Coffee Substitutes: Healthy and Caffeine Free

by Sarah Drinks and Tonics, RecipesComments: 92

coffee substitutes

The recent article A Visual View of Caffeine seemed to generate comments mostly related to coffee – whether drinking coffee is a healthful habit and if coffee substitutes are preferable.

With so many assaults on our hormones today and many people living under constant and seemingly never ending stress, it seems to me that a coffee or even a tea habit can’t help but exacerbate these problems over time leading to health challenges and hormonal imbalances.

As a personal example, I really enjoy jasmine green tea and would love to drink a cup or two every single morning, however, I refrain and only drink it occasionally because I have repeatedly noticed that if I drink green tea for a few days in a row and then skip a day, I feel the effects on my adrenals as I experience fatigue from the removal of the caffeine.

The positive antioxidant profile of green tea in no way overcomes this worrisome effect on my adrenals, in my opinion, so I drink red tea instead.

Help!  I Need Coffee Substitutes for Morning Pick Me Up!

What if you really need a morning or afternoon pick me up and are truly concerned about the effect of coffee or tea on your adrenal and overall hormone health?

You can go the decaf route, but supposed coffee substitutes like decaf coffee and tea still have caffeine in them and so will not eliminate the stress on the adrenals completely.

16oz of Starbucks Decaf, for example, contains about 25 mg of caffeine which is about the same amount as 8 oz of regular green tea.

coffee substitutesEven decaf black tea has up to 12 mg of caffeine per 8 oz.

One coffee substitutes option for a completely caffeine free morning brew is Dandy Blend, made of dandelion root.   I know plenty of folks who just love Dandy Blend and swear it tastes just like coffee, but if you choose to give it a try – go slow and build up gradually.   I’ve had some people report that the detoxifying effect of the dandelion can result in a close relationship with the bathroom until your digestive tract adjusts!

Another option is to make coffee substitutes yourself.  One excellent one is a rooibos latte or “red espresso”.  Red tea is a delicious and satisfying coffee substitute no matter how you enjoy taking it.

The following coffee substitute is suggested by Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston A. Price Foundation who recommends it as a really good pick me up:

Healthy Coffee Substitutes

1 Tbl Molasses

1 Tbl Coconut oil

1/4 tsp organic powdered ginger

Place ingredients in a mug and pour in boiling water and stir.  Let cook until still hot but drinkable and enjoy!

Do you have tea or coffee substitutes that work for you?  Please share with all of us!

{Where to buy quality molasses, coconut oil and organic herbs to make this healthy coffee substitute}

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


Sources and More Information

Gluten Issues or Celiac? Don’t Drink Coffee!

How Bulletproof Coffee Shoots You in the Foot

Why You Need to Change WHEN You Drink Coffee

The Truth About Your Morning Coffee Fix

Is Caffeine Causing Your Chronic Back Pain

Coffee and Gluten Sensitivity

Caffeine Content of Coffee, Tea, Soda and More, Mayo Clinic

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Comments (92)

  • Jamie

    I recently gave up coffee and do not like tea. I make this recipe every morning:
    4 C water
    2 T dried raw dandelion root
    1 T roasted chicory root
    1 short stick of cinnamon (I usually use the same stick for 2 or 3 days)
    Just bring to a boil and then let it simmer for a couple minutes. Strain and drink. I usually pour it into my french press to strain or into a coffee filter in my coffee maker.

    January 12th, 2015 1:21 pm Reply
  • Terri

    Not sure if anyone will read this far down in the comments section (LOL), but here is my comment on the “coffee substitute” recommended by Sally Fallon Morell, which I made as follows:

    2 Tablespoons coconut oil
    2 Tablespoons molasses
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    about 10-11 oz boiling water

    (Note: at a seminar I attended with Sally, she recommended 1-2 T each of coconut oil and molasses. I chose to use the larger quantity. she also recommended 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ginger, and I elected to use the smaller quantity.)

    When the coconut oil was fully melted, it was floating on top of the rest of the beverage, which did not appeal to me at all. So, before even tasting it, I poured it into a deep narrow bowl, whipped out my immersion blender and blended it for a minute or so until it was completely emulsified. I then poured it back into my cup, and the blending had formed a delightful foam reminiscent of the foam on a cafe au lait.

    I enjoyed the flavor of this beverage very much. It was kinda of filling. I don’t know if it gave me an energy boost like coffee would have, though. It’s a great afternoon or evening choice for a comforting, warm beverage that is caffeine-free, with some health benefits from the coconut oil and even from the molasses.

    January 3rd, 2015 8:22 pm Reply
  • Trevor

    Rice Coffee is an Asian beverage, made from roasted rice and caffeine and gluten free. There are many varieties available if you were in Asia, not so outside Asia. However the big coffee corporations are slowly seeping into the Asian markets with their caffeine attracting the younger modern generation.

