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Mushrooms? In Your Coffee?

Nina Ghamrawi, MS, RD, CDE
April 14, 2024
April 14, 2024

Looking for a coffee alternative that offers both flavor and functional benefits? Enter mushroom coffee, a unique beverage that combines the rich taste of coffee with the health-promoting properties of medicinal mushrooms. While it may sound unconventional, mushroom coffee has been gaining popularity for its unique flavor profile and potential health benefits. Here's everything you need to know about this intriguing beverage.

What is Mushroom Coffee?

Mushroom coffee is made by blending ground coffee beans with powdered medicinal mushrooms, such as lion's mane, reishi, or cordyceps. These mushrooms are prized for their adaptogenic properties, which may help the body adapt to stress and promote overall well-being. When combined with coffee, they create a flavorful and aromatic brew with an earthy undertone.

Benefits of Mushroom Coffee

  1. Reduced Caffeine Jitters: Mushroom coffee typically contains less caffeine than traditional coffee, making it a gentler option for those sensitive to caffeine. The combination of coffee and mushrooms may also help mitigate the jittery side effects commonly associated with caffeine consumption.
  2. Enhanced Focus and Mental Clarity: Certain medicinal mushrooms, such as lion's mane, are believed to support cognitive function and mental clarity. By incorporating these mushrooms into your coffee routine, you may experience improved focus, concentration, and productivity throughout the day.
  3. Immune Support: Many medicinal mushrooms boast immune-modulating properties that may help strengthen the body's natural defenses. Reishi, in particular, is revered for its immune-supportive benefits and may help bolster overall immune health when consumed regularly.
  4. Adaptogenic Stress Relief: Adaptogenic mushrooms like reishi and cordyceps are known for their ability to help the body adapt to stress and promote a sense of calm and balance. Adding these mushrooms to your coffee may provide a soothing ritual to start your day on a grounded note.

How to Enjoy Mushroom Coffee

Mushroom coffee is typically prepared like traditional coffee, using either ground beans or instant coffee combined with powdered mushroom extracts. Simply brew a cup of mushroom coffee using your preferred method (e.g., drip, French press, or espresso), and enjoy it black or with your favorite milk and sweeteners. (Keep it healthy, though. Your dietitian may ask you about it. 🥸). There are several brands out there, and while we don’t have any affiliation with them, our team members have tried several that they enjoy from brands like Four Sigmatic, MUD\WTR, Laird Superfood, Peak and Valley, and Life Cykel. Most brands will contain a bit of caffeine, but some are complete coffee alternatives, and free of anything coffee. Talk to your care team, and they can help you pick out something.


Mushroom coffee offers a flavorful and functional alternative to traditional brews, combining the bold taste of coffee with the health-promoting properties of medicinal mushrooms. Whether you're looking to reduce caffeine intake, support cognitive function, or enhance overall well-being, mushroom coffee may be worth exploring as part of your daily routine. So why not sip your way to better health with a delicious cup of mushroom coffee?

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