When I quit coffee over two years ago, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was just about to start the Sakara Level II detox when I found out I couldn’t drink coffee during the five day cleanse. Instead of freaking out, I decided to eat a cold turkey. It can’t be that hard, were my famous last words, because I want to tell you that it was hard to quit coffee, so very hard.
If you are also addicted to caffeine or just want to know how to quit coffee, read my story and be prepared for some very real side effects. I talk about headaches and body aches from the waist down for three days, 24 hours a day. Yes, it wasn’t easy, but the silver lining showed me that I am sensitive to caffeine and I feel much better without it. It helped ease my anxiety, improve my sleep, and give me glowing skin! Not to mention the fact that I no longer have a caffeine crash in the morning.
But that doesn’t mean I’ve given up coffee entirely. Under no circumstance. My morning ritual depends on the ceremony of making the perfect mug – who is with me? Now I only drink decaf. I even grind my own decaf beans in our Rancilio Rocky espresso coffee grinder (we bought ours on Craigslist) and pour the perfect shot into our Gaggia Classic Pro (it was my husband and I’s Christmas present).
After my cup of coffee, I usually make a golden latte or some other coffee alternative, and some days I even have matcha (yes, it contains caffeine, but the health benefits outweigh the bad – more on that later!) Read on to learn about the delicious coffee alternatives I drink when I need a boost without a crash.
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Moon Juice Cosmic Gold
I’m a huge fan of gold laths, and this Cosmic Gold version of Moon Juice is delicious. The adaptogenic golden milk supports healthy collagen with reishi, ashwagandha and astragalus and at the same time treats stress with silver ear fungus and hyaluronic acid.
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Solvasa Golden Moment Turmeric Elixir
Yes, it’s another golden latte, but this one has a slightly different flavor than the Moon Juice version above. Thanks to the coconut palm sugar, it is a little sweeter and comes in practical bags for perfect portions. Add hot water and a splash of milk or heat some milk with a nozzle and drink a creamy latte.
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Kola Goodies AshaWow
Made from 100% organic ashwagandha root powder, this potion is a certified warrior for stress relief as it helps our body to withstand mental, physical and emotional stress, adapt to and protect it from them. I love the earthy taste. Add water, coffee, smoothies, milk of your choice and relax.
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Your Super Magic Mushroom Mix
If you really want to give yourself an energy boost without the caffeine, reach for the power of mushrooms. This delicious drink is a hot chocolate with benefits thanks to the mushrooms like reishi and chaga that support and strengthen your immune system while managing your stress and improving your mood. I love to mix a little in my golden latte.
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Whimsy Official Glow Getter Collagen Blend
It couldn’t be nicer. Whimsy Official, the new kid on the block, just launched a deliciously beautiful (and vegan) collagen blend with glowing adaptogens and superfoods that stimulate collagen production in the skin. They say you eat with your eyes first and that’s definitely the case thanks to the magical color of the superfood flower with blue peas. This coffee alternative was so popular it sold out, but pre-order is now possible. 6 of 15
The chai box Everything with rooibos
I’m a big fan of the flavored Indian tea, chai, but it’s not a caffeine-free drink thanks to the black tea. But this rooibos mix is the perfect tasty alternative. I love heating it up on the stove with oat milk so the flavors really soak away.
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Good & Gather Organic Raspberry Hibiscus Tea
If you want to cut down on milk, try making an herbal tea instead. This is great hot or frozen with a light and naturally sweet taste.
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Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Drink with Dandelion
If you’re missing the taste of coffee, try a dandelion instead. It has a great roasted taste without the acidity or bitterness of coffee. Roasted dandelion root also offers great health benefits as it contains probiotics, which, according to nutritionist Julie Upton, “can help feed good bacteria in the gut for regularity and boost the immune system. It also contains antioxidants and can stimulate blood circulation to reduce inflammation. ” Sign me up.
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Sakara detox tea
While the Sakara Level II detox I talked about earlier was intense, the results have been amazing and one thing I keep drinking is their detox tea. It has a rooibos base with lemongrass and rose, so it tastes delicious, but it always helps calm my stomach when it feels bloated.
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This brand may be the new kid on the block, but chaga has been around for centuries. This nutrient-dense superfood is known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, boost the immune system, and fight inflammation. It can be added to any drink for a natural boost. 11 of 15
Good & Gather Vanilla Bean Brulee Decaf Ground Coffee
As I explained earlier, I’ve switched to decaf since leaving the cold turkey over two years ago and have now even switched my family to the decaf side! There are so many great options now like the Good & Gather organic vanilla blend, but I’m also a huge fan of buying (and supporting) beans from local cafes. My favorites are the Cafecito Organico Decaf coffee beans or the Canyon Coffee Afternoon Decaf. It tastes like the real thing!
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Teeccino Dandelion Caramel Nut Roasted Herbal Tea
I can honestly say that this caramel and nut tea is one of the most delicious coffee alternatives. Just trust me and get something in the tea aisle next time you’re in the supermarket.
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Dave’s Tea Ceremonial Matcha
Now I know matcha is not decaf, but it doesn’t give you the nervousness like coffee. That’s because matcha contains L-theanine, a rare amino acid and natural sedative that combines with caffeine to give you a boost without the typical coffee crash. There are also many incredible health benefits such as powerful antioxidants that can help improve metabolism and it is full of fiber.
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Golde Pure Matcha Turmeric Superfood Latte Blend
If you’re not a huge fan of taste, this matcha and turmeric blend is a delicious compromise. It’s also packed with all the good stuff and none of the bad – it’s a win, win! You are also supporting a small BIPOC company!
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The Chai Box Chai Concentrate
Finally, if you find that the caffeine in tea isn’t affecting you as much as coffee, then give this chai concentrate a try. I suggest making chai ice cubes like in the photo above and adding milk – Gamechanger!
What is your favorite coffee alternative? Share it with us below!