Homemade "Coffee" - A great healthy alternative to regular coffee! -Scratch Mommy

Homemade “Coffee”

Homemade "Coffee" - A great alternative for regular coffee!
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Liquid Gold.
Cup of Sunshine.
Make Me Function Stuff.


  • 54% – Americans over 18 who drink coffee daily
  • 35% – Americans who prefer their coffee black
  • 60% – Americans who claim they need a cup to start the day
  • 18 Billion – Money spent yearly on coffee in the US
  • $164.71 – Average amount money spent on coffee each year by coffee drinkers

Yeah, I’d say that coffee is pretty big business. I have always been happy to be a part of that business. How do I take my coffee? I fall into the 65% who add cream and sugar (well…I used to, that is).

When an allergist told me that I was allergic to over 70 different things, I was completely devastated. Devastated is putting it lightly; I can’t even put into words how I felt for a few days. A real shocker to me on that list…our good friend coffee.

68% – Amount of US coffee drinkers that have a cup within the first hour of waking up.
Yes, that was me.

Now, I’ve since learned that I am NOT allergic to over 70 things (thank goodness)! I am quite prone to allergies (which manifest as horrific eczema in my skin), as my immune system hasn’t been functioning properly. I am still on a journey to figure out exactly what my root issues are, but I may never really know. I do know that for quite some time now I have been practicing *real* food and *real* skincare habits to heal myself from BOTH the outside in AND the inside out…and it is working. My gut health was atrocious, and with the many changes I have made in my life, slowly…I am healing.

Back to coffee…
I do still stay away from coffee most of the time (only splurging on occasions with friends and my parents, who are big coffee drinkers). I have actually replaced my coffee with a delicious new treat…a Homemade “Coffee!” There are only three required ingredients to make this coffee.

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Dandelion Root
The pesky, yellow, weedy flower that grows in my yard each spring, summer, and lasts often through the fall…yes, that’s the one. This stuff grows like crazy where I live, so I cannot wait to start harvesting this year! Our lovely neighbors are even going to chip in and help supply me. Yay!

Dandelion is known for having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and hepatoprotective properties (which basically means that it helps the liver). For someone like me who has an unhealthy gut, this is a dream weed!

I have been purchasing my organic dandelion root online, but of course, I’ll be harvesting and roasting it myself this summer. If you want to buy some now, see the links below.

Roasted Chicory Root
Chicory has actually been harvested and used as a coffee substitute for years, especially in tough economic times when coffee was considered a luxury (times of war, the Great Depression, etc). It is still used today in the typical strongly brewed coffee of New Orleans!

Chicory has shown properties similar to dandelion root- hepatoprotective and improved gut function in general. I purchase my roasted chicory root online; see the links below.

Homemade “Coffee”
  • To make one regular sized cup of “coffee,” you’ll want to use 1/2 T of dandelion root and 1/2 T of roasted chicory root.
Bring water just to a boil. Add your “coffee.”Let it percolate and do its thing for 5 minutes or so. Strain out the dandelion and chicory, leaving a lovely, rich, earthy, fragrant cup of “Joe.”

*Or, I use my tea infusing spoon and just leave it in my cup (see picture). I bought one at my local health food store, but I found one here and it is cheaper (less than $5 and I use mine all of the time). It just gets more rich as I drink it. Yum!

*Or, use your french press; possibly even your coffeemaker, although I’m not sure it will percolate long enough.

Does this “coffee” have caffeine? No, it does not. However, I’m not convinced that this is a bad thing. I will admit, it took me a few days to transition off of my old coffee, and it wasn’t fun, but now I feel great. I believe that this “coffee” is helping to heal my gut, which is excellent.

So, if you do not have an allergy which prevents you from drinking coffee or if you have no desire to leave your old coffee, I still encourage you to give this a try. It is a great treat in the morning, afternoon, or evening. I am drinking a cup right now (with 1 t of carob powder and 1 T of coconut oil). Super yum! Maybe I’ll use organic ceylon cinnamon in my cup tomorrow morning. The possibilities are endless. Until next time…

Jess, aka Scratch Mommy

Statistics were gathered here.

