Coffee. Love it. But, taking a break is not a big deal. However, flash back 10 years or so, and that was not the case. A Seattle native, I had developed a healthy habit with the roasted beans. It is not a coincidence Starbucks started in Seattle. Soundgarden fan or not, listen to ‘Black Hole Sun.’ You will then understand the need for comfort and relief from the pervasively dark, gray and damp days of the 47th latitude.
I finally quite coffee during a 21-day cleanse, my third attempt, actually. In my first two cleanses, I was meticulous in my dietary adherence, except the coffee. That was nonnegotiable. During the third cleanse, I realized how dependant I had become on the caffeine and then swore off it for several years.
I now enjoy the occasional cup and its associated health benefits. I have no desire for a permanent breakup. But, coffee’s rich aroma and full body can be as much or more of the main attraction compared to caffeine. Sometimes, a cup of tea, even green tea with all its health benefits, seems like a watered-down consolation prize.
Enter Teeccino. Teeccino is an organic, fair-trade brand herbal coffee alternative. It is a blend of herbs, grains, carob and ramon seeds, a nutrient-rich food of the Maya civilization, that are roasted & ground to brew and taste like coffee. Beyond being a fair-trade product, the product packaging boasts the following products health benefits:
- Naturally caffeine-free
- Non-acidic -helps restore alkaline balance
- Natural energy boost -from nutrients, not stimulants
- Heart-healthy potassium and soluble fiber
- Inulin – naturally from chicory root, supports beneficial microflora that improve digestion, elimination, and intestinal health
The big question; how does it taste? It is a very satisfying coffee substitute, especially when brewed stronger than recommended on the package. I purchased it for a cleanse, but will definitely keep it on hand going forward. This is a great option for those trying to reduce caffeine intake, replacing one-quarter of coffee for brewing, increasing gradually until one is caffeine free. Thumbs-up overall.
Teecchino is available in most health food stores and many grocery stores. packaging options include boxes of individual sachets as well as 11 ounce bags. Of note, this product contains barley, so it is not a gluten-free beverage.