Today's post is short and simple, and all about grain coffee. Grain Coffee, also called coffee substitute, is made from roasted and ground grains/nuts/fruits instead of from coffee beans.
I've tried quite a few, and while none of them taste like real coffee, they can be quite enjoyable as a thing in and of themselves.
MM: Grain Coffee
Grain coffee is often used as a coffee substitute - it can be a way to help ease off of coffee, if you are trying to give it up. I do enjoy a bit of real coffee of course, but especially in the evenings if I'd like something warm and cozy, sans caffeine, I often make tea, or a delicious hot grain coffee drink.
The grain coffees all vary widely in taste. Some are made with roasted acorns, figs & other nuts. Most have barley and chicory in there too. And often they include dandelion root. I have included a bunch of information and links below to my top 4 favourite grain coffees.
[Please note: the following links use my iherb discount code, which will give you $10 off your first order, and some points for me - use it if you like, or not :) thanks friends].
#1 Favourite Grain Coffee - Dandy Blend
I really enjoy Dandy Blend! I buy mine online, because it is much cheaper than I've seen it in stores...hopefully one day prices will drop in store.
I like Dandy Blend because it is gluten free, and has a very nice taste - it blends really easily. The ingredients are: extracts of roasted barley, rye, chicory root, dandelion root and sugar beet. It is not sweet, despite the inclusion of sugar beet - all the sweetness disappears during roasting.
I usually just add some boiling water to mine, and sometimes I put in some almond milk and cinnamon, or even a touch of rice syrup or maple syrup, if you want something a little sweet.
#2 - Dandy Joe
I wrote about these guys awhile ago here. This Dandelion coffee I purchased in Edmonton. It is produced locally, in Alberta. I bought it at Wild Earth grocery on 99th street, but later on saw that they had a stall at the Farmer's market in Old Strathcona.
For this kind of Dandelion Coffee, I'd recommend following their advice, and brewing it in a coffee maker of choice. It comes out fairly clear (compared to the Dandy Blend), and pretty strong, as you brew it and don't simply stir it in. I still have some left (yay!) and when I do use it, I often make it into a Dandelion Latte. They also make some other versions that include medicinal herbs etc. For all my non-Edmonton based readers, I'm not so certain if they will ship or not, but here is a link to their Market Stall profile, with an email address below. I bet if you smile pretty they'll sent you some :)
#3 Organic Caf-Lib
This is a new to me product that I recently picked up at the store because I was out of Dandy Blend ;) It is a straight up grain beverage made with chicory, barley & malted barley.
I'm really happy with it so far. I especially like that it is instant like Dandy Blend and does not require brewing. This makes it a great quick option. You simply add either hot water, or hot milk of choice, stir, and you're ready to go.
I especially like it because it's fairly common to find, even at regular grocery stores in my area, and is under $10. <3
This is probably the most popular grain/nut/fruit coffee substitute out there. I bet it's because of all the delicious flavours they have.
Most of these guys' blends have carob, dates & figs in there, which provide a really decadent and nice sweet flavour. Again, just like Dandy Joe, this is a grain coffee that needs to be brewed in a coffee machine of your choice.
There are tons of flavours to choose from such as: mocha, vanilla nut, and regular old french roast. My favourite (please note that I've only tried a few so far), is hazelnut. They seem to be continually coming out with new flavour and products :)
Now I think it's time to make a grain-coffee latte :)
Have a happy fun-drink kinda week <3
See you on Friday for MacroTreat Friday!