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Teeccino Herbal Tea Gluten-Free?

I first heard of Teeccino Tea a couple years back when a friend recommended I drink it instead of my caffeinated coffee. I went to the website to check it out and found that it contains barley. Umm….last time I checked barley contains gluten and you can’t pay me to eat or drink gluten. If I was going to intentionally consume gluten (which I am not), I sure as heck wouldn’t be choosing tea to poison myself. I would go big – steaming hot sourdough bread or a New York style bagel. Anyway, I digress.

After reading an update from Tricia Thompson on Teeccino, I wanted to make sure to share all of the newest information with you all. Tricia has covered this topic more than once, the most recent being an update from the CEO of Teeccino on 6/28/2010. Teeccino is standing by the statement on the package “brewed Teeccino is gluten-free”. Of course what is missing from the package, as Tricia points out, is the fact that in order to make sure the brewed Teeccino is gluten-free, one must make sure to brew the product with a paper filter to ensure that no particles end up in the finished product. Brewing the Teeccino in a mesh, reusable filter may not do the job.

I don’t know about you, but I know that I would not willingly depend on my brewing skills to make sure there was no gluten in my drink. We all know that human error is inevitable. I find coffee grinds in my coffee often enough and I use a paper filter each time. Is this worth being sick over?

Tricia also mentions that Teeccino may be in the process of developing a barley-free Teeccino flavor for their “Boutique Line”. If you are looking for an decaf drink, there are plenty of teas & coffees out there that are both gluten-free and decaffeinated. Some of those options include:

  • Folger’s regular & flavored
  • Starbuck’s
  • Caribou
  • Millstone regular & flavored
  • Peet’s
  • Berres Brothers – all
  • Green Mountain Coffee – all
  • Celestial Seasonings – read label – they will be marked “gluten-free” – here is a caffeine-free herbal tea.

As far as coffee goes, all 100% coffee is gluten-free. What you need to watch out for is the added flavorings. Tea isn’t so easy as barley can be used in tea. 100% tea, such as Luzianne or Lipton is gluten-free. Nestle Coffee-Mate is gluten-free and says so right on the bottle. If you are unsure about your flavored coffee, just use the Coffee-Mate instead. Another option is So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer. This creamer is gluten-free and is much better for you than the Coffee-Mate (sorry Nestle).

6 comments to Teeccino Herbal Tea Gluten-Free?

  • Justine

    I agree! A cup of herbal "coffee" is not worth getting sick over. I have become a chai tea drinker in the last few years. And So Delicious coconut milk creamer makes it even more satisfying and delicious!

  • This is the kind of madness that, well, makes ME MAD! Sheer idiocy to think anyone brews their tea with a paper filter. Just get with the program, Teecino … how hard would it be to take out the gluten? Sheesh.

    I actually think I got glutened while on vacation from tea. The tea itself was free of gluten per their label and website info, but there was a chance of cross contamination in production.

    As you shared, Kim, there are so many other safe options, why take a chance?

    Thanks as always for keeping us straight! And, thanks to Tricia, too.


  • I'm not gluten-free, but I do have to say that I'm so happy having switched from coffee to tea (usually green, sometimes black) in the mornings. It definitely still gives you a bit of caffeine, but not that jolt + crash with coffee!

  • kiel

    very good information

  • jayster

    WARNING: Slightly defensive rant ahead. I am gluten free. I have tried Teechino and I really enjoy the taste but it is NOT gluten free. I realize that Tricia has done her due diligence to assure the "gluten-free" quality of her product, but how can any product that contains ANY ingredient that has gluten be gluten free? We gluten free citizens can't even drink distilled spirits if there were grains used in its manufacture. How is a paper filter going to purify a drink better than distillation? Sometimes, we can be labeled as being over zealous if not out-right crazy for our demand for a GF product. That is to say, we can be accused of being a bit "insane" for our sensitivity. I don't know what the minimum ppm for gluten can be and I don't care. I only know that sometimes I've had reactions when I didn't even know that I consumed something with gluten. I know that I didn't imagine my reaction when I discovered what I thought were gluten-free gin martinis. Man, that one SUCKED. Thank God for potato vodka. ;-) I'm just saying that reactions vary. Sensitivities to gluten vary. I love food. I'll eat just about ANYTHING as long as there is no gluten in it. Gluten-free means NO GLUTEN. NONE. It's POISON TO SOME OF US. Rant off. Thank you for your understanding and have a great day! Peace and Love, Jay

  • KJohnson

    Thanks for this post. I haven't been able to drink coffee for a while now and not because of the caffeine, but because of the acid, so when a friend told me about this, I rushed to the store. I was happy to see the big "gluten free" label, but then as a good gluten free shopper, i turned the package over to see the ingredients…What the what?! Barley??????? I really was blown away. I didn't buy any of course, but checked out the company website when i got home and was as appalled as everyone else at the fact that they think something with gluten in it can be gluten-free. I mean, it's just beyond ridiculous. I think it's so unethical and irresponsible to do this. Many people new to being gf might not understand that barley is gluten or may not look at the ingredients. they might actually TRUST that a manufacturer is telling them the truth. Ok, that said, it seems like now, probably as a result of people getting pissed off, they do have that "boutique" line out: the Dandelion line. I will actually try this because barley is not an ingredient and i don't have any other non-coffee options, so if i like it, it'll make my mornings much more like they used to be before i had to stop drinking coffee – i miss it. Again, thanks for the post; nice to know i wasn't the only one enraged!

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