The future is fungi. The multi-billion functional mushroom market isn’t slowing down, and Earth & Star is making it easy to enjoy the product’s wellness benefits through their ready-to-drink lattes, coffee and chocolate.
After founders Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss infused mushrooms into their own wellness routines, they wanted to share the promising adaptogenic properties with others. Their goal is to hack the everyday by leveling up normal beverages and snacking habits with functional, craveable offerings.
To be honest, the thought of drinking mushroom-flavored coffee sounded unappealing at first. Even with understanding the health benefits, I was afraid to sacrifice my normal cup of joe. The newly launched Black Coffee, containing 2,000mg of functional mushroom extract, forced me to take a step back. Not only does the drink support the immune system, but the flavor was perfectly balanced. With no gums, seed oils, flavors or stevia, it really is a salute to traditional coffee, just with an added boost of nutrition.
Eager to learn more, I delved further into the ingredient list. In the coffee, Earth & Star utilizes their four-mushroom blend, but with the added benefits of L-theanine for enhanced cognitive function and stress reduction. It’s smooth and seriously derails the typical caffeine crash I experience from drinking coffee.
Featured in the mushroom blend are Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Reishi and Chaga. If you’re looking for these ingredients, but in a more exciting format, the lattes are a must-try. The plant-based variations include Matcha, Cacao and Turmeric.
Personally, the turmeric latte was a bold winner. Beyond the mushroom blend, ginger, black pepper, oat milk, cinnamon and sea salt work together as an anti-inflammatory team, magnifying the warm golden light turmeric holds.
Earth & Star isn’t aiming to “stay on trend,” but rather to contribute to the anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and immune fortifying movement that functional mushrooms offer. Try switching out your daily beverage with one of these to see how it effects your everyday function — like me, you might end up very surprised.
Variety 12-pack $63
Photos courtesy of Earth & Star.