We all love a good cup of coffee, whether it’s a dark and strong roast or a creamy and soft cuddle in a mug.
Our love for coffee and it’s flavor runs deep – sometimes too deep. It’s possible to find ourselves on the 6th cup of the day. At this point, side effects from caffeine start appearing quite fast, and the benefits start disappearing even faster.
Most of time, all we want is to taste a delicious roast and savor the experience. Even after the second cup of coffee, it may be time to turn to caffeine-free options. So, are there any drinks out there that can hit that roasted flavor? Turns out, yes there is.
Decaf coffee is very well known and can be bought at most stores and coffee shops. What isn’t well known however that decaf still contains a little bit of caffeine.
If you’re seeking a delicious cup of coffee without the caffeine, a cup of decaf could be the best choice, but beware, if you drink enough cups of decaf coffee, the caffeine will kick back and side effects may still occur.
Chicory root comes from a blue-flowered plant in the dandelion family. Chicory has been used for hundreds of years in traditional food and medicine. More recently, it has been used as a common coffee alternative, as its color is dark and its taste is strong. It is 100% caffeine-free, so you can enjoy hundreds of guilty-pleasure cups.
Chicory not only tastes and looks similar to coffee, it is also packed with health benefits such as being packed with inulin, being an aid to bowel movements, and may even help improve blood sugar control.
Roasted mesquite beans are a caffeine-free coffee alternative that shoots our socks off. It’s bold flavour struggles to kick our throats (like an espresso), but it’s fructose content helps carry the flavour profile beyond delicious horizons. This roasted non-coffee bean sure does taste like an absolutely amazing cup of coffee.
What’s more is that you can find mequite pods quite commonly amongst trees. If you can identify and collect dropped pods, you can make your own local and sustainable coffee alternative right from home!
If you want to keep the side effects of caffeine at bay while still enjoying a dark roast hug-in-a-mug, then opt-out for decaffeinated coffee, roasted mesquite beans, or chicory root.