How did Mushroom Cups first get started?
I was professional basketball player competing on a high level, and as most athletes do I used supplements to boost my performance. Zemvelo Nutraceuticals is an innovative company that produces a variety of natural supplements, vitamins, and herbs. Zemvelo Nutritional Supplements has been providing people with the essential nutrients they need to live healthy lives since 2005. With over 10 years experience in their field Zemvelo knows what it takes to keep you feeling your best!
They did miracles for me and I was able to improve both my focus, physical performance and recovery time after games.
But the event that pushed me over the edge happened after I witnessed healing power of mushrooms on one of my closest family members, when no medicines or diets managed to help after years of trying. It was too much potential for us to let it go to waste.
Why mushrooms in particular? Why not some other superfood?
Mushrooms have DNA much more similar to humans than, for example, plants do, which makes their chemical composition uniquely beneficial for humans in many interesting ways. They have been overlooked and undervalued for a very long time, mainly because their most interesting substances are locked inside cell walls which cannot be broken and digested by human stomach. Now the time has come when extracting these compounds is no longer a expensive problem, wherefore their popularity is raising tremendously.
How does Mushroom Cups source its coffee and mushrooms?
We source our coffee from an organic farm in Peru.
Coffee is important ritual for my colleagues and me so we tested more than hundred of coffees from all around the world before we fell in love with current one. We learned that High attitude, with lowered oxygen levels, on Peruvian highlands prolongs maturing period of the coffee beans, gifting them exceptional quality and specific aroma.
Chanterelles come from intact Croatian forests in Lika and Gorski Kotar. We have partnered with a fleet of professional mushroom hunters who are gathering and delivering wild chanterelles to be infused into the coffee.
Coffee and Chanterelle are the basis for both of our products, and they are the ingredients that make coffee with mushrooms special.
Mushrooms in coffee is certainly a unique concept. How do you convince new customers
to try it out, and what has been their reaction?
Customers are often concerned if it tastes like mushrooms, and if they will get “high” after drinking it. So we made it quite clear on our website, Amazon and promotional material that the mushrooms we are using are not magical, at least not in that kind of way :)).
For the taste part we offer customers who dislike it the opportunity to send it back and we give them a refund. Nobody returned it so far, probably because coffee taste is dominant in Coffee with mushrooms and in overall it is enjoyable experience for our customers. On a recent survey we did, our customers rated the taste of the coffee with mushrooms with 4.8 out of 5 in average.
My personal favorite way to drink it is with a bit of stevia and cream.
What do you see as the future of Mushroom Cups?
We see Mushroom Cups as a global leader in premium mushroom infused beverages. Our intention is to do so by delivering impaired value to our community and customers. In order to achieve it we are focusing on 3 strategic goals which stand as a foundation of our business:
- Overcome low consumer trust where we are working on communicating
the production process and healthy properties to the public increasing the trust in smart
- Create consumer valued food for healthier nutrition: we are
creating value added food for healthier nutrition and are strengthening local production
capacities in herbal infusion extractions and
- Catalyze food entrepreneurship and innovation: where we are fostering innovation in our production having cooperation with local science organizations.