My Favorite Coffee Alternative: Maca Mocha Matcha

Everyone knows I love my coffee, and I like it black.

I love the bitterness of it, the warmth, and just the ritual of waking up, preparing a drink, and sipping on it throughout the morning. As a person with a pitta dosha, however, the acidity & bitterness of coffee can sometimes be aggravating, and I end up with an unbalanced agni (way too much fire) and therefore an upset stomach with a fast digestion.

Sometimes I switch to cold brew, which is a little less acidic, but my favorite coffee alternative is always this maca mocha matcha recipe.


It’s got the richness of coffee without the acidity, and it takes just as much time to make as my morning pour-over does. Not only is it a great substitute taste-wise, but it’s got way more benefits than your average cup of joe.

Let’s start with the maca.

Maca is a root known for its hormone-balancing benefits in women, which I love, because I’m still trying to balance my hormones after cutting gluten out of my diet last year. Gluten did a number on my hormones, and you can read more about that here, if you want more information. In addition to hormonal balance, it promotes sustained energy all day long, unlike coffee, which gets me all jittered up for a couple hours, then fades away in the afternoon. I buy my maca in powder form from Navitas, and I love it! But any brand you have access to will likely work just fine.

Next up…the mocha.

I mean, let’s be real, the cacao factor of this recipe needs no explanation. The cacao powder is what makes this drink so rich and coffee-like. I, personally, love the taste of matcha on its own, but some mornings I just don’t feel like drinking a hot green tea for breakfast. I want something bold and savory. The cacao powder pretty well masks the taste of the matcha in this drink. I use organic cacao powder with maca (yes, extra maca) from Himalania, but again, really any brand you have access to will work.

Last but not least, the matcha.

Matcha is the reason that this recipe is good enough to take the place of my coffee in the morning. Although matcha does have less caffeine per cup than coffee, matcha, unlike coffee, contains an amino acid called L-Theamine, which helps your body use caffeine much more effectively. In other words, matcha offers a more sustained energy throughout your day with less jitters and no crashing. I get mine on amazon. It’s a lot less expensive than buying it from a natural grocer or a tea shop.

Now….let’s make some!

What you’ll need:

  • 1-1/2 tbsp organic cacao
  • 1 tsp organic matcha
  • 1 tsp organic maca powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of milk (I use almond milk, but any will do)
  • optional: raw honey
  • optional: reishi mushroom (powder or liquid)
  • a blender

How to do it:

  1. Boil water in a teapot or in a regular pot if you don’t have a teapot.
  2. While the water is heating up, measure out all of your ingredients into your blender (including the optional ingredients if you choose to use them).
  3. Once the water comes to a boil.
  4. Pour hot water and cold milk into your blender and blend for 10 seconds.
  5. Enjoy!


If you try this recipe, please comment below and let me know what you think or how you would improve it!

Much love.



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