Bulletproof Coffee for the trail! It's so easy to prepare and is a tasty, calorie-dense, and energizing way to start a long day of hiking!
Backpacker's Butter Coffee
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins

A trail-friendly take on Bulletproof Coffee

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1
  • 8 oz water
  • 1 tsp - 2 tbsp Brain Octane oil (or a cheaper alternative such as XCT oil, MCT oil, or coconut oil)
  • 1 packet instant coffee
  • 1-2 tbsp grass-fed, unsalted ghee (I have found ghee to be the easiest form of butter to store and carry while backpacking, but you could also use grass-fed, unsalted butter)
  • 1-2 tbsp powdered milk (optional -- for extra flavor, calories, and creaminess)
  1. Pour the 8 oz of water into your cook pot and heat it up. For instant coffee on the trail, I like to heat water to the point where I can see bubbles just starting to form on the bottom of my cook pot.

  2. Pour in the instant coffee

  3. Add the Brain Octane oil or whatever alternative oil you’re using

  4. Add the grass-fed, unsalted ghee or butter

  5. (Optional) Add the powdered milk

  6. Stir the mixture with your camp spork or mix it with a milk frother until the ingredients are well-blended

  7. Drink up!

Recipe Notes

You obviously won’t have measuring spoons with you while backpacking, so you’ll have to eyeball the amounts of water, ghee, Brain Octane oil, and powdered milk you use.


Brain Octane oil can have a laxative effect in high doses. The same goes for its alternatives. If you haven't been consuming it regularly, start with small doses and increase over time. The original Bulletproof Coffee recipe recommends you start with 1 tsp and slowly build up to 2 tbsp.