Going gluten free was easy compared to giving up coffee. I used to love coffee. I loved the taste and I loved the smell. Still do. So you might be wondering, why did I give it up?
Years ago, I used to order coffee beans from a specialty shop in Long Island. I would freeze the beans and only grind what I needed each day. At some point in my early 40s, I noticed that I would get a headache and my heart would race when I drank coffee. It was at that point that I decided to convert to drinking decaffeinated coffee. I still ordered my wonderful coffee beans, though decaffeinated, from the same store in Long Island. This went on for years, until I realized that I was getting the same headaches and heart palpitations from the decaffeinated coffee. It was then I learned that even decaffeinated coffee has a small amount of caffeine in it, and apparently I was extremely sensitive to even that small amount of caffeine. So the next obvious step for me was to give up the coffee altogether.
When I gave up decaffeinated coffee, I began to drink herbal tea. I stayed away from decaffeinated tea because again, like coffee, decaffeinated tea still has a little bit of caffeine in it. I experimented with all kinds of different herbal teas and have my favorites for sure. Good Earth makes a Sweet and Spicy tea that I love.
And then. Drum roll!!! Last year, I attended Worcester Veg Fest and discovered this powdered chicory powder made by a company called Leroux, from France. The label says “Chicory is naturally rich in fibers and caffeine free. Our beverages are produced from the roots of a plant. As they undergo few transformations, the beneficial qualities of chicory are maintained.”
I love it and feel like I have finally found a substitute for my once beloved coffee!
The only negative turned out to be a non-issue. Once I blew through the stash I purchased at the Veg Fest, I had a hard time finding it. Most grocery stores and even stores like Whole Foods don’t carry it, at least I have not found that to be the case. My small local health food store carried it for a while. But then it disappeared from the shelves. I asked their grocery store manager about it and within two weeks, they began carrying it again and promised that they would always have it in stock.