There are two types of people in the world. Tea lovers and coffee lovers. Yes, OK, some people like both, but even they usually have a favourite. Now if you’re here, reading this, chances are you’re a tea person. And one of the biggest challenges us tea people face is: where are all the coffee alternatives?
Coffee is consumed the world over for its energy-boosting effects. But what are the options for tea lovers who need a quick pick-me-up?
Well, read on for our rundown of the 5 best tea equivalents to a coffee buzz.
One 230ml cup of black tea contains 41mg of caffeine. That isn’t much less than the 55.4mg of caffeine you’d find in a cup of instant coffee the same size. And as black tea is the most commonly consumed (in the UK, at least!), it’s an easy peasy trade-off.
Like coffee, black tea is also incredibly diverse. Add milk, take it black, make chai. There’s lots of way to drink it! On top of that, there’s also the added oral and heart health benefits that come with drinking black tea. So take a cup in the morning to beat your coffee blues!
Ginger provides a wonderful and invigorating herbal boost, all without the caffeine. It stimulates the mind and helps make us feel active and positively fizzing with energy.
It also combats nausea, uplifts the spirit, raises the mood, and makes us feel fresh. So, all-in-all, ginger makes for a fantastically clean, rush-free, healthy alternative to coffee.
Though admittedly less effective than black tea in this regard, a cup of green tea still packs a reasonable caffeinated punch. At 24mg per 230ml, it’s not quite in the same league as black tea and coffee. But it does provide that much sought after energy lift. And, like with some of the other teas on this list, its health benefits far outweigh its lowered caffeine content.
One of the big advantages of drinking green tea is that you don’t run the risk of becoming over energised. It will certainly increase your energy levels, but without pushing you into the jittery, bouncy, distracted abyss.
Ginkgo Biloba is a long-standing classic of Chinese medicine. It invigorates us by increasing blood-flow to the brain, increasing energy levels, improving general cognitive function, and stimulating the circulatory system.
Ginkgo is a natural tonic that’s been lauded for its healing properties for many years. And it makes for an amazing coffee substitute. It gives you all the perks of that morning caffeine hit, but with a plethora of health benefits to boot!
Ever heard of Gynostemma? Don’t worry if you haven’t, you’re not alone. Here’s a quick rundown of all you need to know: before its migration to the West it was used mostly in the mountainous regions of Southern China and Vietnam, where locals referred to it as the ‘immortality herb’ due the unusual longevity of the people who consumed it regularly. But it’s also known for its energy-boosting effects, and can provide us with a kick and a buzz when we’re feeling low.
Now, this is a bit of a cheat, because you’re not likely to find Gynostemma tea at your local supermarket. But it’s an ingredient that crops up in several energy tea blends. So if you see it on the label, you know it’s a good one!
The Love Leaf Boost
Speaking of energy blends and gynostemma. . .
Did you know that Love Leaf Tea just so happen to make a very special, one-of-a-kind Energy Tea blend? Which just so happens to be bursting with boost. And, as a matter of fact, contains two of the herbs featured in this post (did you guess that one of them is Gynostemma?).