MUDWTR Review: Is This a Legit Coffee Alternative?

By Tami Smith, CPT, Nutritionist

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Fit Healthy Momma Rating: 9.5/10

MUD WTR is a coffee alternative made from organic ingredients admired for their health and performance benefits. Containing just 1/7th the caffeine of coffee, MUD\WTR provides natural energy, focus, and immune support but without the jitters and crashes associated with regular coffee.

I’ll be the first person to admit that I love my morning coffee. It’s a cup of hot, steamy joy that I look forward to each and every morning.

But it wasn’t always like that. For me, coffee was an acquired taste, something that I really only started drinking once I had my first child (hello, lack of sleep). While I’ve grown to really appreciate my morning coffee, I’m also aware that caffeine consumption is a slippery slope and that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

As someone who is very passionate about health, fitness, and nutriton, my mind is always open to new concepts, ideas, and products that could potentially allow me to optimize my life.

I was recently introduced to the concept of mushroom coffee and was equally skeptical and intrigued about the idea of a healthier, more natural source of “coffee.”

MUD\WTR came highly recommended to me, so I grabbed myself a box and tried it. This article will outline everything I discovered after trying MUD\WTR. Plus, I’ll give you my honest opinion on whether or not this is a legit coffee alternative.

Quick Summary of MUD\WTR Review

Product:

MUD\WTR Mushroom Coffee

Key Ingredients:

Masala Chai, Cacao, Lion’s Mane, Chaga Mushroom, Reishi Mushroom, Cordyceps Mushroom, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Sea Salt

Claimed Benefits:

Could provide more energy, focus, improve immunity without the caffeine jitters and crash.

Website:

Price:

$60

Avg. User Rating:

4.4/5 (Over 16,000 reviews)

FHM Rating:

9.5/10 (Excellent)

What is MUD\WTR?

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MUD\WTR is a coffee alternative that’s made from highly specified organic ingredients that have been used for centuries for their health and performance benefits. Containing only a fraction of the caffeine found in coffee, MUD\WTR gives you the focus, energy, and immunity you want without the jitters, crash, and dependency that you don’t.

Currently, MUD\WTR offers two different formulas; Rise for mornings and Rest for unwinding in the evening. MUD\WTR uses American-grown, whole mushroom powders with mycelium and fruiting bodies to allow them to complete their full growth cycle. Plus, all ingredients are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and Whole-30 approved.

Brand Story and Background

MUD\WTR was founded by Shane Heath in Venice, CA when he realized that his daily coffee ritual, although he cherished it, was doing more harm than good.

Shane was tired of the cycle of enjoying his cup of coffee, feeling the anxious peak of alertness, and then finishing with a jittery comedown that left him reaching for the next cup. Out of this frustration, he decided to explore other, more healthy options and coffee alternatives. 

Pros

  • Natural, organic ingredients
  • Increased natural energy, focus, and immune support
  • 1/7th the caffeine of coffee
  • No jitters or crashing
  • Simple to mix
  • Mushrooms are grown here in the US
  • Sustainable packaging
  • Subscribe and save options with auto-ship for convenience

Cons

  • It’s more expensive than coffee
  • It doesn’t taste like coffee (making this a tough switch for those who enjoy the taste of coffee)

MUD\WTR Product Options

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MUD\WTR has grown to offer a nice selection of products that allow you to make the switch from coffee easy and convenient. The following products are available on the MUD\WTR website:

  • Rise for Morning
  • Rest for Evening
  • Creamer (coconut milk & MCT)
  • Sweetener (coconut palm sugar)

Next, let’s dive into the specifics of their most popular product, Rise, as this is the product that’s designed to be a legitimate coffee alternative for those seeking a healthier and more sustainable approach to AM energy.

What’s Inside (Key Ingredients Analysis)

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MUD\WTR contains a mixture of proven ancient ingredients that have long been lauded for their health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at what some of those key ingredients are and what they do.

Masala Chai

Sourced from India and Sri Lanka, Masala Chai is made from a loose black leaf tea that contains powerful groups of polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate, theaflavins, thearubigins, and amino acid L-theanine. All of which have been shown to provide protection against the onset of several chronic disorders.

Cacao

Grown in Peru, Cacao is packed with flavonoids, which are nutrients that have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, and aid in preventing blood clots. Additionally, cocoa has been linked to improved mood and a natural energy boost.

Lion’s Mane

Grown in California, this fungus (mushroom) has been linked to protecting against dementia, reducing mild symptoms of anxiety and depression, and helping to repair nerve damage. Lion’s Mane also helps to protect the lining of the stomach and improves focus.

Chaga Mushroom

Grown in California, Chaga is known to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation or swelling in the body.

Reishi Mushroom

Grown in California, Reishi has been linked to helping with Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, cold sores, and immune system optimization.

Cordyceps Mushroom

Grown in California, Cordyceps is most commonly used for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to provide natural energy.

