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Mushroom Coffee Is The New Caffeine Trend You Need To Know About

Delish logo Delish 12/01/2017 Temi Adebowale

People Are Drinking Mushroom Coffee © Facebook/Four Sigmatic People Are Drinking Mushroom Coffee Coffee is amazing. It perks you up, keeps you focused, and tastes incredible. But throwing back more than one or two cups can bring on adverse side effects. But there may now be a way to indulge in your four-cup habit with no jitters, no bitter taste, and no midday energy crash. And it's actually not coffee at all-it's mushrooms. (Yes, you read that right.)

Thanks to a new company called Four Sigmatic, a new mushroom coffee product claims to boost your brain power, increase productivity, and melt away stress-while also packing a punch with extra nutrients and minerals not found in regular coffee. Each cup contains 40 milligrams of caffeine, about half as much as a cup of standard coffee.

As for the taste, you actually won't notice the mushrooms. Reviewers on the product site have even called it "incredibly satisfying" and noted its "mellow but effective buzz."

Food Republic reports that the coffee is made by liquifying and drying mushrooms, then taking that extract and combining it with coffee beans and other all-natural ingredients. To make the coffee, just add the contents of the coffee packet into hot water, à la instant coffee. If you're wondering why anyone would do this, the brand's founder, Tero Isokauppila, points out that "indigenous people have been drinking their mushrooms for thousands of years."

Whether mushroom coffee will become as mainstream as beer showers or over-the-top milkshakes is yet to be seen, but the brand's super earthy/nature vibe seems to resonate very well with millennials (of course) and both the brand and its hashtag have garnered an insane following on social media.

The funky fungi coffee will set you back $14.99 (around £12) for ten packets, which you can find on the company's website but it's also available on Amazon for about $10 (around £8). But the real question is: Would you try it? 

15 reasons why giving up coffee and alcohol are worth it

15 Reasons Why Giving Up Coffee and Alcohol Are Worth It: <p>Alcoholic beverages and coffee have no season. People want them <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/nutrition/15-best-cheat-foods-and-drinks-summer"><strong>in the summer to cool off</strong></a> and, especially wine, liquor and hot coffee, in the <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/adventure/n/coziest-things-about-fall"><strong>colder months to warm up</strong></a>. A <a href="http://www.healthdata.org/news-release/heavy-drinking-and-binge-drinking-rise-sharply-us-counties"><strong>recent study</strong></a> found that heavy drinking among Americans rose by 17.2 percent between 2005 and 2012. <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/n/exactly-what-happens-your-body-when-you-drink-too-much-alcohol"><strong>To make matters worse</strong></a>, people consume more in a shorter period of time. Binging is up almost 9 percent. In some ways coffee and alcohol cancel each other out. <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26002927"><strong>Research</strong></a> has shown that high coffee intake was associated observationally with <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/your-first-time/signs-and-symptoms-obesity-you-should-be-aware"><strong>low risk of obesity</strong></a>, metabolic syndrome and <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/n/how-lifting-weights-helps-prevent-diabetes"><strong>diabetes</strong></a>. This is not to say that you should drink more alcohol because you can't “fix” the problem with caffeine. Both have too many other negative effects that outweigh the benefits.</p> 15 reasons why giving up coffee and alcohol are worth it

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