(Not)Coffee Mushroom Coffee Alternative

I’m one of the lucky people who never got into the coffee habit. On a roadtrip I’ll have one, if I’m traveling somewhere special I’ll have one (or 50—I’m looking at you, Melbourne), and if it’s in ice cream, yes please. But coffee isn’t something I have to have to start my day. You won’t see me in a t-shirt that says “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee.”

Some of you may know that I have some fun coffee alternatives on the site for you, and I do love me some roasted dandelion root tea. There is something lovely about the ritual of making a decadent hot beverage for yourself in the morning though, or as a nightcap, or as a treat in the middle of a long work day.

For this reason, I have put all of my favorites into a mix for a coffee-like powerhouse of a drink, and I’m hooked. Go ahead and play with the mixture to suit your tastes/needs, you can leave out certain ingredients, or add more. You can add cinnamon, cardamom, dried, powdered orange zest, maybe some cayenne. I tend to keep the batch basic and change up each mug I make with those goodies. Pantry-to-plate it, customize, and have fun.

Now, you will need a spice/coffee grinder to powder certain ingredients unless you can find them already powdered. If you don’t have one, borrow one from a friend, co-worker, or neighbor and thank them with some (Not)Coffee. 🙂

This makes enough for months. I’ve been working on this giant container for 6+ months…

… so store it in a cool, dark pantry or fridge for optimal freshness. (Not)Coffee is great to have around for non-coffee drinkers and coffee drinkers who are looking for coffee alternatives, trying to cut down, or kick a coffee habit. One teaspoon goes a long way.

Just look at this richness. Not. Coffee.

Note that amounts are for the ground, “powdered in a coffee/spice grinder” amount. Many of these ingredients are optional, but they make a mighty magical cup of goodness.

1/2 cup roasted chicory root granules, powdered
3/4 cup maca root powder
1/2 cup raw cacao powder (to taste)
2 tablespoons–1/4 cup roasted chaga (optional, I use this one)
1 tablespoon reishi mushroom powder (optional)
1/4 cup lion’s mane mushroom powder (optional)
1/4 cup lucuma powder (optional)
1/4 cup mesquite powder (optional)
1/4 cup lucuma powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon powdered stevia to taste (optional)

Optional Coconut-Macadamia Latte Foam
I make a batch of this creamy goodness for my (Not)Coffee. I store extra in the fridge and just re-blend to get some foaminess when I have another cup.
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup macadamia nuts
1 Medjool date, pitted (here’s how)
Pinch fine-ground sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Let’s get started.
1. Powder any ingredients in a spice/coffee grinder that aren’t yet.

2. Whisk it all together until uniformly mixed.

3. If making a mug now, boil 1–2 cups water and if you like, blend together the Coconut-Macadamia Latte Foam ingredients until creamy and frothy.

4. Add 1 teaspoon of your (Not)Coffee mix into a mug and add boiling water.

Stir until well mixed, top with foam if you like, and maybe a dash of cinnamon and cardamom for good measure.


5. Store in an airtight glass jar in the fridge or a cool pantry.


Here are a few highlights about the ingredients.

Chicory root: supports digestion—is a prebiotic (aka food for beneficial bacteria), and also supports the liver, metabolism of fats, and is known to reduce inflammation

Dandelion root tea: a natural diuretic, helps your liver eliminate toxins

Maca root: an adaptogen—which means it goes in to help where your body needs it—known to help balance hormones

Cacao: loaded with antioxidants

Reishi: best in small amounts in your coffee mix as it’s bitter, which is great because it adds some coffee-like bitterness, but too much can be intense in a bad way. Some studies suggest that reishi can combat tumor growth, balance blood pressure and boost immune function

Mesquite powder: not the chips for BBQing, mesquite powder is an amino-acid rich pod that lends a slightly sweet, caramel note to (Not)Coffee

Lucuma: deep, rich flavor like a sweet potato or caramel, nutritious Peruvian fruit known to support healthy skin and digestion

Chaga: Like reishi, best in small amounts in your coffee mix as it’s bitter, but it’s an immunity booster like no other

Lion’s Mane Mushroom: nerve support and mental clarity—I grow my own, dehydrate it and grind for (Not)Coffee


Now I want to hear from YU. Are you a coffee drinker? What do you think of this recipe? Tell us wth a comment below.


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