How to give up drinking coffee

How to give up drinking coffee

Giving up that morning jolt of caffeine might be hard than you think.

There are some extremely awful withdraws when forgoing your cup of coffee. Heavy dosages of caffeine can cause sleep disruptions, nervousness, irregular heartrate, elevated blood pressure and irritability.  With that being said it is also highly addictive. There is also a cafe in almost every corner and in my home town (Victoria, BC) some places even 3 cafes within one block.

This will be my second time giving up coffee. It is not a pleasant transition. In fact headaches and irritability affect me more than anything else. I only drink 2 cups (250ml) per day and would hate to think of the symptoms some people experience that drink more.

If you have tried in the past and can’t go with out your kick here are some suggestions to help ease yourself off and provide you with comforting drink alternatives . To avoid some of the harsh symptoms I suggest gradually reducing the amount of caffeine you consume first.

Hot Chocolate

I said it, drinking that delicious chocolately drink but leave out the whip cream! Hot chocolate contains between 3 to 13 mg of caffeine, an extremely mild dose.  Try going with a reputably chocolate instead of the powdered cheap nasty stuff. It is full additives  and empty calories, opt to use chocolate that is at least 70% cacao. Melt the chocolate and simply add water, milk or any alternative dairy milk such as almond milk or soy milk.

Yerbal Mate

This plant is native to subtropical South America that contains caffeine, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s flavour is more of a nutty taste that makes a great drink for an added boost much like green tea. Mate is available in the majority of grocery stores and health foods stores. Mate can be made just the same as coffee that come in pouches or loose leaf that is steeped for 10 minutes. There has been some research done that indicate yerba mate  slightly increases the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. “The studies indicate the possibility that the increased risk stems from the mate could be due to the high, near-boiling temperatures at which the mate is consumed.”

For those looking to completely cut out caffeine altogether here is a selection of caffeine -free coffee substitutes.


Bambu is a coffee substitute that is a blend of chicory, wheat, malted barley figs and acorns. It tastes similar to coffee and is a delicious alternative drink to coffee, giving you the satisfying taste of coffee with the caffeine. It can be prepared by adding boiled water or hot milk. You will barely notice the difference.


Chicory dates back to 1700s and is a plant native to North Africa, Western Asia and Europe. The plant leafs are used in salads however the root once dried is finely ground and used as a coffee substitute. The brew looks exactly like coffee but has more earthly and herbaceous taste. It is also prepared the same way as coffee using a percolator or even the french press works too. You can also add milk or your choice of sweetener, you will be surprised how much Chicory can easily replace your cup of joe.


Teeccino can re-balance the negative effects of coffee, providing healthy nutrients that support good cardiovascular health. Coffee on the other hand is central nervous stimulant that makes the heart beat faster and can increase blood pressure. It is fairly new to the market of coffee alternatives and is a blend of roasted combination including carob, barley, chicory, figs, almonds, dandelion root, dates and ramon seeds. It is prepared the same way as coffee. It looks like coffee however it smells and tastes sweet and comes in a variety of flavours like vanilla nut, raspberry, chocolate and hazelnut.

The good news about coffee is that it is still consider a superfood. It is an antioxidant which are beneficial  because they combat free radicals, molecules that would otherwise increase the risk of disease by harming the body’s cells.

Now I know that this post has nothing to do with saving money however you will save save money if you stop drinking coffee.

Think about all those coffees bought at cafes or even at the grocery store!

Have you every given up drinking coffee, share with me how did you did it?

Lina Zussino

Lina Zussino, is a co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. encourages real whole foods cooking while helping Canadians save money with grocery deals and coupons.