Despite trying to cut down on coffee this year, the thought of just one morning at work without it fills me with dread. My morning joe keeps me alert, fresh and on the ball. I’ve tried going without, and I just end up frustrated, confused and angry. I’ve always thought that this was an irrational response due to my mild caffeine addiction. But perhaps there is something else going on.
There is real science behind claims that coffee wakes us up and keeps us focused on the tasks at hand. Caffeine is very similar to the chemical substance in our brains that keeps us alert. Adenosine helps our brains to produce mood-enhancing dopamine and glutamate when the natural processes need a helping hand.
Of course, I don’t really know what any of that actually means; all I know is coffee makes me feel good in the morning. And most importantly, it boosts my productivity in five different ways.
1. Coffee can protect the brain
Kahweol and cafestol are natural oils in coffee that deliver anti-inflammatory benefits. They are capable of protecting the brain against DNA damage and oxidative stress. Yes, believe it or not, your brain can become inflamed, and as you might imagine, this is not good for your levels of concentration and general well-being. To preserve as many of those natural oils as possible, always use a French press or a quality drip coffee machine to make your morning joe.
2. Coffee gives you energy
OK, so no surprises here then. Although the term ’energy’ is a little misleading. Perhaps ‘energy for the brain’ is more apt. Coffee, as mentioned in point one, gives our brains a boost when Mother Nature needs a helping hand. There is also evidence that the caffeine in coffee improves oxygen intake and lung function, which results in increased metabolic efficiency.
3. Coffee enhances motor function
There is now evidence to suggest that coffee is capable of enhancing physical and cognitive motor functions. Whether you’re working at a desk, performing manual labour or enjoying sport, these benefits can improve your performance. This is a fact I can personally testify to. Typing for between eight and 10 hours a day is not always easy, but I’m capable of being far more productive at a keyboard when caffeine is running through my veins.
4. Coffee can increase stamina
Caffeine has been shown to prolong the time a person can remain active until physical exhaustion kicks in. Caffeine makes this possible by increasing muscle endurance and reducing our perception of the effort required to do something. In terms of productivity, this could be very helpful if your work involves physical labour.
5. Coffee helps you learn stuff more quickly
According to a recent study, just two cups of coffee (or around 200mg of caffeine) helped the brain to identify phrases and understand them faster. The research also concluded that caffeine gives short-term memory a boost. If your job involves processing lots of new information on a regular basis, your morning joe could be improving your productivity levels more than you realise.
6. Coffee is a natural fat burner
They say that a healthy body is a healthy mind. Staying in good physical condition is a crucial part of productivity regardless of what you do. There is a body of evidence that suggests people who perform sedentary roles perform better when they are physically fit and a healthy weight. The good news for all your coffee addicts out there is that, when mixed with butter, your morning cup of joe can boost your metabolism.
The combination of caffeine and unprocessed fats stimulates the distribution of ‘micelles’ in the body. These are the chemical compounds that help the body to turn to fat for energy — instead of carbohydrates.
So don’t feel guilty about enjoying your morning coffees — they could be the only thing between you and unemployment!
So I tried roasting my beans further a little and it made them drinkable. Certainly won't be entering them in any competitions but at least I don't have to ditch them. Hopefully they get better over next few days.