The American Beech Tree's nuts when taken out of the husks,
roasted until dark and brittle, then ground, will make a fine
coffee. Store this in an airtight container. They are best
collected after the first hard frost when they normally drop to
the ground. Once stored, they can be used all year round. You
might have to fight the squirrels for them. Prepare normally.
Chicory coffee - remember that blue flower with almost leafless
stalks that grow just about everywhere there's a road. They
look like daisy's, but their petals are blue and are squared off
at the ends. The white fleshy roots, roasted until dark brown
and brittle, then ground, make an excellent coffee. Prepare
like coffee. Use 1-1/2 tsp. per cup of water. Store in an
airtight container. Use all year round.