Head to pretty much any major health food store nowadays and you will likely find mushroom coffee somewhere in their aisles. It seems that there has been a huge push when it comes to mushroom coffee in recent years. Now, while I don’t really see this as the future of coffee. That will remain with good old standard coffee, but it is certainly something that you may want to check out if you are interested in a healthier lifestyle.
What is Mushroom Coffee?
Mushroom coffee really is just your normal coffee. The base is instant or regular drip coffee, just like you would normally pick up from the store. Four Sigmatic then mixes up some cooked powdered Matsutake mushrooms into the coffee. There may be some manufacturers that do add other mushrooms such as Chaga, but it seems Matsutake is where it is at for most of them.
While the whole idea of mushroom coffee may seem somewhat grotesque in your mind, don’t worry, it isn’t. In fact, mushroom coffee is not that much different from normal coffee. Scratch that. Mushroom coffee is normal coffee, albeit with a couple of additives.
Mushroom coffee may seem like some ancient coffee product. However, it isn’t. It is relatively new. It was launched by the Finnish company ‘Four Sigmatic’. The company offers a whole host of different mushroom-based drinks. However, it was their mushroom coffee that really started to take off.
At the end of it, you have a coffee drink with a couple of extra nutrients and vitamins added to the mixture by way of the mushroom extract.
What Does Mushroom Coffee Taste Like?
Most people don’t even notice that they are drinking mushroom coffee. Since the bulk of mushroom coffee really is just going to be your standard instant coffee, that is where the bulk of the flavor will be.
That being said, there are some people that claim that mushroom coffee will have an earthier taste to it. Others claim that the flavor is a bit smoother than your standard cup of coffee.
I suppose that it is going to be highly dependent on the mushrooms that are used in the coffee. As we said before, Four Sigma will only use matsutake mushrooms in their coffee. However, other companies, NeuRoast being one of the most popular of them, uses mushrooms such as cordyceps and Lion’s Mane.
What I can tell you, however, is that mushroom coffee is never going to taste like mushrooms. So, if you are not a big fan of mushrooms, you should still be able to drink this. If there is a flavor change, the flavor change is going to be so subtle that you will barely notice it. It is about as much change as if you decided to drink a different brand of coffee from normal.
If you really do get into your mushroom coffee drinking, I suggest that you try out as many brands as you possibly can. There may be some flavor profiles that you prefer over others.
What Are the Health Benefits of Mushroom Coffee?
Mushroom coffee is, of course, marketed as a health drink. So, what are the health benefits of downing a cup of mushroom coffee? Well, there are a few.
I know that there are a lot of people out there that love coffee, but they don’t quite like the amount of caffeine in there. Sure, you could switch to decaf but, let’s be honest, the bulk of us still want that caffeine hit.
Mushroom coffee has less caffeine than your average cup of coffee. This means that if you drink it, you will have all of the benefits of not consuming quite so much caffeine. This means:
- You will likely sleep better at night
- You won’t get caffeine withdrawal symptoms after a while
- You will suffer from less anxiety and stress.
Boosted Vitamins and Nutrients
The exact vitamins and nutrients packed into your mushroom coffee will be dependent on the mushrooms that are being used. However, I can assure you that no matter what mushroom coffee you buy, there will be more vitamins and nutrients packed into it than your average cup of coffee.
These nutrients can have all sorts of benefits on us. For example, certain nutrient deficiencies have been known to result in us feeling more tired or sometimes struggling with memory issues. It is said that mushroom coffee is able to reverse some of this.
Boosted Immune System
Mushroom coffee is loaded with antioxidants. These can help to provide a nice little kick to your immune system. So, your body will have an easier time fighting sickness and disease, which is always nice.
The increased antioxidants may also help to reduce the chances of some cancers. Now, further research will need to be carried out into this. However, we do know that antioxidants can reduce the risk of certain cancers already, so there is no reason to believe the same wouldn’t happen when you have mushroom coffee in your day-to-day life.
There is some evidence that mushroom coffee can help to reduce inflammation in the body. This may help to reduce the pain of arthritis, acne, and other conditions resulting from inflammation in the body.
Mushroom coffee shouldn’t be a substitute for any medication that you take. It just provides an extra helpful boost.
Mushroom coffee may be new to the market, but it is already causing quite a stir. If you already love your coffee, then you owe it to yourself to try out some mushroom coffee. At the worst, it is going to be an enjoyable new way for you to try a decent cup of coffee. At best, mushroom coffee is going to have all sorts of benefits to your health if you drink it on a regular basis.
You likely won’t be able to find mushroom coffee at your local coffee shop, at least not at the moment, but there are plenty of options out there for those that want to brew themselves a cup in the comfort of their own home.