Mushrooms have really risen to prominence of late. From exotic varieties popping up in places like M&S and Waitrose, to crunchy shroom snacks, supplements and of course, coffee. One of the most successful brands to drop in recent years is DIRTEA, which specialises in powders and coffees which promise to boost energy, focus and immunity amongst other claims.
I tried out their bestselling Mushroom Coffee over the space of a fortnight to see if it could live up to the hype. Blending arabica coffee with three of the world’s most popular mushrooms with powerful adaptogens, DIRTEA promises an exceptional-tasting instant coffee that brings all-day energy without the jitters and crashes associated with caffeine.
Key ingredients are arabica coffee beans for energy and flavour, lion’s mane for focus, maca for digestion, ashwagandha for mood, cordyceps for performance and Chaga for energy. Essentially, it’s loaded with super-powered antioxidants which can help both the mind and body in a variety of different ways.
DIRTEA is also organically grown to support farmers in local communities in Central America.
As a self-confessed caffeine addict, I’m pretty selective when it comes to coffee and have tried a couple of shroom variants in the past. And, whilst I found the effects of both to be encouraging, neither quite had the taste I was looking for, coming off a little harsh.
My experience with DIRTEA, however, has been different. Rather than a harsh bitterness, this blend is smooth, smoky and a little bit nutty. I like my coffee strong, so always go with two teaspoons per cup, which gives each sip a little more of a full-bodied bite.
After two weeks of sipping two cups of DIRTEA at work each day, I did find my concentration levels improved. I find it hard to sit at my desk for longer than 45 minutes at a time and am easily distracted, but my focus definitely became sharper.
Long and laborious tasks didn’t seem quite so tough to get through and procrastination was certainly reduced. The best part is the lack of the inevitable caffeine crash, which usually catches me out mid-afternoon.
At £39.99 for a 150g bag (equal to around 60 servings), DIRTEA is one of the more expensive mushroom coffees on the market, but it is head and shoulders above the other brands I’ve tried. I will certainly be purchasing another bag, however, I may go half and half with a normal or decaf coffee to make it last a little longer.
Anyone concerned about their coffee tasting like mushrooms need not worry either. You do get a slight whiff of shrooms when you open the bag, but it tastes just like coffee when hot water and milk is added.
Anyone looking to cut down their caffeine intake and boost their concentration levels should certainly consider giving DIRTEA a try. It doesn’t come cheap, but you get what you pay for and this is one of the finest-tasting shroom coffees on the market.