Have you heard about lion’s mane mushrooms? This odd-looking mushroom has been part of the Chinese traditional medicine cabinet for ages, and it’s now a popular supplement everyone seems to be drinking now.
Interestingly, these mushrooms have culinary uses as well and are pretty tasty, although mild. And although you should always talk to your doctor before eating or drinking new, unusual things, here’s a recipe for a lion’s mane mushroom coffee.
The challenge with this one is not adding the mushrooms to the drink but making it tasty enough to make you forget you’re eating a mushroomy superfood. Here’s how this one goes.
For this recipe, you’ll need lion’s mane mushrooms in powdered form. You’ll find these in nutrition and supplement shops, and we’re only using one tablespoon of it, so a bag will last a long time.
We also need roughly a cup of water and ground coffee. We’ll use a French press to extract the most benefits from the mushrooms and the most flavor from the coffee.
Optionally, cream and your favorite sweetener will bring the coffee together for a lovely, apparently healthy drink that’s worth trying just for its flavor!
According to Chinese medicine, lion’s mane mushrooms are good for your brain and can stimulate brain cell growth. Some say the mushrooms can help treat depression and anxiety as well! Finally, there are some claims that lion’s mane mushrooms are good for your heart.
Of course, we’re not health experts of anything, but we certainly know how to make a nice cup of coffee, even with mushrooms!
The French coffee press is fantastic for making coffee, but also infusions. The process lets you extract flavors and benefits in many things, including coffee, chicory, tea and edible mushrooms.
If you don’t have a French press, get one. I know, I’m a huge fan of espresso, but there are many things you can do with a French press that you can’t with a regular coffee machine.
Bring the water in a kettle to a near boil.
In a French coffee press, add the ground coffee and the Lion’s Mane mushroom powder.
Pour the boiling water into the French press and stir.
Place the plunger and press.
Let the coffee sit for 4 minutes and pour into a cup.
Add the cream and sweeten it to taste.