Dandelion Root Coffee

With March approaching, I’m starting to think about the possibility of a spring detox and one of my favorite healing roots –dandelion. Dandelion is a fantastic liver cleanser and spring is the perfect season for liver support.

According to Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, dandelion root has bitter, sweet, and cooling properties, making it optimal for the pitta dosha.

Although I use various parts of the dandelion for healing, here, I’m focusing on the root which is a good blood purifying herb. The root is also a useful remedy for stomachaches, and in herbal medicine is said to be beneficial for hypoglycemia and high blood pressure.

How can you get these benefits? According to The Way of Herbs, “Roasted dandelion root makes a pleasant beverage that can be consumed daily. It combines well with kukicha tea or chicory root.” I pair dandelion root with chicory which gives this Dandelion Root Coffee a deliciously bitter, coffee-like flavor. I also add cinnamon sticks because I love the flavor and healing properties of cinnamon. Here’s a delicious way to get healing dandelion root into your diet.

Dandelion Root Coffee

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  1. Place water, dandelion root, chicory root, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes
  3. Pour coffee into cups through a fine mesh strainer
  4. Add coconut milk or heavy cream if desired
  5. Serve
This is delicious! My new go-to drink every morning. Love the fact that it’s good for me and LOVE the taste!

During my Ayurvedic training in the early 1990’s, we were taught that it is important when making tea with roots to boil them for 2-3 minutes to release the healing properties.

And I cannot forget to mention the synchronistic dandelion incident that took place with my friend Kelly from Celiac Chicks. It was 2009, and I was on my book tour in New York City for The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I was feeling a bit tired and craving my dandelion coffee. At one of the signings, which Kelly had so graciously arranged, I grabbed myself a hot water. Next thing you know, Kelly whipped a bag of dandelion tea out of her purse. She gave it to me and we discussed our love affair with dandelion root.

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176 responses to “Dandelion Root Coffee”

    • Stephanie, thanks for your comment! I drink it everyday, but I would recommend checking with your Functional Medicine practitioner before doing so :-)

  1. Elana I ordered all of the ingredients for the coffee exactly as per your instructions and I made the coffee exactly as per your instructions. It’s is amazing as always when I try your recipes, the chicory reminded me of my old grandmother who also cooked her chicory grinds too. As children she made us coffee so thick, dark, sweet and full of real cream on cold mornings when we visited the country during Christmas and Thanksgiving break. Thank you so much for your never ending hard work and for kindly sharing with your fans. God Bless you and your family!

    • Rosita, thanks for another wonderful comment and for being such an amazing longtime faithful reader here! I’m so glad to hear this coffee is amazing :-)

  2. Hello,
    I made this in a 6 cup Bodum French press coffee maker using the ingredient proportions per the recipe.
    I poured boiling water over the herbs. After giving the brew a quick stir, I let it steep for five minutes,
    ending with a gentle press. The end result was a tasty, healthy coffee substitute with the added benefit
    of easy clean up.

    Thank you for the great recipe, Elana!

  3. Hi Elana! Thank you for this recipe. I for one am loving it. I am curious if I’m doing it right though. I purchased the bag of roasted dandelion root that you buy from Amazon. In the bag it’s not exactly “ground” per se. The root is in the form of tiny crumbles. Does it need to be further ground to resemble the chicory? Thank you!

    • Kaye, thanks for your question! I buy it cut and roasted and then grind it in the dry container of my vitamix. I’m so glad that you are loving this recipe! I do too :-)

      • i purchased my dandelion root from Starwest Botanicals. Ive been using them as is. Should I be grinding them more before use?? I never thought about it until I read this review. Would it make a difference? Tastes pretty good!

  4. Ive bitten the bullet and ordered the dandelion and chickory root products. I need to give up caffeine due to thyroid issues. Im skeptical but willing to try.

    • This will help you detox from the caffeine. It’ll take a few days and yes, you’ll have a headache but drink more water and eventually your body will detox from the above tea recipe :)

        • Elana, I just got both these ingredients in the mail! So excited, but can you put the ingredients in a a coffee pot ? It has a fine mesh basket for auto brew on my cuisinart. Or is boiling/ steeping the only way?

  5. I love coffee, hot with coconut milk, and cold with almond milk and ice cubes. However, I may just try your Dandelion Tea because it aids the Liver. Also, thank you for the Juicer recommendation. The Cilantro Detox is now on my list; beside eating cilantro (cusbara here in Jerusalem), parsley, dill, lettuce among other items in my salad.

    I’d like to pass on this info about cinnamon which you may or may not know, the best and recommended cinnamon for health benefits is Ceylon Cinnamon.

  6. I am a big fan of dandelion root tea and regularly drink chicory root as a substitute to coffee but I never thought of combining the two, this sounds simply wonderful!

  7. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I had a chicory and dandelion brew at Sqirl in LA a few months ago and have been obsessively thinking about it ever since. Now I can make my own! I added a little star anise and cardamom to your recipe and it’s just amazing. Thank you, thank you!

  8. Hi Elana – Thank you for introducing this drink! I read your post a year or so ago but only finally tried it recently, and have really grown to like it (if only it had that coffee smell!) I assume this drink is safe for children as well?


    • Hi Hannah, I haven’t ever served this to my children so not sure about that. I’m so glad you are enjoying the Dandelion Root Coffee :-)

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