I've seen some rancid coffee orders on the internet in my time, from triple, venti, soy no foam lattes to cappuccinos featuring egg yolks, but this one is out there. Ever considered ordering a latte infused with mushroom coffee powder? Apparently it's a thing.
Fortunately there's no mushroom juicing needed - Four Sigmatic and Longreen have created an instant coffee powder blended with mushroom elixr offering all the medicinal benefits fungi are believed to have.
The feedback? Customers have reported they can taste the mushroom flavours while also suggesting it tastes a bit naturey ( we're not quite sure what that means).
But why mushrooms? Science has shown that the superfood has a number of medicinal benefits.
According to research published in the Journal of The American College of Nutrition, mushrooms can boost immunity.
"If you eat a shiitake mushroom every day, you could see changes in their immune system that are beneficial," says professor Sue Percival, an Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member. "We're enhancing the immune system, but we're also reducing the inflammation that the immune system produces."
Equally, because mushrooms are a low-energy density food, they can be used for preventing and treating obesity, according to the John Hopkins Weight Management Centre.
Despite containing 420 less calories than a meat based meals, findings suggested that participants didn't feel the need to eat more later in the day. "The most intriguing finding was that subjects seemed to accept mushrooms as a palatable and suitable culinary substitute for meat," says Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, director of the John Hopkins Management Centre. "They didn't compensate for the lower calorie mushroom meal by eating more food later in the day."