Here in Seattle, coffee is a household staple. But coffee isn’t the right choice for everyone - some might dislike the flavor, or coffee might have too much caffeine for them, leaving them bouncing off the walls. I know for me, coffee just has too much caffeine, so it leaves me with caffeine headaches if I miss a cup (no fun at all). Whatever your reason for wanting some good coffee alternatives, we’ve made a list to help you find the right one for you.
1. Matcha Green Tea
On top of being delicious, preparing Matcha can be an easy way to incorporate a few minutes of mindfulness into your morning routine. Traditionally, matcha is prepared as part of a tea ceremony, which is designed to be a time to reflect on harmony and grounding oneself in the present moment and acknowledging gratitude for the present. I like to honor the spirit of traditional matcha preparation by focusing on the present moment (the sights, sounds, and smells that surround me) as I make my matcha latte. To prepare matcha, you will want to scoop your matcha into either your mug or a bowl, then add a cup of hot water or milk (if you prefer a matcha latte). Whisk the matcha into the liquid until a light foam is present on top, and voila! You have matcha green tea ready to drink. I recommend this matcha, but you can also find a variety of matcha options at your local asian market.
2. Mushroom Coffee
The epitome of “don’t knock it till you try it,” the Mushroom Coffee by Four Sigmatic may seem weird at first, but is becoming an incredibly popular alternative to coffee. While the mushroom coffee raised some eyebrows when it was first brought into the office, quite a few of the doctors here at SageMED now swear that it’s better than coffee. This mushroom coffee mix comes in single-serving size packets, so it’s incredibly quick and easy to make, not to mention it’s also vegan and Whole 30 compliant. You can find it here.
3. Black Tea
Black tea is a tasty way to get your caffeine, and there are so many different options. Some of my favorite black teas include English Breakfast Tea,Earl Gray, and Herbal Chai. There are hundreds of options, so I recommend finding a local tea room so you can speak with someone knowledgable about different types of tea and their flavors. I love Miro Tea in Ballard, but a quick google search can help you find the closest tea shop near you!
4. Green Tea
With less caffeine than black tea, green tea is a good low-caffeine alternative to coffee. As with black tea, there are hundreds of different types of green tea. My personal favorite is Jasmine tea, but Tazo's Zen tea is a refreshing and subtle green tea that many of our patients enjoy.
5. Rooibos Tea
Rooibos is a South African tea that’s caffeine free, and my personal favorite. For me, Rooibos reminds me of my family (my family is from I make a rooibos latte with hemp milk, so I still get the rich, creamy texture I did with coffee but without the caffeine headaches! I buy my Rooibos from Miro Tea, but you can find it at most grocery stores if that’s more convenient for you.
Let us know which coffee alternative is your favorite!