    November 22nd, 2014 9:54 pm Reply
  • Shanan

    In an effort to kill two birds with one stone I kicked caffeine and picked up roasted dandelion and chicory because I was hoping it would deal with my edema that revisited me after months of being away. I was doing really good with my water retention until I did a glucose tolerance test that left me hypoglycemic for a week and then for 4 weeks after that I was fighting edema that was getting worse and worse. I am confident these things were related. In my research I came up with Adrenal Fatigue as a possible cause for a multitude of symptoms I’ve been dealing with that I haven’t had any answer to. I run under all the blood test radars for anything conclusive. But I know something is not right. When I mentioned Adrenal Fatigue to the Dr. he said mainstream medicine doesn’t know what to do with that. They can’t diagnose it or treat it. Thankfully I am A.OK with that! I am very happy to treat myself. Anyhow back to the Dandelion! After a little over a week my edema is completely under control! I have my ankles back!!!! YAY

    October 14th, 2014 6:58 am Reply
    • Ann

      If you have questions regarding Adrenal Fatigue check out He is specialist in this field and has devoted his career to it. He offers lots of information and help.

      November 13th, 2014 8:27 am Reply
  • Cin

    Anyone have a suggestion for their favorite organic herbal tea company? I too am trying to kick the coffee habit and it’s time to check out some herbal teas or alt-coffee options. This is a great resource to read and re-read as needed :) Thanks to all who have contributed thus far… Cin

    October 7th, 2014 9:17 pm Reply
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  • Kristin McCallister

    Do you really intend to point to the Amazon page for Sucanat Sugar when sending people via hyperlink to buy molasses for making a coffee substitute?

    I like herbal tea also especially Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut. Teeccino comes close to coffee with its Vanilla Nut Herbal Coffee that is caffeine free (yeah!) and dark in color 😀

    Caffeine is bad on your bones.

    June 1st, 2014 12:47 pm Reply
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    Hi, was excited to give this i try since I’m 1 week without coffee an I am dying. Tea just doesn’t cut it. So I went to amazon to check out the Dandy Blend, but then i found this comment…. 1.0 out of 5 stars Not *Actually* Gluten Free, June 21, 2012
    Eric D. Smith – See all my reviews
    This review is from: Dandy Blend 2 lb. Bag (Misc.)
    FYI Gluten-Intolerant Folks! This product contains Rye and Barley which contain gluten. The package states that the gluten is removed in the processing, but my personal experience drinking this doesn’t support that claim. I am gluten-intolerant, and I reacted to Dandy Blend as if I had ingested gluten. Too bad, because it is pleasant-tasting and a nice coffee substitute!

    April 26th, 2013 1:04 pm Reply
  • Dani

    Black tea can be cultured into kombucha. Can coffee be cultured?

    February 14th, 2013 1:24 pm Reply
  • Gavin

    I just tried Sally Fallon’s recipe for a coffee substitute. I can’t say that it tastes like coffee, but it is actually a nice warming drink. I think I’ll try swapping this for coffee. :)

    November 5th, 2012 11:25 am Reply
  • deanna wynn

    Thanks for sharing thisn informative article. This can help coffee drinkers to refrain from drinking too much coffee everyday. I just remembered my dad who died just this year. He used to consume 10-12 cups of coffee daily. Unbelievable but true. His doctor tried to make him stop from drinking too much coffee or even just lessen the amount but he can’t simply do it. Is coffee really that addictive?

    October 22nd, 2012 10:40 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    I’m trying several flavors of the Teeccino and they are ..ok. I need to get off caffiene so I will try to stick to it. I’ve made many changes in our diet and lifestyle in the last 8 yrs and ultimately it really hits the wallet pretty hard, even if I find it online or squeak out deals as much as possible. But between this suggestion for Dandy Blend and the last post I read on Olive oil……….I just can’t keep spending so much more money on alternatives. I’d have to just stop using some of this stuff instead of finding healthier ways. Then again, I am on the tail end of our changes. These are the last areas of adjustment.

    September 25th, 2012 3:35 pm Reply
  • Gwen

    This post gave me the courage (yes, it took courage) to wean myself off of coffee after consuming 6 to 8 cups (sometimes more) daily for years – many, many years. I’ve given up a lot in the last few years to heal my gut, but I held on to my black coffee habit. I snuck my first sip at age 5, and by age 18, I was a full-blown daily consumer of black coffee. I’m 52. I had heard myself utter the words “I’ll never give up my coffee” more than once in the last few months, with my friends nearby nodding in agreement. I knew that my coffee consumption had spiraled out of control when I began to drink decaf in the evenings. I have a shelf in my kitchen that holds no less than 30 varieties of regular coffee beans and a handful of decaf coffee beans. It took raging adrenal fatigue to bring me to my knees, literally. My poor adrenals gave out after I experienced 3 back-to-back very stressful, life-changing events since Memorial weekend 2012, most certainly weakened and stressed by all the coffee I’ve consumed over the years.

