Teeccino Review – Caffeine-Free Herbal Coffee – Coffee Substitute

It has taken me a while to do this review, but I wanted to be able to try out a good selection of flavours and not drink them all at once. It is also a stormy, snowy day here, so I’m cozied up in bed. My coffee alternative/substitute has usually be teas, or even green smoothies, since they are great at waking me up in the morning. However, it is December in Canada, and that just makes me want warm beverage after warm beverage. I try to keep my coffee to 1-2 cups per day. I love coffee. I have seen a different different kinds of herbal coffees, and I haven’t been a tremendous fan of any of them.  Teeccino caught my attention due to the selection of herbal coffees they offer, as well as the packaging (it just looked very nice :)) and the fact that they mention their brewed coffee is gluten free, even if some of their ingredients aren’t (barley). That said, they still urge those with Celiac disease to be cautious when drinking Teeccino, in case they have a reaction. They do make a Dandelion coffee that is made without barley, so that kind would be the safest bet for those who are concerned. Anyway, onto my review. **As always, this is just my opinion and I will try to be as thorough as possible. I will only ever give my honest opinion, which will usually provide both the pros and cons of a product. TASTE: Well, there are different varieties, which are different flavours, but I will say that overall, I am very happy with the taste of Teeccino. If it “full-bodied” and doesn’t taste like slightly flavoured water. If that makes sense, haha. PRICE: The price seems pretty standard for a “specialty” coffee item. They offer sample packs on their website, so you can try them out before buying a full-size package. I think this is a very good strategy, since the offer of samples has gotten me to buy full sizes of many different products over the years. Seems like the price range is $8-$9. VARIETY: Tons of variety! Some of them including: French Roast, Chocolate, Chai, Vanilla Nut, Hazelnut, Mocha, Almond Amaretto, Chocolate Mint, Caramel Nut, Pumpkin Spice… WHERE TO BUY: So far I have seen Teeccino on iHerb.com, Amazon.com and Well.ca. I live in Canada, so I’m not sure which stores they are carried in. There is a store locator on their site. PROS: 

  • They have all natural ingredients (many of which are organic)
  • Strong, bold flavour
  • They don’t taste “earthy”/grassy
  • You can add almond milk / sweetener etc like you would normal coffee
  • You can get “tea bag” Teeccino coffee for added convenience. Just add some hot water into a mug, steep the coffee for a few minutes and it is ready.
  • Great for people trying to cut down or cut coffee/caffeine out of their diet
  • Good for pregnant women who don’t want to drink coffee during their pregnancy
  • You can drink multiple cups without the affects the ingesting too much caffeine
  • You can blend Teeccino with my coffee if you need to gradually decrease your caffeine intake without going cold turkey
  • Brewed Teeccino will last for up to a week in the fridge without any flavour loss.

Cons:

  • Not so much a con, but it might take some people a while to adjust to the flavour of Teeccino. It is not 100% like coffee. The Dandelion Dark Roast is the most like coffee out of the ones I’ve tried. I have had about 10 cups of Teeccino, and I am enjoying the flavour more now than with my first couple of cups. So, unless you detest the flavour, just allow a bit of time to adjust. Maybe try mixing half Teeccino and half regular coffee into a cup and gradually increase the amount of Teeccino until it is 100%. :)
  • The price may be high for a lot of people. Even though it isn’t higher than I expected, I know some coffee brands are in the $4-$6 range, so $9 might be more than some people wish to spend.

   Dandelion Dark RoastGluten Free I thought I wouldn’t like this one, purely because it said “Dandelion”. I left it for last, but I think it’s actually my favourite one so far! I like coffee black at times, and this tastes the most like coffee, I think. This is one of the ones I want to buy a full package of, as I just had a single sample of it. Dandelion Caramel Nut75% Organic – Medium Roast, Gluten Free Ingredients: Organic Carob, Organic Chicory, Organic Dandelion, Dates, Almonds, Natural Caramel nut flavour, organic figs Again, I am pleasantly suprised. I’m not sure why I didn’t think I’d like something with dandelion on it. Perhaps I had a green smoothie or juice mishap that involved too many dandelion greens… French RoastOrganic – Dark Roast Ingredients: Organic carob, organic barley, organic chicory, organic ramon seeds, natural coffee flavor ChocolateOrganic – “Velvety chocolate with a hint of heat” – Dark Roast Ingredients: Organic carob, organic barley, organic chicory, organic ramon seeds, natural chocolate flavor, organic cocoa, organic chile flakes I think the next time I make this, I will play around with adding some natural sweetener, and some vegan marshmallows, even I ever get my hands on some again. Hazelnut75% Organic – Medium Roast Ingredients: Organic carob, organic barley, organic chicory, dates, almonds, organic figs, natural hazelnut flavor Vanilla Nut – 75% Organic – Medium Roast Ingredients: Organic carob, organic barley, chicory, organic dates, almonds, organic vanilla extract, organic fits, natural nut flavor. This was the first Teeccino coffee I tried, and I had it twice and wasn’t a huge fan. However, I am not even a fan of actual Vanilla Nut Coffee, so that is mostly likely why I didn’t love this. Almond Amaretto – 75% Organic – Medium Roast Ingredients: Organic carob, organic barley, organic chicory, dates, almonds, natural amaretto flavor, organic dates, figs. This was the last one I tried, and I have to say that I am not a fan at all. It is too sweet in an odd-tasting way (in my opinion). It has “Hints of summer fruit deepened by roasted almonds, dates and figs.” You may certainly like it, but it wasn’t for me. :) TeeChia – Cranberry Apple – Gluten Free – No Sugar Added Ingredients: GF Rolled oats, organic quinoa seeds, dates, roasted almonds, organic ground chia, organic ground flax seeds, organic amaranth, organic dried apples, organic pumpkin seeds, organic dried cranberries, organic roasted ramon seeds, natural apple flavor, natural cranberry flavor I had no idea Teeccino also make cereals. This is very nice because all the ingredients are natural. I’m a fan… my kinda breakfast: In conclusion, I am definitely going to order some more varieties. I am looking forward to trying their Mocha coffee, and Chocolate Mint. I think this is a fantastic caffeine-free coffee substitute and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to cut down or reduce their coffee in take. Even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, there may be some flavours that you will enjoy. I’m not super keen to try out ice coffees right now, since it is snowing outside, but that is something I look forward to doing in the warmer months. I hope this little review was useful! I am drinking and actual coffee this morning, but all my second day cups have been Teeccino coffees. :) Teeccino Facebook Teeccino Website Teeccino Twitter Have a lovely Holiday everyone! –Clare

 

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