I'm fond of 200mg generic No-Doze as a wake up dose. The only active ingredient is caffeine. I pop a pill without ever needing to leave my bed to brew a hot drink. During lunch, I may or may not have a tea to go with my meal, but I don't consume caffeine after lunch time.
I used to drink 3-4 energy drinks a day, but I found they made me irritable, and the monetary cost was ultimately unsustainable. Probably the inevitable health costs, as well.
I just voted for "coffee" and it seems to be the *only* vote in the system at that time, but then again, you could not have commented unless you voted. Ann, IIRC slashcode has a timer system. Displayed counts may only update every 5 or 10 minutes.
FWIW, I had my first cup of coffee at the the end of my 1st semester in college. The Student Union hosted a study session and provided fresh coffee and donuts every hour. It took some period of adaptation, but I've been a coffee guy ever since.
Before that, college studying was assisted by 2-Liter bottles of Coca-Cola. One was just the right size for pulling a late-nighter or an all-nighter.
In high school, it was just: eating a balanced diet, plenty of exercise, and going to bed when I was tired. (I tended to study early in the AM before anyone else was awake.)
Caffeine has given me tunnel vision and migraines since I was a teenager, so hot chocolate was my coffee substitute. Last year, after Covid and a few months of 70-80 hour work weeks mainlining my hot chocolate, I can't have sugar anymore. I am now without a suitable liquid stimulant.
It is possible to obtain hot chocolate made with sugar substitutes (saccharine, aspartame, sucralose, etc), or you can make your own - go authentic and make Xocolatl [wikipedia.org], which typically had no sweeteners.
I tried doing some cocoa powder and stevia. Doesn't come close to the Swiss Miss dark chocolate I was used to. I did find some decent sugar free solid dark chocolate.
Keep trying. After cutting almost all sugar out of my diet I can enjoy cocoa powder in a drink with almost no sweeteners at all. The sense of taste seems to adjust over time as your sensitivity to sweetness comes back.
Isn't that something like the way the Aztecs drank it?
If you've had mole with cocoa in it, similar to that, but runnier.
I take cocoa powder (plus milk) with no sugar at all, because I drink tea with no sugar either. (And coffee isn't my thing.)
I used to drink commercial hot chocolate as a kid, but then went off it in favour of tea. When I tried it again several years later, I'd gotten so used to unsweetened tea that sweet hot chocolate was an instant no-no.
Making cocoa at home isn't an issue, but the odds of finding a restaurant or beverage shop that does it is rather slim.
This is due to the horrible aftertaste that you get with stevia. It doesn't taste like sugar. Then again, it sounds like you may have been missing the milk part of the equation. Since Swiss Miss has milk in it. While Cocoa Powder and Stevia creates a drink akin to Nestle Quick as opposed to Swiss Miss.
Having switched back and forth between stevia and sugar a couple times, I'd say the trick is to choose one or the other and don't mix. Once you get accustomed to stevia it tastes "normal," while sugar's immediate and strong effects on your system can knock you for a loop. If you only ingest real sugar, stevia's taste will strike you as odd, the way that saccharine did back in the day.
It can be a challenge to find stevia in bulk, though, such that you can mete it out with measuring spoons and cups. I make hot chocolate with it but grow weary of tearing open several dozen packets to sweeten it enough. On the plus side, if you make it from scratch yourself and have one of those drink frothers you'll get an amazing mug of hot chocolate versus the convenient one Swiss Miss delivers.
I found another sugar alternative called Swerve. I believe it's an alcohol sugar. It tastes better. Adding lots of half-and-half helps too.
Thanks, I'll check into that. What supermarket chain carries it?
Walmart, Amazon, I'm sure several others. On searching, turns out they have a brown sugar substitute too, I'll have to try that in oatmeal.
Go for chocolate without sugar or with a lot less sugar?
If you can't then maybe your drug of choice was actually sugar and not chocolate.
p.s. on a related note I think it's wrong for sugar pills to be used as placebos in medical studies. Sugar is an active substance that lots of people (especially in the USA) are addicted to.
I drank this [kroger.com] because it was on sale once, before realizing it had more sugar in it than soda does.
Starbucks is bloody terrible.
I've been to Seattle where it all started and there are plenty of decent independent coffee places that serve a nice espresso.
I drink half a case of diet Dr Pepper a day at my day job. It is very common to hear me crunching the cans in my office. I need my aspartame. I need it.
I've often joked that if aspartame was even remotely as bad for you as some people think it is, I'd be fucking dead. ^^
Your nick is subsentient.