    I’m proud and happy to say that today, I am coffee free. It was this little idea in this blog post that I could make a coffee substitute that planted the seed for me to quit. For the record, I haven’t made the coffee substitute yet, but I know it’s there, ready and waiting for the day that I might want it.

    Thanks, Sarah, for all you do.

    August 11th, 2012 9:41 pm Reply
    • Brian

      I really enjoyed Gwen’s posting as to her getting off of both kinds of coffee. I have gotten off so many things starting with sugar in 2004, red meats in 2010, and most recently milk. I rarely drink coffee but see its use in family members. In 1994, I started eating oatmeal every day and found it to be so benefitial. Different health problems and concerns have moved me. Most recently, I was diagnosed with bone density issues, which is why I got off milk. Countries with high milk use have the most problems with low bone density. Coffee is a drain on bone density. Unlike other people, I love the dandelion, but I didn’t know about dandy coffee. We have an acerage with lots of dandelions, and I love them all. Down with Tim Hortons and the other coffee places.

      July 13th, 2014 12:27 pm Reply
  • kevin@mexicandentistsintijuana

    I think that Dandyblend is actually a very good and tasty product, while there isn’t an alternative that is exactly like the same, I find it works for me.

    July 19th, 2012 6:52 pm Reply
  • Trisha

    I just tried the molasses, coconut oil, ginger recipe. It is really good! Might even be able to use it in place of my 1-2 cups a day coffee. Thanks Sarah!

    July 11th, 2012 11:38 am Reply
  • Lisa

    I usually drink my coffee black with no sugar and cream but I found this recipe several years ago that quinches your thirst during summer when it is hot outside and if you like the coffee flavor, you’ll love this. Try it and let me know how you like it.

    Dandelion Root Tea:
    2 teaspoons roasted dandelion root
    Dash hot water
    1/4 teaspoon raw honey
    Dash pure vanilla extract
    1/2 of a large glass of ice cubes
    1/2 glass raw milk

    1. Place roasted dandelion root in large mug.
    2. Add dash of hot water and stir to dissolve.
    3. Add raw honey, and mix well to dissolve.
    4. Add dash of vanilla extract and mix well.
    5. Fill large glass halfway with ice cubes.
    6. Pour raw milk over ice until glass is two-thirds full.
    7. Add dandelion coffee mixture from mug into milk glass and stir.

    July 10th, 2012 8:23 pm Reply
  • Blanca Villanueva Perez via Facebook

    I’ve tried and like:; I quit cold turkey…I am enjoying my herbal “coffee” and tea. =)

    July 10th, 2012 3:27 pm Reply
  • Jill P

    The coffee/Tea substitute that works for me is water! I drink filtered water when I get up and it picks me right up!

    July 9th, 2012 12:37 pm Reply
  • Steve Baklik via Facebook

    My wife really likes this: Healthy and gluten-free!

    July 9th, 2012 10:53 am Reply
  • Cathy J.

    I gave up drinking coffee over a year ago. I drink kombucha daily, sometimes alot, especially when it’s hot outside. So I was wondering about the caffeine in kombucha, I use black tea, white sugar, SCOBY and brew it for 7 days.
    Does anyone know. I feel better not drinking coffee but did I just substiitue kombucha for coffee?

    July 9th, 2012 10:21 am Reply
    • Amanda

      I’ve been told the caffeine in kombucha is minimal because of the fermentation process. Never checked it out to see if that’s true….

      July 9th, 2012 8:40 pm Reply
  • angie h

    I have the same Hawaii mug :)

    July 9th, 2012 9:04 am Reply
  • Leah

    I enjoy brewed cocoa beans in a french press. This brand is super awesome. I love that I’m getting antioxidants and magnesium while drinking chocolate!

    July 8th, 2012 10:37 pm Reply
  • jean finch

    Welcome back Sarah! Thanks for the coffee substitute suggestions. I have tried a turmeric tea recipe variation from Marks Daily Apple that is very good. Take 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, a pinch of powdered ginger, and cayanne pepper put in mug and pour boiling water over it let it cool and add raw milk or organic cream for a lovely drink or add it to tea. It is comforting and you can drink it morning or night unless you add tea!

