Here at ALT HQ we are desperately trying to get off coffee. With so many alternatives available on the market, we thought we would give you the lowdown on what, who, where, when and how.
1.The Green one
Matcha lattes really are having their moment in the sun. Or at least on the menus of any and every hot independent cafe, brunch spot in town. Even popular chains like Pret and Eat are hot on the tails of the drink that just won’t stop trending. And for good reason! While the leaves in your ordinary cup of green tea are steeped then thrown, magic matcha is composed of the whole tea leaf, abundant in chlorophyll levels. As a result, the fine green powder is blessed with 137x the antioxidants of ordinary green tea!
You know that grounded, yet calm, energetic buzz matcha addicts are always on about? That’s down to the secret weapon behind the goodness, L-Theanine. A firm favourite of Buddhist monks in the 12th Century, it sharpened their focus and boosted their energy prior to meditation. Now tell us you don’t want a sip of that action!
AH Hack: You really can identify the quality of a good matcha by its colour. Essentially, the more vibrant the green, the better the source. If you find yourself sipping on a pale matcha, it’s most likely the cheaper grade version used primarily for baking rather than drinking. It’s unlikely to give you the same grounded, yet energetic buzz guaranteed by the good stuff.
Our go-to fix: For days when we’re on the move, we turn to Pitch Coffee. Their infamous almond milk matcha latte always goes down smoothly, and is crafted with our favourite ceremonial grade blend sourced by Lalani + Co. If we so happen to find ourselves a little more central, Timberyard makes for the ultimate matcha pit stop. We’re a sucker for a little latte art action, and these guys have it well and truly locked down.
image c/o Timberyard
2. The Golden one
image c/o Wunder Workshop
Turmeric seems to be the magic word on every wellness warrior’s lips. And for good reason. The humble, sunshine tinted spice has been used in Ayurvedic culture for over 5000 years. Aside from being at the heart of every Indian’s spice box, it boasts some pretty amazing immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties.
AH Hack: add a twist of black pepper to your golden cuppa to activate the curcumin compound found in turmeric. This simple addition makes the turmeric more bioavailable to our bodies, allowing us to better absorb the magic spice!
Our go-to fix: We are big lovers of Wunder Workshop’s turmeric blends, and are forever hot footing it to Le Pain Quotidien for a sip of their Instantly Golden blend. Turmeric has been a massive part of founder Zoe’s wellbeing regime for many years now; ’We source our organic turmeric from an independent farm in Sri Lanka, and the blend’s anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties are a helpful immune booster especially during the cold winter months.’
A flu fighter and a soul-warming tonic in one? Count us in.
3. The one for chocaholics
If you’re anything like us, chocolate falls into one of our daily non-negotiables. Even more so as the temperature drops and the higgle vibes kick in. Enter the raw hot cacao. Nothing more, nothing less than the most natural, healthy hot chocolate around.
Our go-to fix: Simply heat your favourite chocolate, be it melted Ombar or a spoonful of raw cacao powder on the stove with a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom and your favourite milk. Get that coffee shop barista feel by stirring through your brew with an electric whisk; maximum froth with mimimum effort!
4. The Pink one
image c/o Pitch Coffee
For a warming boost that packs a vitamin punch, the beetroot latte is unparalleled. For a drink that is not only (nearly) too beautiful to drink, the naturally sweet beet is uber rich in skin-loving antioxidants and nitrate compounds responsible for improving blood flow too.
Our go-to fix: Our friends over at Pitch Coffee have well and truly nailed the art of a good beetroot latte. Pop down to their cart at Fulham Broadway station for an afternoon pick me up, and customise your cuppa with a variety of plant based milks from almond and hazelnut to cashew and brown rice.
So yes, happy rainbow drinking ..