Coke zero here. A sugar-free Monster or Bang to start the day.
Ask your Argentine friends...
I find it funny that none of the supplied options was Tea. I mean what kind of uncivilized upbringing did the submitter come from?
As long as you make it in the microwave.
I usually make a pot of hot water on the stove in the Tea Kettle I have. Then, pour that hot water over whatever I'm having. Be it Cappuccino, loose leaf tea, or bag tea.
Somebody gave me a couple bags of it last summer. It's bitter, and I perceive no hallucinogenic or other special effects to justify it. Is there some special way to prepare it that steeping it like regular tea doesn't achieve?
It's just a different type of caffeineated tea as far as I know, and it became hip in the west a few years ago.
Tea, caffeine pills, and BC Powder.
Tea is my go-to, too. I certainly consume more caffeine in the form of tea than any other drink, but on the rare occasions when I specifically need a perk-up, I'll seek out a bottle of Pepsi Max.
I regularly put zinc pills into my coffee lately. And much less honey than I did in epoch of the last SN coffee poll...
Why zinc in the coffee? Does it bind to something in coffee and become more bioavailable? I'd think if anything the plant compounds in coffee would chelate the zinc with such affinity that it wouldn't be usable any longer...
That's a technical measure.
In current phase of Apocalypse epoch I regularly use zinc as booster to my own immunity. Though I am not accustomed for life to take any medicaments or supplements regularly, so I often forgot to do so. Putting a zinc pill in my first daily coffee guarantees the exact dose is taken. I never ever miss my first coffee...
The same goes with weekly selenium.
About possible reduction of zinc effect by interaction with other coffee components, observably my nails are now much thicker and harder and also I am regrowing very long hairs again with no loss, so I consider this indicates the treatment is effective.
By dietary databases, zinc is a natural component in many varieties of coffee beans, while decafeinated brands lose almost all naturally contained zinc.
"Apocalypse epoch" isn't due to the coronavirus, idiot. It's 40+ years of Reaganomics and the associated foreign and domestic policy degeneration that both enabled and followed from it. You've got the survival quotient of a sick mosquito in an active crematorium oven no matter how much zinc you take.
I drink one or two 16 ounce bottles of regular Dr. Pepper a month. Otherwise, just water. Chemicals aren't good for you. I wish I could get it without caffeine, but ever since the pandemic, your choice is caffeine or aspartame, you have to take one or the other.
Chemicals aren't good for you.
An extremely broad and incorrect statement, considering water is a chemical.
Even if you mean drugs, or synthetic drugs, it's not necessarily true.
Caffeine can have beneficial long-term effects and is generally recognized as safe.
I started drinking Diet Coke in 1984 when it first appeared. It tasted weird, but after one weak I was accustomed to it.
There was a lot of controversy about aspartame back then. Some said that it might cause brain damage. No long term studies had been done. If it were true, you wouldn't know about the brain damage for maybe twenty years.
Here we are now 38 years later. I'm still drinking Diet Coke. I am not aware of any brain damage. 🤯 If there were any brain damage, lawyers could argue whether it was caused by Diet Coke or by programming in Java.
Yeah, I'm rather in your camp now. We got a soda stream and make our own natural sodas. Ginger ale is a favorite, but sumac soda takes top marks. Sumac [duckduckgo.com] is that purple spike that grows on trees in the American midwest and northeast and ripens in August. You snap the spikes off the tree, rinse it, and put it in a big jar of water to brew up like sun tea. Put enough spikes in and brew long enough until the water is a dark red. Then pour off through a filter and sweeten it to taste. It's high in vitamin C and tastes like raspberry lemonade. If you cool it and run it through the soda stream to carbonate it, it's better than any soft drink you can buy on the market.
Surprise, mother fucker, everything that you eat is chemical, even when synthesized by bioreactors on 4 feet that moo or oinks.
Where's Sherlock's choice?
I'm gonna date myself, and admit to having an addiction to Bawls brand Guaraná. Picked it up when it was a web coding fad back in the day. Not sure where that falls on the soda/energy drink spectrum, I chose energy drink in the poll. It's got enough caffeine and sugar to be an energy drink, anyhow :P
Amazon keeps me hooked up; I love the glass bottles, but the aluminum cans cost the same and have 16oz instead of 10. When I'm feeling poor, amazon delivers Antarctica brand guaraná soda too.
That takes me back. Somebody always had a case at LAN parties. I miss LAN parties.
Bawls! I used to drink that by the case in the dot-com days. I put references to it into my code comments on big websites I built. A good fifteen years after that I checked back at a major jewelry site I worked on and "Built with bawls!" was still there.
