Coffee to many people is an essential part of their morning routine. Not surprisingly, the average coffee drinker in America has 3.2 cups of coffee a day. If that's the average, there are lots of people drinking upwards to 4+ coffees a day (I know my colleague was drinking 8 cups a day and wondered why he had a jittery hand).
I'm not saying coffee is bad for you but everything in moderation right?
Are there any coffee substitutes?
If you're trying to cut coffee or reduce your intake, we've come up with the Top 8 Coffee Alternatives you will love (especially No.6 which tastes like coffee!).
Top 8 Coffee Alternatives
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Rooibos (or African red tea which comes from South Africa) is a caffeine free tea which has a mild sweet & fruity flavour with hints of vanilla and honey.
This isn't your ordinary tea though - Did I mention you can even make a latte out of it? That's right! You can put grounded Rooibos in your coffee machine and brew it the same way as coffee grounds and you get a deep red/brown brew. Complete your drink with some frothy milk and you're all set!
We love this rooibos and barley tea you can pop straight into your expresso for that beautiful rooibos latte!
If you're not convinced yet, this amazing red detox tea contains over 50% more antioxidants than green tea which helps with cleaning up harmful free radicals which can often damage cells, cause inflammation and cause cancer.
If you can't shake your coffee intake in the afternoon, have a caffeine free Rooibos latte, it's a warm hug in a cup!
2. TURMERIC LATTE
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If you want a slightly earthy, sweet and savoury taste all at the same time, turmeric lattes are for you! This golden milk goodness is caffeine free so you can enjoy it any time of day.
You'll often find turmeric blends with ginger and cinnamon - all great spices to warm you up on those cold winter days.
It's been long used in ayurvedic medicine however recently become popular in lattes, smoothies and bone broth soups. The health benefits are endless with anti inflammatory properties being the most well known.
3. BEETROOT LATTE
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Feel like something exotic? You may have seen these red/pink lattes floating around on Instagram. Beetroot lattes are the perfect addition to your morning routine - think turkish delight (slightly sweet and oh so pretty)! It's caffeine free so great as a warm drink in the afternoon.
It comes in powder form so you can pop a teaspoon or 2 into a cup with hot frothy milk and you have yourself a Red Beetroot Latte!
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Want to get some slow burn caffeine into your system in the morning? Matcha is your answer. Unlike coffee which gives you the crash soon after, matcha gives a gentle release so you can still feel the energy for a few hours. It's also great for your immunity, has loads of antioxidants and gives you a boost in metabolism.
It's super simple to use, you can add it to a cup of warm milk, smoothies, cakes etc.
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This is one of our favourite teas in winter. A nice spiced cup of chai gets the body recharged for the morning. There are so many variations these days but you'll find majority of chai teas have ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper making them a perfect blend of warmth and spice.
I love brewing mine over the stove with half a cup of black tea with grated ginger, cinnamon stick, few pieces of cardamom and black pepper followed by half a cup of milk.
If you don't have time to put this together, you can simply pour 1 cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of Spiced Chai Tea followed by a splash of milk with honey. Absolutely divine!
6. CHICORY & DANDELION COFFEE
What if we told you that you could have a drink that has a slight coffee aroma and also helps with detoxing your body?
Chicory and dandelion tea has been long enjoyed as a substitute for coffee back when coffee was too expensive. If you add a splash of milk to this tea you may find it has some similarities to a cup of coffee. It's caffeine free so you can enjoy this any time of day (especially when you are trying to limit your coffee intake in the afternoon or evening!).
We love that it not only has that delicious taste but also works to cleanse your body of fatty deposits and promotes digestion (stop the bloating!). It's a 2 in 1 so a win win in our eyes! Get yours here.
7. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
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Want a drink to solve all your problems? Apple Cider Vinegar is your best friend. I personally love this drink and use it for any day I feel under the weather, bloated or want to cleanse my body.
Although it's not a milky coffee alternative, hear me out. It's a great start to your morning routine - this drink helps speed up your metabolism and help with digestion, helps to regulate blood sugar levels, assists with sore throats and so much more. Once you get off to the right start, you'll find it easier to continue the rest of your day!
8. CACAO TEA
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If you're looking for a sweet guilt free beverage that will give you a gentle boost in the morning, look no further than Cacao Husk Tea.
A chocolatey treat that you'll get out of bed for. While it doesn't have caffeine, it has "Theobromine" which is known as the "Bliss Chemical" (just like how chocolate makes you happy!).
Not only is Cacao high in plant-based magnesium, it also helps with relaxation and anxiety. You'll need this if you're having a stressful day at work!
Simply brew a cup of cacao husk tea (1 table spoon cacao husk) and 250ml boiling water for 10 minutes. Add a splash of milk or nut milks and you're done!