Review of: “Four Sigmatic: Mushroom Coffee Mix
Quite a bargain when compared to coffee chains. But price doesn’t hold up against Folgers, Yuban, etc.
Uses: Alternative to traditional coffee. Health
Smooth, rich flavor with notes of mushroom on the back end.
Contains 3 active ingredients. Chaga, Cordyceps, and Eleuthero. All present potential health benefits.
Ease of use
Boil water and pour. Simple. Easy.
Why I Like: Intriguing ingredients. The potential for quality health benefits. Novel flavor. Very affordable. Quick and easy to make.
Why I don’t like: Taste can be a bit funky. May take some time to get used to.
Summary: A very interesting coffee experience. I applaud the health benefits offered by this coffee. Although, the mushroom flavor of this coffee can take some getting used to for some people. A very novel coffee that I’d recommend to anybody with adventurous tastebuds or to anyone looking for a pseudo-coffee alternative. Definitely worth a try for its distinct qualities.
On a nice morning in mid-February, I was sitting in my living room feeling uninterested in my usual cup of black coffee
As I sipped, I pondered.
“Every morning I sit on the same couch, drink the same coffee, out of the same mug. My routine has become monotonous.”
So what did I do? I bought a brand new couch and love-seat set with 7 matching coffee mugs (1 for every day of the week). The end. Problem solved.
This is not what I did. Instead of spending a lot of money I opted to discover a new type of coffee. As a person who takes his health seriously, I decided to look for a type of coffee with added health benefits. Heck, if I’m going to be drinking it every morning it mind as well be beneficial for me too. I also wanted to find something that was affordable. As a 28-year-old bachelor, I can’t be spending exorbitant amounts of money on coffee.
Lastly, I wanted to find a coffee that was easy to prepare. The last thing I need is wasting 20 minutes of my precious time in the morning before work because face it, we all rush in the morning.
After a bit of research and exploring, I found “Four Sigmatic: Mushroom Coffee Mix. My interest piqued. I’d never heard of “mushroom” coffee before. I went to Amazon, searched for the brand, and ordered. I didn’t really know what to expect. It arrived 2 days later in a cool little box. I opened the box to find 10 .9 oz packets of mushroom coffee mix.
So far, I was satisfied.
Now, the taste. After my first sip, everything seemed normal. Tasted like coffee, smelled like coffee, even burned my tongue like hot coffee. But, then I noticed a difference. At the end of the sip, you can taste it. A taste of mushroom. Surprisingly pleasant. I was worried the coffee could be to mushroom-y.
Alas, it was not. At least not for me. Although, if you do not like the taste of mushrooms I’d advise against drinking this coffee. But, if you enjoy mushrooms I’d highly recommend. Even if you are neutral on mushrooms I believe it’s worth a try purely because of its novelty.
If I have piqued your interest read on.
The first thing you should ask yourself before trying this coffee is if you are content with your standard coffee routine.
If you are fine with drinking the same old coffee every morning I’d recommend you stick with the usual Yuban, Folgers, etc. You may not want something new in your morning ritual and that’s okay. Also, if you do not like the taste of mushrooms (like I stated earlier) look for something else.
But, if you are looking for something new and exciting this may be the coffee for you. It is affordable, easy to prepare, and contains ingredients that are shown to be beneficial to your health. As well as a new, novel flavor that I’m almost sure most people haven’t experienced in their coffee before. Unless Starbucks came out with a mushroom frappe…
Ease of use
Four Sigmatic: Mushroom Coffee Mix comes in a cool little cardboard box. The box has a cool font and a nice design. Inside you’ll find 10 packets of mushroom coffee mix. These packets contain .9 oz of coffee. All you need to do to prepare the coffee is boil or microwave some water, tear open the package, pour into the hot water, and stir. Quick and easy. Literally, that’s all.