    July 8th, 2012 8:44 pm Reply
    • Lea Ann Savage

      Hello Jean,

      THANKS for that recipe! I make a morning drink by placing one packet of knox gelatin (when my 5 lb. bag of organic powdered beef gelatin from Now Foods arrives, I’ll use an equivalent of that) and one heaping tablespoon of coconut milk powder, Matcha Green Tea powder, in the bottom of a mug. Then I pour coconut oil into the mug and stir until the powders are all emulsified into the oil. I don’t measure – I’m guessing it is between one and two tablespoons of oil??? Then I add hot water and 9 drops of vanilla flavored liquid Stevia (I like NuNaturals alcohol free) and drink. Can’t wait until this afternoon to try the same recipe, but replacing the Matcha Green Tea Powder with the Turmeric, Ginger, and Cayanne. I’ll have to go to the store to get the powdered Ginger and the Cayanne…

      July 11th, 2012 11:18 am Reply
  • Lainie Anderson

    Rooibos, milk and honey is my tea alternative and tastes great! When I need a sweet pick me up afternoon tea I go for a licorice tea that is naturally sweet and really yummy, so worth a try :)

    July 8th, 2012 8:39 pm Reply
  • Monica in Huntington Beach

    Sarah, I tried Sally’s recipe for the morning drink this morning right after I read the post and … well, I’ll just have to keep looking for other options. I just couldn’t get it down. I was on the brink of not KEEPING it down, perhaps I need to get used to having so much oil in my system, don’t know, but … yeah. No.

    July 8th, 2012 8:22 pm Reply
  • Sarah @ Basic Ingredients

    Has anyone tried Sally’s recipe for a morning drink? It sounds disgusting but I will try it if people do like it!

    July 8th, 2012 6:43 pm Reply
  • Brent Bielema

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Genmaicha or brown rice green tea, which even has a (somewhat) coffee-like fragrance. It is also ideal if you have an overactive GI system. My favorite tea is the Stash Fusion which blends white and green tea — then I add a bit of honey, some cinnamon and a few anise seeds to give it a more chai-like flavor. It would also be interesting to see if anyone has tried to combine coffee, tea and cacao for the ultimate warm brew — so you would really maximize the antioxidants!

    July 8th, 2012 6:07 pm Reply
    • jill

      The problem with the green teas, and combining coffee, tea and cacao is that they contain caffeine.
      Many people are trying to avoid caffeine for various reasons so are looking for healthy alternatives.
      Even decaf coffees and teas have caffeine so they are not an option.
      To Josephine, I’d very much like to see any data that you have as to coffee or caffeine being healthy. And if anyone else has any data on it not being healthy. I see both, but it still seems to remain a very controversial topic, and while both sides make good points, there still remains no concrete resolution to this.

      July 8th, 2012 8:48 pm Reply
  • Josephine Wennerholm via Facebook

    Repeat: good coffee …

    July 8th, 2012 5:51 pm Reply
  • Josephine Wennerholm via Facebook

    You are actually very wrong on this one, healthy home economist … coffee (good quality coffee, that is, not the rubbish kind) really IS good for your health … I’m too tired now … but I can get back to you with quite a lot of documentation on this.

    July 8th, 2012 5:50 pm Reply
  • Josephine Wennerholm via Facebook

    You are actually very wrong on this one, healthy home economist … coffee (good quality coffee, that is, not the rubbish kind) really IS good for your health … I’m too tired now … but I can get back to you with quite a lot of documentation on this.

    July 8th, 2012 5:50 pm Reply
  • jill

    Don’t forget too, I found my Teccino on Vitacost for a better price. I did not see Dandy Blend on there.

    July 8th, 2012 5:46 pm Reply
  • Susan E

    We grew up in GA where we drank iced tea all day long, especially in the summer. It’s been a process – 1st I took the sweetner out of it, then switched to loose, organic black tea, I can get by on 1 glass a day, but my husband will finish the pitcher – I just learned how to make it “decaff” myself, which he is agreeable to – 80% of the caffeine is released in the 1st 30 seconds of brewing – steep the tea 30-45 seconds, then discard the water – resteep as usual with fresh water and you will have reduced the caffeine to about 20%, which is essentially what purchased decaf tea contains. We crumble a tsp of organic Stevia leaves in with the tea as it steeps to lightly sweeten it. Not perfect, but a place to start.

    July 8th, 2012 4:51 pm Reply
  • Joan

    I drink a product called ” Ganocafe Classic “. It is a blend of coffee 25gms and Ganoderma lucidum extract . It is spray dried Chinese mushroom extract. I add raw cream and coconut oil and sometimes 1 tsp raw maple syrup .
    Has anyone else heard of this???
    It seems to be a very large multilevel marketing product popular all over the world.

