Recently I had the pleasure of receiving a review pack from Shock Coffee and what they sent me was awesome. First off I would like to say that if you like coffee and you like to game, then Shock Coffee is going to give you the best of both worlds. I really like their slogan as well ‘Sleep is Overrated’ and for a gamer that slogan is so true. Shock Coffee has a unique taste and blend of it’s own and can be great in the morning, afternoon or even as an after dinner drink.
So when the box came in, my friends over at Shock had sent me the following to try out.
8 8oz Cans of Shock Energy Drink (Cold Coffee)
A Box of Shock-a-Lots
Four Bags of Shock Coffee
I am glad I was able to try these products from Shock Coffee because what I found is great for any gamer/coffee drinker. I have tried a lot of coffee and a lot of cold coffee drinks and there are a lot out there that I enjoy. Shock Coffee is different though. Their coffee has a kick of extra caffiene. The added caffeine in the drinks gives a burst of much needed energy when it is needed (with 5 kids, two dogs, a wife, and writing- I need that extra kick!).
This is a gamers/coffee drinkers dream come true because for someone who reviews video games for their website having energy and being awake to catch each detail is a must. So the Shock-a-Lots came in handy since each small bag is equal to one cup of coffee I could chew on them while I was getting ready to review some new content for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare spec ops ‘Chaos Mode’. With intense combat comes an intense need for energy and with each Shock-a-Lot I had that energy to play into the wee hours of the night. The flavor of the chocolate covered coffee bean is a great taste to savor while getting to the bean inside. The hard candy shell offers a great crunch and tasty coating that if you just chew it up puts all the flavors together in a single bite sized treat.
The coffee itself has a great aroma to it and while perking it sends a scent through the house that catches your attention and gets you ready for that first cup. While drinking Shock Coffee in the morning I don’t get that tired feeling from being up at 4:30-5:00AM and have energy throughout the day. I was awake enough to write reviews, test out games and had the energy to even do some other work as well. I must say that Shock Coffee is great and it’s one of those drinks that offer everything it says and more. Where other energy drinks fall short, Shock delivers.
The Shock Energy drinks are all great tasting. I had the pleasure of trying four Triple Latte and Four Triple Mocha. Let me tell you they not only taste good warm, (Had to open one as soon as they arrived.) but they are amazingly tasty straight from the fridge and frosty. The Latte offers a great blend that comes together on your taste buds perfectly and is just right for the middle of the dayslump. The Mocha doesn’t have that harsh after taste that some mocha drinks have. Shock Coffee is truly one of those drinks for the gamers out there and if you’re not a coffee drinker than you will still enjoy the Shock-a-Lots candy for the energy you get from them. Gamers need energy and that is a fact especially for those who like to play into the late hours of the night on such games as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 or Ghost Recon Future Soldier and I suggest getting some Shock in your life, because Sleep is Overrated.
If I can get enough readers interested on both Twitter and Ghostwolfe.com I will ask the guys over at Shock Coffee if they would be interested in doing a give-away. So please leave comments and let me know if you would be interested and I will set things up.
Focusing on work you really want to do is probably the best way to get more done. But for a small side benefit, try adding something sweet to your caffeine breaks. A new study shows glucose and caffeine could work better together.
Not that it's an endorsement for adding 300-plus calories to a simple cup of coffee, but a bit of sugar consumed at the same time as a caffeinated beverage seemed to help out 40 study subjects in some standard memory and focus tests:
Specifically, the team found that individuals who consumed caffeine and glucose in combination showed reduced brain activation associated with the task in the bilateral parietal cortex and the left prefrontal cortex — two regions that actively participate in attention and working memory processes. The reduced activity and the fact that no drop in behavioural performance was observed during the task suggests that the brain is more efficient under the combined effect of the two substances, since it needs fewer resources to produce the same level of performance than required by those subjects who were administered the placebo or who took only caffeine or glucose.
You can figure out what might be the sweet spot for your pick-me-up with the Buzz vs Bulge grid. For (a whole lot) more on what caffeine can do to your brain, read our take on that big topic. And, please: tell us how you add just a bit of sugar to your drink of choice in the comments.