Mushroom Cafe Mocha
It’s the most common question we get. Perhaps it’s even one you’ve asked yourself:
“Can I mix two packets with each other?”
The answer, of course, is a resounding “yes!”
Because, if there’s one thing that unites us (besides our undivided devotion to all things ‘shrooms), it’s that sometimes we just can’t leave well enough alone.
For our Content Strategist, Julie, it’s a cup of our Decaf Ground Mushroom Coffee with a square of Mushroom Chocolate melted in.
In fact, if you asked any of our Four Sigmatic family members about their favorite ways of mixing and matching our ‘shrooms, they’d likely provide some version of the “recipes” above.
Call it the ‘shroomified cafe mocha. A functional version of the cafe classic, with all the benefits of mushrooms mixed in (and waaaaaaay less sugar).
What is it about the combination of coffee and cocoa that we can’t get enough of? That makes young people feel like adults (coffee!), and adults feel like kids (chocolate)?
Turns out, there’s more to love about mocha than the super soothing flavor.
Why add chocolate – specifically cacao – to your coffee? We’ve all heard that chocolate is a superfood, and as we learned in our recent newsletter, cacao boasts even more benefits:
Cacao contains iron and zinc, which could support immune function and help deliver oxygen to tissues.
High-quality cacao boasts a super high ORAC score (that’s antioxidant capacity) of about 95,500 per 100g.
Cacao could support elevated mood thanks to high levels of anandamide, phenylethylamine (PEA) and theobromine.
That’s right, there’s a reason chocolate makes us happy (besides the delicious taste), and it’s all thanks to the properties of cacao!
- Anandamide, also known as the “bliss chemical”, is a fatty acid neurotransmitter produced by the brain and present in cacao. Along with promoting bliss, anandamide could support memory and motivation (that’s one reason to sip a homemade mocha in the morning!).
- Phenylethylamine, a.k.a PEA, is an organic compound and the chemical responsible for the “runner’s high” you’ve likely heard about, and maybe even experienced. Also naturally produced by the body, eating (and drinking) foods that contain PEA could promote feelings of happiness (high five!).
- Theobromine is a compound found in both cacao and coffee, and is considered a vasodilator, which dilates blood vessels. Ever heard the one about chocolate leading to romance? Theobromine could be to blame.
So what happens when you add all the mood-enhancing, immune-function-supporting, antioxidant properties of cacao together with your coffee and mix it all together with ‘shrooms? You end up with a super blend that supports mood and potential immune function while enhancing overall wellbeing – all in one delicious cup.
Sounds pretty tasty, no?
We think January is the perfect time to celebrate the union of coffee and cacao. It’s the ideal combination to rev you up for a day on the slopes or wind back down after a chilly day outdoors.
Mushroom Cafe Mocha
4 oz. water
4 oz. coconut milk
1 packet Mushroom Coffee Mix with Lion’s Mane
1 packet Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi
1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 small pitted medjool date (or a tiny amount of stevia to taste)
½ tsp vanilla extract
Combine water and coconut milk in a small saucepan and heat on stovetop until hot but not boiling. While water/coconut milk heats, place remaining ingredients in a high speed blender. Once heated, pour the water/coconut milk into the blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Pour into a mug. Enjoy!