Fat-Burning Coffee Menu

By December 6, 2016 May 29th, 2018 Fat-Burning Journal, Nutrition

Move over Starbucks, there’s a new coffee menu and this one promotes fat-burning.

I’m not sure why, but people are often curious about my coffee habits. Over the years, it’s changed based on my body’s tolerance. I sometimes go periods without any. In recent years, however, it’s steady as she goes, and my fat-burning coffee menu rises with me in the morning.

By the time I place the Italian percolator on the gas, my mind knows what it wants. At home, it’s typically the Triple Fat-Burner, which is made with very heavy cream, coconut oil and an egg yolk mixed with a hand blender. A touch of cocoa makes it nice too, that’s called a Cocoa Fat-Burner. On other days, I might have the Full Fat-Burner, but only because separating the egg that morning didn’t work out as planned. The extra protein is nice, though.

All the ingredients, of course, are organic or better, with the cream being raw from grass-fed jersey cows.

Traveling poses restrictions unless I’m in an RV or visiting someone. I usually bring at least some of the necessary ingredients. Flying poses the greatest challenge.

I imagine going into a café someday while on the road and thinking about a Full Fat-Burner, then looking up to see the following menu.




  • Chad says:

    I recently stumbled across MCT oil. My question is; is it better to use regular coconut oil or the MCT oil in the coffee recipes. I have been using heavy cream in my coffee for several years now and enjoy it with all its benefits of fat burning, etc. looking to try some of the other options from Dr. Phil, have been a follower of his research, etc for over 20 yrs. thanks!

    • Hi Chad –

      You don’t really get that much bang for your buck out of MCT oil, enough to justify it over coconut oil, which has a similar makeup. Basically, you don’t really need to go outside the “real food” paradigm to get all of the performance gains.

  • Dan says:

    I’m looking forward to the introduction of Phil’s ☕️ at nearby coffee houses. And before I give my version of fat burning coffee, I thought it’s worth mentioning that fat burning coffees can pack 400+ calories so don’t over do it (once or twice a day max depends on your activity) and don’t use it as a meal replacement.

    And to the recipe: I use two shots of espresso, 2 Tbs of Great-Lakes Gelatin (Hydrolysate), Tbs Mct oil, Tbs coconut oil, 2 Tbs coconut cream (I don’t have excess to grass fed cream), around tsp each grounded cinnamon and Tumeric, and a pinch of red chili and black pepper. Serve in a big mug, blend well and top off with hot water. Naturally, you can sub the espresso with coffee from a percolator or a coffee press.

    Yield: 360 calories

  • Tony says:

    I do not workout in the mornings. I workout in the evening after work. I eat a decent sized breakfast in the morning. Would you recommend I drink this before or after breakfast? Thank you!

    • Tony:

      Before is still a good call—particularly if you can’t eat breakfast soon after waking up. Drinking it before can also help you limit the amount of your breakfast without feeling hungry afterward, which can be a good weight-management tool.

  • Andrew Graham says:

    Sorry, should have included this in the first message, Can I eat whole earth Peanut Butter during the 2 week test? I have not had any yet but the jar is screaming at me.

  • Andrew Graham says:

    Day 8 of the 2 week test & I have dropped 10lbs. The hardest part has been breaking away from sugary products but today I feel great!!!!!!!!

  • Manoj Dadia says:


    Thanks to Phil Maffetone for his excellent articles, and Ivan for your replies.

    For vegetarian, since I am not able to get grass fed butter or grass fed milk to make butter at home, would mixing a table-spoon of ghee (grass fed) into hot coffee with coconut milk work ?

    Thanks in advance

    • Manoj:

      Yes, that works great

      • Manoj Dadia says:

        Ivan Thanks.

        I actually had meant can I to take coffee+1-2tsp of ghee+1-2tsp of coconut OIL (not milk). Hope that’s ok.

        Apologies for the below lengthy question. I need some clarification.

        I read in one of the books/articles, where Phil recommends eating breakfast within an hour of waking.

        If my schedule is like below, when would you recommend taking fat burning coffee ?
        Wake up: 4.45am
        Run/walk: 3 to 4 alternate days for 45-90 mins (5.45-7.15am)
        Hath yoga/strength/core work: 3-4 days (Hath yoga has to be done on empty stomach) 6am to 7.15am

        So where do I fit in the breakfast ? Suggestions would be highly appreciated.

        Thanks in advance.

        • Manoj:

          Just after waking up would be the best. The reason you want to eat breakfast soon is to help regulate your hormones. But the fat-burning coffee also helps you do exactly that. So, taking fat-burning coffee as you wake up, and eating breakfast after yoga would be a good option.

