best chicory coffee

10 Best Chicory Coffees to Drink in 2021

Even though chicory coffee has been around a long time, I've noticed that it's still quite a niche subject. Personally, I have been enjoying this coffee substitute for a long time and think people should realize just how much it can enrich your life.

Don't get me wrong, I know looking for something to switch out your coffee habit sounds pretty scary — I was just like that once too. But, once you've tried it, you won't want to go back to your old ways!

Yes, I'm a self-proclaimed chicory coffee aficionado since it has been about 10 years (maybe a bit longer... I feel old!) since I poured my first cup. And I honestly haven't drunk another drop of "normal" coffee since that fine day.

Having said this, it did take me a while to figure out which brands were good as there was no one there to help me. That's why I knew I had to bring my experiences and recommendations with chicory coffee to the people of the internet!

Anyway, enough of my chit-chat! Let's get on with it, shall we?

best chicory coffees

What to Look For When Buying Chicory Coffee

Okay, I know you're probably here to get right to my top 10 favorites but I just wanted to help you on your chicory coffee journey first.

In all honesty, there isn't much you can get from simply looking at the packaging — you basically just need to go through a process of trial and error. However, a big thing you can tell from the ingredients label is whether or not it has gluten in the blend. For those who are celiacs, I know this will be important to you!

Also, for those who are concerned with their weight loss, ensure you aren't drinking more calories than you need to. Like with any consumable, you just have to check the ingredients label. Sorry, I didn't mean to insult your intelligence!

Right, onwards to my favorite brands that you need to try (even if I do say so myself).

Top Chicory Coffees

Top Rated


My Favorite


Budget pick


MONTEREY BAY CHICORY ROOT ROASTED GRANULES

Monterey Bay

RASA ADAPTOGENIC HERBAL KOFFEE ALTERNATIVE BY HONEY COLONY

Honey Colony

COMMUNITY COFFEE

Community Coffee

1. Rasa Adaptogenic Herbal Koffee Alternative by Honey Colony

RASA ADAPTOGENIC HERBAL KOFFEE ALTERNATIVE BY HONEY COLONY

Throughout my chicory coffee drinking career, I've tried many brands but this one from Honey Colony is my absolute favourite. Seriously, I can't get enough of this drink!

The blend is packed full of different organic herbs that give so many benefits, without the classic coffee crash, jitters and inhibited sleep. I don't know what I'd do with my cup of Honey Colony in the morning.

It's made from reishi, chicory (obviously), burdock and he sou wu (old black-haired in English). Combined, these ingredients create a drink that protects your liver, helps reduce inflammation, decreases stress, regulates blood pressure, heals skin, relieves arthritic pain, reduces age lines and much more. Of course, you need to be patient, this won't all happen after just one cup!

I know I've sung its praises — trust me, it deserves that and more — but like with everything in life, there are disadvantages to it. However, in my experience, I've had no problems with this drink whatsoever but obviously, some have different opinions. I won't go into too much detail about them, but if you're concerned, I've listed them below.

Pros

  • Biodegradable packaging
  • Super high quality
  • Tastes delicious
  • Not as bitter as most chicory coffee
  • Makes me less anxious
  • Manage my stress better (of course, this will vary from person to person since everyone is different)
  • Full of adaptogens

Cons

  • Some people have said they don't get as many servings as the packet claims, however, I haven't personally noticed that
  • Some people have had problems with the packaging (improperly sealed upon delivery), but again, I haven't had this issue
  • List Element

2. Community Coffee

COMMUNITY COFFEE

Community Coffee is a brand based in Louisiana and is my second favorite. It's important to note that this contains regular coffee in its blend so technically, you may be feeling a bit of that caffeine rush. Having said this, it's perfect if you're trying to reduce your coffee intake but not experience any cravings.

Unlike other chicory drinks, this is incredibly well priced (most tend to be on the more expensive side of things). Community's mix is *not* for everyone but you don't know until you try.

Pros

  • A lot of earthy notes
  • Wonderfully priced
  • Brilliant customer service when I needed guidance about a year ago
  • Boosts your energy first thing in the morning

Cons

  • You'll need to get used to the taste
  • Fairly bitter (not necessarily a con for everyone)
  • Some people were upset with the apparently "weakened taste" but I've been drinking this for a long time and haven't noticed much of a difference

3. French Market Chicory Coffee

FRENCH MARKET CHICORY COFFEE

I love a good medium-dark roast which is why I adore French Market's blend — they really have perfected it. It's peppery and spicy yet not at all overpowering thanks to the salty fruit background tones. Again, it's an acquired taste but don't knock it if you haven't experienced its greatness!

Pros

  • Salty fruit undertones
  • Pepper is quite dominant in the foreground
  • Incredibly strong
  • Smooth
  • Good value for the money

Cons

  • Incredibly strong (yes, this point is in both columns because at times I both hate it and love it)
  • Some people have said they're scrimping on the chicory but it doesn't affect the overall taste too much (in my humble opinion)
  • Some drinkers claim it tastes like instant coffee, however, it tastes lovely to me

4. Frontier Chicory Root Roasted Granules

FRONTIER CHICORY ROOT ROASTED GRANULES

At one point, I didn't think anything would taste better than coffee but BOY was I wrong. Frontier's chicory roast is stunningly beautiful. Not only for how it tastes but also the easy-drinking properties.

It's a bit on the expensive side so you're better off experimenting with a cheaper version to get used to the chicory sensation first.

