Now this is my kind of #rebootme …good coffee and great design. Let’s remind ourselves that there can more to coffee than the local drive through.
Noc Coffee Co., Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Bonanza Roastery Cafe, Berlin, Germany
Misto, Prague, Czech Republic
This was just a glimpse of the Wallpaper* article on “The world’s best coffee shops for design lovers”
Why do we like coffee?
Coffee makes us feel so good because it is able to tap into virtually every reward system our brain has evolved. Hidden within that hot black silken elixir is a chemical that has taken over your brain by mimicking the actions of cocaine and marijuana.
When you first started drinking coffee, the arousal was all you wanted and also all that you got. Still, being more attentive and vigilant was all you needed to get through the day. As you continued drinking coffee your liver compensated for the additional chemicals in your diet by becoming more efficient at metabolizing the caffeine. Your brain also made some adjustments. Ultimately, you needed more and more coffee each day to achieve the same level of arousal and vigilance. While all of this was occurring, something else far more mysterious was happening inside your brain; caffeine had begun stimulating your brain’s endogenous marijuana neurotransmitter system. These biochemical adjustments introduced an entirely new level of pleasure to your morning cup of java.
Gary L. Wenk Ph.D.
Coffee as an antidepressant
Did you know that some people unknowingly self-mediate depression with caffeine? This is because caffeine can stimulate the central nervous system by elevating serotonin and dopamine and in so doing, act as an antidepressant.
The Archives of Internal Medicine also has research that links caffeine with lower suicide rates.
So what’s the connection between coffee and design?
Well I thought the “artistic temperament” may give a clue in it’s definition!
A personality profile well described in writers, artists and composers which, in the extreme case, borders on mental illness. Artists may suffer major depression, bipolar moods disorder or cyclothymia (the latter two of which are thought to be 10–20 times more common among artists), and may commit suicide (18 times more common in those with artistic temperaments). Episodes of hypomania may form the “substrate” for creative bursts.
That could explain my connection!