Functional, Trendy Mushroom Coffee Just Might Just Be Your Cup of Tea
Mushrooms bring so much to the table—no longer are we only seeing shiitakes or portobello mushrooms mixed into stir-fries or grilled as vegetarian-friendly patties. Experts at Whole Foods predict that new products such as mushroom broth and mushroom jerky will be two of the biggest food trends in 2021. But there's another mushroom-based innovation that has already gained widespread attention and continues to become more and more popular: mushroom coffee.
While you're unlikely to come across this beverage at your local coffeeshop, it has become hugely popular in the health community. "Functional mushrooms overall are immunomodulators; they help our bodies find balance to keep our immune systems working optimally whenever we need it," says Danielle Ryan Broida, Four Sigmatic's national educator, registered herbalist, and holistic nutritionist. Here's what you need to know about this fantastic fungi product.
What Is Mushroom Coffee?
It's exactly what it sounds like. "Mushroom coffee is real, smooth coffee with functional mushroom extracts added in," says Broida. The four most common types of mushrooms added to coffee are reishi, Chaga, Lion's mane, and Cordyceps. The mushrooms are dehydrated and ground, then mixed into ground coffee beans. Just like regular coffee, you can find mushroom coffee in the form of ground coffee ($18.80, amazon.com), instant coffee mix ($11.85, amazon.com), and coffee pods ($29.99, amazon.com). For those who don't like coffee, you can also find mushroom hot chocolate mix, the perfect treat for winter.
Health Benefits of Mushroom Coffee
While many people like to add a few pumps of vanilla or caramel syrup to sweeten their coffee, mushrooms are admittedly a flavor many people wouldn't gravitate to in their morning cup of joe. So, what's the point of drinking mushroom coffee? Broida says this beverage may support one's overall wellness, offer immune support, and decrease stress. "Think of mushroom coffee as a good-for-you version of your standard coffee to support whole body wellness. We add lion's mane mushroom for extra productivity and focus, and chaga mushroom for immune support," she says. These adaptogens can also help combat the afternoon crash and jitters that many people experience when they drink coffee, so you get to enjoy your favorite beverage without any of the negative side effects.
However, more research is needed to back up the claims about the health benefits that mushroom coffee offers. Health experts say that consuming mushrooms as part of your daily diet can offer many of the same wellness benefits.
How to Make Mushroom Coffee
Mushroom coffee is prepared and enjoyed just like regular coffee—brew it in a drip coffee machine, Chemex, French Press, or even as cold brew. Drink it black or add cream—or the plant-based milk of your choosing—and sugar.
Where to Find Mushroom Coffee
Mushroom coffee can be purchased from big-box retailers like Amazon and Target, natural grocery stores, and other online health retailers like iHerb and Thrive Market.
This story originally appeared on marthastewart.com