So, What Is Mushroom Coffee?
Pretty sure that you’re thinking of regular coffee beans with chunks of mushrooms sitting in it, like the kind you may put on pizza or in your pasta sauce but, that is wildly wrong. Not only are there no dried-up chunks of mushroom mixed in with your coffee beans but they aren’t the kind you would use for cooking. Let’s go over how mushroom coffee is made, the kind of mushrooms used, and what this new trend actually is.
What Kind of Mushrooms Are Used?
The kind of mushrooms harvested for mushroom coffee aren’t the kind that are used in cooking. Rather, they are mostly found in Chinese medicine and supplements for their well-documented health benefits. The most common mushrooms found in mushroom coffee are typically Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Chaga. These three mushrooms are nutrient rich and are known to better your health by boosting the immune and respiratory systems, increasing various organ functions, and reduce the risk of a host of diseases.
They’ve been found in many Chinese teas and so it was only a matter of time before they were blended with our morning brew. Most of the Western world has two cups of coffee, at least, daily and fusing our love of the caffeine bean with these mushrooms guarantees a healthy infusion daily as well. Speaking of caffeine, adding these mushrooms cuts down on the amount in your morning cup of joe without robbing you of your morning perk either. The same can be said about the antioxidants naturally found in coffee beans, the mushrooms added increases the amount and as we know, antioxidants help fight cancer cells.
So, if these super mushrooms aren’t chopped up, dried out, and thrown into your bag of coffee beans then how are they added to it?
How Do the Mushrooms Get into the Coffee?
There are a few methods by which people get the mushrooms in with the coffee beans and it ultimately depends on what the company is going for in terms of taste and texture Let’s break down the three primary ways one would make mushroom coffee:
Mushroom Powder: this method is also used with tea blends and is exactly how it sounds. The mushrooms are dried out and turned to a powder that is then mixed with hot water, steeping the coffee beans to soak up the nutrients of the mushroom.
Pulverized Mushrooms: This is the closest to having chunks of mushrooms in your coffee. What they do is take pieces of one of the mushrooms discussed above and dry them out before crushing them into almost dust then mix them into the beans or coffee grounds. When you add water to make your mushroom coffee the tiny pieces and powder steep into the coffee beans, giving you the flavor and benefits of the mushrooms.
Mushroom Extracts: If you know anything about essential oils then you have the jist of this process. There are quite a few ways to create an essential oil but they all typically involve heating up water to simmer with the mushrooms. The steam rising contains the essence of the mushroom, the flavors and the nutrients, which travels into a tube leading it to settle into cold water. The oil would be on top of the cold water to harvest. Once the mushroom extract is gathered it is added to the coffee beans or grounds which then binds to the coffee itself. Grinding the beans in the morning releases the oils into the ground, getting you your mushroom coffee.
We’ve discussed what kind of mushrooms and how they get into your morning brew, but what about the coffee beans?
What Kind of Coffee Is in Mushroom Coffee?
We know there are several types of coffee beans and ways to roast that affect the flavor of your coffee cup, so this is half the battle in making mushroom coffee. The most common coffee is Arabica and that is because they are the most dominant coffee in the world, as well as the most popular. That is probably the one you’ll find most when shopping for mushroom coffee, but there may be others. All coffee brands state what kind of roast and bean they use, so if you’re looking for another flavor just read the label. But, remember that each coffee beans carries its own flavor and if you’re making mushroom coffee you have to know how all those tastes will mingle.
Now that we’ve summarized what mushroom coffee is you won’t be so flabbergasted when seeing it online or in a health-food store. If you’re worried about tasting the same flavors you’d expect from a mushroom pizza, put those concerns aside; it’s still coffee. The difference is that mushroom coffee cuts way down on caffeine, has a plethora of added health benefits, and you still get the energy boost. It’s the no jitter coffee that does more than adding some fuel to the morning and give you a small boost of antioxidants. You could think of mushroom coffee as a suped-up coffee blend, a drinkable investment in overall health.
That is mushroom coffee.