Healthy and budget-friendly alternatives to coffee
If you’re looking to cut down on caffeine, or simply looking to try something different, here are the best healthy and budget-friendly alternatives to your morning coffee.
Morning coffee is a ritual for many Victorians. Studies have shown caffeine can help you think more clearly, increase alertness and improve physical endurance, while antioxidants can help the body fight off free radicals.
However, for some people, too much caffeine can cause a host of health issues, from digestive distress and restlessness to increased anxiety, irritability, and disrupted sleep.
Not to mention a takeaway coffee can be more than $5 at many Melbourne cafes (unless you take a reusable cup), that morning and afternoon coffee habit could easily be costing you more than $60 a week, so a cheaper alternative that you can make at home can put money back in your pocket.
Le Petit Gateau café manager, Alex Hall, says in his 10 years working for one of Melbourne’s most loved cafes and patisseries, he’s seen a huge rise in popularity for alternatives to coffee.
“We’re definitely seeing more and more people ordering them,” he says. “We could do anywhere from 30-50 chai lattes a day at Le Petit Gateau.”
So, whether you want to reduce your coffee consumption for health reasons, or perhaps financial reasons, here are the best coffee alternatives to order at your local cafe, or make at home.