HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

ISO herbal coffee

c.cow Mar 5, 2010 08:52 AM

Off caffeine again, and grumpy as anything about it!

Has anyone tried "herbal coffee" (i.e. Teeccino) and lived to tell the tale? Any idea where to find it in Toronto?

Thanks in advance!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. p
    peppermint pate RE: c.cow Mar 5, 2010 08:59 AM

    At one time, I had occasion to try Teecino and Caf-Lib. I'm blanking now as to which one I preferred - think of them like a half-decent instant coffee in terms of flavour. I'd rather have decaf espresso drinks or brewed but if you're not going the decaf route, these are decent alternatives (you'll live to tell the tale but it won't be a very exciting tale). It's going back a few years but I bought them at Whole Foods at the time and would imagine they and other health/whole food shops would carry them. Good luck - for me, I've always ultimately concluded that the misery that washes over me when I give up my morning cuppa must surely outweigh any adverse effects of the caffeine.

    1. h
      hoagy294 RE: c.cow Mar 5, 2010 12:36 PM

      You can get Caf-lib at the Bulk Barn. Like Peppermint Pate I have no recollection of the taste. I don't think it was bad, it just doesn't taste much like coffee.

      1. c
        c.cow RE: c.cow Mar 5, 2010 02:55 PM

        Thanks for the pointers! Found a selection at Noah's while en route to Whole Foods, and got the Teeccino "dark roast" flavour... I'm not expecting much, but it's just a temporary solution.

        The problem with decaf is that those beans can often be more acidic than normal coffee, do it's not a viable option for a healing stomach (too much good Chow?)! I'm dying to get back to coffee, but it'll take a little while.

        If the herbal stuff has improved, I'll report back!

        3 Replies
        1. re: c.cow
          c.cow RE: c.cow Mar 6, 2010 05:05 AM

          EUGHH!! If anything, it's gotten worse!! Undrinkable, avoid at all costs!

          1. re: c.cow
            peppermint pate RE: c.cow Mar 6, 2010 11:40 AM

            Hee hee - sorry to hear it. Here's hoping for a speedy tummy recovery!

            1. re: peppermint pate
              c.cow RE: peppermint pate Mar 8, 2010 03:15 PM

              Thanks! Hope to be back to Ezra's for the REAL stuff soon :)

        2. c
          cpughatgwu RE: c.cow Mar 8, 2010 11:37 AM

          Did you consider teas? Or herbal tisanes like mates?

          1 Reply
          1. re: cpughatgwu
            c.cow RE: cpughatgwu Mar 8, 2010 03:14 PM

            I'm not familiar with the tisanes you're talking about - with my "stomach issues," caffeine is off limits, even with teas. Decaf is equally problematic because of acidity. A lot of herbal teas have mint listed in the ingredients, even if that's not the flavour being promoted (or so my experience has been). Mint is also off-limits!

            The appeal of the "herbal coffee" was that it promised an energy boost from vitamin content.

            Thanks to everyone for the tips

          2. t
            torontofoodiegirl RE: c.cow Mar 8, 2010 12:16 PM

            Not long ago, I tried something called Dandy Blend when I was at a friend's house. I haven't had it since, but I recall it tasting surprisingly good for a coffee substitute, IMHO. Not sure exactly where you can get it, but I'm pretty sure my friend said that it came from a health food store. The website:


            1. p
              pâté chinois RE: c.cow Mar 8, 2010 12:20 PM

              I've had periods where I couldn't drink coffee and was quite happy with caffeine-free or very-low caffeine tea (white tea, etc.) for breakfast. I found it soothing yet energizing. I'm not big on coffee replacements, so instead of having an approximation of the real thing, I opted for something else. David's Tea (bloor west and queen west) has a lot off very good choices.

              1 Reply
              1. re: pâté chinois
                cpughatgwu RE: pâté chinois Mar 8, 2010 01:09 PM

                David's tea is great. There is also a great little tea store at Rosedale. Golden Mint at College and Yonge. All things Tea on Bloor near Bathurst is probably my favourite. I would give internet sources as well, but I rather support local.

              Show Hidden Posts