  • Keith says:

    Would you recommend eating along with one of these recipes? It seems like the Full Fat Burner could almost be a meal replacement?

  • Ivor Ligertwood says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve tried the fat-burning coffee for the first time and liked it. I easily managed until lunch with no exercise.
    I am 42yrs old, 188cm and 71kg. I do quite a lot of endurance sport, particularly ski mountaineering racing to a high level.
    Is it ok to eat breakfast after the coffee? How often would you recommends? I have low body fat and do not want to lose weight!

    • Ivor:

      Yes, it’s fine to eat breakfast.

      And don’t worry about losing “too much” weight: the reason low-carb high-fat diets help losing weight is because they allow the body to regulate its energy use much better. Most people are overweight, so better energy regulation means that most people lose weight. But because high-fat diets help regulation, it’s unlikely that someone can become unhealthy due to too much weight loss caused by changes in appetite.

      • Ivor Ligertwood says:

        Thank you for such a quick reply! One further question- any recommendation on how often you would drink the coffee – every day?

        Thanks and have a good day.

        • This isn’t so much a recommendation for people to drink coffee, but rather a good idea for how to do so if they do.

          If you don’t drink coffee, it won’t make you any healthier if you do start (necessarily), but if you already do, this is a good way to kickstart your fat-burning. (If you do already drink coffee, once a day is just fine.)

  • Jules says:

    …because that (as opposed to butter/coconut oil) would be weird of course! 🙂

  • Jules says:

    I’m a fan of the Double Fat Burner but have been wondering if there is any reason why another fat source couldn’t be used?
    For example, would having an advocado as part of breakfast with black coffee still produce the fat/caffeine needed to help promote fat burning?


  • Sharon says:

    What if I’m caffeine free? I have a cup of decaf every morning because I love the taste of coffee, but if the whole fat-burning idea is predicated on caffeine, then would being decaffeinated be counter productive in this case?

  • Johnny says:

    I’ve never purchased heavy cream before. What should I look for? Is it a liquid like creamer or is it like whipped cream? Any good brands you recommend?

    • Johnny:

      It’s a thick liquid. You often see it sold as “whipping cream”—it’s what you whip into whipped cream. I can’t think of any brands, but I personally go organic, and I stay away from your typical recognizable corporate brands.

  • Reid Shaffer says:

    I have been making tea using these ideas for a few weeks now. After playing around with the recipe, I think I’ve come up with one that works quite well for me. One of the tricks I had to use was preheating all of the tools. I did this because the egg and cream were taking too much heat away from the tea for my taste. Also, I haven’t had any coconut oil around, so I haven’t seen how that would integrate into the recipe. Depending on my mood, I may drink the whole thing while I have a relaxing morning, or I will drink half of it, do my morning workout, and drink the other half after. Some mornings, it is enough to hold me over for a few hours until I have a mid-morning snack. Other days I follow it up with a full breakfast. My recipe is below.

    Makes about 30-32 fluid oz

    ~48 oz – Water (24 oz + additional water for preheating)
    ~3 Tbsp – Loose Leaf English Breakfast Tea
    2 ea – Eggs
    ¼ cup – Heavy Whipping Cream

    Equipment needed:
    Tea Kettle or pot for boiling water
    French Press, 24 oz capacity
    Liquid Measure (or bowl), 4 cup capacity or larger

    1. Fill the kettle and bring to a full boil.
    2. Pour boiling water into empty french press (reserve at least 24 oz), let stand for 5-10 seconds to preheat the press, then transfer this water into the liquid measure.
    3. Add tea (heaping 2 Tbsp measure) to french press and top with 24 oz of water. Add any excess water to the liquid measure to preheat the measure. Let steep for ~3 minutes.
    4. While tea is steeping, pour water from liquid measure into mug to preheat it. Crack 2 eggs into liquid measure and wisk until well blended (no visible pieces of whites remain).
    5. When tea is done steeping, press down french press about half way, but not so far that it crushes the tea leaves.
    6. Very slowly begin pouring tea into the eggs while wisking, after about a third of the tea is added you can add it faster.
    7. Stir or wisk in the cream.
    8. Pour the water out of the mug and serve the tea in the preheated mug.

  • ELizabeth says:

    I’ve read you r response to Andy on 7/9/15 regarding whether the fat burning coffee REPLACES breakfast and I’m still unclear of the answer! Does it replace breakfast or not?

    • Elizabeth:

      People are far too different for me to be able to give you an answer.

