Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Coffee Shop Drinks for Non-Coffee Drinkers

I absolutely love going to coffee shops ~ despite the fact that I intensely dislike coffee. Call me crazy, but no matter how spruced up a coffee drink is, I just despise that bitter coffee taste! However, I’m a big-time tea drinker ~ and, luckily, coffee shops always have plenty of amazing tea-related options!

So if you’re a fellow coffee hater, or if you’re just looking to expand your coffee shop beverage horizons, read on for some of my favorite coffee shop tea items.

1. Chai Tea Latte
The ever-classic (and my favorite-ever) chai tea latte! I’ve never been to a coffee shop that doesn’t sell chai lattes, so it’s one non-coffee drink you can always count on being able to get. A delicious blend of sweet and spicy, chai tea lattes are perfect for an afternoon study session, for a crisp fall day, or for when you just need a hug in a cup. Try it hot or iced! (My preference is hot, but I will say, an iced chai can be quite refreshing.)

2. Vanilla Chai Tea Latte
If you want to add some more excitement to your chai tea latte, try ordering it with a shot of vanilla. Starbucks in particular makes an amazing vanilla chai ~ my best friend introduced me to it and I never looked back! Sometimes regular chai tea lattes can be too spicy for my liking, but ordering one with vanilla adds just enough sweetness to make it deliciously perfect.

3. London Fog (or Earl Grey Tea Latte)
Guys, if you've never tried one of these, please do so asap. It’s earl grey tea in steamed milk with a shot of vanilla ~ and between the wonderful earl grey taste and the sweet vanilla flavor, it is heaven on earth. Not every coffee shop makes London fogs, but if/when you come across one that does, order one! I was introduced to the London fog a couple years ago, and it quickly became my favorite tea beverage. Give it a try ~ you will not be disappointed!

4. Green Tea Frappuccino
Don’t let its murky green color scare you away ~ it’s actually a deliciously sweet and refreshing drink, and is a perfect cold non-coffee option. Starbucks makes this drink under this name, and I’ve also seen it called a green tea chiller (or a name along those lines) at other coffee shops. Next time you’re making a coffee shop stop on a hot day, try a green tea frap!

5. Hot or Iced Tea
When in doubt, just go for straight-up tea! Coffee shops always offer hot tea, with multiple kinds to choose from, as well as iced tea. So if you’re not feeling like a tea latte, or you just find yourself in a tea mood (as I often do), a good ole cuppa tea never disappoints! As far as iced tea goes, I particularly like several of Starbucks' iced teas, Wendy’s Honest Tropical Green Tea, and Panera's iced green tea, to name a few. In terms of hot tea, these are some of the best types ever, and you'll definitely be happy with any of them.

Do you prefer coffee or tea? Do you have any non-coffee / tea-related beverage recommendations?

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  1. I'm a huge coffee drinker! Can't function without it lol but I do love me some vanilla chai tea latte!!! OMG Yum! This is a great post, thanks for sharing! Love it!
    Take care and God bless!
    Mommy at Last

    1. I know, right! Vanilla chai tea lattes are amazing!!!
      Thank you so much, Valarie! God bless!

  2. I don't like coffee either, and I live in a hot climate, so if we ever go to Starbucks or Coffee Bean, I get coffee-free ice blended drinks, usually a pure chocolate one or a fruity one. They aren't healthy or anything, but definitely cool and refreshing!

    1. Oooh, I'll have to try one of those sometime!! Thanks for stopping by, Rachel!

  3. Such a fun post!

  4. I know, right! Vanilla chai tea lattes are amazing!!!
    Thank you so much, Valarie! God bless!

  5. Oooh, I'll have to try one of those sometime!! Thanks for stopping by, Rachel!

  6. Thank you Veronica, I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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