Crowded Specialty Coffee Market? Maybe There’s Not Mushroom.

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Every so often a product comes along that gets your attention and you know you have to give it a try. This product (for obvious reasons) is the Mushroom Coffee Mix from Four Sigmatic:

Four Sigmatic was founded with the goal of cutting through all of the hype and helping people eat more of the world’s most scientifically studied superfoods, like mushrooms. We wanted to make these incredibly powerful foods taste better and be easier to use, so that they can be simply incorporated to upgrade your existing habits. In other words, no more fads, no more pills, and no more capsules.

Our first mission in accomplishing this was to popularize drinking (yes, drinking) mushrooms.

Of course, why didn’t I think of that? Drinking mushrooms? Well, probably because it sounds disgusting. I’ve made my fair share of smoothies with some pretty strange ingredients but I can honestly say that mushrooms was never one of them.

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Which, as Four Sigmatic would tell you, is a shame since mushrooms are so good for you. In fact, the list of health benefits from mushrooms is so extensive, I’m only going to list some of the most incredible ones here:

  • Anti-inflammatory. Which means it aids in controlling or managing asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, renal failure, and stroke damage
  • Weight management. Just one cup a day (of mushrooms, not mushroom coffee) can help individuals lose weight and keep the pound off.
  • Vitamin D. Increased throughout your entire diet just by adding mushrooms.
  • Improved immune system function. Will even fight off salmonella poisoning.
  • Cordyceps benefits (which are found in the mushroom coffee) also called caterpillar fungus or Tochukasu, is a favorite of athletes because it increases ATP production, strength and endurance, and has anti-aging effects
  • Happiness. When mushrooms top your vegan pizza you become happy.

Add a 40mg dose of caffeine into all this and you can clearly see the inspiration behind this otherwise strange combination.

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Now, to be completely honest here, when Four Sigma Foods sent me the two sample boxes of two types of Mushroom Coffee (each contain ten 7oz. cups of coffee) and the one box of Reishi (ten 8oz. pouches) to try, they didn’t know I am a certified a coffee snob. Having worked for years for one of the leading Third Wave coffee roasters in the U.S., I’ve acquired pretty refined taste when it comes to coffee.

Does this instant coffee taste as good as an Ethiopian single-source, freshly-ground, Chemex-prepared pour-over being hand-crafted by a tattooed, bearded hipster humming a Two Door Cinema Club song? Of course not. It’s instant coffee. Is this a delicious (and incredibly nutritious) and easy-to-prepare instant coffee made from 100% Arabica beans better than other instant coffees I’ve tried? Totes.

This would be the coffee to bring camping, boating, hiking, to the office, or anywhere you’re on-the-go. Just add hot water, stir, and enjoy!

IMG_6133But who knows, maybe one day you’ll walk into your local Starbucks and order a Mushroom Spice Latte with Soy Milk? Probably not, so you’re better off getting your fix from Four Sigma Foods.

In addition to the mushroom coffees I got to sample their mushroom “tea” called Reishi (Superfood Mushroom Drink Mix). With reishi extract, star anise, wild mint, licorice and stevia, this hot drink is a delicious, nutritions and sweet start to your day! You really should buy a box of this! Not only is it delicious but the inside of the box is so informative, this whole experience with these #funguys has made me smarterer.

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Gravy: It Isn’t Just for Meat Eaters Anymore

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I have always loved gravy. Loved it when I ate meat and love it just as much now that I am vegan. Gravy on mashed potatoes. Gravy on French fries. Gravy on open-face chicken-free sandwiches. Gravy on coconut ice cream. You could put gravy on a shoe and I would eat it (provided the shoe was from this company).

There is something about that liquid gold that really tops off a dish and with Thanksliving this week, you can be sure I will be making some gravy. A lot of it. In the spirit of the season (and perhaps to save a turkey’s life), I’m going to share my gravy recipe so that every follower of this blog can feel the warmth of the season (as it drips down the sides of the mound of mashed potatoes and soaks the gluten-free vegan dressing and finds its way into your already overstuffed belly).

Holiday Gluten-free Vegan Gravy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shiitake mushroom (or other favorite mushroom) chopped fine
  • 1 finely chopped white onion (or vidalia, if you can get your hands on one)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup rice milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free vegan Bob’s Red Mill All-purpose Baking Flour
  • 2 cups vegetable bouillon (we use Better Than Boullion)
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme (did you sing these last four ingredients?)

In a large pan or pot over medium heat, water saute the mushrooms and onions until soft (1/4 cup of water will probably work and most will evaporate during the process). Add the chopped garlic and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, stirring often (the trick to really goo gravy is to always be stirring).

Melt the 1/2 cup of vegan butter and stir in the rice milk. In a jar (this is my Mom’s trick) shake up the 1/4 cup of flour with 3/4 cup of warm water until fully dissolved. Pour flour mixture slowly into the pot, and keep stirring. This is already looking like gravy and smelling like gravy and it’s just getting started.

Pour in the 2 cups of vegetable bouillon and lower the heat to simmer. Add a teaspoon each of the four spices (if using fresh, add a tablespoon each and make sure they are VERY finely chopped). Keep stirring until the desired consistency/thickness. Add water if too thick, add more magic flour from a jar if too thin. You’ll get it right. Salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer into a gravy boat with ladle or simply ladle directly into your mouth. For even more gravy, quadruple this recipe. Enjoy!

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If you have your own recipe and want to share it here … please click COMMENT on the left and add it! Would love to have new recipes for gravy to try!