Coffee and the caffeine inside it is one of the world’s most popular drugs. The scientific opinion about whether it is healthy or not, is always changing. Some researchers say that coffee creates inflammation in your body and can cause high blood pressure as well as other problems. Other researchers say coffee can lower your risk for some types of cancer and other diseases.
This may be true, but nobody is drinking coffee because it’s good for you. We drink it because it tastes good and for the mental boost that it gives us. Coffee has been famous for perking us up for over a thousand years. According to one story, a 9th century goat herder in Ethiopia discovered the effects of coffee when he saw his goats perk up and jump around after eating coffee berries.
Coffee spread to the Arab world in the 15th century. In the 16th century, the first coffee shop was opened in Istanbul, Turkey. Coffee shops were not just a place to drink, but also were places for conversation and learning. The Turks called these coffee shops ‘Schools of the Wise.’
In the 17th century, coffee and more importantly coffee shop culture spread to Europe. Under the influence of coffee, businessmen, artists, writers and philosophers created some of their best work. Beethoven and Bach wrote much of their music in coffee shops.
While many people say that coffee helps them feel more awake, think more clearly and speak more clearly too, maybe these effects are not all caused by coffee. According to new research from the University of Illinois, the background noise of a coffee shop can make you think more creatively.
They tested people using different levels of background noise and found that 70 decibels, which is the average level of noise in a busy coffee shop is ideal for improving creativity. Background noise below this level is so quiet that your focus becomes to narrow. And background noise above this level is too distracting. The mid-level of background noise in a coffee shop allows us to think in a more creative far-reaching way. Dr. Mehta says that it allows us “to think outside of the box.”
Coffitivity.com is a new free website that lets you listen to coffee shop background sounds with the hope that it will make you more creative. Give a listen while you work or study and let us know what you think in the comments.