There’s a new coffee trend taking the world by storm – adding mushrooms to coffee.
If you haven’t heard about mushroom coffee, odds are, soon you will. Mushroom coffee is not what you think it is. You won’t find any mushroom pieces floating around. It doesn’t taste like the fungus, nor are there earthy or musky flavors in your cup of joe.
Mushroom coffee gives you the health benefits of coffee along with the remarkable benefits of mushrooms. According to Dr. Mercola, mushrooms are:
great sources of protein, fiber, B vitamins (especially niacin), vitamin C, calcium, minerals, and selenium. They also contain antioxidants that are unique to mushrooms, such as ergothioneine, which according to studies is a highly powerful antioxidant.
Not all mushrooms are the same.
Different types of mushroom will produce different flavor profiles as well as various health benefits. Some are known to have medicinal value. The most common types of medicinal mushroom are Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Lion’s Mane. The nutrients of different mushrooms often overlap but are slightly distinct. So you can experiment with different kinds to see which one you like the most.
According to studies, Reishi mushroom has one of the longest track records in traditional medicine usage. The mushroom has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, which can help our immune systems and prevent and common illnesses. An article by WebMD stated, Reishi mushroom contain
chemicals that seem to have a variety of potentially beneficial effects, including activity against tumors (cancer) and beneficial effects on the immune system.
That sounds amazing!
So, here is a recipe I created using Reishi mushroom. I’ve provided a step-by-step guide with photographs, making it easy for you to follow and make your own cup of mushroom coffee – the Reishi Mushroom Chocolate Latte.
- French press
- Mason jar
- 1 tsp. of Reishi mushroom powder
- 2 tbsp. of ground coffee
- ½ tsp. of cocoa powder
- 3 oz. of milk
- 1-2 tsp of honey
- 500 ml. of water
1. Bring the water to a boil and let it sit for 30 seconds before pouring it onto the coffee. This will lower the temperature to around 200°F, which is the ideal brewing temperature.
2. Pour ground coffee into a French press.
3. Pour Reishi powder into the French press.
4. Add hot water to the coffee and Reishi powder. Let it steep for about 5 minutes.
5. Heat the milk to about 150°F.
6. Pour the milk into a mason jar.
7. Shake the mason jar vigorously for 30 seconds to froth the milk.
8. Press the French press plunger down.
9. Pour coffee into a cup until it is half full.
10. Stir in cocoa powder.
11. Stir in honey.
12. Pour the frothed milk.
13. Reishi Mushroom Chocolate Latte is ready!
Let me know what you think, and if you ever make one don’t forget to snap a picture and share it with us!
Article and photos by Latte Art Guy