Have a cup of spicy Yerba mate, and you'll get it over with coffeeGive your week a healthy start.
If you believe coffee runs through your veins instead of blood and you feel a little troubled about it, here is a pretty unusual alternative.
Porteñas is a bar in Williamsburg that specializes in empanadas (pastries with seafood, mead, vegetables and whatever) and yerba mate - spiced tea-like beverage. The latter is often called "the tea of gods", and that's for reason.
This divine drink is made of South-American herbs that stimulate the brain and makes your merry and happy - just the way coffee does. Thee only and very important difference is that, unlike caffeine, yerba mate will never "crash" you. Even if you "overdose" it - and you are very likely to. Cause it's not only healthy but also really tasty.
By the way, yerba mate beats green tea as well. The "tea of gods" provides 90% more antioxidants than it's Asian rival. What a superman!