Acorn Coffee Is A Thing, And It’s Perfect For People Who Can’t Handle Caffeine

acorn coffee

It’s 2018, y’all. An era where any and everyone is trying a new recipe, alternative ingredient, or food hack to get the most out of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether you’re using rice flour instead of wheat due to a gluten allergy, or prefer cashew milk to cow’s milk, there’s almost always an alternative route when it comes to food. As well as drinks — coffee to be exact. Those living in a perfect world without allergies or sensitivities don’t have to worry as much when they make or order a cup of coffee. It’s second nature: Wake up, get dressed, drink coffee, take over the world.

But for those who are allergic (or sensitive) to caffeine, a more creative route is necessary in order to wake up in the morning. It’s one thing to like the taste of coffee, but if it’s messing with your well being, let’s just look into some alternatives, sis. There’s no need to be feeding your heartburn and reflux simply because you enjoy the taste of java. Enter acorn coffee. Acorn coffee is a thing and it looks, smells, and tastes very similar to the popular caffeinated beverage (though it contains *no* caffeine at all). It’s also slightly healthier, as well as sustainable (meaning it doesn’t hugely depend on water, fertilizer or pesticides), and is proven to be a great source of vitamin C, magnesium and calcium.

While there tends to be some confusion on whether you are sensitive to caffeine or actually allergic, let’s be clear on the difference:


If after consuming caffeine you get hives, rashes, shortness of breath, dizziness or nausea, you’re probably allergic and should seek medical attention and look into alternative ways to get and stay energized.


If after consuming caffeine you feel jittery, irritable, suffer from insomnia or an upset stomach, you’re probably just sensitive to caffeine and should either consume very small amounts or look into alternative ways to get and stay energized.


The common theme here, though, is that you’re looking for a coffee alternative. And acorn coffee can give you that.

Okay, but how do you make acorn coffee?

In general, the process of making acorn coffee is fairly simple as well, but does take some time. Basically, you need to dry, bake and pass the acorns through the same kind of mill you would use with flour. But you have to be conscious about what kind of oak tree you’re getting your acorns from. There are two types of oak trees (stone and cork) bringing two distinct acorn flavors. Stone oaks have a natural sweetness to them, while cork oak trees bring a bitter, earthy profile that some enjoy more. It’s best to experiment with a mix of both to ensure a unique and flavorful experience.

After you’ve passed the acorns through a mill, you’ll have grounds similar to the consistency of instant coffee, which is good! From there you just add the grounds to hot water and add whatever extras you desire (milk, sugar, etc.), but like a true coffee drinker will tell you, additions aren’t necessary when it’s already delicious.

Can you just buy it?

You won’t find acorn coffee at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, but you can buy a bag from Etsy for $9.75.


And if you’re like, got it, acorn coffee is a thing and I must make it, here are some ways to add a little more convenience to your life if you want to eventually graduate to iced acorn coffee.

(Hint: It involves an ice cube tray.)

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