Four Sigmatic Instant Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane
Imagine a cup of coffee that doesn’t just wake you up, but gives you a nice little cognitive and creative boost with half the caffeine.
Does it sound a little too good to be true?
Well, it's not. Four Sigmatic made a coffee that can do all of that by blending in chaga and lion’s mane mushrooms and organic rhodiola rosea to their organic instant coffee.
The idea comes from the chaga mushroom coffee replacement their Finnish grandparents drank during WWII when coffee was scarce in Finland. Chaga is high in antioxidants and is believed to help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
For this blend, the signature “magic mushroom” is obviously lion’s mane. Lion’s mane may be able to help prevent dementia, help treat mild depression and anxiety, and help repair nerve damage. It’s also anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants. It’s long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to support brain and neurological health as well. This one is what’s going to give you that nice cognitive boost with your morning coffee.
Side note: none of the mushrooms they use have any hallucinogenic properties, the only magic is in their health benefits.
Rhodiola rosea was completely new to me. It’s also known as golden root and has been classified as an adaptogen meaning it can make you a little less prone to emotional and physical stress. Research suggests that it might increase serotonin which is why some people use this to treat mild depression.
This mix of mushrooms, roots, and organic coffee definitely sounds amazing, but I’m not going to lie that I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of flavor when I first tried it out. Let’s be honest, there are a couple of mushroom-infused products out there that aren’t exactly tasty.
I decided to try out Four Sigmatic’s Instant Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane since some types of coffee can have a bit of an earthy flavor anyway. If anything was going to pair well with the added mushrooms for health benefits I figured it had to be coffee. I also can’t think of a better way to make sure I get healthy mushrooms and adaptogens into my morning routine than in my first cup of coffee.
So let’s get to the important question. How does this taste?
It’s a nice robust dark blend with notes of cocoa and honey and a slight earthiness. I would never guess mushrooms were added to this coffee. I’ve honestly had much earthier tasting varieties without any mushrooms added in.
It would pair nicely with yogurt and muesli or a fresh chocolate croissant.
I’m now curious to try a chaga tea to see how similar it tastes to coffee and if it would make for a good coffee replacement when trying to avoid caffeine. That might end up being a future blog post.
Another thing that I loved about these is that they are not just easy to make, but are also super easy to throw in your bag to make with a little hot water either at work or in a hotel while you’re traveling.
They’re also organic, fair-trade, single-origin, and rigorously lab-tested.
If you’re not a fan of instant coffee Four Sigmatic also sells the Lion’s Mane Blend as a regular ground coffee. It has all of the same benefits but might be preferred if you’re working at home and want to have a whole pot brewed when you start the day.
If this sounds like something you want to add to your morning routine as well, make sure to check them out here.
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