Macro Monday: Grain Coffee

Hey Friends,

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

#4 Teeccino

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: mochavanilla 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 :)

Dandelion Latte made with Dandy Joe, Almond Milk, cinnamon and a drizzle of brown rice syrup &lt;3

Dandelion Latte made with Dandy Joe, Almond Milk, cinnamon and a drizzle of brown rice syrup <3

Have a happy fun-drink kinda week <3
See you on Friday for MacroTreat Friday!
xoxo Jess


I'm fine and dandy, thanks!

Dandelion coffee.

Truly a delight.

I'm fine and dandy, thanks!

Kind of looks like dirt.

But delightful, nonetheless.

I have tried dandelion tea as well, and quite like it--- be warned though, it's very bitter.

Which is an indication that it's probably good for you ;)

If I want to feel truly luxurious, I make my dandelion coffee in a stovetop espresso maker.

Pretty much just like this one. I put in about 1 tablespoon, and it makes a quite strong dandelion espresso.

And if you have espresso, you may as well fancy it up!

So, I steam some almond milk (natural, no sugar) in my stainless steel stovetop milk frother.

I let the milk heat, then froth away, and I end up with this:

I'm fine and dandy, thanks!
I'm fine and dandy, thanks!

I told you----luxurious.

I sprinkle some cinnamon and a bit of cardamon on top.

If your condition allows, and you truly want a treat, a tiny drizzle of brown rice syrup is wonderful.

I get my dandelion coffee at a local grocery store. And in fact, the dandelion coffee itself is locally made too:

I'm fine and dandy, thanks!
I'm fine and dandy, thanks!

I store mine in a ceramic jar for convenience, and because I love jars:

I'm fine and dandy, thanks!

As I

mentioned a few posts back

, i'm giving up almond milk for awhile, to see how I feel.

I plan to experiment with home made brown rice milks of various kinds over the next few weeks.

Dandelion coffee is nice on it's own too, without getting fancy.

You could make the espresso, and add some hot water for a dandelion americano!

What's your favourite coffee alternative?

I mostly just drink tea --- kukicha tea, green teas of many varieties, tulsi, rooibos...

Have you tried any yummy grain coffees?

In Japan I tried this delicious brown rice coffee. It looked like very dark rice, and I boiled it for a long time on the stove. I haven't tried many other grain coffees because they usually contain barley, and i'm not sure if they're gluten free.  Any recommendations, or recipes?

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