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Poll: How do you prefer to get your caffeine?

Justin James is curious to know how his techie peers prefer to get their caffeine: coffee, soda/energy drinks, candy, or some other way. Take this poll to let us know.

If there is one thing that I've learned about techies, it's that they love their caffeine. Just take a look at all of the various caffeine candies and exotic sodas that are marketed to geeks, or how many programmers have a mini fridge in their cubicle.

Until I gave up caffeine (I know, I know...), I was a black coffee kind of guy, but in earlier years, I was all Mountain Dew, all the time. Some geeks I know really dig chocolate (or, specifically, chocolate-covered coffee beans); others get their caffeine through different sources entirely. What's your preferred delivery mechanism for caffeine?

J.Ja

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

91 comments
Montgomery Gator
Montgomery Gator

Tea is a major source of caffeine for many people. I drink both hot and iced tea.

firstaborean
firstaborean

I suppose most of the readers of this blog consume caffeine either for the "high" or because they feel they need it in order to function. In my case, it's one of the drugs I take to treat a migraine. If I were to consume caffeine by habit, the treatment would not work as well, perhaps not at all. Unfortunately, I cannot take a tax deduction for the medical expense of my espresso machine.

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

I go to the restaurant and ask for "Coffee - do you have an IV and a funnel? I'll tell you when to stop pouring..." ;-)

jbhardman
jbhardman

I'm sittin in my office with my mini-fridge stocked full of Dr. Pepper!

smfieldssr
smfieldssr

Folks: Coffee is the vehicle to use. Not only do you get the caffeine, but you get an healthful jolt of antioxidants to make your heart happy and make you live longer. Check the biochemical literature if you doubt it.

ganyssa
ganyssa

Tastes like a latte, 15 grams of protein. And you can have it on auto-delivery.

davezor
davezor

Stacker3 pills all the way. 250 mg caffeine in each pill without the sugar crash from soda or the fattening calories, or the dehydration that can follow too much coffee.

justJekke
justJekke

This shouldn't be a radio-button poll. Start the day with coffee, move on to diet iced tea, soda at dinner, maybe a little more coffee to wind down.

neilb
neilb

Tea, drunk by many, many more people than those who drink coffee, doesn't make it onto your list. Come on, Justin, make SOME effort to look outside. :)

maj37
maj37

Until I read your post I had never heard of such a thing, not that I want any I was in the caffeine no thanks group. maj

bsnake
bsnake

Monster Energy Hitman shooter for me - need a good balance of B vitamins, ginseng, taurine and guarana to go along with my caffeine!

BrucePurcell
BrucePurcell

No need to get 12-36 extra ounces of liquid...pack it into a small bundle. Actually, I just like espresso.

TaDaH
TaDaH

Coffee, because intravenously wasn't an option. =)

DadsPad
DadsPad

I come from a coffee drinking family, I drank percolated coffee from the age of 16. Through college and military, never thought about it, just drank it often. I could have a cup of coffee and go to bed and sleep. Now it is all drip (Starbucks is an expense I do without)which is not the same strength or taste. I now do 2 cups in the morning and iced tea at dinner. Note: if your coffee must be consumed with a spoon, use it on ice cream, it will taste better with have the same benefit. :D

torak2
torak2

I have wanted to cut back on the soda intake, and I'm not fond of coffee. So does anyone have a recommendation regarding pills? And what are caffeine candies??

RRH37
RRH37

Bring Back Jolt Cola!!

redbud211
redbud211

Coffee in the mornings; Mt. Dew in the afternoons

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Of course, they're 0,6 l capacity, so it's the same as 10 normal cups.

FleetCommander
FleetCommander

Start with coffee in the morning, follow with a Mountain Dew (or two or twenty) in the afternoon. I've had to resort to an energy drink only a few times--they don't sit right with me, and I usually feel a little nauseous afterward. Iced tea is usually an option, as well...I like mine dark brown with copious amounts of sugar! However, you can't go wrong with Mountain Dew--the Elixir of the Gods!

Ron K.
Ron K.

Very strong coffee. Some people call my coffee mud but it's the way that I like it.

Julie713
Julie713

My preferred method is definitely black coffee BUT I also love caffeine tablets (about 1/8 to 1/4 tab at a time) to ward off headaches and help me focus. I don't drink tons of coffee anymore (miss it!) but it's the other properties, not caffeine, that poses some health risks.

derwil
derwil

Tea, with tea breaks in between.

rob mekel
rob mekel

More likely ... espresso ... double ... or what am I saying ... tripple ... and as soon in the morning as possible.

wookieshaver
wookieshaver

While I do love a good jolt of coffee here and there, for all day drinking or a lift here and there, its tea that has my vote. Specifically, I love PG Tips black tea! Yum.

