10 Vegan coffee alternatives to jumpstart your day

Coffee is the go-to for so many people when they wake up. On the other hand, some people try to stay away from it for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless, there are other alternatives to coffee and even vegan ones. Who knows, you might end up loving one more than you love coffee!

Whether you want to try something different or you need to cut down on caffeine, we have something for you. Here are 10 vegan alternatives to coffee, some of them caffeine-free.

1 Chicory

This alternative is perfect for those who love coffee but don’t want caffeine. Indeed, chicory roots taste pretty much the same thing as coffee beans. It’s also rich in antioxidants, insulin and fibre. Moreover, you can brew it just like your regular coffee.

If you have a sweet tooth, there are also caramel chicory infusions and the likes out there.

2 Matcha tea

Iced, plain, latte … matcha tea can be served in many different ways. It comes from a green powder obtained by grinding tea leaves. Matcha contains caffeine, but also theine, which relaxes your mind without making you sleepy. It’s a perfect solution to caffeine jitters! It’s also rich in antioxidants and helps lower blood pressure.

3 Lemon water

Replacing your coffee with something else doesn’t need to be complicated. Lemon water is an excellent way to start your day. Well, just hydrating yourself well will be the first victory of your day! Lemon water doesn’t have any calories and is rich in vitamin C, which plays an important role in our immune system.

In addition to lemon slices and ice cubes, you can add other ingredients: raspberries, watermelon, mint or even cucumber.

4 Yerba maté

Yerba maté is a naturally caffeinated tea from South America. It has as much caffeine as coffee, but it tastes really different. It’s a tea rich in antioxidants, in riboflavin, thiamin, phosphor, iron, calcium and vitamin C and E.

You can drink it traditionally, as shown in this picture, with a special metal straw, adding hot water every few minutes in your glass. Or, you know, you could always just throw it in your tea infuser.

5 Chai tea

In a nutshell, chai tea is black tea with spices. It is, just like its other tea friends, another liquid rich in antioxidants. On the plus side (well, depending on whom you ask), it has way less caffeine than coffee. Its strong and distinctive taste can be sweetened if you choose to have it latte. Just add your favourite plant-based milk.

6 Rooibos tea

Rooibos is a lightly sweet and fruity red tea from South Africa. You can let it infuse for a long time without fearing it turns bitter, thus making it your new BFF if you’re the kind of person who does 300 things at once. It’s rich in antioxidants and poor in tannins, which interferes with iron absorption. Therefore, if you constantly suffer from an iron deficit, this tea is for you.

7 Kombucha

Since kombucha is made from fermented tea, you will get both caffeine and theine each time you drink it. This mix is the perfect morning boost. Its fizziness will also help wake you up. As a bonus, kombucha is also full of probiotics. Yummy!

8 Smoothies

Many ingredients can give you an energy boost, so it makes sense to combine them in a smoothie, doesn’t it? Start your day with a lot of carbohydrates, fibres, antioxidants and proteins.

9 Apple cider vinegar

Just like eating an apple, apple cider vinegar can help you wake up completely caffeine-free.

For a delicious beverage made with apple cider vinegar, combine one or two table spoons of this liquid with a cup of cold water and optionally one or two spoons of maple sirup for a sweeter taste.

10 Beyond a beverage

Of course, there are other coffee alternatives that are not drinkable. You could, for instance, get a wake-up light therapy alarm, which will gently wake you up in the morning. For sure better than your blaring alarm.

You could also add five minutes of yoga to your daily routine, an exercise that has proven itself.

Chewing gums can also help. They help focus and they can boost our energy levels too.

Finally, walking or biking to work will wake you up. You can also add some music or a good podcast to stimulate your brain as you do your morning exercise.


We hope you found something to inspire you. Otherwise, you could check these ways to improve your coffee—sometimes it’s just impossible to replace!

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