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Ganoderma Coffee: 2 Healthy Drinks to Make at Home

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Written by Real Mushrooms - Updated: April 29, 2024

Drinking Ganoderma coffee is a great way to incorporate the benefits of functional mushrooms into your daily routine. Ganoderma lucidum is the scientific name of the “mushroom of immortality,” reishi—known for its significant health benefits in alleviating fatigue, promoting restful sleep, and calming frayed nerves.

A quick search of Ganoderma coffee yields dubious recipes involving instant coffee-mushroom blends. We call foul.

Do you know what the secret to delicious mushroom coffee is? Start with high-quality, well-brewed coffee and pure organic mushroom extracts. Don’t skimp on the ingredients!

Ganoderma coffee
Get better quality Ganoderma coffee by making your own rather than buying a pre-made mushroom coffee blend. It’ll taste better and give you more potency.

The simplest Ganoderma coffee recipe is to stir half a teaspoon of reishi mushroom extract powder into your everyday brew. Done.

One of our customers, Hillary, can vouch for it:

“Reishi is my favorite I finally have an efficacious way to take it, with beta-glucans intact and proven. I love to have 1/2 tsp in my a.m. coffee. I find that using a light or medium roast blends best with the reishi.”

That said, we want to take an even tastier approach to making your mushroom coffee at home; adding more nutrients and building up the flavor profile.

But what if you don’t like coffee or want to cut caffeine out of your diet, yet still reap the benefits of Ganoderma coffee? We’ll explore that too.

In a nutshell, we’ll break down:

  • How to brew delicious, richly flavored mushroom coffee
  • How to reap the benefits of mushroom coffee, minus the caffeine
  • What to look for when shopping for the best mushroom supplements
  • How to get the most flavor out of your coffee and mushroom supplements
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1 - Mushroom Coffee: Perfect for Fall & Winter

reishi powder extract
You can use Ganoderma (a.k.a. reishi) extract powder as an alternative to coffee beans to give you a caffeine-free brew to power up your body and mind for the day. It also provides some long-term benefits for your immune system and cellular health.

What’s not to love about this warm twist on Ganoderma coffee? It features the warm fall flavors of ginger, cinnamon, and mint, which all pack a strong antioxidant punch.

More importantly, it contains reishi mushroom extracts, which simultaneously boost mood and sharpen focus.

Caffeine-Free Mushroom Coffee Ingredients

If you’re trying to cut caffeine, or you need a warm drink to give you that mental pick-me-up, this cacao, coconut, and mushroom drink is perfect.

Steps to Make It

  1. Boil water and leave off the heat for 2–3 minutes.
  2. In a blender, combine the hot water with cacao powder, Organic Reishi Mushroom Powder, cinnamon powder, grated ginger, coconut butter, and salt.
  3. Process on high for 10–15 seconds.
  4. Stir in raw honey to taste.

Expert Tips:

  • High-quality reishi extract should taste earthy and bitter. The pinch of salt in this recipe brings out any sweet flavors and helps to counter the bitter notes.
  • This brew is also ideal before bedtime because reishi can help relax the mind and improve your sleep quality.
Ganoderma coffee review

Here’s what one customer experienced with reishi coffee:

“I usually take reishi in the morning as soon as I wake up. It definitely improves my mood and sense of wellbeing. I'm not a pleasant person to be around in the morning if I don't have my reishi.” - Gregory

Another customer shared their own recipe for a caffeine-free coffee alternative using reishi:

“I have been taking reishi as part of my adaptogenic protocol for several months- blended into my dandelion/chicory/cinnamon coffee substitute. I happen to love the vibrant taste of this mushroom powder! It feels alive and at work in my body.” - Michelle

2 - Refreshing Mushroom Cold Brew Coffee

Reishi cold brew
Our cold-brew coffee recipe features reishi and three other healthy mushroom extracts. It’s a delicious, supportive, and less acidic alternative to regular coffee.

Cold brew coffee is perfect if you have a sensitive gut. It’s less acidic and has a smoother taste than drip coffee or espresso. If you’re tired of the over-diluted taste of iced coffee, get ready for some cold brew magic.

We’ll start with a delicious cold brew base and ramp up the benefits with functional mushrooms to boost various body functions.

  • Lion’s Mane aids in better memory and brain function.
  • Cordyceps improves exercise performance, the immune system, and hormone regulation.
  • Chaga supports healthy digestion, immune system, and inflammation response.
  • Reishi calms the mind, supports the immune system, and promotes better sleep.

