Five alternatives to coffee

Finding new ways to make it through the day

Kyle Berg

Six hours. This equates to the average amount of sleep a college student racks up per night. We stay up late doing assignments, and then have to get up early for classes. In order to stay awake during classes many students choose energy drinks like Monster, Rockstar, 5-hour Energy and the most common stimulant of choice: coffee.

A single cup of coffee contains 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine, depending on how it is brewed, which is twice as much as a cup of black tea. With that said, why would I try to persuade you against drinking something that keeps you alert and awake for class?

Statistics show that eight out of ten adults drink coffee. It is the bazooka in your arsenal that gets you through the wall of sleep. However, the high levels of caffeine will drain your energy levels the next day and create a bigger void needing to be filled.

Five alternatives to coffee

Instead of draining your piggy bank and spending money on coffee, a Keurig or any other java device, set your sights on these alternatives.

The first alternative to coffee is green or black tea. They only contain half the amount of caffeine that coffee does and they lack the heavy crash that most coffee drinks deliver. It can be less bitter than coffee and cheaper as well.  

Teeccino is our next alternative. It is unique as it contains roasted carob, roasted barley, and roasted chicory. Teeccino can be made in a coffee maker, so if you still haven’t let go of that coffee urge then Teeccino is a nice substitute. You can buy a five pound bag for $55 online, which comes to about 27 cents per cup.

This next one is strange and truly unusual. Studies have shown that a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar mixed with water can be the perfect morning pick-me-up that you need. Not only do you have more energy, but add better digestion, better sleep and a boost in your immune system into the mix as well. The taste is not preferable by any stretch of your imagination so down it quickly to score the boost you want and skip the unfavorable taste.

Moving south of the border we find our next alternative—yerba mate tea. It is found on the yerba tree and contains a whopping 24 vitamins and minerals, as well as 15 amino acids, and antioxidants. Yerba is also less acidic and does not cause stomach jitters like coffee does.

Our last alternative is the cheapest and most affordable choice: exercise. Larson Lifestyle Center may be small, but vigorous exercise will help keep you from crashing in your early morning classes. It may mean going to bed earlier so you can get up earlier, however, according to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the benefit of a good pump is better than most other experiences in life.

Kyle is a senior studying language arts education.