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Mar 5, 2010 08:52 AM

ISO herbal coffee

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!

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  1. 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. 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. 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!

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        1. re: c.cow

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

          1. re: c.cow

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

            1. re: peppermint pate

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

        2. Did you consider teas? Or herbal tisanes like mates?

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          1. re: cpughatgwu

            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. 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: