Dandelion root coffee

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Post: # 22279Post STHLMgreen
Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:59 am

wulf wrote:I wonder if it's a similar approach for making 'chicory coffee'? I love the flavour of that even though I understand it was only done as a stop gap in periods when real coffee was unavailable.Wulf
Coffee with chicory is a specialty in New Orleans, Louisiana. I'm not really a coffee drinker but in my hometown people love it.
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:00 pm

Ooh, now I want dandelion coffee. Used to drink that as a student because the local health store sold the roasted root. Never rated the instant stuff though... sweet and watery.

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Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:12 pm

albert onglebod wrote:Just seen the syrup thread.
Coincidentally I have been making Dandelion coffee.
Dig up loads of dandelions and cut off the roots to use.
Wash them and dry them then put them in the oven to roast. I did it on 200 degrees c but that might have been a little hot .
When they are brittle and dark brown,grind them up to powder.
Put in a coffee percolator or cafatierre and make coffee.
About a teaspoon per cups worth.
It tastes very like (but not exactly the same as)coffee and even smells like it.
A few tips.

The best roots to use are the side roots; using the older main root can make the coffee overly bitter.

Before roasting the roots, dry them first - pop them in the oven overnight at around 70-80C. The roots should be brittle but not brown.

Then roast them for about 20 minutes at about 200C until they are chocolate brown all the way through. You may have to remove thinner roots earlier to prevent them blackening.

Then grind. You can do chicory in much the same way, but it's much harder to get a consistent coffee from it.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of dandelion coffee but dandelion wine, dandelion jelly and steamed dandelion leaves with crispy bacon and vinaigrette are much more to my taste.
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Post: # 26215Post hedgewizard
Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:00 pm

dandelion jelly?

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Post: # 26219Post Stonehead
Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:21 pm

hedgewizard wrote:dandelion jelly?
Yep, absolutely delicious spread on fresh bread but you need a huge amount of dandelions as you only use the yellow part of the blossoms.
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Post: # 26223Post hedgewizard
Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:54 pm

Hmm. I'll add this to the list of stuff I want to make... one day. For now I'd settle for a cup of tea!

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Post: # 32528Post mrsflibble
Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:58 pm

thanks for the recipe. I keep low caffeine cos of depression, so this is a great thing for me- sick of paying holland and barret prices for the stuff!!
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: # 34410Post mrsflibble
Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:38 pm

I've found that natural nappy liners make great coffee filters... had a load left over form when I tried natural nappies for a week for my local paper.
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: # 38364Post Milims
Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:14 pm

on a similar theme.....
Was told that couch grass can be used as a coffee too in the same way as dandelions.
Finally a use for that persistant weed, and no weed killers or such needed to get rid of it too as you end up seeing it as a resource instead of a scourge lol

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Post: # 38368Post Shirley
Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:50 pm

I missed the dandelion jelly bit... Stoneyyyyyy?? Do you have a recipe for this please?? We'll have loads of dandys next year
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Post: # 41583Post mrsflibble
Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:45 pm

I'm going to be making use of the jelly recipe next year too, my mate's garden has no actual grass in it. it's all dandelions.
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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