ROASTED DANDELION TEA: INTRO
Roasted Dandelion Tea is a delicious herbal tea that utilizes the roots of the dandelion plant as its primary ingredient. This is one of two popular preparations of dandelion root tea, which is also known as dandelion coffee. This form of the tea requires roasted dandelion roots, and the other utilizes raw dandelion roots.
You can read more about this tea on my Dandelion Coffee Guide.
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I always recommend consulting your primary physician prior to consuming any form of herbal tea. If sourced properly, Roasted Dandelion Tea is considered fairly safe for the general public to consume. One of the largest risks of consuming this tea is the possibility of an allergic reaction for individuals sensitive to dandelions. The tea may also affect certain prescriptions and OTC blood thinning medications. This is why you should discuss Dandelion Tea with a healthcare professional prior to consuming.
ROASTED DANDELION TEA: GUIDE
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Dandelion Tea is an extremely healthy and relatively inexpensive form of herbal tea. This guide explores this fascinating tea to teach you more about it and hopefully entice you to try it (if you haven’t already).
Roasted Dandelion Tea Overview
Roasted Dandelion Tea is a popular form of dandelion tea that uses the roots of the plant as the primary ingredient. The dandelion roots are roasted to create a cooked flavor. Dandelion Tea is also referred to as dandelion coffee. The tea is similar in appearance to coffee, and it also tastes like coffee. Some people actually consume dandelion root tea to help wean themselves off of coffee. Herbal tea is much healthier than standard coffee, and it does not contain caffeine. I occasionally add cream and sugar to my Dandelion Tea, just like coffee.
Dandelion tea is known for its health benefits, and roasted dandelion tea is no exception. You can learn more about the positive health impact of consuming RDT on my post, Dandelion Root Tea Benefits.
Flavor of Roasted Dandelion Tea
The flavor of Dandelion Tea is obtained from the primary ingredient, dandelion roots. These roots have a bitter flavor profile, which is comparable to a standard cup of coffee. The level of bitterness can vary depending on several factors. These factors include:
- The freshness of the roots used, and the environment they were grown in
- The amount of roots used in your recipe
- The length of time that the roots are steeped
You can use sugar or other natural sweeteners (honey, carob, vanilla, etc) to help reduce the bitterness of RDT. I actually add creamers or milk like I do with regular coffee. The bitterness tolerance varies by individual, so you should experiment to find the right level of sweeteners for you.
Roasted Dandelion Tea Recipe
This is a delicious recipe for Roasted Dandelion Tea. Before attempting this recipe, make sure that you obtain quality roasted dandelion roots (cut & sifted). This recipe also utilizes a teapot with an infuser, but you can use a standard teapot or regular pot. The alternative pots will require an extra step of straining.
Ingredients (2 Servings)
- Roasted Dandelion Roots (cut & sifted) – 2 tablespoons
- Water – 3 Cups
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon
- Milk & Sugar (optional) – To taste
- Pour Water (3 cups) into teapot and bring to a boil.
- Add Dandelion Roots (2 tbs) and Cinnamon Sticks (~ 2 sticks) to infuser and reduce to low heat.
- Simmer for approx. 25 minutes (30 min for stronger tea; 20 min for weaker).
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Pour into teacups and add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract to each cup.
- Optional: Add milk (or cream) and sugar to taste
- Stir and enjoy, your Dandelion Tea is ready to consume!
Best Roasted Dandelion Tea
There are two primary ways to prepare herbal teas depending on the tea’s container. You can either use loose herbal tea or herbal tea bags. I personally prefer loose herbal tea for several reasons, but I include links to both types below. I recommend purchasing Roasted Dandelion Tea online.
- Loose/Raw Roasted Dandelion Tea: Starwest Botanicals
- Roasted Dandelion Tea Bags: Teeccino
Starwest Loose Roasted Dandelion Roots
My consistent favorite brand of roasted dandelion roots is Starwest Botanicals. This brand supplies the loose form of Roasted Dandelion Tea, which is solely comprised of cut & sifted roasted dandelion roots. The Starwest brand has a wonderful flavor profile, and you can taste the organic freshness. If you would like to try a simple and delicious form of RDT, you should check out Starwest Botanicals.
Teeccino Dandelion Caramel Tea Bags
This is another great brand of Dandelion Tea, but the similarities with the Starwest Brand (mentioned above) ends there. When I am in a hurry and want a more enhanced flavor profile for my cup of RDT, I rush to grab my Teeccino tea bags. This tea tastes very very similar to a quality cup of coffee, thanks to the inclusion of chicory. The bitterness of the dandelion and chicory is offset by the natural sweetness of Spanish carob. I like to drink it on the way to morning meetings for a natural energy boost. The energy boost I get from Teeccino is much cleaner than the caffeine jitters from coffee. I drink this tea all year round, and it can be served hot or iced. If you are looking for a more exciting blend of Dandelion Tea, you should give this brand a try.
I hope that this tea has helped you learn more about Roasted Dandelion Tea. This tea is definitely worth trying, and it is very reasonably priced. I recommend purchasing roasted dandelion roots unless you can verify that dandelion roots you dig up have not been treated with chemicals. If you have any questions regarding Roasted Dandelion Tea, please contact me or post a comment at the bottom of this page.
Now that you are familiar with this form of tea, you can check out my free Dandelion Root Tea Recipe.
Want to learn more about dandelion tea? Check out this scientific study!
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