Since being diagnosed with IC (interstitial cystitis) I’ve had to stop drinking coffee, tea, all caffeine, and even hot chocolate.
Drinking chamomile tea in the morning isn’t exactly a pick-me-up.
So I’ve moved on to finding some coffee substitutes. All you coffee fans out there, please don’t hate me. I’m already tired of baristas rolling their eyes whenever I order a steamer. I would if I could!
I found one that is passable as…a morning beverage. “Coffee” is a little much to call it. It’s an herbal tea by Celestial Seasonings called Roastaroma.
Ah, peaceful mountain scenery. One of my favorite things in the world was to take my morning coffee outside. Most mornings in the fall/spring/summer of JVC in Spokane, I would have a cup of coffee outside on our front porch. Bliss.
Anyway, Roastaroma is not bad. It doesn’t taste like coffee, though, that’s for sure. It’s not as complex or bitter (which might be a plus for some people. Though people who don’t like the taste of coffee generally aren’t looking for a replacement for it). It isn’t made from coffee at all, just chicory, and carob, and other bark like ingredients, so it’s completely herbal and caffeine free.. It also has cinnamon in it. I’d say it’s closer to a chai tea than coffee. But if you’re an IC patient who misses her chai, you’ll probably like this!
I mix mine with a little milk, and though I would never ever put sugar in my coffee, Roastaroma does taste better with sugar. (Though I put way too much in my cup this morning). The pick-me-up factor is even less than mint tea, but sometimes its just nice to have a hot drink in the morning.
So in conclusion, if you are tired of drinking chamomile tea, give it a whirl!
P.S. No, Celestial Seasonings did not pay me to do this review. No one pays me. Though if they’d like to throw some money my way, I’m all for it. Just saying.