2018 Food Trends #1 : Mushroom Coffee

Mushrooms

As we draw 2017 to a close, and look ahead to 2018, we’re already stocking our cupboards with the newest and most exciting food trends. We’ve researched far and wide to see what experts are saying we’ll all be eating over the coming year, some sound appetising, others…. Not so much! Over the next month, we’ll be sharing just how you can infuse your diet with 2018’s hot list, for today, we’re discussing second on our list, mushroom coffee!

I see that wrinkled nose and furrowed brow, mushroom coffee? Surely, mushrooms belong on your dinner plate, not in your morning brew? Not so, nutritionists are singing the praises of mushroom coffee, stating that mushroom infused coffee provides your daily caffeine kick, without the jittery side effects of coffee. But how is mushroom infused into your brew, and more importantly, what does it taste like? Read on to find out.

 

How it works

Coffee cupThe most prevalent producer of mushroom coffee is Four Sigmatic, a brewer in Finland. Four Sigmatic liquefy and dry different types of mushrooms to create an extract which is added to instant coffee. The preparation process for coffee drinkers, therefore, is simply to add hot water to enjoy their mushroom beverage!

The mushroom we choose

Different varieties of mushroom can be used in this process, and we’ll briefly touch upon these;

Maitake

The Maitake mushroom is native to China, Japan, and North America, and is valued in Chinese and Japanese traditional medicine, as a medicinal mushroom. The Maitake mushroom has been correlated to a number of beneficial medical outcomes. A 2009 human trial, showed that Maitake could stimulate the immune system cells of patients suffering from cancer.

Maitake also has a hypoglycaemic effect, and may be beneficial for the management of diabetes as it lowers blood sugar levels. However, care should be taken when consuming the Maitake mushroom, as it can interact with certain medications.

Chaga

The Chaga mushroom can be found on birch trees in Russia, Canada, Korea, MushroomJapan, Europe, Alaska, and the US. Traditionally, it has been considered a medicinal mushroom in Russian and Eastern European folk medicine. Chaga mushrooms are alkaline, and are often chosen to add to coffee as they counterbalance the acidity of coffee, supporting digestive health. However, it is hard to scientifically support any medical benefits of the chaga mushroom.

Cordyceps

Found at altitudes of over 14000 feet, in Nepal, China, Japan, Bhutan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand, the cordyceps mushroom is a delicious sounding combination of caterpillar and fungus. Traditional healers describe the mushroom as an ‘illness’ tonic, and prescribe it for energy, stamina, and higher sleep quality. In terms of scientific evidence, research is scant. Some studies have found that cordyceps may benefit individuals with kidney damage, and may benefit individuals with hepatitis B.

The taste test

CoffeeCoffee connoisseurs, far braver than us, have been trialling the coffee, and the general consensus is that mushroom coffee has a mellow yet rich flavour. This may originate from the caffeine content of mushroom coffee. Where a standard cup of coffee contains 150-200mg of caffeine, a cup of mushroom coffee can contain between 9-75mg – a significant difference.

Have you tried mushroom coffee? Will you be stocking up? Let up know in the comment section!  

2018 Food Trends #1 : The rise of the super powders

Super powder

As we draw 2017 to a close, and look ahead to 2018, we’re already stocking our cupboards with the newest and most exciting food trends. We’ve researched far and wide to see what experts are saying we’ll all be eating over the coming year, some sound appetising, others…. Not so much! Over the next month, we’ll be sharing just how you can infuse your diet with 2018’s hot list, for today, we’re discussing the first of our food trends, the rise of the super powders!

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The food trends of 2018

As we draw 2017 to a close, and look ahead to 2018, we’re already stocking our cupboards with the newest and most exciting food trends. We’ve researched far and wide to see what experts are saying we’ll all be eating over the coming year, some sound appetising, others…. Not so much! Over the next month, we’ll be sharing just how you can infuse your diet with 2018’s hot list, for today, we’re giving you our top ten food trends for 2018.

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#EqualPayDay

Equal Pay Day

November the 10th marks #EqualPayDay. This day signifies when women stop earning relative to men due to the pay gap, which currently stands at 14.1% (ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earning, 2017), and sadly, progress on closing the gap has stalled within the past three years. This pay gap changes according to age, and race, and is wider for older women (with a pay gap of 18.6%), women from Bangladeshi and Pakistani backgrounds (26.2%), and black African women (19.6%). It also differs according to the industry sector, for example, women working within finance and insurance earn a shocking 32.8% less than their male counterparts! In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss what you can do, as an employee and as an employer, to help speed up the rate in which we close this gap.

 

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Top tips on upgrading your hydration

Water infusion

We all know the importance of maintaining our hydration levels – they keep us alert, healthy, and happy. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to remember to hit our water targets, and keep sipping that neglected glass of water perched upon our desks. Today, we’re sharing some of our top tips for revitalising your hydration, and refreshing your body!

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Why every office needs a coffee machine

Coffee machine

In the UK, we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee every day, so it should come as no surprise, that we do most of our coffee drinking at work. Indeed, many of us are unable to start our working day properly until we’ve had our caffeine hit. Today, we’re turning our attention to how this coffee is supplied in the workplace. You may caffeinate your employees with instant or cafetiere coffee, but we believe that no workplace is complete without a coffee machine – and we’ll tell you why.

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National Mentoring Day : Workplace mentoring programmes

Mentoring

The 27th of October 2017 marks National Mentoring Day, here in the UK. This is a day in which to develop, encourage, and celebrate mentoring programmes and partnerships, discussing business and personal benefits, and showcasing examples of brilliant mentoring. We’re a big fan of workplace mentoring, here at The Watercooler Today – but it’s not just us! 71% of Fortune 500 companies offer formal mentoring programmes to employees, including, but not limited to, General Electric, Intel, Google, and Time Warner Cable.

So how does workplace mentoring look in practice? And what do its critics say? Read on to find out.

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