Love the taste of coffee but hate the jitters? These natural coffee alternatives are a game changer!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Ah, coffee! The deep, rich flavour is something most of us crave not only first thing in the morning, but throughout the day, too. But as we’ve written about before, it’s a good idea to try to quit coffee, for health reasons. Namely, excessive or regular consumption of the stuff can lead to nausea, nervousness, anxiety, insomnia and an irregular heartbeat.
If a world without coffee doesn’t seem like a world you’d want to live in, don’t despair! There are plenty of natural coffee alternatives that not only taste like the real thing, but they also pack a fantastic health punch, too.
For example, chicory root, which can be roasted, ground and brewed like coffee, is believed to be the richest plant source of inulin, which helps digestion and supports a healthy gut by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria. It also stimulates your gallbladder to produce more bile, which may be beneficial for fat digestion.
Barley, another common ingredient of faux coffee, has loads of potassium, folate and vitamin B6, and helps reduce the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease.
Another of the most popular natural coffee alternatives is dandelion root. This is used to help stomach upsets, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema and other skin conditions, and acts as a blood tonic.
You may be skeptical about finding something that tastes exactly like coffee, but I’ve tried and tested most of these myself and can testify that with a touch of your favourite milk, you’ll barely notice the difference!
10+ Natural Coffee Alternatives Better Than The Real Thing
1. Choffy Ivory Roast
If, like me, you think the next best thing to coffee is a steaming cup of hot chocolate, then you’ll love Choffy! Made from 100% premium cocoa beans roasted and ground for a rich, full-flavoured drink, it has a deep cocoa flavour with subtle earthy notes and an incredibly satisfying aftertaste. To brew, use a French press or an auto-drip coffee maker with a gold/nylon filter.
Why we love it: It’s got that chocolate flavour that some coffee beans have. And of course, with a touch of almond milk, this is pure heaven!
When you think about it, mushrooms and coffee have a lot in common – they both taste great with milk, are nutty and earthy in flavour. But one gives you the jitters and the other can fight cancer – especially if it’s chaga! This great blend by MUD\WTR has Lion’s Mane (it’s a herb, it’s not you know, from a lion) to kickstart your brain, reishi, cordyceps and chaga mushrooms for a serious immune boost. There’s also chai spice and cacao to give this an amazingly rich flavour.
Why we love it: This is healthy and tasty. Chaga mushrooms are so high in antioxidants, they’re even said to offer some serious protection from cancer!
3. Dandelion Root Coffee
Dandelion root is often used as a coffee substitute because it has a similar taste and look, but it’s far less acidic and bitter. This is super-easy to make: just add a spoonful to hot water, and voila!
Price: Around $22
Why we love it: Dandelion root coffee has several great health qualities: it contains probiotics, which can help feed good bacteria in the gut for regularity and immune boosting. It also has antioxidants and may stimulate circulation to help reduce inflammation.
4. Coffig Beverage
Coffig contains only one ingredient: ground, and roasted black Mission figs! To make this rich, slightly sweet coffee-like drink, just brew it like regular coffee using half the amount (works in all coffee makers, especially if you use a French Press).
Price: From $11.95
Why we love it: Coffee made from actual figs? How could we say no?
5. Bueno Coffee Substitute
This delicious drink tastes so much like actual coffee that most people will never know the difference! You brew it like regular coffee, but you don’t use as much, so it’s pretty economical. There’s only one rather surprising ingredient in Bueno Coffee – garbanzo beans. If you’re a fan of fancy coffees, they also have a special edition features a touch of 100% natural pecan oil for a very special, sweetly nutty flavour.
Price: From $39.99
Why we love it: It’s one of the most beautifully packed natural coffee alternatives, and comes in a variety of flavours, including hazelnut and caramel.
6. Teeccino French Roast
Teeccino’s satisfying, roasted taste is smoother, richer and creamier than coffee, thanks to the nutritious herbs that provide health benefits in every cup. The main secret to this drink’s full flavour? Ethically sourced ramón seeds, which boast chocolatey/coffee-like notes. These used to be brewed into a drink the Mayans loved.
Why we love it: This has prebiotic qualities, is 75% organic, and if you like flavoured coffees, the brand offers several, like almond and vanilla nut.
7. Inka Coffee
Of all the natural coffee alternatives, this may be the one that’s been around the longest. Naturalis Inka is rich, flavourful instant grain beverage that’s been enjoyed by Polish families for generations. Rye and barley are simply roasted, ground and combined to make the perfect substitute for coffee, which is a great tasting drink in its own right.
Price: Around $12
Why we love it: there are no chemical processes, additives, preservatives or added sugars used in making this all-natural beverage.
8. Pero Natural Coffee Substitute
Pero is a 100% natural beverage with a coffee-like taste, thanks to its blend of malted barley, barley, chicory, and rye. The low acidity of this natural beverage makes it easy to enjoy morning, noon or night without fear of insomnia or an upset stomach.
