Dandy Joe roasted Dandelion coffee & teas made from 100% home-grown roots.
Dandy Joe started out as a coffee substitute followed by people asking for tea. This grew to be four coffee substitutes and six teas in combination with roasted Dandelion root, Echinacea root, Rhodiola root, and Mint. Since 2012 the Feddemas have been traveling to farmers' markets selling their unique and popular line of dandelion coffee and tea. Their first year, John says he knew he had something special when he was interviewed as part of the application process to appear at the Strathcona Farmer’s Market and was accepted. “We sold 42 bags the first week, 60 percent more the second, 100 percent more the third, and by our fourth week there, we were out of product!” The first product was just the coffee, made from roasted dandelion root, but now they offer a full line of teas as well. He says that the best coffee and tea come from more mature roots, so he rotates between his 4,500 square foot plots to harvest one to one and a half plots per year, averaging about 6,000 lbs of roots. Feddemas roasted their first roots in their own kitchen and now use the three ovens in the shop. The roots are dug, washed, and then dried out, in hanging racks in the shop. There’s no fancy machinery here. John’s own ingenuity has been to work over the past few years, as he’s come up with new tools and methods to speed up the washing, drying, and grinding process. John says their biggest seller is the sampler package.