Raise your hand if you’ve stayed up late to binge-watch an entire TV series? Or, maybe you have flown into town from another time zone. There’s no doubt you’re exhausted and in need of a caffeine boost.
Coffee seems to solve all our problems to a point where it’s become a daily routine. It’s scary when the barista already knows my order before I even say a word. But it’s even scarier when I don’t get my morning brew.
Although that hot cup of joe can wake us in the morning, it feels like the energy only lasts so long. By mid-afternoon, I receive the “coffee crash.” I scramble like a zombie needing my next “pick me up.”
Fortunately, tea is an alternative solution to coffee that can also provide extra benefits. So, whether you’re staying up late to hang out with some friends or preparing for a big presentation, here are the ten best teas for kicking coffee out the door!
1. Green Tea
Green tea is produced by steaming Camellia sinesis leaves at high temperatures and then drying them out.
2. White Tea
White tea derives from the same leaves as Green tea, but they are picked before the leaves are fully opened, still covered in white hairs.
Hence, the name white tea. Moreover, this tea is loaded with antioxidants that help reduce chronic inflammation and protect cells against damages.
3. Black Tea
Black tea is made from Camellia sinesis leaves, which are the same tea leaves as green tea. The difference between green tea and black tea is the process.
Black tea goes through an oxidation process to turn the leaves from green to dark brown. Both kinds of teas provide health benefits. However, black tea contains slightly more caffeine than green tea.
Matcha is a type of green tea prepared by grinding the leaves into a powder and mixed in hot water. Usually, with green tea, a person dips a tea bag in hot water and removes it.
With matcha, the grounded power remains in the water while drinking. Although Matcha has more caffeine than green tea, it still has significantly less caffeine than coffee.
5. Yerba Mate
Yerba mate is made from South African evergreen tree leaves. Like other teas, it offers health benefits, such as maintaining adequate blood glucose levels.
It has slightly less caffeine than coffee but still acts as a stimulus to the nervous system. Some experts argue that this tea can also prevent the spread of cancerous cells.
6. Chai Tea
Chai tea is made by brewing black tea, ginger, and spices, such as cinnamon, into warm milk and water.
Because black tea and cinnamon have been known to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, chai tea may have health benefits.
7. Oolong Tea
Oolong tea is an uncommon tea many drunk by Asian countries, and about 2% of the world consumes it. Unlike green tea, oolong tea is partially fermented.
However, green tea and oolong tea offer similar amounts of caffeine. It has about 10 to 60 mg per 8-ounce cup, while coffee has about 70 to 130 mg.
Though not widely used worldwide, this tea is no stranger to the other popular teas’ health benefits.
8. Pu-erh Tea
Pu-erh tea is made from the fermented leaves of a tree located in the Yunnan Province of China. Depending on the brew, pu-erh tea can have a high caffeine level (about 30 mg to 100 mg per cup).
Also, this tea may affect your digestion and cause your stomach to be upset due to it being fermented.
9. English Breakfast Tea
English breakfast tea is a type of black tea known for its aroma and rich flavor that can vary between being sweet or bitter.
Like its counterparts, English breakfast tea also offers potential health benefits, such as improving hydration and reducing blood pressure. This tea contains about 35 mg to 50 mg of caffeine.
10. Indian Black Tea
Indian black tea is more potent and more robust than Chinese teas because it’s derived from plant leaves native to India.
It’s also high in caffeine. However, Darjeeling tea is the only exception because it’s made from a plant similar to green tea.
Furthermore, Indian black tea varies depending on India’s region, such as Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri.
Tea is an excellent alternative for kicking coffee to the curb. There are various teas with flavors that can still provide you with the caffeine you may be looking for.
All the teas provide similar health benefits that make a favorable candidate to replace coffee.
Additionally, preparing a cup of tea can be simpler than brewing up your own cup of joe. All you need to do is fill your mug up with hot water and drop tea bags in the water.
So, are you ready to kick coffee and give the tea a try? Which kind of tea speaks to you?
Do you want to go with a simple green tea? Or, grind it down to powder and make matcha?