Like, no buying coffee filters. No buying a coffee machine. That’s it, a little box with coffee packets and a mug are all you need. Assuming you have running water. Which I really hope you do because if you don’t I’m very sympathetic to that. It’s 2019 everyone should have running water. Ok off topic. Anyways…
The coffee itself has a pleasant aroma. It smells similar to traditional coffee with a little twist. After taking a sip of the coffee you will notice a rich, smooth flavor followed by hints of mushroom. Can be a bit funky and off-putting at first but, the mushroom flavor is moderate and doesn’t dominate the overall taste. This is something I was worried about after I purchased the coffee. I was glad to discover the coffee had a mild mushroom taste and not a strong one. If you enjoy the flavor of mushrooms you will appreciate the flavor of this coffee.
I am a big fan of mushrooms and even I had my doubts. I thought Four Sigmatic would try to over accentuate the flavor of the mushroom in the coffee, but they didn’t. They got it right. I sometimes like to add a little cream to my coffee to make it silky smooth, but never sugar. I added cream to the mushroom coffee and it remained tasty. Not sure how adding sugar might affect the taste.
On the side of the box, you can see the nutrition facts (nothing much there), next to that are the ingredients. Among the ingredients, you will find Chaga extract, Cordyceps extract, and eleuthero extract. These 3 ingredients contain a myriad of health benefits and they are what makes this coffee stand out. More on that later…
What I really like about this coffee is that it’s affordable. I bought a pack of 10 (each packet has .9 oz of coffee) for $11.66 (now on sale for $11.95). That’s $1.60 per cup of coffee. This is cheaper than a small coffee from Starbucks.
Plus, you don’t have to drive there and wait in line behind a guy ordering 10 grande, iced, sugar-free, vanilla low-fat lattes with almond milk and 2 pumps of caramel for the whole office. Do people really drink those?
Although, Four Sigmatic: Mushroom Coffee Mix isn’t as cheap as buying a can of Folgers. A 31.1 oz can of Folgers is selling for $10.99 right now. But, what it does give you is a better tasting healthy alternative to Folgers. It’s easy to buy online. My coffee was at my doorstep and ready to drink 2 days after ordering.
Furthermore, every box of Four Sigmatic: Mushroom Coffee Mix only comes with 10 packets of coffee. You will go through this coffee relatively fast and not be stuck with a big ole’ 31.1 oz tub of regular black coffee. These can take months to finish. I would know. Additionally, Four Sigmatic (the brand name) has other flavors and types of mushroom coffee. Including, a dark roast blend, a blend with lion’s mane extract, a blend with Rhodiola Rosea extract, and Cacao to name a few. There are a plethora of selections and flavors to choose from, and almost certainly one to fit your flavor profile.
Now, before we get to those ingredients. If you are interested in buying this coffee you can click this link now. Ok, here are those health benefits.
Chaga is a type of mushroom. A fungus that grows on trees. Yes, I said a fungus. But don’t let that freak you out. Four sigmatic uses Chaga extract in its coffee. Chaga itself contains a multitude of health benefits.
According to an article from Medical News Today, Chaga extract has a number of potential health benefits as well as research to back the claims. Among these benefits, Chaga extract is a bonafide nutrient-dense superfood rich in vitamins and minerals such as B-complex vitamins, vitamin D, potassium, amino acids, fiber, selenium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and calcium to name a few. The list goes on.
Chaga is also high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are the result of oxygen molecules splitting into single atoms in the human body. These unpaired, highly unstable, single atoms desperately roam your body to find other electrons with whom they can pair with. When they do, they cause damage to cells, proteins, and DNA. Antioxidants help fight against these free radicals.
The article goes on to state that Chaga may also help fight and prevent cancer. “A 2010 study found that Chaga could slow the growth of lung, breast, and cervical cancer cells in a petri dish. The same study also found that Chaga slowed the growth of tumors in mice.”
If these health benefits aren’t enough, Chaga has also been linked to lowering blood pressure, supporting the immune system, fighting inflammation, and lowering blood pressure. So, yea if this is in my coffee I’m definitely not complaining.
Cordyceps is also a fungus. Yet, where it is found is most interesting.
Cordyceps is a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China, as written on WebMD.
