What Is Cordyceps Coffee?

We all know what coffee is, but what is cordyceps coffee? Believe it or not, it’s a special blend of coffee and dried cordyceps mushroom. Yes, you read that right. Cordyceps is a fungus — a mushroom — that just so happens to contain a number of health-enhancing properties. And mixing cordyceps with coffee, it turns out, is rather genius.

Mushroom Coffee

Now I’ll readily admit, when I first heard the term “mushroom coffee,” I wrinkled my nose. I mean, I like mushrooms, and I love coffee. But the two together? It sounded pretty weird. And I couldn’t imagine mushroom coffee tasting all that great, either.

Then I tried some.

I finished my first packet of cordyceps coffee and immediately ordered more.

It wasn’t just the taste of cordyceps coffee that I’d grown accustom to, however.

What I really liked was how drinking cordyceps coffee made me feel.

What is Cordyceps?

Cordyceps is a broad genus of fungi that includes over 400 different species. In the wild, cordyceps mushrooms are parasitic. This means they infest and then grow from a live host. While the host is sometimes another fungi or an insect, it is most often a caterpillar. This has earned some cordyceps mushrooms the nickname “caterpillar fungus.”

cordyceps militarisCordyceps grows naturally in the Himalayan mountains. It thrives at elevations ranging from 3,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level depending upon the species. cordyceps sinensisAlthough some strains, like Cordyceps Militaris, are rather widespread, others, like Cordyceps Sinensis (technically reclassified as Ophiocordyceps sinensis), are much rarer and harder to find in the wild.

Today cordyceps mushrooms are intentionally cultivated around the world. In the West, cordyceps is most often grown on grain or rice. In the East, cultivation typically occurs in a liquid culture. Although attempts have been made to recreate “parasitic development” of cordyceps in a controlled environment, these efforts have been unsuccessful. Which is undoubtedly a great relief to caterpillars.

Health-Boosting Properties of Cordyceps

Ancient Chinese Medicine

Cordyceps has been prized for its medicinal properties for centuries in China and Tibet. It has been used to boost energy (both physical and mental), improve lung capacity, and promote healthy aging.

Cordyceps is one of a number of mushrooms recommended by the world-renowned integrative medicine specialist, Dr. Andrew Weil, as part of a healthy regimen:

Cordyceps is one of my favorite treatments for a natural energy boost and I highly recommend it to my patients who struggle with low mood and compromised overall vitality. I recommend that you experiment with cordyceps for a couple of months.

Forms of Cordyceps

Whole Mushrooms

Cordyceps can be purchased in whole, dried form in most health food stores. These dehydrated mushrooms can be added to soups and stews and eaten like any other culinary mushroom. This is the most common use of cordyceps in China, in fact.

Medicinal Formulations

Cordyceps is also available in more “medicinal” forms that include capsules, tinctures, and liquid extracts. Product labels for these formulations will include recommended daily dosage instructions. Typical dosage is one capsule or a few drops ingested twice per day.

Beverages

Cordyceps is also available in a powdered form. The powder can be added to smoothies. It can be used by itself to make tea.

Or it can be used to make Cordyceps Coffee!

What is Cordyceps Coffee?

Cordyceps coffee is pre-mixed beverage made up of a combination of cordyceps mushroom powder and instant coffee powder. It is usually sold much like hot cocoa mix, in boxes that contain a number of individual serving-sized packets. My personal favorite, however, is sold in a larger, resealable packet that contains 100 grams of powder, enough to make up to 45 servings (you can read more about it below).

cordyceps instant coffee powder

Regardless of the packaging, making a cup of cordyceps coffee is the same as making hot cocoa or any other instant coffee: place the cordyceps coffee powder in a mug, add hot water, stir, and enjoy.

Just as with regular coffee, cordyceps coffee can be personalized with cream, sweetener, or flavoring to make it your own.

Cordyceps Energy

Those of us who drink coffee know what the typical “boost of caffeine” feels like. That’s the reason many of us drink coffee, for that energetic “kick in the pants” that gets, or keeps, us going strong. Since cordyceps coffee contains caffeine, that familiar boost of energy is present in each cup.

The addition of cordyceps mushroom powder, however, takes the energizing properties of this beverage to a whole new level. More specifically, it takes it all the way down to the cellular level.