Turmeric

Grown in India, this spice is full of antioxidants and has been used for centuries to lessen inflammation, improve memory, reduce pain, fight off free radicals, fight depression, and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Cinnamon

Grown in Sri Lanka, Cinnamon is full of antioxidants that are used to help lower blood sugar levels and to provide a sweet, aromatic taste and feel.

Sea Salt

Harvested in Pakistan, sea salt provides taste along with hydration and blood pressure benefits.

With an understanding of the key ingredients in MUD\WTR, the question becomes: what does it taste like?

What Does MUD\WTR Taste Like?

MUD\WTR tastes nothing like coffee. Instead, it’s a slightly sweet, slightly earthy mixture of chocolate and spice. Drinking a cup of MUD\WTR can be compared to drinking a cup of chai tea blended with hot chocolate.

The main ingredients that contribute to the taste of MUD\WTR are masala chai and cacao, explaining the sweet, slightly spicy taste combination that you get when you sip MUD\WTR.

How to Drink

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Drinking a cup of MUD\WTR is simple and easy. Here’s how:

  • Grab a mug
  • Add a scoop of MUD\WTR powder
  • Pour hot water on top
  • Mix using a frother (comes included with the starter kit)
  • Add in optional creamer and/or sweetener
  • Sip, relax, and enjoy

Who Should Try It?

MUD\WTR is an excellent coffee alternative for those who are tired of the crash, jitters, and dependence they feel when consuming traditional coffee. For those who want to break their coffee addiction without giving up the energy and focus they rely on it for, MUD\WTR might be able to provide you with exactly what you’re looking for.

Moreover, MUD\WTR is a much healthier option for a morning pick-me-up as the ingredients are all strategically used to promote better health and wellness without any negative or unwanted side effects or addictions.

Who Shouldn’t?

Those who truly love and enjoy the taste of coffee might not find the same satisfaction when drinking MUD\WTR. Additionally, women who are pregnant and/or nursing should seek advice from their physician prior to adding MUD\WTR to their diet.

FAQs

Below, I answer some questions that pop up frequently regarding MUD\WTR so you can get the most information possible to make an informed buying decision.

Does it contain caffeine?

A: Yes, the Rise blend contains about 1/7th of the caffeine as a cup of coffee. The caffeine comes from the black tea leaves in the masala chai. The Rest blend is caffeine-free.

Is there sugar in it?

No, there’s no sugar in MUD\WTR. For those who want to sweeten their cup, MUD\WTR does offer a coconut palm sugar sweetener that blends perfectly.

Can I sweeten it with sugar and/or creamer?

Yes, in fact, MUD\WTR offers their own natural, organic sweetener, and creamer that pair perfectly with their blends without adding anything artificial.

Where are the mushrooms sourced from?

Most other mushroom coffees source their mushrooms from China, however, MUD\WTR uses mushrooms that are 100% organically grown in California on gluten-free oats and under clean air. These are mushrooms you can feel great about!

Speaking of mushrooms…will MUD\WTR cause me to trip?

No, none of the ingredients in MUD\WTR will cause a psychedelic trip.

How many calories per serving?

Both Rise and Rest contain 20 calories per serving, so not much more than a cup of regular coffee.

Real Customer Reviews: What Are Ex-Coffee Drinkers Saying?

There is a huge sample size of customer reviews of MUD\WTR (over 16,000) with a 4.4 stars out of 5 star rating. Most people purchase this product as a coffee alternative - to get the energy coffee produces without the caffeine jitters - and the majority of customers really like the product.

One person reviewed MUD\WTR saying:

"The taste is good and energy levels are the same as coffee. Nice product."

Another reviewer gave some honest feedback stating:

"It’s not coffee, but, that warm little milky friend is still there. Minus the neurotic vibe."

Below is a screen shot of another MUD WTR review, followed by a link to read more of them (the good and the bad).

mud wtr customer review

Final Thoughts: Is MUD\WTR Worth Making the Switch From Coffee?

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I’ll be honest with you, while I truly enjoy that taste and feeling of drinking a steaming cup of MUD\WTR, I’m not ready to fully ditch my coffee habit. That said, I will 100% be swapping out my second cup of coffee for a MUD\WTR. Baby steps!

MUD\WTR is certainly a healthier alternative to coffee. While coffee is not inherently “bad,” the amount of caffeine and its propensity to cause reliance on it make consuming it a very slippery slope for many.

I am truly impressed with MUD\WTR and pleasantly surprised by the taste, texture, and overall vibe of this coffee alternative. After trying both Rise and Rest, I can confidently say that those who are on a mission to ditch their coffee habit and make the swap to something healthier and more sustainable will find MUD\WTR to be a very worthy option.

About the author 

Tami Smith, CPT, Nutritionist

Tami Smith is a certified Nutritionist and an ACE certified fitness trainer, specializing in pre and post-natal fitness. She studied business and earned her bachelor's degree in Business Economics. Tami is a mom of two and women's health advocate. Her passion is to help people live a fit, healthy life through proper nutrition and exercise!

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