Jump on the mushroom coffee bandwagon?
This alternative to traditional coffee became quite popular, not without reason.
But which one to buy?
So let’s dive straight in.
Best Mushroom Coffee: Top 9 Picks
- Wunderground Hocus Pocus Mushroom Coffee (Best Overall)
- Four Sigmatic Organic Mushroom High Caffeine Coffee (Best High Caffeine)
- Teeccino Turkey Tail Astragalus Mushroom Coffee (Best Herbal Coffee)
- La Republica Organic Mushroom Coffee (Best for Health Benefits)
- Laird Superfood Bright Cup Coffee Pods (Best for Pods)
- Sun Alchemy Mushroom Coffee (Best for Travel)
- RASA Original – Adaptogenic Mushroom Coffee Alternative (Best Premium Pick)
- Earth & Star Decaf Mushroom Coffee (Best Decaf)
- KOS Mushroom Coffee Dark Chocolate Mocha (Best Flavored)
Wunderground Hocus Pocus Mushroom Coffee
This product by Wunderground deserves such a high spot on this list for many reasons.
Unlike many similar products, this mushroom coffee doesn’t taste like mushrooms at all. Made of Arabica beans grown in Guatemala, this mushroom coffee is rich and full-bodied.
Combined with mushroom extracts, the flavor profile is sweet, with notes of chocolate, toasted pecan, and orange.
The mushrooms the coffee features are reishi and chaga, which boost the immune system and control blood sugar. The mushrooms are grown organically on the natural wood substrate and harvested once matured. That way, they have the highest amount of active ingredients.
This medium-roasted universal grind is suitable for a drip machine and French press. The suggested amount is 2 tablespoons for every 6 ounces of water. But of course, you can add more or less, depending on how strong you want your drink to be.
As for the caffeine, 8 ounces of this mushroom coffee contain about 90 milligrams of caffeine. That’s pretty much the same as your regular black coffee.
All in all, this is a great product. It’s on the slightly more expensive side, but given the quality, it’s understandable.
- Chaga and reishi extracts improve the immune system and cardiovascular health
- Suitable for drip and French press brewing methods
- Nitrogen-flushed packaging keeps unopened mushroom coffee fresh for half a year
- Contains the same amount of caffeine as your typical cup of coffee
- Slightly expensive compared to most products on the list
Four Sigmatic Organic Mushroom High Caffeine Coffee
Want to switch to mushroom coffee without giving up on your caffeine intake? Then you need a really strong product, like this one by Four Sigmatic.
There are 3 key energetic ingredients: L-theanine, cordyceps mushroom, and, you guessed it, caffeine.
L-theanine is an amino acid that, when paired with caffeine, helps increase focus and attention. At the same time, it helps you relax and relieve stress. And because of this ingredient, you won’t get the jitters from too much caffeine.
Cordyceps, aside from the energy kick, is added to boost the immunity system.
For this product, the brand uses single-origin coffee grown at 5,500 feet above sea level in Honduras. Roasted dark, it creates a full-bodied cup with notes of chocolate and nuts.
As for the caffeine content, a 6-ounce cup contains about 80 milligrams, which is roughly the same as a shot of espresso.
The grind size of this mushroom coffee is medium-fine, suitable for Moka pots and pour-overs. The brand claims you can use it for a cold brew as well, but that will probably give you too bitter results. It’s also not suitable for methods that require a finer grind, like espresso or Aeropress.
- Single-origin coffee ensures a delicate flavor profile
- L-theanine prevents jitters from high caffeine content
- Caffeine paired with L-theanine gives a nice energy boost
- Climate pledge friendly and USDA organic certified, meaning it’s made under rigorous standards
- The ground size makes it only suitable for two brewing methods
Teeccino Turkey Tail Astragalus Mushroom Coffee
With mushroom coffee, you want to know exactly what you’re drinking. But that’s not a problem with Teeccino, as the brand indicates the exact amount of each ingredient on the label.
This mushroom coffee features a turkey tail mushroom powder. Paired with inulin and astragalus root, it restores gut health & strengthens the immune system.
As for the energy boost, the only source of it is the turkey tail. In fact, this mushroom coffee doesn’t contain any coffee at all. Instead, it contains chicory, a common coffee alternative.
