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Coffee Alternatives - Review

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"!

Teeccino

teeccino
Teeccino's variety in tastes is enormous compared to its competitors. With over 18 tastes one likely to find something something that might suit them. Teeccino produces herbal teas and herbal coffees which are very easy to brew.  Available in two flavor lines to satisfy most preferences of coffee lovers. Teeccino’s Mediterranean flavors are created using roasted organic carob, organic barley, chicory, organic chicory, almonds, organic dates, natural coffee flavor, organic figs. The Maya flavour is made using roasted organic carob, organic barley, organic chicory, organic ramon seeds, organic coffee flavor and may contain trace amounts of almonds.
It is non-acidic and gluten-free. The Ramon nuts though not the main ingredient are a very interesting nut. They are wild harvested for Teeccino in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, creating new trade for rural communities in Guatemala. According to Teeccino 1% of sales of the Maya flavors is donated to support educational and nutritional programs for women and children in Central America.
Furthermore, Teeccino have created a line from organic roasted dandelion roots to replace barley in Teeccino’s new Dandelion Herbal Coffees. It was created especially for the gluten sensitive person who needs to be absolutely confident they can drink Teeccino without any gluten reaction. 
 

"Coffee Date" - Date Seed Coffee

 

coffee date - coffee substitute

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. 

Date seed coffee substitute is rich in minerals, vitamins, ions and antioxidants. It is generally well known to help with digestion and if you suffer from atherosclerosis, the date seed can be used as a supplement for your atherosclerosis treatment and prevention. "Food & Function" (March 26, 2015), a journal of The Royal Society of Chemistry tested how date seeds, which are rich sources of phenolic radical scavenger antioxidants, also inhibit the oxidation of LDL (the so-called "bad cholesterol") and stimulate the removal of cholesterol from lipid-laden arterial cells.
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! 
The best of all, it is truly delicious!
On top of that, the stuff brews just like coffee. You can boil it, use a regular drip coffee maker, a coffee or tea press or espresso machine.

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 :-) 

Ayurvedic Roast

AYURVEDIC ROAST
Ayurvedic Roast is 100% certified organic, GMO-free, non-acidic, vegan, and naturally caffeine free. Its unique formula is comprised of barley, rye, chicory root, and includes three antioxidant, adaptogenic, and immunity-enhancing organic ayurvedic herbs: Ashwagandha, Shatavari and Brahmi. Ayurvedic Roast took a traditional old-world, east European mixture of 3 roasted organic grains and herbs (rye, barley, and chicory) that have been used for hundreds of years as a healthy hot beverage, and combined it with 3 of the most revered and recommended herbs from the ancient Ayurvedic tradition of India: organic Brahmi, organic Shatavari, and organic Ashwagandha. Ayurvedic Roast comes in two tastes, Original (unflavoured) and Vanilla.

 

Postum

Postum coffee

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

cafix coffee

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.

Caffix comes in two flavors: "Cafix Instant", and "Cafix Instant Beverage Crystals".
To prepare a Cafix coffee substitute is very simple. Stir one or more teaspoons of Cafix Instant / Crystals into a 6 oz. cup of very hot (not boiling) water. If desired, add milk or sweeten to taste.
 

Pero Coffee

Pero coffee
Looking for a natural alternative to coffee and tea? According to Pero coffee substitute your search is over. Pero coffee substitute is a 100% natural caffeine-free drink. Pero coffee substitute is a coffee alternative blended from select all natural ingredients -- malted barley, chicory and rye.

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. 

Inka Coffee

inka coffee
Developed in the late 1960s during communist rule, Inka has been produced in Skawina since 1971, a centre of coffee production since the early 20th century. While it was used in part as a coffee substitute to alleviate coffee shortages in the 1970s, Inka remains popular, in part to the fact that it is caffeine-free. It is imported to the United States as Naturalis Inka in packaging reminiscent of that used in Poland in the 1980s.
Ingredients list in Inka coffee is very much like Pero, Cafix with roasted mixture of rye, barley, chicory, and sugar beet.

Dandy Blend

Dandy Blend Coffee Substitute

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. 

More to come!

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