Looking to Kick Coffee to the Curb? Try This.

“But first, coffee”

How many times have you seen, heard, or even uttered that phrase yourself lately? More and more it seems, we’re relying on coffee – and the caffeine that comes with it – to get us through our jam-packed days of meetings, presentations, roles and responsibilities.

It’s no longer enough to reach the peak, high achievers like you are driven to surpass it. So much so, that caffeine consumption has reached an all-time high, the evidence of which can been seen with a simple glance at the menu of your local cafe. Nitro coffees containing +200mg of caffeine, highly concentrated cold brews, even triple shot espresso. After one, maybe you’re on a roll for a couple of hours, but it’s only a matter of time before the crash comes.

And what do you do?

You reach for another cup of coffee. And another.

Until suddenly, that cup of coffee you rely on to maintain focus and power through your workday is doing exactly the opposite.

It’s vicious cycle that more and more people are looking to escape.

The truth is, there are coffee alternatives out there that aren’t getting nearly as much airtime as they deserve – like matcha.

Thanks to its lower caffeine content and levels of the amino acid L-theanine, matcha provides just enough stimulation to support productivity and focus – but with more balanced energy than coffee. It can pick you up, but instead of a crash, matcha will ease you down gently. Still, for many coffee drinkers plain matcha isn’t a powerful enough alternative. Which is why we created our Mushroom Matcha.

What makes our Mushroom Matcha so special? This organic, ceremonial grade blend delivers a powerful dose of gut-loving ginger, adaptogenic astragalus and brain-hugging Lion’s Mane, all blended together with energy-balancing green matcha tea.

Preparation and consumption of matcha entered mainstream culture through the Zen Buddhists, who were very aware of its meditational benefits, which brought them a greater sense of clarity and well-being. Similarly, Buddhist monks have used Lion’s Mane for centuries to support focus and concentration during meditation. Paired together, these two focus-enhancers could be the coffee alternative you’ve been searching for.

But perhaps you’re wondering why you might want to consider matcha over green tea in the first place. They’re both from the same plant after all, right?

Actually, it’s not so simple.

What’s the difference between matcha and normal green tea?

Let’s start with color. You may notice matcha has a much brighter green hue than simple green tea, which is often brown. This is due to the chlorophyll content. The leaves used to make matcha are grown in the shade, producing higher levels of chlorophyll, which could help in detoxification and digestion and gives the leaves their vibrant neon hue. Then, only the best leaves are selected and ground into matcha powder.

Which brings us to another huge difference between matcha and green tea…

Did you know that in Japanese “cha” means green tea, and “ma” means powder? Thus matcha translates literally as “powdered green tea”.

When matcha is made the entire leaf is ground up for consumption, versus regular green tea leaves, which are steeped in hot water. Grinding the entire leaf means we ingest the plant itself (rather than a watered-down version of it) and the nutrients housed inside are more available for absorption by the body. You could say that matcha is the whole food version of green tea.

What kind of nutrients are we talking about? Because both varieties come from the same plant, matcha has many of the same beneficial properties as green tea, just in a much more concentrated form (remember, you’re consuming the whole leaf when you drink a cup of matcha). In fact, a cup of matcha could have as many as 3x the antioxidant properties as a cup of green tea! These antioxidant properties have been linked to everything from supporting cardiovascular activities to supporting occasional stress.

Matcha also contains higher levels of L-theanine than traditional green tea. This amino acid could support stable energy levels and stamina, and has even been found to support memory and concentration. Like coffee, matcha contains caffeine, but unlike coffee the L-theanine in matcha supports steady energy levels. Meaning it’ll help wake you up without the potential caffeine crash.

If matcha is like the supercharged version of green tea, think of our Mushroom Matcha as turbo charged!

In every serving of our Mushroom Matcha you’ll find:

1 gram of dual extracted lion’s mane per serving

Organic, ceremonial grade matcha

350mg of organic astragalus extract per serving

150mg of organic ginger per serving

There aren’t many drinks out there that can make you feel energetic, calm, and focused all at the same time but our Mushroom Matcha is pretty much everyday magic. 

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