People Are Drinking Mushroom Coffee

Coffee is amazing. It perks you up, keeps you focused, and tastes incredible. But throwing back more than one or two cups can bring on adverse side effects. But there may now be a way to indulge in your four-cup habit with no jitters, no bitter taste, and no midday energy crash. And it’s actually not coffee at all—it’s mushrooms. (Yes, you read that right.)

Thanks to a new company called Four Sigmatic, a new mushroom coffee product claims to boost your brain power, increase productivity, and melt away stress—while also packing a punch with extra nutrients and minerals not found in regular coffee. Each cup contains 40 milligrams of caffeine, about half as much as a cup of standard coffee.

As for the taste, you actually won’t notice the mushrooms. Reviewers on the product site have even called it “incredibly satisfying” and noted its “mellow but effective buzz.”

Food Republic reports that the coffee is made by liquifying and drying mushrooms, then taking that extract and combining it with coffee beans and other all-natural ingredients. To make the coffee, just add the contents of the coffee packet into hot water, à la instant coffee. If you’re wondering why anyone would do this, the brand’s founder, Tero Isokauppila, points out that “indigenous people have been drinking their mushrooms for thousands of years.”

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