Of course, this also means that the energy kick you get is nowhere near the one you get from real caffeine.
Without coffee as an ingredient, this mushroom “coffee” is acid-free, so it’s very gentle on your stomach.
Combined together, these ingredients create a drink that’s rich and full-bodied, with notes of nuts and toasted maple. Plus, the addition of dates balances out the flavor and gives a slightly sweet finish. This delicious flavor profile is even better when combined with milk or creamer.
This product is certified organic and climate-friendly. That means it’s produced under rigorous standards. You can rest assured that what you’re drinking is of the highest quality and without hidden ingredients.
- Doesn’t contain coffee, so it’s great for people intolerant to caffeine
- The flavor profile is great alone or when combined with milk or creamer
- Rich in probiotics and antioxidants
- Non-acidic, so it’s suitable for people with digestive issues
- It’s a herbal coffee substitute, so it’s nowhere near energetic as a caffeinated drink
La Republica Organic Mushroom Coffee
Each mushroom has unique health benefits. And instead of picking one, La Republica decided to include 7 of them for a superb health boost effect.
Lion’s mane, reishi, cordyceps, chaga, maitake, turkey tail, and shiitake are combined in this coffee. Together, they improve the immune system, gut health, and focus. Cordyceps also ensures you don’t get negative effects from the energy boost, like the jitters.
All the mushrooms are grown organically in wild forests away from the industrial world. The extract is made from fruiting bodies, not the roots, which have 15 times more active ingredients.
As for the coffee, this product is made of 100% Arabica beans, whose dark, rich flavor pairs well with the nuttiness of mushrooms.
Aside from being organic, this coffee is also certified climate pledge friendly and fair trade. This means it’s held to the highest standard. To further ensure that, the product is then tested by 3rd parties.
All in all, this is a great product. The only thing I don’t like is the plastic packaging. With such high production standards, you’d expect something more environmentally-friendly. But I guess the price explains the choice of material.
- The combination of 7 mushrooms has great health-boosting effects
- With 30 servings per jar, you don’t have to repurchase often
- Certified fair trade, organic, and climate pledge friendly, meaning it’s held to the highest standards
- Wild-harvested and cultivated, these mushrooms give a very nutritional and flavor profile
- Comes in a cheap, plastic packaging
Laird Superfood Bright Cup Coffee Pods
Own a single-serving pod machine? Don’t worry, mushroom coffee comes in pods as well.
These pods are crafted with Peruvian coffee beans, which are grown at high altitudes. Medium roasted, these beans have a bright and sweet taste with subtle citrus notes.
This flavor profile pairs perfectly with the earthiness and cinnamon notes of lion’s mane and chaga mushroom extracts. What you get is a really rich and bold cup of mushroom coffee.
In fact, it’s so strong that you can make a full mug with a single pod. An 8-ounce drink will be very strong. If you prefer something milder, you can go with 10 or even 12 ounces. You can choose between the 24 and 72-pack products, depending on how often you drink coffee.
What’s great about this product is that it’s environmentally friendly. The cups are BPI-certified and made with bio-based substances. This means they’re commercially compostable. While you can’t compost them at home, you can take them to the industrial composting facility.
The pods are compatible with the Keurig K-cup system, meaning they work with a large number of single-serving machines. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with Nespresso coffee makers. Of course, that also means your brewing method options are limited.
- Compatible with Keurig K-cup system
- Come in packs of 24 or 72, depending on how often you drink coffee
- Very strong, so you can make a large drink with a single pod
- Commercially compostable, meaning the pods are environmentally friendly
- Don’t work with Nespresso
- Only suitable for pod machines
Sun Alchemy Mushroom Coffee
You like to bring your own coffee when traveling? Then you’ll like this mushroom coffee by Sun Alchemy.
Airtight single-serving bags are practical on the go, as you just need a mug and hot water to make coffee. Since the coffee is freeze-dried, it remains fresh for many months.
A single cup of this mushroom coffee has as much as 110 milligrams of caffeine. That’s exactly the amount you get with regular black coffee, so you’re not sacrificing energy boost.
