DIY mushroom coffee is an easy way to improve your health while enjoying a beloved beverage. Medicinal mushrooms have a variety of nutritional benefits,. These benefits include supporting the immune and nervous systems, increasing energy, helping maintain even blood sugar levels, and supporting brain health and cognition*. However, the health benefits of mushrooms can be diminished if there are unnecessary fillers present in the supplement like what we see with myceliated grain.
Selecting Your Mushroom Extract Powder
Many supplement companies sell medicinal mushroom products made from myceliated grain, a precursor to the mushroom (fruiting body). The mycelium (the “roots” of the mushroom) is grown on a grain substrate. The result is a product that is high in grain starch and lacking many of the compounds these fungi are famous for. Supplements made from myceliated grain contain between 35-60% starch instead of beneficial fungal matter.
Several studies conclude that absent the fruiting body, what is commonly and simply known as the ‘mushroom’, the medicinal compounds in a mycelium-based supplement may be severely diminished. This is because the highest concentrations of health-supporting beta-glucans are found in the fruiting body as opposed to the mycelium. The starch serves as nothing more than a filler and dilutes the amounts of beneficial compounds you get in your mushroom extract. You can learn more about how myceliated grain is grown and why it’s not ideal for supplements.
By contrast, the organic mushroom extracts at Real Mushrooms are made from certified organic mushrooms (fruiting bodies), offering 100% mushroom with no grain fillers. Using Real Mushrooms powder means getting a mushroom extract with some of the highest concentrations of active medicinal compounds on the market. This means you get real health benefits by adding Real Mushrooms power to your cup of DIY mushroom coffee.
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5 Reasons to Make Your Own Mushroom Coffee
Ultimately, adding Real Mushrooms’ extracts to your freshly brewed coffee will be better in flavor and nutritional quality than adding pre-made dietary mushroom packets to an instant coffee mix. With full control over your beverage, you can adjust the quantity of extract and know exactly what you are getting. You can then guarantee you are getting a supplement that is NOT diluted with fillers. Finally, buying in bulk tends to be more cost-effective and friendlier to the environment.
There are 5 distinct advantages to DIY mushroom coffee:
- You can choose your own high-quality mushroom extracts, such as those at Real Mushrooms to maximize the medicinal compounds in your coffee.
- Skip the freeze-dried instant coffee and use fresh and local roasted coffee beans to enhance the flavor and experience.
- Trust all of the ingredients you are consuming and where they are sourced.
- Customize your coffee to enjoy the specific nutritional benefits and flavor profile you are after.
- Save money and go green: reduce the excess waste from premade, single-use mixed packets of mushroom coffee.
Here are 11 DIY mushroom coffee recipes that offer an easy way to incorporate the benefits of medicinal mushrooms into your daily diet.
1. Simple Mushroom Coffee
If you’re new to the mushroom coffee craze, start off simple. Since each mushroom provides different nutritional health benefits, add the extract powder with the medicinal properties you are seeking. For better flavor and fewer toxins, try using organic coffee beans or grounds, such as those found at Purity Coffee or your favorite organic blend.
- ½ – 1tsp of mushroom extract
- A freshly brewed 8oz to 10oz cup of coffee
Directions: Stir the powder into your coffee until it is dissolved. Serve immediately.
2. Mushroom Cacao Latte
This creamy mushroom-boosted latte features a blend of mushroom extracts that offer a host of benefits including supporting a healthy immune system as well as spices with anti-inflammatory properties. It also includes cacao, which is known to be rich in antioxidants and trace minerals.
- 32 ounces of pure water
- 1 to 3 Tbsp of Coracoa Cacoco’s cacao powder
- 2 to 4 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 to 4 Medjool dates
- 1/2 tsp Real Mushrooms Chaga
- 1/2 tsp Real Mushrooms Lion’s Mane
- 1/2 tsp Real Mushrooms Cordyceps-M
- 1/4 tsp Real Mushrooms Reishi 415
- 1/4 tsp Real Mushrooms Turkey Tail
- 1/4 tsp dried ginger
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
Directions: Blend all ingredients until frothy. Serve immediately.
(Original recipe post: www.realmushrooms.com/mushroom-cacao-latte/)
3. Tahini Adaptogen Latte
The Tahini Adaptogen Latte has Chaga, a powerful antioxidant that grows on birch trees. This mushroom is used to support immune function. Adaptogens, like many mushrooms, are still being studied; however, they have been used in herbal medicine and are even believed to help stabilize physiological processes and promote homeostasis in the body.
- French press of organic coffee
- A big dollop of tahini
- 2 soft dates
- 1/2 tsp Real Mushrooms Chaga extract
- He Shou Wu
- Dash of cinnamon
Directions: Mix ingredients in a high-speed blender and serve immediately.
(Original recipe post: https://www.realmushrooms.com/tahini-adaptogen-latte/)
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4. Flu Season Mocha
Get your immune system back in gear with this mocha latte featuring Chaga mushrooms, a potent antioxidant, offering a nourishing treat that can help get you stronger to stave off those seasonal colds and flu.
- 1 cup organic coffee of choice
- 1 scoop coconut creamer
- 1/2 tsp Chaga extract
- 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
- Stevia to taste (optional)
- 1/2 tsp Cordyceps-M extract, if you’re already sick
Directions: Brew coffee with your preferred method of choice. Add 1/2 of the coffee and all the other ingredients to a coffee mug and blend using an immersion blender or milk frother. Add the rest of the coffee and froth the top of the drink.
