So a couple of months ago when I was at the SOL Food Festival, I was trying some samples of Teecino’s Caffeine-Free Herbal Coffee and got talking to Ashley, one of the core members of the Teeccino team. The conversation turned to my food blog and how I had seen some bloggers who have gastrointestinal problems switch to from coffee to alternative herbal coffee products to avoid the irritable effects of coffee. She offered to send me some samples to try and I was more than excited to test out a new-to-me product. Thank you Ashley!
Teeccino is actually a Santa Barbara based company and the leading coffee alternative brand in the country. Their founder, Caroline MacDougall, was inspired by the Mediterranean methods of making and brewing coffee but wanted to create an herbal alternative tea to the beloved cup of joe.
Teeccino Herbal Coffee
Teeccino sent over quite a variety of herbal coffee products and I tried every single one! One of the things I really loved about the product was that you can boil water like you are making tea and use one of their tea bags or the other option is to brew it your coffee maker like you would with normal coffee. For me this was clutch because more that just drinking coffee, I love the morning ritual of waking up a little groggy then getting my coffee started while I freshen up or make breakfast. Plus there is nothing better than that roasty smell wafting through the house, which Teeccino definitely provided.
I rarely drink coffee for the effects of caffeine, I usually drink a blend of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, but the negative side effects of caffeine definitely give me a jolt in the morning usually followed by a crash in the afternoon, not to mention in mass quantities coffee can make my stomach a little iffy. But with Teeccino I never had any of these problems! I felt perfectly content that I was able to go through my morning ritual of brewing and drinking coffee without any of the unfavorable side effects. WIN.
After trying all the flavors, the ones that I liked the best were Vanilla Nut + Hazelnut, which is somewhat expected because if I were choosing coffee, those are the flavors I would most likely pick too. Teeccino herbal coffee alternative doesn’t taste exactly like coffee, but its VERY similar. If you gave me it and told me it was a new blend of coffee, I would most likely believe you . Food Blogger PSA: they have a Pumpkin Spice flavor that I have been on the hunt for, but if I don’t find it soon, I definitely will be ordering that one online!
Edited to add: I just got word that the Pumpkin spice flavor is a boutique flavor that is limited edition and can only be found online at Teeccino.
TeeChia Gluten-Free Cereal
Teeccino also carries a Gluten-Free Cereal called TeeChia. It a blend of oats, quinoa seeds, chia seeds, flax, amaranth seeds, pumpkin seeds, & various dried fruit (dates, currants, blueberries/cranberries).
Things I loved about TeeChia
It already has tons seeds in it so none of my normal oatmeal add-ins were necessary, making it SO quick and easy to make when pressed for time.
It cooks up exactly like oatmeal.
There is no added sugar, but the natural sweetness of the dried fruit is enough so I didn’t find it necessary to add my normal stevia sweetener.
The flavors! I lalalalalove blueberry banana oatmeal so the blueberry date flavor was clutch, but I also enjoyed the Cinnamon Cranberry turned out quite nice when I added pureed pumpkin to the mix.
Ways I Enjoyed TeeChia
Cinnamon Cranberry TeeChia + Pumpkin + Sunflower Butter with the Hazelnut Roast Teeccino
Blueberry Date TeeChia + Bananas + PB + Jelly + Almond Milk
Iced Teeccino (this stuff is great iced too!)
Thanks Ashley! If anyone is interested in giving Teeccino a try, I have seen it at Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Albertsons. If you don’t have any in your local grocery store, these products can also be found online at Teeccino, TeeChia, or Vitacost websites.
Note: Teeccino provided me with these samples, but I was not compensated for this review and all opinons expressed are my own.