There’s no other drink like coffee. For some, it’s about the taste while others depend on coffee’s invigorating qualities to start their day. When it comes to coffee and productivity, there are facts and legends, and placebos that influence the way we consume our favourite drink. Find out more about why coffee makes us energetic and productive and if it really is as good as it sounds.
The world of coffee
The biggest coffee drinkers in the world are Northern Europeans.
Top (kg per capita per year)
- Finland 12kg / 26.45 lbs
- Sweden 9.9kg/21.32 lbs
- Iceland 9.0kg/19.84 lbs
63% of US adults drink coffee daily. Additional 27% consume caffeine in another form like tea and soft drinks.
25% of coffee drinkers identify as being addicted to coffee,
Covid-19 crisis: Has reduced global coffee consumption for the FIRST TIME SINCE 2011 Has cut down spending on takeaway hot drinks by 50%
How does coffee work and why?
- You drink coffee
- It stimulates the adrenal glands
- The “fight-or-flight” hormone cortisol is distributed
- 15-20 minutes later, your body is in survival mode
- You feel an energy boost and heightened focus.
Did you know?
- Best time to drink coffee is 10-11.30 AM, and 2-5 PM,when your cortisol levels naturally dip. Your body will most need a caffeine hit during these times.
- We THINK coffee makes us productive
- 78% of executives drink cottee. 269 of them drink three or more cups per day
- 56% of Italians were most likely to say that coffee made them more productive at work
What office workers say:
- 43% “believe that drinking coffee makes me more productive.”
- 29% “I need coffee to stay alert”
- 89% A good cup of coffee can make my entire workday better”
- 19% “Brainstorms are better around the coffee machine”
Coffee is a ticking time bomb of productivity
A study by productivity tracking app DeskTime found that
- Coffee produces a spike in productivity, but it lasts only 2.5 hours and is followed by a significant and inevitable) drop in productivity.
- As the cortisol wears off, you’re loft even more tired than you were at the beginning. As a result, most people reach for the next cup of coffee
Research shows that caffeine improves working memory performance, but not long-term memory.
To boost your memory, drink 200 mg of caffeine AFTER the learning event, not before.
Coffee prolongs the feeling of happiness
- Coffee stimulates the release of the dopamine that produces euphoria and pleasant feelings
- There’s evidence that even the smell of coffee can reduce stress
- Next time you’re in a good mood, drink coffee to boost that feeling. Or, reach for a cup when you’re feeling down!