Yesterday I finally brought my espresso maker to the office to try to save some of the money that Starbucks keeps managing to weasel out of my wallet. Of course, there's too much involved in making the iced Café Mochas I'm fond of, so I've fallen back to Café Americanos (espresso shots diluted with hot water). Now I'm so awake, I'm not sure my eyes close all the way when I blink.
I used to have a love/hate relationship with caffeine. I'd give it up for a while, suffer through the withdrawal symptoms, and swear that I'd never go back. Problem is, I like caffeine. I don't really care that it's an addictive drug, as long as it keeps me semi-focused and awake.
I started out as a fan of strong tea (Earl Grey, brewed until it's almost opaque), then I moved on to coffee. At first I drank coffee with cream and sugar, then I learned to love cappuccinos and lattes. Now I'm less concerned about the taste than the act of getting the active ingredients into my system in the most efficient manner possible.
Maintaining my coffee habit takes a little extra work on the weekends. I don't brew coffee at home just for myself, so I have to make a point of procuring some elsewhere before the headaches set in. Otherwise, I'm perfectly happy with the coffee monkey on my back. I think I'm going to have to start bleaching my teeth again, though...