i’ve never had a full cup of coffee — there, I said it. You can go ahead and judge me now, I know you want to.
It’s not that I necessarily have anything against it, I just never got into drinking the hard stuff when most people began their morning caffeine ritual as adolescents. More than a decade has passed since my friends started sipping on morning cappuccinos, and I just don’t see the point in starting now.
As a 26-year-old, I choose to start every day with an herbal, energizing tea. Because while yes, coffee has its virtues, blends of green, guayusa, white, and yerba maté tea not only deliver a welcome hit of caffeine, they’re also packed with antioxidants, can protect against serious illnesses like cancer and heart disease, and may even help you to lose weight.
If you’re ready to wean yourself off coffee, keep scrolling for a list of the most energizing morning tea blends to start sipping on instead.
Steeped in more than 2000 years of Amazonian tradition, this seriously-energizing tea is high in caffeine, and will give you all the kick you need to get out of bed in the morning. It has an earthy, slightly smooth taste, and isn’t bitter.
Brewed from the leaves of a South American tree, Yerba Maté’s not only high in antioxidants and energy-boosting caffeine, but has even been shown in some studies to curb weight gain. It is a bit of an acquired taste however, which is why you’ll find it alongside fruit, honey, or chocolate-flavored teas to help make the smoky, bitter flavor a little easier to swallow.
Oh green tea, where do we begin? The herbal hero is known to protect against degenerative diseases, cancer, stroke, heart disease, and can even help you lose weight. It’s also extremely high in antioxidants, and has been used in Asia to treat everything from diarrhea to typhoid since ancient times. Green tea also happens to contain caffeine, so if you need something to help get moving in the morning, this is it.
Drinking white tea will give you a subtle energy boost — it’s relatively low in caffeine, particularly when compared alongside yerba maté. It actually comes from the same plant as green and black teas (Camellia sinensis), but the white version requires less processing than the other two, which results in a higher concentration of antioxidants. Some studies even suggest it may have an anti-cancer effect!