10 Best Alternatives To Tea and Coffee To Cut Out Caffeine

Too much reliance on tea and coffee can be a bad thing if left unmonitored. Read on to find out the best alternatives to tea and coffee to cut out caffeine.

Alternatives to tea and coffee
Coffee and tea help us wake up in the morning

Coffee and true teas are something that we cherish as not only are they delicious and refreshing, but they help us wake up in the morning. As we become accustomed to caffeine, we build a tolerance that decreases its physical and mental effects on our body which will certainly negatively affect our performance. Plus, too much of anything – even a good thing – is bad, which is why you need to put down the tea and coffee sometimes. Here are the best tea and coffee alternatives to fill the void. 

1. Lemon Water

Lemon water is a personal favorite whenever I need to take a caffeine break, as it is simple and easy to make. Not only is the fruit packed with vitamin C and traces of other minerals, but it is also a refreshing, calorie-free, and caffeine-free drink that can perk you up. 

It can either be served hot or iced, but I suggest you go for the latter as it can emulate the caffeine’s effect of releasing adrenaline to your body which will wake you up and hydrate you well!

2. Chamomile Tea

Unlike black, green, white, yellow, red, and oolong tea, chamomile tea is not a true tea but a herbal tea. Those who are used to drinking white tea in the evening can opt for this caffeine-free alternative that can still effectively lull you to sleep. The daisy-like plant has natural properties that can lower your stress levels.

Its aroma is believed to have a soothing effect as well, although studies are still inconclusive. Regardless, it is a gentle alternative that brings a number of health benefits. The cuppa is best served hot and with honey to taste. Check out our guide on how long to steep chamomile tea.

3. Barley Coffee

There will be times that you will crave the taste of a cup of Joe if you’ve sworn off it. The good news is that barley coffee resembles a regular cup of coffee’s flavor. It has mild nutty, smoky, and earthy notes.

A cup of coffee with barley
This caffeine-free beverage offers a thicker and maltier texture

The bitterness isn’t prominent, so it is pleasing to consume, and this caffeine-free beverage offers a thicker and maltier texture that gives off a creamy aftertaste. It is fine to consume at any time of the day and is best served hot with a dash of milk. You can heighten the creaminess and the nutty notes by using almond milk!

Barley can also be used as a base for tea! This is a popular cuppa in China, South Korea, and Japan, to name a few, and is rich in antioxidants that help prevent free radical damage and might aid in boosting your body’s ability to burn fat.

4. Peppermint Tea

A great pick-me-up should be something that can gently reenergize you, and a caffeine-free option such as peppermint tea is something you have to consider. The mild menthol zing of this beverage brings a cool and soothing sensation from the moment you drink it until it runs down your throat, something that can revitalize you in the middle of the day.

It can also freshen your breath and help with indigestion, making it a perfect drink after lunch or an afternoon snack. In addition, one of peppermint tea’s health benefits includes alleviating certain types of headaches, while its aroma is claimed to have a calming effect as well.

5. Smoothies

One alternative to tea and coffee that is flavorful and easy to make is a fruit shake or smoothie. The drink is very flexible, as you can decide which fruit and or vegetables you want to use. This chilled beverage can be served anytime, preferably in the morning, to give you energy for the day.

The health benefits vary, depending on its components. Albeit higher in calories, the beverage has more substance and nutrients than coffee or tea due to the number of ingredients, so it’s worth it. If you are looking for an appetizing and filling substitute, go for this option. To learn more, you can check out our coffee vs. smoothies guide.

6. Rooibos Tea

Looking for an alternative that resembles the natural refreshing taste of our usual cuppa won’t be too difficult if you are familiar with rooibos tea. The beverage comes from the red bush or rooibos plant that is native to South Africa. 

When brewed, it has an earthy and smokey flavor with vanilla cherry notes and a subtle honey-like sweetness. The reddish-brown cuppa is less bitter than true teas due to its low tannin levels. It is packed with potential health benefits. It contains polyphenols that can help reduce inflammation and alleviate stress.

7. Chicory Coffee

Another substitute that bears a resemblance to a cup of Joe’s flavor despite being caffeine-free is chicory coffee. It has been used as a coffee enhancer or coffee alternative from as far back as the 19th century and is made from the roots of the chicory plant, which are roasted, grounded, and brewed like your usual coffee. It is slightly bitter compared to regular java and has an interesting flavor profile due to its herbal, woody, and nutty notes, with some featuring a fruity undertone, depending on how it was roasted.

Chicory is rich in inulin, a compound that aids in improving digestive health. Additionally, it promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Check out our round-up of the best chicory coffee brands.

8. Golden Turmeric Milk

Golden turmeric with cinnamon
Turmeric milk is like a creamy eggnog

This alternative is an acquired taste for some, but no doubt, golden turmeric milk is a beverage that boasts a divine aroma, an explosion of flavor, and an exhilarating experience without caffeine. This creamy concoction is made from milk and spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper. 

It offers a creamy, eggnog-like drink that can punch you awake despite being caffeine-free, and this should be at the top of your list if you love a beverage that packs heat. It has an overpowering herbal flavor that blends well with the milk’s milder nature, but it can also be masked with a dash of honey, vanilla, or cocoa powder. 

It is best served hot but can also be enjoyed during nighttime as the drink has soothing effects that can help you go to sleep. The combination of spices is rich in nutrients, with some having anti-inflammatory properties while others improve mood and cognitive functions, to name a few.

9. RYZE Coffee

RYZE coffee is a popular type of mushroom coffee. It contains healthy mushrooms like cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi mushrooms and has a creamy consistency. We’ve included it on this list as it contains a minimal amount of caffeine and is available as a once-off purchase and as a subscription product. For more, read our RYZE Coffee review.

10. MUD\WTR 

MUD\WTR sells a coffee alternative to reduce these adverse effects while giving users high energy levels for drinkers. It’s similar to RYZE Mushroom coffee in taste and effects. It contains ingredients like masala chai, cacao, lion’s mane, adaptogenic mushrooms, cinnamon, turmeric and Himalayan sea salt. For more, read our MUD WTR review.


  • Renz Lyndon Paguio

    His love for java originated from sidewalk vendors offering cheap 3-in-1 instant coffees poured in styrofoam cups. If he’s not in a studio or in an event venue, you’ll find RL crafting his own cold brew or sharing his experiences to fellow coffeephiles.