Teeccino Caffeine-Free Herbal Coffee (Review)
If you’re anything like the rest of us, you can’t – or won’t – function unless the coffee brewer is fired up, and until you smell the glorious, rich aroma of dark roasted blends gently flowing into your favorite mug. If you’re like the rest of us, you also know that there are over 100 acids in coffee, which can be highly irritating to the stomach and digestive lining. Coffee increases production of Gastric Acid, which can exascerbate the symptoms of heart burn and acid reflux, or GERD. Decaf coffee is worse (yes, really) because the beans used to produce decaf coffee are usually more acidic than regular coffee beans. Once I realized this, I started converting over to Teeccino Caffeine-Free Herbal Coffee. Teeccino’s gentle ingredients, including potassium, allow your body to reduce acidity and restore alkaline balance. ADDED BONUS: It tastes like coffee…!
Is this tea or coffee?
Teeccino is herbal coffee! There’s no “tea” in herbal tea, there’s no “coffee” in herbal coffee, and there’s no milk in rice milk. This product is a new herbal beverage that brews, looks and tastes like coffee, yet it’s made from naturally caffeine-free herbs. Teeccino’s Mediterranean and Maya flavor lines are based on three nutritious ingredients that are all certified organic: carob pods, barley and chicory root. Other ingredients like dates, figs, almonds, and ramon seeds provide flavor characteristics to create the varying tastes between Teeccino’s Mediterranean flavors, which are slightly sweet and nutty, and the Maya flavors, which are unsweetened for a pure, coffee-like flavor.
So then, what’s in it…?
Carob pods are highly nutritious and contain a variety of antioxidants known as flavonoids, which are highly effective in humans for protecting cells against free radical damage. Pinitol, a unique ingredient in carob, may help reduce insulin resistance and keep blood sugar stable. I found out that the natural energy boost I feel from drinking Teeccino may have something to do with pinitol helping cells take in more energy.
Roasted barley is a popular coffee alternative in Italy. It contains antioxidants known as proanthocyanidins (OPCs) that are water-soluble and readily absorbable from a cup of Teeccino. You’ve probably read about the lower rate of heart disease in France despite their high consumption of saturated fats. Barley contains gluten, but brewed Teeccino is gluten-free.
Roasted chicory root is the popular coffee alternative in France because of its smooth, less acidic flavor. Approximately 30% of French coffee is roasted chicory root. Chicory root contains the highest amount of inulin which is the prebiotic soluble fiber that feeds your beneficial digestive flora, also called probiotics. Brewing chicory root in hot water naturally extracts its inulin. Increasing your daily intake of inulin will Improve your nutrition and support your immune system by keeping your probiotics flourishing!
Dates and figs sweeten Teeccino’s Mediterranean flavors without adding significantly to the calories per serving. Dates and figs contain antioxidants that are water soluble and that are extracted during brewing. Both dates and figs contribute potassium and other nutrients that are water soluble and easily absorbable from a cup of Teeccino’s Mediterranean flavors. I personally love the nutty sweetness – it reminds me of that vanilla creamer taste that is so hard to give up!
Teeccino’s Maya flavors feature roasted ramón seeds, a nutrient-rich food of the Maya civilization, grown from a 130 feet tall ramón tree which is part of the upper forest canopy where monkeys and birds live. Ramon seeds are actually the seed of the ramon fruit. Ramon seeds do not contain tree allergens like almonds, walnuts and pecans. People with almond sensitivity can drink Teeccino’s Mayan flavors safely.
Almonds are a nutritionally dense food and contribute to the potassium in brewed Teeccino. They are high in vitamin E, and along with their content of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and iron, almonds are heart-healthy and nutritious. Teeccino’s almonds are harvested and roasted in California.
Teeccino selects high quality, pure natural flavors made of extracts from natural ingredients like fruits, spices, herbs and yes, coffee. For example: vanilla extract is made from infusing vanilla beans into alcohol and water. Peppermint comes from both the leaf and the essential oil. Chocolate flavors are created from cocoa powder. Teeccino uses coffee flavor without using any coffee of caffeine. The components of coffee flavor can be extracted from a number of natural ingredients that include coffee, chicory and even garlic!
Dandelion root coffee is becoming popular again due to its reputation for stimulating the liver and bile flow and for being a diuretic. It is popular in modern cleansing and detox diets due to its reputation for stimulating the liver and bile, and has a long history of use as a coffee alternative. In Teeccino Dandelion Herbal Coffees, dandelion root replaces barley to create 100% gluten-free herbal coffees. This certified, organic herbal coffee is gentle and delicious. I love the fact that I could have this at night without the caffeine rush keeping me up all night.
- Caffeine-Free, Naturally
- Heart-healthy Potassium and Soluble Fiber
- Natural Energy Boost
What Flavors Can I Try?
Almond Amaretto, Vanilla Nut, Hazelnut, Java, Orange, Mocha, and Chocolate Mint
Tasting Notes: The richness of roasted almonds layers a delicious nuttiness over a robust, full-bodied brew lightly accented with the sweetness of dates and figs. Perfect for those who normally put sugar in their coffee; many find it unnecessary to sweeten the Mediterranean flavors.
Roast Types: Medium and light
French Roast, Chocolaté, and Chai
Tasting Notes: Dark roasted body with a clean, pure flavor that is preferred by those who enjoy the bitter profile of unsweetened coffee. Maya Chai appeals to those who enjoy a vibrant, spicy brew with more robust depth than tea.
Roast Types: Dark and Medium
Gluten-Free Dandelion Flavors:
Dark Roast, Caramel Nut, Turmeric, Coconut, Red Chai, Mocha Mint, Vanilla Nut, Mocha
Tasting Notes: Teeccino’s Dandelion flavors are certified gluten free and they are 100% barley free. Like Teeccino’s Boutique flavors, they are designed along the same lines as either Teeccino’s Mediterranean or Maya flavors. Featuring dandelion root, the renowned detox herb, they may be perceived as slightly more bitter than Teeccino’s barley-containing flavors due to the combined bitterness of chicory and dandelion roots.
Roast Types: Dark and Medium
French Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Nut, Chocolate Raspberry, Southern Pecan,
Tasting Notes: Teeccino’s Boutique flavors, which feature seasonal and premium flavors, are exclusive to the Teeccino website. They may be designed along either the Mediterranean flavor profile or the Maya flavor profile. Look for the ingredients, dates, figs and almonds to distinguish the Boutique flavors with a Mediterranean composition. The presence of ramon nuts identifies those that have the Maya flavor profile.
Roast Types: Dark and Medium
Can I use any coffee maker for Teeccino products?
- I like my coffee very strong, so I will adjust the amount of Teeccino that I use when I brew it up. Just like coffee, experiment by making several cups of Teeccino at different strengths to find the quantity that is perfect for you.
- Drip coffee makers are tops when used with a “gold” or permanent filter. Paper filters tend to brew slowly and aren’t too great for the environment. Permanent gold filters save trees and produce a better flavored brew because paper filters absorbs some flavor. Permanent filters are easy to rinse clean and are available for both cone and flat bottom coffee makers. Plus, you’ll never run out of filters again! (Just be sure to order the right size for your coffee brewer).
Bottom Line: For a price point similar to the best “real” coffees out there, this is a great alternative. Teeccino Caffeine-Free Herbal Coffee provides me with the natural boost I have come to expect and enjoy, without all the unhealthy side effects of insulin crashes and long-term effects associated with caffeine use.