I love coffee, but there are certain side effects that I could do without – the constant bathroom breaks, teeth stains, jitteriness, upset stomach when you drink too much, etc. So when I discovered Nootrobox’s GO CUBES Chewable Coffee, I knew I had to try them.
Each cube has 50 mg of caffeine, which equals 1/2 cup of coffee, and they come in three flavours: pure drip, latte, and mocha. I bought the sampler box that comes with 6 packs of 4 GO CUBES for US$15.
I definitely got some skeptical looks and comments from people as I told them about this chewable coffee, particularly from my old-school dad who called them my ‘coffee candies,’ but GO CUBES are a serious game changer.
I started my day with the usual morning cup of coffee, but instead of having another cup around noon, I had two GO CUBES instead. I tried the latte and pure drip flavours, and I was shocked at how closely their taste resembles the taste of coffee. You really do feel like you’re chewing coffee (a wild, yet satisfying experience for the passionate coffee drinker). Although I drink black coffee, I preferred the latte flavour as it was a little less bitter than the pure drip flavour.
Right away the coffee-resembling taste impressed me, but it was what happened later during my day that won me over. I typically have a 15-20 minute power nap after school or work each day before diving into my evening of homework, but the day I tried the GO CUBES I didn’t need my nap. My afternoon didn’t consist of hourly bathroom breaks, and I was energized enough to stay awake all day (which is a huge feat, if you’ve also fallen into the daily napping trap like me). Not only was I energized, I felt very motivated to do homework and never experienced a caffeine crash that sometimes follows evening coffee.
The reason I was energized and motivated, without experiencing any kind of jitters, has to do with a special ingredient in GO CUBES: Nootropics. According to NOOTROBOX’s website, nootropics are, “a broad classification of cognition-enhancing compounds that produce minimal side effects and are suitable for long-term use.”
Basically, they’re cognitive enhancing supplements associated with increased intelligence, motivation, and mental energy. GO CUBES combines caffeine with nootropics to help you concentrate more than a typical cup of coffee, and I can definitely vouch for this. I felt awake and alert, and I never crashed or got easily distracted while doing homework.
The only drawback of GO CUBES in comparison to my go-to black coffee is the calorie count. Two cubes equals 70 calories, but on their website NOOTROBOX explains this, saying:
“A serving of two GO CUBES contains sugar that helps cut into the natural bitterness of coffee and caffeine, producing a product that balances performance and taste. We don’t use artificial high-fructose sugars, and the small amount of glucose in GO CUBES is healthy and actually provides fuel for the brain, one of the body’s largest consumers of glucose.”
The way I see it? The extra energy GO CUBES provides you will allow you to burn off those 70 calories anyways. Plus, my dad really isn’t wrong – it’s coffee and a candy. You get your caffeine and (small) sugar fix in one!
Between the balance of caffeine and nootropics, coupled with their slight sugar fix, there’s not much else you could ask for. GO CUBES get a definite thumbs up from me!
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