Need A Pick-Me-Up That Isn’t Coffee? Try One Of These Teas Instead

Jitters not included.

by Natalia Lusinski
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Pure Matcha by Golde will give you an energy boost, antioxidants, and amino acids via, you guessed it, matcha — but without the jitters from typical caffeine. Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder made from tea leaves, and Golde sources its from small farms in Uji, Japan.

Pu·erh tea is known for its ancient healing properties and makes for a great coffee alternative. Numi’s Emperor's Pu·erh is organic and sourced from 500-year-old wild tea trees in China. It then goes through a 60-day fermentation process, which results in a rich, earthy flavor.

Black Thai Tropical by Tiesta Tea is a mango citrus black tea that also contains ingredients like apple, pineapple, orange peel, and marigolds. It’s part of Tiesta Tea’s Energizer Blend series. It contains both black and maté teas, which give you an added mental and physical boost.

Clevr’s Chai SuperLatte provides you with caffeine via black tea and has several whole-ground organic spices to get the full chai flavor. It also contains adaptogens, mushrooms, and probiotics, all of which will also help increase your energy levels while reducing stress.

Twinings English Breakfast Extra Bold Tea is made of black tea leaves that’ll provide you with a good amount of caffeine. Whether you want to sip it with your breakfast or have a High Tea in the afternoon like they do in the UK, it’ll help wake you up.


Japanese Sencha by Harney & Sons is a green tea made from small-leaf tea bushes (Camellia sinensis) and known for its grassy flavor. It has many health benefits, from being rich in antioxidants to promoting cardiovascular health. Plus, its caffeine content will help you stay alert.


Elevate Tea’s Orange Cinnamon Tea is a loose leaf black tea high in caffeine. Whether you make it hot or iced, you’ll still feel the energizing results.

Organic Assam Black Tea by Stash will also give you the caffeine boost you’re looking for. Just steep the India-bred, medium-bodied tea for three to five minutes — depending on how strong you’d like it — and add milk or sweetener to taste.


Zest Tea makes tea with just as much caffeine as coffee — 150 mg per cup — but without coffee’s jittery side effects. It comes in a variety of flavors. Cinnamon Apple, for instance, is a blend of premium Orange Pekoe black tea that has actual bits of apple and cinnamon in it.

Bigelow American Breakfast Black Tea With Extra Caffeine looks as dark as coffee, but without the crash-and-burn side effects. Instead, you’ll get energized from the concentrated black tea.

If you’re looking for a highly caffeinated tea with rich coconut flavor, check out HiCAF® Toasted Coconut Black Tea Bags by The Republic of Tea. In addition to black tea leaves, it contains green tea extract and pure caffeine to invigorate you.

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