Been to Austin? Involved in the Paleo community? If you answered yes to either question, we’re going to go ahead and guess that you already know and love (like, really love) Picnik. For the rest of you: Picnik, a coffee/breakfast/ lunch spot housed in a repurposed shipping container, was one of the first Paleo-friendly concepts to open in Austin (this was back in 2013). A devoted following grew so quickly (and robustly) that founder Naomi Seifter opened the area’s first brick-and-mortar restaurant in 2016. The most popular item on the menu? Butter coffee, made with grass-fed butter and MCT oil.
Naomi and her team are breaking down food barriers everywhere, rendering Picnik a bonafide staple in the local community. We shouldn’t have been surprised, then, to learn about the hotspot’s most recent change-the-game move: BOTTLED butter coffee. But we were! Now we can all experience that buttery goodness anytime and anywhere; I’m already daydreaming about summer road trips with my beloved Dirty Chai in tow.
The bottled butter coffee include grass-fed butter, MCT oil, and grass-fed whey protein, with a current line-up of three flavors. The Cappuccino is closest to a classic coffee flavor, consisting of the standard butter coffee and whey. The Mocha Latte is amped up with cocoa butter and cocoa powder, and sweetened lightly with maple syrup. Think creamy, chocolate-y heaven. But the Dirty Chai is the best, in my humble opinion: Sweet with a bit of maple and chai spice blended in, this one tastes like you just ordered it right off the menu from the original food trailer.
Unlike the original, however, the bottled version can last: The bottled butter coffee doesn’t need to be refrigerated until after it is opened. (My suggestion: Pour over ice and grab yourself a straw!)
Now, how to get your hands on one (or three)? Those of you that are local can pick them up at either Austin location, as well as in Cedar Park at the new Whole Foods 365 location. Everyone else can order them online right here.
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