I've seen where some say coffee isn't good for people with celiac. But, just like anything else, I do believe it's an individual thing. This post isn't about the pros and cons of coffee drinking. *(If the coffee has flavors that contain gluten, absolutely NOT good for ANYONE with celiac. I will never suggest that even the smallest amount of gluten is OK for those of us with celiac.)
Being "addicted" to something is currently the only thing that bothers me about drinking coffee. I don't like that whole "gotta have it" feeling.
I recently saw a post or an ad about this coffee substitute, Coffig, and was intrigued. It's clearly labeled "gluten free." The only ingredient is figs. I immediately got on Amazon and purchased a bag. (Click on picture for more information or to purchase.)
It arrived yesterday. Couldn't wait to try it!
2 rounded teaspoons of grounds with 3 cups of cold water.
2 Positives -- Only 1 Negative
I'm a true believer in starting with the positive before bringing out the criticism, but the first impression with coffee is the smell. Let's face it, it's that smell of fresh brewed coffee that draws a person into the kitchen in the morning. And since smell is the first impression, I'll have to start with a negative--sort of. It does NOT have an offensive smell. Honestly, it doesn't have much of a smell at all. And for me, that's the negative. I looooove the smell of coffee in the morning. But no smell is better than an offensive one, wouldn't you agree?)
Looks just like coffee--and that certainly helps the brain if one is transitioning from the real thing to some sort of substitute.
And isn't this the most important part? I've never had a fig (I don't think) but I have had dates and prunes (neither being something I enjoy)--so I had my apprehensions. Nope, doesn't remind me of either of these, at all---thank goodness! Actually, it's pretty good. It's smooth. It's not strong. It's not bitter. It might even resemble coffee a bit. I read a review or two that said there was sediment at the bottom of the cup. None here; not one spec.
More to Come
Since I do like the smell of coffee and am not ready to give it up completely, I think I'll try making it half and half tomorrow morning. *(I'll update this post next week to let you know what I tried and what worked and/or didn't work.)
Will I buy it again? Absolutely. I'm just not sure how I'll use it: make the complete transition, just use it as a first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) coffee, or diminish my coffee consumption by blending the two. Time will only tell.
*When I first posted this, I was able to buy just one bag of Coffig on Amazon. Someone told me the link wasn't working. The single bag wasn't available any more, but it's available in 3 bags.