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Replacing my morning coffee review with London Nootropics adaptogenic coffee

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I saw these guys on Dragon’s Den in Feb 2022 and as they got backing from 2 dragons, I was keen to follow their nootropics coffee journey. I liked them as well – very passionate and knowledgable about the product. I also love coffee which got my attention.

London Nootropics sell coffee that comes in 3 flavours – each with a different taste and different benefits, ranging from ginseng, lion’s main, ashwagandha and more. They offer coffee made from pure natural ingredients, to stop that high-then-low spike you get with normal coffee.

These are the flavours – I have a mixture in the big box but you can buy them separate

I started with the starter box (£15) but now have their large monthly subscription box (£60) that includes 20 sachets of each flavour.

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London Nootropics coffee - this is the box
London Nootropics coffee – this is the box
London Nootropics coffee - this is the box
London Nootropics coffee – this is the box

Adaptogenic coffee – what?

What the heck is adaptogenic coffee?

Nootropics are brain-boosters: they are known to enhance cognitive performance & improve brain health. They work in many ways to produce a wide range of benefits across memory, focus, motivation, verbal fluency & more. Many nootropics have adaptogenic properties – helping your mind & body adapt to physical, mental & emotional stressors and find balance. We have sourced the highest quality natural nootropics from around the world. Our Rhodiola is wildcrafted in the pristine Siberian Altai region and our award-winning Ashwagandha is the highest concentration, most bioavailable full-spectrum root extract on the market today.

https://londonnootropics.com/nootropics/

London Nootropics is mushroom coffee which has lots of benefits, including antioxidant properties, helps to reduce reduce stress, boosts your immune system and medicinal mushrooms are also anti-inflammatory.

The coffee still contains caffeine (I think around 80-110mg), but after drinking it for a few months now, I can 100% say there isn’t a spike in energy or low point after an hour or 2 – I feel nice and awake for hours afterwards but without the quick high and tired crash.

What’s the nootropics coffee like?

Although their coffee is mushroom coffee, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms (it really doesn’t; my husband loves the sachets & has a deep-rooted hatred of mushrooms). It’s a different taste to my normal morning coffee; anything from Costa or Taylors ground coffee in my cafetière or Nespresso pods, but I prefer it. My morning coffee is very important to me, so it shows just how nice it is that I’ve replaced it from Nespresso!

London nootropics adaptogenic coffee - coffee close up
London nootropics coffee close up – this is how much is in one sachet

I wanted to try this coffee because although I don’t have anything to say this is true, I tend to feel worse in myself (and mood) when I’ve had a normal coffee. I love the taste, but I don’t think they do anything positive for my mental well-being, and I’m always up for trying new things.

Soya and cream work well with the coffee – there’s no weird mixing or anything like that. My husband who has sneakily nicked a few of my sachets has the coffee with blue full fat milk and says it’s delicious – no weird mixing or separating.

UPDATE: Oct’ 22 – I now have oat milk which works perfectly with these coffees.

UPDATE: Feb’23 – I now have the coffee without any milk.

Can you use it with milk?

Yes – I’ve tried normal milk, soya and oat without any problems. I now have it without any milk and it’s perfect.

Morning coffee 'mojo' with soya milk
Morning coffee ‘mojo’ with soya milk
London nootropics adaptogenic coffee
London nootropics adaptogenic coffee – ‘grind’ without any milk

How much coffee do you get in a sachet?

The sachets are a ‘normal size’, 3.5g, but I feel I need a big mug when I have these coffees, and I like a strong coffee! It’s dark before adding milk, so you can see they don’t scrimp at all in the amount you get per serving.

London nootropics coffee close up - this is how much is in one sachet
London nootropics coffee close up – this is how much is in one sachet

What are the flavours?

I personally couldn’t tell you what the specific differences are – they’re very similar, but mojo is my favourite. I tend to have 2 a day – either grind or mojo in a morning, then zen for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Flow (my morning coffee) – ‘find mental clarity’, organic dual-extracted lions mane mushroom extract, rhodiola rosea extract, natural flavouring. Lions mane contains lots of amazing properties, and has strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting abilities. I tend to have this in a morning as my first coffee of the day.

