Review of Teeccino Mediterranean Herbal Coffee Light Roast: A Healthier Coffee Alternative
I'm not one to drink coffee in the morning for the jolt of extra energy that some feel from their favorite morning caffeinated beverage. I drink it for the smooth and creamy taste that is the result of adding my favorite flavored creamer to my hot cup of joe.
As a breast cancer survivor, I try to stay away from caffeine as much as possible. This led me on a hunt for a healthier solution to my morning taste-bud fix. This is when I discovered . We bought it not knowing exactly what to expect since it is not made from coffee beans, but both my husband and I were more than pleasantly surprised! Teeccino Mediterranean Herbal Coffee - Original Light Roast
All Natural Ingredients Without Coffee Beans
While Teeccino offers a variety of coffee substitutes, this Mediterranean Light Roast is 75% Organic and is made from all-natural ingredients, including:
- Organic carob
- Organic barley
- Organic chicory
- Orange peel
- Organic dates
- Natural citrus flavor, and
- Organic figs
Look again, no coffee beans are listed!
The grounds are not a fine ground, but considered an all-purpose ground and all the wonderful ingredients can be seen in each scoopful.
I'd be remiss to not mention that many of Teeccino's ingredients support Fair Trade!
Naturally Caffeine Free Coffee Substitute
Teeccino is a naturally caffeine-free and non-acidic beverage! Since drinking this, my coffee "heartburn" has disappeared! And, I don't have to worry about the caffeine keeping me awake at night if I choose to brew a cup in the evenings.
What is Carob?
Carob comes from a plant commonly known as a Carob Tree. The tree produces pods which are then roasted and ground into a powder. This powder is then used as a caffeine-free chocolate substitute in many recipes.
Delicious Taste from a "Non-Coffee" Coffee
So, I know you're asking, "Well, how does it taste?" It is DELICIOUS! It has a very light citrus taste paired with a light sweetness brought out by the dates and figs. Did I mention the carob? The smell is delightful when brewing and it adds a slight chocolatey flavor to the brew.
The light roast is very smooth and not having the acidity to go along with it makes it all the better. I honestly can't tell I'm not drinking coffee, in fact it smells a bit more like tea.
Transitioning from Coffee to Teeccino Coffee Alternative
I admit that despite the delicious taste, I didn't go cold turkey from the coffee.
I started out brewing my morning cup by using half of this Teeccino Mediterranean and half of my regular coffee. Over the course of a week or two, I would gradually add less coffee and increase the Teeccino. Now, I brew the Teeccino only. I do, however, still add flavored creamer to it but not nearly as much as I did when I drank just the coffee (I actually don't like the taste of coffee so I have to disguise it!)
Brewing Options and Delicious Treats
The side of the package includes suggested amounts for brewing in a drip coffee maker, a filter cone, french press, espresso machine, and even iced!
For a special "adult" treat, add a little Kaluha, peppermint liquor, chocolate liquor, or even Bailey's. it can also be used as a special treat for the kids since there is no caffeine or added sugar - simply add in a bit of milk for a creamy winter alternative to hot chocolate.
Of course, this delicious coffee substitute may not be for everyone because it does contain some allergens - almonds for those with nut allergies and barley for those who are gluten sensitive.
Price Is Comparable to Name Brand Coffees
The cost of Teeccino is about the same as what you'd find name brand bags of higher-end coffees. The 11oz bag of Teeccino retails for about the same as a bag of Starbucks Coffees, around $9.99.
It can be purchased online as well as at grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and other similar grocers.
I hope you'll give Teeccino's Mediterranean Light Roast Herbal Coffee a try for yourself! Drop me a line and let me know what you think!