Finding the Right Coffee Substitute

While finding a suitable coffee substitute was once a challenge, there are now countless options to choose from. The best alternatives can provide a boost of energy without drawbacks like digestive issues or increased anxiety. Many substitutes offer health benefits as well.

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Matcha, which translates to "fine powder tea," is a type of green tea that's made from the crushed leaves of the Camellia sinensis. Because the plant is shaded as it grows, it produces more caffeine than other types of green tea.

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Matcha is rich in catechins, which are natural antioxidants. Since the caffeine in matcha powder is highly concentrated, it can leave drinkers feeling more awake and alert. It also contains L-theanine, which can improve brain function.

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Not only does the resulting blend has less caffeine than a standard cup, but the ground mushrooms also offer health benefits.

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Studies have shown that medicinal mushrooms like turkey's tail may be able to strengthen the immune system. Some medicinal mushrooms also have anti-inflammatory properties. Different blends use different varieties of mushrooms, allowing users to select a blend that serves their needs.

Brewed Cacao

While cacao beans can be used to make chocolate, they can also be used to produce a beverage that's very similar to a cafe. Cacao beans are normally baked to create a rich chocolate flavor. When making brewed cacao, the beans are roasted at very high temperatures.

The beverage smells a lot like chocolate, but it's not overpoweringly sweet. It's also rich in flavonoids like epicatechin and catechin. It's a healthier way to enjoy the health benefits of dark chocolate.

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Yerba Mate

Yerba mate is made from a type of holly tree, Ilex paraguariensis, which has naturally caffeinated leaves. The leaves are dried and ground down into a powder. The herbal tea mixture can then be mixed with hot water to create a refreshing and energizing beverage.

The leaves used to make yerba mate are naturally rich in nutrients, including antioxidants like caffeoyl and polyphenols, and xanthines, which are natural stimulants. It also contains seven essential amino acids.

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Golden Milk

This Indian beverage has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. It's made by combining some sort of milk with a blend of spices. Turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon are used in most recipes, and other spices, like nutmeg and black pepper, can be used as well.

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This is a warm, soothing drink that's been linked to many health benefits. It's also an excellent source of potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Since the beverage is slightly spicy, it can also help to clear out the sinuses.


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This coffee substitute, which is made from chicory has gained attention in recent years. Although it doesn't contain any caffeine, the flavor is very similar to that of a cafe. There is a range of beverages on the market that are made from brewed chicory, which means that anyone interested in this alternative has plenty of options.

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Even though chicory is caffeine-free, it can be highly energizing. It's high in potassium and may help to restore electrolytes in the body. It's also prebiotic, which means that it can improve digestion and keep blood sugar levels in check.

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Kombucha is a fizzy beverage that's normally served cold. While it may not be very similar to a mug of a hot cafe, it does contain some caffeine, which means it can be highly energizing. It's made from black tea, yeast, and sugar.

It contains healthy probiotics that can be very beneficial to the digestive system. It's also a source of antioxidants and many other valuable nutrients, including B vitamins. It has a sweet and source flavor that many people find very appealing.

Roasted Fig

These types of beverages can be made from a wide range of ingredients, including figs. Although figs don't contain any caffeine, they do contain nutrients like iron, potassium, and vitamins A and E. When figs are processed properly, they can be used to contain a smooth and rich beverage that has a similar flavor profile to mocha.

While making the brew from figs may sound complex, there are pre-prepared blends that can be used with a standard maker or a French press. It's an excellent option for anyone looking for a caffeine-free alternative.

Chai Tea

This beverage is typically made from masala tea, a type of black tea that's high in caffeine. It's usually mixed with hot milk and a range of spices, such as ginger, cloves, and cardamom. While it isn't overly sweet, it has a smooth flavor that many mocha drinkers enjoy.

Chai can offer the same surge of energy that traditional brew provides, but it's much better for the digestive system. It can reduce feelings of nausea and has often been described as having a soothing flavor. It's easy to prepare and can be made in a variety of ways.


This substitute is made from roasted dandelion root and a blend of other ingredients, which may include barley, beets, rye, and chicory root. Like mocha, it can be served hot or cold. Dandelion root is naturally high in many beneficial ingredients, including antioxidants, vitamins, and probiotics.

There's no caffeine in this beverage, and it has a naturally sweet flavor, which means it can also be served without sugar. Since it's so high in minerals, it can be energizing, but it's a lot milder than coffee is. Unlike coffee, it doesn't need to be brewed, which means it can be produced very quickly. Just mix it with hot water, and it should be ready to go.

Since there are many alternatives on the market, anyone that wants to give up the brew should be able to find an option that works for them. The beverages listed above are delicious, healthy, and even offer advantages.