From Caffeine Kick to ATP Kick

Cordyceps mushrooms give a boost to the production of ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, in our cells.

And what is ATP ? It’s an organic chemical within our living cells that is responsible for storing and transferring metabolic energy.

ATP plays a part in many bodily processes, including muscle contractions and nerve impulses. And enhanced ATP function is credited with improving both athletic performance and cognitive functioning.

Which starts to make clear the potential benefits of drinking cordyceps coffee, and why I wrote that I liked the way drinking cordyceps coffee was making me feel.

What to Expect Drinking Cordyceps Coffee

Energy Over Time

As stated, cordyceps coffee contains caffeine, so it provides that familiar boost. The cordyceps themselves, however, provide a more gradual increase in overall energy level when ingested over time. Which means, at first, cordyceps coffee may not seem very different from any other regular cup of coffee.

With consistent use, however, you may find yourself enjoying many of the same benefits I’ve experienced with cordyceps coffee.

Personally, I had no idea what to expect when I first tried cordyceps coffee. I purchased it to take with me to work to enjoy as an afternoon “pick me up” treat. I wanted something to push me through that typical afternoon-at-a-desk slump.

Within a few weeks, however, I noticed that I felt generally more alert. My focus seemed a little better. And I was definitely over the afternoon-at-the-desk slumps.

The Taste

I won’t try to fool you with a claim that cordyceps coffee tastes the same as a fine cup of brewed coffee.

It doesn’t.

The coffee base is, after all, instant coffee. The cordyceps mushroom powder, in my opinion, does not add any particular flavor to the beverage. However, one might describe the overall taste as having an earthy depth. Cordyceps coffee has a unique flavor that differs from brewed coffee, but it still offers a rich, enjoyable drinking experience.

Bottom line: if you truly hate instant coffee and can’t bring yourself to drink it, then cordyceps coffee probably isn’t for you.

If you’re open to experimenting, though, you might find you acquire a taste for cordyceps coffee just like I did. As noted, you can add cream, sweetener, and/or flavoring of your choice to turn your cup of cordyceps coffee into a personalized taste treat.

Considering the benefits cordyceps provide, becoming a regular cordyceps coffee drinker is certainly worth a try.

Cordyceps Precautions

Cordyceps mushrooms and cordyceps coffee are safe and beneficial for most people, but there are a few instances where care should be taken:

  • Cordyceps can lower blood sugar levels, so be sure to check with your doctor if you are a diabetic or have any blood-sugar issues to ensure cordyceps use is safe for you.
  • Cordyceps has blood-thinning effects and should not be used by those with bleeding disorders or blood cancers.
  • Cordyceps may increase testosterone use so should be avoided by anyone for whom this is a concern.
  • Cordyceps should not be given to children, and pregnant and nursing women should check with their doctor before using it.

When in doubt, it is always best to check with your doctor first before using any product that has health-altering properties, and cordyceps is no exception.

My Favorite Cordyceps Coffee (Plus Discount Code)


NOTE: The following section of this post contains affiliate links, meaning that, at no additional cost to you, if you click through an affiliate link and make a purchase, I may make a small commission.


There are quite a few different brands of cordyceps mushroom coffee available, but, as mentioned, I have a personal favorite:

CafeCeps by Madre Labs

Why I Prefer CafeCeps:

  • All CafeCeps ingredients, both the coffee and the mushrooms, are Certified Organic
  • CafeCeps contains Reishi mushroom powder in addition to cordyceps powder. Reishi mushrooms offer many health benefits including improved immune function and significant anti-inflammatory effects.
  • CafeCeps has a great price point, averaging about .25 cents per serving. Many cordyceps coffees sell for three to five times more.
  • CafeCeps comes in a 100 gram resealable packet instead of pre-measured single-serving pouches. This means you can use a little more or a little less powder to suit your personal tastes.
  • Each packet of CafeCeps includes a small serving scoop that fits inside the pouch for measuring convenience.

Where to Get CordyCeps Coffee

If you’d like to give cordyceps coffee a try for yourself, I recommend ordering through iHerb.com. I have ordered from iHerb for years because of their extensive line of health-boosting products, exceptionally low prices, reasonable free-shipping threshold, and phenomenal customer service.

Because I’m a regular iHerb customer, I can offer you the following discount that’s good on cordyceps coffee or anything else iHerb offers:

New iHerb Customers: Receive 10% Off Your First Order

Returning iHerb Customer: Receive 5% Off All Recurring Orders

How to Receive Your Discount

  • Click here to go to iHerb.com and start shopping – Your discount will automatically be applied at checkout through this link.
  • Manually add this code during your iHerb checkout process: BOZ299

cordyceps cafeceps with discount code

You’ll find that CafeCeps is not the only cordyceps coffee available on iHerb, so you can try other brands to see what best suits your tastes.

cococardio by madre labsAnd, not for nothing, but Madre Labs also offers an amazing cocoa powder — CocoCardio — that’s delicious blended into your CafeCeps. It also makes an amazing cocoa-almond-milk and banana smoothie. If you like a rich chocolate — complete with added health benefits — I highly recommend CocoCardio as well.


If you feel you can benefit from the boost of cordyceps coffee, I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know what you think.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Happy — and healthy — sipping!

16 Comments

  1. I NEED this coffee! I have heard the term “mushroom coffee” but had not gotten around to doing any research. Thank you for sharing your findings! You piqued my interest but that bit about CocoCardio pushed me over the edge. I’m looking forward to exploring iHerb.com. That’s new to me, too. Thanks for the discount!

    • I love iHerb for all kinds of healthful products, Theresa, so I hope you have fun visiting their site. I usually get vitamins, toothpaste, lip balm, insect repellent, energy bars, and super-food powders for my smoothies from them. They are so much cheaper than local health food stores and have so much more variety. Of course I also get my CafeCeps Cordyceps Coffee and CocoCardio there, too! I had stopped drinking the cordyceps for awhile, but I missed the “treat” of it as well as the energy boost. Yep, I really NEED it, too! lol Let me know if you give it a try, and enjoy that CocoCardio…I think it has an amazing flavor, and I love that it’s unsweetened so I can sweeten to my taste with my choice of sweeteners. I’ll definitely enjoy hearing what you think. Maybe you’ll be reviewing CocoCardio at fortheloveofmocha.com soon! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. It’s always such fun to hear from you!

  2. Ciara

    This was a fun article to read! I have been drinking mushroom coffee for about a year now. I actually never was a coffee drinking before because it never agreed with my stomach. I tried Four Sigmatic’s coffee and fell in love with the earthy taste and the smooth energy I got from it. I wasn’t buzzing with energy or anxiety, just a cool full body energy– now I know why!

    I will have to check out this brand- it looks delish!

    Thanks so much for sharing,

    Ciara

    • Cheri

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article, Ciara. It’s great to hear from someone who is familiar with mushroom coffee. Although I am a coffee lover (obviously, haha), I do think of mushroom coffee as a bit of an “alternative” beverage. Because of the addition of the mushroom powder, cordyceps coffee does have a different flavor, and, as you note and we’ve both experienced, provides a whole different type of energy. I’ve heard good things about Four Sigmatic’s coffee, so I’m going to give that a try. I’ve always opted for CafeCeps because I can control the amount used depending on whether I’m making a straight cup of cordyceps or mixing it with already-brewed coffee. Thankfully there are options for anyone who wishes to benefit from health-boosting properies of cordyceps coffee, though. Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your experience. Happy sipping!

  3. Katie

    There was a news segment on my local channel this morning about Cordyceps coffee. So the first thing I did was go to my computer to learn more.  I found your article contained most of the answers to the questions that I had except one. It is something I always look for, added ingredients to what I already eat/drink that have health benefits such as, chia seeds in yogurt and salads. I am very interested in adding Cordyceps to my coffee, but as you stated above “not for those that hate instant coffee”. I am wondering how this mushroom would taste added to my brewed coffee. Have you ever tried that? I don’t use sugar or cream or anything else in my coffee so if this has a strong flavor I am thinking maybe I better try it in a different drink. Can’t change my coffee flavor!! lol

