Coffee is one of the few sacred substances of the world, so it’s not exactly something I considered trying to improve. Thankfully, we’ve got people like Ronnie Watson and Jeremy Deming, the local founders of Defiant Coffee Company. They grind their coffee and combine it with collagen or a mushroom blend (cordyceps, lion’s mane, and chaga). Prepared in a French press or similar apparatus, it looks like any normal cup of Joe.

Studies show numerous benefits to collagen (a protein in our bodies) from joint health to skin health and more. This hydrolyzed form is highly absorbable. Mushroom blends, which sound like a sacrilege treatment to the black elixir, are actually loaded with antioxidants, immune boosting properties, and some compounds that help us form ATP (cellular energy).

First and foremost, I don’t want the flavor of my coffee to be impacted by some hippie voodoo herbs. The good news is that this cup of coffee was smooth, did not taste like lunch from a barter fair bus, and was delightful as a hot cup or a cold brew. I drank copious amounts of both blends just to be sure.

While the science behind the compounds in Defiant Coffee is valid, only the mushroom blend may give the user an immediately noticeable effect. In fact, this would make a great pre-workout drink to combat the oxidative stress of a workout, followed with a cup of the collagen blend to repair tissue damage.

It is no wonder that the nutritionist, me, is particularly excited about the potential of a coffee that can basically be consumed therapeutically. At $16-$22 a bag, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. Order it online at or chase the local boys down. They are right in Post Falls and do regular deliveries. //