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1. Is Teeccino all natural and healthy for me?
2. Is there any coffee or caffeine in Teeccino?
3. What do you mean by herbal coffee?
4. How do I quit coffee?
5. Why not just drink decaf?
6. Will Teeccino give me an energy boost?
7. What makes Teeccino’s flavours natural?
8. Is there caffeine in the “natural coffee flavour” in Teeccino?
9. What is Inulin?
10.Is there caffeine in the cocoa powder in Mocha and Chocolate Mint?
11. Does Teeccino contain any gluten?
12. Where can I get more information about caffeine?
13. How Can I Drink Teeccino While Eating Out?
14. Is Teeccino safe for pregnant women and nursing mothers?
15. Is Teeccino an instant product?
16. Does Teeccino’s grind work in all the different brewing methods?
17. Does Teeccino need to be refrigerated like coffee?
18. Is Teeccino GMO Free?
19. Are the ingredients in Teeccino organic?
20. Does Teeccino have an acidic or alkaline effect in the body?
21. What makes coffee and tea so acidic in the body?
22. Is Teeccino good for people with acid reflux, GERD and IBS?
23. What is the Difference between the Espresso Grind and the All-purpose Grind?
24. What are Ramon Seeds?
25. Does Teeccino buy fair trade ingredients?
  1. “Is Teeccino all natural and healthy for me?”

Yes!!! Teeccino is created from all natural ingredients that are nutritional and have been consumed by humans for thousands of years. Teeccino is low in calories, has only 3 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fibre, and no fat. Please read more about Teeccino’s health benefits under Nutritional Benefits.


  1. “Is there any coffee or caffeine in Teeccino?”

No! Nor is there any black tea. Teeccino is naturally coffee-free and caffeine-free. Teeccino is a blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts that are roasted and ground to brew and taste just like coffee.


  1. What do you mean by herbal coffee?

Herbal coffee is brewed from herbs that have been roasted and ground to brew and taste like coffee. Most people are aware that there is no “milk” in soy milk, and there is no “burger” in a veggie burger. However, many people don’t remember that there is no “tea” in herbal tea. Tea always used to refer to Camelia sinensis, the plant that has been grown for centuries to produce black tea.

But now we have green tea, red tea, white tea, and herbal tea. The term “tea” has become a generic term for leaves, bark, flowers, roots and spices that are brewed in hot water like true tea. We hope that one day people will also understand “herbal coffee” as easily as they now understand soy milk!


  1. “How do I quit coffee?”

Over a two week period, start blending Teeccino with your coffee. Begin with 3/4 coffee, and 1/4 Teeccino and gradually increase the amount of Teeccino until you are drinking 100% Teeccino. Herbal tonics and nutritional supplements can also aid you in restoring your own natural energy supply. Check out the ‘How to Quit Caffeine’ section of our website for more information or ask us for a copy of our “Quitting Coffee” cd: mail@ntphealthproducts.com


  1. “Why not just drink decaf?”

Even decaf coffee has at least 7 –10 mg of caffeine per 180 ml cup. Decaf coffee brewed at coffee bars can contain twice as much caffeine because they typically brew coffee stronger than standard brewing directions. So if you are drinking a large (450g) cup of decaf, you may be getting as much as 20-30 mg of caffeine. In addition, studies at Stanford University show that decaf raises the LDL fraction of cholesterol (commonly referred to as “bad” cholesterol) higher and faster than regular coffee leading to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Studies have also shown that there is a higher incidence of people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis among decaf drinkers. Additionally, most decaf has been extracted with methylene chloride, a carcinogen, which leaves behind small but significant residues. Decaf is even harder than regular coffee on the gastrointestinal tract because it is made from a variety of coffee beans called robusta that have stronger acids. If you have gastrointestinal problems or suffer from acid indigestion, you’ll find that eliminating coffee from your diet, whether it is decaf or regular, will help your recovery process.


  1. “Will Teeccino give me an energy boost?”

Many people experience an energy lift from drinking Teeccino. The nutrients in Teeccino are in liquid form, making them very bio-available and quickly absorbed. Teeccino replenishes potassium, an electrolyte mineral that stimulates nerve impulses, helps oxygenate the brain, and enhances athletic performance. The potassium in Teeccino is completely natural, coming from the ingredients themselves. Sports drinks rely on added potassium to achieve the same effect, but Teeccino’s natural potassium is at an even higher per serving quantity than sports drinks. Thus many people find Teeccino makes a re-energizing drink after workouts.

Another factor that may explain why people experience an energy lift from Teeccino is the pinitol that is naturally present in carob pods. Pinitol has been shown to act like insulin by making cells receptive to taking in glycogen, the energy component in the blood. The natural pinitol in carob may help people who are insulin resistant by increasing the ability of their muscles to use glycogen.


  1. “What makes Teeccino’s flavours natural?”

Natural flavours are made from flavouring constituents that are extracted from natural ingredients like fruits, spices, herbs and even coffee. Teeccino flavours do not contain any constituents from meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, or edible yeast. Teeccino does not allow any monosodium glutamate, propylene glycol, or preservatives in its flavours.

All Teeccino’s flavours are “organic compliant” which means that no ingredients are allowed in them that have been extracted using synthetic solvents or that are not permissible in organic products according to the USDA National Organic Program.


  1. “Is there caffeine in the natural coffee flavour in Teeccino?”

Flavour houses extract the flavour components from all natural ingredients in order to create natural flavours. In the case of Hazelnut flavour, the flavour is extracted from a hazelnut paste and other nut pastes. In the case of coffee flavour, the components of coffee flavour are extracted from a number of ingredients that include both coffee, chicory and even, believe it not, garlic! Who would imagine that coffee and garlic share the same flavour component? The expertise of flavour chemists allows them to use natural ingredients to derive flavours without getting all the components of each source. Thus it is possible to produce coffee flavour without caffeine, which in any case doesn’t contribute to the flavour of coffee. Watch out though for coffee flavoured ice cream, yogurt, etc. because these foods usually contain a coffee concentrate or even ground coffee beans that do have caffeine.

Teeccino makes sure that the flavours used are completely natural and don’t contain harmful ingredients like propylene glycol, a petroleum product that is added to many food and skin care products, or MSG, preservatives, etc.


  1. “What is Inulin?”

Inulin is a natural soluble fibre that is part of the chicory root. Not to be confused with the hormone, insulin, which is excreted by the pancreas to control blood sugar levels, inulin passes through the digestive tract unabsorbed. In the colon, it becomes food for the beneficial microflora such as lactobacillus and bifidus. The consumption of inulin helps establish and keeps thriving a healthy population of beneficial microflora that are responsible for creating B vitamins, boosting the immune system, and promoting the absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.


  1. “Is there caffeine in the cocoa powder in Mocha and Chocolate Mint?”

Cocoa contains a small amount of caffeine. However, since cocoa is used as a flavouring in Teeccino in very small quantities, no detectable level of caffeine has been found in a cup of Teeccino Mocha or Chocolate Mint when tested by independent laboratories.


  1. “Does Teeccino contain any gluten?”

Although Teeccino contains barley, an independent laboratory at the University of Nebraska specializing in gluten testing found no detectable levels of gluten in brewed Teeccino. Although gluten is present in barley, it most likely does not extract out of the barley using conventional coffee brewing techniques. Gluten is not extracted by boiling water although it can be extracted using ethanol alcohol, which of course is not present in Teeccino.

For gluten-sensitive customers, we highly recommend using a paper filter in a drip coffee maker to brew Teeccino so that no particles of Teeccino can leak into the brewed liquid. Teeccino Tee-Bags are also perfect for gluten-sensitive customers because the Teeccino grounds are enclosed completely in the tea bag filter paper. Since ingesting small particles of Teeccino grounds could cause a reaction to gluten, we don’t recommend reusable filters since they are not as completely reliable as paper filters inpreventing particles from going through the filter during brewing.

Teeccino Dandelion Herbal Coffees are made without barley and are designed expressly for those gluten-sensitive people who are concerned that they may still be sensitive to the barley in Teeccino’s Mediterranean and Maya flavours. Although most gluten-sensitive people report that they have no problems drinking Teeccino, some people do experience a reaction and thus Teeccino Dandelion Herbal Coffees are the best option for preventing a gluten reaction.


  1. “Where can I get more information about caffeine?”

You can email us mail@ntphealthproducts.com to ask for a free copy of the CD “Kicking the Caffeine Habit” with Stephen Cherniske and Caroline MacDougall.


  1. “How Can I Drink Teeccino While Eating Out?”

There’s nothing like finishing a meal with a perfectly brewed cup of Teeccino. It gives you that satisfying sense of completion without the calories of a dessert. This year we’ve made it our goal to get Teeccino served nationally in natural food restaurants and health-oriented coffee bars. If Teeccino isn’t served in your favourite establishment yet, don’t let that stop you from asking for it!

You can ensure your success by bringing along a foil trial-size packet of your favorite flavour. Simply ask your waiter if they have an espresso machine or French press. One packet makes two perfect cappuccinos or two individual size plungers. To guarantee you’ll get a cup of Teeccino, you can also take the One-Cup Brewer or the Tea Infuser since both will brew Teeccino with only hot water.

Again, the foil packet will make 2 or 3 steaming mugs, depending on how strong you like to drink Teeccino. Help us build a network of establishments that serve Teeccino by sending us the name of your favourite ones, their address and phone number, and the person who makes the decisions about their menus. If we are successful in getting Teeccino served there, we’ll send you a complimentary pack of your favourite Teeccino flavour!


  1. “Is Teeccino safe for pregnant women and nursing mothers?”

YES! All the herbs in Teeccino have been in the human diet for thousands of years. There are no stimulants or drugs like caffeine that could cause uterine contractions or hyperactivity by the infant. Although there is misinformation repeated on some internet sites about chicory being contraindicated during pregnancy, there is no scientific substantiation of this claim. On the contrary, there is the long history of pregnant women drinking chicory-based beverages with no problems whatsoever.

Teeccino is nutritious for both mum and baby. Many health care practitioners, midwives and doctors recommend Teeccino to their pregnant patients.


  1. “Is Teeccino an instant product?”

NO! The secret to getting the full-bodied, deep roasted flavour of Teeccino lies in brewing Teeccino like coffee. Instant teas, coffee or coffee substitutes can’t give you the satisfaction of brewed flavour. If you are travelling and want to brew Teeccino away from home, we recommend two brewing methods.

The Frieling One-Cup Brewer is easy to travel with and you can brew one cup at a time with only boiling water. The paper filters, Mini Minit One Cup Filters, allow you to brew a single cup and throw away the paper filter afterwards. Also, many restaurants with espresso machines or plungers will brew a cup of Teeccino for you. The Teeccino trial size packet makes 2 cappuccinos/lattes or 2 individual serving plungers. The packets are easy to travel with and you can refold the foil if you only brew one cup.

If you desire a simpler method of brewing a cup of Teeccino, we recommend Teeccino Tee-bags that steep just like tea. There are many options for brewing a single cup of Teeccino at home or on the go.


  1. “Does Teeccino’s grind work in all the different brewing methods?”

YES! Teeccino contains a variety of ingredients which are each ground to different specifications. This composite grind allows Teeccino to be brewed in a variety of ways; from a drip coffee maker to a plunger or an espresso machine.


  1. “Does Teeccino need to be refrigerated like coffee?”

NO! Teeccino won’t go stale like coffee because it doesn’t have coffee oils which go rancid if unrefrigerated. Just replace the plastic cap on your can of Teeccino and it will last for at least two years. Brewed Teeccino can last up to five days in your refrigerator making it easy to drink iced Teeccino in the summeror reheat Teeccino to enjoy a cup later.


  1. “Is Teeccino GMO Free?”

Teeccino is completely GMO free. Fortunately, Monsanto and others haven’t seen fit to tinker with the genetic composition of most of the ingredients that are used in Teeccino. We are vigilant however with all our suppliers requesting a guarantee that the ingredients they supply do not contain GMOs. There is some GMO experimentation with barley to make it resistant to a fungus called barley scab, but fortunately it is still restricted to the laboratory and has not been successful so far!


  1. “Are the ingredients in Teeccino organic?”

Our seven Teeccino Mediterranean Flavours (Almond Amaretto, Chocolate Mint, Hazelnut, Java, Mocha, Original and Vanilla Nut) are certified as 75% organic. Our Maya Flavours (French Roast (formerly Caffé), Chai and Chocolaté) are certified USDA Organic which means that at least 95% of their ingredients are certified organic.

Carob, barley, chicory root, and ramon seeds used in Teeccino are all certified organic. Some of Teeccino’s other ingredients are organic too, but they may not be declared certified on our label due to problems with consistent supply. Any ingredient listed as organic on the label is certified by Quality Assurance International of San Diego, California.


  1. “Does Teeccino have an acidic or alkaline effect in the body?”

Drinking Teeccino helps you reduce acidity in your body in two ways: First, it provides the alkaline mineral, potassium, which your body uses to neutralize acidity and restore alkaline balance.