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Comments 13

  1. Very interesting, I was just talking the other day about how chicory is sometimes used as a coffee substitute, but I didn’t have a recipe. Now I am still on the fence, after much research, as to whether coffee is actually bad for your health. But it is nice to know there is an alternative, does it taste like coffee?

    1. Hi Sherri,

      I am still on the fence with coffee, too. I’ve read the good, I’ve read the bad. I guess maybe it’s like anything else…moderation is key?

      No, this doesn’t taste just like coffee, so if you go into a cup expecting to have literally a substitute for coffee (in that it tastes the same), you’ll be disappointed. It does taste similar…just more earthy and rich. The taste has grown and grown on me…I look forward to each cup throughout the day.

      Let me know if you try it. Thanks for the comment!

      1. It will be very nice with strawberries for sure. I try to limit my fruit in seitohoms..and I already had banana and pear in this one…plus, the extracts are very concentrated…so the flavor that you get from a few drops is more potent than if you use real fruit…

  2. Thanks for sharing! I was introduced to Dandy Blend a couple of years ago….it’s basically the same thing as your homemade coffee but with some barley and rye too. I am an avid coffee drinker but when I became pregnant I switched to this as a substitute and I think it works wonderfully. I actually think it takes almost the same as my coffee…. Maybe because I add milk to both.. Or maybe because my tastebuds are altered by pregnancy. Either way… It’s nice to know there is a DIY alternative to the prepackaged Dandy Blend….. Just in case!!! 🙂

  3. I had to niggle about unimportant details but I was puzzled when you said you “percolate” this drink. For those of us who still have/use percolators, your instructions might put an incorrect picture in our minds. What you are doing in these instructions is “steeping” – like tea. I don’t know if you want to bother correcting your instructions or not, put this is a suggestion if you do. Otherwise, I love your “coffee” and am a firm believer in the health benefits of roasted chicory root and dandelion root. This drink is very popular all over the world, especially in Europe where “healthy” is not a bad word. And in the Philippines, this IS what people mean when they say “coffee”. Anyway, keep up the good work.

    1. Here is an additional thought about the other benefits of this drink that have nothing to do with it being or not being a “coffee substitute”. Some of these other commercial mixes have ingredients that might have a negative impact on your thyroid (e.g., barley). Making your own drink without barley and some of the other ingredients makes sense to me since I have a hypothyroid condition. There is also some evidence that the chicory in the recipe can help with other conditions: diabetes, cholesterol, constipation, inflammation, gallbladder/urinary tract/liver problems, indigestion, weight loss and anxiety. Whew! I’m definitely going to include it in my diet.

  4. I just want to be clear. Dandy Blend’s ingredients read: extracts of roasted barley, rye, chicory root, dandelion root and beetroot. That looks like everything in it is roasted. Your recipe looks as though it doesn’t call for “roasted” dandelion root. Some other commercial teas also have roasted dandelion root but not all say “roasted”. Is there a difference in flavor between this “coffee” that is made with non-roasted dandelion root and one that is made with roasted root? …like Dandy Blend?

  5. I have an allergy to anything in the daisy family. I get hives if I rub them in my garden. I read that dandelions are in the daisy family. So do you think it’d be ok to drink the root of the plant? Just wondering if you knew. I can’t have coffee due to leaky gut and it’s on my dreaded “list” too. Very disappointing because I lOVE it. I keep falling off the wagon and then have to restart my gut healing. UGH. Hoping if I could have this I’d feel a little less deprived in the morning 🙂

    1. I’ve checked with several sites (herbal, culinary, medical, horticultural) and they all say dandelions are part of the daisy and aster family.

  6. Have you tried yerbe mate? In South America they drink this on a daily basis instead of coffee. Better for you and same amount of energy content. Steep, add some honey and its delicious!

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