My personal relationship with coffee is a complicated one. In an ideal world, I would never touch the stuff; in the real world, I'm constantly looking for that perfect caffeine fix to fuel my day. (Note: It doesn't help that I have a troublingly high tolerance for caffeine's effects.) When I talk with someone, like Sweet's very own design powerhouse Aimée Hunt—who has never sipped coffee in her entire life—I'm left in total admiration of their self-propelled hustle. One can dream, and I do.
I came pretty close to achieving my own version of caffeinated perfection when I was working with a 300-year-old Japanese tea company, which turned me on to the therapeutic and highly calming energy of matcha (before artfully propped matcha lattes became as rampant on your Instagram feed as their coffee equivalent). But something tells me busting out my ceremonial matcha equipment to whisk a perfectly frothy green tea at my desk might raise some eyebrows.
When new products began to hit the market that claimed to either perfect your coffee routine, up the ante of coffee's effects, or provide alternative ways to work coffee into your daily routine, I was all ears. I made it my mission to try three out—and I certainly tried to drag the whole office along for the ride.
Here, you'll find the key takeaways from a week of highly caffeinated experimenting. Will any of these alternatives replace your own sacred relationship with your favorite barista, pour-over, or French press? That's up to you.