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!
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 mushroom....now 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:
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.
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.
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
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.
Expert Tip: For a great-tasting cold brew coffee:
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
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:
So what information should you look for?
Reishi mushroom supplements should:
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
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.
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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