Why we love it: It’s super easy to make, and is vegan-and-Paleo friendly, as well as wheat-free.
9. Caf Lib
Billing itself as the ultimate ‘un-coffee’, Caf Lib is made from pure organic roasted barley and chicory, and it comes in a variety of roasts and flavours that help this taste just like a cuppa Joe. At $8.99, it’s also one of the cheapest natural coffee alternatives.
Why we love it: it’s 100% organic, easy to make, and easy on the pocketbook, too.
9. Kaffree Roma
This roasted grain beverage is a delicious and satisfying caffeine free coffee alternative. Just add a teaspoon or two to your favourite mug filled with hot water and enjoy the robust, full-bodied taste of coffee without the caffeine or tannic acid of coffee beans.
Why we love it: As above, it’s easy to make, and its blend of grains bring great health benefits, like lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and helping gut health.
10. Capomo Coffee Substitute
This caffeine-free superfood drink looks, tastes and smells very similar to coffee, while boasting countless health benefits. Capomo (sometimes referred to as Maya Nut) is rich in natural flavour and is prepared in the same way as coffee. Simply add hot water and enjoy!
Why we love it: if you love the ritual of brewing your morning cuppa, this will allow you to continue that – plus, you can enjoy the rich aroma of the drink as it brews!
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ooo…I’m trying to find a coffee alternative WITH caffeine. Coffee (not caffeine) showed up in a food sensitivity test I took. I love my coffee ritual, and love the taste and smell of coffee. Any suggestions?
Hey Faisal! You’re not the only one! It’s not an easy find. So far, I’m hoping someone in the comments section will reveal where we can find that, cos I haven’t had any luck as yet! The closest thing I’ve found, after going off coffee, is to make a nice, ‘dirty’ chai latte, using strong chai tea, and a touch of powdered cocoa….would love to hear a better suggestion!
Cleavers! Collect the paired seeds and roast them until golden brown. Then crush them or lightly grind them.
They don’t have as much caffeine as coffee, but they do have caffeine! (They do come from the same plant family as coffee though, so I would check to make sure they aren’t also a food sensitivity for you)
My suggestion would be to combine them with chicory root and dandelion root, along with some spices like cinnamon, Tumeric, and a hint of black pepper (the pepper is to help mimic the bitterness that coffee has.)
Go with creo bru. Its roasted cacao and has alot of theobromine in it which is a derivative of caffeine but without all the side effects
Sooo…I’m trying to find a coffee alternative WITH caffeine. Coffee (not caffeine) showed up in a food sensitivity test I took. I love my coffee ritual, and love the taste and smell of coffee. Any suggestions?
Interesting! Anyone here got any suggestions?
I’d grind some pro plus pills & add a sprinkle to whichever coffee substitute you use. I want something that tastes like coffee & is calorie free like coffee but colourless as I’m getting composite bonding. I tried dissolving pro plus in water – deffo nothing like coffee, just made sllightly bitter hot water! With a coffee alternative this would be fine for you though,
Interesting suggestion. Thanks!
When I see you recommend drinks like Pero, Roma and Inka I don’t know how much credence i can give to the rest of your recommendations. For me, anything that is sweet is not a coffee substitute, it needs to be more on the bitter side to have some punch!
Hey Ralph! I guess it depends on your taste. Personally, I love me some Inka with almond milk, but that’s just me 🙂
Pero is not gluten free as it contains both barley and rye.
The best I tasted so far is CAFIX, definitely not Postum or Pero. As I found CAFIX to suit my taste well, no need for me to try the others on the list above. Postum was the first I tried while in Utah, it did not work for me, also tried Pero, and that was just a slight improvement over Postum. But all have individual tastes, so be it.
Thanks for the info!
I agree. If you like a dark roast then cafix is the only one that will satisfy
Just wanted to let everyone know that the Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee still contains coffee. Just not as much! 🙂 Can’t wait to try some of these!
Ah yes! Good point! Thank you!
I’d be interested in trying a coffee alternative again, at least once. I remember when I was a kid, my father drank a coffee alternative called Postum. I tried it a time or two. It wasn’t bad, but, it wasn’t coffee, either.
They’re all actually pretty tasty, especially if you like to add milk to your coffee anyway!
I love coffee and quite addicted to it. I tried to avoid it for a day but just cant. My husband told me to control, maybe those alternatives could help. Thanks for sharing those information.
I never even knew of these alternatives till today. Coffee is literally my life but I know it’s not good for me. This is a game changer.
I have OCD, Obsessive Coffee Disorder and usually have multiple cups a day. This is new to me, thanks for sharing. A must try indeed.
I am consuming at least 4 cups of coffee a day, that’s how I love it! I can feel some side effects of it but I can’t stop drinking, urgh! Good thing I found this alternative products. I would love to switch into natural products while still enjoying my coffee. 🙂