Who loves coffee? Who loves coffee but could do without the jitters and acid stomach? Who loves coffee and would also like to harness the power of adaptogens and nootropics?
Me! Everyone! (Ok, not you, tea drinkers.)
I normally quaff tea because after OD’ing on free bad coffee during finals week at Houston Hall—where my Quakers at?—I stopped coffee altogether. Caffeine made me anxious and panicky instead of awake. Looking back, I can’t believe I managed to stay up through more than a decade of partying in NYC, followed by 6 years of baby/toddler raising without coffee.
I started drinking it again around the time I launched LES LOLOS. Show me a startup founder who doesn’t drink coffee and I’ll show you someone twenty years younger than me. While I loved ordering my grande cappuccinos at Starbucks several times a week, after a few months my stomach started hurting in the mornings. The culprit was the acid in hot-brewed coffee. (Eh, could also have been my backstabbing ex-partner.) I switched to cold-brew, which has a lower acid profile, but it just wasn’t the same as a hot cup of joe.
Enter Four Sigmatic, purveyors of fine mushroom coffee. I know you’re wondering what it is because every time I sing its praises to someone, they look at me funny and ask, “What’s mushroom coffee?”
In practical terms, it’s a handy packet of powder that you mix with hot water for a yummy-tasting coffee. In superhero terms, medicinal mushrooms are one of the world’s most studied superfoods and drinking your fungi is an efficient way to consume it.
Mushrooms are adaptogens, which can help manage stress and insomnia, boost immunity, libido and brain power. Of course, Four Sigmatic’s mushrooms and coffee beans are highest-grade, better-than-bio. You can read more about their process here, if you’re so inclined.
I’ve been shrooming for about 6 months and I’ll never go back to regular coffee. I’m way more focused and alert and, as promised, no jitters or stabby pains in the stomach. Four Sigmatic’s mushroom coffee has about 30-50% of the caffeine of regular coffee. I mix in a tablespoon of coconut oil for my version of bulletproof coffee, which keeps me full for hours and is Whole30 compliant. You can add whatever you want: honey, cream, milk foam. Café connoisseurs may turn up their nose, but for a basic bitch ordering Starbucks cappuccinos, it’s all good.
My go-to’s are the Lion’s Mane & Chaga for productivity and Cordyceps & Chaga for stimulation. I’m trying their hot cocoas next. They also have powders to put in smoothies. As for the price, each cup of coffee is about €1.50, which is a bargain. And because we always want to hook you up with the good stuff, LES LOLOS readers get a special 10% off promo code. Big surprise… it’s leslolos.
One more thing: A part of all Four Sigmatic’s proceeds go to contribution kits with more than $1500 of mushroom products. They distribute them to cancer patients as a free alternative/complementary treatment. So every cup you’re drinking is helping someone else in the world. I absolutely love Four Sigmatic, for their awesome mushroom coffee and their genuine kindness and compassion.