AV .
AV .

I do have some coffee, but my caffeine of choice is tea. Usually Lipton. AV

SirWizard
SirWizard

For some, caffeine is a trigger that starts migraines, but there is a lot of variation among individuals. Perhaps the coffee helps hydrate you. When I sense a migraine episode is starting (that is, I find I can't read because of sudden holes in my visual field accompanied by vibrating auras), I act immediately. If I don't, the migraine puts me in agony on the floor with a sensation like somebody has driven a railroad spike into the upper back of my head. But to avoid that, I immediately wash down a couple aspirin tablets with as much plain water as I can possibly tolerate. Then I drink more water frequently over the next half hour. The results for me: the auras and blind spots go away, and I get at most a mild headache that disappears within 10 or 15 minutes. (Of course I also have to make some brief bathroom stops--the water has to go somewhere.) Until a friend suggested the deluge of water approach perhaps 15 years ago, migraines would knock me down for 3 or 4 hours. Since then, I've been able to reduce every migraine episode to a faint shadow of its debilitating strength. I've poked around migraine advice sources and haven't really seen any mention of massive hydration as a treatment, but it works great for me. For anyone who suffers from migraines, give it a try. If it works for you, I will be very glad, but not nearly as much as you will. Best of luck.

gharlow
gharlow

In reality though, and way I can!

Montgomery Gator
Montgomery Gator

Here in Dixie (aka the southeastern USA), tea is a very popular drink, served mostly iced, with sugar (sweet tea). Hot tea is also consumed by some here, including myself. This pool is definitely Yankee-Centric, as those uncivilized Northerners do not appreciate a good Tea.

csandman24
csandman24

Red Bull seems to work better than coffee for me without the stomach upset. Also, the supplements in Red Bull make it "healthy."

50-50
50-50

Agreed. Sodas should be in a different category from energy drinks... AND there should be dedicated buttons for hot tea, iced tea, and/or green tea, preferably multi-select buttons not radio-buttons. I now prefer the first dose to be Coca-Cola with full sugar, full caffiene. It used to be Jolt Cola (all the sugar and twice the caffiene). I can't believe there was no category for tea at all... I know folks that drink liters of tea per day.

RipVan
RipVan

So I went to latte. Double or more shot, with steamed milk in the winter. But for summer, freeze the shot every day. The next day, make a fresh one for the freezer and take yesterday's shot and put it in the blender. Put an equal amount of cold milk and a pack of sweetener and blend. You have a frozen milkshake with caffeine. I like a small shot of Bailey's, Ryan's or Emmet's for flavor. I used to drink hot espresso all summer. BAD IDEA! It's just too hot. Follow up with a mid-morning diet Mountain Dew, or an occasional Monster Nitrous (fewer ounces than those big things).

Zenfitsch
Zenfitsch

Down to 2 cups a day now. Way back when it was a lot more, I always thought an IV drip of coffee would be great alternative to a mug!

xcav8r369
xcav8r369

Walmart, "Stay Awake". Same as Vivarin but twice as many for cheaper. They're near the Advil & Tylenol (for whatever odd reason) Pop one with a Mountain Dew ;)

scott.newman
scott.newman

Walgreens Awake is the best tablet. I drop it into a large cup of water and it disolves quickly. No sugar to make you gain lbs. All the "yellow coated" tablets only disolve in your stomach acid. Enjoy!

Tink!
Tink!

when I was in Jr High and High School. Back when the local roller skating rink had "All-Nighters" on Fridays. I used to hear of kids taking 4,6 or 8 of those pills and getting all wired for the night. So when I started a night inventory service job (where you go do inventory at a different place every night) I decided to try them one time where I decided not to sleep for over 24 hours. I think I'd taken 8 of them (generic brand) within an hour and a half. I was still falling asleep off and on while standing. Amazingly, I still did my sections perfectly. LOL! At the midway break I splashed cold water on my face and was wide awake for the rest of the night. That was when I decided caffeine didn't affect me, now that I'm older I know better. Caffeine just doesn't work when you haven't had ANY sleep.

jfuller05
jfuller05

helped me out. The different flavors taste great and you get natural energy from the vitamins. I recommend "essential" and "revive". The drinks aren't crammed full of caffeine, so you won't have a crash. You'll feel good from the dosage of vitamins that are in the drink. Now, you won't get a "high" from the drinks like you do from a Sobe or Monster, but you'll get a perk that is natural. vitamins + water = all you need

smfieldssr
smfieldssr

Your 'cure' is more likely the result of a time honored combination of caffeine (C) and aspirin (A) (Check out formulation for Bufferin). C&A form an addition compound, which vastly increases the solubility of both. Higher concentration, more powerful effect. Additional hydration helps to add more volume to your circulation, which helps clear wastes better and helps deliver ceuticals better. Careful though. Too much aspirin too often can have negative effects on the digestive path, and it cuts down on clotting efficiency.