WHAT IN THE HELL.
I have many questions as to how humans discovered this. Not to mention how or why they ever thought of ingesting it! My questions will have to be answered some other time.
So, Cordyceps extract is found in insect remains. Cordyceps (the fungus) is found accompanying the remains. When it comes to cordyceps health benefits on humans, the jury is still out. This is because most of the research is done on animals. Although, from the research, the results do appear promising.
According to an article in Healthline, Cordyceps has been shown to increase the body’s production of ATP. ATP or adenosine triphosphate is the energy molecule of the body. ATP is what carries energy in the body, and what facilitates the body’s chemical processes. So, having more ATP is a good thing. It was found that cordyceps improved exercise performance in older and younger adults. Have a cup of mushroom coffee in the morning before you go to the gym.
Cordyceps is also high in antioxidants (explanation above).
Cordyceps also showed the potential to treat cancer. Although, this research was done on cancer cells in test tubes and mice. Further testing on humans is needed for a better understanding.
Cordyceps was also shown to lower blood sugar and could be a weapon to help fight type 2 diabetes. Again, this research is done on animals. So, as you can see cordyceps does have some potentially beneficial health benefits, but for the time being the effect it has on humans remains somewhat controversial.
Now, to the final ingredient in Four Sigmatic: Mushroom Coffee Mix.
or, Siberian Ginseng. Surprise! Eleuthero IS NOT a fungus. Instead, Eleuthero is a small woody shrub. A plant. Something most of us are comfortable with. Unless you’re a die hard meat eater and hate plants.
An article from Medical News Today presents some interesting health benefits of Eleuthero such as increasing energy and lowering fatigue (another good reason to drink this coffee before the gym).
Eleuthero has been shown to significantly increase the exhaustion point of swimming mice (again, tested on animals) by lessening the buildup of lactic acid in the mice. Lactic acid is the byproduct of oxygen deprivation. During intense exercise, you’ll notice your breathing becomes more labored. This onset of heavy breathing is because your muscles are using up your body’s oxygen supply faster than you can replace it. When this happens your body must find a substitute for the insufficient, yet critical oxygen supply. May I introduce to you, lactic acid.
Lactic acid is produced by your body when not enough oxygen is present. Although, lactic acid is not very good for your body. Lactic acid is held responsible for muscle fatigue which in turn causes nausea, cramps, exhaustion, etc.
The article continues,” one study found that consuming 800 milligrams (mg) of eleuthero a day for 8 weeks increased a male subject’s endurance time by 23 percent, peak oxygen saturation by 12 percent, and highest heart rate by 3 percent.” All very interesting findings that point to the performance-enhancing qualities of eleuthero. But again not enough human research has been done. Most of the research has been done on animals. You be the judge.
Testimonies and reviews
Here are a couple of links to people who have tried the coffee, See what they have to say :
- Funny testimony
- Cool lengthy monologue
- What happened when a girl drank it for a month
- 10 reasons this person loved the coffee
The potential health benefits of Four Sigmatic: Mushroom Coffee Mix is promising yet, not bulletproof
While you may find comfort in the benefits, some of you may not. I personally like to ingest things with added health benefits. So, when I researched the ingredients and the health benefits associated with them, I was interested. I do not expect you to see them the same way. If you do not, there are other coffees put out by Four Sigmatic that offer different ingredients. These coffees may interest you more and I recommend you go with those if they fit your style.
Also, there is nothing wrong with traditional coffee. It’s just that I myself have become bored with it and opted for an alternative.
Four Sigmatic: Mushroom Coffee Mix is worth a try out of its sheer novelty. The potential health benefits are a kicker. At the worst, it’s an interesting conversation starter for when you have guests over to your house. “Hey have you tried mushroom coffee before? Here please drink so–, oh you have? Anyways….crazy weather we’ve been having huh? We really needed that rain.”
Ok enough of that. If you want to buy Four Sigmatic’s: Mushroom Coffee Mix it’s on sale at Amazon just click the link below. Happy coffee drinking.