April 8, 2011
Two weeks ago, in this post, I made the decision to experiment with two healthy coffee alternatives. In this 2 week “Java Judgement”, I tested out two alternatives to traditional brewed coffee. Watch this video to check out what happened, and then keep reading for more information on two healthy coffee alternatives!
Ben Greenfield's Java Judgement Week 1: “SuperCoffee”
One bottle of this stuff is about 40 bucks, but makes 50-70 cups of rich, tasty joe, depending on how strong you mix it. Here's a description of SuperCoffee, which comes with both caffeinated and de-caffeinated options.
SuperCoffee is a full-bodied, great tasting coffee concentrate that also packs the mighty antioxidant power of black tea. In addition to its rich, tantalizing taste, SuperCoffee serves up more antioxidants than any other brand of coffee. And it comes caffeine-free or fully caffeinated. Both versions share the same scrumptious taste. And if you really love your morning coffee but can’t be bothered with messy bean grinders or coffee-pot cleanup, you’ll want to raise your mug and toast SuperCoffee.
Why? Because you can now trash all your pricey coffee gadgets and stop dropping $3 or more a day for your favorite gourmet coffee shop java blend. Instead, simply add 25 to 30 drops of super-concentrated Super Coffee to hot water. In seconds, you’re experiencing the same incredible sensory-pleasing flavor, aroma and pick-me-up that you currently get from your favorite brand of gourmet coffee. And you’re spending a mere 50 cents per cup on average!
Super Coffee is packaged in small glass bottles that, when unopened, preserve product freshness for up to a full year. Each bottle makes approximately 60 to 72 cups of coffee. Studies show that the bitterness typically associated with regular canned coffees is largely the result of oxidation, a process that begins soon after the beans are ground, all of which is avoided with SuperCoffee.
Ben Greenfield's Java Judgement Week 2: “Teeccino”
Teeccino is actually made from a combination of herbs, spices and other natural ingredients, and contain any caffeine or coffee extracts. Here's a really good explanation of healthy coffee alternatives and why you may want to consider ditching coffee completely. Here's the low-down on Teeccino, which comes in both a brewable Tee-Bag, and a ground bag (both versions taste just like coffee).
Teeccino, a Caffeine-free Herbal Coffee, is a delicious blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts that are roasted and ground to brew and taste just like coffee. Coffee lovers are attracted to Teeccino’s full-bodied, dark roasted flavor and its nutritious health benefits.
Those who can no longer drink coffee may experience caffeine withdrawal, and weaning oneself off coffee with Teeccino is a great way to avoid these effects, by quitting caffeine painlessly. Teeccino allows coffee drinkers to keep their cherished coffee ritual with all the enjoyment and satisfaction of a freshly brewed cup! Benefits of Teeccino include:
Antioxidants from carob, dates, barley and almonds
Naturally caffeine free – no processing or chemical residues
Non-acidic – helps restore alkaline balance
Natural energy boost – from nutrients, not stimulants
Contains heart-healthy potassium and soluble fiber
Prebiotic – inulin from chicory root supports beneficial microflora that improve digestion, regularity and intestinal health
Brewed Teeccino is gluten free as verified by independent laboratory tests
Ingredients: Roasted organic carob, organic barley, organic chicory, dates, orange peel, organic dates, almonds, natural citrus flavor, figs.
So what do you think? Which healthy coffee alternative would you try? SuperCoffee or Teeccino? Let everyone know your prediction by leaving your comments or questions below!
5 thoughts on “Healthy Coffee Alternatives: The Results of Ben’s 2 Week “Java Judgement””
completely agree. I tried the Teecino this last week too. It’s decent, but it resembles a black tea to me more than coffee. Unfortunately I won’t be replacing my cup o joe either.
Nothing seems to beat freshly roasted and ground coffee!
I'm disappointed! That's sitting on the fence dude! You need to pick one… Also, not enough critical comments on each product. After Week 1 you snuck in a critical remark in a podcast, but those went away in this Final Conclusion. What gives…?
I said exactly what I said in the podcast: That the Superfuel tastes like weak coffee but it's good for travel, and that the Teeccino tastes like coffee, but nowhere near a dark cup of joe.
I've had both. The teeccino doesn't agree with me so it must be the barley (or gluten) that I'm reacting too. It leaves me very bloated. Just for the others that do well with this product, they sell it here as a tea bag so it's just as convenient as making a cup of tea. I did fine with the SuperCoffee but I agree, it doesn't beat a fresh cup of coffee. I guess I could use it for travel, but thankfully I don't travel that much.