If you’re like me, you love the taste of coffee, love to sit around with friends and enjoy a cup (or more!) together while your littles run free and make friends. BUT, the caffeine and acid just don’t sit right in my belly. Don’t get me wrong, I’m tired, even exhausted at times, but caffeine makes me jittery and anxious, rather than gives me energy. So I was drinking decaffeinated coffee instead. I’ve enjoyed a great cup of decaf coffee for several years now, basically since my oldest was born, since I nursed my littles for the first year. A baby that doesn’t sleep at night doesn’t bide well with mama!
I love the smooth feel of a good cup, the rich aroma and the good vibes from spending time with my crew….just not the “side effects” of the caffeine and acidity. So, when a girlfriend recently introduced me to a coffee-free, acid-free, caffeine-free alternative, I just had to try it! What is this life-changing cup of “java” you ask? It’s CHICORY “COFFEE“.
What the Heck is Chicory “Coffee“
Chicory “coffee” is an herbal alternative to coffee and is made of chicory – a flowering plant from the dandelion family. It is blended with various herbs, sometime dates or figs along with natural flavorings, like vanilla or cocoa, to deliver a nutty and woodsy flavor to your beverage. It can be brewed just like your normal cup of coffee, used in a french press or added to an espresso machine and to be honest, smells and tastes similar to coffee. I love that it has a similar mouth feel and vibe of real coffee without all the added ingredients, caffeine or acid.
I’m absolutely obsessed with Teecino and they provide a 100% vegan, 75% organic, NO-caf option. If you are lacking energy (mom-life at its finest), you can also soak in some added energy from its nutrients, not stimulants. It even offers a prebiotic from the inulin (soluble fiber) contained in the chicory. Are you convinced yet?
Seriously, if you’ve been searching for a healthier alternative to coffee, this could be your game-changer! I don’t feel jittery, I don’t get withdrawal headaches and I can think clearly while still enjoying having a cup of “coffee” in the mornings or socially. Try it and let me know what you think!