Last year we had the bulletproof coffee, which is claimed to have ability to boost our energy levels. This year, mushroom coffee seems to take over the position of bulletproof coffee as the year’s superfood trend. Mushroom Coffee claims to give you the best benefits of caffeine without the downsides. It’s all over social media and probably tempts you to try it too.

Tero Isokauppila, founder of Four Sigmatic is on a mission to make the world’s healthiest coffee. The coffee is made by liquefying and drying maitake mushrooms, then taking that extract and combining it with coffee beans and other all-natural ingredients. The superpower of maitake mushrooms to boost the energy seems fit perfectly with the natural quality of coffee to ‘awake’ you. There is also some research that show the maitake mushroom may lower blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes.

See the video of mushroom coffee making below:

Mushrooms’ earthy flavor complements bold, roasted coffee beans, providing a smoother flavor to the coffee. The mushrooms are also the source of antioxidants and other compounds that may enhance your focus and thinking capabilities. Studies have suggested that they’re great for lowering anxiety and supporting the adrenal glands.

Wondering how the coffee must taste like? Although the mushroom is the dominant ingredient of this drink, it won’t overpower the taste of coffee itself and you won’t find any umami flavor of the mushrooms. Four Sigmatic uses mild-tasting Arabica beans from Central America in their fixes, so they don’t have the same strong or bitter taste that is often associated with traditional coffee.

Now, should you really add this to your diet, and replace say, your breakfast cereals? Four Sigmatic says their products enhance the health benefits of the average cup of coffee, but it is not necessarily a complete replacement of your regular meal. In addition, Cynthia Sass, nutrition editor at health.com said that if you take a blood thinner or any medication that’s meant to control diabetes or blood pressure levels, you’ll want to steer clear of consuming maitake mushrooms, since they can actually interact with those drugs.

If you are curious to take a sip of mushroom coffee, you can get the whole pack at Four Sigmatic’s company website.

Whether this mushroom coffee will become as mainstream as smoothie bowl or bulletproof coffee is yet to be seen, but we know that society loves new products, especially those that are viral in social media. The main question now: would you try this?

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