Gojiccino, the Magic Latte

Hi friends!

First – once upon a time I had a Twitter account, but couldn’t really see the point in it, and thus it got all dusty and unused for a couple years.  But I just discovered its purpose!  To be constantly entertained by hilarious celebrities (including the ones who aren’t trying to be hilarious).  Right?  Right?

In any case, I’m charmed by it and if any of you bloggers use Twitter, I’d love to follow you as they say – feel free to leave your handle in the comments.

So as you may or may not know, I have a tumultuous relationship with caffeine.  I love it – it hates me.  The taste (and oh, the smell!) of a freshly French-pressed black coffee is one of life’s best treasures, but every now and then it turns me into Jittery Monster Allysia, not to be messed around with.  Green tea, another love, does the same.  So does decaf.

It’s been months since I’ve been caffeinated, and it took my body a month of re-calibration (read: a month of being tired every morning) to finally feel normal without it.  And as tragic as life is without precious coffee, I’ve moved on.  As it stands, my favorite caffeine-free sippers are as follows:

1. Rooibos (every now and then I’ll get a rooibos latte at a coffee shop).  I prefer red to green, and I like it plain, though it’s great jazzed up with other herbs and fruits too.

2. Teeccino.  Their French-style blend is my favorite coffee-like drink, made from roasted barley and chicory and other good things – it tastes better than it sounds.  Not a coffee replica to be sure, but it’s dark, bitter and astringent so it calls coffee to mind.  Plus it’s great with a splash of milk.

3. Kukicha. I was introduced to this in the Macrobiotics portion of my schooling, and it’s easily my favorite daily drink.  It’s made from the twigs of tea plants, and it’s caffeine-free since all of the caffeine in tea is from the leaves.  The taste reminds me of a cross between oolong and black tea.

3. Gojiccino.  A magical treat!  So magical!  So complex!  Exclamation marks!  So magical, in fact, that we have to talk about it more in-depth.

There’s this company in Ontario that makes a product called Gojiccino, which I accidentally discovered at a restaurant called Fresh.  You use it as you would an espresso shot in a latte-type drink – a shot or two in some steamed milk.  It kind of blew my mind.  Naturally sweet but not sugary, it’s toasty and bitter, with strong caramel tones, and a magical somethin-somethin that I just can’t place, that piece of complexity that makes the drink intriguing and addictive.

And then I had to go home and make it myself.  The concept is simple enough – toast some goji berries, blend them into a thick liquid with a little hot water, strain, and voila.  It’s not quite as awesome as their product, but that’s because they use magic.  So for those of you who don’t have this drink available near you, rest assured you can do up a delicious home version before it becomes available across North America (here’s hoping!).

No recipe this time, just a general method.  Toast some goji berries on a dry skillet for 15 minutes or so, until they’re soft and dark (even burnt in places).

Toss ’em in a blender with a little water – just enough to get the machine running properly, not so much as to dilute the flavor.

When it’s blended, strain the mixture so it’s smooth (I use a nut milk strainer bag, but a fine mesh sieve should work in theory, it would just be more time-consuming).

That’s it!  Heat up some milk and add a spoonful of the goji mixture to it.  Enjoy immensely.  And support a great Canadian company!  It should be noted that I’m not affiliated with them in any way – this post comes from a pure love of gojiccino.

Happy Wednesday!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11495143040747871486 Hannah

    Holy smokes! This sounds amazing! I may demand you make this for me at some point. 😉

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11492583565520188461 Sarah

    YUM!!! What a brilliant idea!! It sounds so delicious I would definitely love to try this! I love rooibos tea too, I've been switching over to it quite a bit over the past year 🙂 I've tried teeccino and sadly didn't like it as much as I wanted to 🙁

  • http://bittersweetblog.com/ bittersweetblog.com

    Yes, yes, and yes to the first three, but I hadn't heard of Gojiccino before. I guess I have some serious research to do!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15887621874869110597 Kari

    My goodness! I have never heard of nor imagined such a thing. I have to try it!

  • http://veganhomemade.wordpress.com/ veganhomemade

    Gojiccino sounds very interesting! I wonder who first thought to do that…

    I had to give up caffeine for about five weeks earlier this year, and I was a very grouchy Erin. Even at the end I didn't feel like my normal self, and I always knew I would go back to caffeine as soon as I could! I drank dandelion tea some of the time and it wasn't bad, kind of tastes like toasted bread in tea form.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17066424084187434409 Joey

    I love Twitter for work, but for play, I completely forgot I had one until you reminded me and I had to go and refresh it again.

    Gojiccino? Consider my mind blown in a most tasty fashion!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05858247094173771932 Joanna DeVoe

    Gojiccino??? YES, please!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00589414740603993442 foodfeud

    Wow this looks and sounds so awesome! I've only had cool goji drinks before, like gingery goji lemondade but this sounds amazing. So pretty too.
    I love coffee but it makes me jittery too. Although you have more control of yr desires apparently – I ain't givin it up 🙂
    Green tea makes me kind of nauseous sometimes but I do love Rooibos tea! I was drinking dandelion leaf tea for a while too, which I think is similar to teecino. Have you tried dandelion leaf?

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08901767751926870086 veganmiam.com

    Followed on Twitter, hehe! Have you tried Blue Lotus Chai? It's so good, they also have all kinds: mint masala chai, mandarin masala chai, rooibos masala chai. They are so good with any kinds of nut milk and a bit of natural sweetener (maple syrup/agave). I have never tried Gojiccino "Magic Latte", but I like the term though, but that sounds like an interesting beverage!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11490816021651698189 Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    I think I've had one of these at a coffee shop before … soooooo good!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16888982130221268208 Mandee

    I know exactly how you feel, I drank coffee for years but now when I have it I get the shakes, I feel anxious, and awful. I even get it from black tea. So now I drink decaf tea and I also like rooibos and Teeccino! I haven't tried #3 or #4 but I will look into them!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03361314949001991348 Megan Clarke

    I suck at Twitter, I pretty much forget it exists and then will randomly remember and post something.
    Liquified goji berries? That's craziness, totally need to try it.