I gave up coffee over 12 years ago (due to health reasons which I won’t go into detail). Did I miss it? He!!-to-the-YES. Enter my insatiable desire for a coffee replacement. It took a fair amount of time to find a satisfactory replacement and it finally came in the name of a mushroom!
I fell in love with the the roasty, chocolatey, nutty and earthy flavor of Reishi Roast at local tasting event in San Francisco. It was love at first sip.
The mix comes in a powder form that is perfect for a french press. Considering I haven’t made coffee in many years I do not have a french press so I use a tea pot with a loose leaf strainer which works just as well, IMHO.
You can drink it black with sugar or without – just like coffee. I personally like mine prepared with a little soy milk and sometimes a tiny scoop of coconut sugar.
There’s a minimal amount of caffeine – attributed to the cocao. It definitely won’t give you a caffeine boost like a shot of espresso. However, several of the ingredients in the product are naturally “energizing”.
roasted chicory root*, reishi mushroom*, chaga mushroom*, milky oat strobiles*, roasted dandelion root*, mesquite pods*, raw cacao*, cinnamon bark*, milk thistle*, and Himalayan pink salt. (*organic)
Benefits of Reishi Mushroom from a western medical perspective (quoted from WebMD):
Reishi mushroom is used for boosting the immune system; viral infections such as the flu (influenza), swine flu, and avian flu; lung conditions including asthma and bronchitis; heart disease and contributing conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol; kidney disease; cancer; and liver disease. It is also used for HIV/AIDS, altitude sickness, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), trouble sleeping (insomnia), stomach ulcers, poisoning, and herpes pain. Other uses include reducing stress and preventing fatigue.
In combination with other herbs, reishi mushroom is used to treat prostate cancer.
Another one of my favorite mushrooms, Chaga, is also present which also has many medicinal properties.
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* this article is all my personal opinion and no one paid me to review the product. I review products I love & recommend.