If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you love coffee just as much as we do, so you’ll be happy to hear that not only can coffee be beneficial to your health, but it can boost your performance as well. Although to get the absolute best out of your beans you need to think things through a little bit more, to time it just when you need that extra boost. Thankfully scientists have done the hard work for us, taking out the guesswork to help you be the healthiest, most productive version of yourself possible.
Is coffee really healthy?
While experts have gone back and forth on this over the years, it’s generally considered now that coffee has some truly powerful health benefits. Meta-analysis of 217 different studies has shown a host of improvements in coffee drinkers such as:
- 2-20% reduced risk of many common types of cancer
- 5% reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease
- 30% lower risk of developing both diabetes and Alzheimer’s
- Reduced rate of all-cause mortality
For more information on how views on the health impact of drinking coffee have changed throughout history, check out our previous blog post here.
Best time to drink coffee
Caffeine boosts your energy by encouraging your body to release more of an enzyme called cortisol, so to get the optimal effect from your coffee it’s best to drink it around the time when your cortisol levels tend to be lowest. This is generally related to your sleeping patterns, as cortisol production is controlled by your circadian rhythm, or your “body clock”.
For an average person who wakes up at around 6.30am, cortisol levels are lowest at around 8.30- 9.30, 12.00-13.00 and 17.30-18.30, so these are the prime times to be making your trips to the coffee machine.
Of course you also have to consider how long caffeine stays in your system, or you risk sacrificing a good night’s sleep for an extra flat white! This varies from person to person, but on average it takes around 6 hours for caffeine to leave your bloodstream, so it’s best to switch to decaf from mid-afternoon onwards if you value your beauty sleep.
Availability is key
Ultimately though, regardless of timing, to get the very best out of your brew you need to have access to great tasting coffee throughout the day, without having to trek over to your local coffee shop. That’s why the ideal solution for busy people is to have quality coffee machines on site to keep them motivated and productive throughout the day. A great example of this is how Cheltenham College upgraded from a bean-to-cup machine to the sleek WMF Espresso, which combines modern automation technology with a classic portafilter machine, to produce real hand-made drinks quickly and efficiently. Read more about their experience here.
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