I haven't had caffeine in almost two weeks now, but I've still had some decaf coffee. Like I said before, I love coffee. So I'm trying to find substitute that will work for me. I liked Pero, but it contains both barely and rye... so it isn't gluten free.
So I googled... and discovered Ersatz. Unlike most coffee substitutes that contain barley and rye, Ersatz is a blend of roasted rice, peas, and chicory. So I thought I should give it a try and I mentioned it to Michelle. They actually carried it at the River Valley Market, so Michy was able to bring me home some from work.
So now that I've had a few cups I thought I'd give a little review.
Its not coffee.
It doesn't have that bitter acidic bite that I love about coffee... but seeing as it is the acid in the coffee that bothers my IC that is probably a good thing. Once you get over the fact that it is not coffee it is a really enjoyable hot beverage. It has a really nice toasty smell (the scent was really familiar and comforting, then I realized this afternoon as I made the munchkin lunch that it kind of smells like a rice cake- but its a good thing, I promise) The taste is mellower than coffee, but still has an enjoyable toasty-ness. I drink coffee black, so that is how I tried this first, but it was also quite tasty with a little almond milk and stevia.
I can see this becoming my morning beverage. The day just doesn't feel right if I haven't had a hot cup of something.