Starbucks Be Gone!

I admit it.  Years ago I made a choice not to ingest caffeine ~ and I don’t trust whatever it is they do to take it out of innocent coffee beans.  I just skip the caffeinated products completely.  However, I am still drawn by the enticingly tasty idea and smell of coffee drinks.  (None of this straight black coffee of yesteryear that my parents used to sit and drink.  Bleck!  No draw there!)  And there is another issue beside avoiding the caffeine ~ how could I obtain the image in my mind of a yummy hot drink without paying the small fortune that the coffee shops charge?  How hard could it be to make my own?

Enter the coffee substitutes:  Roma, Cafix, Pero, and others.  I, personally, prefer Cafix in the canister.  It has a milder, mellower taste than some of the others.  There are actually 2 different Cafix types; one is sweeter.  And yes, you guessed it – I like the sweeter one!  Roma is my middle son’s favorite, because it has a much stronger flavor – probably more like regular coffee – and he likes it black, too!  (Must be a throw-back to my folks….)  I don’t mind drinking Roma, but I want it well drenched with creamer and plenty of sweetener.  Some of you might remember Postum from your childhood.  Sadly enough, the company no longer makes it.  I have only had Pero once and I recall it as being somewhere between Roma and Cafix.  There are others out there – some of which actually are brewed in a coffee maker.  I haven’t tried those, but have heard good things about them.

Below you will find some of my ideas for tasty coffee-like creations of your own.  If you are willing to use a microwave to heat them, some can be ready in less time than it would take to stand in line at Starbucks!

Note:  You may use whichever coffee substitute you have on hand, even if the name says differently.   You also may omit any creamer if you prefer a straight-up coffee flavor.

Mocha Roma

  • 1 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 T. honey (more or less to taste)
  • 1- 1 1/2 tsp. coffee substitute (Roma, Caffix, etc.)
  • Hot or boiling water
  • Vanilla non-dairy creamer

Mix the cocoa powder and honey in a 1-1 1/2 c. mug.  Keep stirring patiently.  All of a sudden it will turn from a powdery mess into a smooth, creamy, chocolately wonder.  Add the coffee substitute – no need to mix.  Pour in the boiling water, leaving enough room to stir and add creamer.  Note ~ This is fabulous iced, as well!

If you are in a hurry and/or want a richer product, just make this with half Silk dark chocolate almond milk and half water, leaving out the honey.  Heat in a microwave.

Silky Chocolate Coconut Cafix

  • 1/4 c. vanilla soy Silk
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate almond Silk
  • 1/2 c. coconut Silk
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp. Cafix

Mix first 4 ingredients together and heat in microwave.  Stir in Cafix.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cafe

  • 1 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 T. honey (more or less to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. coffee substitute
  • 1 1/4 c. water, or non-dairy milk, or combination of the two
  • Silk hazelnut creamer

Mix the cocoa powder and honey in a 1 1/2 c. mug.  Keep stirring patiently.  All of a sudden it will turn from a powdery mess into a smooth, creamy, chocolately wonder.  If heating in the microwave, pour in the water/milk and heat to not-quite-boiling; add the coffee substitute and creamer.  If heating water/milk on stove, add the coffee substititue and then pour in the heating water/milk.  Add creamer and stir.

“Eggnog” Cafix*

  • Hot water enough to fill 3/4 of a mug
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tsp. Cafix
  • sweetener to taste
  • Silk Nog*

Pour hot water over Cafix in mug, or heat water in mug and add Cafix.  Stir in sweetener and Silk Nog.

Pumpkin Spice Latte*

  • 1/2-3/4 c. water
  • 1/2-3/4 c. non-dairy milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tsp. Cafix
  • sweetener to taste
  • Silk Pumpkin Spice*

Heat water and non-dairy milk.  Stir in Cafix, sweetener, and Silk Pumpkin Spice.

*Seasonally available.

Of course, you can create many more from your own imagination!  There are enough different flavored creamers and non-dairy milks that you can play a lot with it.  I’d love to hear your combinations, too, so that I can try them.  🙂

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