I drink instant coffee, which tends not to have as strong of a taste as regular brewed coffee. I drink folgers, and I take it with one heaping teaspoon of coffee mate (the powder kind) and two tea spoons of sugar. That is what I like, but everybody has different tastes. That's just what I was raised on because that's what my mom drinks.
You don't NEED coffee to be up for an 8am class, you just need to go to bed at a reasonable hour. Coffee is only going to do so much. Personally I wake up better with a glass of ice water. But if you want to experiment with coffee, that's cool too-- there are TONS of different flavored creamers you can use, and different sorts of coffees will have different tastes.