The thought of mushroom coffee might sound strange, but it's growing in popularity. In some cases, mushroom coffee consists of a blend of ground coffee beans and mushroom powders. However, some users choose to drink a mushroom latte consisting solely of mushroom extract, using the natural properties of fungus in place of caffeine.
There are numerous varieties of mushroom latte, each containing specific mushrooms and special ingredients. Options like the chaga latte have become enormously popular on account of this species' ability to boost overall health.
As the range of mushroom coffee diversifies and medicinal mushrooms become more popular, there are more flavors to enjoy. For example, some consumers are enjoying a mushroom matcha latte in place of their morning Java.
Below, we check out the health benefits of mushroom lattes and explain how to make mushroom coffee at home. Read on to learn everything you need to know.
Mushroom Latte Benefits
It has long been known that mushrooms have benefits. The specific health benefits vary between mushroom species. In general, they could contribute to overall health.
For example, chaga mushrooms are sometimes called the "king of mushrooms," renowned for their ability to improve wellbeing and even boost the immune system. Meanwhile, reishi mushrooms can fight fatigue, making them perfect for adding to a coffee latte.
These benefits of mushrooms have led them to become popular in wellness circles. The species that can trigger these benefits are called functional mushrooms, and they are often taken in the form of capsules or powders. The latter are ideal for adding to recipes and beverages, which is partly what makes them so popular.
The specific mushroom species can alter the effects, but so can the brand. Some brands add other ingredients or create mushroom blends designed for specific purposes. There are plenty of energy-inducing products available, but it can be more fun to make a mushroom latte at home.
But why are users taking mushrooms in the form of coffee in the first place? Since coffee alone can often lead to the caffeine jitters, some users see mushroom coffee as a way of getting around it. Plus, there are added benefits alongside energy in the form of mushrooms' adaptogenic properties.
Now that you know some of the mushroom latte benefits, keep reading to learn how to make mushroom lattes at home, including our easy reishi mushroom latte recipe.
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How to Make Mushroom Latte
Mushroom lattes are pretty easy to make. The recipe can vary depending on a few factors. Below, we provide our top three mushroom latte recipes.
Chaga Mushroom Latte Recipe
A latte is a type of coffee with a single or double shot of espresso, several ounces of steamed milk, and a small layer of foam. Making a chaga latte simply involves adding chaga extract to the mix.
Chaga mushrooms have an earthy flavor that marries well with coffee. They have been used in Siberian folk medicine for centuries and have potential benefits such as boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation.
This easy chaga mushroom latte recipe combines one teaspoon of chaga powder with one cup of milk. You can make it vegan-friendly by using a dairy alternative of your choice:
- Add all ingredients to a blender. You will need 1 teaspoon of chaga powder, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, a pinch of ground cinnamon, a pinch of sea salt, and a shot of espresso or strong coffee. Blitz until well-combined.
- Steam or heat one cup of milk, then add to the blender. Blitz at high-speed for 30 seconds or until frothy.
- Taste and adjust the flavor, then serve immediately in your favorite cup.
Reishi Mushroom Latte Recipe
This reishi latte recipe is just as easy as the above, but we changed it a little so that you have options. Once you have the basics of mushroom lattes covered, you can mix and match by adding whatever ingredients you like. Our reishi mushroom latte option adds cocoa powder for some extra sweetness.
And in case you were wondering, reishi is another fungus used in Eastern medicine. They are said to fight off fatigue and even depression.
- Heat one cup of milk or dairy-free alternative on the stove. Add one tablespoon coconut oil or MCT oil, 1 teaspoon reishi powder, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon cacao. Stir in maple syrup or another sweetener.
- Transfer the reishi latte to a blender, or use a milk frother, to blitz the mixture until it becomes smooth and creamy.
- Decant into your cup of choice. You can top with extra cinnamon.
Mushroom Matcha Latte Recipe
Our favorite mushroom coffee is the mushroom matcha latte. Technically, it is not coffee because it is made with matcha, a concentrated form of green tea. However, matcha is high in caffeine and provides a similar energy boost to a regular cup of Joe.
This matcha mushroom latte recipe can be made hot, but we love the iced version. You can use any mushroom extract of your choice, including a blend of multiple species. Our edition uses a blend of turkey tail and chaga powder.
|Recipe Instructions||Add all ingredients to a temperature-proof cup and use a milk frother to whisk together.|
|Suitable For Diet||Vegan|
- ½ cup plant-based milk of choice
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1 tsp mushroom powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave
- ½ cup boiled water
- Add the matcha powder, mushroom powder, and maple syrup to a container or mug. Preferably, it should be tempered and heat-proof.
- Pour the boiled water over the top. You may not need all of it, just enough to cover the powder and partially fill the container. Use a milk frother or hand-held mixer to whip the mixture together until well-blended.
- Top up with cold water and add as much ice as you want. Then, pour in the milk. You can also froth the milk if you prefer.
- Serve immediately.
Final Thoughts About Mushroom Lattes with Matcha
There are lots of things to consider when making recipes with mushrooms. Mushroom coffees are one of the easiest options, because all you need to do is dissolve mushroom powder in hot water with an optional shot of espresso. There are also lots of mushroom latte recipes to choose from, ensuring that there's something to suit all tastes.
Whether you prefer a reishi latte, chaga latte, or a mushroom matcha, there will be something for you to enjoy. Before long, you might find yourself replacing your morning coffee cup with a mug of mushrooms.
But if mushroom coffees aren’t your thing, then you can always use capsules for a much quicker, easier way to take supplements every day. Be sure to browse the VidaCap capsule range before leaving our site today, or even try our mushroom blends.
Mushroom Latte FAQ
Here are some answers to questions you may have about mushroom coffee.
What do mushroom coffees taste like?
If you're worrying that mushroom powder will spoil your cup of coffee, don't panic. Generally, the mushroom taste gets lost in the other flavors, especially if you use espresso or sweeteners.
Will I get the caffeine jitters?
People make mushroom lattes differently. If you add a shot of espresso or use matcha, then your body will react to the caffeine. It's possible to cut out the coffee or use decaf instead if necessary.
Why add mushrooms to coffee at all?
Mushrooms contain a wealth of beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants and polysaccharides. They add an extra dimension of benefits to drinking coffee; not only do you get energy, but you also get other advantages. And, unlike taking other supplements, coffee is really easy to fit into a routine.
If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with the VidaCap team.
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