I had a meeting on Saturday morning with a client of mine (Just Breathe Wellness) and he asked if I wanted some coffee. I said yes and he pulls out his french press and Teeccino. A sort of herbal coffee.

Has anyone tried this stuff? It’s not bad! In fact, I can imagine enjoying this if I wanted to cut back on caffeine for some reason (I don’t at the moment).

Here’s the description of the product from the Teeccino web site.

Teeccino is the best selling coffee substitute in America. Though we prefer the term “herbal coffee” (No one calls herbal tea a “tea substitute”, now do they?), we anticipate the day when herbal coffee brings as many people health and enjoyment as herbal tea does today.

Herbal coffee is brewed from herbs that have been roasted and ground to brew and taste like coffee. Most people are aware that there is no “milk” in soy milk, and there is no “burger” in a veggie burger. However, many people don’t remember that there is no “tea” in herbal tea. Tea always used to refer to Camelia sinensis, the plant that has been grown for centuries to produce black tea. But now we have green tea, red tea, white tea, and herbal tea. The term “tea” has become a generic term for leaves, bark, flowers, roots and spices that are brewed in hot water like true tea. We hope that one day people will also understand “herbal coffee” as easily as they now understand soy milk!

What’s amazing is that you can brew it just like normal coffee or even run it through an espresso machine. Instructions are on the Teeccino web site.

You can buy it at Trader Joe’s, Wild Oats, Whole Foods, or online at Amazon.

Why anybody would want to quit coffee is beyond me, but it is an interesting product and I bet it grows in popularity.

Arizona Coffee

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  1. If you really like coffee and want to cut back on caffeine, why not try decaf?

  2. Hmm.. “black tea” is processed green tea, and white tea is an undeveloped green tea.

    Anyway, that’s interesting. How well does it mimic the flavor and mouthfeel of freshly roasted coffee? Does it really taste like coffee, or does it just have a couple of shared flavor components?
    I just don’t quite understand how one would go about copying the flavor of the most chemically complex beverage on the planet. :shrug:

  3. Angela

    pH Levels

    Your body operates ideally within a narrow pH range of 7.36 – 7.44. It is naturally more alkaline than acidic; eventhough, some of the systems (like the digestive system) are acid. If the pH levels get too acid, a condition called acidosis can occur. Acidosis occurs when your blood pH level falls below 7.30. How does this impact you? In many way! One of those is fatigue. It has been stated that to be healthy the body cannot be acid. It must maintain the proper pH levels.

    The approximate pH level for a good cup of coffee is between 4.9 and 5.2.

    Chlorogenic acids (quinic, caffeic, and pyridine-3-carboxylic acids) can greatly affect the pH of coffee. During the roasting process, changes occur in these acids. The percent of chlorogenic acids in an Arabica bean changes from 3.77 (green bean), to 2.74 (light roast), to 2.16 (medium roast), to 0.93 (dark roast). Phosphoric acids on the other hand, is considered by some researchers to be the major source of acidity in coffee. It is influenced by the method and severity of roasting, the method of extraction or brewing, and the brew water used. A pH of 4.9 to 5.2 is the preferred range for a “good cup of coffee.”


    Many people decide to become caffeine-free after visiting a health care professional who advises them to quit coffee to improve their health. Health conditions that are aggravated by caffeine include:
    Heart disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high inflammatory indicators like homocysteine
    Acid reflux and GERD
    Women’s health problems such as PMS, menopausal symptoms, infertility, fibrocystic breasts, and osteoporosis
    Diabetes< and Insulin Resistance Syndrome
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease and Colitis
    Interstitial Cystitis
    Sleeplessness and fatigue
    Mood disorders and depression
    Migraine headaches

    Caffeine is often the primary focus when the negative health effects of coffee are discussed. But there are a number of significant chemical compounds present in coffee, other than caffeine, which also have strong effects on the body. Some of the more common active constituents include chlorogenic acid, caffeol and diterpenes. Many health conditions that are aggravated by coffee are still affected by decaffeinated coffee, despite the lowered level of caffeine, due to these other phytochemicals that remain in decaf coffee after the decaffeination process. Current studies suggest that, for people who are sensitive to coffee’s effects, decaffeinated brews may still exacerbate their health problems. Therefore, the healthiest option may be to eliminate both regular and decaffeinated coffee from the diet.

    As for me, I love coffee but due to family history of cancer, I am willing to replace regular coffee for a more healthier herbal coffee. 🙂