Can anything replace coffee?

Can anything replace coffee?

Available in health food stores and some grocery stores, these coffee substitutes will help any gourmand find their happy place.


With its 30 to 60 mg of caffeine per cuppa (or none if you choose a rooibos), tea is the perfect substitute for coffee.

You drink it for its refined and delicate taste, as well as for its antioxidants that reduce the risk of heart disease. It also protects against cancer if you have at least 3 cups a day, especially green tea.

There is a wide selection on offer, depending on the type of tea, your taste preferences and the season!

Herbal tea and fruit infusions

People have been using plants and fruits as medicine for thousands of years.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to herbal teas. Pick one based on the properties of its ingredients and associated health benefits.

Ginseng is the perfect choice if you want your infusion to have the same energizing effect as coffee. This plant is known to provide an energy boost when you’re feeling tired and promotes concentration when your “hard drive” is just too full.


Chicory root is dried, roasted, ground, infused, and then used as a substitute for coffee.

Its subtle taste is reminiscent of a café au lait, caramel and hazelnut.

Packed with inulin, chicory coffee is a strong ally of your gut flora as it promotes the development of good bacteria by acting as a prebiotic.

Yerba mate

Somewhere between coffee and tea on the flavour spectrum, yerba mate contains 70 to 90 mg of caffeine per cup and is the ideal go-to drink when you need an energy boost to wake up.

Also called Paraguay tea, yerba mate is known to enhance short-term memory. It also helps to fight mental and physical fatigue.

Brew it like tea. Use a calabash or mate pot to infuse it in the traditional way and then drink it with a straw (preferably stainless steel) with a filter at the end.

This is a bitter beverage, so you may want to sweeten it with a bit of sugar or add lemon juice or milk.

Lebanese white coffee

A drink par excellence from Lebanon, white coffee is ridiculously simple to make. Just add a splash of orange blossom water (about 1 tbsp.) to 1 cup of hot water and presto!

If you have a sweet tooth, add a bit of sugar or honey.

In the summer, you can serve Lebanese white coffee cold.

Known for its soothing and relaxing properties (as it is caffeine-free), orange blossom water will help you drift off into a sweet, restful slumber.

Barley coffee

Hailing from Italy, barley coffee (also called caffè d’orzo) is made with roasted, ground barley seeds.

Containing no theine or caffeine, it smells like toast or even coffee depending on its level of infusion.

Barley is rich in beta-glucan, a fibre known to reduce cholesterol levels, and barley coffee also stimulates the intestines.

Dandelion coffee

With its bitter and slightly full-bodied taste, dandelion coffee bears some resemblance to coffee, but without the caffeine!

Dried, roasted and ground dandelion root is used to prepare this infusion that has diuretic and detoxifying properties for the liver.

Spelt coffee

A spelt infusion is concocted from this roasted grain and has a taste similar to filter coffee.

Bursting with phosphorus that promotes good bone density, spelt coffee is also a source of magnesium.