Coffee is one of the most widely used beverages in the country. Coffee comes in many shapes and sizes, and is imported from a wide variety of places. As delicious as a cup of steaming coffee is, especially in the middle of the night or when you are hard at work, it has several side effects when taken in large quantities, such as stomachache, caffeine shock, and teeth stains. An alternative to coffee is dandelion coffee made from dandelion roots. These roots have plenty of vitamins and other nutrients that a normal cup of coffee does not have. The roots also invigorate without sending the body into caffeine crashes after the jolt rubs off.
Dig up the roots. Gather dandelion roots in your neighborhood. The easiest way to gather dandelions is in fields with soil that is regularly aerated and soiled. This will make digging easier. To spot the best roots, look for dandelion with large clumps of leaves. This will lead you to a healthy root system that will yield plenty of dandelion coffee. You can harvest dandelion roots in bulk so that you will not have to gather dandelions frequently.
Clean. Remove the layer of soil in the dandelion roots by placing the roots in a basin. Afterwards, add water and agitate the water until the layer of soil is removed. Do this five times until the water runs clear. There will be small and difficult to remove pockets of soil in the dandelion roots, which you can remove by hand. You can also use vegetable cleaner powders that will soften the surface of the vegetable to remove the soil.
Chop. Chop the dandelion roots into small chunks. Once the dandelion roots are chopped, you can run them again in a basin of water to remove the last bits of soil. Then, place the roots in a blender or food processor and grind the roots to a fine texture. Try to pulsate the food processor so that the dandelion roots will become very fine. Turn the roots around the food processor in case some parts are not properly ground down.
Roast. Take a baking pan and place the processed roots. You can use a cookie sheet to keep the ground roots from sticking to the pan. Set the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The dandelion roots should roast in the oven for at least two hours. Every 20 to 30 minutes, remove the roots from the pan and turn the roots using a spatula. This will ensure that the roots are roasted evenly. This will also let the steam out from the oven, so that the roots will dry out perfectly.
Once the roots are fully roasted, you can brew this like normal coffee. If you plan to place it in a coffee maker, run the powder in the food processor again to grind it to very fine granules that the coffee maker can handle. You can also steep it in hot water like tea, and add cream, sugar, and even honey. Store the excess roots in a clean and dry airtight container.