For religious purposes I gave up drinking my beloved coffee. That does not mean that I gave it up without a backward glance. It was more like giving it up, but craving it every second of every day. Hot pumpkin spiced coffee, ice cold blueberry caffe breve and a large 6 sugar, 6 cream coffee, haunted my dreams. Thus began my journey to discover a coffee flavored drink that wasn’t coffee at all.
The first drink I tried replacing coffee with was postum. I remember it from when I was little and my grandma used to make it all of the time. When I went looking for it I could not find it at all. You can get it on amazon for about $15.00 for an 8 oz jar. My sister and I did find it at a Ridley’s grocery store in Idaho. I spent about $11.00 for an 8 oz jar. It was just as good as I remembered. The main ingredients are wheat bran, wheat and molasses. It is totally caffeine free. I did like the taste, but I was looking for a more “coffee” flavor. It seems once you go coffee you can never go back.
The next thing I tried to calm my coffee craving monster was a drink similar to Postum called Pero. I found it at my local Walmart for about $7.00 for a 7 oz container. Pero contains Barley, Malted Barley , Chicory, and Rye. It was my least favorite so far, but still pretty good. It had a more hearthy, hearby taste to it.
Next on my list was Roma. Another Grain beverage. This one has malt barley, chicory and rye. So, almost exactly like Pero, but for whatever reason I really liked this one. It is OK hot, but when you add ice and milk and a touch of blue raspberry Torani, hallelujah, it was amazing! It tasted just like my favorite breve from Dutch Brothers. Of course I acted like any mature adult would and only had one cup. OK, I totally lied. I had 4 big ole cups and gave myself a tummy ache. I found it at Fred Meyer for $10.00 for a 7 oz jar.
I saved my favorite for last. My sister stumbled upon this when she gave up coffee for the same reasons as I did. When you loved coffee as much as we did you will try anything to find that flavor again. We had to order it on line where we got a little sample bags of lots of different flavors for about $20.00. I later found it at Fred Meyer, although they only carry 3 of the flavors, for $10.00 for an 11 oz bag. It is packaged just like coffee. One of the things we loved about it was that you can brew it just like coffee. I tried the Hazelnut and was almost brought to tears with my first sip. It tastes so similar to coffee. I had to buy a little percolator as I did not have a coffee maker, and I am in love. Teeccino is made up of carob, barley, chicory root, dates and figs, and almonds. They have tons of flavors and I can’t wait to try them all.
I feel as if my journey to find the perfect coffee substitute is over. I no longer crave the traditional coffee and my cupboard is full of all kinds of Teeccino flavored herbal coffee and Roma. It was a long hard journey that lasted for over 4 years. I am happy to finally be at the end. With a big smile on my face and a nice hot cup of heaven in my hands.