Who knew there is a right way to drink coffee?

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Every morning, my husband brings me coffee in bed. He gets up hours earlier than I do. Around the time I wake up, he’ll bring a cup of coffee to my nightstand. Sometimes I’m still asleep and it’s sitting there ready for me when I open my eyes.

According to an article he texted me, we are doing this all wrong. From CNBC’s You’re drinking your coffee wrong—these 3 tricks can boost your productivity, experts say, reporter Morgan Smith explains how to maximize your morning caffeine.

She has three tips on how to drink coffee and the first one applies to me. You are supposed to wait to drink your coffee. You’re not supposed to have it first thing.

Management and behavioral science expert Daniel Pink has examined the science of timing and how it can affect our productivity. In his book “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” Pink notes, based on research from several studies, that the best time to have your first cup of coffee is about 60-90 minutes after you wake up. That’s because caffeine interferes with the production of cortisol, the hormone that signals your body to be awake and responsive. According to this research, cortisol levels usually peak around 8:30 a.m. 


Her other two tips are selecting the right ingredients and drinking coffee before a nap. First of all, I don’t nap. Second, I like my ingredients just fine. I like the coffee I like. Also, I like my coffee in bed and think it’s sweet my husband has done that for our entire marriage. But, today I wrote my three pages, walked and came back to make my own coffee. I’ll let you know if my caffeine is working better or not. So far, it just makes me a little bit sad.

Do you like to drink coffee or tea first thing in the morning or do you wait for your first cup? If you only drink one or two cups of coffee per day, what effect do you think timing has on caffeine?

25 thoughts on “Who knew there is a right way to drink coffee?

  1. Never coffee. Unless it’s a caramel brûlée latte from Starbucks with extra whipped cream which I will drink one of sometime between now and Christmas. But as to your question,making and drinking a cup of tea is one of the first things I do on any given day. I think my second cup while I’m writing. (And third if I’m on a roll). I also usually have tea about 4pm which is my recharge hour, where I read a bit and chill. I also have a non caffeinated tea somewhere around 9-10 pm as a signal to my body that it’s time to shut down.

  2. First, WTF are you doing trusting anything that CNBD- has to say? Second, I bet her dumb ass has a cup of Joe as soon as her feet hit the floor. We are old enough to know what we like, when we like it, how we like it, and why we like it, without compromise. I am not a coffee drinker, but respect the need for it early on to get the juices flowing.

  3. Mornings are too short when you have to be at work early. I am not about to wake up at 4 just to wait 90 minutes before coffee! haha! I’ll have to rely on your data for this one. Let me know how it goes. I am a caffeine as-soon-as-I-wake-up and all-the-way-til-I-leave-for-work kinda gal. On the weekends, I’ve seen some value in keeping my schedule consistent, so I don’t see me experimenting much. Unless you say you notice a HUGE difference. Then I will think again. You didn’t steer me wrong on the Frango’s afterall. 😉 I do think there might be some wisdom in the nap thing. I mentioned something similar in a blog about my nighttime sleep which is scheduled to publish tomorrow.

  4. Well, I am usually the first one up so I make the coffee. I do drink hot water with lemon first and it takes about 5 minutes or so for the coffee to brew so I’m not really drinking it the instant I get up but I’m not waiting 45 minutes either. I drink at least a pot (5-6 cups) every morning but then don’t usually drink any the rest of the day. Interesting premise though.

    • I like hot water and lemon, too. I am trying that instead of the coffee first thing. When I got home from my walk today, I drank coffee. I have to say that I felt more awake today. Whether or not that had to do with me waiting to drink coffee, I have no idea. It might have been because I had an 8:30 a.m. meeting to take over the community newsletter with the woman who has done it for 15 years.

  5. As soon as I wake up, I always have my coffee in my tumbler. But I don’t drink an entire tumbler. Because I drink my coffee slowly, the tumbler is insulated to keep it warm.

    I love how your husband brings it to you. That’s sweet.
    If my husband is not traveling, he will make it for me as well.

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