Mojo (my morning or early-afternoon coffee)- ‘power up’, organic dual-extracted cordyceps mushroom extract, siberian ginseng, natural flavouring. Cordyceps is a fungus that helps immunity & the nervous system. I tend to drink Mojo after lunchtime for that post-lunch energy.

Zen (my early afternoon or late afternoon coffee) – ‘feel calm and alert’, organic ashwagandha root extract, broad spectrum water-soluble CBD (0% THC), natural flavouring. Ashwaganda is a shrub that calms the brain, and can reduce stress. I usually have Zen as my last coffee of the day, in the afternoon. It stops me from finishing work at 5.30 and slumping – I still have energy to workout, take the dogs for a walk, but it doesn’t effect my sleep and has actually improved it.

I already take ashwaganda and CBD pills to reduce anxiety and stress throughout my day. I love having this extra boost in my coffee.

Coffee nootropics & caffeine

I wanted to try this coffee because although I love the taste of normal coffee, I can sense negative changes in my mood throughout the day, not to mention the speed in which I get energy and I loose it from the hit and then crash and feel terrible (and wanting another coffee). I like feeling awake but not for small bursts – I want it to be consistent, without the crash.

I like this coffee because that’s exactly what I get. I don’t feel a sudden urge to be productive – it comes on gradually and I’m not jittery or crazed. I feel relaxed and focussed during my day. It really does help – I wouldn’t be without this coffee now (& I love coffee – so much so that my morning coffee is literally THE best part of my day).

What do you get in the box?

The coffee comes in sachets no matter what size box you buy. That’s one of the huge positives for me – it allows me to have a lovely coffee when I commute as I can easily take it in my bag to work, at a small fraction of the cost if I went to the local coffee shop. I also take a sachet with me when I visit family, as they have horrible instant coffee crap (soz!).

London nootropics coffee  close up of the box - I buy the big box and get 60 sachets split into 3 flavours
London nootropics coffee close up of the box – I buy the big box and get 60 sachets split into 3 flavours

How much is it and what do you get?

Starter boxes with 12 sachets – are £15; perfect if you want to try them before buying a big box. There are a few options – you can buy boxes of individual flavours or a box which has 4 sachets of each of the 3 flavours. I’d recommend going with the ‘starter’ box that contains 4 of each flavour, to see which you like.

Get 10% off with the coupon code ahoy10 (add on basket page) – referral code: https://londonnootropics.com

I bought the ‘starter box’ first, to see if I liked it. I did and now have a monthly subscription box called the ‘Big Box’ which is £60 per month (or £48 if you subscribe!). I get 20 sachets of each flavour. This lasts me a full month, of 2 sachets a day.

UPDATE April 2023: I now have one sachet a day, so I buy one box (of 60 sachets) every two months. This works out to be £48 per box, so £24 per month – less than £1 per day for a gorgeous coffee.

This is my subscription – £48 for a box of 60 sachets every 2 months. 1 sachet a day – perfect!

As I’ve got it as a subscription, it’s automatic so I don’t have to do anything (apart from eagerly wait for the postman). My husband (who is a Nespresso snob) has already started nicking a sachet here and there so I can see my subscription box isn’t going to last me a month soon! His favourite is Zen.

They also sell t-shirts and a flask that I’ve got my eye on.

Get 10% off with the coupon code ahoy10 (add on basket page) – referral code: https://londonnootropics.com

Discount codes!

Use my friends and fam code below to get 15% off (I get money off too if you do this btw! 🙂 )

Get 10% off with the coupon code ahoy10 (add on basket page) – referral code: https://londonnootropics.com

Re-using the box

I doubt London Nootropics thought about this whilst designing it, but I reuse the boxes for things around the house. A few examples below! It’s a great size, stays shut and is sturdy.

London Nootropics coffee - this is the box I'm reusing for period stuff
The boxes are great and sturdy – perfect for other random bits around the house.
The boxes are great and sturdy - perfect for other random bits around the house.

UPDATE: April 2023 – Still drinking (and loving) this coffee daily. Husband continues to steal. I’ve been reducing my coffee (which has been hard) but now I get a big box every 2 months, which is 1 sachet per day (a box includes 60 sachets).

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