I’ve tried. Really. I have. The evidence is above. These were some suggestions in various forums about what you could try if you want to kick the coffee habit. And I didn’t even include Pero or Ayurvedic Coffee in the photo (those are in the cabinet.)
The good news: I’m down to one cup of coffee a day, which is fantastic given the level I used to drink it. Over the weekend, I switched to the Genmaicha tea by Choice. So far, that’s the winner for me in the morning. It feels more substantial with the brown rice (it is a mix of roasted brown rice and green tea) and has a really nice flavor. The coffees-that-aren’t-really coffees all bothered me to some degree for being either too sweet or too bitter. Many of them have a fairly strong vanilla aftertaste that reminded me of Maxwell House International Coffees, you know, the ones in the tins. I’m a Peet’s coffee drinker, so none of these seemed an adequate substitute.
I am not completely going to give up coffee forever, but for now I’m giving tea a try. I will say that I do have more energy by not drinking as much coffee — the caffeine paradox.