There are a lot of different products or recipes claiming to be health-enhanced coffees of some sort or another. After trying out several and doing a bunch of research, I have come up with my own. The main components are chaga and lion's mane mushroom mixed with coffee. I hope you like it! Feel free to tweak it to suit your own needs and tastes.
The first step is to make a decoction (fancy word for tea made from boiling rather than just steeping) of chaga and lion's mane mushroom:
Mix together and bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for at least an hour. Two hours or longer is recommended for best results. Alternately you could put it all into a slow cooker and have it simmer for several hours. Once you are ready, filter out the solid matter.
You can also double or triple the recipe and store the unused mushroom decoction in the refrigerator for several days to save time and effort if you plan to drink this regularly. In addition, the solid matter filtered off can often be reboiled. You will know the mushrooms are fully used up when they no longer produce a dark brown liquid when boiled.
This is actually good on it's own as a mushroom tea. I have also used this as a delicious mushroom broth in savory dishes.
Brew the Coffee
I like to use a French Press to brew my coffee. Take about 1 teaspoon of ground coffee beans and put it in the bottom of the French press. Boil the mushroom decoction you made previously and then pour it over the coffee grounds. Use some boiled water to top it up if necessary. Let steep for about 5 or 6 minutes before pressing down the filter and pouring off the hot liquid.
You can go ahead and drink it like this but I like to enhance it a bit more with a few special items.
Pour yourself a mug of the hot mushroom coffee and stir in any or all of the following:
1 teaspoon (5 grams) of Creatine Monohydrate crystals
Small pinch (about 1/8th teaspoon) of Borax crystals
1/2 teaspoon of unpasturized honey (try honey infused with ginseng root for an extra kick)
Splash of grass fed, organic cream
Alternately, if you want to make this coffee "bulletproof" you can replace the honey with stevia sweetener and replace the cream with unsalted grass fed butter and/or coconut oil. If you use butter or coconut oil you will need to put your coffee in a blender to properly mix it. This is the best option if you are doing intermittent fasting because the honey and cream will almost certainly take you out of ketosis.
Now you are ready to enjoy your homemade mushroom coffee!
Aside from being delicious, drinking this mushroom coffee offers several health benefits. These benefits are too numerous to provide in full detail, but these are a few of the most significant:
- Immune system enhancement from the chaga mushroom
- Cognitive enhancement from the lion's mane mushroom, coffee and borax
- Performance enhancement from the coffee and creatine monohydrate
- Reduced oxidative stress from the antioxidants in the mushrooms, coffee and honey
- Enhanced mineral absorption from the Vitamin-K2 found in the grass-fed cream or butter
Too Much Work?
Convinced this is something you want to try but just too busy to put in the work to make it yourself? Four Sigmatic has an excellent instant mushroom coffee product that combines chaga mushroom, lion's mane mushroom and coffee. Just mix with hot water and add cream, sweetener and/or any other upgrades you desire.
How Do You Take Your Coffee?
What about you? Do you have a special way you like to make your coffee? I'd love to hear about it! Please share below in the comments.