Sunday, March 14, 2010

Coffee Alternatives and Substitutes

Postum, a substitute for coffee that had no caffeine and was made of wheat bran, wheat molasses, and maltodextrin (from corn) was discontinued by Kraft Foods in 2007 and I was very sad to see it go. Both Postum and Pero (another coffee substitute) had been staples around my LDS (Mormon) home since I was very little. I still have a jar of Postum in the Natural Coffee Flavor in my pantry that I have been keeping (apparently the stuff doesn't expire) for special occasions or when I am pregnant and shouldn't be drinking as much caffeine.

Here are some other coffee substitutes that might fix your caffeine coffee cravings:
*Pero made of malted barley, barley, chicory and rye.
*Dandy Blend, a coffee substitute manufactured by Goosefoot Acres, is made of roasted chicory, roasted beetroot, barley, rye and dandelion.
*Nestlé Caro is made of roasted barley, malted barley, chicory, and rye.
*Cafix made by the same company that makes Pero, InterNatural Foods, is made of Malted barley, chicory, barley, rye, beet roots.
*Caf-lib is made of extract of roasted barley, roasted barley, and roasted chicory.
*Kaffree Roma is made of roasted barley, roasted malt barley, roasted chicory, roasted rye.
*Inka Naturalis is made of roasted barley, rye, chicory, and beet root.
*Celestial Seasonings Roastaroma Herb Tea is made of Roasted barley, roasted chicory, roasted carob, cinnamon, allspice and Chinese star anise.
*Teeccino is made of roasted carob, barley, chicory root, figs, dates and almonds.
*Bambu, made by Rupunzel, is made of chicory roots, figs, wheat, malted barley, and acorns.
*Ayurvedic Roast is made of barley, chicory root, and rye along with ashwagandha, shatavari, and brahmi (ayurvedic herbs).
*Bueno Coffee Substitute is made of roasted, ground, garbanzo beans.
*Soyfee (wheat free, gluten-free coffee substitute) is made with organic kosher 100% Soy (Caffeine-free) Roasted Soybeans.

Undoubtedly there are more coffee substitutes out there, but these are just ones I have heard of and might be of interest to anyone trying to knock down or completely get rid of their caffeine intake. Out of all of these listed I have only tried Postum and Pero. I am not going to boast that these will all taste exactly like coffee or will satisfy your cravings for caffeine, but they are definitely worth a try considering the negative health problems that too much caffeine can cause. At any rate, I would highly recommend an alternative like one of these if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a heart issue. Moderation in all things.


Ron Jahn said...

Try Bueno Coffee Substitute for all your coffee withdrawal blues or just to enjoy. It is simply made from roasted garbanzo beans and comes in three flavors: Original, Creamy Hazelnut, and Pecan Praline. Bueno naturally tastes like coffee, but unlike coffee it does not contain caffeine and acid. Mix it with your coffee and gradually increase the Bueno to get off coffee to minimize the withdrawal headaches. Check it out at

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