When it comes to caffeine, I'm definitely a coffee girl.
Soda, Red Bull and tea are intriguing (and sometimes disgusting), but I'm all about brewing a hot cup of coffee in the morning and drinking it with a little bit of milk.
About a month ago, I stumbled upon a very interesting invention called Go Cubes.
Created by a Silicon Valley startup named Nootrobox, Go Cubes' tagline is: "The Future Of Coffee Is Here. Chewable Coffee."
I have to admit, the first thing that drew me to Go Cubes was how good they looked. They look like sugar-coated squares of chocolate, so I imagined they would taste like coffee ice cream.
And according to the website, the cubes also have some awesome health benefits beyond caffeine, including L-Theanine (an amino acid found in green tea that creates a feeling of "calm alertness"), B6 and B12 -- all of which are promised to enhance the effects of the caffeine for better focus and clarity.
On top of that, Nootrobox is apparently the "leading nootropics and biohacking company." I wasn't exactly sure what that meant (and I'm still not), but it sounded fascinating and pretty legit.
So I decided to get a box of these magical cubes. I wanted to see how they tasted and, more importantly, I was interested in how they would make me feel compared to the old-fashioned stuff.
For an entire week, I gave up coffee and chewed Go Cubes instead. Here's what happened.
Here's what you should know about how they taste and how they make you feel.
First of all, the taste of Go Cubes kind of let me down. It's a little bitter, a little sweet and a little gross.
They did seem to be a bit of an acquired taste, though. My first Go Cube was followed by about three glasses of water, but by the third day, I only needed one.
As for the feeling, it was kind of magical.
Because I work out in the mornings, I chewed two cubes (the equivalent of one cup of coffee) before heading out the door. I had tons of energy from the little squares, and they didn't seem to be leading to any sort of crash, which was awesome.
On day seven, though, I got a bit overly ambitious with my Go Cubes. I decided to eat four instead of two, which led to a slightly drunk, vaguely anxious feeling that I've had from drinking too much coffee in the past.
Despite the taste, I would say Go Cubes really made my workouts a lot stronger. After all, working out on a stomach full of coffee can be a little bit uncomfortable, especially when you factor in a full bladder.
Go Cubes made me realize something huge about my relationship with coffee.
Studies show just the smell of coffee is enough to make people feel happier and more alert, which I didn't really buy until my week with chewable coffee.
I love the ritual of brewing coffee. I love the smell of it. I love curling up with a good book and a mug of it on Saturday mornings.
While Go Cubes may have had the same (if not better) effect on me as coffee, I was kind of sketched out by them. Why was I stuffing these weird cubes in my mouth just moments after waking up? Was this normal?!
By the time my week of using Go Cubes was up, I was more than ready to stop chewing my caffeine and start sipping it again.
So I gave the rest of my brown blocks to my co-workers, who raved to me about how the two cubes sent them on long evening runs and still left them with enough energy to clean their entire apartments.
If you ask me, Go Cubes are worth a shot -- but there's nothing like a hot cup of coffee.