17 June, 2008

Stok Black Coffee Shot; Warning: High Caffeine

I've been burning the midnight oil a bit, trying to catch up on projects--both the home improvement and money-in-the-bank kind--and I've been imbibing a little more caffeine than usual: coffee during the day and a Big Ass Diet Coke each evening. But even as a hard-core caffeine enthusiast, I find this a little scary:

The Stok Black Coffee Shot, a chemically enhanced non-dairy coffee product. I'm not sure how long it's been around, but I noticed it for the first time at the 7-11 last night. With 40 mg of caffeine per serving, the package boasts it's equivalent to a shot of espresso (although I looked this up; ounce per ounce it actually has twice as much caffeine as espresso). I found the Stok Web site, where they sing the praises of their product: "It’s a sweet coffee shot that puts more caffeine and a packet of sugar in your coffee...limit 2 servings per day. Not for use by children under age 18, pregnant women, or the caffeine-sensitive." The package itself says: "Warning: High Caffeine."

I don't know. Does a product like this seem a wee bit irresponsible? You know people are not going to limit themselves to two. When I used to use creamers, back in college, I'd probably dump four or five in a large coffee.

So what keeps you guys going when you need to? I love my lattes and my Diet Coke, but weaning myself off of them again after this round of work is going to be a bitch.

Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee.
—Stephanie Piro

17 comments:

modernemama said...

I think it's a marketing gimmick - 40mg is still less caffeine than in regular coffee, an American cup has 80-135 mg for brewed and up to 175 mg for drip. Espresso normally only has 80 mg per shot so I wouldn't worry. On the other hand the sugar could kill you:;

Green Fairy said...

Yeah...it's probably to compete with the energy drink market. Still, if you add two or three or four of these (they are sweetened and unsweetened versions) to your coffee, you can easily double your caffeine intact. It just seems like overkill. And who knows if it's really "sugar" anyway? :-)

I did taste it after I posted; all I can say is *blech*.

iloveupstate.com said...

Reminds me of something a friend bought in Amsterdam...it was labeled "Death" and he hesitated...freaked a bit...then realized it was labeled "NEAR Death"...so he figured that was OK and smoked it anyway...

Green Fairy said...

It's those near death experiences that make us stronger!

Sparkle Plenty said...

I'm going through the same type of work mode. Here's the line-up:
Morning: Coffee, coffee.
Noon: Little coffee.
Afternoon: Little coffee, little chocolate, little chocolate.
Evening: Little chocolate.

I'm actually getting a little sick of coffee and chocolate, and I'm hearing a faint buzzing which might be the fridge or my brain.

Good luck with all your projects!

Green Fairy said...

I hear you, Sparkle Plenty. I just brewed another pot of coffee and my nose kinda curled at the aroma. Definitely a sign I'm drinking too much. I think I'm going to start mainlining caffeine directly and skip the coffee/chocolate/soda carrier.

John said...

Stok looks pretty bad. Maybe one part chocolate pudding plus one part tar?

I'll probably die of renal failure, but the idea of actually regulating caffine intake is odd to me. I've been drinking at least one pot a day for years. When isn't good enough, I turn to a fist full of chocolate coated espresso beans (with or without coffee). That has to taste better than Stok looks.

Good luck!

Marilyn said...

If you dropped one of those in a Red Bull, you'd have some kind of adrenaline-death boilermaker. Yikes.

Green Fairy said...

Marilyn, I just pictured one of those Mentos and Diet Coke experiments.

Marilyn said...

Thank you, Joanne. That is just the kind of thing that makes YouTube worthwhile.

Steven Strauss said...

It took me a month and a half to go through three boxes of 24. I never exceeded two a day and it helped immeasurably with my occasional 21 hour days. Two of these in a cup of coffee after being up for twelve hours and I was good for another nine. I didn't get results any stronger with NoDoz.

Got off a gig two hundred miles from home at two in the morning. Everyone else in the band rented a motel room and left half their pay in Faroffistan, but I brought all my pay home.

Laugh all you want; this stuff works great and tastes just fine. There's very little fluid volume in the shot, maybe half as much liquid as in a creamer. But the active ingredient works great.

Green Fairy said...

Hi Steven! Glad to hear the stuff works for you; me, I shudder whenever I see it at 7-11. :-)

Jim said...

A large ice coffee from DDs is nearly $3. A box of these from the market is nearly $3 (24/box). I take 6 of these, throw them in a small glass of milk, add a little flavored creamer and fire it down. Akin to a coffee milkshake: but with 240mg caffeine and much cheaper than anything else. Faster than a home brew. These are great.

shoreizfine said...

Well i'm addicted to these little shots, and now i have everyone at work drinking them too. Normally i have a half french vanilla capp half hot chocolate with 4 shots of stok. Yes i know that it is alot, but it is a God send. I may only have 1-2 cokes a day and no other coffee so i'm good. It has came in handy now that i'm on a new medication that makes me drowsy, so this perks me up so i can work :) I love it ;)

Anonymous said...

I just found these for the first time...and i feel great after one in my 20 oz coffee.I work for an ambulance company and needed the boost. I love it!

Andrew Lindenmeyer said...

I just bought a 264 ct. case at a discount store for $8.00 (only one on the shelf and I had to have that cheap coffee). I took a straight shot about 15 minutes ago and I thought it tasted fine, I don't see what all of the "yuck" is about. It only took me reading these 15 previous posts before I noticed I had caffiene goggles and my heart racing. Wow, this case is gonna last me a while, So long conventional coffee!

Anonymous said...

Ah, so it's winding up in discount stores. Found a stray cup at the Starbucks where I work, and I've never seen it before. Took it home to check online. I see it's on its way out to become only a memory. Drank it. I can see where it gets its "nasty" remark. It has NO coffee body. Weak flavor, like it was brewed from bottom-quality coffee, with all the flavorful oils and flavones filtered out. Interesting concept, but, being so flavorless, it's like dropping half a No-Doz in your coffee.