How to Make Dandelion Root Coffee

Learn how to make delicious dandelion root coffee with this simple how-to article and stop cursing at this wonderful plant.

Dandelion Root Coffee
Dandelion Roots
  1. Find dandelions which should be easy. The best plants are at least two years old because big roots are the best. Autumn is a good time to harvest as they have been storing nutrition in the roots all summer.
  2. Dig up dandelion roots using a narrow trowel or you can use a shovel to loosen the roots. If there is not enough in your lawn, go to a country place where weed killers are not used. Best not to go to city parks as they often do use weed killers.
  3. Soak the roots in water to loosen the soil.
  4. Wash the dandelion roots to remove all of the soil; you can use a vegetable brush.
  5. Then rinse them well.
  6. Cut the roots off just below the tops. Save the flowers and leaves.

The leaves are nutritious; they can be steamed or small amounts added to a salad. The flowers can be made into dandelion syrup and pancakes.

  1. Rinse the roots well outside to get rid of most of the soil.
  2. Slice the roots into sections.
  3. Chop up the roots coarsely.
  4. Spread the chopped roots thinly on cookie sheet.Dandelion root on cookie sheet
  5. Roast in at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for about 2 hours.*
  6. They are ready when the roots are dark brown the colour of coffee beans. Take care not to burn them.
  7.  Store roasted roots in an airtight container in a very cool place until you are ready to make dandelion coffee.
  8.  Grind them up in a coffee grinder and brew them just like you would with coffee grounds.dandelion root ground
  9.  2 Tbsp of grounds for 3 cups of the beverage.
  10.  Add the grounds to simmering water and simmer while covered for 7–15 minutes.heating dandelion grounds in water
  11.  Serve with your choice of milk (almond, rice, soy, cows, goats) and sweetener of your choice.

* Alternatively you can dry roast the dandelion root after it is fully dry and chopped in a frying pan (cast iron pan is best) until it has become dark brown.

If you want to be very natural in you dandelion coffee making watch this fellow making Native American coffee: http://youtu.be/8WiuYyk_vXM

 

Read more about Dandelion Madness here and all of the great reasons to love those weeds!

More Dandelion Recipes

Dandelion Flower
Dandelion Root Pancakes

Dandelion Root Pancakes: No milk or eggs, but lots of health and good taste.  I developed it when I was unable to eat eggs or milk at all due to food sensitivities.  Interestingly whenever I make these pancakes no one seems to notice the lack of these two ingredients.

Dandelion Flower Syrup: You can taste the unique sweetness from the yellow petals. (Read more about the health benefits of the flowers here.)  This is a great treat from your weeds and it is so easy to make.

Dandelion Flower Cordial: The word cordial sounds tasty, and it’s very appropriate in this case!

Dandelion Tea: Made with the leaves — this is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to use a dandelion.

Dandelion Smoothie: After almost passing out from a dandelion smoothie, Randy gives some practical tips to keep your dandelion smoothie palatable.

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10 thoughts on “How to Make Dandelion Root Coffee”

  1. That video you linked to was fascinating! Wow. I feel inspired. I used to buy Dandelion root coffee and would like to try making my own. Can it be mixed with ‘normal’ coffee, say in a French press coffee maker, or does it have to be simmered to get the flavour out? Thanks so much!

  2. How are it’s medicinal properties or nutritional properties effected when it is roasted?

    Still a good liver tonic, anti oxidant?

  3. I have the pre bought roasted dandelion root coffee which I grind in a coffee grinder. The result is a fine powder in the coffee grinder which I then put in a cafetier. I wonder if it’s possible to grind a lot of the root to a fine powder, and store it in an airtight container and use when necessary?

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