But thanks to cordyceps, you won’t experience the negative effects of having too much caffeine. Of course, this still means drinking this mushroom coffee is not suitable in the afternoon.
The coffee in question consists of Arabica beans grown at high altitudes. They give the drink a dark, earthy flavor without bitterness.
Other mushrooms included in the mix are reishi, lion’s mane, and chaga. Together, these mushrooms boost immunity and mental sharpness, while reducing fatigue and inflammation.
The mushrooms are dual extracted. What this means is that it’s extracted in both water and alcohol to create an extra-potent extract with additional health benefits.
There are no hidden ingredients here. No matter what your dietary preference might be – vegan, paleo, keto, gluten, or dairy-free, you can consume this product safely.
- It’s freeze-dried, meaning it has a long shelf life
- Mushrooms are dual-extracted, so they’re twice as potent
- 3rd party tested for quality
- A percentage of sales is donated to conserve Sequoya parks
- High caffeine content makes it unsuitable for afternoon coffee
RASA Original – Adaptogenic Mushroom Coffee Alternative
If you don’t mind the rather high price tag, this herbal coffee by RASA is definitely worth trying. Carefully picked and combined ingredients make one flavorful and healthy cup of mushroom coffee.
The blend consists of 12 herbs, including ashwagandha, chaga, and reishi mushroom powder. Combined together, they have tons of health benefits. These include a boost to your digestive health, immune system, and sleep, as well as the balance of cortisol levels.
There’s no actual coffee involved – instead, it uses chicory. So there’s no actual caffeine involved. But the mushroom extract gives you a nice energy boost that lasts for hours.
As far as taste goes, you can barely notice any difference. This mushroom coffee tastes slightly sweet, nutty, and with a hint of cinnamon.
The herbal flavor profile is great on its own, but can also be mixed with cocoa, for a deeper taste and richer mouthfeel.
Since it’s made of dried herbs, RASA mushroom coffee has a shelf life of over a year. But given it comes in an 8-ounce bag, you’ll probably go through it by that time.
The downside is that, after all, is not real coffee. If you like caffeinated drinks, it’s better to choose another (real) mushroom coffee.
- Consists of 12 herbs and extracts, which make a powerful health booster
- The flavor profile pairs well with cocoa, as well as different types of milk
- Since it uses dried herbs, this mushroom coffee has a very long shelf life
- It’s caffeine-free and low in acidity, so it’s suitable for people with digestive issues
- Expensive compared to other products on the list
- It’s a coffee substitute, and although it’s energizing, it lacks the caffeine boost
Earth & Star Decaf Mushroom Coffee
Want to enjoy mushroom coffee blend without a strong energy boost?
This product by Earth & Star uses decaf coffee, so there’s no sudden alertness caused by caffeine. But lion’s mane mushroom and l-theanine will provide you with sustainable energy throughout the day. Being focused without feeling the jitters? Sign me up!
Lion’s mane is also great for improving memory and concentration. So drinking this mushroom coffee will get you prepared for a tough day at work.
With the addition of 4 other types of mushrooms, you get a drink with calming and immune system-boosting properties.
Of course, you don’t have to sacrifice taste for benefits. This mushroom coffee is smooth, creamy, and tastes just like your regular brew. It comes preground, with particle size suitable for French press or drip machines.
I must say I really like the packaging of this product. It features a one-way valve, so the grounds can degas without oxygen getting in. That way, the coffee stays fresh for a long time while unopened.
The product does have a slightly more expensive price tag, but given that it’s decaf, that’s not so surprising.
- Gives you a sustainable energy boost without side effects
- Smooth and creamy, this coffee tastes nothing like mushrooms
- Suitable for use in the French press and drip machines
- The one-way valve allows the grounds to degas without going stale
- Slightly expensive, so it’s not for those on a budget
KOS Mushroom Coffee Dark Chocolate Mocha
Who said that mushroom coffee must taste like your regular cup of black joe?
Here’s my favorite flavored mushroom coffee that tastes like a dark chocolate mocha!
The combination of coconut milk, coffee, and cocoa results in a creamy and sweet cup of java. Monk fruit extract is used as a natural sweetener. It’s about 200 times more potent than sugar but has zero calories.
