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Last Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 

About Coffee Alternative / Substitute

Cup of coffee with milk, foamy appearance, in saucer, on dark wooden table with space between slatsSome coffee substitutes produce brews that are visually indistinguishable from a cup of coffee, but the flavor is never quite the same. Photo by Zorro4, Pixabay, Public Domain.
Some herbal teas are designed to imitate the flavor and aroma of coffee. Common ingredients in such teas are roasted roots of plants, especially chickory, roasted fruits of plants other than coffee, carob, or even roasted grains. The roasting creates an aroma similar to coffee.

Whether such beverages constitute teas or "coffees" is often a highly subjective judgment call. RateTea lists "coffee alternatives" as teas when they are marketed as teas by tea companies, or when they are sold in a form that can be easily brewed in a similar manner as teas.

People searching for alternatives or substitutes for coffee may also want to visit our article on switching from coffee to tea. Although there are fewer caffeine-free coffee-like beverages widely available commercially, tea is considerably lower in caffeine than coffee and offers a number of compelling benefits when compared to coffee.

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38 / 100
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I'm not a fan. It smells nice dry, kind of like a cinnamon roll. Brewed, the grain aroma from the barley takes over. I can see what they're going for and the chicory, carob and spices combine to give the passable impression of a mocha coffee, but there's too much dark bread crust for my taste.

I don't think this rea...

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97 / 100
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I thought this was amazing! Everyone who knows me knows that I'm primarily a tea drinker, but I do like coffee now and then, especially in winter, when I drink it with milk or cream. I mainly don't drink it because I'm sensitive to its high caffeine content, and also because it is rough on my stomach. This one solve...

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47 / 100
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Blech!!!!! Just drink some coffee already. This one smelled OK in the bag but was not quite barley, not quite chicory, brown/herbal smelling and not at all like coffee. Sorry. FAIL.

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53 / 100
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I can't quite decide how I feel about this tea. It sort of hovers on the line between really good and completely off. I like that it brews really dark. Usually with Celestial Seasonings teas, I have to leave the teabag in for like 10 minutes, but this one took just a couple of minutes. It has this nice roasted flavor, ...

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Roastaroma® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Coffee Alternative / Substitute
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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Hazelnut Herbal Coffee

Brand:Teeccino
Style:Coffee Alternative / Substitute
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

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Roastaroma® Herbal Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Coffee Alternative / Substitute
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
12
5 Ratings

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