Alexandria’s ESP tea and coffee serves Chaga Latte

Chaga mushrooms in a jar next to chaga mushrooms. (stock struggle)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – You may have heard the term “mushroom coffee” or “mud water” swirling around the internet, but what exactly is this drink? What can it give you and where does it come from?

Sometimes referred to as a “coffee alternative,” this drink comes from the chaga mushroom that grows primarily on birch trees in cool climates throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Chaga mushroom is a parasitic organism, so harvesting it is good for the birch tree as well as our health.

While this mushroom has been used for its health benefits for centuries, it has grown in popularity over the past decade as a “superfood.” Chaga mushroom is an adaptogen, which means it offers a myriad of health benefits, including boosting immunity, and can help your body adapt to any situation. The internet now offers over 4000 chaga powders and products, but they often contain unwanted preservatives, and the powders tend to make for a gritty drink.

Fortunately for Alexandria residents, ESP Tea & Coffee makes their own fresh mushroom brew, which features all the health benefits of chaga and none of the powders. The electrostatic precipitator uses three main ingredients in their concentrate: Ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, and of course chaga mushrooms from a Maine farm. Soak these ingredients together for at least three hours to make chaga decoction.

ESP’s Adaptive Mushroom Latte still delivers the deep, rich flavor of coffee but without the caffeine, providing a shake-free energy boost. Chaga also has a smooth flavor that doesn’t need a lot of sugar to taste good.

So, head to ESP Tea & Coffee at 1012 King Street to order a fresh chaga latte. ESP also sells the drink in quart glass bottles at the front of the store.

Watch a Z-TV video with ESP’s See Ellauri on how to make the perfect Chaga Latte!

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