Gluten Free Leroux Chicory Coffee Substitute
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. If you can’t find it locally, here is one link for finding it at amazon. Amazon also carries it in small, little tubes for traveling. You can be sure that I put it right into my shopping cart!!!
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