A few things I want to say about coffee.
I write this because there’s a notable difference in meeting people to discuss ideas, solve problems and agree on outcomes when people either have or haven’t had coffee.
I often warn people upfront “I’ve had coffee, so if I start whatever, let me know”.
What follows are a mix of subjective and objective observations with coffee providing a route to use for the worlds most popular drug, Caffeine.
Positives of coffee
- Helps achieve a level of mental alertness “on-demand”.
- Good black coffee has been considered to be a positive fuel for your microbiome.
- The ritual around getting or making coffee has social value.
- A good coffee tastes damn good
Negatives of coffee
- Coffee makes my mind a little tight. The best description is that it doesn’t allow for space in my mind, I become wired to a thing or a thought train. This can be useful in a result oriented sense when needing to get from A to B with some technical operations, but outside that focused use case, I consider it a negative.
- If I were coffee shopping and I could choose “no Jitters”, I would. Some coffees make me feel completely on edge, jittery, heart palpatations, all sorts.
- A bad coffee tastes the worst.
- A badly judged late coffee hit will mess with your sleep. This is NOT okay. Sleep is crucial to a happy life for me and staring at the ceiling is not something I’m a fan of. I have in the past subjected myself to intense anxiety over loss and the result of that is not something I’d recommend for anyone.
This is just a light heaerted post and not meant to be an exhuastive list of all the good and bad effects of Coffee and Caffeine, but I do find the social effects the most troublesome which created the motivation to write this.
I imagine most of the world is more social in their working and daily lives than me. My professional life demands large quantities of “me time”. When I come out from that zone, a poorly timed coffee for either me or my co-workers often makes life more difficult than it need be.