Run Oregon Test Kitchen: MUD\WTR


I am a coffee drinker. Heck, I hail from the PNW where this caffeine laden beverage is king. I think I keep things in check for the most part, but there are absolutely times when I feel I can go overboard.

Additionally, I have come to recognize my limitations with this tasty drink. It gets me up and out the door before runs and races, and I find it a wonderful recovery to soothe my insides following those crisp fall and spring jaunts. However, even if I crave some in the afternoon, if I imbibe after, say, 2pm I might as well have Netflix ready to go as I am in for a long, sleepless night. Especially now in this pandemic world, I am not sure I need any more late nights or jitters than absolutely necessary.

I recently stumbled upon MUD\WTR a new “take” on “coffee” in a simple sense, but actually a more thought out and organic take to perhaps take the edge off a little bit. New Years is coming up and I’m pretty certain no Oregonian or Washingtonian has a resolution to “drink more coffee and caffeine” in 2021. In fact, it’s more likely the opposite – and MUD\WTR may be here to help with that.

Simply put, MUD\WTR is made from organic ingredients that you may have heard of as providing natural health benefits, such as:

  • Lionsmane
  • Chaga & Reishi (mushrooms)
  • Cordyceps
  • Cacao
  • Masala Chai
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Himalayan Salt

Many of these have been used in Eastern Medicine for centuries and have continued to progress into the West recently. The combination of these ingredients provides all their goodness like energy and focus, but without the caffeine overload (1/7th the amount in coffee).

They provide recipes for a few different ways to drink it, but the easiest is to simply stir a spoonful into a glass of hot water. However, you can also try adding some additions to it (honey perhaps?) or with a milk alternative. Perhaps you wanna try to go the route of a blended smoothie instead of warm, or toss a few ice cubes in for an iced concoction. Or maybe you want to go crazy and utilize the free frother to make something a little more fancy.

I went simple with my first few tries – simply hot water, a scoop of MUD/WTR, and a good frothing (note: please read the directions on frothing, UNLIKE ME, or risk getting beverage everywhere. You’ve been warned 😉). I think Chai tea fans will LOVE the taste right off the bat and even I, as someone who is not necessarily a chai lover, actually enjoyed a more muted taste profile on this front. Where I think this truly shines is blended. I fired up a few of these for a post morning workout snack and enjoyed it immensely.


While this likely won’t replace my standard cup (or 2) of coffee in the mornings, I definitely feel MUD\WTR will fill a vital space in keeping my caffeine from going off the rails as it tends to do – especially in these dark months.

Their Trial Kit is an amazing deal and a perfect stocking stuffer. Check it out.

Company: MUD\WTR (Find them on Instagram)

Products & Price:

  • Trial Kit ($40) includes:
    • 30 servings of mud
    • sample of creamer
    • electronic frother

Save money by signing up for a renewing subscription, or just buy as you go.

More about MUD\WTR:

We weren’t mad at coffee, just disappointed.

I fell into the commonly held belief that coffee would allow me to do more and do it better. Soon, I was drinking 3 cups of coffee per day and began to experience anxiety, jitters and really poor sleep which led to a variety of other negative side effects.

It turns out caffeine blocks the adenosine receptors affecting your ability to get deep sleep. In addition, the jolt of adrenaline and manipulation of your mood cause the shakes, crash and dependency which is terrible for high performance in the office or at the gym.

I decided I no longer wanted to rely on hundreds of milligrams of caffeine to wake up the same way that I didn’t want to depend on a pill to fall asleep. I loved the morning ritual, but I felt like if I was going to drink something every morning, it should be more than just a vessel for caffeine. So, I set out to make something better.


Thank you to MUD\WTR for providing us with a trial kit. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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