Getting Figgy with It! Roasted Fig Coffee
March 25, 2022 Report
- Product: Ecoideas Coffideas, Roasted Black Fig Coffee
- Reviewer: @HolisticJudith
What an odd sounding ‘coffee’ – 100% organic roasted black figs. That is the total ingredient list. Nothing more added. Touted as a coffee replacement, this drink can be used in all coffee makers that brew with loose grounds.
I like that this is caffeine-free, as opposed to just decaf. This makes it an ‘any time of day’ drink. I do not always react well to that buzzy caffeine jolt so having a jitter-free alternative is a bonus. It uses way less grounds than regular coffee, just ½ - 1 tsp depending on your taste preference. One 150g size bag makes up to 75 cups. That's also a great deal - less than .30¢ per cup.
Coffideas is both sweet and nutty, good for hot or cold coffee, and is AIP and Keto friendly. Regular coffee can be acidic, contributing to conditions such as acid reflux, ulcers and digestive upset. Not this coffee – it is actually alkaline. It contains zero sodium, cholesterol, fat or sugar.
But how does it taste? I used a French Press to make a cup with a full teaspoon of grounds. I like that it looks like coffee, and it isn’t so far off from a traditional java taste. If anything, I thought the aroma was slightly like a burned coffee, and the taste reminded me of a strong brew; I used only 1/2 teaspoon the next time. Once I added my creamer (almond milk hazelnut) it really came alive as a ‘normal’ cup of coffee but it was too sweet for me; the creamer took it over the top. I would recommend tasting it black before adding any sweetener of choice as the figs are sweet on their own already.
I also tried it as the base in my favourite banoffee drink, with a few revisions. Try for yourself:
- 1/2 banana
- * 1 cup brewed Coffideas Roasted Black Fig
- Almond milk, preferred amount
- Small splash of vanilla
- Blend well and enjoy. *I made a batch in my French Press the day before and refrigerated.
Honestly, I had pretty low expectations, but I was very impressed with the taste and will happily drink this as a legit coffee replacement. The company also has a roasted chickpea and fig version, which I have not tried. Wish list: I would love to see these in a compostable pod format.