Make Your Own Coffee Substitutes

Learn how to make your own coffee substitutes. Take a stand against skyrocketing java prices by trying parsnip postum, wheat java, chickpea surprise, and barley brew instead of coffee.


| September/October 1977



Grind your own grains for substitute coffee using a coffee grinder.

Grind your own grains for substitute coffee using a coffee grinder.


Photo By J. Weiland

Discover how to make your own coffee substitutes and save money using natural grains, legumes and vegetables.

Coffee Substitute Recipes

Parsnip Postum Coffee Substitute Recipe
Wheat and Molasses Coffee Substitute Recipe
Chickpea Coffee Substitute Recipe
Barley Coffee Substitute Recipe

Make Your Own Coffee Substitutes

Coffee drinkers of the world, unite! Take a stand against skyrocketing java prices!

The South American plantation owners who produce the raw product . . . the people who buy and sell coffee on the "commodities market . . . the makers of Maxwell House, Yuban Nescafe, and other major brands of Java . . . all would have us believe that the only way they can indulge oar thirst for an aromatic dark-brown breakfast drink is to buy their wares and pay their prices, no matter how outrageous those prices might be. It simply ain't so/

There's no reason in the world to spend up to $5.00 a pound for ground roast coffee (or up to $10 a pound for instant) . . . when you can brew your own perfectly satisfying coffee substitute from inexpensive, readily available (not to mention wholesome and nutritious) cereal grains and vegetables. Yes, cereal grains and vegetables. Back in the 30's — when money (and coffee) was a good deal scarcer than it is now — many people couldn't afford to drink real coffee. Instead, they brewed a variety of mock javas from barley, rye, wheat, oats, flax and other common foodstuffs. And in some cases, the dark-brown beverages that resulted were said to have a significantly better flavor than real coffee.

Whether the mock Javas listed below are better — or worse — tasting than your favorite freeze-dried or ground roast coffee is something you'll have to decide for yourself. One thing is certain, however: Unless you do try one or more of the following concoctions, you'll never know bow satisfying coffee substitutes can be . . . and you'll never know how mach "coffee money" you might have been able to save!





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