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MUD\WTR is a coffee alternative made with mushroom powder that promises to give you energy and better focus even though it contains 1/7th the caffeine of coffee.


  • Good alternative source to coffee as the ingredients stimulate the central nervous system less than caffeine
  • Research for the organic mushroom blend of ingredients is supported by science.


  • Dosage amount of ingredients not disclosed
  • Pricey compared to alternative products

MUD\WTR Reviews - Safety, Effectiveness, Pros & Cons

By Rocklend Davis, Ph. D.

Updated on: Sep 30, 2020

What Is MUD\WTR?

MUD\WTR ™ is an alternative to coffee that is alleged to offer organic ingredients to optimize health and performance with only 1/7th of the caffeine in coffee.

Caffeine is a well-known ingredient and stimulant to boost energy, improve focus, and increase performance.

In this article, we will review the available literature to determine if science backs the ingredients used in MUD\WTR.

Ingredients and Usage

According to MUD\WTR's product label provided on its website, one tablespoon of MUD\WTR contains about 6g of the following organic ingredients:

  • Organic mushroom blend (Chaga, reishi, lion's mane, cordyceps)
  • Organic cacao
  • Organic Spice Blend (organic cinnamon, organic turmeric, organic ginger, organic cardamom, organic black pepper, organic nutmeg, organic cloves)
  • Organic black tea powder,
  • Himalayan pink salt.

To take MUD\WTR, add one tablespoon to hot water with creamer or honey and stir until it is fully dissolved.

Proposed Benefits of MUD\WTR

MUD\WTR contains a blend of organic ingredients without providing the available dosing of each. The lack of dosage amounts makes the task of determining effectiveness nearly impossible.

In the following sections, we have broken down the proposed benefits below.

Enhanced Memory & Improve Immune Support

MUD\WTR contains the organic mushroom blend, which is comprised of Chaga, reishi, lion's mane, and cordyceps.

This blend allegedly offers benefits to improving your memory and the immune system.

Lion's mane (also known as Hericium Erinaceus) has been shown to have potential benefits in combating many diseases in the brain.

A review of three randomized studies suggests that dietary supplementation with lion's mane, reishi, and cordyceps mushrooms can positively affect cognition.

However, these benefits have not been studied in humans.

Lion's mane overall efficacy is improved with the addition of reishi and cordyceps mushrooms, which are ingredients available in MUD\WTR.

Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi mushroom) is a natural medicine used and recommended by Asian physicians to support immune system support.

There is evidence from a review of clinical trials that suggest that G. lucidum could be administered to stimulate the immune system.

The ingredient, Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus), is alleged to benefit human health and antioxidant activities.

A study was able to find that a Chaga mushroom treatment was able to provide antioxidant protection against damage occurring inside the body.

However, the benefits have not been conducted in large-scale human clinical trials.

Improves Energy

Organic cacao is also in MUD\WTR which contains high amounts of theobromine and is responsible for the addictive properties of food and beverage.

Theobromine is an antioxidant that acts very similar to caffeine and has less of a stimulating effect on the central nervous system.

While cacao offers a less addictive form of the stimulant caffeine, there are limited studies available to compare efficacy for improved energy.

Further, there are no available studies that indicate the role of masala chai plays in supporting the proposed benefits that are alleged by MUD\WTR of increasing energy and digestion in humans or animals.


MUD\WTR also relies on turmeric, which has been used as an anti-inflammatory in traditional Chinese medicine.

However, the evidence is lacking regarding the efficacy of turmeric's role as an anti-inflammatory.

A review of randomized clinical trials testing the effects of oral turmeric on inflammation was found not to decrease inflammation in patients with chronic inflammatory diseases.

Likely, the turmeric provided in MUD\WTR may not lead to anti-inflammatory benefits.

Safety and Side Effects

While it is alleged to contain 1/7th amount of caffeine, the ingredients available in MUD\WTR are generally safe when used as directed.

Further, MUD\WTR does not contain a large number of stimulants, which, in theory, lowers the risk of unwanted side effects.

The dosage amount for each available ingredient is not disclosed, therefore determining the safety of MUD\WTR is impossible.

