I have a confession to make.
I’m a coffeeholic.
Ever since last June or something, where I decided to become ultra-productive, I’ve been consuming ridiculous amounts of caffeine.
I sat down behind my desk, got myself a cup of coffee and started working. Half an hour passed and I was gaining momentum but my cup was empty, so I got myself another one.. Things were going great and a few hours later I got another cup. It progressed from that.
The results were amazing so I just kept drinking it, sometimes up to 5 cups a day (I know there are people who go way beyond that, but I’m crazy, not insane.)
On average I was doing 3 cups a day and my productivity was sky-high, no crashes and no insomnia problems, unless I drank it at night, obviously.
Why Did It Help?
Although caffeine is a stimulant and a highly effective one at that, I know that this isn’t why it made me so much more productive.
It’s the placebo effect.
The moment you pick up your cup of coffee and take a sip, you instantly feel more productive and well, get shit done.
But.. It takes 15-30 minutes at least, for the caffeine to even hit your bloodstream.
Catch my point?
Where does the placebo come from?
I’d have to say movies, first of all.
Every Hollywood movie you see where a workaholic, they always have a cup of coffee meanwhile to keep them going, or several.
Drinking coffee makes you feel more important, it reminds you that YOU’RE THE BOSS!
As long as it works, who cares?!
I really don’t care if it’s just the placebo, it still works.
Overall it doesn’t really matter how and why, as long as you’re getting stuff done.
I still drink coffee every morning and very often, after that as well. For example, right now, while writing.
Productivity doesn’t come at random and you need to abuse every single productivity hack that you find working for yourself. Coffee is definitely one of the best of those, next to working in a new environment.
If you love how it tastes, as much as I do, drink it and enjoy it!
Creating the best cup of coffee
I have another silly quirk.
Everything new I get into, every single item I buy or obtain – I want THE BEST.
I’ll go out of my way and do dozens of hours worth of research, for a little edge.
That’s how it was with coffee as well. Although there was nothing wrong with a regular french press, since I’d been drinking it for the past few years, I still wanted something better.
Settling On A Method
Obviously I couldn’t try out ALL of the hundreds of methods I found online, I’m still crazy, not insane.
Coffee equipment can really wreck your budget.
I had to settle on something and I decided to go with what Tim Ferriss recommends in the 4-hour chef.
It doesn’t involve a whole lot of gear, and it’s relatively cheap.
All you’d need is an AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, a Slim Hario Coffee Mill and fresh beans of your choice. That’d total a bit over 60 bucks, $50 of which are a very long-term investment towards better coffee.
Here’s a 4-minute video of him explaining how to do it.
He also uses a few bells and whistles like a probe thermometer to make sure the water is 80 degrees Celsius, but that’s not necessary in my opinion. The point is you shouldn’t use boiling water because it’d burn the beans and ruin the taste a bit, but you can just let the water cool down for some time before pouring.
Enjoy the best cup of coffee you’ll ever drink and your new, sky-rocketed performance!