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.

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:

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.
That plant is named floripondio. Here in my city (Villa Elisa, BA) there are a lot in homes and streets. At home I have one of them, the aroma (parfum?) of its flowers is very very pleasant, at dusk-night. It is visually nice, too.

Fortunately its hallucinogenic effects are not so massively known here, I don't know is some person uses it as drug.
blkhawk (author)  rimar20005 years ago
That's it! I know it as flor de campana or campanilla. This must be the plant that Caitlinsdad mentioned in his post. Brugmansia is the known name of floripondio here in the States. I knew this recovered addict that told me that it was the most horrible "trip" that he ever experienced after drinking tea made with the Brugmansia flower.
There are horrible stories about that plant. Also deaths, passing thru permanent insanity.
blkhawk (author)  rimar20005 years ago
True. Also I heard of people getting "high" with nutmeg.
Yeah, IF you get the whole nut (with the covering that is normally used as the spice Mace) I have read if you suck in the whole thing, you can get high......I know someone that tried it, and all they got was sick to the stomach LOL
blkhawk (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
I saw in the show Thousand Ways to Die, these two potheads that smoked poison ivy or poison sumac trying to get high and they suffered a horrible death. That is natural selection at work. :-(
They should be candidates for the infamous Darwin Awards LOL
In ROU (República Oriental del Uruguay) the childbirth are very expensive, because little Uruguayan born with the thermos under the arm.

Uruguayan walk by the streets, do business, etc, with the mate in hand.
blkhawk (author)  rimar20005 years ago
Ha, ha, ha! I know that both countries have to settle some old scores. Now, remember that the only thing that separates both of you is the river. :-)
I (and almost all Argentine) love the people of Uruguay, are friendly, charming, hospitable. Our rulers Kirchner have had several encounters with them, but the blame is solely of our govern.
Isn't that how it normally is, pretty much everywhere.
lemonie5 years ago
One of my "brown and hot" standbys id Bovril (R)
I believe that there is an actual Sci-Fi etymological-derivation from Vril, but I only know as much as that page.

blkhawk (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Never heard of this drink before. Maybe unknown in the States.
lemonie blkhawk5 years ago
Bovril(R) is a Unilever consumer-product.

The name "beef squeezy" is just wrong :-D
blkhawk (author)  lemonie5 years ago
The company operates in the United States but it does not offer Bovril® as part of their products. I wonder if I can find it in an imported foods store. 
There is a listing on amazon but it seems Bovril import was kinda banned due to the fear of mad cow disease as you search.
kelseymh5 years ago
I found one (but it wasn't easy to find!)
blkhawk (author)  kelseymh5 years ago
Thank you! Now I can add peanuts to the list.
caitlinsdad5 years ago
I think it should be chicory, hickory is a wood, chicory coffee is found in New Orleans. But the various others 

blkhawk (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
Roger that! Thank you.