In lieu of any groundbreaking new things I’ve learned or experienced in the realm of supplements and psychoactives in the past week, I’ve instead written this review of a product I’ve been using lately. I know, I’m probably a consumer whore, but at least I’m warning you.
Anyway, the product I’m reviewing in this post is CaféCeps. In a nutshell, it’s basically coffee with mushrooms. Not just any old mushrooms, but cordyceps and reishi. I came across a ten cent sampler pack of their product when browsing iHerb for my usual supplements, and decided I might as well go all in on a full bag of the stuff while I’m at it.
Well, after a few weeks of use, it just happened to turn out that it wasn’t bad. I’ll touch upon what the benefits of these mushrooms are and why they might even be in a coffee in the first place.
What makes CafeCeps special?
The maker of this product (Madre Labs) bills itself as the first company to make an instant coffee product with micronized cordyceps and reishi mushroom, this result dubbed with the registered trademark “MicroFungi.” For all I know, they probably are. So why should I care about some powdered instant coffee that has some mushroom particles in it?
Well, cordyceps and reishi are two mushrooms touted by traditional Chinese medicine and investigated scientifically for their immunomodulatory and anti-cancer properties and this coffee contains both of these. So why not just take capsules of these or eat them or something?
Honestly, I find this to be an extremely convenient way to get these kinds of supplements. Some of us hate taking capsules, but many people wouldn’t dream of missing their coffee. It’s an excellent method of delivery for an herbal supplement like this.
Cordyceps mushroom 3
This mushroom is lauded in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for fertility issues. Modern research has shown cordyceps to have adaptogenic properties as well as what appear to be anti-cancer and longevity-enhancing properties.
Reishi mushroom 4
Reishi is another fixture of traditional Chinese medicine as a panacea. Modern scientific inquiry has shown reishi to have some anti-cancer effects and antioxidant properties.
How does CafeCeps taste?
Spoiler alert: It doesn’t taste like mushrooms.
But does it taste like coffee?
To be perfectly honest, it tastes just marginally better and more flavorful than your average cup of instant coffee crystals, that is to say, nowhere near as good as a freshly roasted, ground and brewed cup of coffee.
But compared to cheap old instant coffee crystals, I believe the CafeCeps is indeed better in flavor and I’d choose this one every time. (I didn’t do a blind taste test to confirm though, sorry)
It’s alright on its own but it also mixes well with those
horrible flavored coffee creamers.
“I don’t drink coffee”
Respectable. I’ve quit coffee and caffeineated drinks and supplements a few times over the years and often for months at a time. When I reach a point where I feel like I need caffeine to feel “normal” I take a break. I don’t think something like coffee should be seen as an absolute necessity. For me, it’s just one means of getting caffeine. An enjoyable one at that.
Now if for some reason you wanted some kind of non-coffee based mushroom-containing instant drink to help kickstart your morning, there’s another similar product the company made called CocoCeps which is basically organic cocoa powder with cordyceps and reishi.
If you’re inclined, you could probably make your own “bulletproof” cocoa with the CocoCeps. Based on the sampler I got, it’s not bad. Neither is the CocoCardio with beet juice powder. Since both have cocoa, they have theobromine which is pretty good compared to caffeine, albeit a lot more subtle in strength.
Conclusion (the tl;dr)
CafeCeps is A-ok as a caffeine source in my book. It’s cheaper than buying some big coffee chain coffee (or that big chain’s instant coffee). What’s more, it tastes like coffee, and even contains some beneficial mushrooms without tasting like mushrooms.
References [ + ]
|1.||↑||Examine.com – Cordyceps|
|2.||↑||Examine.com – Reishi|
|3.||↑||Examine.com – Cordyceps|
|4.||↑||Examine.com – Reishi|