      Really, really, really, it depends. For a 120 lb office worker, it might. For a 250lb rugby player, it’s the pre-appetizer. It can replace breakfast if you don’t need any more fuel. For me, I drink that before heading to my morning workout, and I come back to a three egg omelete with half an avocado, 4 strips of bacon, and 4 corn tortillas. And I still need snacks in between my meals.

      The one thing I can say for sure is that it’s great as the very beginning of your morning routine, whether you’re talking about breakfast, yoga, a workout, etc.

    • Richard Wallace says:

      I use it to replace breakfast and sometimes lunch if i am on the run. I was never a big breakfast eater though, so for me it was an addition rather than a substitution.

      I have coffee, butter and coconut oil and a protein shake on the side, although i will look at the egg but might not risk it on a work day.

  • Gunter says:

    Is there an Italian percolator that you would recommend?
    What size pot works best for 2 cups of phil’s fat burner coffee?

  • Capitalism says:

    Too much coffe, 3,4 glasses daily everyday can lead to Adrenal Fatigue and significally poor performance. Personifically I don’t drink any energized drinks, because there are only cortisol peaks..

  • John says:

    Ivan, as always, thanks for your input in all the threads!

    2 questions:
    I read above that steviav shouldn’t be too detrimental. I wasn’t aware stevia was an acceptable sweetener by you & Dr Phil for anything, did I miss that or what’s the story on it. Would honey be ok? Or not, because the main purpose of the ingredients is to get fat & protein and specifically avoid any carbs. I’ve never sweetened my coffee, just asking.

    Second question: unrelated to coffee but relevant to early morning. Do you guys advise drinking a lot of water ASAP upon awakening? I read that some do ( like a quart or more ! ) because you’re likely dehydrated after an 8 hour sleep etc
    Thanks again

    • John:

      Stevia isn’t directly detrimental. (It doesn’t have sugar). But the problem with sweeteners is that they trick the body into thinking that sugar is coming (which is specifically why we use them in the first place). This triggers all the hormonal responses that you’d expect, and when sugar doesn’t arrive, the hunger response can go haywire.

      Although you’ll always have water loss during sleep (and a lot of it), you won’t be “dehydrated” in the “sound the alarm!” sense of the word. There’s just a need to replenish water. I have a few gulps of water in the morning, and then get some more water with my tea, then during my morning workout, then with breakfast. That usually amounts to close to 2 quarts in the first few hours of the day. You really don’t need any more.

      Simply stated, the body can’t really absorb more than 400 mls an hour. Any water intake beyond that will typically just sit in the intestines (and sometimes cause diarrhea). Also, dehydration is a reason NOT to drink water very quickly. As you get more dehydrated, the body secretes a hormone called ADH (anti-diuretic hormone), meaning that it’s going to try retain absolutely every bit of the water you send its way.

      If it gets water too fast, it might start absorbing water faster than it can get rid of ADH. And that’s when bad things happen. Your cells will swell up, resulting in a condition called hyponatremic edema. If the same happens to your brain (as it does in a minuscule percentage of people), the pressure inside your skull rises too rapidly (a condition known as hyponatremic encephalopathy) and can potentially kill you.

      Now, I don’t mean to scare you. What I do mean to say is that there is only a very superficial, very naive logic behind “I lost water. Let’s replace it as quickly as possible“.

  • Anthony Prior says:

    I love this, been drinking it pre workout for the last few days (Full Fat Burner)

    Is there a good alternative to double cream?

    I have been avoiding lactose in milk for years so this is a bit of a problem for me at the mo!

    Will be trying the cocoa tomorrow as well. Thanks

  • Erica says:

    I have a question regarding the addition of cocoa powder. I am currently on the 2-week test and realized that cocoa powder comes from a bean. Can I continue to add it to my fat-burning coffee while I the test, or should I abstaine till the test is over?

  • Andy says:

    Is the coffee meant to replace your entire breakfast?

    I also thought Phil was not a proponent of caffeine.

    • Andy:

      Generally speaking, for example, it’s a pretty good pre-morning workout snack. There’s a few people out there who do better with a small breakfast and not a big one, so for those people it might work.

      Caffeine isn’t that bad when taken in small amounts.

  • Jennifer says:

    What are Phils thoughts on using stevia to sweeten this fat burning coffee? Does that have an effect on the fat burning effect? Thank you.

    • Not sure. Shouldn’t be too detrimental.

      • Although not absolute in all cases, sweeteners (which do not provide carbohydrate calories) have been shown in research to raise post-prandial circulating insulin levels.

