As an avid coffee drinker, with more than a passing interest in leading a healthy lifestyle, I was intrigued by mushroom coffee. It was first brewed in Finland in 2017, and the idea caught on and spread quickly around the world. However, while most brands concentrated on instant coffee, UK based Cafe Shroom has perfected organic ground mushroom blends.
Café Shroom’s ground mushroom coffee features speciality
100% Arabica coffee beans mixed with nutrient-dense extracts of lion’s mane, cordyceps
and chaga mushrooms. Lion’s mane and cordyceps are thought to enhance body and
mind and chaga mushrooms have been linked to a healthy immune system.
For the last three weeks, I’ve been trying their Nicaraguan
ground coffee using a cafetiere (French press).
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Founder Daniel was introduced to functional mushrooms whilst
living in Australia. A little lion’s mane mushroom extract added to his morning
coffee produced noticeable health benefits and led to his invention of
convenient ground mushroom coffee bags. Inspired by this success, he branched
out into ground mushroom coffee for use in cafetieres and coffee machines. Now,
his aim is to supply the world with affordable, high-quality mushroom coffee.
Café Shroom sources the best quality organic ingredients worldwide
to ensure that their blends are as useful possible. Their mushrooms and coffee
beans come from farmers in numerous different countries, including Peru,
Nicaragua, Ethiopia and China. They’re wholly committed to sustainability and
work with local farming communities to help them support their families.
They import the medicinal mushrooms to the UK and use a specialised
double extraction technique to obtain the active ingredients. This ensures that
the final product contains a high proportion of the mushroom fruiting body’s most
beneficial substances. The extract is then infused with the coffee beans before
being ground and bagged up.
The coffee arrived in a neat box featuring a rather nifty mushroom and coffee bean logo. Inside was a paper 263g/25 cup pouch of Nicaraguan La Bastilla ground coffee infused with Lion’s mane – Chaga – Cordyceps mushrooms.
The brown paper pouch ticked my environmental concerns, and the green graphics had a refreshingly organic feel with clearly labelled lists of ingredients. Per serving (1cup) you get 10g 100% Arabica coffee mixed with 200mg each of the mushroom extracts. The coffee grounds are vegan, non-Gmo, gluten-free and ethically sourced.
There’s also an organic certification from the USDA which back up their claims of being 100% organic. It would be useful to see a detailed analysis of the beneficial compounds found in the mushroom extract but the awards and certificates that are available do demonstrate that this is a genuine product.
I would have awarded a higher score if: there a detailed third-party analysis of the ingredients.
Ease of Use
On the back of the pouch are simple, easily followed
instructions for use, with recommended amounts (one tablespoon of ground coffee
per cup) for the perfect cup of coffee. On opening the easily re-sealable pouch,
I was greeted with an amazing explosion of coffee aroma, further enhancing the
feel of quality to the product (so much so even my partner, a staunch tea
drinker, insisted on having a cup!)
The use of a tablespoon to measure out the coffee was reasonably
straightforward, and the cafetiere made the whole process not only simple but
strangely satisfying! For the more dedicated coffee enthusiast, it’s also
suitable for use with a cone-shaped V60 coffee dripper.
Once brewed the resulting cup of coffee didn’t disappoint. I
tried it with and without a dash of milk, and as claimed on the packaging, the
taste was full-bodied with delicious notes of chocolate and caramel. The
similarities with regular ground coffee were surprising, no real taste or smell
of mushrooms being present, although there was a mild ‘earthy’ aftertaste.
Even if you’re not a fan of mushrooms, you’ll likely enjoy it,
which is quite an achievement! (A friend who initially grimaced at the thought
of mushroom coffee declared it to be ‘Fabulous!’)
I would have awarded a higher score if: there was no
How Effective Are They?
There’s no denying the quality of the coffee beans used,
both in strength and flavour. Previously, with regular ground coffee, I’ve had
some stomach discomfort after three cups, but (as stated on the packaging) this
product is of relatively low acidity. This time, I experienced no such
symptoms, even after four or five cups.
Aside from the expected ‘pick me up’ of the coffee itself, I
have been aware of feeling slightly more ‘with it’ after, but this could be down
to anything. However, what was noticeable was that there was none of the usual
‘coffee come-down’ later in the day!
I would have awarded a higher score if: the beneficial
effects of the mushrooms were more evident after short term use.
Value for Money
For £16.99 you get a 263g pouch which makes about 25 cups. Compared
to standard coffee grounds this is an expensive choice, but the addition of
three beneficial mushroom extracts makes 68p per cup well worth it. The price
is similar to many other mushroom coffee brands, but it’s real ground coffee
with this one.
I would have awarded a higher score if: the price was
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Cafe Shroom's ground mushroom coffee provides a delicious way to get the benefits offered by lion’s mane, cordyceps and chaga. It’s 100% organic and suitable for vegans. It provides a caffeine kick without the stomach upset or the crashing come-down afterwards. It’s pricy compared to regular coffee, but when you factor in all the added mushroom nutrients, it’s a bargain.
Awards and certifications
Ease of use
How effective are they?
Value for money
Responsibly sourced ingredients
USDA Organically certified
Suitable for vegans
Clearly labelled instructions and ingredients
Simple to prepare
Environmentally friendly due to paper packaging, so reduced plastic waste.
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