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What Is Your Beverage of Choice In the Morning?

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Coffee and plenty of it
  7052 votes / 45%
  2188 votes / 14%
  1253 votes / 8%
  1290 votes / 8%
  2126 votes / 13%
  872 votes / 5%
Sports Drink
  173 votes / 1%
Hair of the dog
  594 votes / 3%
15548 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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What Is Your Beverage of Choice In the Morning?

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  • Yes, it is early in the poll, but the fact that water and juice are both beating out soda brings a tear to my eye. Go Coffee!
    • by adosch (1397357)
      Which is surprising. Judging solely on the morning drink pattern I observe at work, I figured soda to be a close 2nd right behind coffee. Go tea!
      • BEER!! (Score:5, Funny)

        by cayenne8 (626475) on Monday April 30, 2012 @01:43PM (#39847485) Homepage Journal
        Beer.....It's not just for breakfast anymore....
      • by TWX (665546)
        I drink Mountain Dew Throwback, two cans a day. One in the morning when I get to work, and one around lunchtime, sometimes a little later. I take care of more than a hundred sites, so I'm driving around constantly and it's really hot out there much of the time, and when it's not too hot for coffee, the drink seems to cool off too fast. I used to drink about 200oz of fountain sodas a day, but I've found that the HFCS disagrees with me now, and the only sodas that don't bother me are non-HFCS. Diet sodas
    • Water? No, it's earth's juice! []
  • Is this a energy drink (Red Bull, Monster, etc) or Gatorade?
    I typically have a energy drink so I choose this.
    Given the type of people here I'm surprised that "Energy Drink" was NOT an option.
    • by tompaulco (629533)
      I think that for purposes of the poll, we have to assume sports drinks and energy drinks are in the same category, but I believe that they should have used energy drinks instead of sports drinks. I suspect that rather few people here drink actual sports drinks (gatorade, etc) in the morning.
      • Sports drinks are my preferred morning beverage when I am hungover. Otherwise its coffee or tea (depending on how my tummy feels), OJ or soda (depending on what I have on hand, I prefer OJ, but the acidity of soda is good for getting that morning breath taste out of my mouth before I brush my teeth too). Energy drinks would probably be better than a soda, but since you cant easily find them by the case, its annoying to try and keep stock of them.

  • Vodka

    Mind you, its not just for breakfast anymore!

    • I believe that falls under the 'hair of the dog' option. I'm more partial to whiskey myself, but cheers anyway!
      • It's only the "hair of the dog" if you've sobered up enough by breakfast to have a hangover (or the start of one). Otherwise, it's merely a continuation of the previous session. An old age pension is unlikely to be collected with such a lifestyle, of course.
        • It's only the "hair of the dog" if you've sobered up enough by breakfast to have a hangover (or the start of one). Otherwise, it's merely a continuation of the previous session. An old age pension is unlikely to be collected with such a lifestyle, of course.

          Sadly, a number of folks of my acquaintance adopted this lifestyle only after retiring. It does tend to limit the number of years one may actually collect a pension.

  • by BRock97 (17460) on Monday April 30, 2012 @08:31AM (#39843681) Homepage

    Brawndo - The Thirst Mutilator

  • Tea (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Jojoba86 (1496883) on Monday April 30, 2012 @08:31AM (#39843685)
    My day doesn't start until I've had a decent cup of tea. I don't think Britain could function without the stuff!
  • by Telecommando (513768) on Monday April 30, 2012 @08:34AM (#39843707)

    I have multiple, shedding dogs in the house, so EVERYTHING I drink includes hair of the dog.

  • When I get off work in the morning I usually relax with a couple of beers or a glass of wine. Got to have my coffee before heading back to the old grindstone in the evening though. After 30 years of nightshifts I've become pretty set in my ways.

  • by AbRASiON (589899) * on Monday April 30, 2012 @09:26AM (#39844201) Journal

    Never again, never ever again.
    That stuff just screws some people up. Some people can take it fine but I find it has serious impact on my personality, my eating habits and my tiredness levels.

    I desperately wanted a drink which was warm, all day drinkable and wasn't coffee and finally realised after years of drinking jasmine tea at my local Vietnamese pho house that it's been right in front of me for years.
    The caffeine content is vastly lower, no sugar is required to reduce the bitterness, the calorie count is 0 and I find I can drink it all day long.

