Coffee substitutes

I wonder if anyone, with experience, can make Instructables explaining how to make coffee substitutes. I understand that coffee substitutes have been made from different sources: chicory, dandelion roots, coffeeweeds, garbanzo beans and, grains. Cassia occidentalis is known as Coffeeweed in some parts of the United States and as Hedionda in Puerto Rico. The Cassia occidentalis and Senna occidentalis produce a very aromatic brew. It was used once during a coffee shortage. 


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rimar20005 years ago
You must try yerba mate. It is very different from coffe and tea, maybe at first you will not like it, but is very pleasant and healthy drink.

But I must warn about a possible dangerous effect: you could turn argentine! That would be terrible.
blkhawk (author)  rimar20005 years ago
I had an Uruguayan friend that brought me yerba mate. I cursed like a sailor because it was scalding hot! It is a powerful brew, very invigorating. If I turn Argentinean I have to join the country's soccer fan club.
I can't recall but from a TV special once there are some aboriginal tribes of South America that brew something and is supposed to be hallucinogenic.
Hahaha!

Yes, it is true. In all countries there are people that uses hallucinogenic herbs, fungus, roots, etc. But yerba mate is not dangerous, here almost all persons drink it at morning, afternoon and night. Beginnig with little children, because coffe, chocolate and tea are much more exciting.
blkhawk (author)  rimar20005 years ago
An older Uruguayan gentleman ( who by the way was in the national soccer team when Uruguay won the soccer Worlds Cup in the 1950's) brought yerba mate after vacationing in his country. When he came back to the States, he was questioned by customs about the bag with the yerba mate. Not convinced with his explanation the officers sent the yerba mate to a laboratory. When the results came back negative for drugs, the officers told my friend that the herb is even very healthy and good for him.
onrust blkhawk5 years ago
That's funny.....I love the stuff!
Aníbal Troilo "Pichuco" was a prominent argentinian music, and suffered a similar case that says blkhawk.
blkhawk (author)  rimar20005 years ago
I only know Libertad Lamarque "the bride of America". Great voice! It is true that Eva Peron was jealous of her fame?
Oh, I don't know if that is true or fable. It is very possible, women are women in all world, but it is impossible to be sure.

Libertad Lamarque was a good Tango singer, but you must hear this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCShCDqYEU4

The audio is bad (too bad) but you can appreciate the quality of Troilo and his orchestra.  Surely there are others better examples in Internet.
blkhawk (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
I remember that in the Caribbean there is a plant that has a flower shaped like a bell. Drug addicts make an infusion with this flower and experience hallucinations similar to the ones produced by hallucinogenic mushrooms, peyote or LSD. The police destroy these plants whenever they are found.
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