Coffee is what most of us like to have in the morning. Iced or hot, it has become a favorite beverage by many. It acts as both stimulants and digestives to care for your tummy.
However, too much coffee can also be bad for you. Maybe some of us can’t handle caffeine. Coffee can make you edgy or cause a lack of sleep. However, that doesn’t mean there are no alternatives. Here are four delicious yet caffeine-free drinks for those who are not a fan or simply on a caffeine detox.
1. Rooibos tea
Also known as redbush tea, this reddish-brown-tinged herbal tea contains antioxidants. Its preparation method is the same as regular black tea. It is caffeine-free and good for relaxation and digestion.
2. Masala chai
When was the last time you see a Bollywood movie with no chai-drinking scene? Answer: NEVER. This is a local favorite in India and rightfully so.Teh tarik might be Malaysia’s favorite drink but chai is a recipe that takes it up a notch.
‘Chai’ means tea and “masala” means spiced. Chai masala means spiced tea. This tea-based drink has a strong flavor to it because of its herbal concoction and good for your health.
Furthermore, the ingredients can be found in any typical Malaysian kitchen. Made using strong black tea, the leaves are also boiled with cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger with a splash of milk. For those with lactose intolerance may substitute whole milk with any plant-based milk like oat milk, almond milk, or even soy milk.
Filter the mix and voila! Its aromatic flavor and the harmonious mix of the dry herbs will make you forget coffee altogether.
This drink from northern France might look like coffee but it is actually not.
Due to the coffee shortage during world war II, people are coming up with substitutes for caffeinated drinks. It is made from a chicory plant. The root is then processed washed, dried, and went through a process akin to coffee beans. The powder is then mixed with water or milk to be drunk like coffee, but without the caffeine.
Italians call it ‘caffè d’orzo’. Like chicory coffee, this drink largely became known during World War II.
Its slightly bitter taste similar to actual coffee with a slight hint of hazelnut or toasted bread. It can be drunk as an instant coffee concoction by mixing a teaspoon of it with water. Otherwise, it can be prepared using a regular coffee maker.