The Quest for Coffea

I love the taste of coffee and roasty black teas. (Blame my Turkish-coffee-drinking Serb genes.)

However, I’m also caffeine sensitive. If I drink even decaf in the PM, it’s pretty hard to get shuteye.

Does anyone know a good coffee-flavored tea that doesn’t have caffeine? Loose, bagged, doesn’t matter.

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Lupicia’s orzo teas would fit that bill. Caffeine free, though quite strong. http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/22280902.htm is one I’ve tried, they also have a couple other blends

tip: steep in something easy to clean. I used it in my gravity steeper and it plugged up the mesh.

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yyz said

second the above, Orzo is what they sell for decaf for the most part in Italy, so it does satisfy rhe espresso lover. My aunt really loves Teecino as a coffee substitute and it is found at many health food stores or can be bought online.
http://steepster.com/teas/teeccino?letter=T

http://teeccino.com/

You can brew it like you would coffee or steep it like tea.

A polish grocery store near me also has several different brands of coffee substitutes using barley. If there is a grocery store like that near you it might be worth checking out because they are usually quite affordable.

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Rachel J said

I love Teecino. Check it out.

Also, recently tried Celestial Seasonings “Roastaroma”. (Love that name). I thought it was really good especially for being so cheap. Similar ingredients to Teecino, but it’s a teabag instead of “grounds”.

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Try anything with Chicory in it. My grandfather drank it as a coffee substitute but I don’t know what brand.
Also, I think Barley tea is very similar, and also caffeine free! Not sure where you’d get it as my local supply dried up. Most Asian supermarkets will carry something along those lines.

Rachel J said

Funny now that you mention, I think both drinks I recommended have chicory and barley. Reminds me that there’s also an instant beverage called Pero that my family used to drink as a coffee sub when we were Mormons. I think that one is chicory too!

yyz said

Was it Inka, when I was a kid my mom used to drink it when she was trying to wean herself off coffee. It used to be available at the grocery stores in Toronto.

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Rachel J said

Links for the ones I’ve recommended… Indeed, all three are made with chicory and barley with differing additional ingredients. Teeccino is fun because it comes in so many different flavors to experiment with.

http://teeccino.com/product/85/Original-11-oz-Bag.html

http://www.celestialseasonings.com/products/herbal-teas/roastaroma

http://internaturalfoods.com/brands/pero.html

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Thank you all for the recs! There are a bunch of organic stores around here that might carry those brands, or something similar. That dandelion tea’s got me reeeeeeal curious.

Rachel J said

Let us know what you find and like!

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