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A Guide to the Best Coffees, Alt Lattes, Matchas, and Teas

The ritual of a cup of coffee or tea is one of the most universal comforting pleasures: Preparing and cradling a warm beverage helps start the day (or end it) peacefully. Whether you’re a caffeine fiend or an herbal tea person, we’ve rounded up the coffees, teas, lattes, honeys, and tools that have been breathing life into our morning routines.

For the Coffee Lover

  1. Sip & Sonder South Market 12 oz bag of whole beans
    Sip & Sonder South Market 12 oz bag of whole beans Sip & Sonder, $22
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Just Brew It

A cup of coffee is only as good as your beans: Try Sip & Sonder’s, which you can order online. Choose between medium-roast beans with rich hints of caramel, orange, and cedar or Ethiopian cold-brew roast.

  1. Trendglas JENA LARGE GERMAN GLASS MUG
    Trendglas JENA LARGE GERMAN GLASS MUG goop, $22
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Supersize

This heat-resistant German mug is double the size of a regular coffee mug, making it a great companion to any major to-do list. Plus: It’s dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

Alt Station

If you’re looking to replace coffee with something that still approximates coffee, see our guide to noncoffee coffees. We’ve tried all of them for you, sipping (and occasionally spitting) every oddity in the New Wave beverage and alternative coffee aisles. We found that dandelion roots and mushrooms make pretty good hot morning drinks, as do various unconventional teas and even dates and cacao beans.

  1. Intelligentsia Coffee French Roast 12oz
    Intelligentsia Coffee French Roast 12oz Intelligentsia Coffee, $15
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Nerd’s Choice

Intelligentsia’s coffee is directly traded with its network of farmers around the globe, spanning fourteen countries. Each of the coffees is paired with a recommended brewing guide, and you can buy beans in an array of grind types: whole bean, espresso, cold brew, French press, percolator, and so on.

  1. ANZA WHITE ESPRESSO MACHINE
    Anza ANZA WHITE ESPRESSO MACHINE goop, $1,275
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Espresso Yourself

The espresso machine that made its way from Kickstarter to kitchens around the country: Anza reimagined the conventional coffee maker into a functional mainstay that looks more like an objet d’art. And it makes great coffee: Not many at-home espresso machines pull perfect shots and yield silky microfoam—you’ll be whipping up latte art in no time.

For the Frothed-Milk Lover

  1. Smeg MILK FROTHER
    Smeg MILK FROTHER goop, $250
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The Ultimate

Level up your latte game: Just pour in your favorite milk and wait for it to be heated and frothed. Choose from six programs to prepare hot and cold drinks alike—with or without foam—or whip up instant powdered drinks, like hot chocolate and lattes. And when you’re all done reveling in the fact that, yes, you’ve created the perfect latte at home, you can detach the stainless-steel container and put it right into the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

  1. Golde Original Golde
    Golde Original Golde goop, $29
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Stay Golden

Golden milk (known in Hindi as haldi doodh, meaning turmeric milk) is an Indian beverage that contains—you guessed it—turmeric, which lends the drink its bright-yellow color, as well as a mix of other warming spices. We love whisking Golde’s blend of turmeric, coconut, ginger, and black pepper into plant-based milk.

  1. Powerlix MILK FROTHER
    PowerLix MILK FROTHER Amazon, $17
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Mini Mixer

We have been known to stash tiny electric frothers in our desks for a latte at a moment’s notice. While it doesn’t heat your milk as the Smeg can, you can use this to incorporate a powder into hot water or froth your milk, latte-style, in a pinch. If you’re heating milk on your own, keep it between 140°F and 150°F to avoid scalding. Hot tip: Preheat your mug to keep your drink warmer longer.

  1. The Fullest Saffron Latte
    The Fullest Saffron Latte goop, $64
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The Saffron Latte

If you’re avoiding dairy and caffeine (or just love the taste of a coconut latte), The Fullest’s blend of uplifting saffron and cardamom will be a welcome addition to your mug. It’s a creamy sweet yet savory ritual that’s also gluten-free and sugar-free, thanks to both coconut milk and coconut water powder. We’ve found it tastes best whisked into plant-based steamed milk and sipped anytime you need a little pick-me-up.