Second, the soluble fiber, inulin, from chicory in every cup of Teeccino supports a healthy population of beneficial microflora, which enhances your digestion and increases the bio-availability of minerals. By increasing your daily intake of inulin, you improve your ability to absorb the alkaline minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium, cobalt, and copper that a healthy person needs to maintain the body’s natural alkaline balance.


  1. “What makes coffee and tea so acidic in the body?”

Coffee is highly acidic to the body due to its content of over 208 acids. The acids in coffee, not all of which have even been identified, are highly irritating to the stomach and intestinal lining. Coffee stimulates an increased production of gastric acid leading to a variety of digestive ailments. Decaf has the same or even stronger effect because the beans used to produce decaf coffee are usually more highly acidic than regular coffee beans.

Caffeine is also a contributing factor to the reason why both coffee and tea have an acidic effect in the body.

Caffeine belongs to a group of chemicals called xanthines. Caffeine has to be detoxified in the liver and its metabolites, methylxanthine, methyluric acid and uric acid, are excreted by the kidneys in the urine. If the diet is over-acidic and the kidneys are not able to keep up with processing acids, these acids can contribute to a build up of acidity in the body.

Studies have shown that coffee can reduce the pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, which normally prevents the reflux of the acid contents of the stomach from going back up into the esophagus. Since this effect is produced by both coffee and decaf coffee, it is not just the caffeine in coffee that contributes to heartburn, acid reflux, and GERDS.


  1. “Is Teeccino good for people with acid reflex, GERD and IBS?”

Yes! We have many customers who drink Teeccino because they gave up coffee after being diagnosed with acid reflux and/or inflammatory bowel diseases like IBS, and are concerned about digestive health. Coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, is highly acidic and stimulates an increase in gastric acids.

Coffee is also shown to speed up the process of gastric emptying, which may lead to acidic contents passing into the small intestine too soon. This could injure the intestinal tissue causing very unpleasant symptoms.

Teeccino’s potassium content supplies the body with an alkaline mineral needed to correct metabolic acidity. Inulin, a soluble fiber in Teeccino that comes from chicory root, supports a healthy population of beneficial microflora in both the gut and the colon.

Including more inulin in your diet by drinking Teeccino supports good digestive health.

If you suffer from digestive disorders, we highly recommend weaning yourself off of coffee using Teeccino’s Kick the Caffeine Habit programme.


  1. “What’s the Difference Between Espresso Grind and All Purpose Grind?”

Normally our 454gm cans are reserved for our wholesale/food service customers, but we’ve realized that many Teeccino customers like the convenience of a can with a measuring scoop. The espresso grind is slightly finer than the all-purpose grind that is packed in the 312g bag. It was designed for commercial espresso machines that require a finer grind. It also gives a stronger extraction on espresso machines.


  1. “What are Ramon Seeds?”

Ramon seeds are the seed of the fruit of the ramon tree, a 40 metre tall tree that grows throughout Central America. Known as “Yaxox” in Mayan, the ramon tree (Brosimum Alicastrum) is a member of the fig family, which also includes mulberry trees, and forms the upper canopy of the rainforest. Referred to as “corn tree” by the Maya civilization, its nut was a nutrient-rich, staple food crop, capable of being stored for lengthy periods of time. Fresh ramon nuts can be boiled like potatoes. The dry nut is roasted, ground into a flour and combined with corn for baking. Dark roasted ramon nuts taste very similar to coffee!

Ramon seeds are high in potassium, fibre, and minerals. They contain all the essential amino acids including a high amount of trytophan, known for its calming effects. Ramon seeds are both fat free and gluten free. Ramon seeds were used medicinally by the Maya to detoxify the liver and promote lactation in nursing women. Other common names for ramon seeds are ojoche, mojo, breadnut and mayanut.


  1. “Does Teeccino buy fair trade ingredients?”

Most of Teeccino’s ingredients are grown in Europe and the USA by first-world farmers. We source organic chicory in India and wild-crafted ramon seeds in Guatemala, which allows us to work in developing countries with small family farmers and rainforest villagers. These ingredients create new trade that provides more economic opportunities in regions where sources of income are scarce. Fair trade is very important for commodity-driven products where exploitation is common. Creating new trade provides more ways to raise the quality of life for rural communities. By drinking Teeccino, you join us in supporting families devoted to organic values in both first world and developing countries.