    I now drink near a gallon a day (I have it quite weak) and feel so much better for it.
    I also had fatty liver and since moving to jasmine tea my liver has significantly improved.

    I do know some people have no problem and good for you but the impact on me is astounding. Especially if I have it after not having it for a long time. Last time I broke a drought and had 2 at a cafe over 2 hours with a friend they were basically in shock at my reaction to it. Couldn't stop talking or moving, incredibly energetic, much like I had amphetamines (which I have had before) - the feeling was almost identical.

    No thanks.

    • by miltonw (892065)
      Giving up coffee was very hard for me. I was drinking 20+ cups a day. I had no trouble sleeping but it took five cups or more in the morning before I could get going. Going cold turkey was pretty rugged.

      I, too, felt the need for a hot drink but could not find any version of tea (herbal or otherwise) that I liked. Just a cup of plain hot water is just fine with me.

      After many years, I actually started drinking coffee again, but only one cup -- and it has to be very good coffee or it's just not worth
      • by H0p313ss (811249)

        ... and it has to be very good coffee or it's just not worth it. Coffee at work = Just not worth it.

        Agreed, I should stop drinking the brown liquid that my office calls coffee.

      • I, too, felt the need for a hot drink but could not find any version of tea (herbal or otherwise) that I liked. Just a cup of plain hot water is just fine with me.

        Have you tried a Tom Yum paste? Chilli gives me the early morning endorphin boost and wakes me up better than caffeine.

    • I don't drink coffee or tea, and I avoid cola. (I'll drink cola if someone brings a cocktail containing it, or if I'm somewhere foreign and I have trouble asking for something else, but apart from the caffeine I hate the way my teeth feel after drinking it.)

      The last time I had a real, good-quality coffee was at a job interview. I politely accepted the drink someone had made for me, drank about half of it, and at the end of the interview had to rush to the toilet. I felt like I was buzzing. I didn't get

    • On a sidenote, I wish we could in general get rid of the unhealthy coffee and energy drink habit of the geek culture. Maybe it was more of a 80s/90s thing anyway..?
    • by godrik (1287354)

      What you are saying is definitely true. I used to be a coffee addict. I was self diagnosed but I had realized that I was having headaches on the day I was not drinking my two liters of coffee. So I cut coffee for 3 month and the headaches never appeared again passed the first weeks.

      Now, I still drink coffee but less. I make espresso myself at home. But, having coffee outside is an other story now that I live in the US. And espresso means either a small amount of regular coffee or large amount of man-you'll-

    • by jklovanc (1603149)

      I am caffeine sensitive so I have to be very careful how much I drink. One tall in the morning really helps if I have not slept well. Any more than that and I become very irritable and have a tenancy to yell a lot.

  • Agua de Panela (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Saija (1114681) on Monday April 30, 2012 @09:45AM (#39844387) Journal
    The panela [] it's a traditional food used in many latin american countries. Here in Colombia we boil water with panela inside an this is called "Agua de Panela" or "Agupanela" in short. this beverage is used as the drink in the breakfast with milk or alone, in the lunch is used again alone or with lemmon juice and here it's name change to "Agupanela con Limon". in the dinner, again, it's also drinked alone or with milk. Also this beveraga cold and with lemmon juice "Agupanela con limon fria" is a refresing beverage used when you are exercising.
  • Caffeine and sugar.

  • Red Bull
    5 Hour Energy
    and other crap like that.

  • by ODBOL (197239) on Monday April 30, 2012 @10:04AM (#39844627) Homepage

    Mate [], of course.

  • This is one of the few polls where the ability to select multiple options would have been nice.
  • I start work at 5 PM local time, therefore when I get up (usually about 11 AM) I have a nice, cold glass of water. Later on, when work starts, I bathe in energy drinks.

  • I'll have to go with double-dark french roast coffee.

