For those of you who tuned in last week, you read my glowing review of the organic herbal coffee alternative, Ayurvedic Roast™. And I mentioned that I had, in the past, tried Teeccino®, the reigning “champ” so to speak in the world of coffee alternatives. Now, as in the world of sports, you can only remain a champ so long as someone better doesn’t come along and take the title from you. I mentioned that I read online that “a blind taste test was conducted comparing Ayurvedic Roast™ with the top three coffee substitutes on the market (of which I’m certain Teeccino was included). Over 200 people tasted all four herbal coffees, with Ayurvedic Roast™ being chosen as the best tasting by the highest percentage of participants.” But since it had been years since I’d tried Teeccino, I thought it was only fair to do a current taste-off now that I’d discovered a viable contender.
So I went out to Wild By Nature in Oceanside, NY to pick up a bag of the Teeccino and selected their Vanilla Nut flavor so that it would be the closest flavor in comparison to the French Vanilla Ayurvedic Roast from last week’s review. Taste aside, there are a few obvious differences in the two…While Ayurvedic Roast has a slightly higher cost, it is Certified Organic, is nut-free (which could be important for those with nut allergies), and contains the added benefit of a few key Ayurvedic herbs. Both Ayurvedic Roast and Teeccino are naturally caffeine-free, vegan, and are similar in calories per serving (approximately 20), with very little sodium, sugar, and carbohydrates (0-1% each). I made an a handy little table summarizing the differences and similarities below…because honestly, who doesn’t love a table 😛
Retail Price per 11oz
Organic roasted barley, organic roasted rye, organic roasted chicory, organic ashwagandha, organic shatavari, organic brahmi, organic french vanilla flavor.
Roasted organic carob, organic barley, organic chicory, dates, almonds, organic dates, natural vanilla extract, natural nut flavor, figs.
Once I got home, I set out to further examine the contents and did a visual comparison of bags’ contents:
I found the Ayurvedic Roast to be visually more comparable to coffee, whereas the Teeccino looked a bit like potting soil. As for the smell test, Ayurvedic Roast was the winner yet again. It was again more “coffee-like” with a milder, more natural vanilla smell. In contrast, the Teeccino had an artificial alcohol-like smell that I did not find very appealing.
But, the most important thing to me (and I’d imagine, to the average consumer) is taste. So, just as I had done for last week’s review of the Roast, I brewed the grinds using my drip coffee maker and about 1 rounded tsp of grinds per cup. At this stage of the experiment, the two brews were about the same color and looked similar when poured straight from the pot into a cup.
As you can see, they are visually similar, but one thing I noticed is that the Teeccino seemed “thicker.” Almost like how coffee that’s been sitting too long on a burner gets. Anyway, as I prepared for the taste-test finale, I added my usual almond milk creamer and a bit of coconut sugar to the Teeccino and…well…I wasn’t very impressed. As I suspected, the sludgy nature of the Teeccino left my coffee looking too dark. I think I even added a bit more creamer to try to get it lighter, but here was my result:
While the Teeccino was less visually appealing at this point, I still tried to be optimistic and closed my eyes for a taste test….And as I expected, I was very underwhelmed. Actually, I couldn’t even finish the whole cup. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was I didn’t like about it, but the words “chemical-y” and “artificial” came to mind.
The Winner? Ayurvedic Roast … by a LANDSLIDE, in my opinion.
Basically, if you’re looking for a delicious coffee alternative, spend a few extra dollars for something that actually tastes like coffee. Nothing against Teeccino personally, but I just don’t think the taste comes even close to what I consider good tasting coffee. Maybe it got so popular because, until recently, it was the best tasting option available. Or maybe because they have more marketing manpower. I don’t know…but their stuff isn’t very delicious, if you ask me.
The good news is, if you’ve tried Teeccino and actually like it, well then, your mind is going to be freaking BLOWN when you get your mitts on this Ayurvedic Roast! Seriously. Don’t just take my word for it though…order a bag or sample online and try it yourself. (You’re going to want to order the 11oz bag thought…trust me…because it’s fantastic and 1 oz sample will not be enough).
More people need to find out about this Ayurvedic Roast, if you ask me. I’ve actually contacted the company and am going to see if I can help get it into some stores in my area. If you try it and love it as much as I do, you should do the same!