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What’s the best coffee for non-coffee drinkers?

Alex | December 18, 2022

We love a good cup of coffee at FreshGround however, coffee isn’t to everyone’s taste. If you’re responsible for providing the office team with hot drinks and refreshments it’s important to provide some other options.

Some people find the taste of traditional coffee to be too strong and on the bitter side. However, there are still plenty of hot drinks including coffee variations that your team will enjoy. We take a look at just some of them to help you keep your team happy and hydrated at work.

Flavoured coffee

A good option for non-coffee drinkers is to try a flavoured coffee. There are lots of different flavoured syrups that can be added to coffee to give it a sweeter, more palatable flavour. These syrups range from traditional flavours like vanilla and hazelnut to more exotic flavours like pumpkin spice and peppermint. Adding a flavoured syrup can help to mask the sometimes bitter flavour of the coffee itself, making it more enjoyable for those who don’t typically drink it.

Another option for non-coffee drinkers is to try a lighter roast coffee bean. Regular coffee is often made with a dark roast, which can give it a stronger, bold flavour. However, lighter roast coffees are made with beans that are roasted for a shorter amount of time, which can result in a smoother, more subtle flavour.

These types of coffees are perfect for those who are new to the world of coffee, or for those who prefer a milder taste. We’ve developed a strength guide to help you choose the perfect coffee for your office.

Coffee alternatives

Another option for non-coffee drinkers is to try a coffee alternative, such as chicory coffee or dandelion coffee. Both are fairly new to the UK market and can be found in health food shops or online. These beverages are made from plants that have a similar flavour to coffee but contain little to no caffeine.

Chicory coffee, for example, is made from the root of the chicory plant, which has a slightly sweet, nutty flavour. Dandelion coffee, on the other hand, is made from the roasted roots of the dandelion plant and has a flavour that’s similar to traditional coffee. Both of these options can provide a similar experience to drinking coffee, without the caffeine or the strong flavour.

A lot of bean to cup coffee machines not only pour coffee but many also offer a hot chocolate option. This is a great choice for those with a sweet tooth and it can be made with cow’s milk or alt-milks for those who are vegan or dairy free.

Milky coffees

You and your team may wish to opt for a coffee drink that’s already diluted with milk or water. A latte, for example, is made by adding steamed milk to a shot of espresso, which helps to soften the flavour. Or opt for a cappuccino which is of course, similar to a latte, but it also includes a layer of foam on top, which adds a creamier texture.

A café au lait is mild in taste and is made by adding hot milk to a cup of brewed coffee which could also be a good option. Alternatively, simply try adding milk or cream, or add a sweetener such as sugar or honey to your cup. And remember, some of your team may opt for an alt-milk, so be sure to provide at least one dairy-free option. Find out more about plant-based milks in our learning hub.


For those who just don’t like coffee, you should also provide your team with a range of different teas. Of course, you’ll want to provide traditional English breakfast tea, but there are lots of herbal and fruit teas that are increasingly popular.

Fruit and herbal teas are both tasty and healthy, made with a variety of herbs, fruits and spices, such as ginger, lemon, apple, cinnamon, cardamom, peppermint and so on. They are a tasty and refreshing alternative to regular coffee. Additionally, many of these teas have health benefits, such as aiding digestion or boosting the immune system, making them a great option for those who are looking to improve their overall health.

In conclusion, there are plenty of options out there for non-coffee drinkers who are looking to branch out and try something new. Whether you’re looking for a flavoured coffee, a lighter roast, a coffee alternative, or a coffee substitute such as tea, there is something out there for everyone. By exploring these options, you can find the perfect hot drink for you and enjoy the many benefits of staying hydrated during your working day.

Get in touch

If you’d like to up your coffee game in the office, simply get in touch with our team. We offer a wide range of coffee machines which offer a choice of coffee drinks. We also have a variety of teas and hot chocolates to choose from which you can purchase online. Just contact us and we’ll be happy to help.