Why Mushrooms? James' Story

Why Mushrooms? James' Story

10 Ways to Eliminate Coffee Jitters: James Bellis Reading Why Mushrooms? James' Story 5 minutes

You might be wondering, "James, why are you so obsessed with these mushrooms inside his coffee?"

Here's the truth: they changed my life.

I jumped into my coffee career fresh out of university, and I'll admit, I was clueless. I couldn't tell an espresso from a flat white.

At 22, I landed my first coffee job, even though I didn't actually like the taste of coffee—blame the lingering scent of instant coffee from my childhood (thanks, Mum and Dad).

Eventually, I even converted my dad to freshly roasted coffee, which he now can't live without (but that's a story for another day).

As you can see in the photo above, the early days were really fun, I was happy and I'd ignited my passion for coffee. But I was overwhelmed by caffeine, drinking waaay too many espresso shots, stuck in a relentless cycle of consuming the wrong types of coffee leading to jitters, crashes and unproductive states. 

But everything changed when I switched to higher-quality healthy coffee. My enjoyment soared, and the jitters and face-twitching disappeared.

Choosing healthier coffee options, like Balance, was a significant improvement. Yet, I still faced some challenges.

At that time, I was battling brain fog, likely due to insufficient sleep, poor nutrition, stress, and overwork. This cognitive fog hindered my focus at work and left me feeling mentally dull.

It was then that I discovered the transformative power of mushrooms, specifically Lion's Mane, which helped clear my mind and sharpen my cognitive abilities.

I started taking other mushrooms (chaga, cordyceps, reishi) daily for 18 months before I created our very own range of mushroom tinctures and the results were great. I now can't really live without them and if my stock depletes I can notice things feel more uphill than usual. 

Now, I want to share everything I know about mushrooms with you, hoping it might just change your life too.

Here's what I learned in just 5 minutes: 

Mushrooms are naturally grown treasures of the earth, sprouting their benefits from forest floors around the world. In Asia, medicinal mushrooms have been an integral part of traditional medicine for centuries, revered not only for their healing properties but also for their role in promoting longevity and vitality.

Incorporating these fungi into your diet, especially as a regular addition to your coffee, can bring a host of health advantages.

Key Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms:

  1. Cognitive Enhancement: Just as a sponge absorbs water, Lion's Mane mushrooms can soak up and alleviate mental fog, making your thought process clearer and your concentration sharper. Imagine starting your day not just awakened by caffeine but also mentally sharpened by Lion’s Mane.

  2. Immune Support: Think of mushrooms like Chaga and Turkey Tail as your personal bodyguards. They help fortify your immune system, acting like a shield against illnesses. Regular consumption can make you feel as if you have an extra layer of protection against the daily environmental and stress-induced onslaughts.

  3. Stress Relief: Adaptogenic mushrooms such as Reishi can help balance your body’s response to stress. It's like having a thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature to keep the environment stable; Reishi helps keep your internal stress levels in check.

  4. Energy Boost: Cordyceps mushrooms are known for their ability to enhance physical energy and stamina. It's as if you’re switching from economy to premium fuel in your car. Integrating Cordyceps with your morning brew can help you sustain your energy levels more evenly throughout the day.

You can Shop Mushroom Elixirs today, drop them into your coffee and feel the difference. 

Incorporating Medicinal Mushrooms into Your Life:

Adding these mushrooms to your coffee is like mixing a spoonful of wellness into your daily routine.

It's an effortless way to blend ancient wisdom with modern lifestyle, making it not just a habit but a ritual. For instance, if your morning coffee is the key that starts your day, adding a dose of medicinal mushrooms turns it into a master key that unlocks more than just alertness—it opens the door to enhanced health and wellbeing.

As these mushrooms blend seamlessly with the rich flavours of our healthy coffee, they also blend their properties into your life, ensuring that each sip not only wakes you up but also boosts your health.

Over time, this practice becomes more than a morning routine; it becomes a foundation for a healthier life.


Take it from me, they have transformative benefits when you adopt them as a new lifestyle addition. Why not add an extra dose of health inside your favourite morning cup?