Usually I need a couple of cans of Diet Monster to get through a working day. It's the only energy drink that doesn't give me bad side effects; I find its onset and rolloff much gentler than coffee, probably because of the taurine and B vitamins in it. Very strong Irish breakfast tea will do in a pinch though.
Before noon: 2 cans of diet coke. That's about 1 cup of coffee worth of caffeine. (google sez: 46mg caffeine in 1 can diet coke, 95 mg caffeine in 1 cup coffee)
No caffeine after lunch.
Sometimes extra caffeine on Friday afternoon.
1 Diet Dew can during the drive to work; then some caffeinated crystal light in water (using 2x the water as directed), one in the morning, another in the afternoon. No caffeine after getting home. On weekends I'll drink more caffeinated beverages.
I can't drink coffee unless it's an additive to the milk and sugar.
Starbucks is definitively not 'fancy coffee'.
Coffee aficionados will buy green beans of a particular kind (don't even think of looking up Kopi Luwak), roast them themselves, grind only the amount needed to make the next cup and use an espresso machine or an Aeropress.
I have not gone that far, but I know people who have. They make excellent coffee. Adding sweetener or milk would be blasphemy.
One can go completely over the top with tea as well. My palette is not so refined as to enjoy what they do, I tend to like my tea strong enough for a mouse to walk across the top, although on the other hand, in summer, I will enjoy the occasional green tea, chrysanthemum tea, or Boldo-do-Chile.
I have an Aeropress and the thing that sold me on it was that it makes a single cup of coffee pretty simply and not much hassle (cleans easily) directly into the drinking vessel. I've seen some web sites that are absolutely ridiculous in their statements. Some "competition" they have for making the best cup with it, where they argue about whether the water should be 98.3 or 98.5 degrees and stuff like that. But the concept and the implementation of that thing are pretty well done.
I've been planning on doing the home roasting myself, but as a hobby project. I want to do one of those Arduino-controlled roasters using a hot air popcorn popper. I've gone as far as picking up a popcorn popper, but that's sort of as far as I've gotten. I really should buy some green coffee so that I have a forcing function to get on with the project. I really do love coffee as well as software/hardware projects, so I figured this would be a lot of fun. I take my coffee either black or with some cream. Never could stand any sweetener in it, nor do I like cold coffee, so if I am given some cold brew, I'd probably sneak off and pop it in the microwave. Interestingly, caffeine doesn't seem to affect me as much as others. I can drink a cup or two of coffee before bedtime and have no problem sleeping. I know some people who won't drink coffee after 4pm because it will keep them up half the night.
simply and not much hassle (cleans easily)
Brings to mind some of the "labor saving" thingamabobs found in the kitchen. Some of them are pretty cool, until you try to clean them to put them away. Little whirlygig thing chops onions, peppers, whatever, very nicely, but trying to get that last particle of food from the bottom is a hopeless task. Underwriter's lab should rate products on "cleans easily".
I am not a doctor, but have had my ADD diagnosed by several over the years.
I can ingest caffeine in doses that practically make my body shake and still have no trouble falling asleep. It used to annoy my father that as my mother and I were mid-Scrabble at 11 PM, she would put on a pot of coffee (not much tea in their home, and neither of us care much for "soft drinks"), and still go right to sleep after the game.
For us, caffeine sharpens focus, but has no apparent side effects.
I am the one to blame for this poll. Since I don't actually drink Starbucks, I didn't know. I just observe the way others seem to regard it.
Starbucks is:expensive.complicatedcoffee-related or coffee-adjacentwell marketed.
It can be a good place to sit (some have comfy chairs) and "free" wifi used to be a good thing (with modern mobile data plans, becoming irrelevant)
Coffee from a proper machine, a good barista, and made with proper roasted beans and good milk (or milk substitute) is completely different - but Australian Starbucks can make a drinkable version of an Australian latte.
So, . . . uh, like, it's the perfect place for Apple users.
Hardly. I sponsor a Chachapoyan village high in the Peruvian cloud forest to grow bespoke coffee beans for me, which are dried in a sacred well of souls and blessed by the village shaman before being smuggled into the US in the rectum of endangered quetzal birds. After they excrete it, a process which strips all but the most complex tasting tannins, I put it through a purification process that yields the best goddamn cup of coffee you've ever had.
That's what real coffee afficionados do. :-)
Quetzal? I thought you might use a few hundred phoenixes...
Phoenixes, a species native to Asia Minor, are only used for coffee beans sourced there. You would know that if you were a real coffee afficionado. :-)
I am most certainly NOT a coffee afficionado: I'm a committed tea-drinker!
