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Do you need that cup of coffee right now?

Posted by Nathaniel Fleming on

Do you need that cup of coffee right now? 

We think so.

Why do you need it?

Probably because of the effects from its caffeine, a naturally occurring stimulant that makes you awake, aware, and creative. These qualities— a few of caffeine’s positive effects, are the reason why coffee is one of the most popular beverages to drink after water itself.

For many, caffeine’s enhancements to the mind outweigh its negative side effects, although the consequences of these adversary effects (such as caffeine “crashing”, addiction, and headaches) raise the concern if it’s worth drinking coffee in the first place. Have you ever asked yourself if you really need that extra cup of coffee right now?

Why do you drink coffee in the first place?

Coffee is magic.

It’s a water-soluble stimulant that makes you ambitious, energised, and creative. It helps you listen, speak with rigorous confidence, and perform with extra capacity.

Coffee makes you engage in conversations you wouldn’t normally engage in. You may spark a connection with a stranger or a friend that you wouldn’t have sparked without it. The caffeinated level of engagement in a conversation is higher than the un-caffeinated.

You listen with intent, rather than just listening to be present. You understand someone else at a deeper level, increasing your capacity for empathy and emotional intelligence.

Your creativity is also augmented. Like tinder igniting a fire, the quantity of your ideas explode after drinking a coffee. In a caffeinated conversation more ideas are introduced, processed and resolved because of enhanced comprehension, ability to focus, and speed in which problem solving and dialogue occurs. 

Again, it’s magic-in-a-cup.

But what causes this to happen? 

1,3,7-trimethylxanthine
(the chemical name for caffeine)

The outcome of consuming caffeine is proven to give you reduced fatigue, physical endurance, enhanced mental concentration and alertness.

Furthermore, its metabolic consequences have been linked to weight loss and its energy boosting effects may ease symptoms of depression (we never recommend substituting prescription drugs or mental health services solely with coffee. If you need mental support now, Barty provides access to services for those who need to be heard. Chat with Erin, our mental health officer through our "Chat Now" dialogue on our site).

What’s actually happening when you get caffeinated?

Caffeine inhibits your nervous system’s adenosine receptors, meaning it blocks your senses from detecting your body’s “tiredness”. With caffeine in your system, your body acts as if it is not tired, and it may seem like you have an abundance of energy, but as the effects of caffeine are spent over time, so is your body, which is part of what causes the caffeine “crash” when you spend too much energy you don’t actually have.

Coffee gives you speedy superpowers

Fast-acting effects are a reason why coffee is the most popular form of caffeine consumption. From only one cup of coffee, caffeine takes 20 minutes to reach the bloodstream and 1 hour to maximum potential on your nervous system.

Although the effects of a cup of coffee seem like unlimited extra-human powers, there is a point where they begin to backfire:

Caffeine is an addictive substance. You can build up a dependence on the substance after repeatedly consuming it. As you’re here browsing the website of a coffee company, I’m sure you have had a personal experience with caffeine.

Your mind is a cloudy haze before your first coffee. Your actions are slower, and you have less room for empathy to those around you. Your mind’s primary focus is consuming that fresh cup of soothing coffee, your ritual of awakening. Although it's an addictive substance, caffeine is also easy to quit compared to other addictive drugs: it only takes about a week for you to overcome the withdrawal symptoms of caffeine (with zero caffeine consumption). 

So is it worth it?

Heck yes! 

(although not if you are a child or you are pregnant)

If you can manage all the effects that caffeine from coffee gives you, use it to your advantage: embrace it, and use it to succeed in what you do. If you’ve got unrestricted access to coffee where you live, you’ve got nothing to lose. A better question is why aren’t you drinking it?

Black coffee is not unhealthy if you are responsible with how you consume it. Just like any other psychoactive substance in manageable moderation, coffee can be good for both your metabolic and social faculties, and most significantly for your mental productivity— if you can healthily manage all the side effects, of course.

So what will you do with your daily dose of extra-human powers?

We hope to have inspired you to drink that cup of coffee, and embrace the positive effects of caffeine.


 

About Nathaniel Fleming

Write ✍️ Design 📐 Brew ☕ Barty Single Origin's resident Coffee Expert & Coffee Quality Assurance Officer. Nathaniel's understanding of coffee and culture comes from his international background of the United States, Australia, Europe, and Asia. His approach to sustainable design in the specialty coffee industry is driven by a biocentric perspective and a passion for excellent coffee. He is currently based in Sydney, Australia.


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