What the ...!
What the ...!

Just prolly not real espresso, just strong coffee, like you get form those "steamer" machines. Real espresso is nectar of the gods. Your taste buds need re-alignment. Couple of good puuls from the machine in my office in the AM, pepsi or other in PM and then a good single malt (or two) in the evening.

Ron K.
Ron K.

My best friend, Larry, USMC -3 tours of duty in Vietnam- he called my coffee, "trail coffee." Said it was what they drank before hitting the trail in Vietnam. He stopped over one night and had a cup of my coffee. He picked up a speeding ticket on his way home. :^0

Osiyo53
Osiyo53

I remember this incident which happened after I transferred from PBR's (Patrol Boat, Riverine) in Nam to a destroyer off the coast line of Nam which was running the gun line. We had this new guy, freshly reported from training in the States. We were Snipes (engine room crew), and he and I pulled the mid-watch (midnight to 4 a.m.). His very first watch in the engine room of an operating ship. The senior enlisted man of the watch (EOOW) ordered this fellow to make a fresh pot of coffee for everyone. We had one of those 36 cup commercial grade electric coffee pots down there. Well, this kid was new, and IIRC was a practicing Mormon who didn't drink coffee, and he had this silly idea he shouldn't have to make it, either. So he tried to argue his point with the EOOW, and lost the debate ... of course. Anyway, he was more than a little miffed. Then came up with this idea that if he goofed the chore up badly, nobody would make him do it any more. Above where the coffee pot sat was a hand made sign with instructions. He later told me he decided to ignore it. Filled the grounds holder to the very top plus some so that it overflowed, then used only about a third of the water called for. For good measure, in his effort to make a really lousy cup of coffee, he tossed in a bunch of salt tablets and added a few squirts of 9150 engine oil. When the pot was perked he brought the EOOW a fresh cup of this brew he'd made with a smirk on his face. I don't know what reaction he expected. But it probably wasn't the one he got. The kid had yet to learn what the life of a Navy snipe was like. It's long, long hours. Where a whole 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep is just something yah dream about. But only get to actually do maybe once a month. On this ship, it was 4 and 8 ... 4 hours on watch, 8 hours off. But that was just the watch stander rotation. Besides that, you manned General Quarters stations when the ship was doing fire support missions, Unrep stations when we were taking on new supplies, etc, etc. And in between you were either cleaning something, painting something, or fixing something. When yah finally had a bit of time to hit the rack (bed), you often considered the idea of showering and getting a bite to eat first. But most often you were simply so tired you just didn't care and collapsed on your rack. If you bothered to go that far. Plenty of times I just found a corner somewhere out of the way down in the Hole and curled up right there, maybe using a pipe for a pillow, not wanting to miss even an extra minute or two of sleep. Eating? Heck with it, next turn at watch standing, send the Rover to the mess decks to fetch sandwiches. Good enough, would fill the belly and make a t*rd. Beyond that, was too tired to care. In short, yah pretty much LIVED in the Hole (engine room). Tired and dirty was the norm. As was the pale skin one got because yah almost never got topside to see the sun. Literally ... I recall once when a friend and I realized it'd been a bit over 3 months since we'd last seen the sun. So we went topside. And cringed ... couldn't see because it was too bright, it smelled strange up there ... like fresh saltwater sprayed air instead of the normal oil mist laden stuff we were used to, etc. We scurried back down into our Hole in a hurry. We were called Snipes because just like the mythical bird, no one else outside of our engine room mates ever actually saw us. Or rarely so. Anyway, the new kid stood by with a smirk on his face as the EOOW accepted the cup of coffee and took a sip. Then another. Then a third and commented, "Not bad for your first try. A little weak, but it'll do. More grounds the next time, I like a little something to chew on when I'm drinking my coffee." The kid learned. I don't think it took a whole month before he was sucking down coffee along with the rest of us.

jfuller05
jfuller05

Not about the speeding ticket, but the trail coffee comment. :^0