Dandelion coffee is an excellent caffeine free coffee substitute that tastes very similar to regular coffee.
Known to be high in anti-oxidants, the benefits of dandelion roots include improved function to the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and digestive system. Note, however, side effects of dandelion root coffee can include minor diarrhea and an upset stomach, so take it easy at first.
You can harvest dandelion roots at any time for making coffee.
If you choose bunches with lots of dandelion greens, you'll be sure to get larger, better quality roots.
Cut the roots off the bunch with a knife. Save the leaves to use in cooked dishes and dandelion salad recipes, or for making dandelion wine.
Start by cutting the roots into chunks and soaking batches of them in water repeatedly until the water runs clear when drained.
Some people prefer to hand wash their dandelion roots individually first, and then cut them into chunks to continue the washing process. Either way will work; there's not wrong answer here.
Place the root pieces into a food processor and grind them up to resemble coarse meal.
Spread these ground root pieces evenly on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 250 degrees F for about 2 hours.
Stirring the roots periodically during the roasting period will help them cook evenly and ensure they don't burn, which would leave a burned taste in the finished product.
It's a good idea to leave the oven door open as you roast the roots to let the moisture escape.
When they've cooled a bit after roasting, grind the dandelion roots in a coffee grinder or food processor to the texture of regular coffee for use in your automatic coffee maker.
Here's a detailed video with a slight variation on how to make this delicious coffee substitute.
Now go ahead and brew the coffee just the same as you would regular coffee. Use a coffee
filter, and measure the same amount as you normally do for your regular cup of coffee.
Remember, it tastes very similar to traditional coffee, even though it's a coffee substitute. Be sure to add cream and sugar if desired. Pull up a comfy chair, and maybe a favorite magazine, and enjoy this tasty organic coffee substitute.