symingtons dandelion coffee is now lactose free . i have been using this product for 15 years . i even sell it in my cafe.this new product with glucose & dextrose is atrocious.its a completely different product, does not even smell the same & is a lighter colour. there have been so many complaints from my customers about it that im seriouly considering not selling it any more.what are the symingtons people thinking? i & my clients are so disappointed with this inferior product. my advice is to bring back the original product now before you go out of business.
I was a coffee addict so I was somewhat lost when I was diagnosed as intolerant both to caffeine and coffee beans. A friend told me about Dandelion coffee and as I am sure most people would be - I wasn't rushing to try it. But I did and it looks a liitle like coffee granules and is made from the roots of wildcrafted dandelions. The roots are dried, roasted and turned into a "coffee" compound. It is caffeine free and I understand that at one time the product contained lactose, but it now does not. You get 100g for varying prices depending on where you shop - I get mine from Holland and Barrett for just under £3. The instructions say you need one teaspoonful to make a drink- personally this isn't enough for me - I use about 4 ( heaped)- but that's down to taste. It hasn't replaced coffee for me- but about once a week - when I cannot face another cup of tea- I treat myself to the alternative taste of Dandelion. It is healthier than normal coffee and very delicate on your digestion.
WHAT IS DANDELION COFFEE?
For starters, it's caffeine free. The manufacturers claim that it's made without the use of chemicals or preservatives. Dandelions are specially farmed, and when harvested the roots are air-dried, roasted and ground. Then fresh water is added to produce a liquid extract, to be finally combined with lactose, producing the soluble granules of dandelion coffee. The granules look pretty similar to normal coffee.
I did a bit of surreptitious googling for this, and noted that Demented Poo Woman from "You Are What You Eat" has a recipe to make it yourself:
Other claims I found included:
- helps combat liver problems, kidney problems and digestion problems
- is a mild natural laxative, a constipation remedy, a blood purifier, and an ideal diuretic due to its richness in minerals (it contains potassium, calcium, sodium, also phosphorous, iron, nickel, cobalt, tin, copper and zinc)
- is suitable for a diabetic diet due to its inulin content.
The packaging also suggests that it's good for people with delicate digestions.
I got mine from Holland & Barretts - 100g costs £2.39. As far as I know it's only really available in health food shops; you can check the manufacturers website for more details of your local stockist (web link given at end of review). To give you some idea of the other sizes too, here are the online prices from one store:
100g - £3.59
300g - £8.19
500g - £11.99
It comes in a cylindrical container, with a foil top below the lid to keep it fresh. When the foil is removed, the coffee smells mildly of caramel, which as you will see makes sense.
HOW TO MAKE IT
To make a cup of dandelion coffee, use one or two teaspoonfuls, or more if desired. Add hot water and milk to taste. I personally think it needs the milk, although it's quite acceptable black. But I think milk helps to bring more of the flavour out. I use two good teaspoons full, which is necessary - you'll see why when we get to the taste.
It's like weak instant coffee with a mild, pleasant taste of caramel. That pretty much sums it up for me; no flowery elaboration necessary! Once brewed, it's looks like normal coffee and smells mildly of ... you guessed it, caramel!
I really like this stuff, although it might not be to the taste of hardcore coffee drinkers. It might, however, be a good way to stagger your craving if you are drinking too much caffeine. With it being caffeine free, it makes the perfect evening drink, with apparent added health benefits. I'd definitely say give it a whirl if you've got an open mind to this kind of thing, although it isn't the cheapest drink around it has to be said.
MANUFACTURER CONTACT DETAILS
G.R.LANE HEALTH PRODUCTS LIMITED
Tel: (01452) 524012
Fax: (01452) 507930
Refreshing caffein free drink without any preservatives.