However, the FDA suggests limiting consumption to 400 mg daily (3 or 4 cups of coffee) daily to limit the risk of harm.

A randomized study of 49-weeks of 350 mg Hericium Erinaceus Mycelia capsules per day leads to four subjects dropping out due to abdominal discomfort, nausea, and skin rash.

However, there were no other adverse events reported.

Reishi was generally well tolerated in human participants with only minor adverse events such as upset stomach and skin rashes.

However, this incident was found in only one study.

Theobromine provides fewer unwanted effects than caffeine and is safe in humans.

A review of studies found that theobromine in cocoa products was highly tolerable, with adverse effects of 1% being reported in participants, including gastrointestinal complaints and nausea.

Turmeric dosages not exceeding 1200 mg per day for up to four months were considered safe based on a review of studies.

MUD\WTR is generally safe as the content of caffeine is significantly less than what is available in a standard cup of coffee.

However, MUD\WTR does not disclose the dose amount available for each ingredient.

The Cost

MUD\WTR is available for purchase on their website. One container of MUD\WTR contains 30 servings.

A MUD\WTR purchase includes a ritual kit containing a free sample of their creamer and a free electronic frother.

The cost of the Ritual Kit is $40.00 with free shipping.

What Are the Alternatives To MUD\WTR?

Performing a general search on Google or Amazon will provide you with alternative products to MUD\WTR.

Four Sigmatic offers a Mushroom ground coffee with Lion's Mane, Chaga, and mushroom powder at nearly half the MUD\WTR cost of $18.83 on Amazon.com.

Unlike MUD\WTR, this product offers a dosage amount of its blend of mushroom ingredients.

It is also worth mentioning that the Four Sigmatic blend also contains organic coffee beans, which is most likely to be more than what is proposed by MUD\WTR.

The Bottom Line: Is MUD\WTR For Me?

As an alternative to coffee, MUD\WTR could be a viable beverage with a less stimulating effect on your central nervous system than coffee.

There is research supporting the organic mushroom blend of ingredients.

However, without the available dosage amount disclosed by MUD\WTR, it isn't easy to compare the available studies and the purported claims.

Further, the evidence lacks support for the proposed claims of anti-inflammatory and improved levels of energy, as claimed by the makers of MUD\WTR.

MUD\WTR is generally safe to drink, with only minor adverse reactions being reported. The most common symptoms included were abdominal discomfort and nausea.

Considering the low possibility of adverse effects of caffeine ingestion, MUD\WTR could be worth trying.

Customer Reviews

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Posted on Feb 5, 2024

Poor Customer Service

By Kier S., Greensboro, NC, Verified Reviewer

My daughter ordered a MUD\WTR for me at full price. I ordered MUD\WTR for my friend at 50% Black Friday. The full-price bag was 5 months newer than the discounted sale.

I offered to keep the auto-shipment if they would exchange the questionable product for a fresh container. He [the customer service rep] said that the owners of the company would not allow him to exchange the product without me paying for the return shipment. I feel like the Customer Service Department is run by children.

The product tasted fine, but I canceled the auto-shipment because it was the fault of MUD\WTR, sending aged inventory to me and then making the return postage at my expense. I'm trying the competitor. I hope they are more mature than Customer Service at MUD\WTR. I feel tricked.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons


Customer Service tricks

Posted on Dec 27, 2023

Weird cramping and nausea

By Sarah R., Charlotte, NC, Verified Reviewer

I tried it for a while, and just didn’t like it. It didn’t blend, didn’t taste great. Gritty. Literal mud water. Fast forward, a while back I thought I canceled and am still ending up with 2/3 $90 bags of this stuff in my cupboard, I figured I would give it a try once again. At first I thought it was a coincidence but had this extreme pain like someone had punched me in the gut. Then it happened again. It was extreme discomfort. Along with jittery energy and nausea. I won’t ever try it again due to the stomach pain alone.

