Put down the bulletproof long black and step away from your turmeric latte – the latest trend in potable pick-me-ups is mushroom coffee.
Yep, the health benefits of this divisive fungi are being harnessed in beverage form. Four Sigmatic is the Finnish company behind concoction, which mixes medicinal mushroom extract powders with organic instant coffee.
If you’re imagining a savoury soup situation, think again. It’s more like a normal black coffee but with a “rich”, “mellow” and “earthy” taste.
Four Sigmatic say that their offerings enhance your average caffeine hit, with the maitake mushroom product regulating blood sugar levels and the chaga variety reducing the coffee’s natural acidity so it’s friendlier on your tum. Chagas have been purported to support digestive health and combat bacteria and viruses.
The benefits of mushrooms aren’t unfounded, with research proving that they are high in antioxidants, have anti-cancer properties, can lower blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes and may have the potential to help treat neurodegenerative diseases.
However, it’s important to note that some varieties of medicinal mushrooms can interact with certain medications. Cynthia Sass, the nutrition editor of Health.com says that if you’re taking blood thinning or blood pressure drugs, or heading into surgery, they’re best to avoid so speak to your doctor before trying.