Coffee is a hot topic. In the news, it is alternately portrayed in a positive and a negative light. The caffeine in coffee can be addictive and cause fractured sleep for some people, especially when it’s consumed in large quantities. But our NutriCafé is here to clean up coffee’s bad image! It still tastes and feels like an indulgence, but it actually supports your health in so many ways.

Coffee has been studied for its health benefits for years. With our coffee, NutriCafé, you get all of those benefits, plus the benefits of the organic extracts of medicinal mushrooms that are added to the organic whole coffee beans. You can’t taste the mushrooms (really). All you can taste is delicious coffee. Our medium roast creates a coffee with low acidity and low caffeine, so you won’t experience as much of a crash later on, nor the burning sensation some people experience after drinking their morning cup.

What are the health benefits of coffee?

Antioxidants. This is a big one, because antioxidants are constantly fighting invisible battles on our behalf. They fight against free radicals, which can come from many different places to cause oxidative damage. Certain foods (especially highly processed ones) cause damage, as do lifestyle factors like stress and lack of sleep, and toxins we come into contact with in our environment. Our bodies even make free radicals during normal processes like energy production. Because we’re people (not robots), we can’t avoid oxidative damage completely, so we need antioxidants to help us out.

Antioxidants support the health of systems all throughout the body. Antioxidants provide neurological support, and they promote healthy skin, cardiovascular healthnormal inflammatory response, normal cell growth, and overall wellness. Drinking coffee is one very pleasant way to reap these benefits. When experts tested various beverages for antioxidant levels, coffee was tied with red wine for the top spot.

Studies have also found that coffee supports liver health and promotes a healthy body weight. Coffee has even been shown to support a healthy life span. You can consider the reliable energy boost and temporarily improved brain function as benefits, too; they are what make coffee famous. Increased energy is probably the main reason for drinking coffee for most of us, along with the familiar smooth, bitter taste and the pure comfort of preparing and drinking a hot beverage.

We can’t always pinpoint exactly what it is in a food or beverage that provides the health benefits. It’s like trying to figure out which single music note makes your favorite song so great. Every individual part contributes to the greatness of the whole. For that reason, consuming whole foods and beverages (like coffee), or whole-plant extracts, is much more effective than trying to supplement with isolated nutrients. Flavonoids are the substances in coffee that bring on the antioxidant activity. There are numerous different flavonoids in coffee, and they all work in different ways to support our health.

What are the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms?

Immune support. This is what medicinal mushrooms are best known for. The mushrooms we use in our Immune Support NutriCafé are shiitake, maitake, reishi, cordyceps, agaricus blazei, and coriolus versicolor (all organic). Each individual mushroom also brings its own special gifts to the party.

 

 

For example, reishi mushroom supports cognitive functionrespiratory health, and a healthy inflammatory response, in addition to its immune benefits. Shiitake is an amazing source of nutrients, including iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin D, selenium, zinc, and magnesium. Most people don’t take advantage of these weird-looking little super foods, but you can do it every day with your morning coffee now, without even thinking about it.

Performance-enhancing effects for the physically active. We infuse our whole beans with several different blends of medicinal mushroom extracts. Some of our mushroom extracts are known for their ability to enable the body to assimilate oxygen more efficiently. This allows the body to perform better by supporting endurance and stamina. Our Performance Blend is a combination of both cordyceps and ganoderma lucidum (reishi). We also make single extract coffees: Cordyceps and Ganoderma. All of these mushrooms are well known for their performance-enhancing benefits.

Preparing our coffee. 

Our coffee can be made in any way you like, including in a regular drip coffee maker. My personal favorite is a French press. This method works great with NutriCafé, because it is a medium-dark roast. The flavors of a lighter roast don’t always work well in a French press, but with this coffee, the flavors come through perfectly. It makes a strong, bold, fresh-tasting coffee, without any of the burnt flavor that comes from letting the coffee sit in the drip pot too long.

Victoria Moore writes funny and useful commentary on how to make the perfect cup of coffee in her book How to Drink. She says that most people make two mistakes with a French press: using too little coffee, and letting it steep too long in the water. These are her instructions for perfect strong French press coffee:

 “There should be at least a couple of fingers of coffee in the bottom of your [French press] when the water – just off the boil or boiling, it makes no difference – goes in. Now either leave the coffee for thirty seconds before plunging, or give it a stir with a spoon and then begin to plunge, slowly, straight away.”

If you use a drip coffee maker, a good guideline to follow is 1-2 Tbsp. of ground coffee per 1 cup of water (depending on how strong you like it). Our coffee is whole bean, so you do need a grinder to prepare it. Using whole beans keeps the coffee super fresh; it begins to go stale shortly after it is ground. If you grind the whole bag at once, make sure to store the grounds in an airtight container, in a dark cabinet.

Do you like cream and sugar? Try our Coconut Milk Powder in your coffee. It is naturally sweet and has a creamy consistency when mixed into coffee. Plus, it delivers a dose of the amazing health benefits of coconut (healthy fats!). For best results, use a whisk or blender to incorporate it, or use a mug with a tight-fitting lid and shake it.

Too much coffee, even a low-caffeine, low-acid coffee like ours, can create problems for some unlucky people. If coffee doesn’t agree with you, don’t worry; there are plenty of other ways to get your antioxidants. You’ll just have an excuse to drink more red wine!

 

Sources:

Bauman, E., and Friedlander, J. (2015). Foundations of nutrition. Penngrove, CA: Bauman College.

Shmerling, R. (2018, Oct). Health benefits of coffee and a proposed warning label. Retrieved from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/health-benefits-of-coffee-and-a-proposed-warning-label-2018072514319.

Stipanuk, M. (2000). Biochemical and physiological aspects of human nutrition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Company.

 

This article was written for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.