Want to cut back on caffeine without sacrificing a delicious, hot drink? The beverage industry’s latest trend is the humble chagaccino.
Our chagaccino recipe includes chaga mushrooms, a well-revered superfood. Containing a complex blend of essential nutrients, chaga is believed to support everyday health and balance. Combined with milk and spice, it offers a rich and creamy drinking experience without the need for complicated recipes or machinery. Sometimes simple is better.
If you want to know how to make a chagaccino, find the recipe below.
What Is Chagaccino?
Chagaccino is a remix of the classic Italian “cappuccino” drink. However, instead of coffee, milk and chaga mushrooms are used.
Add in a splash of additional ingredients like cocoa, cinnamon powder, etc., and you’re left with an indulgent drink without the caffeine crash. And it’s beyond simple to make; all you need is a whisk, a small saucepan, and a strong arm.
The major benefit of our recipe is just how versatile it is. If you’re a vegan, it's easy to use a dairy-free base like hemp, oat, or nut milk. However, you can keep it classic by using regular dairy milk.
Unlike a coffee shop, brewing at home is affordable, and the process can be therapeutic and calming in itself. Plus, it takes less than 10 minutes to make – great even for when you’re in a rush.
Chaga is a type of mushroom that primarily grows on birch trees. It’s been used for thousands of years, notably in Russian and Chinese herbal medicine, to benefit general health and wellbeing.
Over the last few years, many Western cultures have discovered just how useful these mushrooms can be, as well as others like lion’s mane and reishi. Not only are chaga mushrooms high in antioxidants, but they are a rich source of beta-glucans, which help regulate the body’s immune system.
These mushrooms also contain a good source of:
- Amino acids
- Vitamin D
- Iron, magnesium, and potassium
All of these compounds are important ingredients for living a balanced and healthy life. For instance, vitamin D supports the growth of healthy bones and teeth, while magnesium can help regulate blood pressure.
The popularity of chaga mushrooms has led to many delicious and easy-to-make consumables, just like our chagaccino drink. Not only can you enjoy the mushrooms' benefits, but the flavor as well!
What Does Chagaccino Taste Like?
Like most mushroom drinks, chagaccino has a rich and earthy taste. However, the inclusion of cinnamon and cocoa gives it a sweet and spicy flavor too.
If you enjoy creamy drinks, chagaccino is ideal. It contains a milk base, making it feel warm and comforting to consume. Whether you want to use the drink as a morning brew or a relaxing drink for the afternoon, you can.
Want to consume chaga without the taste or hassle?
At VidaCap, our chaga capsules are an easy way to enjoy the mushroom. Chaga products, like capsules, can make your supplement routine feel workable and convenient for your daily life.
How to Make a Chagaccino
Our chagaccino recipe is all about flexibility. Whether you want to add less sugar or experiment with additional spices like ginger, the choice is up to you.
Additionally, while our classic recipe doesn’t include caffeine, we know that it’s essential for some. So, you can find an optional coffee variety in the chagaccino recipe below.
|Recipe Ingredient||Chaga Mushroom|
|Recipe Instructions||In a pot, heat through powdered chaga mushroom, milk, and cinnamon. While simmering, whisk the mixture until frothy. Serve in a mug.|
|Suitable For Diet||Vegan|
- 1 tsp of chaga mushroom powder (our chaga capsules work too)
- 1 ½ cups of milk (dairy, almond, hemp, etc.)
- 1 cinnamon stick or powdered cinnamon
- 1 tsp of honey or sugar
- 1 tsp of cocoa powder
- 1 espresso shot or ½ cup of strong coffee
- To start, measure out the mushroom powder, milk, and any additional ingredients into a small saucepan.
- Whisk the mixture over medium heat, ensuring it doesn’t burn.
- Keep whisking until the mixture heats through and becomes frothy.
- Remove from heat, and if using a cinnamon stick, remove from the mixture.
- Allow to cool slightly and pour into a coffee mug or teacup. Top the drink with extra cinnamon or cocoa powder.
- For a caffeine boost, add in a shot of espresso.
Final Thoughts About the Chagaccino Recipe
For those who want a quick and affordable drink that harnesses the health benefits of chaga, our chagaccino drink is likely to please. As well as being ultra-creamy, the earthy taste is appealing no matter what time of day.
Additionally, if you like to customize drinks to your personal preference, for instance, by adding cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, or even shots of espresso, this recipe allows you to do that.
For even more great recipe ideas that incorporate functional mushrooms like cordyceps and reishi, check out the VidaCap blog.
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