    July 8th, 2012 3:59 pm Reply
  • Pamela Smith

    I tried Dandy Blend, loved the taste, but within 20 minutes my throat began to swell and itch. I am allergic to ragweed and dandelions and chamomile are related to ragweed. I have also tried Yerba Mate but it made me jittery whereas coffee does not. Go figure!

    July 8th, 2012 3:27 pm Reply
  • Sally Jo

    LOVE Dandyblend! I’ll scald milk and then in the mug add a tablespoon or more of the Dandyblend and 1/4 mugful of boiling water and then quickly pour in the scalded milk – creates a lovely foam and it is just as delicious as a cappuccino but is actually relaxing while energizing.

    July 8th, 2012 3:05 pm Reply
  • Tamara Slack


    What is roobios tea? I have read different things on it, that it is a stimulant, then that it isn’t. What exactly is it? I need to be careful with my adrenals. Thanks!

    July 8th, 2012 2:51 pm Reply
    • Kendahl @ Our Nourishing Roots

      Rooibos is the proper name for “red tea”. My personal favorite tea is rooibos with chai spices in it. And then a little cream, honey and vanilla. OMG!

      July 8th, 2012 7:14 pm Reply

        There are SO many great caffeine-free alternatives to coffee. I personally love Chicory Root tea. The health benefits are astounding as well. It helps control blood sugar and metabolize fats, for starters. Our Chicory Mocha Spice is divine (although I like plain Chicory at times, too), and someone mentioned Rooibos Chai. That is a big seller in our store. All red teas are delicious, Honeybush as well. And totally without caffeine as they are herbal.

        Another option is herbal teas. I think it is best not to try and replicate the coffee flavor. You will be disappointed. You can get used to the change. :) Herbal teas are a great way to incorporate medicial herbals into your diet. For energy and alertness, and in addition for healing the adrenals which have been previously taxed by overconsumption of coffee, I made a blend for my husband. It also includes herbs for nutrition. It includes Foti Root, Ginseng, Ginkgo, Nettle, Oats, Bilberry, Ashwagandha, Dandelion, Burdock, Licorice Root, Oatstraw, and cinnamon chips and cloves for flavor. You can add Peppermint or Spearmint as well. I need to share this recipe in an upcoming newsletter! The key is healing the adrenals so that you do not feel like you “need” that caffeine.

        Hope this helps! All year long, even in the hot summer, I must have a hot beverage in my hand. I love hot herbal teas.


        July 9th, 2012 9:05 am Reply

          Sorry, I meant for this to be a reply to the article, not specifically to you, Kendahl! :)


          July 9th, 2012 9:24 am Reply
  • Ronda

    For those who want a espresso-like experience try roobios tea in your espresso makers. It makes a lovely tea that can be made into espresso type drinks. I use a bit less tea my moka pot than I would if I was using espresso ground coffee. I find it to be a a very satisfying alternative.

    July 8th, 2012 2:46 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    I love Mountain Rose Herbs roasted dandelion. They also have a coffee sub blend that I haven’t tried but I’m sure is even better. After using up my MRH roasted dandelion I just roasted regular dandelion root in my oven. It tastes best when it seems like it’s been roasted too long, pretty stinky process though. I started throwing in some chai tea spices as well and it makes a nice flavored “coffee.” Lately I’ve been into chai with coconut milk. I mix my own with chai spices and adaptogenic herbs like ashwaganda, shatavari, rhodiola, astragalus, etc. and cover the rooty flavor with lots of spices. Then I add either oatstraw or red roobois tea. It’s quite yummy.

    July 8th, 2012 1:32 pm Reply
  • Rachel B

    I was just about to go to Amazon and order some of this Teeccino to try based on so many good reviews. But now that you said it’s made of Barley I can’t do it because of the gluten in Barley. Does anybody have any other suggestions for ready-made stuff that tastes as good as this one?

    July 8th, 2012 1:26 pm Reply
    • Lea Ann Savage

      Hello Rachel,

      I prefer the taste of Dandiblend to Teeccino.

      July 8th, 2012 1:31 pm Reply
      • Rachel B

        Thanks for all of your suggestions. I just went to Amazon and both the Dandy Blend and the Teeccino were too much money for my budget. I don’t have a caffeine problem; I just love the smell and taste. So I’m going to stick to my daily cup of Mount Hagen organic instant freeze-dried coffee. They recommend a teaspoonful and I use about 2/3 of a teaspoonful and it gives me just what I need.

        July 8th, 2012 2:06 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Dandy Blend! I was so addicted to coffee and it was doing crazy things to my body! Switched from coffee with cream to a heaping table spoon of Dandy Blend with half milk half water and it tastes exactly the same, minus the bitter coffee taste! I love it, and my body is thanking me! I feel better than I have in years!

