12 Must-Try Coffee Alternatives

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If you are a coffee connoisseur, you have probably gone through every coffee brand available and may be looking to try something different. Whether you are tired of caffeine jitters, the reliance on the beverage or you just want to spice up your mornings a bit; you have options– loads of them.

Even if you find it hard to get unhooked from the addictive favorite, it is not impossible. Plus, if you are short on time, there are quick and easy alternatives that offer healthier benefits and do a super job of perking you up and energizing you for the day.

12. Yerba Mate

yerba mate

This brew has a similar effect as tea but is from a different plant altogether. It is naturally caffeinated but does not produce the negative effect of coffee that gives you that high lift energy. What it does is provide calming energy that stabilizes your system and balances your blood sugar.

11. Chicory Root

Chicory root

If you are transitioning from traditional coffee and fearful of the withdrawal, then chicory root is your best option. It goes through the same process as coffee– roasted, ground and infused, but contains no coffee. As an alternative, it has the closest taste to coffee and is prepared just the same.

10. Golden Milk

golden milk

Here’s a hot beverage alternative with loads of health benefits and no caffeine! You prepare it by combining ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and black pepper.

You can also add honey or Cardamon vanilla. Mix everything with a milk of your choice. This golden milk is a picker-upper that does wonders for mood, energy and health.

9. Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice

This juice might not be the taste for everyone, but wheatgrass is one of the most nutritious foods for healthy living. You can have it as is, or you can add it to your shakes or smoothies. You’ll feel a refreshing, energized feeling after drinking wheatgrass juice.

8. Matcha Tea

Matcha green tea

Matcha is a derivative of green tea, which is dried leaves ground to a powdery form. In this form, you get a higher concentration of caffeine and antioxidant than ordinary green tea.

One-eight ounce cup of Matcha gives you 70 mg of caffeine, while an eight-ounce cup of coffee yields you 95 to 200 mg of caffeine. The tea has an earthy taste and is excellent when served with milk for a creamy consistency.

7. Chai Tea

chai tea

Caffeine is referred to as theine when it is in tea form. Chai tea has theine, but in smaller quantities than coffee. The beverage is taken hot or cold and has a strong and comforting aroma.

You may feel like you are having coffee when you taste the smooth, creamy taste. However, the high amount of antioxidants in tea slows the process of caffeine absorption, making you less likely to experience a caffeine crash!

6. Carob


This brew is a hybrid cross between hot coffee and chocolate. Carob is the perfect hot drink to pick you up without feeding the addiction to caffeine. Add honey and milk, and you will enjoy a comforting brew.

5. Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea

If you are constantly on the go and coffee takes too long to brew, dandelion tea is the perfect alternative without the caffeine. The beverage is mildly sweet, with a rich, creamy flavor. It’s made from roasted dandelion root!

You can blend the tea with barley rye, beets and chicory root. All of these ingredients dissolve instantly in hot or cold water. When you switch to dandelion tea, you will have more energy throughout the day (natural energy, that is).

4. Barley Coffee

Barley coffee

Barley coffee is made from roasted barley grain and is an Italian substitute. The coffee has a slightly bitter taste and is quite earthy. It also has less of the body and richness of espresso.

It does not necessarily give you a caffeine energy boost, but it’s great for you if you’re weaning off traditional coffee. You’ll also be taking advantage of the nutrients in barley, such as vitamins B and E, magnesium and phosphorus. The other great news is: you don’t need to visit Italy to get it. It’s right in your Amazon store!

3. Roasted Fig

fig coffee

You need to have fig coffee way at the top of your radar! It’s filled with vitamins and minerals, such as iron, potassium, alkaline and vitamin A and E. Fig coffee is also naturally caffeine-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free!

This brew gives you a healthy, rich and smooth alternative to traditional caffeine-filled coffee. Fig coffee is easy to brew and can be done in any coffee maker!

2. Capomo Coffee

capomo coffee

This classic brew has some delicious flavors, including hazelnut, caramel, cinnamon, chocolate and turmeric– quite a variety. The Capomo is harvested from Capomo trees, which are in the Caribbean, Latin America and Mexico. The nuts are naturally caffeine-free and filled with fibers, potassium, calcium and iron to keep your blood sugar in check.

1. Cacao Drink


Here’s a great coffee alternative, especially if you are a hot chocolate fan. This drink is similar to iced or hot chocolate but with loads of energy. It supplies your body with a naturally occurring stimulant from cacao, which expands your blood vessels. Coffee does the opposite! Heat some milk on your stove, add cacao and sweetener of your choice for a delicious morning beverage!