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What is a Chagaccino?

Jun 11, 2024

One of our most popular drinks here at Archies Coffee in San Antonio is the Mr. Chagaccino, or mushroom coffee. This energizing chaga mushroom drink is made iced or hot with two espresso shots and your choice of milk.

And no, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms!

However, many people see “mushroom” and “coffee” together and have a lot of questions – rightfully so. This trendy drink has slowly started to pop up in unique coffee shops all around the country.

If you’re wondering what’s so special about this mushroom coffee (and whether or not it’s worth trying on your next visit), here’s what you need to know:

What is mushroom coffee?

Mushroom coffee, also known as a chagaccino, is a type of coffee alternative that incorporates medicinal mushrooms, particularly chaga mushrooms, in the brewing process. 

These specific mushrooms have been used for centuries around the world, specifically by indigenous Siberian tribes as a health tonic. Chaga is thought to have various potential health benefits, such as immune system support, stress reduction, and energy enhancement.

To make a chagaccino, dried and ground chaga mushroom powder is typically mixed with regular coffee grounds or brewed separately to create a mushroom-infused coffee. Similar to adding CBD to your coffee, the mushroom can mellow out the caffeine jitters associated with a traditional espresso drink. 

Unlike regular coffee, which is typically more acidic and can cause digestive issues for some, mushroom coffee is generally gentler on the stomach and provides a steadier energy release. The flavor is also described as milder and earthier compared to the bold taste of regular coffee.

Health benefits of mushroom coffee

Modern research has substantiated many of the historical uses of mushrooms like reishi, chaga, and cordyceps. However, much of this data is collected from test-tube studies or animal experiments.

Although more human research is needed to fully confirm these claims, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that shows immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. 

Here are some of the known health benefits of chagaccinos:

Other informal claims include:

  • Provides sustained energy
  • Improves focus
  • Reduces physical symptoms of stress
  • Helps with bloating

Similar to our plant-based energy drink, many people order mushroom drinks to explore natural alternatives to traditional coffee drinks. That being said, our Mr. Chagaccino includes two shots of espresso, so there is still roughly 120-150mg of caffeine in this drink.

With the added health benefits, caffeine or no caffeine, a chagaccino is still a delicious way to enjoy a holistic, wellness-focused lifestyle and get more out of your coffee.

Trying a chagaccino for the first time

Whether you’re a mushroom lover or simply curious, there are many variations of mushroom coffee. Many coffee shops add cinnamon or a natural sweetener to balance out the earthy taste of the mushrooms. 

If you’re ordering your own mushroom coffee powder, you’ll find lots of brands on the market that have unique formulations to maximize the potential health benefits of the fungi. 

At our San Antonio coffee shop, we keep it simple and delicious. You can try our chaga-based drink hot or iced with two espresso shots and your choice of milk. We recommend plant-based milk, such as almond or oat, and a sweetener when you try it for the first time.

Frequently asked questions about mushroom coffee

Of course, while chagaccinos are generally safe for most people, there are some considerations to take into account before ordering one for yourself. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about mushroom coffee:

What does a chagaccino taste like?

A chagaccino has an earthy, slightly woody flavor with a milder coffee taste compared to regular coffee. Chaga mushroom adds subtle umami notes, which can balance the bitterness of coffee, resulting in a smoother, less acidic beverage. The exact taste can vary based on the specific mushrooms and additional ingredients used in the blend and the type of milk you choose to add – but long story short, no, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms! 

Are there any potential side effects or contraindications?

Potential side effects may include digestive discomfort for those sensitive to mushrooms. Some individuals might experience allergic reactions to specific mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms may also interact with medications, particularly those that affect the immune system, blood pressure, or blood sugar levels. It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider before adding mushroom coffee to your routine if you are taking any medications or have underlying health conditions.

Can everyone drink chagaccinos, including children and pregnant women?

Chagaccinos are not recommended for children due to their caffeine content. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare provider before consuming chagaccinos, as caffeine intake should be moderated during pregnancy, and certain mushrooms might not be advisable. Always seek medical advice to ensure safety based on individual health circumstances.

Is mushroom coffee suitable for people with dietary restrictions?

Yes, mushroom coffee is generally suitable for most dietary restrictions. It is gluten-free, dairy-free (depending on your choice of milk), vegan, and low in calories. 

How does mushroom coffee impact energy levels and focus?

Mushroom coffee can provide a more balanced and sustained energy boost compared to regular coffee, thanks to the adaptogenic properties of the mushrooms. It may help improve focus and cognitive function without the typical caffeine crash or jitters associated with regular coffee.

Can I drink mushroom coffee every day?

Yes, you can drink mushroom coffee every day. It can be a healthy addition to your daily routine, offering potential benefits like immune support, improved focus, and stress reduction. However, it’s always best to listen to your body and consult with a healthcare provider if you have any concerns.

Order a chagaccino at Archies Coffee

Try a mushroom coffee at Archies Coffee today! Order online or visit us in-store to get the Mr. Chagaccino, our best-selling drink, and join all the others who enjoy this delicious drink every day here in San Antonio.

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