Pros

  • High quality
  • Many people have said (including me) that they prefer the taste of this over regular coffee
  • Doesn't disrupt sleep or cause jitters
  • Has calming qualities that ease anxiety too
  • Prebiotic properties
  • Great for your joints (coffee can make them swell)

Cons

  • Some people have claimed the coffee was stale and smelled like oil, however, this was proven to be a bad batch so hopefully, this won't happen again (fingers crossed!)
  • Quite expensive
  • Not good for those that are allergic to ragweed (rashes may appear)

5. Monterey Bay Chicory Root Roasted Granules

MONTEREY BAY CHICORY ROOT ROASTED GRANULES

love this one since it's truly all organic and contains zero artificial flavorings. Of course, like all chicory products, it is naturally free from caffeine which only increases its ranking if you ask me.

It originates in India and while drinking, you're almost transported right there with the warm breezes and stunning smells. Seriously, you've got to try it.

Pros

  • Tastes just like your regular cup of coffee
  • Easy on your digestive system
  • Fantastic price
  • Extremely tasty, but it is bitter
  • Creates a denser drink than the other brands I've talked about so far
  • Mix with protein powder for a super healthy drink

Cons

  • Some buyers have claimed it's not "organic" since it smells different from the ones they usually buy, however, each brand will have various qualities that could alter the smell of the product
  • People have had problems with the shipping (i.e. receiving a different product from the one they've ordered). I have to say, I have had this problem once before too
  • Quite bitter (just a warning for those who don't like that)

6. Starwest Botanicals Chicory Root Roasted Granules

STARWEST BOTANICALS CHICORY ROOT ROASTED GRANULES

This one is pretty special since if you aren't completely satisfied, you can return it! I know a lot of people who have splashed out on chicory coffee, realized they don't like it yet can't get their money back. Don't make that same mistake — try this one pretty much risk-free.

Pros

  • Perfect with a bit of creamer
  • When I used to drink this regularly, I did notice a positive change in my digestion
  • Really fresh
  • Can reuse the grounds for a second cup of coffee
  • Great value
  • Medium roast

Cons

  • Too bitter for most when drinking black (including me)
  • Takes a bit of getting used to if you're not already familiar with the taste of chicory coffee
  • A few of my friends have said that their granules were burnt but I haven't had this problem
  • Bitter aftertaste that stays for a somewhat unpleasant amount of time (adding creamer solved this for me)

7. Perfect Harmony French Roasted Chicory Root

PERFECT HARMONY FRENCH ROASTED CHICORY ROOT

I'll be real with you — I love the simple aesthetic of the packaging. It's incredibly pleasing but, alas, this is not the most important thing sigh.

Tastewise, you do feel as though you're drinking regular coffee which is pretty great. Again, this one is fully organic so you can reap all the benefits chicory has to offer you.

Pros

  • No jitters like you'd experience from regular coffee
  • Smooth
  • Pretty tasty
  • Doesn't inhibit your sleep like "normal" coffee
  • Perfect packaging for added freshness
  • Prebiotic
  • Completely natural
  • Feels similar to regular coffee when making and drinking it

Cons

  • Coffee novices will enjoy this more than those who have been drinking it for years
  • Chicory root experts will be better off opting for another brand (as you probably already know if this statement applies to you!)

8. Teeccino French Roast Organic Chicory

TEECCINO FRENCH ROAST ORGANIC CHICORY

Think about it this way — there is no milk in almond milk so, there's no coffee in chicory coffee. Simple, right? That's how Teeccino has managed to appeal to the masses — simplicity. It's tasty and it knows it.

Pros

  • Has the perfect amount of bitterness
  • Brew it the same as you would regular coffee
  • Wakes you up in the morning
  • Completely natural and organic
  • Similar to Starbucks coffee
  • Helps with digestion

Cons

  • Although it says gluten-free, those who are intolerant have stated otherwise
  • Quite expensive if you're not sure you will like it
  • The smell takes some getting used to
  • Still on the acidic side of the pH scale

9. Cafe Du Monde Chicory

CAFE DU MONDE CHICORY

I love French coffee so this one caught my eye and it didn't disappoint. I would suggest adding your favorite creamer into it though otherwise, it's a tad too bitter for your average drinker.

Pros

  • Lovely flavor
  • Smooth
  • Adding creamer (preferably fat-free so you can still gain all the health benefits from the chicory) makes it taste even better
  • Good value for the money
  • No nasty aftertaste

Cons

  • For those who aren't used to chicory drinks, definitely add creamer otherwise you will probably want to pour it down the sink
  • Deliveries are not refundable even if the can has dents in (disclaimer: this has happened to me just the once)
  • If you don't like dark roast coffee, you probably won't like this

10. Beyond Coffee

beyond coffee

Celiacs beware — this one contains a fair amount of gluten. I don't want anyone getting tummy upsets because I didn't warn you! Besides that, this truly tastes like coffee so you can't really go wrong. Plus, it's on the cheaper side so win-win, right?

Pros

  • I'd say it tastes just like regular coffee (some do disagree of course, but this is only natural)
  • Mellow taste
  • Smooth yet slightly earthy
  • Very healthy
  • No jitters
  • Pretty great substitute for those who have been told to cut out regular coffee

Cons

  • Much like the Teeccino brand, it does have gluten in it so if you're a celiac, don't try this
  • Quite a few people (excluding me) have said they can't stand the taste but this is largely down to personal preference and nothing to do with the actual quality of the blend
  • Slightly popcorn taste (might be enjoyable for some)

My Favorite Chicory Coffee

While it mostly comes down to personal preference, I strongly recommend Honey Colony's chicory coffee. It's hard to be disappointed by something so great!