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Which functional coffee is right for you?

With so many functional coffees to choose from, this guide will make it easy to know exactly which one is best for you today. 

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Four Sigmatic coffees are a delicious and almost-magically easy way to elevate overall wellness. We've paired premium coffee with the world’s most beneficial ingredients to support crash-free focus, immunity, gut health, stress response, and more, with a perfectly roasted morning brew.

First, to make functional ground coffee, we take Fair-Trade Certified, 100% USDA Organic, Arabica coffee beans, and then add in functional mushrooms and adaptogens to support your productivity, gut health, immune system, or stress response. They are all pre-ground, meaning you can brew them in any way that is easy for you: French Press, pour over, coffee machine, cold brew, you choose! Keep reading to get the low-down on each coffee.

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The quick and dirty: I’ll break down each coffee IN DEPTH below but if you only have 10 seconds:

Coffees to Power On: Think & Perform

Choose Think or Perform Coffee when you want to double down on why you are drinking coffee in the first place. The functional ingredients added into these two products give you so much more than just the standard benefits of a high quality cup of coffee. The additional functional ingredients actually make your coffee more effective for that “why”. Let’s break it down. If you’re sipping your morning brew because you have a big mentally stimulating day ahead, Think coffee is for you. If you have a lot of physical demands in the day ahead, Perform coffee may give you all the extra fuel you need. Both coffees are to help you power on, brain or body, to focus on whatever your day has in store.

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Think Ground Coffee with Lion’s Mane & Chaga Mushrooms:

Your brain's best friend. Add a productive oomph to your day without the jitters or mid-day crash. We've paired premium organic coffee with two astoundingly effective ingredients—Lion’s Mane and Chaga mushrooms—for focus and steady energy that skips the afternoon slump. 

  • Who: Anyone who drinks coffee to turn on their brain. Heading to work, getting your kids ready for school, ready to tackle a long to-do list? This coffee is for those looking for a little extra productivity, creativity and cognitive support for their morning or mid-afternoon.
  • What: Organic Coffee, Organic Lion’s Mane Extract, Organic Chaga Extract*.   *Wildcrafted
  • Why: This coffee adds a productive oomph to your day. Lion’s Mane mushroom extract helps support productivity, creativity and focus- which is what many of you are looking for in your cup of coffee to begin with. Chaga extract adds immune supporting antioxidants and a smoother brew. 
  • When: Morning or early-afternoon.
  • Caffeine Content: Regular caffeine. Remember that caffeine content can vary based on brew time, temperature of water used to brew, and brew method. 
  • Ingredient Story: Our fair trade coffee beans come from Pacayal Coffee, a family-run farm located 5,500 feet above sea level in southwest Honduras. Our organic Lion’s Mane mushrooms are log-grown, and our Chaga is sustainably wild-harvested from birch trees, just as nature intended. We extract real mushrooms (no mycelium or grains here) to unlock the best of the best benefits.
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Perform Ground Coffee with L-Theanine & Cordyceps Mushrooms:

Your daily rocket fuel. Ignite the spark you need to power your most demanding days. We've paired premium organic coffee with three amplifying ingredients—coffee bean extract, L-Theanine, and Cordyceps mushrooms—to fuel your body and mind through your busiest days.

