Java Jolt: 5 Reasons Morning Coffee Is The Breakfast Of Champions

by Jason Parks

Everyone knows that awful sound of an alarm clock buzzing early in the morning.

The one motivation many Millennials have after hitting the snooze button is the cup of joe calling their name.

Sixty percent of US coffee drinkers claim they need a cup of coffee to start their day. The real question is, how the hell do the other 40 percent of people survive?!

Whether you’re getting your java from the kitchen or a nearby Starbucks, a caffeinated beverage can be the differentiating factor between you having a productive morning, or acting like a zombie. It is no coincidence that $18 billion is spent on specialty coffee each year in the United States alone.

I’ve made it known to my coworkers if I don’t have a cup of coffee in the morning, I’m not going to be the friendliest person. It is with good reason that, above our coffee maker at the office, there is a sign that blatantly states, “Give me coffee and nobody gets hurt.”

Wheaties might want to consider handing over its slogan, “The Breakfast of Champions” to the brewed beverage prepared from roasted coffee beans, as your caffeinated beverage will actually make you a better person in the morning. Here are the reasons why:

1. Coffee gives you more energy and helps boost productivity.

Did you know that generally, people are most productive within two to three hours of waking up?

Adding a cup of coffee can further boost that productivity.

It is always a good idea to work on your hardest tasks first thing in the morning. Your cup of joe will just add more fuel to the fire during this productive timespan.

2. Coffee sparks creativity.

If I try to work in the morning without a cup of coffee, it is a struggle. But once I take that first sip of caffeine, my creative ideas start to flow! Since I’m in marketing, my cup of coffee is essential to tap into my creative side.

Benjamin Franklin hung out at coffee shops before it was a thing, and Teddy Roosevelt drank one gallon of coffee every day.

Some of the most historic figures in history, famous for their game-changing ideas, drank coffee.

3. Coffee makes you more social.

Before my morning cup of coffee, I’m like Oscar the Grouch. I’m not in the mood to talk to anyone.

But after I finish my cup of joe, I turn into a Chatty Cathy. I’m in the mood to talk to all of my colleagues, and I become social. When you are a friendly person, it's definitely better for everyone around you.

Small to medium amounts of caffeine (up to 300 mg), can speed up the brain and central nervous system so you feel more awake. It also increases your concentration and alertness.

4. Coffee connects you with others.

I seem to instantly connect with other coffee drinkers. When it is 7 in the morning and I see another one of my associates eagerly awaiting their daily cup of coffee, I am just able to connect with them.

I feel like they are going through the same morning battle as I am. I will often meet my friends or coworkers at a coffee shop in the morning, to discuss work or life.

According to a study by Harvard, 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day. There is a strong likelihood that you’ll make some connections, since the majority of our country downs the java.

5. Coffee makes you happier.

A study done by the National Institute of Health found that those who drink four or more cups of coffee per day are about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who have never touched coffee.

Personally, I’m a much happier person when I get my java, and statistics back me up.

I confidently know I’m not the only who feels this way.

So, the next time you take a sip of coffee, raise your mug and toast all the other coffee drinkers.

Please don’t worry about the 40 percent of people who don’t need a cup of coffee to start their day. We don’t want them making the line at Starbucks any longer, nor should we have to wait for extensive amounts of time at the Keurig machine.