11 Best Coffee Alternatives

by Vanya Sharma last updated -

For many of us, the day begins with a cup of coffee, and thinking of alternating it with something else is a nightmare for real. But what if I told you that there are certain beverages that not only beat coffee’s taste but also its ability to kick-start your mornings?

Here is a list of the best coffee alternatives available to us. Let’s take a look!

Coffee Alternatives

The amazing list of coffee alternative includes chicory root coffee, kombucha tea, matcha green tea, water, green smoothies, yerba mate, hot apple cider, coconut water, protein-based smoothies, and more. [1]

Matcha Green Tea

Matcha green tea is one the best alternatives to coffee, as a two gram serving of it contains enough caffeine to give your morning that boost. The good thing about matcha green tea is its caffeine content which is only 1/4 of that in coffee. And due to the presence of L-theanine, its effects are long-lasting and energizing. [2]

Close-up of an espresso shot in a cup with saucer containing a cookie on a wood surface scattered with coffee beans.

An espresso shot can give you a boost of energy. Photo Credit: Shutterstock


If you are feeling tired, then one of the primary reasons can be the lack of water in your body or dehydration. Starting your day with this amazing coffee alternative will not only help you keep energized, but will also improve your overall health. So make sure you keep yourself hydrated at all times. [3]

Green Smoothie or Vegetable Juice

Green vegetables are popular for their great nutrition and antioxidant content. They help in boosting the energy levels in the body. You can make green smoothies or juices out of these vegetables, and what’s more, you can also add matcha tea powder or spirulina to your recipes to give them a better taste. [4]

Yerba Mate

Without the complications of coffee, including disturbed sleep and jittery mornings, yerba mate tea is another popular coffee alternative. A popular drink in Brazil and Argentina, it gives a similar boost to the body just as coffee. It contains 3/4 of the caffeine in coffee with lots of other minerals and nutrients.

Protein-based Smoothie

Recent studies suggest that protein helps in boosting energy levels, making for one more reason to add protein-based smoothies or shakes to your diet. Along with green vegetables, you can add chia seeds, butter, and hemp to your smoothie for additional protein. You can also go for supplements that are made from brain broth and are high in collagen and protein. [5]

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea is another great alternative to coffee as it helps in promoting focus and regulating blood pressure. Kombucha is a type of yeast that you can ferment with water and sugar. [6]

Chicory Root Coffee

A perfect substitute for coffee, chicory root brings that same frothy flavor to your mouth as coffee. It also helps prevent caffeine overdose and reduces the stress levels in the body. [7]

kombucha tea with SCOBY

Kombucha may reduce heart disease risk. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Coconut Water

A good replacement for coffee and other sugary sports drinks, coconut water not only hydrates the body with the vital nutrients but also gives your body an energetic boost.

Hot Apple Cider

Loaded with nutrients, hot apple cider can easily be consumed as a coffee alternative, thanks to its amazingly tangy and sweet taste. It also serves many benefits that coffee cannot.

Other Types of Tea

There are many different varieties of tea that you can drink as a coffee alternative. They are good for health as well as invigorating to start your morning with. They include:

Other Juices

There are a variety of juices that you can drink in order to give yourself that energy boost. These coffee alternatives include:

A jar filled with pomegranate juice and fresh pomegranate pearls on a wooden table

Pomegranate juice contains a high level of antioxidants. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

So, one coffee lover to another – Don’t think twice, it’s alright!

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About the Author

Vanya Sharma is a writer at heart with interests in the health and nutrition domain and has experience in content creation, collaboration, and content strategy. Vanya has completed the “Introduction to Food and Health” certificate program from Stanford University, US. She aims to bring unbiased and helpful information to all those seeking to make their health and lifestyle a priority.

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