There is a trend at the moment that makes your morning coffee way more than a brain wake-up call. You could in theory use this opportunity to get some goodness in you and treat it like your run of vitamins. Thus the trend of 'healthy coffee' has become extremely popular with office workers.
The idea is to squeeze beneficial compounds into the coffee so that you can fuel your body right. Arguably the most common trend is Aptogenic & Mushroom Coffee. You read that right - mushroom extract in your coffee.
Thanks to peer pressure I decided to give some mushroom coffee a go and see what I thought.
What is Adaptogeic & Mushroom Coffee?
In itself, Mushroom Coffee is an Adaptogenic coffee.
Simply put, an adaptogen is a natural substance which can help the body adapt to stress - and to give you energy. There are few things as dreadful as the coffee crash just after lunch. So, adaptogens and nootropics are fantastic alternatives to caffeine.
The most powerful adaptogens are Gingsing, Turmeric, Ashwagandha and Cordyceps mushrooms. By putting medicinal mushrooms like Lions Mane, Cordyceps and Chaga into a coffee it can become an antigenic coffee. We like to bring the two kinds of coffee products together because they are very similar.
It sounds very strange, but there is 100% method behind the madness of mushroom coffee. Let me just point out that you can't be putting any old Mushrooms into your morning coffee, but the mushrooms need to be part of the 'medicinal' family of fungi. There are 5 main fungi that are used in coffee: Chaga, Turkey Tail, Reishi, Cordyceps and (the most common) Lions Mane.
Traditionally, the classic mushroom coffee uses a complex of them all but is often also infused with other adaptogens to boost the benefits. Generally, the adapter genic coffee Products available online use powdered mushroom extracts, powdered adaptions and a carrier oil (like MCT oil).
Organic Shroom Coffee by Sweet Revolution
We love the matcha powder from Sweet Revolution, but this mushroom coffee from the brand is also excellent. For starters, it's made using 100% organic mushrooms, including Chaga, Reishi and Lion’s Mane. The Arabica coffee it's made from is also organic and we think it's really tasty. You get 500mg of dual-extracted mushrooms per serving, and it works just like an instant coffee - you just add boiling water and you've got an instant mushroom coffee. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Before we begin, full disclosure; space goods rainbow dust V1 .0 does not contain coffee. Just coffee extract. But let’s not hold it back due to this minor detail.
Space goods, as an adaptogenic coffee alternative, Contains a carefully curated list of ingredients to improve your focus, boost your energy, And support your Muinn system without the jitters or crash from caffeine.
Rainbow dust is so much more than a simple mushroom coffee.
Space goods are one of the most popular and well-known coffee alternative brands in the UK and sell a range of products specifically designed to make use of nootropics, adaptogens and healthy alternatives to, to what may be to some of us, daily coping mechanisms.
You can pick Spacegoods up on Amazon UK.
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee
The Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee powder has been around for a long time and the brand is potentially one of the first brands to offer an adaptogenic coffee alternative.
Each coffee powder sachet contains a mixture of predominantly coffee, Lion's mane (to support new neural function and productivity), and Chaga mushroom (to support your immune system). The blend also contains Reishi mushroom, cocoa powder, organic coconut palm sugar, cinnamon cardamon and Stevia.
The flavour of the coffee is quite light but given the added benefits, only slight nastiness provided by the mushrooms, segment for mushroom coffee it’s a very enjoyable way to start the day indeed.
You can pick up some on Amazon UK right here.
Cheerful Buddha Lion's Mane mushroom coffee blend
This mushroom coffee blend from Cheerful Buddha contains 3,750mg of organic Lion's Mane, but because it's a blend it also contains 1,500mg of organic Ashwagandha. The arabica coffee beans which are used to make the coffee are Rainforest Alliance approved and sourced from Colombia. Alongside the mushrooms, you also get 1,350mg of organic MCT Coconut oil. Learn more and buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com
Magic Brew by Shroomex
The adaptogenic mushroom coffee by shrew mix is a fantastic nootropic coffee blend that we found on Amazon.
Magic Blend is an exceptionally powerful mixture of ingredients and contains arabica coffee, medicinal mushrooms and a cocktail of nootropic mushrooms. The blend delivers significantly more energy than coffee alone and super sharp focus, all while supporting your immune system and improving your mood. There are no jitters and absolutely no crash.
The product is produced using 100% fruiting bodies which are dual extracted, are a non-GMO and 100% vegan.
You’ll be happy to learn that the whole bag contains 320 mg of Reishi mushroom, 160 mg of Chaga mushrooms, 80g of Cordicept mushrooms, Rhodiola Rosea, Eleuthero Root and Ginsing.
You can buy a bag of this mushroom coffee from Martian Mushrooms.
We hope this guide helps you to find some excellent mushroom coffee! Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us. If you want to read something similar, we have a guide to the best matcha powder you can buy.