    July 8th, 2012 1:24 pm Reply
    • Jessica

      I should add I was drinking about 6 cups of coffee a day for the taste, not so much the caffeine! Yuck! I’m so glad I found this great substitute!

      July 8th, 2012 1:26 pm Reply
  • Brigitte

    I’m trying to go off coffee because I want to get pregnant this year. It’s been so hard to find a substitute but I’m drinking Roastaroma and love it! I add a little cinnamon and milk and it reminds me of coffee. The tea bag produces a strong cup so I take it out half way through and save it for a second cup later in the day. I like it better than Teccino and Pero but I use those now and then to add a new flavor.

    July 8th, 2012 1:06 pm Reply
    • Tamara Slack


      AWESOME RESOURCE!! I pinned it on pinterest. Going to try some – sounds super yummy, thanks. I do worry a tad about the phytoestrogens in it though as I battle estrogen dominance and am super sensitive.

      Tamara Slack

      July 8th, 2012 2:40 pm Reply
    • Saeriu

      I have to second Roastaroma. It’s great! I gave up caffine/coffee 28 months ago, pretty much cold turkey, for the same reason as you. But I love, love, love coffee. Once in a while when I’m craving a coffee, I’ll brew a cup of this. It takes care of the craving perfectly without the caffine. Now whenever my baby decides to wean, I will probably still continue to go caffine free since I feel SO much better without that in my system.

      July 9th, 2012 1:01 pm Reply
  • Shirley J

    1 tsp of molasses has 5 carbs, 0 fiber. That means 1 TBSP has 15 gms. Not an option for people following a low to moderate carb diet.

    July 8th, 2012 12:30 pm Reply
  • kristina

    I just got back from Europe and brought back chicory root coffee everyone seems to use as a coffee substitute, It tastes great, although I really miss the smell of a real coffee… I would definitely recommend to give it a try!

    July 8th, 2012 12:26 pm Reply
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    July 8th, 2012 12:21 pm Reply
  • Karin

    Hi, I love your very information site! I’ve learned a lot from the things you post.

    I would love to kick the coffee habit but I have such an addiction to caffeine that even cutting back very slowly it can take over a month for me to get to the point where I don’t get a horrible migraine if I don’t have some. Usually, I fall short of that, have a cup and have to start all over again from that cup size. Any suggestions on what I can use to help keep the debilitating migraine at bay while I quit coffee? The only thing that ever helps my migraine is Excedrin, which is like a cup of coffee in each pill. I don’t care about the coffee flavor. If I was able to quit, water and herbal teas are my drinks of choice. I don’t need a sub for the coffee, but for whatever goes on in my head when I don’t get the caffeine. Any suggestions?

    Thanks so much!

    July 8th, 2012 12:18 pm Reply
    • Amy

      I recently did a Standard Process cleanse and the method that I used to get off caffeine in preparation for that was really effective and painless. All the same things that happen to you normally happen to me when I try to quit caffeine… but they didn’t this time. I started with a blend of one-half organic Swiss water decaf and one-half organic regular coffee. After a couple of days of that, I switched to 3/4 decaf and 1/4 caf for a couple of days. Then I switched to totally decaf for a couple of days and then switched to green tea. My practitioner had no issues with green tea because the caffeine behaves differently due to another substance that’s preserved in green tea (can’t remember what it was offhand) which prevents the caffeine from intercepting the adenosine from hooking up with its receptors (which is what caffeine normally does). And then I could take or leave green tea as I pleased, it caused no explosive head issues to be without it. I was rather amazed at how painless it was.

      July 8th, 2012 3:47 pm Reply
  • Tamara Slack

    WOW thanks for this. I’ve had severe adrenal problems for years (and still in bed because of the fatigue). I don’t drink coffee, but once in a while, have a swiss filtrated organic decaf. Never, ever thought of the molasses, ginger, and coconut oil. Going to try that. Passing this onto some I know would benefit (like my “I WON’T GIVE UP COFFEE” husband :)

    Tamara Slack

    July 8th, 2012 12:07 pm Reply
  • Roseann Ligenza-Fisher via Facebook

    I know…it actually says that it cuts the risk of Prostate and Breast cancers. I couldn’t drink 6 cups not even in a week. Some days I don’t even have any caffeine at all. I get my antioxidants from other sources, such as berries, vegetables and nuts and seeds. I realize these studies are garbage and I don’t take them seriously. I’m just saying that it’s confusing for the average American who buys into this propaganda. Some men and women will actually start drinking that much coffee thinking they’re preventing themselves from getting cancer. Like you, I’d be in a casket too if I consumed that much coffee.