    • Cheri

      Hey Katie…I haven’t tried the cordyceps mushroom powder on its own, and, if I were to get some, I doubt I would add it to my “good” coffee. In my mind, I think of my cordyceps coffee as an “alternate beverage” rather than as “my coffee” because I don’t compare it one-to-one with the high-quality gourmet coffee I enjoy each morning. I’ve always had my regular coffee in the morning just the way I like it (for me that means a bit of cream), then I enjoy the cordyceps coffee as a “later in the day” treat. If you approach it the same way, even though you take your coffee black, you may find you’d be good with experimenting with cordyceps coffee with some kind of creamer and/or sweetener if you find you don’t like it straight up (and you could definitely choose healthier options with which to do this). If you’re a smoothie drinker, you might find the powder works well there without altering flavor. I just haven’t tried it. I love that you saw a piece on cordyceps on your local news. Thanks for sharing that with me!  If you give cordyceps coffee a try, I hope you’ll let me know how you like it (or if you just don’t lol). Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  4. Claudia

    Hi,

    I had no idea what Cordyceps is much less knew about it mixed with coffee. It sounds weird mixing mushroom with coffee, but when I read the article it makes sense…cordyceps stimulates energy like caffeine, so it’s more like a booster for coffee. I think I will give cordyceps coffee a try. 

    • Cheri

      I’m glad my article helped you learn about something new. If you give cordyceps coffee a try, I hope you’ll let me know what you think of it. Thanks for visiting.

  5. mhasanalvi

    Hi Cheri,

    Your article What is Cordyceps coffee? is very helpful and interesting for me because I am a coffee  lover. I wasn’t familiar with this cordyceps coffee before. After reading this article, I have learned that cordyceps coffee is a coffee which is made with mushroom. I also learned that this is a very tasty beverage, and it is also good for our health because we all know that mushrooms have so many benefits for our health. I am going to try this cordyceps coffee as I am intrigued after reading your article.Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article. I am going to share this article with my friends and relatives so that they can know about this cordyceps coffee, too.

    • Cheri

      I’m glad you found the article informative and interesting. I hope you find you like Cordyceps Coffee if you give it a try. You are right, mushrooms do have a lot of great health benefits. And having a healthy mushroom powder blended with our coffee makes it easy (and tasty!) to take advantage of those health benefits. Thanks for visiting.

  6. mzakapon

    Wow! I have not heard about cordyceps coffee which is made from mushroom before. Thank you for writing this informative review about this special type of mushroom coffee. My family likes mushrooms, and some of my relatives cultivate them commercially. I wonder if they know such a type of coffee exists. Cordyceps fungi is a great mushroom plant which is used for many reasons. I would not have known so many details if I had not read your article. I believe my family members will be happy to know about this product. But I think It will be important to use only with proper knowledge and with doctor’s advice. 

    • Cheri

      I’m glad you found the article informative. I think cordyceps coffee is perfectly safe for most healthy individuals to use, but I fully agree with you that one should understand what cordyceps mushrooms do in the body before using it and, especially if one has any health issues or concerns, one should consult with a doctor first. Thank you for commenting. I hope your relatives will enjoy the information as well.

  7. Olalekan

    Thanks for sharing this on Cordyceps coffee. I would like to give it mushroom coffee a try. It seems pretty cost-effective too. Alternatively, if you don’t really like coffee but want the benefits of cordyceps, you can find mushroom powder alone and use it with any beverage, smoothie, or soup. I have bookmarked your site to read your latest updates. 

  8. Wealthfather

    Great content and information. Thanks for this concise and thorough article. I have read about cordyceps coffee but I haven’t noticed its benefit this much. I must say this is one of the most comprehensive articles I have seen published about cordyceps.

    Cordyceps are healthy and its one of the most common mushroom in the world. According to a particular book that I read, it is being used to treat cancer and also lower blood sugar.

    I appreciate the fact that you shared this insightful blog post with your readers. I’m so happy I found your blog

    • Cheri

      Thanks for your visit and comment. I have read that cordyceps is being used to mitigate the effects of chemotherapy in cancer treatment, and it does seem to lower blood sugar as well (as I mention). Cordyceps coffee is not so potent in relation to cancer issues, but I have found, personally, that my energy and mental focus improves if I drink a cup consistently most days. As always, individual experiences will vary, but, for a healthy individual, there isn’t much to lose by giving cordyceps coffee a try.

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