It tastes like coffee! This decaf mesquite coffee is made from freshly roasted, whole mesquite pods. You'll love the slightly sweet taste and the way the pods smell like cookies as they're roasting.
Cuisine: American, Native American
Keyword: caffeine free, coffee, drinks, mesquite
Author: Chef Sara Furcini
3handfulswhole dry mesquite podsbroken into 2-inch pieces
mesquite honey(optional) for serving
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Quickly rinse the mesquite pods to remove any dust. Lay the pods out in an even layer on a baking sheet tray. Bake on the center rack until the beans begin to smell like they're burning and turn very dark brown, about 30 minutes. Remove any beans that have a green hue.
Cool completely then grind in a coffee grinder or blender until you have a fine powder mixed with some fibrous bits. Work in batches if you need to. For 1 pot of coffee (measure 6 cups of water), you will need 1 cup ground roasted mesquite. Brew in a coffee filter as you would normal coffee. For the best flavor, the coffee should be dark brown. If it is too light, you will need to roast the beans up to 5 minutes longer.