        This may not sound that bad initially, but what happens here is a reduction in fat burning, and then an increased reliance on sugar as fuel. In a case when the sweet sensation in the mouth also accompanies a supply of carbohydrate (like using small amount of honey), those tolerant of carbohydrate will simply use it as a fuel.

        However, the sweet sensation detected in the mouth without providing those calories can have a triple negative effect (reduced fat burning, increase sugar reliance with a sugar “shortage”). If this is the case for you, you may experience cravings for sweets in the hours after the sweetener (without carb calories), or even later on that day. The body is trying to make up for a deficit of incoming carb calories, which it though it was receiving, but did not receive.

        This will be very individual. If you try the stevia and do not have any problems, then carry on. But if you notice any changes in energy, sleepiness, or cravings later on, you now know what may be happening.

        Test it and see what your body says!

  • Candy says:

    Does it matter if you use a cool /cold brew method to initially make the coffee concentrate then add water and heat?

    • Elizabeth says:

      I use cold brewed coffee and just add hot water. Coconut oil, egg yolk and heavy organic cream. I love this and have been doing it since December and I believe it has helped me with some gut issues I had. I also use the egg white and another egg or two in my smoothie later in the morning. I use pasteurized eggs. Phil taught me how to do it.

      • laura tancredi says:

        hi Ivan, i’m confused by this all slightly. From what i’ve read on endurance and paleo sites and i think from Phil but cannot directly come up with an example (though maybe in his book) i thought that caffeine inhibited protein absorption quite dramatically (up to 60%) by pre-maturely emptying the stomach not giving protein foods enough time to digest and he recommended not consuming caffeine with and hour (before or after) a meal? and maybe that is still the case but he is advocating for increased fat burning in this case and not worrying about protein absorption? and i also read cold brewing is significantly better in this regard?. Looking forward to your recommendations or corrections of this. thanks!

        • Laura:

          This is a recipe mostly intended for a very early morning snack—the kind of thing you might drink before you go for a morning run, and well before you have breakfast. That said, coffee doesn’t really damage your ability to recover or build muscle: coffee drinking is quite common among athletes of all categories, and is not really regulated in the diets healthy elite athletes, except to be consumed in moderation.

    • Victoria Lacey says:

      Caffeine stimulates the liver to produce glycogen which, if you consume enough of it, will release into the bloodstream elevating your blood glucose levels eventually. So if you are a frequent coffee drinker, and by that I mean that you drink coffee throughout the day and don’t follow this consumption by exercise, then your blood glucose levels will go up.

      Caffeine is very useful to consume before a workout because of this. But if you’re a desk worker, then you don’t need it. So give your adrenals a break and respect the fact that’s a pretty potent chemical and stick to one a day, then go for decaf. A good quality organic, decaf coffee will still be delicious.

  • Ian says:

    Very interesting recipes. It would be good to know some of the science behind this. How does drinking fat and protein with coffee help to burn fat? Many thanks. Ian

    • Ian:

      Well, caffeine promotes fat-burning. By taking coffee with fat as a breakfast, you’re promoting fat-burning by virtue of eliminating the possibility that your body is getting carbohydrates from your diet. Furthermore, ingesting fat increases the presence of leptin, which helps fat-burning.

      In a very simple distillation of the science (specifically, the interaction of ghrelin, leptin, and PNS/SNS function), think of it this way: in order to feel secure, the body needs fat somewhere: it can be in the diet, or it can be in the body. If there’s less of it in the diet, the body will store it. If there’s more of it in the diet, the body won’t see the need to. Plenty of other factors are involved, but when you look at what I parenthesized above without any other factors (such as stress), that’s generally what happens.

      • Chuck says:

        Right, but strangely, my fasting glucose level has been going up, I know it is very complicated, but is does seem that since I started buttered coffee this has happened, I don’t understand it. I thought I could do the coffee all day and loose weight and control my glucose level better. I understand that fat is the only thing that will not raise your glucose level. But on the other hand, is the theory that fat in your cells is what is prohibiting the glucose to enter the cells and stay in the blood. I now this is not a diabetic forum, and I really enjoy this site and the coffee, but all this stuff is making me nuts. I do not want to start medicating for glucose control, I want to control it with my diet.

        • Chuck:

          Your situation is a tough one. Your best choice is to be prudent, and not add anything into your diet that could be a problem. Certainly, I can’t give you any medical advice either way. Take this issue up with your doctor, and tell her or him that you think the mechanism for your high blood sugar is.

