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The Best Coffee Substitute: Chicory Root

Updated on May 28, 2013

Did you know you can drink coffee that looks and tastes like coffee but it has no coffee in it?

If you don't like coffee like me or cannot drink it for health reasons but find it difficult not to I have a solution for you: chicory root coffee! It is the best substitute there is on Earth: it looks like, tastes like and can be prepared the same way as you would make coffee. You might ask: What is the difference? The main and most important one is that this substitute does not contain any caffeine! What is more chicory root is beneficial to your health as compared to coffee being a health hazard.

You see I never liked coffee but sometimes my blood presure was so low that my mum wanted to make me drink some - yes I know just the opposite of the usual scenario. No matter how sweet she made it or how much cream she added I could not drink it. I couldn't even eat chocolate which contained coffee in it even though I loved chocolate as all children do!

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Chicory coffee is made out of the root of the chicory plant, also known as endive. This plant is found everywhere in meadows mainly and its roots grow large. This plan has got blue flowers - see image on the right and it is used as herbal tea - it is fantastic if you have problems with your liver and/or digestion. When the roots are harvested, they are dried and then ground giving us the powder called chicory coffee.

Chicory coffee is rich in vitamins and minerals, it has got 2% of the potassium and niacin (contributing to your heart functioning well and the health of your skin and nerves); and 1% of the calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and copper you need each day in one cup of chicory coffee .

Chicory coffee also eases constipation as it increases the flow of bile which supports digestion. Its inulin, a soluble fiber that feeds digestive flora in the intestines also can enhance digestion. Since it contains no glucose it can help in having optimal blood sugar levels while also increasing stool bulk which helps to eliminate toxins from the body.

It also has a high level of antioxidants that again promote the well-being of your body. These antioxidants play a key role in preventing illnesses and fighting free radicals.

Teeccino Organic Herbal Coffee, Maya Chocolate

Frontier Natural Products Organic Chicory Root Roasted

Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Beverage

Organic Caffeine-free Coffee Substitute By Ayurvedic Roast

Community Coffee Private Reserve Ground, 100% Chicory,

Leroux Regular Instant Chicory 3.5oz/100g 2 Pack

chicory coffee shampoo
chicory coffee shampoo

I discovered not long ago that coffee can be used as a natural hair dye. As you know from the introduction I can't stand coffee in any form so I thought of something big and made my own home-made shampoo with - guess what?- chicory coffee!

Here you will find the ingredients and the procedure as well. It's very easy to make and is suitable to all kinds of skulps. The rosemary essential oil is well known to be suitable to dry, or greesy hair at the same time and it also fights dandruff.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 20 washes


  • plain organic shampoo - no coloring needed
  • chicory coffee powder
  • coffee brewer
  • rosemary essential oil


  1. Make 1 cup coffee in the coffee brewer and let it cool - I prefer boiling coffee in the old fashioned way as you will see in the images below because I can make it to be really strong.
  2. Leave it for at least 30 minutes so that the colouring effect gets strong and lasting
  3. Pour it through a sieve to have only the fluid
  4. Take an empty shampoo holder and fill it halfway with chicory coffee
  5. Add the shampoo - leave some space at the top so it won't overflow when you put the lid on!
  6. Add 2-5 drops of rosemary essential oil, seal it and shake the ingredients together
  7. If you can leave it for 14 days before using it so that the ingredients "ripen" - but you can also use it immediately
  8. See your hair shine and get a dark brown tint at the same time
  9. Enjoy it!
3 stars from 2 ratings of Chicory coffee shampoo

The ingredients needed for the chicory coffee shampoo

Here you can buy everything needed for this shampoo

Step by step instruction on how to make chicory coffee shampoo in pictures

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chicory coffeerunning the coffee through a sievepouring it into the containeradding shampooadding 2-5 drops of rosemary oilthe finished product: chicory coffee shampoopure organic shampoo
chicory coffee
chicory coffee
running the coffee through a sieve
running the coffee through a sieve
pouring it into the container
pouring it into the container
adding shampoo
adding shampoo
adding 2-5 drops of rosemary oil
adding 2-5 drops of rosemary oil
the finished product: chicory coffee shampoo
the finished product: chicory coffee shampoo
pure organic shampoo
pure organic shampoo

What is your opinion on chicory coffee? Share it here!

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      5 years ago

      For me it was one of the best discoveries when I was pregnant, my favorite is Caramelita chicory by Secrets Of Tea

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      6 years ago

      Dreadful concoction! YUK!

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      6 years ago

      This shampoo is fantastic - I1m going to make it!

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      Rick King 

      6 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I have heard a little about this, but your lens has provided good detailed info. Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      I have to try this chicory coffee shampoo!

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      6 years ago

      That coffee at the beginning is very tempting!

      I didn't know it can be used as a hair dye...

    • hovirag profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @cue-shuffle: I like chicory coffee but can't stand coffee - but most people find it almost the same :)

    • NibsyNell profile image


      6 years ago

      Never even heard of this before but will give it a try.

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      6 years ago

      Wow, this is new to me. Wonder if it taste as good? I'll have to try it.

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      Maribel Forayo 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      I haven't tried this yet. I'll gonna give it a try.

    • hovirag profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Deborah Swain: thank you:)

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      Deborah Swain 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Excellent lens! I'm a big fan of Yannoh as a coffee substitute.

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      chi kung 

      6 years ago

      I tried it, but I prefer fruit coffee made of 100% fruit :)

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      6 years ago

      I have never tried it by itself, but have had it mixed with coffee.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice well done coffee article.

      I have heard of chicory root coffee, never knew it had no caffeine, must look for it when next shopping.

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      6 years ago from CNY

      Never heard of this....thanx for sharing.

    • hovirag profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @CuAllaidh: I love drinking herbal teas :)

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      Jeff Johnston 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      I've never tried chicory coffee. Generally I am more of a tea fan, although I used to be a big coffee fan before I quit drinking it for health reasons. May have to try chicory coffee :D.

    • hovirag profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: thank you

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      I've heard of chicory, but never really knew what it was. Nice subject for the Coffee Lens.

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      6 years ago

      I didn't know you can use chicory as a hair dye - great you shared the step by step instructions!

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      6 years ago

      I've read about this in western books, but I've never tried it. Thanks!

    • hovirag profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @AmandaTWaH: glad you found it useful - you can also make it with real coffee powder if you want dark brown or black hair :)

    • hovirag profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Erin Mellor: people are hooked on caffeine - it's an addictive substance, but it is caffeine that endangers your health...

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      6 years ago

      I know about this, but never actually tried it. Maybe in the near future.

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      Erin Mellor 

      6 years ago from Europe

      I'm afraid it's not for me. When I had to cut down on caffeine I tried it, but I've opted just to drink less coffee instead, I think it's the caffeine I was hooked on not the coffee taste.

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      6 years ago

      Bookmarking specifically for the instructions on that shampoo!


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