Chaga Mushroom Coffee
When I first heard about chaga, I was a bit skeptical. But the more I heard about it and did my own research, the more I decided that I definitely had to try it.
Chaga is a mushroom that grows on birch trees in the northern hemisphere. It looks a bit like charcoal with a yellow/orange interior. Chaga is very popular in the East where it has been used for centuries due to the powerful health properties. This is what really had me intrigued. Hundreds of years ago, when prescription medicine wasn’t readily available, and when produce was grown without the use of pesticides and other chemicals, people used plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables to nurse themselves back to health and to stay healthy. This simply isn’t the case in today’s society where prescription medicine is so heavily relied on. Therefore, whenever I discover or learn about natural/plant based supplements and remedies, I am all ears.
Here are the most popular health benefits of chaga making it a powerful superfood:
- Supports, boosts & balances the immune system
- Suppresses cancer progression
- Supports gastrointestinal health
- Reduces inflammation
- Can improve and reduces symptoms of diabetes
- Prevents blood clots
- Increases physical endurance
- Antimicrobial activity
- Antiviral properties
- Fights bacteria
On a recent trip to Muskoka, I discovered a health & wellness store. The kind of store that I have been known to spend hours in. I came across something that looked like rocks in a plastic bag. I was intrigued. Looking at it a little more closely, I realized it was chaga chunks. After hearing about chaga for so long, here it was right in my face. There was no way I was leaving the store without it.
Chaga chunks may look a bit intimidating if you haven’t used them before. But I promise you, its really easy to use. You can use the chunks to make tea by adding a few chunks to boiling water on the stove. The chunks can be used several times. Keep them in the freezer until you are ready to use them again. Or, you can grind the chunks, which I feel makes it a bit more use able.
I took 100 grams of chaga chunks and added them to my Kitchenaid blender on chop mode. (If you have a coffee grinder then definitely use that) Don’t blend it for too long as you don’t want it to become too powdery, you need it to have a grain like consistency, similar to ground coffee.
You may find it necessary to run the ground chaga through a strainer to help separate the pieces that didn’t grind well. Then add the larger pieces to the blender as many times as necessary to get a smooth consistency.
While I am still experimenting with different ways to use my ground chaga, the most popular way to consume it is in coffee or tea. I used 1 tsp of ground chaga with 1 tsp of ground coffee in my tea infuser. You can use a French press too! Add boiling hot water and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Add milk or enjoy it black. The difference in taste is so subtle you may not even know you added chaga.
Let me know how you like it!