While that cup of coffee can be just what you think you need every morning — the quick boost of energy, the glory of that first sip, the adherence to the routine — cutting back might be easier than you think when you swap it with something that still gives you all those benefits — the right cup of tea!
Coffee contains higher doses of caffeine in comparison to tea, with approximately 95 mg per serving. And while you might think this caffeine will work to your advantage, many teas still contain caffeine in more moderate amounts. Additionally, the type of “caffeine high” that you get from coffee versus tea is different.1 Coffee’s effects last shorter and drop quicker, leaving some people feeling as though they’ve experienced a crash. With tea, however, the caffeine effect is less drastic and sustains itself longer over the course of the day.
A few other reasons why tea is an effective alternative to coffee are:
- While coffee is proven to contribute to nervousness and agitation, certain teas are associated with reducing stress.
- Certain teas like white and green have way more antioxidants than coffee.
- Tea doesn’t stain your teeth as much as coffee does.
- The production of tea has a much smaller carbon footprint than coffee.
So now that you know the benefits of making the switch from coffee to tea, here are some great blends that are perfect for every aspiring ex-coffee drinker.
One of the best replacements for your morning cup of joe is a tea specifically made for the morning. Perfect for accompanying a hearty meal, this bestselling breakfast tea has a robust, strong flavour profile with slight hints of malt and wood. As a black tea, the Scottish Breakfast has medium to high caffeine levels to get you up and ready to take on the day.
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Although it’s a caffeine-free herbal blend, this Licorice blend naturally boosts energy and reduces stress. Licorice is a powerful herb that stimulates your adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands are responsible for producing a variety of hormones including adrenaline and cortisol (the body’s stress hormone). Licorice helps the body preserve its natural cortisone to help increase energy while reducing stress.2
Sweet and spicy in taste, this delicious blend is made from South African Rooibos, licorice-root, star-anise, and fennel.
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Like the Licorice Blend, Peppermint is another more naturally-energizing herbal option for those looking to completely eliminate caffeine. In addition to freshening your breath and helping with digestion after a meal, the cooling sensation of this minty drink is an instant revitalizer.
Our peppermint is full of flavour: minty and mildly sweet. Light and refreshing, a sip leaves a perky, cooling sensation in the mouth. And unlike coffee, peppermint can help induce a calmer bodily state overall, as the menthol contained in peppermint is a natural muscle relaxant.
Perfect for a light boost, the fresh aroma and peppermint flavour will help you perk up naturally.
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If you’re not interested in cutting down on caffeine just yet, but don’t want the jittery side effects of coffee, Yerba Mate is truly the best option on the market!
Despite being an herbal infusion, it still has 85 mg of caffeine, which is almost as much as coffee!3 Although it’s gaining popularity in North America, Yerba Mate is best known in South American countries as a healthy, energizing social beverage that provides the drinker with superior mental clarity.
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Organic China Green
Next up: a classic green tea blend! Green tea makes a popular alternative to coffee as it has a drastically reduced caffeine content (usually something coffee quitters are looking for), while still having enough caffeine for a smooth transition. It is completely safe to drink anywhere from 3-5 cups of green tea a day.
This green tea was produced in the Chinese tradition by carefully pan-firing the leaves and rolling them gently, allowing the tea to develop its full body with complex, irresistible earthy notes!
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For green tea fans looking to broaden their taste horizons a tad, try Matcha! It’s a powdered green tea, produced from the leaves of shade-grown tea, and ground into a fine powder with a hand mill.
Matcha is an excellent coffee alternative because it contains both caffeine and an amino acid called L-theanine which relaxes the mind without drowsiness. L-theanine works with caffeine to produce positive effects on cognition and mood.
As a premium Matcha from Japan, you can turn this powerful powder into a luxurious latte that has a smooth sweet taste with vegetal, nutty undertones.
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Raspberry Black Tea
Sometimes when that afternoon slump hits and you find yourself turning to the second cup of coffee, you’re really just craving something sweet! A hot or cold cup of Raspberry tea will work wonders on satisfying your appetite for that sweet treat.
Our Raspberry tea is a unique blend of a classic Ceylon Orange Pekoe (meaning it’s caffeinated) with raspberry leaves, pieces and natural flavouring to really bring out that delicious natural taste of raspberries. It’s sweet, tart and refreshing!
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Find Your Perfect Coffee Alternative at the Tea Haus!
Changing a habit as deep-rooted as coffee drinking can be a difficult feat. No matter what the reasons are for choosing to cut back, choosing tea will set you up for success because of the large variety of choices!
If you still need a caffeine kick, Yerba Mate and Imperial Matcha have almost just as much caffeine as coffee. Alternatively, if you’re ready to completely cut it out, Licorice and Peppermint are perfect options. And with a cup of tea, you still get that satisfying feeling of a warm tasteful beverage.
So get ready, you can do it! Cut the coffee and shop here for all our tea options.
- 10 Benefits of Drinking Tea Over Coffee, LifeHack
- A Natural Source of Energy, Psychology Today
- 8 Health Benefits of Yerba Mate (Backed by Science), Healthline