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This Jitter-Free Mushroom Coffee Powder Is My New Favorite Morning Drink (and It Takes Less Than a Minute to Make!)

published Aug 22, 2022
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Credit: Cathy Pyle

I’ve always been that friend — you know, the one who doesn’t think caffeine affects them. It’s taken me a few mornings of experimenting with different beverages (something besides my usual cup of condensed French press, that is) to realize that I’ve been wrong all along. Sure, I may not be one of those folks who gets all wired up from a cup of joe, but I’d be kidding myself if I said it had no affect on me at all.

I recently discovered a mushroom-infused matcha tea that gave me steady, sustained energy throughout the day without any of peaks or valleys — something I was experiencing with other forms of caffeine. However, I’m a coffee person through and through, and while I enjoy switching up my routine with a cup of matcha or warming chai latte every now and again, my morning tastebuds consistently scream for one thing: coffee! So, when I was offered the chance to try out Ryze, I said yes — immediately. The adaptogen-infused coffee powder had all the benefits of a jitter-free morning beverage I had been enjoying, plus a delicious coffee flavor. I call that a win-win!

Unlike other coffee-brewing methods, Ryze is unbelievably easy to make. In fact, it’s even more effortless than matcha, since it requires no special whisk. Because I’m a fan of iced beverages, I just dump a spoonful of the stuff into my glass of oat milk (my new favorite dairy-free alternative), add a healthy spoonful of local honey (totally optional, but I have an insatiable sweet tooth), and blend it up with my milk frother. No milk frother? No worries — there have been times I haven’t had one handy and the powder blends smoothly with a simple stir (Ryze even includes a wooden spoon with your order).

The coffee powder has coffee in it, of course, but also a medley of adaptogenic mushrooms including cordyceps, lion’s mane, reishi, turkey tail, and more. The mushrooms are super high in antioxidants and vitamins and, as I understand it (I’m no health expert!), help you stay focused and energized throughout the day. And although I can’t speak to the science behind those claims, I certainly can say that I felt the affects — no 3 p.m. slump or 9 a.m. hyper-mode. Consider me converted.

Credit: Stella Totino

Now for the most important part: The taste. It’s smooth-bodied and satisfying, and it definitely has an earthier taste than coffee alone — not in a muddy way, but reminiscent of a good cup of hot cocoa. There is a subtle coffee flavor that pairs seamlessly with the slightly savory notes from all the mushrooms. I’ve tried it with coconut milk, almond milk, and oat milk, and with each type of alternative milk, I noticed different aspects of the powder’s flavor profile emerge. Ryze even has a recipe page on their site full of out-of-the-box implementations if you want some fun inspiration (I think I’m going to whip up their chai pudding recipe tonight for a refreshing breakfast in the morning).

Bottom line, whether this is your first experience parting ways with a more traditional caffeinated beverage, or you consider yourself a connoisseur of coffee alternatives, Ryze is one blend that should not be missed. It’s yummy, balanced, and free of the negative effects of caffeine — I don’t know if I could ever go back!

Buy: Mushroom Coffee, $30 (normally $36)