  • Who: Anyone who feels there is simply too much to do, that they don’t have the energy to get their sh** done, or who have physical demands that need a little extra boost to finish. 
  • What: Organic Coffee, Organic Cordyceps Extract, Organic Green Tea Extract (L-Theanine), Organic Coffee Extract
  • Why: This coffee launches you into high gear for your busiest days. It contains an extra amount of caffeine due to the green coffee bean extract. This refers to the beans before they have been roasted. In this raw stage, they retain many important compounds that are lost in the roasting process. Green coffee bean extract’s main compounds are caffeine and chlorogenic acids (CGA). CGAs have antioxidant activity and are often used for their support with metabolism. This coffee also contains the adaptogenic mushroom extract of Cordyceps to help with physical performance and endurance. The Cordyceps and extra caffeine from the green coffee bean extract are balanced out by L-Theanine. This is an amino acid found naturally in Camellia sinensis (green, black and white tea). It's the compound in tea famous for lessening the stimulating effect of caffeine on the nervous system. L-Theanine helps reduce stress and tension. This trifecta offers you a super power cup of joe with adaptogenic and energy support from Cordyceps, an extra caffeine boost from green coffee extract, and a smoothed out edge from L-Theanine. 
  • When: Morning or early-afternoon.
  • Caffeine Content: High-caffeine. This coffee has more caffeine than a typical cup of coffee from the addition of Coffee Extract. Remember that caffeine content can vary based on brew time, temperature of water used to brew, and brew method. 
  • Ingredient Story: Our fair trade coffee beans come from Pacayal Coffee, a family-run farm located 5,500 feet above sea level in southwest Honduras. Coffee bean extract, amino acid L-Theanine, and Cordyceps are added for balanced power. Our Cordyceps mushrooms are vegan and organically grown to ensure the highest level of quality. We extract real mushrooms (no mycelium or grains here) to unlock the best of the best benefits.
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Coffees to Prepare: Immune Support & Gut Health

To us, “prepare” means supporting the foundational systems of your body. The root This means a daily defense to keep the immune system strong. Did you know that up to 70% of immune cells are located in the gut? Gut health and immune health go hand-in-hand. When one is supported, the other receives the benefits and vice versa.

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Immune Support Ground Coffee with Vitamin D & Chaga Mushrooms:

Your daily bodyguard. Elevate your internal defenses with a deliciously functional brew. We've paired premium organic coffee with four immune-supporting ingredients—vitamin D, zinc, Turkey Tail and Chaga mushrooms—for a supportive lift to your morning routine.

  • Who: Anyone ready to take their immune system to the next level. Feeling vulnerable, traveling, back to school, exposed to the sniffles, change of season? There’s never a wrong time to add immune supporting fuel to your system. 
  • What: Organic Coffee, Organic Chaga Extract*, Organic Turkey Tail Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin D2 (from Organic Earthlight® Mushroom Powder).  *Wildcrafted
  • Why: Support your immune system with 140% daily Vitamin D, 100% Zinc, Turkey Tail mushroom extract, and wildcrafted Chaga extract. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin critical to the functioning of many body systems. It can be found in two forms, D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). Both forms increase serum (blood) levels of Vitamin D. We chose to use D2 because it's a sustainable, vegan option that comes from our favorite Kingdom, Fungi! Zinc is a trace mineral critical to a healthy functioning immune system. It’s involved in many functions in the body and has been shown in clinical trials to reduce the severity and duration of sickness. It can’t be stored in the body which means we need to get it through the foods we eat. Every serving of this coffee meets 100% of the adequate daily allotment of Zinc. Turkey Tail mushroom fruiting bodies are extracted so the beneficial polysaccharides, beta-d-glucans, are bioavailable to your body. These are immune modulators, which can be thought of like cruise control for your immune system. They are able to increase or suppress immune activity based on your body’s unique needs. And last but certainly not least is Chaga. This incredible fungi conk when sourced from nature and extracted properly tops the charts for its antioxidant properties, vital for a healthy functioning immune system. 
  • When: Morning or early-afternoon.
  • Caffeine Content: Regular caffeine. Remember that caffeine content can vary based on brew time, temperature of water used to brew, and brew method. 
  • Ingredient Story: Our fair trade coffee beans come from Pacayal Coffee, a family-run farm located 5,500 feet above sea level in southwest Honduras. The vitamin D we use is derived from real, whole mushrooms. Our Chaga is sustainably wild-harvested from birch trees (no mycelium or grains here), and extracted to unlock the best of the best benefits.
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Gut Health Ground Coffee with Probiotics & Turkey Tail Mushrooms:

Same coffee, new name. We used to call this Defend Probiotic Ground Coffee but updated the benefit to be more specific and clear about its function. This is truly a gut cup of coffee. Support your digestive health with coffee that loves you back. We've paired premium organic coffee with four remarkably gut-friendly ingredients—probiotics, prebiotics, Turkey Tail and Chaga mushrooms—for a delicious brew that’s good for (and gentle on) your stomach. 

