Whether you've given up coffee to reduce your anxiety, improve your sleep or just to break your addiction, it can be hard to hard to work out what to order when you're next at your favourite café. If you're stuck for ideas, why not try tea? Here are 4 teas former coffee lovers will enjoy sipping on.
Earl grey tea
If kicking your coffee habit has nothing to do with caffeine and you still want a morning pick me up, there are plenty of caffeine-rich teas out there. Earl grey tea is a common breakfast drink for this very reason. Infused with oil of bergamot orange, earl grey has a light, aromatic, citrusy flavour and a high caffeine content. Black teas like earl grey can have up to 90mg of caffeine in just one cup—not much less than the average cup of coffee.
Roasted oolong tea
Did you love coffee for its deep, roasted flavour? If so, a roasted tea would be a great replacement for you. Check your café's menu for a heavily roasted oolong. When brewed, this tea is thick and dark like coffee with a flavour that's just as intense and complex. There are different types of oolong tea, each with different flavour profiles, but expect notes of chocolate, nuts and charcoal with a layer of sweetness.
Alternatively, have you always been a heavy drinker of sweetened coffee drinks like caramel frappes and strawberry lattes? Then you'll be happy to learn that many herbal teas are naturally sweet without the need for any sugar. One such variety that's rising in popularity recently is rooibos, also known as redbush tea. Rooibos is sweet and caramel-like with hints of vanilla and nuttiness, making it the perfect replacement for that caramel frappe. The bright, red colour makes it just as fun to drink, too.
Have you given up coffee because you want to improve your health? One of the best teas to aid your health is green tea, which is rich in numerous health-boosting compounds. Polyphenols and catechins, for example, are both found in green tea; these compounds help fight cancer by protecting cells and reducing inflammation. Green tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that synergises with caffeine to boost your brain function without the jitters. This tea is even commonly used in diet supplements because it's great at increasing the rate at which your body burns fat.
Contact a local café for more information about their teas and other menu options.Share