Mornings are hard for a lot of us, especially during winter when it’s still cold and dark when the alarm goes off. (There’s no shame in hitting that snooze alarm a time or two!) When bed is oh-so-very warm, cozy and comfy, how can possibly you drag yourself out of it? Two words: Mushroom coffee.
Now since you’re here — at Mushroom Revival’s blog — we assume you’re not wrinkling your nose at that idea. Mushroom coffee is definitely not like mushroom stock or broth. It’s more like your favorite A.M. drink. Mushroom coffee is a tasty way to start your day or pick yourself up during a long stretch of reviewing spreadsheets at your desk or guiding your little ones through their e-learning lessons.
What is Mushroom Coffee?
Mushroom coffee can mean one of two things: Coffee with added mushrooms or coffee made from mushrooms. And while coffee made from mushrooms isn’t technically coffee because it doesn’t contain coffee beans, the name stuck because the flavor can be somewhat similar and so can the effects (in some ways).
By adding mushrooms to your coffee, you get the support of that mushroom along with the caffeine in the coffee. So, for example, you might add a dropperful of Cordyceps Militaris to your latte that you grab on the way to work.
By making coffee from mushrooms, you can retain the ritual of that morning drink without the effects of caffeine. You could add Lion’s Mane to a cup of warm and frothy almond milk for clarity without the caffeine.* (Bonus: our Lion’s Mane has added cinnamon, which makes your mushroom coffee even tastier.)
Either way you decide to make mushroom coffee, you’ll need to choose your mushrooms carefully. As you likely already know, you’ll use a mushroom supplement (such as one of our tinctures) rather than whole mushrooms you pick up at the supermarket. Save those for your dinner, and reach for a bottle of Lion’s Mane for clarity, Reishi for relaxation, Cordyceps Militaris for energy, or Daily 10 for immune support.*
How to Make Mushroom Coffee, Two Ways
Ready to give mushroom coffee a try. We promise that it’s a tasty way to start your day or perk up your afternoon. And, if you choose the no-coffee mushroom coffee option, you can even fuel late-night work or study sessions (because aren’t we all keeping odd schedules and getting our to-do lists done whenever we can find the time?).
Version 1: The caffeine lover’s choice
While your coffee brews, pick out your mushrooms. Maybe you would like to try some adaptogens for their adrenal support?* Or your noggin could use a little extra love from Lion’s Mane?*
Grab your creamer of choice — we find that the creaminess helps the coffee and the mushrooms blend together more harmoniously, but if you prefer your coffee black, do you! A bit of flavored creamer can make your mushroom coffee more festive, and it could be the bribe you need to get going in the morning.
Once your coffee is ready, add it to your favorite mug with a dropperful of your Mushroom Revival tincture of choice. Stir in your creamer, along with your preferred sweetener if that’s how you take it. If you’d like, sprinkle a little cinnamon, cocoa powder, or nutmeg on top.
Our Lion’s Mane is the no-longer-secret ingredient in our favorite fall latte recipe.
Then sit, sip, and savor!
Version 2: The no-coffee mushroom coffee
For mushroom coffee — hold the coffee — start by heating up some water. Meanwhile, gather your ‘shrooms. In the evening, you can’t beat a pre-bedtime Reishi mushroom coffee for unwinding.* Before a workout, Cordyceps Militaris is our top pick, since it supports healthy energy and stamina.* And if you’re facing a big presentation or exam and don’t want to risk the caffeine jitters, reach for Lion’s Mane and all the clarity it supports.*
Add your tincture(s) to a mug — it’s absolutely fine to combine mushrooms if you want. Then add your creamer and/or sweetener. You can also add additional herbal tinctures if you have them.
Then pour in the water, stir and enjoy!
Note: You can simply add our tinctures to hot or warm water (and maybe a slice of lemon or ginger, if you prefer it), but the creamer adds a richness that turns “mushroom tincture in warm water” into “mushroom coffee.”
For something even more special, try this Reishi sleep tonic recipe.*
No matter which version of mushroom coffee you choose, make sure you start with the best quality mushroom supplements possible. Ours are grown in the USA, and we use only 100% fruiting bodies, extracted in both hot water and 190-proof alcohol.