Coffee and its Alternatives

According to the British Coffee association, we Brits drink a staggering 95 million cups of coffee per day! It’s now part of our modern day ritual to have a quick morning espresso to get us moving or a hot cappuccino to get over the daily afternoon slump.

Studies have shown that consuming small and regular amounts of coffee has potential health benefits, however excessive caffeine can cause adverse effects on the body and mind including but not limited to insomnia and increased blood pressure.

Whether you would like to try a new hot beverage or simply reduce your caffeine intake then you must consider delving into the world of plant based coffee alternatives.


Below are some of the most popular plants used to make these delicious caffeine free drinks that won’t keep you up at night. They are often blended together with natural sweeteners such as figs and dates;

Dandelion  Made of roasted dandelion root whilst dandelion leaves are used to make tea. Dandelion has a diuretic effect allowing your liver to eliminate toxins more quickly from the body. This property can also be useful for reducing water retention such as swollen ankles.

. Chicory – Made from the root of the Chicory plant. It contains the prebiotic inulin meaning it’s highly fermentable by the friendly bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics can help promote the growth of helpful probiotics in your digestive system needed to keep the gut, brain and body healthy.

. Barley – Made from barley seeds. Barley’s fibre content can help with digestion of food so is ideal to take with/after you’ve eaten. We’ve got some Barley cup samples in store now, come in and grab some for you and your friends to try out.

 . Rye – Made from the rye grain. Rye contains has a high fibre content which can give the useful effect of feeling full for longer and therefore can play a part in controlling weight.


Here is our range of coffee alternatives we stock here at Millies.



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