Mushroom Coffee: What Is Mushroom Coffee?

A hot drink made from mushrooms and coffee? Well, that should probably put coffee lovers in shock at first. But Mushroom Coffee is said to increase the ability to concentrate and strengthen the immune system, among other things – and taste good at the same time.

What is Mushroom Coffee?

Mushroom coffee – that’s nothing new. Since coffee was a scarce commodity during World War II, people had to look for alternatives and became inventive. In Germany, malt coffee was mainly used to quench the thirst for coffee. But in Finland people found favor with the native Chaga mushroom (Schillerporling). The healing effect was known before, especially by the Asians and Finns who swore by it.

But what is behind the Mushroom Coffee? Nothing more than coffee powder enriched with medicinal mushroom extracts (e.g. Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps). You can buy mushroom coffee prepackaged in stores or online.

How is mushroom coffee made and prepared at home?

The preparation is very simple: Put the powder in a cup, pour hot water over it, stir, let it cool down a bit, and drink. The production requires a little more work: it is done by spray or atomization drying. This is because powder extracts that can be mixed with instant coffee are required. Freshly ground bean coffee would not be storable in combination with the mushrooms.

Effect: Mushroom coffee – why is it so healthy?

Mushroom coffee is said to increase concentration and brain power. Mushroom coffee is also said to strengthen our immune system. And if you take a closer look at the minerals, trace elements, and antioxidants it contains, it becomes clear why this is so. Mushroom coffee contains even more antioxidants than regular coffee. For example, they can help fight (chronic) diseases. Antioxidants act against oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

In addition, medicinal mushrooms are said to regulate excess acidity in the body and are good for digestion – the mushrooms also act as a kind of basic food. They contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the polysaccharides it contains act like prebiotics in the digestive system. Some scientists even claim that polysaccharides should counteract insulin sensitivity (in diabetes).

Mushroom coffee: do I have to expect side effects?

Mushroom coffee is better tolerated than regular (non-spiked) coffee. No nervousness, no heartburn, no problems falling asleep. Most manufacturers still recommend a daily maximum of two packets – even if the amount of caffeine is lower than in regular coffee.

Be careful if you have an allergy to mushrooms. It may be that you have an allergy to one of the mushrooms used, in which case you should avoid consuming Mushroom Coffee. If you have an autoimmune disease (e.g. multiple sclerosis, lupus, arthritis), some doctors say medicinal mushrooms can make symptoms worse.

The same applies to blood clotting disorders. It is therefore advisable to obtain sufficient information about the product before consumption. It is best to only use high-quality mushroom coffees from quality manufacturers. And if you suffer from a disease, consult your doctor beforehand.

Which mushrooms can be processed into Mushroom Coffee?

Various medicinal mushrooms can be used for the production of mushroom coffee – or their essential components with health benefits. In the manufacturing process, these components are collected in higher concentrations. Examples of the types most commonly used include:

  • Schillerporling (also: Chaga)
  • Shiny Lackporling (also: Reishi, Ganoderma lucidum)
  • Ascomycetes (e.g. Cordyceps)
  • Hedgehog’s mane (also: monkey head mushroom, lion’s mane, Japanese yamabushitake)
  • Butterfly Tramete (also: Coriolus, Bunte Tramete, or Butterfly Porling)
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Written by Elizabeth Bailey

As a seasoned recipe developer and nutritionist, I offer creative and healthy recipe development. My recipes and photographs have been published in best selling cookbooks, blogs, and more. I specialize in creating, testing, and editing recipes until they perfectly provide a seamless, user-friendly experience for a variety of skill levels. I draw inspiration from all types of cuisines with a focus on healthy, well-rounded meals, baked goods and snacks. I have experience in all types of diets, with a specialty in restricted diets like paleo, keto, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. There is nothing I enjoy more than conceptualizing, preparing, and photographing beautiful, delicious, and healthy food.

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