          I’ll suggest to Dr. Maffetone to write an article about the mechanisms underlying elevated blood sugar in the case of elevated fat-burning, because it’s an interesting discussion. I’d rather not broach the subject in a way that can be construed as direct advice.

  • I love this! I do the coffee with butter, coconut oil (or MCT oil) and gelatin (for protein).

  • Hugh says:

    I’ve been using KerryGold unsalted butter instead of heavy cream.

    Thanks for the idea of adding eggs!

  • Mark says:

    I really want to try this, but can you tell me when you add the egg? I don’t want it too scramble or cook. Do you blend it into the cream before adding it?

  • Micah says:

    Thanks for the great insight and info. Is there a certain brand or type of coffee you recommend? I know a lot of people talk about the molds, and toxins associated with various coffee. Is just “Organic” simply good enough? Thanks again. Micah

    • Micah:

      Generally speaking, USDA organic coffee has the toxins covered, but I’m not so sure about the molds.

      • Some useful tips to reduce the amount of mould and toxins forming on your beans:

        Try to find organic whole coffee beans that are roasted locally. After the initial 3 days mold can begin to form on the beans (depending on the storage, environment, etc.). Local is important, since anything shipped to your locale was almost certainly roasted and packaged weeks or even months ago.

        Next, once you have purchased your beans store them in an airtight, dark container. Then, after the initial 72 hours when the beans reach peak freshness, you can store these (whole) beans in the freezer to prolong the period of freshness without mold and toxin buildup.

        Lastly, grind the beans immediately before brewing.


        • Interesting. Great tips. Do you know if the beans are usually contaminated in storage, or if it’s mold that comes with the beans from the harvesting process but is left with time to proliferate? (or both)?

          If only I had a coffee grinder at home. Personally what I do is go to my local Co-op (because Portland is awesome) and grind the beans there. Then, I freeze the grounds and take them out as I need. I gotta say, though, I have a couple of bags of Colombian coffee that I brought up from my trip there over the summer—there’s nothing you can say that will stop me from grinding those!

  • malcolm Armstrong says:

    Would be good for a explanation on how and why the coffee burns fat, also how the extras in your Fat Burner work towards doing this also.

  • Candy says:

    Is there any way to make this without dairy?

    • Candy:

      Probably using coconut cream (the kind that you would use for curry). I’m not totally sure, though. Give it a shot 🙂

    • Peter says:

      For me I take coffee black and right out of the espresso machine. I mix one good-sized tablespoon of organic coconut oil for each shot. After a good stir to mix the crema with the oil the coffee turns wonderfully smooth and the coconut flavour adds to the complexity of flavours in a delightful way…

      Even after the crema has gone, any remaining oil is diffused with coffee flavour and keeps adding to the experience as you consume the shot (or even better, two!).

      Thanks to Dr Phil for inspiring the rather unlikely (according to most coffee aficionados I encounter) combination of coffee and coconut oil.

  • Chris W says:

    Great recipies. I really should use better ingredients but for I for me it’s regular coffee, coconut oil, unsalted butter and 2 egg yolks.

  • Hello! Do you know anyone using this diet with folks who have Type1 diabetes? I have Type1 and I’m following your protocol. I’ve been moving in this direction for years because it makes a lot of sense. However Type1 poses some challenges, mostly re insulin dosing. Because fat inhibits the action of insulin I have to dose in 2 boluses. I use an insulin pump, so I can program it but it takes some getting used to. Until I understood this (and got help from a dietician re how insulin works and the dosing regimen) I was freaked out about my sudden high blood sugars. It also occurred to me other folks with T1, maybe even T2, would have a similar experience, not understand why this was happening and give up this way of eating. Have you ever addressed this in a post? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it. However, if you know folks in the Boston area, or have readings to suggest, I’m interested! Thanks for upgrading your site and sharing this information!

    • donna says:

      Hello Valerie,

      Ive not needed to split my dosing. I am pumping also since 1989. Big thing about going low carb (and higher fat), is I use about half the insulin. (at least!), plus running around 50-75 miles a week.
      I wish there were more sites for athletes with T1D and using the low carb/ I try to stay under 50gm. It does bring up some challenges if your B/s drops, and you ability to deal with ketosis is limited cause you use fat for energy.

    • Robi says:

      What are the measurements? How much oil,cocoa powder, cream, etc?

    • Chuck says:

      Wow, this is the very thing I’ve been worried about, and I need to know more. I’ve been border line T2, and for a while controlled it with diet. But lately my fasting level has been in the 125 – 130 bracket, is my morning coffee doing it ?

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