Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Teeccino - the semi organic coffee alternative

In my pursuit to find a great tasting and semi normal (also fairly priced) coffee alternative here & here I have stumbled upon Teeccino.  What is this?  "Teeccino Caffeine-free Herbal Coffee is a delicious blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts that are roasted and ground to brew and taste just like coffee."  Since it's caffeine free anyone can drink it - restricted diets, pregnant etc.  It doesn't upset your stomach and claims to have other benefits for a healthy life.  I found it at our local Earth Fare store down the street from us.  It's something like $12.00/bag (umm seriously? whatever.) and I really wanted it to be coffee.  It isn't.  But it's really not that bad. 
 
This product comes pre-ground - since there are no beans.  You brew it just like regular coffee.  You can use any brewing method.  You can drink it hot, cold, iced, as a latte, cappuccino etc.  I've taken to making it on our stove top espresso maker - no clue why.  Only since our coffee maker generally is being used by the non allergic member of our household.  Here's a little photo shoot of my latest brewing endeavour:




At first taste I don't always recognize it.  After a few sips it's becoming normal to me.  I've almost gone through the entire bag - it's actually that good.  (or maybe I'm that coffee deprived). 

Did I mention that the mini coffee station at work got relocated to across from my cube?  It means I get to watch everyone else guzzle up too many cups of coffee every day, while not getting to participate.

 

I have the feeling that if I drank this for long enough it I might actually forget what coffee tastes like and just be familiar with teeccino.  The question everyone wants to know is WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE?  Answer is: It's sort of earthy, chocolaty, rich & nutty.  (I'm a budding food interpreter huh?)  I like it with milk.  This was obviously vanilla flavored as well but it comes in many other flavors and combinations.  As it says on the package it is creamy accented by almonds, dates & figs.  It's pretty good and I keep making it so that must mean it's a keeper. 

Next up:

There are many more 'coffee alternatives' out there.  Wait and see what craziness I find next!

ps. is it weird that this product doesn't have a wikipedia page?  I thought everything on the planet had one!

2 comments :

  1. Wow. I've never really considered drinking non-coffee coffee. This strikes me as something that would taste sweet, though after your thorough description I think I have a pretty solid idea that it does not. Do you think you can you only get this at a health food/organic store?

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  2. @Eric: It's not too sweet. I usually sweeten mine with vanilla almond milk or something but overall it's not overlly sugary. I'd recommend trying it if you can drop $12 on a bag!

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