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Date Mate - Coffee Substititues and Alternatives

Coffee Substitutes

A Thought About Coffee Substitutes


Coffee is one of the most popular beverages on Earth.

If you don’t believe us just ask Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, Dunkin Donuts or any coffee-house you see checkering the landscape. We drink it hot, iced, sweetened, flavored, blended with ice-cream, topped with whipped cream.  We drink it in the morning, afternoon or late at night.


Sometimes just the thought of coffee is enough to motivate us to get out of bed and begin our day. It is associated with so many good things like productivity, comfort, concentration, energy, social interaction etc. It’s cool and chic.


There is the ongoing debate as to whether it is good or bad for you. But let’s face it, some folks just aren’t able to partake of this ubiquitous beverage be it due to  religious, medical, dietary  reasons or even sensitivity to the caffeine and or acid it contains. They are left out of the coffee club-  or are they?


Fortunately, there are plenty of coffee substitutes available to enjoy.

A coffee substitute is defined as a non-coffee product, usually without caffeine, that is used to take the place of coffee.  Decaf often does not cut it.  Even the name Decaf connotes deprivation.

“De” words are negative. Deprivation, depression, devolve, delinquent, desist, denial, decline and I could go on. And besides, Decaf still contains a bit of caffeine and even more acid than regular coffee due to the process used to decaffeinate the coffee.


Coffee has quite a colorful history stretching from its discovery in the cradle of civilization to its present day consumption all over the world.  It has been deemed both an inspirational and energizing elixir as well as an unhealthy and depraved drink.  It has been championed as the drink of thinkers and also as the after drink of drinkers. It has been banned and outlawed and also encouraged and permitted.


Coffee is closely intertwined with politics and trade, and when availability was scarce the master of invention came into play and substitutes we created.  Coffee substitutes can be used for medical, economic and religious reasons, or simply because coffee is not readily available.


In World War II, acorns were used to make coffee, as were roasted chicory and grain. During the American Civil War coffee was also scarce in the South and Chicory was often substituted. Coffee substitutes are sometimes used in preparing foods served to children or to people who avoid caffeine, or in the belief that they are healthier than coffee.


For religious reasons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons, in addition to the Seventh-day Adventists Church, refrain from drinking coffee, but not all hot drinks so some may enjoy coffee substitutes.


Historically, coffee substitutes were produced from a wide variety of organic ingredients including acorns, almonds, asparagus, malted barley, beechnut, beetroot, carrots, chicory roots, corn, cottonseed, dandelion roots, garbanzo beans, boiled-down molasses, okra seeds, persimmon seeds, potato peels, rye, sassafras pits,  soybeans, sweet potatoes and wheat bran!


Coffee substitutes are readily available if you know where to find them.  Though not advertised nearly so much as regular coffee, and not available in most popular coffee houses, they can be found on the Internet, and in many health food stores and specialty shops.


Here are some examples of coffee substitutes:


  • Ayurvedic Roast- made from roasted barley, rye and chicory and also includes the Indian herbs ashwagandha, shatavari and brahmi.


  • Barleycup- an instant cereal drink made from roasted barley, rye, chicory and sometimes dandelion root and sugar beet.


  • Bueno Coffee Substitute- made from roasted garbanzo beans


  • Cafix- made from barley, chicory, malted barley, figs and extract of red beet


  • Nestle Caro- a blend of roasted barley. malted barley, chicory and rye.


  • Choffy- made from ground cocoa beans- it does contain some caffeine


  • Dandy Blend- made from extracts of roasted dandelion roots, chicory, beets, barley and rye.



  • Inka- a Polish drink made of rye, barley, chicory and sugar beet.


  • Kaffree- a German drink also by the name of Roma made from roasted barley and roasted malt barley with a touch of chicory and rye


  • Pero- made from malted barley, barley, chicory and rye.


  • Postum- made from roasted wheat bran, wheat and molasses.


  • Soyava-made from Soybeans


  • Teeccino- made from a variety of ingredients including carob, chicory, dandelion roots, figs, dates and almonds to produce special blends.


Some of these coffee substitutes are finely powdered and are prepared like instant coffee by dissolving into hot water. Others, like chicory, are ground and brewed like coffee. Still others like roasted barley grains are left whole and need to be boiled and steeped like tea.


So if you crave coffee, but cannot tolerate the caffeine or acid that it contains, or if you are just looking for a different warm beverage with roasty toasty comforting flavors that don’t include the buzz of caffeinated coffee to enjoy in the evening, you are fortunate to have many choices.


Be adventurous. Why not try something new? You might be very glad that you did!

The statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA  (U.S. Food & Drug Administration).

The products sold on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information provided by this website or this company is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with your physician, and should not be construed as individual medical advice.

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