A morning cup of coffee can work wonders—but only if you’re drinking the right stuff. Some folks claim bulletproof coffee is the key to prolonged energy while others look to Scandinavian coffee for a purified taste. Now, this mushroom coffee ($12) is making waves in the health community.
Paired with extracts from functional mushrooms (aka shrooms with health benefits), the instant brew claims to support focus and immunity. The coffee itself is shade-grown and organic. The ingredient combo is supposed to keep you alert throughout the day. The best part? It supposedly doesn’t taste like mushrooms.
In the name of research, I decided to put this new coffee to the test.
Before we begin, I must admit my bias. I hate mushrooms. Their rubbery texture and earthy flavor makes my stomach churn. Heading into this test, I was most interested to see whether or not the coffee actually tastes like mushrooms. (If you love mushrooms, check out one of these recipes!)
One Thursday morning, I substituted my usual cup of joe for a mug of mushroom coffee. Making the brew couldn’t be easier: All you need to do is open the packet and mix it with seven ounces of hot water. Stir until completely dissolved, and then it’s ready to drink.
Right away I noticed that the coffee had an unusual smell. It definitely didn’t have that warm, welcoming aroma my usual coffee did; if anything, it smelled a little burnt and a little mushroom-y.
After I let the coffee cool for a few minutes, I gave it a preliminary taste. It had an earthy flavor, combined with the taste of instant granules. You could definitely tell that it hadn’t been brewed. As the coffee cooled a bit it became a bit more palatable, and there really wasn’t an overwhelming mushroom flavor. In fact, had I not known what I was drinking, I would have found it difficult to guess the secret ingredient.
Honestly, I felt pretty good after my cup of mushroom coffee. I was more alert throughout the day, and I didn’t even need my afternoon pick-me-up. Not to mention, the coffee didn’t upset my stomach as much as regular coffee does.
In the future, I look forward to trying some of the other flavors, or even mushroom “hot cacao” and matcha mix. I’m not sure if I’ll ever use the product as a total replacement for ground coffee, but it’s a nice addition to my morning routine.
Other Unexpected Mushroom Products
These oyster mushroom chips have the crispy crunch of their potato cousins while offering a fiber-packed, lower-calorie alternative. The lightly-salted flavor makes it a good option for a work break or a kid’s lunchbox.
A scoop a day…does more than just keep the doctor away. This superfood powder, which can be added to your morning smoothie, is packed with immune-boosting ingredients, including a variety of mushrooms: himematsutake, shiitake, turkey tail, cordyceps, maitake, and reishi all offer numerous health benefits, including lowering inflammation, helping manage a healthy weight, and providing defense against diseases from asthma to cancer.
Not a coffee drinker? You can still get a superfood mushroom boost thanks to chaga tea, made from a mushroom known for its high levels of zinc, manganese, and calcium. The earthy-tasting beverage has been shown to help improve digestion, combat the impact of free radicals, and assist your body in unwinding after a long day.
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