Length of Use: 6–12 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

No “pros” were specified in this review

Stomach pain



Posted on Sep 8, 2023

Finally tried this product

By Haley N., Russellville, AR, Verified Reviewer

I deal with GI issues, bone spurs in my back from a car accident, and arthritis. I’m young and very active and usually pay for it when I go hard in the gym or run more than 5 miles. As a nurse, coffee was my go-to. I can drink a pot a day. Now I just have one cup of MUD\WTR now and I was shocked by the taste! I can’t stress enough how much I hate mushrooms, but I need them in my diet because I don’t eat much meat outside of salmon. This was amazing! I added my beet powder to it and it was amazing. I really thought when I bought it I just wasted my money I’ll never like it. And I love it.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Posted on Jul 14, 2023

Good taste, energy, but horrible intestinal pain.

By Greg W., Apex, NC, Verified Reviewer

I started drinking MUD\WTR :rise about 10 days ago. I'm a huge proponent of the ingredients they use and I use many of them myself regularly. I made mine as a honey vanilla latte, which tastes very good, and I feel good energetically. At first.

But then something happens in my gut and I don't understand why. It's like a very painful IBS. I was worried maybe it was kidney stones or an infection of some kind, but after taking a cup of this yesterday with basically nothing else the whole day, it's my sad conclusion that MUD\WTR does not work for me.

The pain is so intense, it's difficult to breathe in most positions, and sleep is nearly impossible. I can hear the gasses all throughout my intestines. Even drinking water now, I almost reflexively regurgitate, idk why.

Considering that the only novel ingredients to my diet from this powder are coming from the mushrooms, I can only guess that some of us are unable to consume 1 or more of these mushroom strains? I really want to know what is causing this. I'm blood type A+, eat almost all organic except when dining out, eat what would be considered a healthy diet, drink green tea and fresh veggie fruit smoothies for years, etc.

I hope the culprit is discovered. Looking into the mushrooms next. 24 hours of severe pain isn't what any of us expected...

Kicker? My wife loves it and has no issues. I think she's O+.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons


Ease of use

Quality ingredients

Health impact


Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on May 31, 2023

Tastes okay but could cause severe cramping

By Erin T., Las Vegas, NV, Verified Reviewer

I started drinking a morning cup of MUD as an iced latte, mixed exactly as directed, daily. After about a week, I had to stop drinking it due to such severe stomach cramping where I ended up in the ER one night and the effects lasted for weeks. I even had an EGD performed by a GI because symptoms were so bad for so long. I didn’t have any idea it was caused by the MUD, and I thought it was completely unrelated…until this week. I haven’t had any stomach issues for about a month now, resumed a normal diet, drank MUD two days in a row and suddenly all of my horrible stomach cramps and bloating and intense pain are back! Could be a coincidence, but I’m not testing it to find out. No more MUD for me!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Low calorie

Low caffeine

Tastes okay

Severe stomach cramps


Hospital bills

Helpful Review? 2 People Have Voted

Posted on Apr 12, 2023


By Gabe F., Oregon, Verified Reviewer

First off, the taste is way too rich for me. Even after following a recipe, there's no way I could stand having it daily.

Secondly, half an hour after finishing my first cup I had horrible abdominal distress and nausea. I ended up having to use the toilet and trash can all at once.

Obviously, I'm allergic to something in it, but I thought it important to warn others to make sure you're by a bathroom the first time you try it. Luckily, I was at home.

They definitely should have a warning label about abdominal distress. Looking online, it's definitely a possibility for some people.

I can't really speak for the energy part, because I'm sure I expelled the drink before I actually got any benefits.

If you can't do rich drinks daily, I'd pass.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

The packaging

Abdominal distress



Posted on Nov 7, 2022

Maybe unrelated but I got awful stomach cramps

By Amy M., Rockport, MA, Verified Reviewer

It is delicious and I really like the company’s philosophy but I really got painful cramps and stomach issues. I can’t think of any other change I made to my diet. But in theory, it would be a great substitution for coffee, which I don’t drink anyway!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons


Ease of use

Company philosophy

Stomach ache



Helpful Review? 5 People Have Voted

Posted on Aug 20, 2022

Amazing taste and health benefits

By Suzanne A., Connecticut, Verified Reviewer

I absolutely adore MUD\WTR Rise both for its taste and what it has done for me. Not only do I find this beverage to taste like a delicious comforting hot chocolate, but it has had other great physical effects on me as well.

