CCFT? No, CCF Tea!

When I first heard someone say I should make CCF tea, my corporate brain translated that into the four-letter acronym CCFT–which I suppose still works doesn’t it? 😊 Anyway, as it’s been cold (relatively speaking of course) and rainy in Austin these days, I thought I’d share this very healing drink with all of you.  Since I understand how little time one can have in a day, I’ve included instructions for when roasting seeds isn’t in the day’s plan! Note there are logs of variations on this recipe so feel free to experiment!

Recipe for CCFT


  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (can reduce to 1/2 if taste is undesirable)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 4 cups water


  • If you have more time (optional): dry roast the seeds in a shallow pan until fragrant, then grind using a coffee grinder.
  • Bring water to a boil and add the seeds (ground or not). Reduce heat and simmer for up to 5 minutes. Strain and enjoy!*

*If you find the taste too “unusual”, note that some folks like to add a little honey.


  • To try it out, first buy the seeds in the bulk aisle so you don’t have too much.
  • If you make it a lot, buy your seeds at a local Indian grocery and save!

Some Benefits

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce bloating
  • Improve digestion
  • Balance blood sugar
  • Reduce bad cholesterol levels
  • Clear up skin
  • Calm and soothe agitation
  • Help with weight loss (drink as between-meal “snack”)
  • Improved respiratory function



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