Replacement Coffee Lifehacks for When the Zombies Come

When the zombies come, and they will, you might run out of coffee sooner than you think.  What’s a coffee fiend supposed to do?

Well, here are some lifehacks that might just get you through the zombies, at least until the coffee rescue brigade arises.

I’ve excerpted the first substitute, but do click on the article link to read all five coffee substitutes listed.


Top 5 Coffee Substitutes to Forage When SHTF

When the SHTF, assuming you are able to manage to create a stable situation where you are able to survive day-to-day, those small comforts of life are what you’ll really begin to miss—and what will make the difference between feeling like you’re surviving, and truly thriving.

Little things like real maple syrup. Salt and pepper for your eggs. Fresh butter. Some dark chocolate. And yes, also that­ morning coffee you’ve grown so accustomed to enjoying to start your day.

In a situation where coffee is no longer widely available, there are a number of easy to identify alternatives you can learn to find in the wild to create your own coffee-like beverages.

While these won’t literally taste like coffee or have the same caffeine (don’t expect them to mimic coffee in a precise way), they provide a great way for you to get a rich, hot, satisfying morning drink to replace the coffee you grew to rely on to start your mornings. Many of these pair delightfully with cinnamon and nutmeg to create an even more delicious brew.

Start experimenting with these now, and fine-tune your process, so you’re that ready when you really need them. Hey, you might even discover a new forager’s beverage that you find out you love in its own right! These can also be combined with your regular coffee to help stretch out the supply and make it last longer.

As an added benefit of making your own coffee substitutes with wild plants, you can cut down on the deforestation, water use, and oil consumption that go part and parcel with industrial coffee production. Foraging is a great way to stretch your stash and live an overall greener lifestyle, allowing you to cut out environmentally-wasteful middlemen and connect more deeply with your own food and the natural world around you.

Each of these are roots, seeds, or nuts, which you can dry and roast, and then grind in a typical coffee grinder before percolating them through hot water like your normal coffee. For proportions of ground material to water, try the same brewing ratio as you would for your typical coffee.

As a general rule, root vegetables are in season during the fall, and nuts can be harvested as soon as they fall from trees. While roots could theoretically be harvested for most of the year, they will be far from prime and probably not worth your time in the off-season.

1. Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale)

Used for centuries for its medicinal properties, dandelion tea is a forager’s classic. If you roast the roots, however, they can then be ground up and used as a healthful substitute for America’s favorite hot beverage. The resulting brew is less bitter than coffee, and also less acidic.


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