If you’re a Boy George fan, then great! (What’s it like in 1987?) But unfortunately this blog has nothing to do with the Culture Club, or even lizards that change colour. It is, instead, about how coffee, long blamed for shaky-limbed nervousness, can actually be a soothing tonic.
Now we’ve spoken about coffee and the myriad health benefits it provides before, but this one surprised even us…
Coffee contains caffeine and stimulates the brains production of dopamine, which in turn transmits lovely pleasurable feelings to your brain putty and calms you down. If you’ve ever taken cocaine then not only are you a bad person, but you’re probably familiar with the effects of dopamine. If not, just imagine what it feels like being in the arms of Bradley Cooper. You feel safe, and warm, and there’s a tingly feeling somewhere in your body. He smells of sweat, but in a good way, like he’s been to the gym, and it’s mixed with the heady aroma of leather and spice, and— Woah! What happened there?! Uh, where were we? Caffeine, right!
It has also been suggested that caffeine can have a psychologically calming effect in direct contrast to its role as a chemical stimulant. For example, you could be stressed about something and tired of trying to deal with it. Some caffeine will perk you up and therefore make you more capable of dealing with it, thus calming your worries.
Caffeine is also mildly addictive, so a lack of it can cause you to get stressed. Getting your coffee fix calms you down and makes you feel more mellow and productive. Before you say it, yes, we know, we could use the same reasoning to argue in favour of the calming effects of crystal meth, but then Arabica coffee is much tastier, so there (Editor’s note: seriously, don’t take drugs unless the doctor — a medical one — tells you to).
But this is all science. Coffee isn’t about numbers and figures and digits and facts. Coffee is about emotion, it’s about how it makes you feel.
Have a cup of our beautiful Italian coffee and see if it doesn’t make you feel like a schoolgirl again.