However, if you are a fan of black coffee, this coffee isn’t for you. You will be overwhelmed with sweetness.
As for the mushroom extracts, this product contains reishi, lion’s mane, turkey tail, chaga, and cordyceps. Together, they improve your health in numerous ways. Strengthening immunity, reducing inflammation, supporting the gastrointestinal system… you name it.
Of course, these mushrooms improve your focus and memory as well. Combined with caffeine, they give you a nice boost of energy to get you through the day. Each serving has roughly 60 milligrams of caffeine, which is like a shot of espresso.
This product is certified GMP and organic, meaning it’s produced under rigorous standards. It’s also gluten, dairy, soy, GMO, and hormone-free, which further ensures its quality.
The packaging contains 28 servings, which is pretty decent. The only thing I’m not impressed with is the material, which is plastic.
- The flavor profile pairs well with plant-based milk
- Thanks to monk fruit extract, the product is very sweet without containing sugar
- A single serving has the same amount of caffeine as a shot of espresso
- Certified GMP and organic, meaning it’s developed under rigorous standards
- The can is made of plastic, which is not environmentally-friendly
- The sweetness of this coffee can be overwhelming
What to Look For in Mushroom Coffee – A Buyer’s Guide
Choosing the right mushroom coffee brand can be harder than choosing regular coffee.
So many oddly-sounding ingredients, and not a lot of other information is usually stated on the packaging.
But don’t worry. In this section, I’ll share with you all you need to know to find the best mushroom coffees out there.
Type of Mushroom
Many different types of medicinal mushrooms are used in mushroom coffee.
Some of the most commonly used mushrooms are:
- Lion’s Mane
- Turkey Tail
Drinking mushroom coffee can have various health benefits, and each medicinal mushroom affects your body in a special way.
Reishi mushrooms have the ability to give you a sustained energy boost. At the same time, they also fight inflammation and lower depression.
Chaga mushrooms also have anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, they lower cholesterol and blood sugar and overall boost the immune system.
Lion’s mane is a true power mushroom. It helps repair nerve damage and even accelerates the growth of brain cells.
Furthermore, the lion’s mane also helps with managing diabetes, cholesterol, and inflammations.
Cordyceps gives you all the good benefits of caffeine, but without the jitters and increased blood pressure. Other health benefits of this mushroom include anti-aging and antioxidant properties.
Turkey tail contains tons of prebiotics, so it’s a real health bomb for your gut. At the same time, it also improves your immune system and is even believed to have antitumor properties.
IN A NUTSHELL
Different types of medicinal mushrooms used in coffee have different health benefits. So, choose the type according to your health needs.
Of course, high-quality mushrooms won’t mean much if the coffee used is of the same quality.
When choosing the product, pay attention to the beans used.
At the very least, you want the beans to be organic, so you know they were grown under strict guidelines.
Then we have climate-friendly and fair trade certifications. These ensure that the coffee was produced sustainably, without harming the environment or workers.
Other labels you want to see on such product is GMO, gluten, dairy, soy, and hormone-free. These ingredients shouldn’t be in your cup.
IN A NUTSHELL
If you are aiming at healthy coffee, pay attention to certifications that ensure maximum quality. Those are: organic, GMO-free, hormone-free, etc.
What’s your preferred way of drinking coffee?
You’ll see that a lot of mushroom coffee products come as preground coffee. Generally, they’re universally ground, meaning they’re designated for French press or drip brewers.
A good amount of products are packed as instant coffee. These can be single-serving or packed in larger jars, with the serving size indicated on the label.
Finally, there are some brands that make mushroom coffee in capsules. These allow you to use your pod machine at home to make your brew.
IN A NUTSHELL
Mushroom coffee usually comes as preground coffee, instant coffee, or as a coffee pod. Think about how you brew your normal coffee and choose accordingly.
To Sum Things Up
There are a handful of pretty great mushroom coffee products on the market.
But Wunderground Hocus Pocus Mushroom Coffee is a tough one to beat.
It’s delicious. It’s rich, slightly sweet, and tastes nothing like mushrooms.
Sold as ground coffee, you can use it with different brewers.
Oh, and let’s not forget the mushroom coffee benefits for your mind and body. Tasty and healthy!
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