Four Delicious Coffee Alternatives, Chock A-Block Full of Health

Date Posted:1 August 2020 

 

You might expect us to start this post by rattling off 51 reasons why coffee is bad for you. 

 

But truth be told, we’re not here to make you feel guilty about your caffeine addiction appreciation. We take a balanced view of the subject, and consider the “goodness” or “badness” of coffee a matter of context and your individual state of health.

 

So why are we sharing four coffee alternatives?

 

To prove you can go without

 

Perhaps you need a break from caffeine. Everyone does occasionally. However, thanks to that pesky chemical attachment, it’s hard to break up with your morning brew cold turkey. And if your aspiration is to drink herbal tea instead, the texture and taste (thin and mellow in contrast to coffee’s big, bold presence) can see you failing on day two. 

 

Enter: the indulgent replacement. By substituting coffee with an equally-if-not-more delicious warm beverage (that feels a little ‘naughty’) the transition can be positively breezy.

 

For winter wellness

And another thing: it’s cold! Cravings for roasty toasty cuppas are at an all time high, while immunity is at a winter ebb. These dreamy drinks are designed to deliver everyday wellness via the power of herbs, while warming the cockles. 

To indulge your love of alchemy

 

Creativity gets you everywhere. By whipping up fancier-than-average (yet decidedly simple) drinks, you’ll not only impress your guests but feel like a kitchen alchemist too. There’s a whole world of herbs and spices out there to savour. Let’s get blending!

 

Pro tip: Smooth as milk

 

Here’s a tip for silky smooth drinks: make a paste. When working with powders, the last thing you want is lumps. To avoid them, mix all dry ingredients together first, add a dash of milk or water, and make a slurry in the bottom of your cup. When all the lumps are gone, simply fill the cup with milk, give it a little whisk, and pour into a saucepan. You’ll have the perfect lump-free texture and quantity.

 

Note: These recipes all make one serving. Catering for more? You know what to do.

 

Lavandula London Fog

 

For those who believe lavender and cream belong together (and have a thing for Earl Grey), this classic tea upgrade is royally good. 

 

It’s actually more latte than tea, and involves making a small pot of Earl Grey infused with lavender before amping it up with hot milk and cream. Dreamy!


 

Ingredients:

 

½ cup of Earl Grey; teabag or good quality loose leaf

1 tsp dried lavender

1 tsp maple syrup

½ cup milk of your choice

1 tbsp organic cream, lightly whipped

 

Method:

 

Make a fresh pot of hot Earl Grey with dried lavender and let it steep for up to three minutes. Meanwhile, heat milk in a saucepan, lightly froth cream, and combine all ingredients in your favourite mug with maple syrup and a garnish of lavender.
 

Immuno Cocoa

 

With all your favourite immune strengtheners and mushroomy adaptogens cloaked in luscious cocoa, this’ll be your new morning (or noon, or night) go-to.


 

Ingredients:

 

1 tsp raw cacao powder

¼ tsp astragalus powder

¼ tsp shiitake powder

¼ tsp maitake powder

⅛ tsp reishi powder

tiny pinch himalayan salt

1 tsp raw honey

1 cup milk of your choice

 

Method:

 

Combine dry ingredients and a little milk or water and blend into a smooth paste. Mix into a cup of your preferred milk and warm in a saucepan on the stove. Add honey to taste, and serve. To get that cappuccino frothy top, whisk a little cream or milk and sprinkle over cocoa powder.

 

Hearty Beet Latte

 

A hint of cocoa and a twist of ginger takes this earthy brew into another dimension of deliciousness. 


 

Ingredients:

 

½ tsp beetroot powder

½ tsp raw cacao powder

⅛ tsp ginger powder

tiny pinch himalayan salt

1 tsp raw honey

1 cup milk of your choice

 

Method:

 

Combine dry ingredients and a little milk or water and blend into a smooth paste. Mix into a cup of your preferred milk and warm in a saucepan on the stove. Add honey to taste, and serve. 

 

Liver Lovin’ Dandy Coffee

 

When you want the roasty bitterness of coffee, only dandelion can compare. This liver-friendly coffee doppelganger will add, not subtract, from your energy reserves (and trick your taste buds into compliance). 


 

Ingredients:

 

1 - 2 tsp roasted dandelion root granules

½ cup water

½ cup milk of your choice

Honey optional

Method:

The simple way to make Dandy Coffee is by combining dandelion, water and milk in a saucepan, letting it gently simmer for a few minutes, then pouring through a fine mesh strainer into a mug. 

 

If you’re feeling a little bit fancy, steep the dandelion in hot water for five minutes while frothing milk separately for a creamier, fuller texture. Add honey for sweetness.
 

Coffee habit? What coffee habit? 

 

There are infinite combinations of delicious-tasting herbs out there, and when you lush-them-up with a little milk and sweetness, you might just discover the next matcha latte! 

 

Whether or not they inspire you to give up coffee, you’ll never be short of warm, healthy drinks to wrap your hands around this winter.