Mushroom coffee: and why it is a great alternative for regular coffee

We love regular coffee, but what about Mushroom coffee?

Can mushroom coffee be an alternative to regular coffee, in this new blog post we give you a few insights on this matter.

We all love a good cup of coffee, whether it is an espresso, cappuccino, or a latte. We tend to stick with what we know, instead of trying other great alternatives for regular coffee; like mushroom coffee.

We even have an international coffee day on the 1st of October, that’s how much we love coffee! 

According to the ICO (International Coffee Organization), over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world every day. That sounds like a lot, don’t you agree?

Over 90 percent of coffee production takes place in developing countries – mostly South America –  with Brazil being the biggest supplier of regular coffee in the world. At the same time, consumption happens mainly in modern economies. Curious which country is the number one consumer of coffee? It’s Finland! They drink their way through an impressive 12kg per person per year. We Dutch folk are pretty hooked on mud water as well; to be exact, we’re on the 5th place with 8.4kg per person per year!

reishi coffee alternative

Mushrooms and their global success

Just as regular coffee is and has been a popular product for decades, if not hundreds of years, mushrooms appear not far behind on popularity. And Mushroom coffee seems to be the next great alternative to for regular coffee.

Rapport states that the global mushroom market already had a value of $35 billion in 2015. The global mushroom market value is expected to exceed $50 billion in the next seven years due to growing mushroom demand in from the recent past. Mushrooms are considered good for health as they contain negligible sodium and gluten content. Their low fat and cholesterol levels are presumed to result in higher mushroom acceptance among consumers, and a great alternative to meat products that do contain high amounts of fat and cholesterol. Mushrooms are botanically classified as fungi. But considered a vegetable for nutrition and are also a source of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D, selenium, and other various nutrients.

Not only the culinary mushrooms are getting more attention, the medicinal or functional mushrooms are also catching up as well. Especially in the US and Australia, these potent shrooms seem to be getting a lot of attention and not to mention the Asian countries. Who have been using mushrooms for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, knowing the true value mushrooms can bring to one’s life.

Read more on the use of mushrooms in Asian cultures.

Mushroom Coffee, or Chaga latte?

What would be the benefit of combing regular coffee and functional mushrooms?

Well, the mushrooms’ earthy flavor complements bold, roasted coffee beans, providing a smoother taste as well as high levels of antioxidants and other compounds that may enhance your focus and thinking capabilities. 

Some suggest that the adaptogens in functional mushrooms can make us feel less jittery (a common side effect of drinking caffeine), by lowering anxiety and supporting the adrenal glands.

Ayurveda and mushroom coffee

When it comes to coffee and the Ayurvedic perspective on this subject, the ancient practice suggests that coffee should be consumed lightly. As it is a beverage that can quickly throw us off balance, depending on our Dosha’s type. Ayurveda considers coffee to be both medicine for some and poison for others. Because of its Vata and Pitta increasing effects, a cup of coffee seems to be the most helpful for balancing Kapha-types and Kapha conditions. But for a Vata or Pitta-types, the effects of coffee can lead to anxiety, twitching, irritability, inflammation.

After all, caffeine is probably the most popular psychostimulant in the world. Studies have shown that coffee may have health benefits, but it really depends on the individual person.

But if like me, you often experience feeling jittery after drinking a cup of coffee, you might be better off with a Chaga-ccino instead!

Although it might not give you the energy spikes that caffeine does, Chaga or other functional mushrooms like Reishi or Lion’s Mane. They are packed with lots of health-supporting compounds, that may increase your health and overall energy levels. 

So whether you are trying to drink less coffee or looking for a tasty coffee alternative functional mushrooms are the way to go!

Chaga coffee alternative

Mushroom Coffee, or Chaga latte?

What would be the benefit of combing regular coffee and functional mushrooms?

Well, the mushrooms’ earthy flavor complements bold, roasted coffee beans, providing a smoother taste as well as high levels of antioxidants and other compounds that may enhance your focus and thinking capabilities. 

Some suggest that the adaptogens in functional mushrooms can make us feel less jittery (a common side effect of drinking caffeine), by lowering anxiety and supporting the adrenal glands.

Ayurveda and mushroom coffee

When it comes to coffee and the Ayurvedic perspective on this subject, the ancient practice suggests that coffee should be consumed lightly. As it is a beverage that can quickly throw us off balance, depending on our Dosha’s type. Ayurveda considers coffee to be both medicine for some and poison for others. Because of its Vata and Pitta increasing effects, a cup of coffee seems to be the most helpful for balancing Kapha-types and Kapha conditions. But for a Vata or Pitta-types, the effects of coffee can lead to anxiety, twitching, irritability, inflammation.

After all, caffeine is probably the most popular psychostimulant in the world. Studies have shown that coffee may have health benefits, but it really depends on the individual person.

But if like me, you often experience feeling jittery after drinking a cup of coffee, you might be better off with a Chaga-ccino instead!

Although it might not give you the energy spikes that caffeine does, Chaga or other functional mushrooms like Reishi or Lion’s Mane. They are packed with lots of health-supporting compounds, that may increase your health and overall energy levels. 

So whether you are trying to drink less coffee or looking for a tasty coffee alternative functional mushrooms are the way to go!

Chaga coffee alternative
Chaga coffee alternative
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