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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The Gender Pay Gap legislation : How will this affect the facilities management industry?

Unequal pay

As of April 2017, all companies with over 250 employees must publish their gender pay gap within the next year. This will affect 9000 companies, employing 15million people. But what do we mean by a gender pay gap? And how will this procedure work, in practice? Never fear, in today’s blog, we’re sharing all you need to know about the gender pay gap legislation.

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Attracting and retaining Millennial Facilities Managers

Millennials at work

Here at The Watercooler Today, we are keen on keeping up with the latest trends and changes in the Facility Management World. That’s why today, we’re considering the newest emerging force of Facility Manager, the Millennial. By 2025, Millennials will account for 75% of facilities managers. This seismic change will bring about transformative shifts in working styles, preferences, and principles throughout the industry, that is why it is so important to take the time now to understand this newest cohort.

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Hydration: It’s all up in the air!

Departure lounge

When we fly, whether for business or for leisure, we like to be prepared. We like to know that we’ve packed all we need, and are ready for our journeys. However, there are some essentials we cannot prepare or pack. Passengers are unable to take liquids of more than 100ml through airport security, and this includes drinking water.

Recently, it’s come to light that over 50% of airports in the UK lack free drinking water for passengers (Money Saving Expert, 2017) in their passenger and departure lounges, meaning that if customers wish to remain hydrated once airside, they will have to purchase bottled water. This water is significantly increased in price, and can cost passengers up to £3.00 per bottle. Today, we’re discussing your rights when it comes to airport hydration, as well as why it’s so important!

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Industry battles: Fizzy drinks vs. bottled water

Bottled water

For decades, fizzy drinks have dominated the bottled refreshment market. Visit any store refrigerator or cafe, and you’ll see shelves upon shelves of cola, lemonade, and sodas. However, the times, they are a changing! 2016 saw an explosion in the bottled water market, with varieties such as vitamin infused, coconut, flavoured, and medical water, and the consumers are paying attention. Between July 2016 and July 2017, bottled water sales in the UK outstripped cola sales, with 1.77 billion litres of bottled water being purchased, in comparison to 1.72 billion litres of cola, this is the first time in refreshment history that this has happened, and is the fourth consecutive year of double digit growth for the bottled water industry in the UK.

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The impact of Brexit on Facilities Management

Today marks a historic day, the prime minister, Theresa May has triggered article 50, beginning a two year process that will result in the UK leaving the European Union, an institution we have been part of for 44 years. There has been much discussion about what this means, politically and socially, for the UK, but what does it mean for facilities management? We’ve undertaken some detective work to find out for you. Continue reading “The impact of Brexit on Facilities Management”