(Original recipe post: https://www.realmushrooms.com/flu-season-mocha/)
5. Spiced Mushroom Cold Brew Coffee
Boost your metabolism and support brain function with this cold brew beverage that features Chaga, Lion’s mane and Cordyceps.
- 1 cup cold brew coffee
- ½ cup coconut cream, almond milk or grass-fed dairy whole milk
- 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ginger
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp almond or cashew butter
- 1 tsp of Real Mushrooms Lion’s Mane
- 1 tsp of Real Mushrooms Chaga
- 1 tsp of Real Mushrooms Cordyceps-M
- 1 scoop of vegan or grass-fed whey protein powder
- 1 to 3 drops of vanilla stevia
- 1 handful of cashews and coconut shreds
Directions: Add everything to a blender and blend until desired consistency.
(Original recipe post: www.realmushrooms.com/spiced-mushroom-cold-brew-coffee/)
6. Cocoa Butter Mushroom Coffee
Rich and silky, cacao butter mushroom coffee contains Lion’s mane mushroom extract, which has shown to help ease the effects of anxiety, depression, and cognitive function.
- Organic, shade-grown & mycotoxin-free coffee beans in 14 oz hot, filtered water
- 1 tbsp of MCT oil
- 2 scoops of coconut or vanilla collagen creamer (try PowerCreamer)
- 1 to 2 tbsp cacao butter
- 1 tsp organic maca
- 1 tsp Real Mushrooms Lion’s Mane
- 1 tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
Directions: Add everything to a blender and blend for roughly 10-20 seconds. Serve immediately.
(Original recipe post: www.realmushrooms.com/omg-cacao-butter-mushroom-coffee/)
7. Iced Mushroom Coffee
Upgrade your regular iced coffee by adding 5 Defenders mushroom extract powder for immune strength.
- 1 cup coffee, at room temperature (try Rampage Coffee)
- ½ – 1 tsp of 5 Defenders mushroom extract powder
- 2 tbsp half and half*, or more, to taste
- Syrup: ½ cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Directions: To make the simple syrup, combine sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely and stir in vanilla extract; set aside. Mix mushroom extract powder into coffee, pour coffee over ice with half-and-half and simple syrup, to taste.
8. Dalgona Mushroom Coffee
Put a mushroom twist on a coffee trend that is taking the internet by storm. Dalgona coffee, or whipped coffee, is a creamy treat that’s easy to customize. Add Reishi mushroom extract which can help support the immune system, improve sleep, and reduce stress and fatigue.
- 2 tbsp granulated instant coffee
- ½ tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp of Reishi mushroom extract
- 2 tbsp hot water
Directions: Combine the instant coffee, sugar, and hot water in a medium bowl. Whip, by hand or with a mixer. Continue mixing until the mixture turns from foamy to frothy to creamy. Add the Reishi powder and stir until mixed. Spoon the fluffy blend over milk in a glass filled with ice. (You could also spoon it over warm milk for a hot drink.) Combine and serve.
9. Affogato Mushroom Coffee
This simple Italian dessert coffee is perfect on warm, summer days. Get an extra boost by adding Lion’s mane to enhance cognition.
- 2 oz fresh brewed espresso
- 1 tsp Lion’s mane powder
- 5 1/2 ounces vanilla gelato
Directions: Dissolve Lion’s mane into freshly brewed espresso. Place gelato in an old-fashioned glass and pour espresso over top. Serve immediately.
10. Chocolate Ghee Mushroom Coffee
Creamy and delicious, this coffee includes Reishi mushroom powder, which helps support longevity and helps to reduce physical and emotional stress. It also has chocolate ghee, a clarified butter infused with cacao, which is a twist on the typical “bulletproof” coffee formula.
- 16oz of hot coffee
- 1 tsp Gold Nugget chocolate ghee
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (can be swapped for butter, regular ghee, or MCT oil)
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp cacao
- 1/4 tsp ashwagandha
- 1/2 tsp Reishi extract powder
Directions: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high for 1 – 2 minutes. The longer you blend, the creamier it becomes and has a great froth to it. Pour & enjoy!
Tip: adding the hemp seeds directly to the blender skips the step of having to make your own milk. They blend super smooth and you don’t have to strain hemp milk, plus added plant protein!
11. Chaga and Lion’s Mane Iced Mushroom Mocha
Pack a nutritional punch with this mocha featuring Chaga which can boosts digestion and help to clear skin as well as Lion’s mane which supports healthy brain function.
- 3/4 cup cold coffee (your choice: caffeinated or caffeine-free)
- 1 tsp Chaga mushroom extract
- ½ tsp Lion’s mane mushroom extract
- ¼ cup plant-based milk (I use tinned organic coconut milk)
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- ¼ tsp MCT oil
- Optional: sweetener
- Ice (to add into your glass)
Directions: Mix the Chaga and Lion’s mane with a very small amount of boiled water (just enough to dissolve them), cool it with some ice, or let it sit and cool. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for a minute. If you don’t have a blender try mixing it up in one of those protein drink shakers. Add the ice into your cup and pour in the blended mixture. Feeling decadent? Add some vanilla (plant-based) ice cream.
The nutritional benefits of medicinal mushrooms are diverse and plentiful. It’s important to make sure you’re using organic mushroom extracts that are made from the 100% mushrooms with no grain fillers. Try out these DIY mushroom coffee recipes with Real Mushrooms to enjoy different health benefits every day.
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