It was Starbucks on the way to work today, as well as yesterday. And of course the day before and the day before that. As time passes, its hard on the purse strings and equally hard on the body. Move over, Starbucks, and make room for Dandelion Root Coffee.
It used to be just a cup of coffee. But now its a daily occurrence to drive through Starbucks on the way to work and add several shots to the regular cup of coffee. The caffeine starts to add up. And on and on it goes. Americans are consuming more caffeine than ever before. Not only does it cause sleeplessness, but it causes a rise in heart rate and blood pressure. Most people in this country already have problems with a high blood pressure. Because caffeine is addictive, trying to cut down or go cold turkey cause withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches. To get rid of the caffeine withdrawal headache, we feed it caffeine! So let’s give the brain coffee – Dandelion Root Coffee!
I have been wanting to make this type of coffee ever since I realized how beneficial dandelions are, when I wrote this post. While oddly enough I am not really a fan of coffee, I realize that most people are. I am more like one of those that has coffee with my sugar. My parents are not coffee drinkers, and neither is my husband. So if I get two cups a week, I am doing well.
I learned that it is better to dig the roots in springtime for this coffee, so I waited for spring. And I tried to dig the roots. Have you ever attempted to dig dandelion roots? I just decided to buy them. You can get them here.
Dandelion Root Coffee
I spread the root out on a cookie sheet and roasted it for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. I then placed about 3 tablespoons per cup of water in my cup. I steeped it for 30 minutes. After straining, I reheated it. I added milk and sugar. Sipping it, I was pleasantly surprised. It has a bit of a nutty flavor.
Are you more of a tea person? Read my post on Dandelion Flower Tea here.
If you are wanting to cut down or eliminate caffeine, give this coffee a try. Move over, Starbucks! Health has taken your place!
Have you ever tried Dandelion Root Coffee? Let me know in the comments.
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