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Postum Substitute

carl555 Jan 31, 2008 02:22 PM

Kraft evidently stopped making Postum ( http://www.chow.com/grinder/4524 ) last fall and we just opened our last jar. (I had quite a few jars stocked up and may yet find one or two more. I see they are selling on the internet for $25) I've been drinking it regularly for at least 30 years. Yes I like coffee too, but to me Postum was not a coffee substitute, it had its own unique flavor. We've tried Pero and it is OK but not my favorite. Other suggestions would be very welcome.

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  1. Eric in NJ RE: carl555 Jan 31, 2008 02:41 PM

    No ideas for a sub...but I have to admit I don't think I saw Postum in the last 30 years. I remember my mom drinking it once in awhile. Just hearing the name though I was able to recall the taste.

    1. im_nomad RE: carl555 Jan 31, 2008 03:12 PM

      i take it you are not looking for an Ovaltine type thing?

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        carl555 RE: im_nomad Jan 31, 2008 05:01 PM

        Thanks. I haven't had Ovaltine in many many years. Isn't it a sort of sweet chocolate or malt mix for milk? Postum is (or was) a grain product (wheat bran, wheat, molasses, and maltodextrin (from corn)). Although it has molasses it isn't very sweet.

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          im_nomad RE: carl555 Feb 1, 2008 11:42 AM

          there are a few variations on this...but i thought it was an enriched chocolate type drink. It's supposed to be high in iron or something i think....i haven't had it in years either !

      2. typetive RE: carl555 Jan 31, 2008 08:39 PM

        I always found postum a bit sweet.

        Right now I'm drinking Barley Tea from Japan called mugicha. Koreans also have a version that I think uses whole barley, not hulled barley called boricha. It has the dark roasted flavors that Postum has, but might need a hit of molasses or honey to emulate the taste and mouthfeel of postum.

        I got it from JBox.com, they don't seem to have it in stock right now, but I've seen it on Amazon and you can probably find it at a Japanese or Korean grocer.

        I've also had it at a cafe where they make it into a latte, so it stands up well to milk.

        1. boogiebaby RE: carl555 Feb 1, 2008 12:56 PM

          There is a drink called Horlicks, from Asia. I buy it at my local asian market or I bring it back from Singapore. My kids love it. There is also a product called Nestum, from Nestle that may be closer to what you're looking for.

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            carl555 RE: boogiebaby Feb 3, 2008 10:43 AM

            Thanks for the suggestions. I remember Horlick's malt from the 1960's but had never heard of Nestum. I'll try to find some in Asian markets.

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              Kinnexa RE: carl555 Feb 3, 2008 06:01 PM

              You might try Cafix--look for it in the 'natural' section at the supermarket or anyplace that sells 'health food'. Or Roastaroma by Celestial Seasonings, in bags.

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            carl555 RE: carl555 Mar 25, 2008 07:16 PM

            I found another jar of Postum, so the situation is not yet at crisis level. Also picked up some Roma at a Whole Foods. Swiss product, distributed by Kellogg containing malt barley, barley, and chicory. I had a few cups and may be able to get accustomed to it.

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              WCchopper RE: carl555 Mar 25, 2008 09:08 PM

              I thought I saw some in a grocery store recently- it's been discontinued?

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              duckduck RE: carl555 Apr 17, 2008 06:42 PM

              Trying to find a replacement for my mother. She said Roma will kind of do even though it's not the same but Pero is stronger (too strong for her taste) and neither are as sweet. I'll have to check into the barley tea. That sounds like a better option.

              1. SecretAsianMan RE: carl555 Sep 4, 2008 10:53 PM

                Postum Fans,

                I have solved our Post-Postum problem! (Actually, my Japanese girlfriend has solved it and I'm merely reporting it to you.)

                We found a Polish product called INKA Instant Grain Beverage that is about as close to the taste of beloved Postum as one can imagine.

                It is truly delightful.

                A little research yielded the fact that it is imported into the US by a firm in Brooklyn, called Adamba Imports.

                Details below:

                New York Office
                585 Meserole St.
                Brooklyn, NY 11237
                fax: 718.628.0920


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                  pigtails RE: carl555 Jan 21, 2009 06:58 AM

                  Inka is very similar. i also like the celestial seasonings tea called roastaroma, although it is not so similar to postum.

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                    maryv RE: pigtails Jan 21, 2009 03:30 PM

                    Yes, I like Inka too. I haven't tried Postum but I definitely prefer Inka to Cafix, Pero, Roma. (Pero will do if I can't find Inka.) I make it 2-3 times as strong as the package recommends.

                    Lately I've been making my Inka with hot milk and foaming it with my new AeroLatte. It does a great job of mixing the powder, which can otherwise tend to lump up.

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                    interlac RE: carl555 Feb 19, 2009 05:00 AM

                    Pero (available at Amazon) in canisters is good if you enhance it:
                    -heaping teaspoonful of Pero
                    -large PINCH of sugar
                    -dash of nutmeg
                    -hot water
                    -half&half cream

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                      rjc12345 RE: carl555 Oct 22, 2009 01:52 PM

                      My nutritionist turned me on to a product years ago called Dandy Blend and I've been drinking it ever since. Friends that I have shared it with say that it reminds them of Postum, but with the benefit of dandelion.
                      You can buy it at www.dandyblend.com, but I get mine at www.organichealthforlife.com since the shipping is a lot less.

                      Oh, I just saw Postum on ebay for $255.

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                        snark42 RE: carl555 Jul 22, 2011 07:06 AM

                        I found a product called "BarleyCUP" while I was travelling in the UK. It is made in Polland. It tastes very much like Postum and smells nearly the same too. It's not as strong as Postum so I'm using 1.5-2 times as much for a similar taste.

                        1. Melanie Wong RE: carl555 Feb 20, 2014 03:17 PM

                          Postum is back!

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