Raise your hand if you’re a caffeine addict just like I am? (I’m guessing that’s about 99 percent of us, right?) If we are ready to be slightly horrified at our behavior, UpCoffee, a new app by the life-tracking wristband folks at Jawbone, explains exactly how much caffeine you consume each day. The app hopes to make it easier for users to understand how caffeine effects our quality of sleep and ascertain that the latte or latte they guzzled a few hours ago won’t keep them awake. Keep reading »
Ever wonder why sometimes your morning cup of coffee leaves you totally energized while other days it seems like it does absolutely nothing? I certainly have, and it’s driven me crazy. Lucky for us, Steven Miller at Gizmodo researched the science behind your caffeine addiction to find out the prime hours for coffee’s effectiveness in your system.
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When I arrive at work in the morning, I often make jokes about wanting to mainline more caffeine into my veins. And this is after I’ve already pounded three cups of java in rapid succession. It’s just not enough!! I’m a caffeine junkie. No need for me to ever make that joke again now that Sprayable Energy –caffeine that you spray directly onto your skin– exists. It sounds like one of those dream inventions that you never think will happen, but eventually, it does. (I felt the very same way about video phone calls when I used to watch “The Jetsons” on Saturday morning.) You spray the product on your neck or wrists like you would Axe Body spray, only it doesn’t smell like crap and it absorbs into your skin and gets your brain neurons firing right away. You don’t even have to bother with stumbling over to your coffee maker and grinding the beans. The only downsides I can see are increased risk of overdose and extreme temptation to spray it on my boyfriend while he’s sleeping and see what happens. I’m so amped about Sprayable Energy that I feel like I just sprayed myself. [Sprayable Energy]
For most of us, a few (or 10) cups of coffee a day is what it takes to turn us into functioning members of society. But what if your basic coffee isn’t cutting it anymore? Pour yourself a cup of Death Wish Coffee, which claims to be the world’s strongest coffee, with 200 percent more caffeine than average roasts. Produced in upstate New York, Death Wish uses a special type of coffee bean and a unique roasting process to maintain its ridiculously high caffeine content. “This is Extreme Coffee, not for the weak,” the Death Wish website explains. “Consider yourself warned.” My hands are shaking just writing about this, but if you’re jonesing for your own Death Wish, you can order some online for $19.99 a pound. Godspeed. [Oddity Central]
I’m a Starbucks coffee addict, but even I’m wary of Starbucks’ new trenta drink size, serving up a super-sized portion of caffeine. First of all, let’s talk about butchering the Italian language, shall we? “Trenta” means 30 in Italian, but the trenta is actually 31 oz. OK, whatever. The trenta is massively larger than other Starbucks beverages: a tall is 12 oz., a grande is 16 oz., and a venti (which actually means 20 in Italian) is 20 oz. According to AOL, only iced drinks will be available in the trenta size, which means those no whip mocha frappuccinos with peppermint syrup that were making you fat can now make you even fatter. As of today, only 14 warm, mostly Southern states are offering the trenta: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, Nevada and Arizona. These 31 oz. monsters will be available nationwide on May 3. If any Frisky readers try the new trenta size, make sure to tell us how it is … once your entire body stops shaking.
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Before it got spanked by the FDA for selling an allegedly unsafe beverage, the makers of alcoholic energy drink Four Loko have opted to remove its caffeine and other stimulants themselves. In a statement on the company website, Phusion Projects said, “We are taking this step after trying — unsuccessfully — to navigate a difficult and politically charged regulatory environment at both the state and federal levels.” (The FDA, which had been reviewing alcoholic energy drinks for the past year, was allegedly moving towards issuing Phusion Projects a warning.) Several states had already banned, or were on their way to banning, Four Loko after way too many college kids have died or fallen ill from a “blackout in a can” binge. People who’ve quaffed the fruity drinks said that the equivalent of a six-pack of soda’s worth of caffeine hid the fact that they’re 12 percent-alcohol and, not surprisingly, lead drinkers to make more poor choices. Of course, anyone who really wants a “blackout in a can” can still just mix their 23.5-ounce cans with a caffeinated beverage themselves. (Or move on to wine in a box, which is what classy people drink.) [Reuters] Keep reading »
Remember Le Whif, the chocolate you inhale? Well, the company just introduced a coffee version, because why would you want to sip on the actual stuff? Breathe from your handy (and biodegradable) tube, and you’ll take in a dose of tiny particles that not only smells like a cup of joe, but has the caffeine content of a small espresso, too. While some might miss their morning ritual, this product could do well with people who find that coffee’s diuretic effect gets in the way of their life. But if Le Whif still smells like java, we’re not sure it can prevent another of the drink’s cons: coffee breath. [Le Whif] Keep reading »