Review: Teeccino Herbal Caffeine Free Coffee

August 30, 2007

teeccino.jpg I have a coffee habit. I’m not too worried about it. As vices go, this one’s pretty tame. I’m not convinced that coffee is bad for your health. Like chocolate, I think it’s fine in moderation. Coffee has been associated with lower rates of diabetes, colon cancer, Parkinson’s, and it has a lot of antioxidants. I have a cup a day habit, and I also drink lots of Roobios (which is actually not a tea but made from the African Red Bush and is naturally caffeine free) and Green tea too, both of which are high in antioxidants.

I got started on good coffee during my stint at Starbucks, where in training (appropriately named “coffee school”), we were required to drink black coffee made with a French Press (still my favorite way to brew coffee) to learn the differences in flavor. I learned to distinguish the subtleties in the coffee varietals. The faint taste of blueberries in some coffees that are grown near blueberry plantations. The woodsy earthiness of a good Sulawesi. The tart cleanness of a South American blend. The winey flavor of Sanani. The heavy perfection of Sumatra. The caramelly sweetness of a perfectly brewed shot of espresso. And what tastes better with chocolate or tiramisu?

Still, I don’t like the idea of being addicted to something. If I go without my daily cup, I get a headache. So every once in awhile I go off coffee to detox from it. You see, I associate good coffee with pleasure. The whole thing makes me happy. Grinding the beans, brewing it, smelling the aroma, going to coffeehouses, the heft of the cup in my hand, that first sip that warms you up as it goes down, etc… like a smoker with their routine, but a whole lot nicer. I know that until I change that association, I won’t be able to kick the habit totally.

So I decided to try something to wean myself a bit. I bought a sample pack of Teeccino herbal caffeine free coffee substitute. It’s made from roasted chicory (which is actually an old Southern coffee substitute, it’s still popular in New Orleans). Chicory contains inulin, a fiber that is good for the digestion and elimination. It also contains ground almonds, dates, roasted carob and orange peel. Oddly enough, you don’t taste the almonds, orange peel or dates at all in the finished product.

I put half the packet and 3 cups of water into the coffee pot and hit brew. The verdict? Not bad. A nice hot morning beverage. It was a tad weak, so next time I’ll try it with less water or more Teeccino. The coffee pot has a cone shaped filter which, being a coffee snob, I know requires a finer grind for the proper cup. The Teeccino has a multi purpose grind (but there’s no such thing!). That might explain why it tastes a bit weak. It really tastes like a weakly brewed cup of mild coffee.

I think it would be excellent mixed with regular coffee beans in order to reduce the actual amount of coffee you’re getting. But it would still have a good strong coffee flavor. I’ll try that too and see how it tastes.

You can find Teeccino at Amazon.com

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  2. Becky on August 31st, 2007 6:14 am

    Coffee puts the system under the strain of metabolizing a deadly acid-forming drug, depositing its insoluble cellulose, which cements the wall of the liver, causing this vital organ to swell to twice its proper size. In addition, coffee is heavily sprayed. (Ninety-two pesticides are applied to its leaves.) Diuretic properties of caffeine cause potassium and other minerals to be flushed from the body.

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  3. Carrie on August 31st, 2007 1:36 pm

    Hi Becky, I took a minute to look at the first site you mentioned, and couldn’t find any articles with any hard scientific data. I’m aware of some of the issues with pesticides, that makes total sense to me. But I won’t trying any soy based coffee substitutes anytime soon… soy is no health food. Thank you for your comments.

  4. Babara on September 8th, 2007 6:55 am

    Hi Carrie,

    If your looking for hard facts, check out a book called ‘The Truth About Caffeine” by Marina Kushner. And as far as soy is concerned, unless your allergic to it, soy IS a health food. Look at the facts.

    If a food has been eaten for 4800 years, I’m pretty sure there is enough empirical data to show that soy itself is not evil.The benefits of soy and all the research that has been done on soy is undisputable. I wholly agree that *overprocessed* soy/soy protein added to energy bars, etc. is bad for our systems when overloaded with it, but soy tending towards its more natural state certainly IS healthful.

    Soyfee is a brewed product whereby your ingesting the extract of soy, not the actual beans. It’s taste so close to coffee, unlike teccinno, because it’s NOT sweetened. Afterall, if you drink your coffee black, or without sugar, your gonna love it.

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