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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Servings 2



  • Place water, dandelion root, chicory root, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes
  • Pour coffee into cups through a fine mesh strainer
  • Add coconut milk or heavy cream if desired
  • Serve
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
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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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This is delicious! My new go-to drink every morning. Love the fact that it’s good for me and LOVE the taste!


176 responses to “Dandelion Root Coffee”

  1. If I don’t have a grinder, will it still work well to use the Starwest products right out of the bag? My liver enzymes are climbing and I’m hoping this will help.

  2. Have you tried using an electric percolator with roasted dandelion root and chicory? If so, results? I’ve order some bulk for this weekend to help reduce my coffee consumption.

  3. Hi! Couple of questions…
    Is there a difference between dandelion root roasted pieces and dandelion root roasted granules?
    And does the chickory root need to be roasted? I have some raw c/s pieces. If I need to get roasted, is there a difference between pieces and granules?

  4. Hi Elana,
    I know this is an older post but just wondering if you grind up your dandelion and chicory yourself? I buy the bags from Starwest and they are like little chunks… Is it necessary to grind them any finer or can I just use as-is for your recipe? Thank you!

  5. Thanks for this recipe. Great post. Do you toss out the used grounds after extraction? Or Freeze for another use ? If you Freeze them – then how many times can you reuse these grounds. Any thoughts?

  6. Today was my first try at roasting and powdering dandalion and chicory roots. The house smells wonderful. I’ve never been a coffee drinker, but thought I would love to try a coffee or tea with the powder. Any recipe suggestions on how to use the powder would be much appreciated . Just starting to use and harvest medicinal herbs, I think I have found something I love to do and it’s actually good for me .
    Thank you in advance,

  7. This is very good (and strong). And I can see why you don’t suggest almond milk in it. I tasted it with almond milk and with cream top milk, and the latter was much better (cream will be even better, of course).

    Wondering if you’ve ever added either cardamom or Crio Bru to the pot while cooking, either with or instead of the cinnamon?

    • Susan, feel free to have fun with this and experiment with different herbs! I’m so happy to hear this is very good. We love it too :-)

  8. Hi Elana,
    I had to stop drinking coffee and most teas due to LPR (silent reflux). The acid-y drinks aren’t the cause, but they can be irritating for people with LPR.
    Question: How acidic are the dandelion and chicory root in this “coffee” recipe?

  9. Hi Elana,
    Will non roasted dandelion root affect the taste of the coffee? I can only find non roasted dandelion root.

    • Sonia, I haven’t tried that so not sure. If you click the words “roasted dandelion root” in the ingredients portion of the recipe you will be taken to a place where you can purchase it :-)

  10. HI Elana,

    I love this *coffee* :) It has helped me break a coffee habit.

    I have also been using Rasa Koffee, a Boulder coffee alternative which has the same ingredients as your drink and then some adrenal reviving herbs. Have you tried this option? I really like it.

    Thanks again!

    • Oh, I discovered Rasa koffee at the GOOD FESTIVAL also…I love it…I am hypothyroid, insulin resistant and this has been a wonderful find for me…I also like roasted dandelion tea…I am doing the KETO woe…at the suggestion of my doctor to help with GERD…one and a half weeks of doing Keto and no more GERD….

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