Cold Brew Coffee Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Pour room-temperature water into a jar and add your freshly ground coffee. Cover and shake well.
  2. Leave the jar in the fridge for 12–24 hours to make your cold brew.
  3. In a blender, combine the cold brew with the mushroom powders, nut butter, ginger, cinnamon, and milk.
  4. Blend on high for 10 seconds or until the coffee reaches your preferred consistency.
  5. Serve the frothy drink in a cup and adjust the sweetness to your liking. Top with coconut or cashew nut shreds.

Expert Tip: For a great-tasting cold brew coffee:

  • Start with good quality coffee beans since the coffee notes are more pronounced with this brewing method.
  • Grind your coffee fresh and coarse for maximum flavor.
  • Experiment with coffee blends that have fruity flavor notes.
  • Balance your coffee-to-water ratio well. The perfect ratio of coffee to water is 1:5 for ready-to-drink, though 1:8 works well for French press or weak coffee. Try not to go below 1:3, even for cold brew concentrates.

Leaving your coffee to brew overnight makes cold brewing so simple there’s no need to buy commercial, ready-made cold brews.

Our customers couldn’t agree more with the coffee-mushroom combo:

“I had a stroke 4 years ago, and have issues with depression. I take both chaga and lion's mane. They work great for my memory issues. I recommend taking it in the morning to get your day started.” - Jovi

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If you tend to get jitters from caffeine, adding reishi and its calming properties to your coffee can help take the edge off.

How to Identify the Best Reishi Mushroom Supplement

The effectiveness of your Ganoderma coffee will depend on the quality of the mushroom extracts you use.

One way to ensure that you’re using the best quality ingredients is to check that your mushroom supplement manufacturer uses USDA-certified organic mushrooms, which will be free of pesticides and other chemical contaminants.

Did you know that over 70% of reishi mushroom supplements on the market contain little or no reishi mushrooms? Instead of the reishi fruiting body, these powders either source cheaper mushrooms or reishi mycelium grown on grain substrates.

Simply put, you get significantly more starch filler and significantly less immune-modulating beta-glucans in supplements made from myceliated grain.

Here’s a table comparing the ratios of alpha and beta-glucans in extracts made from mushrooms vs. myceliated grain:

Mushroom Beta-glucans table
*Alpha-glucans in supplements come from starch fillers. Mushroom supplements should show beta-glucan levels on their label so you know you’re getting actual mushrooms in your product. You get significantly less immune-modulating beta-glucans in supplements made from myceliated grain.

So what information should you look for?

Reishi mushroom supplements should:

  • Come from organically grown mushrooms
  • Be a result of the dual extraction method for maximum potency
  • List measured amounts of triterpene and beta-glucans
  • Clearly state the absence of starch and fillers
  • Taste bitter

If you can check off all the above, you know you’re getting all the energy and immunity-boosting benefits from the triterpene, beta-glucans, and other compounds of reishi with none of the empty starch fillers or additives.

It was this lack of pure, organic mushroom products in the North American supplement market‌ that prompted the birth of Real Mushrooms.

We’re proud to provide the best mushroom supplements on the market consistently and to celebrate our customer’s health wins when they use our products.

“So often when I'm taking supplements I feel little difference ... With reishi and Real Mushroom products, I’ve felt a difference in my energy, hormonal balance, and gut health. Very impressed!” - Carol

A Ganoderma Coffee That Adapts To Your Needs

In sum, Ganoderma coffee can give you the calm and focus to start your day off right, whether or not you actually include the caffeine. The healthy mushrooms carry their own weight and then some.

The adaptogenic properties of reishi and other mushrooms alleviate fatigue and stress while boosting body systems, including immunity, muscles, and hormones.

Being able to add your own mushroom extracts to your favorite brew means:

a) you can customize your coffee to be the type and quality you like,

b) you know exactly what kind and quality of the mushroom supplement you’re adding.

If you’re ready to start the day right with a powerful mushroom boost, try Real Mushrooms Organic Reishi Mushroom Powder or our 5 Defenders Organic Mushroom Complex if you want a mix of reishi and other healthy mushrooms.

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Learn More About Ganoderma & Its Benefits:

Learn More About the Benefits of Mushroom Coffee:

Mushroom coffee blend
Our 5 Defenders mushroom blend combines the health-supporting effects of reishi and 4 other functional mushrooms. It’s an ideal, natural booster for your morning brew.

Real Mushrooms is the premier provider of organic mushroom extracts, verified for the beneficial medicinal compounds like beta-glucans and free from starchy fillers like grains. With over 40 years of mushroom growing experience, Real Mushrooms prides itself on providing a transparent source of functional mushrooms that you can trust. All the information provided on our blog has been reviewed by our science and medical team.

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