What makes you feel wildly free?
Is it your morning coffee routine? Or does your morning coffee routine make you feel bound and tethered to the pot, begging for immediate mercy? The balance for me lies somewhere between wildly free, and somewhat bound and tethered on most days, if I am being boldly honest with myself.
I love my morning cuppa joe, savoring the sips of pungent fragrance, steam rising directly into my nostrils as I slowly breathe it in with each press of the mug to my ready lips. This morning ritual, for me, marks the beginnings of movement for the day. It awakens and invigorates my senses, not because of the caffeine rush, rather it’s the awakening of my sense of sight as I gently pad warm bare feet over chilly winter floors enveloped in quiet darkness, lit by soft, glowing light, of smell as I grind the beans, quickly releasing the sharp, complex aroma of a rich roast, of touch as I fill the kettle and prepare the pot with loving intentions to gently nurture the household, of sound as the shrill whistle of the kettle signifies readiness, both for pouring and also for beginning of the day, and of taste as the first warm earthy-golden liquid meets my tongue, it’s as if heaven and earth have united, if only for a moment, allowing me to pause and savor first thing in the morning. A beautiful way to start the day.
It is this that brings me back to my morning mug. All is right and well with the world for me if I stick to my morning ritual, one truly fabulous cup of coffee. It is when I go for gold, I get greedy, and keep returning to the pot for more, and more, that I fall into the bondage of the coffee trap. Now dear friends please understand, I live in frozen tundra for several months of the year. The NorthWoods of Minnesota is beautiful, rugged, and not for the faint of heart. This is why a hot mug in hand is more than a luxury, it is a necessary part of nurturing both body and soul. Plain winter survival around here.
Welcoming Wildly Free Herbal Coffee into my day transcends the coffee experience with none of the side effects of regular coffee for me, tension, jitters, tiredness, brain fog, blood sugar fall-out, dehydration, headaches, and adrenal stress. Instead, I get to nurture myself with a beautiful latte any time of day and continue to feel fabulous, vibrant, and full of pure energy, clear, unfatigued, truly and wildly free.
This is my signature blend that comes from a strong desire to honor my need for a hot mug in hand that nurtures my body as well as my soul. I love tea, but there are just times, especially in winter, that deeper bold roast is stimulating on the tongue and so, so, soul satisfying.
With roasted roots playing the leading roles, wild, hand harvested chaga rounding out the blend imparting a mellow earthiness, an option of raw cacao gives way to a choice in decadent mocha notes, if one should so desire. Topping this blend with freshly made coconut milk and a splash of fire cooked maple syrup, makes a full body experience of sheer and complete ecstasy. Nurturing yourself never tasted so good.
Wildly Free Herbal Coffee Blend
makes one 32 ounce french press
1 T. roasted chicory root
1T. roasted dandelion root
1T. powdered, or finely ground chaga
optional: 1T. raw cacao nibs
Gather all herbal ingredients, measure directly into French press.
Bring 32 ounces of water to boil in a kettle over high heat. Remove from heat, carefully pour hot water over herbal blend into the French press.
Let steep 7-10 minutes, press, and pour.
To make a latte, pour half a mug of wildly free herbal coffee, top the mug off with freshly made frothy coconut milk and a splash of artisan maple syrup or honey.
Indulge with wildly free abandon.