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5 of the best coffee alternatives on the Sunshine Coast

I seriously LOVE coffee. Whenever someone asks me where they can get a good coffee on the Sunshine Coast, I pride myself on being able to point them in any number of directions with a personal guarantee of getting a brew that any coffee snob would get excited about.

This year however, I decided to have a break from coffee. The fact that I wasn’t able to have a clear conversation or start work without caffeine had been playing on my mind for a while. So I went cold turkey, spent a few days curled up in bed with a pounding headache and then when the fuzziness lifted, I was ready to join the land of the living. The only problem was, a big chunk of my daily routine had disappeared.

I felt completely lost. So, I went on a mission to find the best coffee alternatives to start the day with. Here are my top recommendations for a non-coffee fix:

Soy dandelion latte – The Velo Project, 19 Careela St, Mooloolaba

This child and pet friendly café, hiding in the back streets of Mooloolaba, has a quirky yet relaxed vibe and with free wireless it’s the perfect place to take your laptop and do some work for a few hours.

Although I don’t really drink soy milk, the ‘dandy’ latte does taste better with soy. It’s the closest alternative to having a coffee, so I enjoy every sip. Dandelion is also great for aiding digestion, relieving headaches and has liver cleansing properties.

Cacao and red rooibos tea – Izba Espresso, 695 Nicklin Way, Currimundi QLD 4551

This funky espresso and tea house is built out of an old shipping container with a cosy little outdoor setting set around it.

Their list of Jenier teas is impressive but I love the cacao and red rooibos tea, which can be served warm or chilled. I find rooibos can be a little bitter sometimes, however this tea is lovely and smooth and the cacao evens the flavour out. It’s really refreshing!

Izba also serves light snacks, gourmet sandwiches and delicious brekkie wraps, with all food supplied by Harvest Breads of Cotton Tree.

Chai tea – The Silva Spoon, Shop 1 The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree

With its eclectic décor and attention to every small detail, this tea house and gift shop has an enormous variety of tea, but my pick is the Bengali Chai. It’s a slightly spicy chai, made from black tea, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

The tea is served black, or brewed with your choice of milk, and bought out on a tray with a small dish of honey on the side to add to taste. Though with the choice of sweets on offer here, you might not even need the honey!

Cacao and peppermint hot chocolate – New Earth Café, 21-37 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach

If you’re like me and love having a selection of milks to choose from, make a beeline to this raw, organic and gluten free café in Coolum and order their delicious hot chocolate made on almond milk.

The peppermint isn’t too overpowering and it’s deliciously smooth and comforting.

‘Nourish’ cold-pressed juice – Ground Organics, 7-11 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba

Nothing makes you feel more awake and invigorated than slugging down a fresh, cold pressed organic juice from Ground. I love the Nourish juice as it’s full of all your essential green veggies with a touch of citrus to add sweetness.

Who needs coffee anyway?

What are you favourite non-coffee drinks? I’d love to hear your tips to help keep me on the straight and narrow!

*Photography: Shutterstock (feature image), Krista Eppelstun