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Mud Water (MUD\WTR) Review – A Coffee Alternative

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A review of “Mud Water” (MUD-WTR), an adaptogenic coffee alternative!

Ready to buy and don’t need to see the review? Head on over to the MUD WTR website!

mud water in green mug next to labeled container


MUD WTR is a drink meant to be an alternative to coffee.

With only 1/7th the amount of caffeine of a normal cup of coffee, it is formulated for mental stimulation with Lion’s Mane and Chaga (functional mushrooms) and also includes other adaptogenic superfoods like turmeric and cacao.

The founder Shane created this drink when he cut out coffee and fell in love with Chai (Indian tea).

These products are made with organic ingredients, vegan and even whole-30 friendly!

From their F.A.Q.’s: “Whole30 HQ has made an exception to their “no oats and/or sorghum on the label” rule for MUD\WTR, as we use organic oats and sorghum to culture the mushroom blend.

But because oats and sorghum are not present in significant amounts in the final product, Whole30 determined :rise is still Whole30-Approved® and compatible with the program.”

spoonful of dry mud water contents


Their main coffee-like alternative is called “Rise“, which tastes like a mix between chai tea and coffee.

It has a small amount of caffeine and is perfect for mornings or early afternoons.

A caffeine-free product called “Rest”, made from rooibos chai, is their nighttime drink. I haven’t tried this one but have heard its pretty cinnamon-y.

For both of these, you had a big tablespoon of powder and just add hot water. The starter kits include a frother to help blend, but I find it mixes well without it.

pouring hot water into mug with dry mud water

Plant-based creamer, made from coconut MCT oil, and a coconut palm sugar are also available as mix-ins.

picture of mud wtr coconut milk creamer (mct oil)


MUD WTR is the best alternative I’ve found for a hot cup of joe in the morning when you are trying to cut back on caffeine, for whatever reason.

Disclaimer: I still drink coffee!

But I drink MUD when I am craving that cup of coffee late in the day, or during times when I’m cutting back on caffeine altogether – like when I’ve done the ProLon fasting-mimicking diet, or the time it absolutely saved me when I was doing the Sakara Level II Detox and wasn’t allowed to have regular coffee.

(Psst: Here are our review links for ProLon and Sakara also!)

I mostly drink it black or with a touch of sweetener. I do find it tastes watery if you don’t add enough powder, so just play around with the amount of you put in based on the size of your coffee mug.

We love our superfoods around here, so the fact that it’s loaded with adaptogenic mushrooms and ayurvedic herbs is a big win in our book. (Though my favorite coffee also has the adaptogens!)

Their packaging and brand messaging is bold, which I love (see below).

Also love that MUD came out with a zero-caffeine version for night time – I can’t wait to try this one!

Grab your starter kit today!

"Mud Water" (MUD-WTR) starter kit package contents in box
mud wtr container ingredients and nutritional label
MUD Rise Ingredients

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