The term “mushroom coffee” is still a bit obscure. Is it mushrooms + coffee? A mushroomy blended beverage that just replicates coffee? Or something else entirely? And, most importantly, does mushroom coffee have caffeine that will offer the same energy boost as your regular morning brew?
The answer is–it depends. All “mushroom coffee” blends on the market are different, but most contain at least some amount of caffeine. Here’s what you need to know:
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Mushrooms do not contain caffeine, but many mushroom coffee blends contain the caffeine that’s naturally available in coffee.
A mushroom coffee beverage with nootropics and adaptogens may support energy levels without the need for high doses of caffeine.
Caffeine can have side effects and should be used in moderation.
Do Mushrooms Have Caffeine?
We want to clarify that although mushroom coffee usually contains some amount of caffeine, mushrooms themselves do not contain caffeine. So, if you’re looking for a mushroom coffee with no caffeine at all, a pure mushroom blend would meet your needs. It won’t, of course, contain any coffee, so you won't get that warm nutty flavor that most people associate with a cup of coffee.
However, if you’re just looking for a beverage with less caffeine, similar to a cup of decaf, mushroom coffee may be right up your alley.
How Much Caffeine Is in Mushroom Coffee?
Some brands of mushroom coffee contain 100 mg of caffeine or more, but many focus on lower levels around 60-80 mg, similar to a regular cup of coffee.
Lucid Mushroom Coffee uses a unique formula that enhances the effects of caffeine and provides a cognitive and physical boost without relying on the effects of caffeine alone. Our Mushroom+Nootropic Coffee contains only 45 mg of caffeine per serving.
Does Mushroom Coffee Have More Caffeine Than Regular Coffee?
In most cases, no, mushroom coffee has no more caffeine than a regular cup of coffee. Usually, the caffeine content of a mushroom coffee comes from added coffee, so the caffeine content will be similar or the same. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains about 80–100 milligrams of caffeine.
In some cases, mushroom coffee contains less caffeine than a standard cup of coffee, but some may contain added caffeine. It’s important to check the label to understand the true caffeine content of the product.
How Much Mushroom Coffee Should I Drink Each Day?
According to current guidelines, you can safely consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine each day. That means that a cup of mushroom coffee contains significantly less caffeine than the healthy threshold. In many cases, you can safely consume multiple cups of mushroom coffee without crossing this threshold.
However, with Lucid beverages, one may be enough. Because Lucid contains a blend of other nootropics and mushrooms, you really only need one dose daily to reap the full potential of its cognitive-enhancing, energy-boosting effects. We paired 45 milligrams of caffeine with brain-boosting nootropics and natural energy sources to give you the focus and performance boost you need without the same stimulant side effects.
Read "Why We Chose Our Ingredients: What's in a Lucid Stack?" to learn more.
Caffeine is a stimulant and should be treated as such. Some people, including pregnant and nursing women, children, and adolescents should not consume caffeine. Caffeine may interact with some medications, so it’s best to talk to your doctor if you believe caffeine may be a risk factor for you.
Benefits of Mushroom Coffee vs Regular Coffee
While there’s some debate about whether coffee is the health superfood it’s positioned to be, many sources do confirm that coffee has some benefits. Various studies have found coffee to have a positive impact on mood, energy levels, response time, mental performance, and more.
Of course, many people drink coffee simply for the energy boost it can provide–mostly because of caffeine. Of course, caffeine dependence is incredibly common, and over-consumption of caffeine may lead to a high tolerance. That, paired with chronic stress, can lead to something called adrenal fatigue. This catch-22 scenario can make a person more reliant on caffeine while making caffeine less effective for the ailments at hand–low energy, stress, low mood, and more.
Enter mushroom coffee–a new world of energetic potential aimed at unlocking the brain’s true power while supporting physical energy, recovery, and immunity. Well, that’s our Lucid Coffee at least.
We truly believe that our mushroom coffee offers significant benefits well beyond what you can get from a regular cup of coffee. Our mushroom blend includes an array of medicinal mushrooms with diverse, synergistic benefits, including:
Lion's Mane is the “mind mushroom” that is thought to improve cognitive performance, focus, memory, and energy. May help to regulate the stress response and promote neurogenesis, the growth of new neurons in the brain by stimulating the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), a protein that promotes the growth and normal function of nerve cells.
Tremella is sometimes referred to as a “yin tonic,” or a concoction that can help to improve moisture and energy (blood) flow in the body. This mellow mushroom has moisturizing and anti-aging properties that promote vitality and healing.
Cordyceps is one of the world’s oldest medicinal mushrooms, well known for its potential ability to increase endurance, boost physical performance, and help to manage fatigue by promoting oxygen flow throughout the body. It functions by boosting the natural metabolic process and serving as a natural source of energy.
- Maitake is known for its diverse wellness benefits that may support heart health, normal immune function, healthy digestion, and more. This powerful adaptogen can negate the harmful effects of stress on your brain and immune system.
What Does Mushroom Coffee Taste Like?
Lucid Mushroom Coffee is designed to be sugar-free and gluten-free. It contains a blend of nootropics and mushrooms that offer an earthy undertone, but is delicately paired with Columbian Coffee for a rich, full bodied taste.
Since there’s no sugar or additional flavors added, you can dress it up any way you’d like. Add cream, top it with foam, or blend it with your favorite sweeteners. Or, if you prefer a different flavor profile, consider our Matcha or Chai mushroom beverage.
Get Lucid: Low Caffeine Mushroom Coffee
Our Lucid mushrooms+nootropic beverage is designed to upgrade your body and mind, without the crash and anxiety that most caffeinated beverages bring.
We've combined the powerful medicinal mushroom’s above, like Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, Maitake, with powerful nootropics like BCAA's, Alpha-GPC, and more to create a full-coverage, synergistic blend that's unmatched by other mushroom coffee supplements on the market. It's simple to use and comes in three delicious flavors–Colombian Coffee, Masala Chai, and Japanese Matcha.
There's not a more straightforward way to reap the benefits of modern nootropics–or to unlock your brain and body's true potential. Ready to become Lucid? Check out one of our three mushroom+nootropic blends.