The Best Coffee Substitute - Review
The market for coffee and caffeine substitutes is growing. The reasons for switching your favorite cup of "Joe" to something well .... different - are numerous. Whether it is for health reasons, religious (see Mormons), moderating your coffee and caffeine intake or just trying something "Joe", the alternatives are plenty and some are even delicious :-)
And so, we thought why not try to put a list together of the best coffee and caffeine alternatives.
The first question we asked ourselves was "what does it take to make a really good coffee substitute?"
We came up with six leading answers everyone in our 'circle of wisdom' seemed to have shared.
1) It needs to taste delicious like coffee.
2) Energizing like coffee.
3) No negative side effects as coffee.
4) Ideally, it should have health benefits.
5) Available and easy to prepare.
6) A drink you will want to share with a friend over a carrot cake (we love coffee with carrot cake).
Very early into the "testing / tasting" we realized that a lot of the companies in this business identify coffee alternatives in perhaps a more literal sense of the word, meaning "Coffee Alternative - an alternative to anything of a resemblance to the coffee beverage".
This does not mean to say that the majority of coffee substitutes we tested tasted bad, only that the did not resemble what you and I might call "coffee".
Yes, they were almost all healthy and did not "offer" the same excellent side effects that some people experience after drinking coffee (hmmm flatulences, acid re-flux and extracurricular bowel activity to mention just a few). In fact, some beverages were even surprisingly energizing, others relaxing!
And so a list of the real coffee alternatives became more like 'other beverages one might drink to moderate their coffee and caffeine intake'. Perhaps this is exactly what coffee alternative producers mean by the term "Coffee Alternatives"!
"Coffee Date" - Date Seed Coffee
Coffee made from the seeds of the date palm (also known as "date seed coffee" / "date pits coffee" / "date stone coffee" / "date beans coffee") is an excellent coffee substitute and an alternative to caffeine. It is one of the very few alternatives to coffee which actually tastes like coffee and gives you an immediate energy boost. Furthermore, it is not addictive and will not give the infamous coffee "jitters". Dates coffee is truly gluten-free and non-acidic, so it is perfect if you suffer from acid re-flux after drinking your regular coffee. Date seed is naturally caffeine-free (no processing or chemical residues). It is also a great way to start kicking out your caffeine addiction.
In a trial performed on arterial cells in culture, as well as in atherosclerotic mice, the team of researchers. Results further showed that date seed extract by itself significantly decreased the LDL-associated aldehyde (TBARS) levels by up to 83%. Similarly, LDL-associated lipid peroxide levels were decreased by 99%! Did you know that the total polyphenol concentration is 10 times higher in the date seed than in the date fruit. Each cup of date seed coffee contains about 7 date seeds!
It is pretty obvious than why date seed coffee is our favorite coffee substitute, which is why we also created it in the first place :-)
Postum is a powdered roasted-grain beverage once popular as a coffee substitute. The caffeine-free beverage was created by Postum Cereal Company founder the Seventh-day Adventist health foods icon C.W. Postin 1895 and marketed as a healthful alternative to coffee. No wonder it is a Mormons favorite. The Postum Cereal Company eventually became General Foods, which was bought by Kraft Foods. Post was a student of John Harvey Kellogg, who believed that caffeine was unhealthy. And then it was discontinued. Postum it appeared was to be the latest victim of the continued "caffeinization" of America. No more, Postum is now back (for good or bad :-). That’s right, the warm, classic that’s been part of families for more than 100 years is back, apparently with its original recipe. It still has that smooth, toasted flavor. Like the other coffee substitutes Postum too is made using simple natural ingredients: wheat grain and molasses. And, of course, it’s still 100% caffeine-free so you can enjoy it all day long. There’s no caffeine to cause potential sleeplessness, high blood pressure or digestive problems. You won’t find any preservatives, sodium or genetically modified foods, either. Postum is proud to have earned the Non-GMO Project Verified seal from the Non-GMO Project.
Postum comes in two flavors, "original flavor" and "coffee flavored" .
Cafix coffee substitute is the "younger brother" if not the "grandchild" of Postum. It was created by Carl Moll some 40 years ago. Caffx coffee substitute offers a rich, coffee-like flavor yet none of the caffeine or acidity found in coffee or tea which can stimulate the nervous system or cause an upset stomach. Cafix coffee substitute is not a decaffeinated product but a healthful coffee alternative that is a blend of all natural, caffeine free ingredients, so the whole family can enjoy it... anytime. Cafix coffee conatins: Roasted barley, rye, chicory, sugar beets.
And because Pero coffee substitute contains no stimulants, it will not elevate heart rate or blood pressure, cause sleeplessness or create any adverse physical ailments typically associated with caffeine consumption. Because Pero coffee alternative is non-acidic it easy to enjoy morning, noon or night without the fear of an upset stomach. Pero coffee substitute can be mixed with your favorite ingredients to create your own hot caffeine free drink specialties to relax and enjoy. In fact most people prefer to mix it.
Like many company origins, the Dandy Blend has a sweet story to its origins. Dandy Blend is is adaptation from an herbal formula that originated in Austria some 200 years ago. It ended up in Canada, where Dr. Peter Gail, a Ph.D. Ethnobotanist from Cleveland Ohio, discovered it, in 1988, being sold in an obscure little herb shop tucked away on a back street in Toronto's Kensington Market. He brought it to the States and introduced it to his medical herbalist friends at their annual conferences. They fell in love with it, and began recommending it to their patients.
By 1995, demand had grown so great that his Canadian supplier could not satisfy it. He was granted private labeling rights and given the recipe. Upon reviewing the formula, he discovered that the blend needed more dandelion to make it optimally therapeutic. He also discovered that the flavor could be improved by changing the roasting regimen, and what we now know as Dandy Blend was born .
Made of water-soluble extracts of roasted roots of dandelion, chicory and beets, and the grains of barley and rye Dandy Blend advertise their products as gluten-free. According to Dandy Blend gluten, which is comprised of proteins that are not water-soluble, is left behind in the grounds to be composted during the extracting process, leaving Dandy Blend gluten-free. To Americans, dandelion may be considered a weed, but to people all over the world it is a valued vegetable and highly respected herbal medicine. The dandelion may put Dandy Blend in the herbal coffee substitute category. It is caffeine-free, and has no acidity or bitterness.