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The Rise of Brain-Boosting Mushroom Drinks as Coffee Alternatives

It's time to prepare for the imminent mushroom revolution. As consumers increasingly seek healthier and more innovative alternatives to traditional coffee, the mushroom drink trend has emerged as the next big wave. The need to adapt to this global movement is a strategic move imperative for cafes aiming to cater to the ever-evolving tastes and preferences of their clientele.


In this article, we delve into the mushroom drink phenomenon, its global resonance, and how cafes in the Netherlands need to be at the forefront of this movement. From their cognitive benefits to diversifying beverage options, we explore the compelling reasons why mushroom drinks are not just a passing trend but a strategic necessity for cafes looking to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of wellness beverages.


A global trend

Back in 2022, the global functional beverage market, including mushroom-based drinks, was witnessing substantial growth. Now that growth is predominant in almost every cafe in places like North America and Australia. According to a report by Grand View Research, the functional beverage market is projected to reach USD 158.3 billion by 2025.


As health-conscious consumers seek alternatives to their morning caffeine fix, mushroom drinks, harnessing the power of adaptogenic mushrooms, are taking center stage in this movement, offering a natural and jitter-free way to boost alertness and cognitive function. Adaptogens are widely sold as supplements, but one of the fastest-growing new markets is for adaptogenic or functional coffee.


Mushroom latte, cafe, the Netherlands, Lion's Mane, trend
Image by Lisa Sheehan/The Guardian

What power do adaptogenic mushrooms have?

In general, adaptogens are substances, often of plant or mushroom origin, believed to help the body adapt to stress and maintain balance. Lion's Mane, a mushroom with potential cognitive benefits, has been studied for its impact on neuroprotection and cognitive function. Researchers have explored the potential positive effects of Lion's Mane on brain health in multiple research studies, with improved cognitive function and nerve regeneration as a result of the neuroprotective effects. There have also been findings on the potential benefits of protection against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.


Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist known for his research on brain function, neuroplasticity, and vision, talks about adaptogens and Lion's Mane in this video. And for more information about this "smart mushroom" see this article.


Health-Conscious Culture in the Netherlands

Although the mushroom drink trend may not have fully reached the cafes of the Netherlands yet, there's a growing need for establishments to keep pace with global wellness movements. Health-conscious consumers represent a growing demographic that prioritizes well-being, nutrition, and a balanced lifestyle. This group of individuals actively seeks products and services that align with their commitment to health and sustainability. As health-consciousness gains momentum here in The Netherlands, cafes that embrace alternative options, stand to attract a diverse clientele. This trend is already reaching athletes seeking natural energy sources and will start to expand from there.


Beyond physical health, mental and emotional well-being is a significant focus, leading to interest in products and services that support stress reduction, mindfulness, and overall mental health. Consumers are increasingly looking not only to reduce stress and improve relaxation but also to relieve anxiety and prevent sleeplessness, says Sayantan Paul, senior food scientist for Spoonshot (St. Paul, MN). “Mushrooms contain ergothioneine, an antioxidant that may protect against cell and tissue damage,” Paul explains. “Social media conversations show that 21% of the posts that mention adaptogens also mention mushrooms".


Francois Sonneville, who is the drinks sector analyst at Rabobank, notices that young people want two things in their drinking. First of all, drink healthier: less sugar, more natural raw materials, and less alcohol. In addition, convenience and 'functionality' are playing an increasingly important role. Hey says,


'For example, over the past ten years, we have eaten breakfast less and less and prefer to drink a quick cup of coffee on the go instead of fruit juice at the kitchen table. When we need to concentrate, we want a quick caffeine boost. But in the evening we want to drink something that relaxes or helps us sleep better.'

In a society where individuals are increasingly mindful of their health but still want functionality, cafes must recognize the importance of diversifying their beverage offerings. Mushroom drinks provide a unique opportunity for cafes to cater to the growing demand for natural and functional alternatives to traditional caffeinated beverages.


Introducing the Happy Latte - Morning Shine Blend

To introduce the Netherlands to the world of mushroom drinks, cafes can consider incorporating innovative blends like the Happy Latte - Morning Shine. This blend boasts very little sugar, low caffeine content, and a delightfully sweet and spicy flavor profile. Enriched with Lion's Mane and essential B vitamins, it offers a perfect balance between taste and functionality, making it an ideal entry point for cafes looking to tap into the mushroom drink trend.


As the mushroom drink phenomenon continues to sweep the globe, the Netherlands stands at the threshold of a new era in beverage culture. Cafes have a unique opportunity to meet the demand by embracing the mushroom trend and innovating new tasty and functional drinks. By incorporating innovative blends like the Happy Latte - Morning Shine, or have us help you create a blend of your own, cafes can not only keep pace with global wellness trends but also provide their customers with a natural and beneficial alternative to the conventional cup of coffee. The mushroom wave is coming, and the Netherlands has the chance to ride it to a healthier and more diverse cafe experience.


For wholesale inquiries and custom-made blends, please reach out to sales@microdosetogether.com.

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