 72-Pack – Includes 72 coffee blocks: $235, plus $20 S&H
Regardless which pack you choose, all orders are claimed to come with a free frother.
Coffee Blocks comes with a 30-day refund policy, less shipping and handling charges, and only applies to unused, unopened products. There is no phone number to initiate the refund process, only an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can Coffee Blocks Really Help You Lose Weight?
Granted, butter and coffee aren’t traditional foods that you would think could help you lose weight. But when it comes down to it, is Coffee Blocks a reliable weight loss method? Consider the following:
The Efficacy of Buttered Coffee for Weight Loss
In short, there is little-to-no clinical evidence showing that buttered coffee can help you lose weight.
According to this Boston.com article, “Some studies suggest that MCTs help with food digestion and as a way to decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass, but the findings have been conflicting. However, there’s no scientific proof that adding MCT oil or butter to coffee will provide these benefits.”
In fact, the article goes on to mention that adding butter to your coffee will increase your caloric intake by about 200 calories, and yet at the same time these products claim to help you lose weight. However, it’s often the case that if you lose weight with buttered coffee, it’s because you’re restricting calories by not eating a regular breakfast. Put another way, Self writes, “While a grande latte with whole milk from Starbucks clocks in at 220 calories, [buttered coffee] is anywhere from 310 to 810 calories, depending on just how much grass-fed butter and MCT oil you use.”
Finally, the Today Show also agrees when they wrote, “But this elixir actually might promote weight gain if these calories are added daily. As for the energy boost claims in the "bulletproof" version of this drink, this is most likely a placebo and not generated from the butter/coffee blend, or the addition of MCT. The claim here is that MCT, because of its faster digestion compared to other fats, is an energy booster, but there is no evidence for any of this.”
Depending on the package you order, each serving of Coffee Blocks will range between $3.54 and $6.16 (including shipping), which are roughly equivalent to coffee shop prices. However, keep in mind that Kerry Gold butter can be found at a wide variety of retailers, including Whole Foods, Costco, and many more. And while it will certainly be more expensive than traditional butter, you can greatly cut down on your costs by adding it yourself to the coffee of your choice.
Considering the lack of clinical evidence showing that buttered coffee can help you lose weight, as well as the high cost of Coffee Blocks, you may want to add unsalted grass fed butter to your own coffee in order to see whether or not it works for you. Admittedly, you may lose some convenience by going this route, but it will be less expensive overall.
Tastes awful, smells worse
I was so excited to try this product because I make my own Bulletproof coffee and love it, so I thought this product would be a convenient way to enjoy coffee when I can make my own. I never buy a lot of something, until I am sure I will like it, so I ordered a sample order containing two packets (each one serving).
My first complaint is that it did not come out of the packet easily. I had to cut open the package in half longwise so I can open it up and scrape all of it into my cup. Secondly, it smelled horrible. I wondered if it had gone bad or something, it literally smelled like vomit. Thankfully it did not taste like vomit, but it did not taste good at all. It was horrible, and I spent the next hour burping it up afterward.
This product is not for me. I will continue to make my own coffee in the future.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend