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    Coffee break: The best alternatives to coffee.

    Why it is good to renounce coffee for a while and how you can convert your daily coffee ritual into a tea ceremony.

Coffee break.

“You shouldn’t even try and talk to me before I’ve had my first coffee in the morning.” Have you ever said this? The beverage and the accompanying caffeine kick have already saved many a Monday morning, but somehow you notice that your coffee addiction is not really all that healthy. Then maybe the right moment has come to take a little break and to deal with the wonderful alternatives to coffee.


Matchatee preparation.
Matchatee preparation.

Why coffee detox makes sense.

In the short term the brown bean provides a powerful energy boost; in the long run, however, it can become an energy robber. With every sip of coffee the body releases the stress hormone adrenaline and causes the blood pressure to soar. This stress can make you nervous instead of alert, and also prevents you from sleeping well. Due to its acidifying properties, coffee also promotes the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which can cause irritation and even inflammation. With regard to the acid-alkaline balance alone, it is worth taking a look at other “waker-uppers”.


3 alternatives to coffee.

The thought of a coffee detox and of going without a beloved ritual is hardly going to elicit shouts of “Hurrah!” from many. The good news: No-one is going to take the ritual away from you. Because fortunately, there are numerous alternatives that are not inferior to coffee in terms of taste.


Matchatee preparation.
Matchatee preparation.

Black tea.

In England the issue divides a whole nation: should you pour the milk into the cup before the tea or after it? A science of its own. Far more interesting though, at least on these shores, is the effect black tea has: it strengthens the immune system and is even said to protect against osteoporosis, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The tannins contained in the tea provide a gentle “awakening”, because the effect of the caffeine sets in gradually. The effect lasts longer and stresses the body less than the caffeine in coffee. Strong Assam, mellow Darjeeling or bitter Ceylon are among the most common varieties. The popular Earl Grey blend with citrusy taste is created by flavouring with bergamot oil. The British national drink “English Breakfast Tea” is a blend made from Ceylon and Assam tea varieties.


  • Matchatee preparation.
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Matcha tea.

This highly concentrated powder made from very finely-ground green tea leaves is considered to be the espresso of the Samurai. These Japanese warriors traditionally drank Matcha tea before the fight so as to be focused yet relaxed at the same time. Due to the bitter substances contained in the tea, the theine, which is the tea’s caffeine, is only slowly absorbed into the bloodstream and thus has a long-lasting “hello” awakening effect. The relaxing, calming effect of Matcha is thanks to the amino-acids contained in the tea leaves. The powdered green tea is particularly valuable due to its anti-oxidants, which protect the body against negative environmental influences and illnesses. Thanks to these valuable nutrients and the vitamins and minerals, it is a real super food.


It is quite simple to prepare the tea: foamed with hot water at a temperature of 75 to 80 °C, one teaspoon of the bright green powder gives an energizing drink with an intense taste. Why not try a Matcha Latte in the mornings? Warm up a cup of rice milk in a saucepan. Then add the rice milk together with a teaspoonful of powder, a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of ground vanilla pod to the blender. Mix the ingredients vigorously for 30 seconds and pour the Matcha Latte in a cup or glass. If required, you can sweeten the drink with a small amount of rice syrup or agave nectar juice.


Matchatee preparation.

Yerba Mate.

The word mate is derived from the South American word “mati”. This refers to a calabash, a drinking vessel in which hot water is poured over the loose dried tea leaves. In order not to swallow the tea leaves while drinking, a so-called “bombilla” is used, a thin metal tube with a built-in sieve. Of course, it can also be brewed with a tea strainer or in a tea bag. The South American power herb Yerba Mate gives quite a sizeable caffeine kick, increases performance and strengthens the circulation. At the same time it offers all the health benefits of green tea. Cooled and combined with ice cubes, fresh lemon juice, mint leaves and a little honey, mate tea is a refreshing summer drink. Whether you start the day with a pot of black tea, a glass of Matcha Latte or a cup of Mate, one thing is certain: you are guaranteed to wake up. Without any bang effect, but with a long-lasting and noticeable positive effect on body and mind instead.