I need caffeine. Whatever form you've got, I haven't had any all day. I'll drink it, shoot it, eat it, snort it, whatever form it's in, gimme! Words of wisdom by Lorelai Gilmore.
So I'm on a quest to find my favorite coffee substitute. There's an oxymoron if I've ever heard one! There's no substitute for coffee, is there? There's no substitute for that morning ritual when you're half asleep still, tumbling around towards the kitchen, you somehow manage to pour water into the coffee maker but not without accidentally pouring some up the sleeve of your pajama top as well, you spend five minutes trying to separate one filter from the rest, scoop the coffee into the filter, clean up the mess you made because it's way too early for skilled motor coordination, hit start and... aaaahhh! It's coffee time! Yea, there's no substitute for that.
So far I have tried two different kinds of coffee alternatives, or as I like to call them - fauxfee. The first one I tried was Roastaroma tea by Celestial Seasonings. It ain't coffee, let me tell you! The Celestial Seasonings website says it's a "full-bodied, caffeine-free alternative to coffee." I wouldn't say it's an alternative to coffee, but it *is* a very tasty and unique tea. When I first opened the box, all I could smell was cinnamon, which made me think I was going to *hate* this tea. As soon as I poured hot water into my mug, the smell changed completely and so did my expectations! The cinnamon wasn't as dominant as it smelled when the tea bag was dry, and there was a wonderful chicory scent that gave me hope! Hope! Joy! The hint of allspice and star anise compliment this tea perfectly without overpowering it. It tastes like nothing I've ever tasted before, and I'm glad I decided to give it a try! It's watery like tea, not thick like coffee, but after a few cups I'm used to that now. The only problem is that it's not available locally, so I have to order it online by the case.
The ingredients are: Roasted barley, roasted chicory, roasted carob, cinnamon, allspice and Chinese star anise.
Next I decided to try Pero. I spent a few minutes in the coffee isle at Whole Foods trying to decide if I wanted to try Pero or Cafix first, but Cafix lists beet root as one of their ingredients. Hmm. My super taste buds might be able to detect a beety taste, and while I do enjoy beets, I don't want them in my coffee... fauxfee. So for now, I have chosen Pero. It does taste pretty coffee-like. Not like the freshly brewed kind, but like the instant kind. I can live with that! Something that tastes similar to instant coffee is better than no coffee at all. Amirite or amirite?
The foamy foam that forms on top is my favorite part! You just scoop a well rounded teaspoon into a mug (or a well rounded tablespoon if you are me) add hot water and sweetener if you want and you're good to go. It smells good, it tastes good, and it's a little thicker than the Roastaroma tea. Just know that it's not going to taste like a regular cup of freshly brewed coffee made with freshly roasted and ground beans.
The ingredients are: Barley, malted barley, chicory, rye.
Overall I like both Roastaroma and Pero, but I can't really compare them because they are very different products. Only Pero tastes somewhat similar to coffee. Roastaroma doesn't taste much like coffee at all to me, but it's very tasty in its own unique way and sometimes I prefer it to Pero. If you're trying to give up coffee, I can definitely recommend that you experiment with these two products! By the way, I bought these myself and nobody has given me anything in return for these reviews. Just sayin'.
What? Those rolls? Funny you should ask! My next post will be about these Wheat-Free Orange-Anise Rolls. I already have the recipe ready to go, but this post already has way too much text! Next time, I promise! :)
My next fauxfee adventures: Teeccino and Cafix. Have you tried them? What should I expect? Will the Cafix taste beety? Will either one taste feety?