Being called a ‘coffee shop’ can be somewhat deceiving. Many coffee chains in the UK, including Esquires Coffee, offer a whole range of caffeine-free drinks for those who fancy something a little different. So, if you’re trying to avoid caffeine, why not try one of these alternatives?
What is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in coffee, tea and cacao plants (dark chocolate contains it). Every day, caffeine is consumed by billions of people around the world with some estimates suggesting around 80% of the world’s population consumes a caffeinated product each day.
It works by connecting to the brain’s adenosine receptors without activating them. Adenosine levels build up throughout the day and are what make you feel tired and sleepy.
While much research exists on the perceived health benefits of drinking coffee, drinking too much caffeine can also cause anxiety, stomach pain and headaches. It is also possible to have an allergy to caffeine. It is for these reasons that some people choose to reduce or avoid caffeine.
Decaf Tea and Coffee
It is possible to remove the caffeine from tea and coffee while not affecting the quality and flavour. This means that those who enjoy their caffeinated counterparts can still appreciate their favourite caramel latte or mug of green tea.
Coffee beans are decaffeinated when they are still green (before they are roasted). The most common method involves soaking the beans in water and adding a solvent – usually ethyl acetate or methylene chloride. The solvents draw out the caffeine. Using solvents is an entirely safe process.
Speciality and Herbal Teas
Naturally caffeine-free, many speciality and herbal teas also have several health benefits. Derived from natural ingredients, these teas are a popular and tasty choice for a hot beverage. Some of the nation’s favourites and their health benefits include:
- Peppermint – supports digestion, can help to relieve nausea and contains antioxidants.
- Chamomile – research suggests that chamomile may have a calming effect and promote sleep. The tea is also thought to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and liver promoting effects.
- Lemon and Ginger – ginger is most commonly known as a remedy for nausea, as well as being high in antioxidants that can help to boost the immune system.
- Rooibos – early studies suggest that drinking rooibos tea may benefit bone health and reduce the chance of heart disease.
Pop into an Esquires Coffee shop to check out our range of delicious speciality teas, all loose leaf!
Most Hot Chocolate Contains a Minimal Amount of Caffeine
Most hot chocolates contain a minimal amount of caffeine, so it’s best to check if you are particularly sensitive. The great thing about hot chocolate is that it can be enjoyed in a variety of different ways.
Try Adding Cream, Marshmallows or a Syrup!
You can try it with your favourite alternative milk or turn it into a delectable treat by adding cream, marshmallows or a flavoured syrup. Esquires Coffee currently has a special hot chocolate served with peanut butter syrup and triple chocolate popcorn.
The First Chocolate Drink is Thought to Have Originated From the Maya Civilisation
The first chocolate drink is thought to have originated from the Maya civilisation, around 2,500 years ago. The sweet-tasting drink as we know it today comes from 17th century Europe, where cocoa was still very expensive. The beverage quickly became popular amongst the upper classes and has since developed into a favourite across the world.
A fruity smoothie is a delicious caffeine-free drink. Many coffee shops offer a variety of different flavours that can give you a burst of energy and a bit of a detox. Smoothies are also a great source of many nutrients found in fruit, such as vitamin C, potassium and folate.
Most coffee shops also offer a range of delicious cold drinks, from presses to fruit juices. Why not take the opportunity to try a new flavour?
At Esquires Coffee, we welcome everyone and aim to satisfy the needs of all our customers with our extensive drinks menu. Pop in to try our delicious Fair-Trade decaf coffee! We also offer fantastic coffee franchise opportunities in London and the rest of the UK. If you’re looking to become part of a recognised brand in a global coffee community, contact us today.