It doesn’t take much convincing to get us to brew a cup of coffee in the morning. The taste, the fragrance—even the ritual of heating up the water is as much a part of our mornings as getting dressed and brushing our teeth (but way more fun).
And science has our back on this: Research shows that coffee (well, caffeine, but to us they’re synonymous) increases energy, enhances cognitive function, boosts attention and focus, eases the decision-making process, and more. (But you knew that already, didn’t you?) Plus, coffee is a perfect excuse to socialize, and, according to a study, it may even help you live longer. No wonder it’s a crucial part of our day.
Just when we thought we couldn’t love it any more, now there’s coffee laced with adaptogenic mushrooms. No doubt you’ve heard of these trendy superfoods—adaptogenic mushrooms with cool names such as lion’s mane, chaga, cordyceps and reishi are having a moment. It makes sense, since they can do awesome things like support athletic performance and steady energy, and help immune functions.
Our fave coffee-mushroom combo: Four Sigmatic. Whether you choose the ultra-simple instant packets or the ground coffee, you’ll get a great-tasting cup with 500mg of organic extracted mushrooms—but zero mushroom flavor. All you taste is the rich, 100% Arabica coffee.
The Lion’s Mane variety is perfect for the workweek; it helps make us super-productive (hmm, maybe this is why the boss gave us a box?). But the best thing to do is keep a variety on hand so you can choose your brew based on what you’re doing on any given day. Drink the one with cordyceps when you’re running that half marathon, and the mocha with cacao and chaga to support immune functions and, well, because chocolate.
Can’t decide which one you need the most? We feel you. Luckily, right now, Four Sigmatic is offering a free sampler box for Clean Plates readers when you buy a mushroom coffee bundle. Purchase the bundle, which includes a bag of ground coffee, a box of 10 mushroom coffee packets, and a box of 10 packets of Mushroom Mocha with Chaga (chocolate!), and you get a free box with 8 mushroom beverages. And did we mention shipping is free? Just use the code CLEANPLATES at checkout, and get ready to give your coffee a mushroom upgrade.