Science says you’ve been drinking your coffee wrongly. Here’s how you should do it.


Coffee is one of the most loved beverages and is especially known for its ability to keep you awake and alert. Many of us only feel fully functional and complete only when we have downed a cup of good, strong java in the mornings. 

It doesn’t matter if you love a milky latte, a dark and strong shot of espresso, a frothy cappuccino or a good old-fashioned americano, coffee is an important part of your morning routine. 

But have you ever felt that sometimes the caffeine hit is not working as well as you want it to? Want to know the best time to get your cup of joe so that you can fully experience the wonders of caffeine?

First of all, you have to know that our bodies are controlled by our natural circadian rhythms. The circadian clock is one of the most major parts of our bodies’ biological rhythm and they control the sleep-wake cycle, hormone levels, and hunger levels, among other things. 

It is also responsible for producing the stress hormone known as cortisol which helps keeps us alert throughout the day. 

These hormones are at its peak production for about 4 times a day which is the hour after waking up, from 8am to 9am, from 12pm to 1pm and from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. These are also the times to avoid if you want to maximise the effectiveness of your coffee.  This is because you are essentially drinking coffee at a time when you are already naturally fully alert.

When you hit your body with a full cup of joe when the cortisol levels are at its peak, imagine how much more coffee you will need to drink when cortisol levels dip. 


This will result in caffeine addiction as your body slowly builds up a tolerance for coffee and you will then need increasingly high amounts of caffeine to get that caffeine fix.

Research has suggested that the best time for you to fully enjoy your morning cup of java is from 9.30am to 11.30am when the cortisol levels are low and before the next spike of cortisol hits again. So now that you are armed with your new found knowledge, go and amaze your fellow coffee lovers so that you can all experience that caffeine high at the best times possible. 

In the meantime, remember to savour your fragrant, steaming cup of joe.

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