Or you could liquidize - Dandelion coffee
But I don't really dislike dandelion. It's a wonderful plant, full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin B complex, as well as zinc, iron and potassium. It supposedly can regulate blood sugar levels , is a liver tonic and a diuretic. Last year I made the dandelion honey from the flowers and recently I tried the dandelion pesto made of the leaves (which contain calcium, magnesium and vitamin K) which was very nice. But this recipe is probably my favorite. It's dandelion coffee! Yes, I was sceptical too. But it's really surprisingly good and remarkably like coffee, except it doest irritate the stomach and is supposedly good for you. The taste is nutty and mild, at least with cream added to it.
You need a few roots. Wash them thoroughly and dry them. I had some roots that were already dried, so all I had to do was to break them into pieces and roast them. This I did in the oven for 30 minutes at 200°C / 300°F. If you need to dry the roots as well as roast them, then you should chop them up into similar sized pieces and put them on a baking tray. Then they will roast equally. You don't want to burn the roots, a nice mid to dark brown is what you're aiming for. Apparently, the more the roots are roasted, the less bitter they taste. I haven't noticed any bitter taste in mine, although some of them were fairly light in colour.
Let the roots cool before you grind them in a coffee grinder. Those who do not have one, can use a mortel and pestle to pound the roasted roots, or simply wrap them in a clean dishtowel and whack with a hammer.
I use the coffee just like instant coffee, one teaspoon in a cup and I add coffee-cream. Some people let the coffee steep for up to 30 minutes and then strain and reheat. It's just a matter of taste. Try this, it really is quite good. Although I have to admit that my husband doesn't like it at all. But then again, he's in the hospital and I'm not. So, I just have to say, how many people can say: Oh, I've given up coffee, but can I offer you a cup of Dandelion coffee. How cool is that.