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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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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Choosing your office coffee beans

Office coffee

 

In the UK, we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee per day. Considering we spend 22% of our time in the workplace, we can safely assume that a large percentage of our coffee intake occurs there. But do we know the quality of the coffee we consume there, or if it is best suited to our workplace needs? Today, we’re going to be discussing how to choose the perfect coffee beans for your office or workplace

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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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Tea-ing off: The health benefits of drinking tea

It may come as a surprise to regular readers, but as well as enjoying coffee, we also enjoy an occasional cup of tea here at The Water Cooler Today. Drinking tea, particularly green tea, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, where it is touted to cure everything from headaches to depression. In the UK alone, 165 million cups of tea are consumed every day.
Today, we will be investigating the actual health benefits of drinking tea.
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Alternative waters : The line up

In recent years, beverage industry heavy weights have been upgrading the most essential refreshment there available, the humble bottle of water. Water is now available in every flavour under the sun, as well as sourced from all over the globe, and from every plant imaginable. With this plethora of options available, it can be difficult to decide just how we would like to consume our h20. Help is at hand, today we are talking you through the alternative waters available, and discussing whether they’re worth the extra money. Continue reading “Alternative waters : The line up”

Coconut oil coffee : Miracle drink or just plain nutty?

This week, we’re getting our coffee taste buds tingling with a spot of coconut coffee. We’re not talking coffee with a dash of coconut flavoured syrup, we’re talking coffee and coconut oil. This combination has been all over social media, with converts stating it boosts your metabolism and improves your immune system. Now we’re not too sure of the scientific evidence for these statements, but we do like a bit of coconut, and you know we like our coffee, so we decided to give it a try.
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