With us working towards launching a new service shortly, I've been going to get myself a Starbucks or Jamba Juice fix most mornings. It gives me a nice boost of extra productivity in the morning, without as much of a down turn in the afternoon.
I've noticed coffee gives me a different kind of buzz compared to other things like soda. Sodas, like Mountain Dew, don't have nearly as much of an impact on me. Perhaps coffee as more caffeine than them, but soda has never quite done it for me, unless I drink a ton of it.
Energy drinks, on the other hand, can really get you wired, but then you wind up way down in the afternoon. In the past, I've had the Caffeine Sampler Pack from ThinkGeek (they no longer carry it), which was a wide assortment of caffeinated products. The drinks are packed with caffeine. You know it has a lot when some of the drink's labels mention "Warning: This drink contains high levels of caffeine." The downside is that when it wears off, my energy takes a nose dive.
So getting back to coffee, it is a nice balance between the. Gets me going to get stuff done, and then I'll usually end up taking a late lunch (suppresses appetite some) and a little power nap after eating, then back to work, without much of a downfall.
One problem though is that caffeine can sometimes make you a little goofy. See, I work remotely, so I am pretty much home alone all day. So I really have no reason to appear normal while working at home. I won't get any glances from someone in the next office or anything.
Anyway, just killing time while waiting for a response on an email. Yes, I am caffeinated right now. Moving too fast to be able to stop.