  • Who: Those who have a sensitive belly, are working on their gut health, or need a little extra digestive love. 
  • What: Organic Coffee, Organic Chaga Extract*, Organic Turkey Tail Extract, Organic Yacon Juice Powder, Bacillus subtilis (DE111®) (1 billion CFU).  *Wildcrafted
  • Why: There are few areas with more active research than gut health. We’re discovering that the health of our microbiome, the ecosystem that resides within all of our bellies (small and large intestines to be exact), affects not just our digestive health but our immune health, mood, and more. This product is a 3-in-1 when it comes to microbiome support. Let’s talk about the functional ingredients in this product that all support gut health from various angles. First, we have probiotics. The specific strain we use is called Bacillus subtilis DE111. We choose this because it can withstand the heat of boiling water for up to 5 minutes. This means you can brew your coffee in any traditional way and not worry about killing all those 1 billion CFU (colony forming units) of good bacteria. It also means that this strain can survive past the acidic environment of the stomach and actually make their way into the intestines (microbiome), where they can grow and thrive. Now let’s talk about prebiotics. These are essentially the food for probiotics. In order for the good bacteria to stay in your stomach and prosper, they need food. They have a pretty specific diet: fiber. The prebiotic fiber in this product comes from the South American root, Yacon, in the form of Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and inulin. Lastly, there are two powerful functional fungi, Turkey Tail and Chaga extracts. Both have been studied for their benefits to gut health. What a trio! Probiotics, prebiotics, and gut-supporting functional mushrooms all in your Organic, Fair-Trade Arabica coffee. 
  • When: Morning or early-afternoon.
  • Caffeine Content: Regular caffeine. Remember that caffeine content can vary based on brew time, temperature of water used to brew, and brew method. 
  • Ingredient Story: Our fair trade coffee beans come from Pacayal Coffee, a family-run farm located 5,500 feet above sea level in southwest Honduras. We use a special strain of heat-resistant probiotics that can survive a piping hot cup of coffee, making it through your stomach and into your gut where they belong. Our organic Turkey Tail mushrooms are log-grown, just as nature intended. We extract real mushrooms (no mycelium or grains here) to unlock the best of the best benefits.
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Coffees to Restore: Balance & Chill

Are you someone who loves coffee but is prone to the negative side effects that often come along with it? Crash and jitters, anyone? This category of coffee offers delicious coffee that is half-caffeinated or decaffeinated with functional ingredients that help create a more calm and balanced coffee experience.

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Balance Ground Coffee with Ashwagandha & Eleuthero Adaptogens:

Same name, adjusted formula. This coffee now contains half the amount of caffeine as it used to. We adjusted the caffeine content to make this coffee more effective for its functional purpose. It’s now much more aligned with the “balance” desired from drinking this brew. You can think of it as your daily balancing act. Help your body adapt to daily stress with the power of adaptogens. We've paired premium organic coffee with four unbelievably balancing ingredients—Ashwagandha, Eleuthero, Tulsi, and Chaga mushroom—to give you a boost of energy while supporting occasional stress with every delicious sip.

