Creative Caffeinated And Decaffeinated Alternatives To Coffee

Do you want a source of caffeine other than coffee? Maybe you don’t want caffeine at all, but you’re looking for foods and drinks that’ll energize you. Yes, non-caffeinated foods can wake you up, and many of these make a great alternative to coffee.

If you prefer a drink that tastes like a coffee, a decaffeinated root will wake you up. You can eat a fruit that tastes like coffee or chew some gum, and both will grant you more energy. Here are the best alternatives to coffee that you’ve probably never thought about.

Matcha, A Highly-Caffeinated Green Tea

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All green tea has some caffeine. An 8 oz. cup of green tea includes between 25 mg and 50 mg of caffeine, depending on the type of tea. Of all the green teas, matcha has the most caffeine. One cup of this Japanese green tea powder contains about 70 mg of caffeine. In comparison, an average cup of coffee contains around 100 mg to 140 mg.

Along with the energy boost, matcha delivers an amino acid called L-Theanine, which provides a sense of calmness free from caffeine jitters. Flavored matcha powders are available, although the caffeine level varies.