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How to make chicory coffee from scratch

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Made of roasted chicory root, this chicory coffee recipe makes a caffeine-free coffee substitute with many health benefits. 

Are you a coffee lover but worried about caffeine intake? This chicory coffee recipe may be a solution for you.

Chicory coffee is a tasty beverage with a taste similar to coffee but due to its lack of caffeine people use it when reducing their caffeine intake. 

Chicory coffee with chicory flowers and herbarium

What is chicory coffee?

This chicory coffee recipe is made from dried and roasted chicory roots. 

The roasted chicory is later ground into a powder and brewed into a coffee-like drink. You can drink it alone or mix it with regular black coffee.

Like pink latte, roasted chicory coffee is 100% caffeine-free and gluten-free and makes a great alternative for people who want to reduce caffeine consumption or learn ways how to quit coffee.

Roasted chicory root coffee smells a little bit like coffee with a mildly sweet, nutty, and woody aroma that leaves a creamy feeling in the mouth.

fine powder made of roasted and ground chicory roots

Where to buy chicory root?

You can buy roasted chicory in the shops in a form of granules, that are roasted roots of the plants.

It also sells as a powder made of ground roasted roots for an instant drink. 

Alternatively, blends of roasted chicory and ground chicory root with coffee make instant coffee with chicory.

If you happen to find dandelion root make this fabulous dandelion coffee that will make your day.

However, the best chicory coffee is made from freshly foraged chicory root. It is well-deserved coffee with a typical chicory flavor that requires nice weather, a lot of patience, and time but all worth it. 

Join me in the foraging adventure to find chicory root in nature, roast it, grind it and brew it to your liking. Let’s learn how to make chicory coffee from scratch.

Foraging chicory root

The autumn definitely does not mean the end of the herb season. We can still collect rosehips, hawthorn and the later variety of sea buckthorn ripens. And now is also the perfect time to collect roots. In this time of the year, all the strength which is inside the herb goes into the root so don’t miss horseradish, dandelion, chicory, valerian, comfrey or burdock roots. I doubt I can gather them all but I really wanted to try the chicory and comfrey root this year. 

If you happen to find dandelion root make sure you make this dandelion bitter or this fabulous dandelion coffee that will make your day. 

What is Chicory?

Common chicory, Cichorium intybus, Chicory is a plant of the dandelion family that has a somewhat shrubby appearance and, depending on the location and quality of the soil, can grow up to over a meter. It blooms with the same shade of blue as cornflower or the cloudless summer sky.

chicory

Get familiar with the plant before you decide to forage it.

When foraging for chicory watch out for the location as it grows often along roadsides and can be easily contaminated with oil or dirt from roads. In addition, chicory is often considered as weed thus sprayed with chemicals so make sure you collect it in places free of toxins. 

Flowers and leaves can be turned into teas or extracts, but to make a chicory root coffee we need to get its root and its collection requires appropriate tools such as a shovel, garden scissors, and sharp knife.

equipment to be used to make chicory powder

How to prepare chicory root

Once you manage to remove 5 – 6 chicory roots from the soil which requires a huge dose of patience and nice weather remove the roots from the stem. Use sharp garden scissors

roots of chicory plant
removing chicory roots from the stem of the plant

wash the roots thoroughly, removing all the dirty pieces.

washing the roots under the running water

by using a sharp knife remove any remaining dirty pieces that didn’t wash away with water

cleaning the root with knife

using a very sharp knife to cut the clean roots into small pieces/slices – depending on the sizes of the roots. Make sure they are small so they will roast fast.

cutting chicory roots before roasting

When I make chicory coffee

I am also a coffee lover and it’s really hard for me to resist. But I limit the number of cups to two a day. That’s it. So if in any case, I feel I need more than that then I turn my attention to chicory flavor. 

Also later in the afternoon, I don’t go for another cup of coffee as I don’t feel that would be right for my body. So after 5 pm, I prefer chicory instead. 

When I want to have these delicious lavender biscuits I cannot help myself and make chicory coffee. They just match perfectly.

When I was breastfeeding and I was craving for my coffee – roasted chicory was there for me. It was right in front of me on the shelf.

Only later did I discover its other medicinal benefits and chicory is more and more welcome in my diet.

roots of chicory before being washed

Chicory coffee history

The history of Chicory dates back to ancient Egypt. However, it gained popularity during the period of the Napoleonic Wars and the two world wars when coffee was scarce. The roasted chicory became a coffee substitute. Because of this, the perception of chicory “coffee” as a substitute, something inferior, remains a fundamental mistake. It is a drink that is very delicious and in addition, its regular drinking has many positive effects on the body.