  • Who: Anyone who loves their morning cup of coffee but is sensitive to the side effects that too often come with a regular cup of joe, like jitters and an afternoon crash. Also great for anyone dealing with stressors of daily life, looking to find some balance amongst the chaos. 
  • What: Organic Decaf Coffee, Organic Coffee, Organic Ashwagandha Extract, Organic Eleuthero Extract, Organic Chaga Extract*, Organic Tulsi Extract.  *Wildcrafted
  • Why: This coffee contains 4 powerful adaptogens that support stress and bring a more balanced energy to your day. Ashwagandha, Eleuthero, and Tulsi are all plants that have been used for thousands of years in various traditions of folk medicine across the world for their benefits to stress and whole-body health. Chaga extract, from the Fungi Kingdom, is added for its adaptogenic qualities, immune supporting antioxidants, and the smooth and balanced taste and feel it offers. With half the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee, plus 4 adaptogens, this is the perfect cup of coffee to give you the taste and routine you love with a little extra calm.
  • When: Morning or early-afternoon. 
  • Caffeine Content: Half-caffeine. This is a blend of our full caffeinated coffee & Swiss-water decaffeinated coffee to deliver a smooth, half-caf blend. Remember that caffeine content can vary based on brew time, temperature of water used to brew, and brew method. 
  • Ingredient Story: We pair decaffeinated coffee from Peru with full-strength coffee from Honduras to create a lower caffeine blend. Both are from organic fair trade cooperatives located 3,900 to 5,900 feet above sea level. Ashwagandha and Eleuthero have been used in traditional herbal practices for thousands of years. We extract the adaptogenic roots of these plants to unlock the best of the best benefits.
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Chill Decaf Ground Coffee with Reishi & Chaga Mushrooms:

The flavor you love, with extra chill. Relax with a cup of coffee anytime of day, with all the flavor and none of the caffeine. We've paired premium organic decaffeinated coffee with two dreamy ingredients—Reishi and Chaga mushrooms—for a chill body and mind.

  • Who: Anyone who loves the taste and flavor of coffee, but hates the caffeine, jitters or crash. Someone who loves an afternoon or after-dinner cup of coffee. 
  • What: Organic Decaf Coffee, Organic Reishi Extract, Organic Chaga Extract.*  *Wildcrafted
  • Why: Enjoy the delicious flavor of coffee without the caffeine and with extracts of the King and Queen of Mushrooms: Chaga and Reishi. The perfect option for anytime of day, a better-for-you option to standard decaf coffee. The functional mushroom extracts offer immune and stress supporting benefits to a classically delicious cup of coffee without the caffeine buzz. 
  • When: Morning, afternoon, or evening. 
  • Caffeine Content: Decaffeinated. We decaffeinate our coffee beans using the Swiss Water® process, a natural, chemical-free way to gently remove caffeine from coffee beans. Swiss water is a 3rd party decaffeination process that uses only 3 elements to naturally remove the caffeine from the coffee beans: water, temperature, and time. Swiss Water®  is committed to using only the highest quality standards to decaffeinate coffee. They start with our organic, Arabica green coffee beans from Peru and use local, clean British Columbia water plus the variables of time and temperature to gently remove the caffeine before the coffee is roasted. The beans go through a 10-hour process where each of these 3 elements is monitored to ensure the taste and quality of the coffee remains, while 99.9% of the caffeine is removed.   
  • Ingredient Story: Our fair-trade coffee beans come from a cooperative of small farms in Peru’s Cajamarca province, 3,900 to 5,900 feet above sea level. We use Swiss Water® Process, an organic, chemical-free process, to gently remove caffeine. Our organic Reishi mushrooms are log-grown, and our Chaga is sustainably wild-harvested from birch trees, just as nature intended. We extract real mushrooms (no mycelium or grains here) to unlock the best of the best benefits.
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No matter what your morning, afternoon, or evening has in store, we hope there is a functional coffee to meet your needs. From products to support your immune system, gut health to those for turning on your brain and body, and even those to help bring a little more balance or chill into your routine, we’ve got you covered. Cheers to an elevated coffee experience, with functional ingredients to support whatever your needs may be. If you have further questions, email us at support@foursigmatic.com or text us at +1(213) 699-4616.

Danielle Ryan Broida, RH (AHG)

Author: Danielle Ryan Broida, RH (AHG)

As a Registered Herbalist (AHG), Holistic Nutritionist, and Instructor of Mycology, my passions all blossom from the natural world. I believe fungi are the most important teachers on our planet, silently guiding us towards a world of more connection with each other, the earth, and the answers we need to solve many of Earth’s problems. As the current Instructor of Mycology at CSCH and National Educator at Four Sigmatic, I’m so excited to bring you more education on functional mushrooms, adaptogens, and wellness, totally free.

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