One of the worst days of my life occurred when I had to give up coffee. And let me tell you – it hurt. I loved my coffee. The smell of it. The taste of it. The whole brewing experience. For many years of my life, it was the closest thing I came to having a spiritual experience.
But the caffeine was making me crazy, so it had to go.
So now that I’m caffeine-free and sane (for the most part), I’ve found some coffee substitutes that taste good, contain healthy ingredients, and give me a little satisfying sum-sum when I need a lift.
No, nothing compares to hot, freshly ground, high-quality beans but the emotional balance I’ve found from eliminating caffeine has been well-worth the twinges of jealousy I feel when spotting happy people walking down the street with their Starbucks cups.
Not that I’m bitter or anything.
Seven Coffee Alternatives
This is a non-instant coffee alternative that is brewed using a coffee machine, percolator, French press, or boiled in a pot. It’s certified organic with the rich taste of coffee, minus the harmful caffeine and chemicals.
Pronounced “Fo Jo,” this is an organic, rich, dark, full-bodied blend of roasted barley, dandelion root, chicory root. In addition, it has just a touch of carob, coconut, and cinnamon. You can brew Faux’ Joe in a coffee maker or a French press.
This caffeine-free coffee is 100% organic and is a specially formulated blend of Colombian coffee and wheatgrass. It’s the only alkaline coffee on the market. For an instant drink, just add water. It’s great for vegans and even contains fiber.
This coffee substitute comes in several flavors roasted and ground to brew and taste just like coffee. Coffee lovers will like Teeccino’s nutritious health benefits and its natural energy boost.
Pero is also 100% caffeine free and, as the label says, is made from “barley, malted barley, chicory, rye “and nothing else.” I’ve purchased this at Whole Foods and also used it for a hot drink and as a substitute cappuccino drink by adding a tablespoon to a blender full of ice, Stevia, and a little coconut milk.
Dandy Blend is made of water-soluble extracts of roasted roots of dandelion, chicory, and beets, and the grains of barley and rye. It contains over 50 trace minerals in each cup, and the website says it costs as little as 7 cents per cup.
Okay, so this one is probably the least “coffee like” but it’s still pretty good. I’ll drink a cup with Stevia and either cream or coconut milk and it’s very satisfying. Plus, dandelion is an extremely beneficial herb: It gently stimulates the liver, supports healthy digestion, and is said to help with PMS symptoms.