    • The French cuisine is fantastic and I love it, but, I think in Italy they have better coffee :)

      • I agree. The coffee in France is terrible. I drink espresso and the occasional cappuccino. The problem in France seems to be the suppliers. All that's available is old, stale beans that are at least 20% robusta. That, and they all pull their shots too long. Maybe they like it that way, but if they did, Starbucks wouldn't be gaining ground there. Still, there is nothing like idling in a cafe in Paris. And, although the coffee is vastly better in Italy, the bread in France is to die for.
  • WTF would I want more than two cups of coffee (with some milk) per day? I've seen what it does to some of my coworkers - thanks, but no thanks...

    np: Public Image Ltd. - Same Old Story (9)

    • by treeves (963993)

      I answered "Coffee and plenty of it", knowing that "plenty of it" for me is about 12 oz.
      Occasionally I'll have more than that, but not often.
      If I have dessert , I'll often have a little coffee because it goes well with it, otherwise I rarely drink coffee after noon.
      Coffee is attributed with lowering risk of diabetes and prostate cancer, but I might not drink enough to get the effect.

  • In particular, this [] Hair of the Dog.

    But on week days, I just stick to coffee. Lots of coffee.

  • Just a cup or two...

    • I agree. When I was an undergrad I drank 10 to 15 cups of coffee a day. Of course I was working nights, going to school during the day and sleep was a luxury. Now I'm down to only five or six cups a day of the real thing and some decaf when I want coffee but not cafeine.


    • by Xtifr (1323)

      Yup, that's my choice. Too much makes me queasy, jittery, makes that first cup less effective, and, if done for long enough, means I get terrible headaches if I accidentally fail to get enough. One or two cups in the morning, with an occassional day off to make sure I'm not getting hooked, works brilliantly.

  • by tverbeek (457094) on Monday April 30, 2012 @02:16PM (#39847995) Homepage

    We drink "pop", not "soda"!

    • I'm from Britain, and we've always refered to it as such too.

  • Green Tea (Score:4, Insightful)

    by khr (708262) <> on Monday April 30, 2012 @02:53PM (#39848395) Homepage

    My favorite is green tea, unsweetened. Lately I've been drinking a lot of it with lemon, as it's packaged, so it smells a bit like Froot Loops cereal...

    For years in India my usual first beverage of the day was the water from a fresh coconut. But nariyal pani is too expensive here in New York City to be more than an occasional treat.

  • Where is the option, "nothing"? With 30% [], skipping breakfast, isn't it safe to assume that a good portion of those skip fluids as well?

    • by MLease (652529)

      There are plenty of mornings that I skip breakfast (I try not to, but sometimes it just doesn't work out), but I still drink a big mug of coffee.

  • How ironically appropriate that the comments section of the unscientific poll lead to so many anecdotal accounts of why what someone is doing is So Incredibly Healthy and Lead To Amazing Life Changes.

    Seriously: it astonishes me that people will take something like "I drink foo for breakfast, and now my workout routine is AWESOME" or "I used to drink bar but then when I quit my miscellaneous-probably-false health problem cleared up" etc. I mean, supposedly ./ is filled with geeks who love logic and scien
  • After having anxiety attacks years ago I cut out all caffeine. I have since allowed myself some caffeine in more recent times. However I only use in moderation. I see folks having several extra larges a day, and think that can't be good for you. Anyway I take one medium coffee in the morning, half decaf half normal with milk and sugar.

    • by Xtifr (1323)

      For me it was even simpler. I realized I was physically addicted when I started getting headaches if I didn't drink enough. I said to myself, "this can't be right", so I went cold turkey for a while, then cautiously re-introduced one cup in the morning. Not only do I not have withdrawal symptoms any more if I skip that cup, but that one cup is far more effective than it used to be when my tolerance was so high. Been on one or occasionally two cups per day for many many years now, and it's much more pleas

  • It's whats plants crave!

  • I drink water in the morning, then tea in the afternoon. I generally don't need a pick-me-up until after lunch. Oh wow, I just realized that I drink tea every day at tea time. That is so weird.

  • by Ranger (1783)
    It's the reason I get up in the afternoon.
  • Caf-Pow.

  • A philosopher(*) once wrote that vices are culturally dependent. Asia had opium, Europe had alcohol. They both fit and amplify the major local spirit.

    I figure the same is true for tea and coffee (Asia and Europe) again, or juices, water, etc.

    (*) I remember which, not saying the name because I don't want the discussion to go sideways.

  • What Is Your Beverage of Choice In the Morning? Coffee and plenty of it 45%

    Did homo-erectus hunt with wooden tools?

  • I'm Italian and my breakfast needs bread, Nutella and a big cup of milk to dip into.
    Shudder all you want.

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