If you like tea but need more of a kick, I suggest guayusa. It's similar to yerba mate; Runa is the brand I buy. I find it provides as much "yup, you're awake" energy as coffee but without the brain fog.

As for coffee, I have no problem with daily Starbucks/coffee house of choice. A couple of dollars is a small price for convenience. You run into trouble when you forgo straight coffee or americanos and buy $4, 400-calorie sugar drinks every day.

For home, my trick to get me out of bed in the morning is an affogato made with a stovetop moka and gelato. Easy and decadent.

I keep a French press at work but usually stick to the office Keurig.

Why yes, I use ALL of the above on a daily basis.
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