Learning Herbs

Consider the dandelion: Is it just another pesky weed or your travel mug’s new favorite companion? Nutrition experts and recovering coffee addicts around the world have weighed in on dandelion coffee. Now it’s your turn.

What’s This In My Coffee Cup?

A drink made from dandelion roots may raise eyebrows. However, dandelion coffee is an ancient herbal beverage that modern coffee snobs are learning to love.

When a dandelion root is dried, ground, and mixed with herbs, it develops a mellow bitterness with a bright, sweet edge. The taste and smell are similar to coffee, though it is less acidic and bitter.

Why Everyone Should Drink Dandelions For Breakfast

Dandelion coffee is a perfect, caffeine-free option for replacing jittery drinks. But, it’s more than just a coffee substitute. The health benefits of dandelion coffee put it in a league of its own.

The leafy greens of the dandelion flower have long been regular items at farmer’s markets. They’re a natural liver cleanser, jam-packed with fiber, calcium, and other critical nutrients. When roasted, the root contains antioxidants and immune-boosting probiotics.

Go Ahead: Try This At Home

Our friends at have whipped up a creative and creamy recipe that is sure to make a splash. You know the health benefits and we know you’re curious. Give it a try and let us know: Is dandelion coffee your new obsession? Or should this trend be nipped in the bud?

Serves 8

  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sorghum (or maple syrup)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 bags (.05 ounces) dandelion root tea
  • 12 cups boiling water

In a large bowl, use a spatula to cream together the butter, sorghum, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and salt. In a large heatproof container, steep the tea bags in the boiling water for 5 minutes, then remove the bags and discard.

While whisking, slowly pour the hot liquid into the bowl with the butter, until it’s completely incorporated. Divide the liquid between 8 cups and serve immediately. Enjoy!