Although I grew up drinking only tea (I still consume a half-gallon a day of iced tea), over the past decade or so I have developed a morning coffee habit. Our favorite coffee, Yuban, recently went up to $16 for a large can. During the holidays it was on sale for $6.50 a can and I bought 15 cans of it and now that supply is gone so I winced when I saw how much it and other brands had shot up in price.
I always thought it odd someone would pay $4 or more for a cup of coffee at Starbucks, a brand I find too bitter. A daily Starbucks habit can be rather costly.
Our emergency food stockpile includes a dozen jars of freeze-dried instant coffee making it ideal for consumption or barter. Folgers makes a good freeze dried coffee even though their regular coffee is only mediocre.
Ground roasted chicoryroot has been sold commercially on a large scale since around 1970, and it has become a mainstream product, both alone and mixed with real coffee. It was widely used during the American Civil Waron both sides, and has long enjoyed popularity especially in New Orleans, where Luziannehas long been a popular brand in this respect. (Source: Wikipedia)
NestléCarois made of roasted barley, malted barley, chicory, and rye and enjoyed as a coffee substitute
In World War II, acornswere used to make coffee
Roasted grain beveragesare common substitutes for coffee.
I’ve never tried any of these alternatives but they’ve been around for a long time and may be worth a taste test.
Teecchino is made from roasted carob, roasted barley, and roasted chicory. It also contains figs, almonds, and dates for sweetness and a nutty flavor. Different flavors, including vanilla nut, hazelnut, and java. Must be brewed in a coffee maker or expresso machine.
You can find coupons for some brands of coffee at these sites.
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