    July 8th, 2012 11:39 am Reply
  • Pam

    I’ve tried Dandyblend and love the taste but I experience a crash about 30 minutes after drinking it. I think it affects my blood sugar in a significant way and causes an insulin dump. I’ve fallen asleep a couple of times after drinking it.

    July 8th, 2012 11:38 am Reply
    • Susan

      Pam- Do you have adrenal fatigue? Often times people with exhausted adrenals have a sodium/potassium imbalance. I’m including a link for you to read more about it. In my own case, I had a period where I couldn’t get enough coconut water. Like Dandyblend, it is high in potassium, and 30 minutes after drinking it I would crash. So I cut back, but when I do crave a cup of cocnut water now, I eat some sea salt first and it really seems to help with my crashes.

      July 8th, 2012 1:15 pm Reply
  • jill

    I had a heart arrythmia, and was told not to drink caffeine. I drank a lot of black tea, iced. I had no idea what to do, and it drove me nuts to not have that morning routine. The others would get up and make their coffee and I’d drink water. Just didn’t seem right. So, I made a list of all the different substitutes. The list is huge actually and I had no idea before that.
    I’m trying Teccino right now, and found it less expensive online, and less expensive overall than coffee. I use a porcelain coffee filter and let it drip into my cup or small porcelain pot. I never had a use for those cute pots before so that was a bonus. I like Teccino, only the first cup seemed a bit “different.” There are many others, Pero, Cafix, Celestial Seasons Roastaroma, Inka and many others. I eventually would like to taste them all. I heard they are bringing postum back but have yet to see that yet.

    July 8th, 2012 11:19 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    @Roseann and who probably funded that “study” that coffee fights stomach cancer so go ahead and drink 5-6 cups per day? I would guess the coffee industry! I would be in a casket if I drank that much coffee.

    July 8th, 2012 11:12 am Reply
  • Angie

    I second (or third!) Teeccino!

    July 8th, 2012 11:03 am Reply
  • Melinda

    “It seems to me” that a nutritional/health message that begins with “it seems to me” and follows with a personal diagnosis/anecdote, is not much of a peg for someone to hang a scientific argument on. I greatly prefer Sarah’s more thoroughly researched posts.

    July 8th, 2012 10:56 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      That’s why I put the link to the post about caffeine that has many citations about the negatives of caffeine.

      This post was a follow on to that post a few days ago .. no need to restate everything that was written in that post.

      July 8th, 2012 11:11 am Reply
  • Taylor

    Thanks so much for all the info on caffeine and good alternatives. As an avid coffee drinker, I have dried to break the habit for a few years. I usually start by switching to green tea and then minimizing the amount until I am caffeine free totally. I usually have a few days of withdrawl after that, to be expected. But then my level of energies never improve and my body gets extremely achy. I have continued to improve my diet, but I always seem to end back with my one cup of organic coffee with raw cream in the morning. I know at the end of the day such a cup occassionally is not going to kill me. Does anyone have any advice on how to get over the “slump” period so to speak or what to include after going off the caffeine to help one get to that naturally energized,feel great….etc…Any idea how long to get to that period? Thanks for any insights. I have read alot on how to cut back to get to no caffeine, but haven’t really found insight on the amount of time the body needs to adjust to being without so it functions more energetically. Thanks for any insights.

    July 8th, 2012 10:40 am Reply
    • Seana


      You might want to look into amino acid supplements. I seem to recall someone talking aobut using amino acids to kick their coffee habit.
      Ahh. Here’s one blog talking about that very thing:
      and here’s another:

      Do some research first but amino acids might be the ticket you’re looking for.
      Hope that helps.

      July 8th, 2012 11:17 am Reply
      • Tamara Slack


        Thank you much for these resources! I passed them onto my husband and son. I’ve tried amino acid therapy with hubby, but he doesn’t want to give up the coffee. He is making little bits of progress, though. The one thing he won’t give up is cigarettes (and diagnosed with emphysema too! Hard to break this man).

        Tamara Slack

        July 8th, 2012 2:33 pm Reply
      • taylor

        Thanks so much for this information. Do you have any idea if these amino acids are safe to take if one is trying to conciever? ok once pregnant? I would love to get off the dependance of all caffeine……especially since I want to get pregnant. Thanks

        July 18th, 2012 10:52 am Reply
  • Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry

    Thanks for another informative post Sarah. Red Tea is amazing stuff. CocoCeps by MadreLabs (and CocoCardio) is wonderful. I love the Vanilla Nut Teeccino line made from dandelion root as well which is 100% gluten free. I put coconut milk and a touch of coconut nectar in it…good stuff!

