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Caffeine-Free Chicory Coffee Recipe

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Let’s start with the basics. Chicory is a plant, and it’s used in traditional medicine, the leaves, seeds and roots — everything. The theory behind consuming this exciting plant is that it has health benefits for your heart, liver and gut.

Whether or not these health benefits are true, the only thing we know for sure is that chicory roots make one mean coffee substitute that makes rich and fragrant brews with no caffeine.

Chicory roots are often grounded and blended with coffee for their attractive resiny taste, but you can brew the roots without coffee as well. Popularized in Europe and a New Orleans specialty, chicory coffee is just fun, and you need to try it at least once.

Caffeine-Free Chicory Coffee Recipe-2

How to make caffeine-free chicory coffee?

To make a caffeine-free drink with chicory, simply use pure chicory roots instead of chicory coffee blends. You’ll find several options online.

You’ll also need hot water and a French press. This is the best method to extract the chicory’s essential oils, aroma, color and flavor and still end with a clear, clean brew. French presses are great for projects like this one.

Once you brew your chicory coffee, you can prepare it in any way you want. I sweeten mine with brown sugar and add a splash of milk or cream to give it a fuller body. Whipped cream and a cinnamon dusting make the drink coffee shop-worthy!

Tips for the perfect chicory coffee

  • Use chicory root granules, preferably organic and non-GMO. You also want to buy the roasted kind; otherwise, you can make coffee with it.

  • Give the chicory at least 4-5 minutes in warm water before pressing the French press plunge. Don’t rush it! You’ll get the most color and flavor.

  • You’ll find a few decaf chicory coffee blends that, in my experience, result pretty well. If chicory alone is not good enough for you, get a coffee and chicory blend. Make sure it’s decaffeinated, though.

Now we’re ready to make a very traditional caffeine-free chicory coffee. Let’s do it!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Serving Size2
  • Energy112 cal




In a kettle, bring the water to a boil.


In a French press, add the chicory powder and pour in hot water. Stir.


Place the French press plunger and press.


Let the chicory drink sit for 4 minutes and pour into two cups.


Fill the cups with milk and sweeten them to taste.


Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon powder.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size2
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories112
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat5.8 g78 g7.44%
  • Saturated Fat3.6 g20 g18%
  • Cholesterol21 mg300 mg7%
  • Sodium37 mg2300 mg1.61%
  • Total Carbohydrate13.5 g275 g4.91%
  • Dietary Fiber0.3 g28 g1.07%
  • Total Sugars11.3 g
  • Protein2.3 g50 g4.6%
  • Calcium93 mg1300 mg7.15%
  • Potassium78 mg4700 mg1.66%
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