Chicory Coffee | Caffeine free coffee substitute
I have another alternative ingredient that you may like and may want to experiment with and that is chicory coffee.
A few days ago I noticed that I started consuming more coffee than I usually do which resulted in me getting a lot more tired towards the end of the day. It seems that the constant caffeine stimulation was affecting me really badly, so much so that I would want to go to bed as early as 6pm. So, I decided to find an alternative that I would enjoy and at the same time would not have the same effect that caffeine does on me.
I have also been asked to recommend an alternative to coffee that would taste just like coffee and I found it!
Its name? Chicory Coffee!
If are looking for coffee substitutes or coffee alternatives, you are in the right place.
In this article, I will take you through what chicory coffee is, what are its health benefits and what you should be aware of. I will also show you how to make black chicory coffee and chicory latte at the end of this video.
What is Chicory?
Chicory is a beautiful plant with bright blue flowers. The coffee is made from the roots of this flower actually. The root is minced, roasted and brewed into coffee.
Chicory is popular in Egypt and is added as part of coffee in France. If you have ever travelled to New Orleans, you are probably familiar with the taste as it is popular there too.
Chicory is becoming more and more popular as it tastes just like coffee, making it a great coffee alternative for our favourite drink without the effects of caffeine.
Health Benefits of Chicory Coffee
Chicory contains some key nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C and manganese. According to healthline.com chicory contains inulin, a type of prebiotic fiber that has been linked to increased weight loss and improved gut health, which is linked with good health. There is also research that shows that inulin helps manage blood sugar levels by affecting the way that carbohydrates are metabolized.
Inflammation is a root of a lot of health benefits and chicory is a great source of plant polyphenols that combat inflammation. A study that took place at the University of Pecs Medical School in Hungary found that drinking naturally caffeine free chicory coffee for a week improved red blood cell deformation, meaning that cells were restored to their original state (source 1).
Chicory coffee is naturally caffeine free, which means that it creates less stress. High amounts of caffeine have been linked with anxiety, restlessness and insomnia.
Word of Caution
Chicory coffee is not recommended for everyone as it can trigger allergic reaction in some people (source 2) and is also not recommended for pregnant women as it may trigger miscarriage and menstrual bleeding (source 3).
How to Make Chicory Coffee
In Greece, it was not that easy to get my hands on chicory coffee I have to say. But I did manage to find a brand that had a blend available. As a result, I got this instant blend by Korres. Korres is a natural product brand.
This blend is a mix of barley, malt and chicory. It tastes really good, just like coffee and we have at large replaced most of our coffee drinks with this blend.
- Hot Black Chicory Coffee
To make hot black chicory coffee, add a tsp of chicory in a cup, and just a bit of hot water. Whisk for a few seconds and then fill up with more hot water.
- Cold Black Chicory Coffee
To make cold black chicory coffee, add a tsp of chicory in a glass, and just a bit of cold water. Whisk for a few seconds and then fill up with more cold water and ice cubes.
You can always add sugar and milk as you prefer.
- Hot Chicory Latte
For the latte, add a tsp of chicory in a cup, and just a bit of hot water. Whisk for a few seconds and then fill up halfway with hot water. Warm the milk of your choice, whisk to create foam and then add in the cup.
- Cold Chicory Latte
In a glass add a tsp of chicory blend and a bit of cold water. Use an electric hand whisk to blend water with coffee. Add a few ice cubes and fill up with cold water half way. Then whisk your milk (cold) as well in order to create the foam. Add it to your glass and there you have it! A delicious cold chicory latte.