Hello there, coffee-addled artiste!

We firmly believe is art is for everyone, and that everyone is an artist. We also know that there’s a condition very specific to the artist: the random strike of inspiration! You could be sitting down with a friend, enjoying a conversation about whether you can or cannot describe water as wet, and an unexpected vision of utmost beauty and kaleidoscopic vastness appears! Oh, but you can’t suddenly start painting right now—it’ll be rude! Your friend was just getting to the etymology! But you need to sketch it out quick, before it eludes you—we know how ideas are, as rare and rare can be.

Well, at our little, ol’ café, you don’t need to disrupt the flow of conversation to find a sketchbook. All you gotta do is look left or right, and you’re bound to find one (we’ve got so much art here, we’re at an overflow!) If, on the very rare occasion, there is no sketchbook, just ask—a sketchbook will appear post-haste (delivered with the great pleasure of knowing it’ll be put to good use). Best part? You’ll get a chance to claim a free cup of coffee at the end of every week!

Oh, the artist’s mind. It’s a wondrous thing.

And when you pair it with coffee, darn-near unstoppable.

Recently, I was scrolling through articles written in 2015 (as I often do on Tuesdays), and came across a startling discovery. I can’t bring myself to say it—too painful, almost—so I’m just going to quote the author of this article. Just promise not to shut the tab right after.

This is from Anna Brones’ article, “The Link between Coffee and Creativity”:

"Some research shows that, contrary to popular belief, coffee may inhibit creativity. When we drink coffee, the caffeine goes to your brain, and when your brain is active, the firing neurons produce a byproduct called adenosine. When adenosine levels get high, that’s your brain’s cue that it’s time to take a break, at which point you become drowsy.

Caffeine actually blocks the adenosine receptors, which keeps you feeling alert and on top of your game, even when your brain would usually be trying to slow down a bit. Because of this, coffee not only increases our energy and keeps us from being sleepy, but it helps our concentration. That’s why when we drink a cup of coffee before working, we feel like we can focus and get things done."

We hate to say it, but according to the scientists, the connection between coffee and creativity is, in fact, overblown. Wait! Don’t leave just yet—that particular correlation is overblown, but you know what isn’t? Concentration.

In short, coffee doesn’t make you creative—what it does is heighten concentration during a task—and, in the midst of all that intense focus, the best ideas are finessed. When you’re at the canvas, coffee pushes you the extra mile. That okay rendering of a human hand is worked and worked until you could almost shake it. This coffee-concertation milks that extra quart from the great cow udder that is capital-A Art. I could not have written that last sentence without the help of coffee. “Extra quart”? It’s brilliant! Thank you, caffeine. Without that doppio, I would’ve been perfectly happy to have left it as, “Coffee makes you really, really good at stuff and things. Like super good. Really.”

On that note, let’s drink some discounted coffee at our cafe! Ask our barista for the "Blog Readers Discount" and receive 20% off of our espresso!

I remember reading once that Beethoven, for his morning coffee, individually picked the coffee beans he wanted to ground. He inspected every single one—all 60. And it had to be 60. Always 60. He would not deviate. Uncompromising, like every great artist. Dark. Broody. Complex. You’d only have to listen to the pieces to know that, were he to have 59 beans, or—one better—61 beans, Moonlight Sonata, or Piano Sonata No. 23 In F Minor, Op. 57 wouldn’t even be close to reaching their musical perfection.

Anyway, I’d almost suspect that as Beethoven was tragically losing his hearing, his …drinkage of coffee shot through the roof. That’s the only way to explain those final pieces. One of the very last things he composed, “Emperor”, is one of the hardest pieces ever to play on piano. Not only must your hands be large enough to crush watermelon, and your fingers long enough to cap with a flag, but you must sip gallons upon gallons of sweetened coffee beforehand just to reach those notes in time—and that’s just allegro!

[Becasue you made it this far in this article, you deserve 20% off of your next Americano order at our cafe. Just shout BEETHOVEN and the barista will have you covered]

So, take your coffee like Beethoven: dark, broody, but complex and plentiful. An Americano perhaps—And not just any Americano, but one from our Bushido Blend Esmeralda roast, which was lovingly grown in the Alta Mogiana region in Brazil.

Happy sipping!

(And here’s something to listen to while you do):