What is Mud\Wtr?

And Should I Try It?

By Lizzy Briskin

Considering swapping your coffee for functional mushrooms? Here’s everything you need to know about MUD\WTR, the newest coffee alternative, including its ingredients, flavor, potential health benefits, and cost.

Maybe you’ve heard wellness industry leaders espousing the benefits of eating functional mushrooms. If so, you’ve likely heard of MUD\WTR, a somewhat new and somewhat mysterious coffee alternative. It turns out, this superfood powder isn’t just for elite wellness junkies or mindfulness gurus. In fact, replacing your daily cup of joe with MUD\WTR can bring some impressive health benefits.

Before you toss your coffee beans for good, however, let’s dig into exactly what MUD\WTR is, what it’s made from, and why people are ditching their daily brew for it.

What is MUD\WTR?

MUD\WTR is a blend of dried and powdered superfoods. Creator Shane Heath carefully selected each ingredient, sourced from around the world, for its proven health benefits. The mission and unique ingredient blend come from Heath’s own experience working to replace his daily ritual of coffee with a drink that would sustain his energy through the day without causing a crash and bring further health benefits.

For Heath, MUD\WTR represents the perfect balance between functional ingredients to promote physical, mental, and emotional health, flavor, and the comfort of a daily ritual that pays off.


There are eight functional ingredients in MUD\WTR, including sea salt:

  • Cacao. Raw cacao powder is MUD\WTR’s primary ingredient. It adds an intense chocolate flavor and a powerful boost of antioxidants. The primary antioxidant in cacao, flavonoids, have been tied to reduced blood pressure and other disease-fighting indications.
  • Masala chai. This fragrant spiced black tea gives MUD\WTR its complex flavor profile. Taste notes of ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves in every sip. Organic black tea is the primary source of caffeine in MUD\WTR. It provides a boost of alertness and energy without the jitters of full-strength coffee.
  • Turmeric. Turmeric has been used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries to reduce mental and physical stress and inflammation. A powerful polyphenol in turmeric called curcumin has been shown to support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory defenses and decrease the effects of anxiety and metabolic syndrome. By pairing turmeric with black pepper in masala chai, the curcumin becomes 2000% more bioavailable (easy for your body to absorb).
  • Cinnamon. Cinnamon is a favorite flavor pairing with warming masala chai and chocolate. It also provides a functional benefit. In particular, cinnamon is rich in antioxidants, anti-microbials, and anti-inflammatory agents. Studies suggest that cinnamon may also play a role in reducing the effects of Altizimers, cancer, heart disease, and high cholesteroal.
  • Chaga. This mushroom, harvested from birch trees in the northern hemisphere, has long been used in Chinese medicine for its health benefits. More recently, western scientists have found that Chaga may have a potent ability to fight chronic inflammation, bacteria, and viruses by stimulating the activity of disease-fighting white blood cells in the body.
  • Cordyceps. This functional mushroom is prized for its role in simulating energy and athletic performance. One study suggests that cordyceps supplementation may enhance respiratory function and V02-max. Other studies tie cordyceps to an increase in antioxidant levels in the body, which can ward off age-related memory loss.
  • Reishi. Another functional mushroom long used in Chinese medicine, reishi is being closely studied as a potential cancer treatment.
  • Lion’s Mane. The specific clinical benefits of this shaggy mushroom are not as well known yet, however, lion’s mane mushrooms have has been part of Chinese and Japanese treatments for memory and focus. Some studies suggest they may also help accelerate wound healing.

Does MUD\WTR Taste Good?

If you’re put off by the idea of drinking mud for breakfast, fear not. The blend of herbs, spices, and cacao in MUD\WTR produces a complex, nutty, and slightly spicy flavor that’s surprisingly tasty. However, the company makes a point that no ingredient is included for taste alone. If you love coffee for its nuanced taste and aroma, the MUD\WTR experience might not check those flavor boxes for you fully.

However, the company also makes a powdered coconut creamer to round out any bitter flavors in your drink. The creamer, which comes in a sleek 30-serving tin and costs $25 for a one-time purchase ($20 with a subscription), is vegan, sugar- and gluten-free. It’s made from coconut milk and MCT oil and dissolves seamlessly into your cup of mud.

Of course, as you might expect from this company, the creamer boasts its own set of health benefits. MCT, which stands for medium-chain triglyceride, is a form of fat in coconut oil that is easier to digest than long-chain fatty acids. For this reason, your body can more readily access the energy stores in MCTs, resulting in improved brain health and energy levels.

How to Drink MUD\WTR

Your first canister of MUD\WTR comes with several suggested preparations. The most basic way to make MUD\WTR is to simply dissolve a scoop of powder into a mug of hot water. Or, make a latte by topping it off with steamed dairy-free milk.

The website goes a step further with recipe inspiration to turn a scoop of MUD\WTR into everything from Chai Granola to green smoothies to a filling morning sipper called Butter Mud, which is reminiscent of bulletproof coffee.

How Much Caffeine is in MUD\WTR?

One serving of MUD\WTRcontains 14 milligrams of caffeine. Compared to the 95 milligrams in your average cup of coffee, MUD\WTR provides a much more mild buzz that won’t’ cause jitters or a crash.

How Much Does MUD\WTR Cost?

Your first 30-serving starter kit, which includes a handy frother, a guidebook, and a sample of creamer, costs $60 for a one-time purchase. A subscription to the MUD\WTR auto-ship program costs $40 for a 30-day supply.

At this rate, MUD\WTR is likely a bit more expensive than your daily cup of coffee if you brew at home. However, if you’re used to a latte from the local coffee shop every morning, a subscription to MUD\WTR can actually save you money.

Where Can I Buy MUD\WTR?

MUD\WTR is available at select health food stores around the country, and all of the products are available online through the MUD\WTR website.

At the end of the day, the ingredients in MUD\WTR are increasingly the subject of close scientific study for a good reason. If you’re looking for a solution to over-caffeinating with added benefits, then MUD\WTR might be the new daily ritual you’re looking for.

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