I started drinking coffee in eighth grade. Very early, I know. I needed something to help me get through the day when I was adjusting to my epilepsy medication, so I turned to coffee. It was my saving grace for years. I didn't only drink it because it would help me stay alert, but I developed an obsession with the taste.
Flash forward six years when I starting addressing some gut issues and hormone imbalances that had been causing me undesirable symptoms. I knew in the back of my mind that coffee needed to go, but I just couldn't do it. I had overcome caffeine addiction, but I craved the taste. I drank it sporadically for about another year, until it started making me sick. It got to the point where if I had one cup of coffee, I would have strange hot flashes for a couple hours, anxiety, and terrible IBS symptoms. I finally quit coffee in November, and I was determined to find a replacement.
After hours of google searching and blog reading, I came across Mountain Rose Herbs. It's a fantastic company out of Oregon. They sell teas and herbs in bulk, and the quality is top notch. I replaced my coffee cravings with their organic Herbal Coffee, which I know sounds strange. It contains dandelion, chicory, carob, and maca. That list probably freaked you out... yes eating dandelion (the weed) is good for you; it aids in liver detoxification. Maca is a Peruvian root that's ground down into a powder and taken as a supplement, is full of vitamins and minerals that help boost energy, libido, stabilize you're mood, and balance hormones. This tea tastes exactly like coffee. It's deep, earthy, slightly chocolatey with just a hint of bitterness. It's great with a little almond milk or cashew cream, and it's guaranteed to satisfy your coffee cravings.