It’s a fact: too much coffee is bad for us. Sure, 1-3 cups of good coffee each day won’t cause any harm; but when more is consumed, you might experience negative effects.

Too much caffeine can cause heightened anxiety, insomnia, rapid heart rate and fatigue, due to caffeine crash. It’s an addictive substance which both causes and relieves fatigue, trapping some people in a vicious cycle of caffeine dependency.

Get your coffee addiction under control by alternating with tea instead, at least a couple of times per day. According to The Mayo Clinic, a cup of brewed coffee can contain anywhere between 95-165mg of caffeine, whereas a brewed black tea of the same volume contains a vastly lower 25-48mg on average.

Switching to tea reduces your caffeine intake and gives your body a break from the huge rush of stimulants it endures when you drink coffee – but that’s not its only benefit.

Tea isn’t just the English breakfast type you drink from a china cup. Tea comes in hundreds of diverse flavors. If you can’t find one you like, you’re not looking hard enough!

Here is a list of teas to try, to get your taste-buds tingling rather than causing you caffeine-buzz. If you are the director of a company, consider expanding your tea and coffee options in the office to improve happiness in your workplace.

Teabags vs Loose Tea

This is all about preference. Loose tea tends to be fresher, but teabags are infinitely quicker and easier to use.

If you want a fresh, environmentally-friendly cup of chai (a lot of teabags do not decompose), try Teaja Tea loose tea to fuel your work day. It comes in a variety of flavors such as Blueberry, Morning Sunshine and Earl Grey.

Green Tea

Green tea is revered for its calming qualities and anti-oxidants, making it a soothing choice during a busy work day rather than stimulating coffee which can feed your nerves. It boosts your metabolism and even your brain function, with the amino acid L-theanine, which increases dopamine to improve your mood and performance.

Peppermint Tea

Naturally decaffeinated, hot peppermint tea is the perfect beverage for keeping you hydrated and alert during the day without getting caffeine jitters. It tastes best when brewed for 3 minutes and enjoyed while taking a break from your desk.

Iced Tea

Hot outside? Try some tea over ice for instant refreshment. Making a pitcher of iced tea will make you a hit in the office on a stuffy summer’s day. Follow this method to make the perfect iced tea:

  • Place half as many teabags as people you are serving (e.g. 3 bags for 6 people) into a tea pot.
  • Fill with boiling water and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
  • Remove teabags and pour into cups/a pitcher.
  • Add cold water and ice to each cup; maybe with some lemon slices to taste.
  • Enjoy!

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos (or Red Bush) is a variety of tea that only grows in South Africa. It has a distinct, but smooth taste that can be enjoyed with or without milk. Add your favorite nut milk for an earthy flavor.