Deus Ex Machina and I harvested dandelion roots a week or so ago. We cleaned the roots, cut them into one-inch pieces and roasted them at 350° for about a half hour. Then, we put them in a jar and left the jar on the table, because we got busy doing other stuff. Today, we took them out of the jar, ground them up, put a few spoonsful in the French coffee press, added boiling water, and allowed the tea to steep for a while.
I haven't had coffee in a while, but there was a time when I would toss back a pot of coffee in the morning and a pot of coffee at night before bed. I know what coffee tastes like.
And what's in my cup is it, and it's good.
The best part, though, is not that it's really good (I mean REALLY good), but that it's really good for me. Whether or not I believe all of the claims of the extraordinary health benefits of dandelions, I will say that as a coffee substitute, it's a winner.
I gave up coffee in favor of tea several years ago, because tea is a healthier choice. When I wanted to localize my diet, I started a search for a tea substitute, and truly, what I wanted was something that tasted like tea, but I still haven't found it. It amuses me that I have, likely, found what I probably wanted all a long - a healthy coffee-flavored beverage that can be locally produced ... and it was, literally, right under my feet all a long.