Latte alternatives

If you’ve never been a fan of the caffeine kick that comes with coffee, or perhaps you’re looking for a healthier alternative to your regular cup of joe, then our top substitutes for coffee may be just the thing.

An alternative latte being made.

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We’ve seen turmeric become the spice of choice, and the benefits of matcha are well known to many, but you may be surprised to hear that dandelion also has a number of health properties. Although perhaps a little daunting to some, the clever folk at some of Christchurch’s forward thinking cafes have made sure you can consume these beneficial ingredients as an alternative to coffee.

A man making a latte.

Masala Latte & Dandelion Latte, Lotus Heart

363 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central

The peaceful folk over at Lotus Heart know a thing or two about healthy living. The vegetarian restaurant has been operating in Christchurch for over 20 years, and creates meals with consideration for the mind, body and soul, as well as the environment. Their creative alternatives to lattes include a masala latte and a dandelion latte, both of which have immense health benefits.

The masala latte is made with organic fairtrade coffee, organic whole milk (or plant based milk) and spice. It’s sweetened with organic coconut nectar – a low-glycemic natural sweetener that makes it not too dissimilar from drinking a chai. A perfect beverage for a cold day, and available iced on hot days.

The dandelion latte is a caffeine-free herbal coffee. It’s smooth and creamy texture will give the distinct sensation of drinking a latte, and it can be made with whole, cashew, soy or almond milk.

A woman holding a matcha latte.

Gingerbread Latte & Matcha Latte, Little Poms

294 Kilmore St, Christchurch Central

Little Poms has fast become a favourite for Christchurch locals on the weekend, and offers an extensive and creative menu for brunch enthusiasts. Luckily, brunch isn’t all they specialise in, as the local favourite is now offering two alternative lattes to your standard morning coffee.

The gingerbread latte is made using a specialised syrup combined with milk, and tastes exactly as delicious as it sounds. With Christmas not long away, the latte is the perfect way to get you in the mood for the upcoming festivities.

Little Pom’s version of a matcha latte is made using a matcha blend with steamed milk. Eager to cater to all, the cafe offers customers something ‘a little bit different’ in place of their morning coffee, and with plenty of health benefits it’s the perfect excuse to put down the caffeine and pick up a matcha instead.

Golden Latte, XCHC Cafe

376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham

XCHC Cafe is well known for being a hub of creativity, helping to foster Christchurch’s great ideas and vision for the future. In their own words, the good folk behind XCHC Cafe aim to ‘unleash their creativity’ by creating new recipes. It’s this creativity that’s resulted in the creation of the ‘golden latte’, a new take on the trendy turmeric latte.

The golden latte is made from XCHC’s own secret recipe, and without giving it away completely, we can let you know that they use freshly ground turmeric, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and coconut sugar, before combining these ingredients with a freshly steamed almond milk (made in-house), Nature Matters blue milk, trim, coconut or organic soy milk. The result is an alternative beverage well-loved for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that will help happy drinkers improve their defence against the common cold and flu.

Lattes lined up on a counter.

Matcha Latte, Red Velvet Latte, Turmeric Latte, Laneway Espresso

329 Durham Street North, Christchurch Central

Serving coffee on the daily to busy corporate workers, Laneway Espresso have perfected the art of creating a good cup of coffee. Now they’re looking to challenge themselves by creating the perfect alternative as well. Their version of the alternative latte includes the matcha latte, the red velvet latte, and the popular turmeric latte.

The matcha latte combines the health benefits of 10 cups of green tea into one handy drink that’ll leave you feeling refreshed and energised. Matcha is essentially powdered green tea leaves, and for those who can’t do without the caffeine kick that coffee brings, you’ll be pleased to know that matcha actually contains it too. The latte is made with the special powder stirred into steamed milk, resulting in a delicious green beverage.

You’d be forgiven for thinking the red velvet latte is some sort of dessert drink, but make no mistake, this beverage can be enjoyed guilt-free. Made using the Latte Lab’s red velvet blend, the mixture consists of beetroot powder, cacao, vanilla bean powder and spices, and can be made using any milk for a rich, creamy latte.

We’ve seen a recent increase in demand for the turmeric latte, and it’s not hard to see why. The aromatic blend of spices with perfectly steamed milk makes for a delicious (and much healthier) version of the traditional chai latte.