For the Tea Lover

  1. Staub KETTLE
    Staub KETTLE goop, $180
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Kettle to the Metal

Staub’s dusty-grey enameled cast-iron teapot holds a quart of water and comes with a mesh tea infuser—perfect for a big pot of loose-leaf to share or to last you through a busy day.

  1. Bon Temps GREEN TEA
    Bon Temps GREEN TEA goop, $16
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Good Times

Bon Temps green tea is harvested in the early spring, when its mellow, earthy flavor is at its best. (Plus, the company pools proceeds to support a grant program for women.)

  1. House of Waris Botanicals SWEET CLARITY
    House of Waris Botanicals SWEET CLARITY goop, $28
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Herbal Wisdom

This botanical blend of rhodiola, holy basil, ginger, eleuthero, and sweet basil provides adaptogenic support to smooth out your day and gets its flavor from the warming combination of ginger, cardamom, and orange peel. Steep it in boiling water for five to seven minutes and enjoy it hot or serve it over ice for a refreshing cold drink on a hot day.

  1. Tom Dixon ETCH THE CLIPPER
    Tom Dixon ETCH THE CLIPPER goop, $30
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Mesh Well

Meet the tea bag 2.0: It’s stainless steel and cone-shaped (just for fun). Use it for any loose-leaf tea or to infuse herbal mixes, if you’re feeling adventurous.

  1. Bon Temps Ginger TEA
    Bon Temps Ginger TEA goop, $16
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Ginger Snap

Herbal teas are often a blend of various leaves, roots, flowers, and barks from edible plants such as chamomile, ginger, peppermint, or hibiscus. The combinations create layered flavors and scents. Ginger tea is a great choice for aiding digestion after a meal, calming an upset stomach, or simply winding down before bed. Bon Temps’ ginger blend has hints of lemongrass and goji and is packaged in a biodegradable sachet.

  1. Activist MANUKA HONEY TRIO
    Activist MANUKA HONEY TRIO goop, $150
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Mix-In

Manuka honey is produced by New Zealand bees, which pollinate the flowers of the manuka bush. Besides tasting delicious, manuka honey is revered for containing antibacterial compounds, in particular when applied topically, which can be measured by levels of methylglyoxal (MGO)—the higher the MGO rating, the higher the antibacterial activity. This trio of authentic raw New Zealand manuka honeys by Activist has three different certified MGO ratings: 850+, 300+, and 100+. We like to reach for the 850+ MGO honey to mix into teas to soothe irritated throats, and we dollop the other two liberally onto everything else.

For the Matcha Lover

  1. Chalait Tea BAMBOO WHISK
    Chalait Tea BAMBOO WHISK goop, $16
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Whisk Taker

The key to a great matcha is whisking the powder into hot water in a shallow bowl or mug. Use W-shaped motions to break up all the clumps and create a thick, concentrated paste. Then add your favorite steamed milk on top or pour the matcha over ice. This bamboo whisk by Chalait Tea has a hundred prongs to make the perfect smooth consistency.

  1. Pique Tea SUN GODDESS MATCHA STICKS
    Pique Tea SUN GODDESS MATCHA STICKS goop, $58
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Matcha Made in Heaven

Matcha is a special form of finely ground green tea powder that comes from the Camellia sinesis plant, just like green tea, but contains more caffeine as well as L-theanine, which is believed to help mellow out the effects of caffeine. Pique Tea’s sachets are great for stashing in your bag for a quick caffeine pick-me-up whenever you need it. Whisk it into warm water (Pique recommends water between 140°F and 150°F), or if you’re pressed for time, shaking it up in a water bottle works well, too.

  1. Golde MATCHA GOLDE
    GOLDE MATCHA GOLDE goop, $29
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Pot of Gold

Golde’s matcha blend takes the work out of creating a luxurious latte. The coconut milk powder lends a creamy consistency while the added turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper give it a warm, spicy kick.


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