I put "Soda" (with proper sugar, none of this HFCS crap!). I'll usually have 1-2 cans of regular Coke per day. I try to keep it to 1, but tend to fail much more at this when working from home.
In addition, I'll often go for a late morning snack. Coffee scroll, Donut, Chocolate Bar, etc. It varies depending on where I'm working and what stores are nearby. I think the act of going out for a walk is as much a factor as the actual food.
decaffeinated by a guillotine
Is this supposed to mean "the only way you'd get me to give up caffeine is to kill me", i.e. a more colorful way of saying "over my dead body"? Because that doesn't answer the question being asked...
If that's not what it's supposed to mean, I don't know what it's saying, then.
Morning, Work: Coffee, black.Afternoon/Evening, Leisure: Tea, either green or black.
I voted coffee.
How can there be no Tea on the list? What has happened to this world where Tea has become a write in vote? Does this mean I should start hoarding toilet paper? Perhaps I should just keep on hoarding Tea then?I used to live on coffee and antacids when working crazy 18-20 hour a day jobs. Drink coffee until stomach sours. Chew on some antacids. Repeat. Occasionally I would notice the clouds starting to dance Fantasia style, and I would have to take a nap. I am quite glad those days are gone.
I get by with water now. Cold water plain. Hot water, with some type of leaves or sometimes ground up beans added.Hot water is also good with some rice added, or noodles, or oats, or vegetables, even bones.Just be careful. I hear that some water has bears in it. Always be on the lookout for bears.
like most polls here the write in votes more often include existing poll items.
personally i never thought of tea as a stimulant, more a relaxing warm beverage.
Why the assumption that we all partake of caffeine? Where's the option for those of us who can't for medical reasons, or just choose to avoid it?
Agreed. Sugar - in the form of orange juice, or ginger beer, is my "recharge" drug of choice. Sometimes chocolate. Caffeine isn't so helpful to me.
Just the cheapest stuff I can get at Kroger. Sweetened w/ local raw honey. Spritz of fresh lemon. Good stuff.
Why bother with local raw honey and organic artisanal lemons picked in small batches if you're going to mix it with the worst bag tea you can find!!!
Try loose leaf tea instead.
Caffeine makes me jittery and unable to sleep, I only use it when necessary. Tobacco and weed @380F do me just fine.
"coffee" is the SSID of my VDSL modem. So I voted coffee.
I never got addicted to caffeine. In the past, I might occasionally drink something caffeinated, but ever since I learned that caffeine is addictive, I stopped, and only drink caffeinated drinks for medicinal purposes, i.e., on the rare occasion when I haven't had a good night's sleep, or the even rarer occasion when I have diarrhea (tea and Coke will do wonders for that).
When it's time to wake up, I simply open my eyes and get up. If I need a pick-me-up during the day, I'll eat something. No need for caffeine in either case.
Some people claim that they drink coffee because it tastes great, but that is the addiction speaking. Lots of things taste great, but you wouldn't eat or drink any of them every single day of your adult life. Personally, I never found the taste of coffee particularly appealing. Perhaps that too, is because I never got addicted to it.
Other: Covid-19 vaccine shot.
many years ago, I had a friend who drank lots of instant coffee while studying (often all night)his parents were not amused, being woken by coffee making at 2am..
So he took the large container of instant coffee granules to his room, with a spoon..
Having struggled with chronic insomnia for many years I can confirm that a good "sleep" injection is a better boost than any (over the counter) liquid stimulant.
I could have gone for "soda"... Dr. Pepper is for lifting the hangover. But "soda" was too USA for me (no offence).
One of our clients is a brewery/coffee roaster. They give me their low-fills and dented cans of coffee. As much (or more) caffeine as an energy drink, but none of that other crap they put in those things.
I've recently discovered the magic that is Caffeine + L-theanine. A cup of coffee with 200MG of L-theanine is what I imagine real geniuses feel like. Such clarity of thought. Much awakeness! So energy.
Yerba Mate [wikipedia.org]
Got introduced to it when I was living in Argentina during the '70's. You could get it in the States from places like Pier 1 and other places that imported specialty foods from South America. It has been showing up in some grocery stores as a "sports drink" during the last few years but it's originally served steeped like tea and that is how I still drink it.
Though the "Orange Exuberance" flavor of the canned stuff is really good too and I try to keep a few cans around for when I'm too tired to make it from scratch and need a fast caffeine hit.
as a mean of injecting nicotine. More addictive than caffeine.