Chicory Roots: Caffeine-free Coffee

The wrath of the corona over the world has made people search for healthier alternatives to all their food-related obsessions. Be it dessert, coffee, or processed food. But what is wrong with caffeine and what can Chicory coffee do?

In this blog, we would talk about Chicory its popular application and benefits as an alternative to coffee. First of all, we need to know what hell is Chicory?

Chicory is a perennial herbaceous and somewhat from dandelion family. It has beautiful blue flowers as shown in the image in the blog. Chicory has a wide range of culinary and medicinal applications. It is widely used in Europe, America and Asia as well.

The Chicory roots are baked, roasted, ground, and used as an additive in different types of cuisines, especially, the Mediterranean cuisine.

But the most popular use of Chicory is as an alternative to coffee and help the consumer reduce their caffeine intake.

Conventional Coffee

Coffee is made of coffee beans that are roasted, ground and brewed into coffee. Typically it contains about 95 mg of caffeine. This can have variations depending upon coffee beans used, serving size and type of coffee roast.

Consuming high amounts of caffeine is not considered good for health and has been associated with side effects like anxiety, heart palpitations, nausea restlessness and insomnia. Hence, many coffee addicts try to give up coffee or reduce its intake to keep their caffeine intake in check.

Here comes Chicory to the rescue.

Chicory Coffee

Chicory root is naturally caffeine-free.

And that’s precisely the reason Chicory is a great alternative to coffee for the people trying to reduce their caffeine intake.

Making of Chicory Coffee

Chicory powder is made from roasted and ground root of chicory. This has a remarkably similar flavour and taste to the regular coffee.

There are broadly two types of coffees.

1.Caffeine Free: Some people mix hot water and chicory roots for a completely caffeine-free coffee and do not mix any regular coffee to it for taste and flavour. This is totally caffeine-free.

2.Low Caffeine: Others mix regular coffee with chicory roots and hot water for taste and flavour. In India, it is mixed with filter coffee as well. The caffeine content of this coffee would depend upon the proportions of chicory roots and regular coffee.

If you want to reduce your caffeine content due to any medical reason or for simply improving your health then you can slowly replace your coffee with Chicory root coffee.


There are a few things that you need to keep in mind while making this switch.

1.While switching to Chicory beverage might have a load of health benefits but it is not for everyone. Some people are allergic to it and experience pain swelling etc.
2.Chicory is also not recommended for pregnant women. As it has found to promote miscarriage.3.People who are allergic to ragweed, marigolds, daisies, and other related plants may experience an allergic reaction to chicory.

But consuming Chicory beverage is usually a healthier option for most healthy people. I recommend you to try it out and see for yourself, how it goes with you.

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