Alternative to coffee

Essie from Auckland writes,

Coffee. To save money, and for health, I dig up, wash and dry a few dandelion roots when they get in the way in the garden. When using the oven for something else, I pop the roots in for about 10 min’s all up to get them to dark brown colour. Never burnt. Cool, and store in the fridge in a jar. When I want to spin out my morning coffee, I take about 2 Tbs of dandelion root and a dozen coffee beans, grind them up together and voila, soon I have my nutritious, inexpensive cuppa. (I don’t like strong coffee, so this suits me fine.) The dandelion is good for the liver, they say. Win, win, win !