    July 8th, 2012 10:22 am Reply
  • Roseann Ligenza-Fisher via Facebook

    It is so confusing because I and I imagine many others have heard that coffee fights cancer if you consume 5 to 6 cups daily. I could never consume that much or I’d be not only sick to my stomach, but I’d have tremors and palpitations. Decaf isn’t healthy either because of the chemical process that is used to remove the caffeine. Therefore, I limit myself to only 1 cup of coffee or tea daily that has caffeine in it and the rest of the day, I make iced herbal tea during the summer months or hot herbal tea in the winter. Also, if one is concerned about their caffeine intake, they should also limit their intake of chocolate and cocoa.

    July 8th, 2012 10:22 am Reply
    • Lea Ann Savage

      I’m like Roseann, I’ve read pros and cons about caffeine and have stopped on several occasions only to start up again. I’ve been at one cup of half-calf for over a year now, and recently changed that over to one cup of Matcha Green Tea. I’ve just decided to enjoy my morning pick-me-up, focus on the antioxidants, the benefits of caffeine, and ignore the dangers. It’s about my only “vice”.

      BTW, I love DandiBlend as a coffee substitute – it’s the only one I’ve tried (and I think I’ve tried them ALL) that comes anywhere close to tasting like coffee to me…

      July 8th, 2012 12:46 pm Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Actually, there is the water method of decaffinating coffee that involves no chemicals.
      Aside from that, no substitute could take the place of my regular morning cup of coffee. Thanks for the info, but I think I’ll stick with the energy rush:)

      July 8th, 2012 5:13 pm Reply
    • Saeriu

      It is confusing. But, I figure there are other things I can do to help fight cancer. Coffee is just one thing. Eating healthy, excerising, cutting out processed foods are other things I can do too. :)

      July 9th, 2012 12:55 pm Reply
      • Renee N.

        Great point, Saeriu!!

        July 9th, 2012 8:39 pm Reply
  • Jill

    Dandy Blend is great–super quick and convenient to make as well–just like instant coffee. To me, it doesn’t taste exactly like coffee, but I am a bit of a coffee snob and like REALLY good coffee. All the same, it is “coffee-ish” in flavor and does the trick when you want to drink something “like” coffee.

    July 8th, 2012 10:20 am Reply
    • Shirley

      Same here Jill….I too am the coffee snob…but the Dandy Blend isn’t bad….I have been planning to get some and start the change over.

      July 8th, 2012 1:41 pm Reply
  • Linda

    Teeccino is a great coffee substitute. Tastes fairly close as well, and they have different blends.

    July 8th, 2012 10:19 am Reply
    • Sharyn

      I love teeccino! Interestingly, it is alkaline too :) I get mine on subscription shipping from Amazon. So far the Java is my favorite – I like to add cinnamon in the basket before brewing.

      July 8th, 2012 12:51 pm Reply
    • Stacy

      I tried the Teeccino because my in-laws drink decaf, and all of us thought it was pretty awful. None of us thought it tasted a bit like real coffee.

      July 8th, 2012 2:10 pm Reply
      • Joan

        Teeccino was great for me until I noticed it has “natural flavorings” in the ingredients list :(

        July 8th, 2012 3:47 pm Reply
        • jill

          I think if your expecting a coffee substitute to taste like coffee you will be disappointed. Kind of like expecting carob to taste like chocolate. While they all can be substituted in recipes in the same way, prepared the same way, the taste will not be the same.
          As for the natural flavorings, I try to avoid those types of things. I just didn’t know what else to use. I’m afraid to try the dandy blend due to allergies. Although my issues seem to be better, haven’t needed the neti pot in 8 mos. now. Ever since I started raw milk coincidentally.

          July 8th, 2012 5:41 pm Reply
        • Willow Q Jones

          Thanks for the reminder, I was about to recommend Teccino to clients and forgot that was why I stopped drinking it years ago.

          January 7th, 2014 1:25 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      I really like Teeccino too! However, it does contain phytic acid that makes my stomach feel heavy.

      Also, It has sugar beets listed on the label and they are not certified organic so chances are they are GMO sugar beets.

      I just can’t win! I’m sticking to a cup of broth.

      January 14th, 2014 2:25 pm Reply
  • Monica in Huntington Beach

    Thank you for the non-commercial option!! Haven’t tried it yet, but looking forward to doing so.

    July 8th, 2012 10:16 am Reply
  • Kellie Green via Facebook

    I have not tried it yet but supposedly CocoaCeps is a wonderful substitute.

    July 8th, 2012 9:54 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Cocoa still has caffeine in it. Plus, phytic acid to hinder digestion.

      Too bad. I love chocolate!

      January 14th, 2014 2:20 pm Reply
  • An Organic Wife via Facebook

    I love herbal tea.

    July 8th, 2012 9:33 am Reply

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