Chicory root coffee benefits

  • caffeine-free chicory coffee is a great alternative for those who wish to reduce their caffeine intake. It is much better to supplement that decaf coffee as it lowers blood sugar and possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
  • it contains prebiotic fibre inulin that improves gut health and is linked to weight loss (1) 
  • this study suggests that inulin improves the metabolism of carbohydrates and therefore helps control blood sugar (2)
  • the antiinflammatory activity has been found in the chicory root and this might be due to the inhibition of various cytokines and its antioxidant effects(3)
fine powder made of roasted chicory root, ready to make chicory coffee

How to make chicory coffee

  1. place small pieces of chicory root on the baking tray with or without baking paper and let it roast under 360 F = 180 C till you smell the rich coffee aroma and their color turns golden brown. It took me around 1 hour. 
small pieces of chicory root ready to be roasted in the oven

2. remove it from the oven and let it cool down. 

roasted chicory roots

3. place the roasted pieces into the grinder and grind the chicory root into a fine powder. You will need a very strong grinder. I don’t have a grinder so I used my blender instead. It took me at least 10 minutes to make it into a fine powder with several stops in between. The blender was heating a bit which gave the powder a wonderful Mocca aroma.

4. brew a coffee either in a coffee machine,  french press or just pour over the coffee with boiled water and allow the grounds to seep for a few minutes to your desired strength. Then strain the coffee through a tea strainer to remove most of the spent grounds and you are done:)

How to drink chicory coffee

use sugar or milk as per your taste. You can also add cinnamon, cocoa, maple syrup or whipped cream to add additional flavors. 

You can mix it with regular black coffee to reduce the consumption of caffeine. The ratio 1:1 is very often used as well as 1 teaspoon of regular coffee and 2 teaspoons of chicory. You can play with the ratio as per your taste

You can also add chicory to your tea blend together with other spices such as cinnamon or vanilla. Play with the flavors and find the one you fancy the most

CHICORY COFFEE WITH CHICORY FLOWER AND WHIPPED CREAM
How much chicory do you need for 1 cup of chicory root coffee?

It depends on how strong you want your coffee. It is recommended to use about 2 teaspoons of ground chicory root per 1 cup of water.

What does chicory root coffee taste like?

Brewed roasted chicory coffee is a little bit like coffee with a mildly sweet, nutty, and woody aroma that leaves a creamy feeling in the mouth. It has a unique taste that can be enhanced with milk and spices such as cinnamon.

how to make coffee with chicory?

Making chicory root and coffee blend helps you reduce caffeine intake. So If you are a heavy coffee drinker that is worried about caffeine overdose adding chicory into your coffee may be a solution for you. Just add 1 teaspoon of ground coffee and Organic Roasted Chicory Root to your cup and brew with water.

is chicory acidic or alkaline?

Roasted chicory root is slightly alkaline, making a regular coffee less acidic and easier on the stomach when added to a coffee. 

is chicory root safe during pregnancy?

Chicory coffee is not recommended for pregnant women, as chicory has been shown to trigger miscarriage and menstrual bleeding (4).

Yield: 5 portions of coffee

How to make chicory coffee

Chicory coffee with chicory flowers and herbarium

Made of roasted chicory root, this chicory coffee recipe makes a caffeine free coffee substitute with many health benefits. 

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Instructions

  1. start with the herb and collect 5 pieces of chicory root
  2. use sharp scissors to remove the roots from their stamps.
  3. wash them thoroughly, removing all the dirty pieces.
  4. clean them completely by using a sharp knife
  5. cut the clean roots into small pieces/slices
  6. place all pieces on the baking tray and let it roast under 360 F = 180 C till you smell the rich coffee aroma and their colour turn golden brown. It took me around 1 hour and 20 min.
  7. remove it from the oven and let it cool down. 
  8. place the roasted pieces into the grinder and grind the chicory root into a fine powder.
  9. brew a coffee either in a coffee machine,  french press or just pour over

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

5

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 9Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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How do you like to drink chicory coffee?

Vladka Merva on October 24th, 2019

11 Comments on “How to make chicory coffee from scratch”

  1. Wow! I’d never heard of this before but it seems really interesting. I have some ragweed allergies but I’ll definitely recommend this to my friends who are looking for a coffee alternative.

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  2. I buy a dandelion chicory root mix and drink it all year long, cold or hot. I LOVE it! However, we have wild chicory growing everywhere and I always mean to harvest it. I’m just too exhausted come fall – ha! Your article has inspired me, though, and I’m promising myself I WILL do it this coming year!

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  3. I keep meaning to try chicory coffee, and this looks and sounds delish! Being an apartment dweller, I’ll have to resign myself to buying pre-prepared chicory, though.

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  4. I switched from coffee to tea years ago, but this looks like a beverage right up my alley! I love that chicory root is so good for you as well. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. I have been drinking coffee with chicory since I was introduced to it in New Orleans in 1980. Everything I read about it talks about the prebiotic inulin in it, but I’ve never seen an explanation as to whether the inulin fiber is present in the coffee after brewing. Anyone know?

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  6. We have tons of chicory on our property so my daughter in law and I tried harvesting some root this year. Those roots are hard to get out of our clay-y soil!!!

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