Do you need to reduce your coffee consumption? you can probably do that easily. What if you have to quit drinking coffee all together, that can be a bit challenging. Well, there is a growing trend in so-called alternatives to coffee. The reason for my scepticism is that you would expect an alternative to something to taste somewhat like what you are substituting.  Most of the coffee alternatives I have come across, taste nothing like coffee. 

Despite that, a lot of people love these coffee alternatives and they are growing in popularity.  My second scepticism about them is the cost.  About 250 grams of a decent coffee will cost you about £3. Compare that with a similar size coffee alternative, which tastes nothing like coffee, has a great aroma but smells nothing like coffee and costs twice, sometimes three times as much as the real thing. 

Since most coffee substitute drinkers are not sceptics like me. I looked into affordable coffee alternatives on the market, some of them are listed below. 


List of affordable great tasting coffee alternatives


1. Whole Earth Organic Coffee Alternative

 This coffee alternative is one of the most widely available, you can find it at almost any High Street health food shop.  At just over £3 for 100 grams, it is also one of the most affordable.  It is said to have a rich aroma. It is totally caffeine free, so people switching from coffee to avoid caffeine will find it ideal. It is made with organic wheat and chicory. You can enjoy it  black, with milk or with soya. You can also buy Whole Earth Organic  Coffee Alternative online, from the usual online retailers and smaller retailers. 

2. Teeccino Mocha Chicory Herbal Coffee Alternative

 This is where this article begins to stretch the word “affordable” given that this nice tasting coffee alternative is priced around £6 for about 100 grams.  Apart from being caffeine free, it is suitable for vegans and Kosher certified. 

3. Prewetts Roasted Chicory Drink

Given that almost all coffee substitute drinks have chicory as a major ingredient. Why not go the whole hog and just have a chicory drink? That is what you have in Prewetts Roasted Chicory Drink.  Given that chicory is naturally gluten and caffeine free, people avoiding caffeine and gluten will find it meets their dietary requirements.  Priced under £3 for 100 grams, this is truly affordable. 

4. A.Vogel Bambu Instant Coffee Substitute

Given that an integral part of drinking coffee, for the coffee aficionado is the rituals associated with coffee brewing. That is why many coffee buffs don’t like instant coffee. But when it comes to coffee alternatives, you do not have many choices when it comes to instant coffee. But there is at least one instant coffee substitute; A.Vogel Bambu Instant Coffee Substitute. It is affordable and from a trusted and well established brand.  A with almost every coffee substitute, chicory is one of the ingredients in these products. Other ingredients include figs, wheat, malted barley & acorns. You can use it as an afternoon coffee or latte.

5. Ayurvedic Roast Coffee Alternative

As with coffee substitutes, chicory features highly in the ingredients used to make Ayurvedic coffee substitute. Other ingredients include Organic barley, rye, Organic roasted chicory, Ashwagandha, Shatavari and Brahmi. The last three ingredients are unique to this coffee substitute.  It is also affordable, making it a great alternative for those trying to avoid the hard stuff: coffee.