I typically share healthy doggie lifestyle hacks that include exercise, training, treats, and raw dog food finds here on the blog, but today I’d like to tell you what I’ve been boosting my personal, human health with, particularly my brain power – Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Coffee! Yes, that’s a thing, and, since it complements the title of my blog…keep reading to find out more!
From Podcast To Mushroom Coffee
One of my favorite daily routines is listening to podcasts while I’m out walking my client pups and driving back and forth between them. Some of those shows are about blogging how to’s and branding while others deal with entrepreneurial journeys, leadership lessons and tips & tricks to make the best out of every day.
Tim Ferriss (The Tim Ferriss Show), Pat Flynn (Smart Passive Income Podcast), Andrew Warner (Mixergy), Jocko Willink (Jocko Podcast), & Darren Rowse (ProBlogger) are just some of the podcast hosts whose voices I’ve become super familiar with. I’ve been learning massive lessons from all of them, and today I want to share one of my newfound health hacks with you all – brain boosting Mushroom Coffee created by Finnish entrepreneurs Four Sigmatic.
They’re one of Tim Ferriss’ sponsors that I kept hearing about several times per week for about 6 months until I finally pulled the trigger and placed my first order with them, using Tim Ferriss’ special 20% off discount code for first time buyers (Promo code TIM).
I’ve been ordering from them for 5 months now and the only regret I have is that I didn’t buy their delicious concoction sooner.
My Very First Mushroom Coffee Order
By the way – in case you want to put a face to Tim Ferriss’ name – he talks about his favorite “smart drugs” in the video below. The Mushroom coffee is the second one he mentions.
This is not a sponsored blog post. Here on K9sOverCoffee, I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers & always provide 100% honest opinions. Neither Four Sigmatic nor Tim Ferriss are responsible for the content of this blog post.
The Ingredients – Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Rhodiola Root + Organic Instant Coffee
The Mushroom Coffee only consists of 4 ingredients – organic arabica coffee (50 mg per serving), chaga mushroom (250 mg per serving), lion’s mane mushroom (250 mg per serving), and rhodiola root (100 mg per serving).
The arabica coffee is organically grown in the volcanic soil of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas highlands in Mexico.
The rhodiola roots are wild-harvested from the mountains of Tibet and then extracted.
The website doesn’t say where the Chaga & Lion’s Mane are from, so I’m going to assume they’re grown in the US. It does say that they’re organically grown.
What Are The Benefits?
The Mushroom Coffee comes with a ton of health benefits:
Coffee itself is a great antioxidant, but you probably already knew that.
Chaga lowers acidity & boosts the immune system.
Lion’s mane boosts brain function & creativity.
Rhodiola root is an adaptogenic herb that increases resistance to stress & also boosts brain function.
Adaptogens are herbs that help the body adopt to stress, both physically and emotionally.
I’ve definitely noticed that I’ve become more resistant to stress since drinking the mushroom coffee and also more mellow in general. I can also attest to the cognitive enhancement.
It really does give my brain a boost when I need to deliver, whether that’s physically when juggling the plethora of my dog walking & pet sitting visits or mentally when I’m blogging or taking care of admin tasks.
What Does It Taste Like?
Delicious is what it tastes like!! I recently ran out of the mushroom coffee and had to go without it for a few days and BOY! Did I miss that yummy concoction.
On a more serious note, it has a fruity flavor and is mild and smooth. It’s a lot less acidic than regular coffee and definitely does not taste like mushroom at all.
The beautiful side effect for me is that I no longer get any jitters from drinking too much coffee – I don’t have many bad habits but lots of coffee is definitely one of them – and am also no longer bothered by acid reflux. Love it!
How To Make
It’s super easy to make – all you need is hot water. Just pour it over a small spoonful of the mushroom coffee, stir, and that’s it. I like to add a little almond milk, but it also tastes great as is.
Adding Some Almond Milk
I typically have 2 or 3 cups of it per day. Four Sigmatic suggests drinking it “whenever your brain needs an energizing get-it-together hug.”
The only con I can come up with is the mushroom coffee’s price point.
10 single packets are $15, but there is the option of saving 20% on every single order if you set up a subscription. It’s what I ended up doing after I tried a month’s worth of the single packets.
I now get the mushroom coffee delivered in a tin every 6 weeks, which costs me $32 (regular price is $40). Should I run out again, I could also just go ahead and buy 10 single packets on Amazon ($14.67 with Prime) until my next shipment arrives.
Mushroom Coffee In A Tin
The mushroom coffee isn’t the least expensive coffee out there, but I consider it an investment in my own health.
I’ve become a lot more conscientious of what makes it into my body ever since I incorporated a variety of lifestyle changes after my beloved puppy Missy was diagnosed with cancer for the first time in 2014.
I figured that the less processed food approach and use of smart drugs (I’m thinking turmeric paste, raw goat milk, green lipped mussels) would not only benefit her (& her brother Buzz), but also me.
I love that this coffee falls into the “smart drug” category and that it acts as a cognitive booster while cutting out the jitters & acidity of my former coffee drinking habits. CHECK! (As Jocko Willink would say, lol).
Enthusiastically recommended! Do yourselves a favor and try it!
Do you have a favorite “smart drug”? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!