Dandelion Coffee: Back to Your Roots!
A cup of dandelion coffee a day will keep the cirrhosis away! Most people aren’t willing to give up their morning cup of java, however, sprinkling a dash of ground dandelion root in with the coffee grounds is a great way to reap all of the health benefits without compromising your morning routine.
Dandelion Coffee Benefits
You can learn more about the health benefits of dandelions, and how to harness this wild nutrient in this article.
- Cardiovascular Concoction: This study showed that 250 grams of dandelion root extract per day for a month had antioxidant properties and improved cardiovascular thickness. Dandelion root has also been shown to have anticoagulant properties with minimal side effects, which also help people with cardiovascular disease. The diuretic effects of dandelion root also help those suffering from heart failure.
- Weight-loss Wonder: This study found that 150 mg per kg of dandelion extract for 10 weeks had anti-obesity effects, decreasing body weight while consuming a high-fat diet.
- Great GI: This study found that dandelion root and leaves have positive effects against dyspepsia, GERD, ulcerative colitis, and GI malignancy. In fact, this study showed that dandelion root kills aggressive colon cancer cells, without the adverse effects on non-cancerous colon mucosa (unlike chemo).
- Lively Liver: This study found that dandelion roots and leaves have positive effects against liver disease, gallstones, and acute pancreatitis.
Dandelion Coffee Recipe Ingredients
- Dandelion root powder (Amazon affiliate link)
- Coffee grounds (optional)
Equipment Needed to Make Organic Dandelion Root Coffee
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- Shovel or garden spade to harvest the dandelion roots. (Wait until after the first frost for full flavor and health benefits!)
- Dehydrator or baking sheet
- Coffee grinder
- Coffee maker – The main reason why I wanted to share this coffee maker is because of the well-insulated carafe. I once accidentally made coffee 6 hours before I got out of bed, and it was still hot! Most coffee makers use a TON of electricity due to the hot plate, this one, however, does not have a hot plate. It simply makes hot coffee, and stores it in a good carafe. I also like the single serve for hot chocolate and tea.
Harvest the Power of the Dandelion Root
- Harvest the dandelion root. After the first frost, get out there and pluck those dandelions like they owe you money. The first frost signals the plant to store its nutrients in the roots, making the roots starchier and sweeter, while giving you more bang for your buck. Make sure you avoid foraging for dandelions from any areas that might have been treated with pesticides. These would be the lawns with pristine green grass, beautifully mowed in a diamond pattern. We’re looking for the organic, dandelion-infested wastelands on the other side of the tracks.
- Dehydrate or roast the dandelion root for long term storage. If you’re cheap, you can throw the dandelion root outside on a grate or screen for a week. If you’re lazy, you can pop the dandelion into a dehydrator. If you’re cheap and lazy, bake the dandelion at a low temperature in the oven. Roasted root dandelion coffee will cook out the most nutrients, while air drying will preserve the most nutrients.
- Grind the dry dandelion root. Like outta horror movie, throw these bad boys into the grinder and watch them obliterate into a pulp. Store them in a container located conveniently next to your coffee granules, so that you remember to use your new coffee substitute regularly, and so that the container doesn’t disappear to the back of the cabinet abyss.
- Percolate. When you make coffee, treat your dandelion root grounds just like regular coffee grounds, although you probably won’t want to replace your coffee 100% with dandelion root. Start with about 25% dandelion coffee and 75% coffee, so you don’t lose 67% of your motivation to adult. Titrate the ground roasted dandelion and coffee blend as needed for a delicious and caffeinated brew.
How to Make Dandelion Coffee
1 dandelion root will make about 1 scoop of coffee granules, or about 2 teaspoons.
- 1 Tablespoon ground dandelion root
- 2 Tabelspoon ground coffee
- 12 ounces hot water
- Grind the dandelion root and coffee beans.1 Tablespoon ground dandelion root, 2 Tabelspoon ground coffee
- Add to the coffee maker, and percolate like normal.12 ounces hot water
- Add your favorite coffee additives, and enjoy.
Dandelion Coffee Substitute
- Chicory root is a healthy coffee substitute, because its ground roasted roots taste very similar to traditional coffee. Dandelion root and chicory root are great ways to make decaf herbal coffee.
- Honey is also a healthy substitute for sugar in coffee, as it contains tons of antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Try it in your traditional coffee, or in your dandelion root coffee.