Firstly, I was able to completely give up caffeine easily, drinking this as an alternative to coffee; therefore, I am able to nap during the day if I am tired, or go to bed at night and have an uninterrupted restful sleep. I believe the cacao powder in it suppresses my appetite a bit in the morning, and I tend to eat a later breakfast.

My digestive system is also working at its optimal best since I’ve started drinking MUD\WTR Rise, and have had absolutely no bad side effects from this product whatsoever, only benefits! My skin looks better, and I have managed not to get sick, which I attribute to the adaptogens.

Lastly, I have suffered for years from hereditary osteoarthritis, and I like the fact that I have the turmeric in my diet every day, and my joints feel better. I usually drink 2 cups every morning; I make it with a heaping teaspoon of MUD powder, 1 teaspoon of honey, and a good splash of oat milk and it is simply wonderful!

Length of Use: 6–12 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons


Adaptogens for immune system

Helps suppress my appetite


Posted on Oct 1, 2021

It's ok

By Russell H., Florida, Verified Reviewer

Taste is good. The smell is great. The frother is great and can be used with other products. The packaging is cool. I like that it can be mixed with other things fairly easily, even coffee if you wish.

The cost is pretty high, for a coffee replacement. In fact, compared to the price of my coffee (I don't buy ultra-cheap stuff, nor the hyper-expensive) it's considerably more expensive.

One final thing about the price. They recommend 2 servings per day, but the container only has 30 servings, so that's just 2 weeks for $40 per container. To do that for a month, you are now at $40 per month. They do have a larger bag, but it says $99, $1.11/serving. So you are still at about $67 per month.

I did not notice any real boost, compared to coffee. I think this may be subjective, as coffee doesn't make me jittery, and other things that seem to affect other people strongly, does not do the same to me. So your mileage may vary.

If the price dropped to maybe around $25 per month, with the servings required for at least that month, I might think it's worth it. I would expect that the first shipment be more expensive to pay for the stirrer/frother. You can't expect them to give that to you for free, especially if the price is lowered per month.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons







Nothing about amount of ingredients

Amount of product is small for the price

Helpful Review? 3 People Have Voted

Posted on Jun 22, 2021

Not for me

By Claudia H. , Chicago, IL

I tried the recommended dosage with just hot water and some sugar. I felt jittery, extreme light sensitivity for 2 days, and extreme stomach discomfort and acid indigestion/acid reflux.

I felt on edge.

I did like the taste but I will just stick to Yerba Mate.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons


Tin can

Side effects

Helpful Review? 6 People Have Voted

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

Very impressed with company and product

By Barbara A., Ogden, UT, Verified Reviewer

I have been disgusted lately with all the fraudulent YouTube products and advertising, so when I ordered from this company and had a great experience, I decided to leave a review.

I love this product. I wasn’t sure if I would like the taste, because I don’t like Chai, but I really like MUD\WTR, and it makes me feel good to know that it contains natural ingredients without so much caffeine, which I have a problem with. The flavor I notice most is cinnamon. It was very easy to prepare, and you can drink it plain, or add anything you like to it.

I am very impressed that finally I have found a company that actually delivers on their promise in such a professional way. The product was sent out for delivery immediately, and there was the ability to track the package all the way to my door. They have a customer service number, and even an app that I used to place another order, and they stay in touch about your order through email.

I love their packaging and other information that has a very upscale BoHo/hippie kind of feel with a sense of cute humor. The box it came in had a message from the box itself, suggesting that it could be sent to “cardboard heaven” (recycled).

I love the frother that comes with the starter kit. It has a USB port to recharge it. I use it to mix other drinks too.

I liked it so much that I ordered a starter kit as a gift.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons


Easy to prepare

Lack of caffeine

They stay in contact about the order

They have a cool sense of humor

Just a little pricey

Helpful Review? 2 People Have Voted
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