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7 Alternatives For Your Caffeine Fix

If you are a coffee addict, then consider also trying one of these naturally occuring forms of caffeine.

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Uses: There are many uses for cocoa, but the important thing to know is that the more cocoa solids a chocolate contains (i.e. the darker the chocolate), the higher the caffeine content will be.

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Where: The plant is native to the Amazonian basin and is especially common in Brazil. Above a dancer wears an outfit decorated with guarana seeds during the annual Guarana Festival in the town of Maues, in the Brazilian Amazon. The town of Maues is nicknamed the "Land of Guarana" and is the host to the annual Guarana Festival, with the plant being the main source of income for the region.

4. Tea


What: Tea comes from the leaves of an evergreen plant. There are many varieties, and most are grown in tropical and subtropical climates. Much of the flavor comes from how the tea is processed.

Where: Tea has a long and sordid history, but it originated in China and is now consumed all over the world.

5. Yerba Maté

What: Yerba maté comes from the leaves of a type of holly tree.

Where: It is native to subtropical South America. It is consumed frequently in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.


Uses: The maté beverage is prepared by steeping the leaves of the yerba maté plant in hot water. Yerba maté contains caffeine, which is a xanthine, and it contains two other xanthines theobromine and theophylline that have their own beneficial effects.

6. Yaupon Holly

What: Also known as just yaupon, this caffeine comes from a type of holly tree.

Where: This tree is native to North America and is most common in the southeastern states.

Uses: The young leaves of this plant contains caffeine and can be made into a tea.

7. Guayusa

What: Guayusa comes from the leaves of another type of holly tree.

Where: Guayusa is native to the Amazonian Rainforest, growing in parts of Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia.

Uses: After the leaves are picked, they are dried, which allows the flavor to develop. Then the dried leaves are boiled and consumed as a tea.