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Mushroom Coffee: What is it?

November 15, 2022

Mushroom coffee is regarded as a healthier alternative to regular coffee because it contains medicinal mushroom extracts and other health benefits.

Although it is currently a popular coffee blend, this concept is not new.

When coffee beans were unavailable in Finland during World War II, mushrooms were used as a coffee substitute, according to online sources.

In addition, mushrooms have a long history of culinary and medicinal use in Asian countries, particularly in Chinese medicine, for their nutritional and health benefits.

This article examines the evidence for mushroom coffee and offers an expert opinion on its purported health benefits.

What exactly is Mushroom Coffee?

Sigh of relief if you picture a cup of coffee with mushrooms floating on top. That is not the case.

Mushroom coffee is a delicate combination of ground mushrooms and coffee beans that brews a dark, smooth, and nutty coffee.

Medicinal mushroom extracts, rather than culinary mushrooms like shiitake and portobello, are commonly used in this coffee.

The following medicinal mushrooms are commonly used to make this trendy coffee:

  • Chaga
  • Lion’s mane Turkey’s tail
  • Cordyceps
  • Reishi

According to several consumer reviews, the flavor profile of this coffee isn’t all that different from that of regular coffee.

However, this coffee’s proposed health benefits, such as reduced anxiety and improved immunity, give it a marketing advantage.

How is it created?

To make mushroom coffee, the mushroom fruiting bodies are extracted and ground into an organic powder free of fillers, carriers, and other additives.

The mushrooms are then dehydrated, ground into a fine powder, and mixed with ground coffee beans after a dual extraction process. This is typically done in a one-to-one ratio.

You can get mushroom coffee in the following forms:

  • packets of instant coffee
  • coffee pods ground
  • coffee blends

Mushroom coffee can be made into delicious mochas, lattes, or black coffee drinks using the same methods as regular coffee. Read more:

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