Despite potential negative health risks, a cup (or two) of coffee is essential to the start of the day for many people. However, one local woman has found a coffee made with the herb ganoderma, which actually offers health benefits.

Ganoderma has only been available in North America since last September, but it has been used for thousands of years in Japan and China.

Leslie McCoy, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident who sells coffee made with ganoderma, said that she switched to ganoderma coffee after she began having stomach pains from the large quantity of caffeine she consumed everyday in her coffee.

“Once I started drinking ganoderma coffee my stomach pains went away,” McCoy said. “You drink a cup of ganoderma coffee and get the energy you would out of a normal cup of coffee, but you don’t get the negative effects of too much caffeine.”

A regular cup of coffee has 135 mg of caffeine, while a cup of ganoderma coffee has just 9 mg of caffeine.

Ganoderma coffee also burns a smaller hole in the wallet than coffee from popular chains like Starbucks.

“A cup of our black coffee costs 50 cents, and we also have mochas and lattes,” McCoy said. “With other coffee you’re not only spending a lot of money but you’re also doing bad things to your body.”

McCoy has her own ganoderma coffee business called Cups of Serendipity, and she sells the coffee by the box in person and online. People can also buy the coffee wholesale from McCoy and get into the business themselves.

“For serious coffee drinkers it’s very economical to buy coffee from me at a wholesale price,” she said.

The ganoderma coffee is sold in individual packets, and must be mixed with eight to 10 ounces of boiling water.

According to McCoy, you cannot taste the ganoderma herb in the coffee.

“It just tastes like a good, smooth cup of coffee,” she said. “The latte does have sugar, and the mocha tastes like hot chocolate.”

McCoy plans on keeping Cups of Serendipity a home-based business. She does not see the need to pay for the overhead of having an actual store, and enjoys the ability to educate every customer on the benefits of ganoderma coffee.

“I think a lot of people who go to coffee shops like what they’re drinking, but they have not been educated as to what exactly it is they’re drinking,” she said. “Coffee shops like Starbucks have a huge following, but now there’s a better option with ganoderma.”

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