One of the hardest things for me to kick is my addiction to coffee and I’m sure many of you can relate. The sound of it brewing, the smell that wafts through the air, the first heavenly sip. Ahhh… I love every singe part of the process.
But what I don’t love? Coffee side affects because, for us autoimmune disease sufferers, they are real despite the supposed benefits studies often spout (which totally doesn’t apply to us anyway).
Here is just SOME of what coffee can do to a body…
- For every 10 oz. of coffee consumed, it dehydrates your body by 12 oz. (1)
- “Drinking coffee at the same time or shortly after taking your L-T4 tablets can significantly lower the absorption of the thyroid medication in your intestines.” (2) This is crazy significant for people like me who suffer from hypothyroidism.
- “Multiple studies have shown higher levels of inflammation in habitual coffee drinkers than in non-coffee drinkers.” (3)
- Caffeine, or lack there of, can cause some pretty major headaches. (4)
- Consuming caffeine can be the reason for anxiety and panic attacks. (5)
- Read about even more side affects here.
Thankfully, there is a coffee alternative that I’d like to share with you today. And trust me, it will not leave you disappointed.
I chose this specific product to review in order to clear up the mystery of it for not only myself but anyone else out there who hasn’t given it a try yet do to not fully understanding what in the world Coffig is.
Coffig is an amazing coffee substitute that is made of roasted mission figs. It’s a strange concept but wow, it works.
So let’s begin the review…
Obviously, I had to make sure the grounds passed the sniff test so after opening up the pouch, I stuck my nose inside. It smelled only slightly fruity but mainly earthy. No coffee smell, of course, but that would be chasing after a unicorn.
The roasted fig grounds looked very similar to coffee bean grounds, which allowed my brain to be tricked by the fantasy that I was brewing up actual coffee. At this point, I was very excited to keep going with this coffee alternative experiment.
According to the pouch, all one needs is 1/2 tsp. of grounds per 8 oz. of boiling water. There are many ways to brew this beverage (french press, reusable Kcup filter, etc.) but I opted for this easy and cheap stainless steel tea infuser.
All I did was put the half teaspoon of grounds into the tea infuser then dropped it into my mug containing eight ounces of hot water. Very easy. So easy that one could even handle doing this during the awful and unavoidable detox faze that happens the first week of going 100% AIP. 😉 It might actually be of some comfort…
The steeping time was the exact time it took for me to run to the restroom (I’m on a drink-a-gallon-of-water-per-day kick). Have mercy, I think my heart stopped when I hurried back and saw the hot water turned the exact color of black coffee.
It’s a Thanksgiving miracle. ♥
Note that the only con I could come up with is the figs are ground so finely that some of it seeped through the strainer and rested at the bottom of the beverage. So, your last sip might be a bit gritty.
Coffig has the same sipping and mouth feel, as well as visual appeal, as coffee. Like, exactly the same. I detected very little fig taste and a parallel taste to black coffee. It’s the weirdest thing but my mouth and brain was not repulsed by this faux “coffee”. Believe it or not, I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone needing a piping hot, caffeine-free, morning “coffee” beverage. Add in a bit of coconut milk and you’re set for life!
And this is all coming from a hardcore coffee fanatic who pretends she’s not severely addicted. 😉
According to Coffig.com…
Fresh & dried figs have been recommended for:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Stomach Dyspepsia and Heart Burn
- Chronic Gastritis
- Asthma and other Respiratory Conditions
- Physical Ware & Stress
- Constipation & Indigestion
- Recommended for Pregnant Women
- For Nursing Mothers (since dried figs usually help produce a better amount and quality of milk)
Additionally, “figs contain Pectin, a natural fiber which reduces LDL Cholesterol. They also contain Benzaldehyde, an anti-cancer agent.” There’s a ton of other benefits in their list here. As much as I have a passionate love for coffee, Coffig has incomparable and far superior benefits to actual coffee.
Just in case you want to try this yourself, Amazon carries them here. For a price that’s not much more expensive than a quality bag of coffee, you’ll be able to brew up a whopping 65 eight ounce servings. That’s a lot.
That’s a mug per day for over two months.
That’s 15¢ per cup.
Enjoy, my fellow AIP-ers! ♥
This is not a paid review. I did not receive free products or money in exchange for my opinions. All opinions are 100% my own. If you have any suggestions of products you would like reviewed, use my contact form here.
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