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Can Coffee Help Us Boost Our Focus?

Besides cooking, the writer is also a Barista with The Bulb Coffee, with 3 years experience as a Barista.

A group of colleagues having coffee during a meeting

A group of colleagues having coffee during a meeting

When we wake up in the morning, what is the first thing we do? Yes, wash-up and get ready to make a coffee.

That first coffee of the day seems to be the one that fuel us for the day ahead. My example would be a black coffee in the morning and an optional latte in the after lunch and that will fuel me for the rest of the day.

You may have questioned your conscious mind, “why is this happening to me every day?”, that’s because, the first coffee of the day is like a starting the car engine with a new engine oil.

Jokes aside, most scientists say that Coffee is a focus booster, basically it helps with boosting our minds so that we function well mentally and physically.

In this article today, we will look at how coffee helps increase our focus span hence helping us boost our problem-solving skills. Also, at the end of this article, we will look at how consuming coffee improves our writing skills.

Kids are meeting in coffee shops and basements figuring out what's unsustainable in their communities. That's the future.

— Ian Somerhalder

Coffee as a focus booster

Picture of a person doing work while in a cafe

Picture of a person doing work while in a cafe

If you noticed, some of us like to work in coffee shops, this is because, based on Anna Brones, in her article “The link between coffee and creativity”, the ambient noise around coffee shops has shown to be conductive to creative cognition.

Basically, by putting creativity into the mix, we can see that the brain is more active when drinking coffee, also from Anna Brones’s article, the brain fires a neuron produced by a by-product called adenosine.

Caffeine basically blocks these adenosine receptors which keeps us feeling alert and at the top of our game, this helps to keep us away from feeling sleepy and gives us the focus we need for our concentration.

From a personal experience point of view, I have had accounts of coming up with crazy ideas for my college assignments after having a cup of coffee.

How coffee helps with our Problem-Solving skills?

Picture of a "Coffee solves problems" mug

Picture of a "Coffee solves problems" mug

Continuing from the section above, Coffee is indeed a focus booster, which means it helps with solving problems quickly and accurately, it is helpful especially in brain-storming sessions.

In an article from, it states that there are 2 thinking task that are required for the brain to work in different ways, the “convergent thinking” and the “Divergent thinking”. Let’s look at both below:

Convergent Thinking

Convergent thinking is an ability to help someone come up with a correct solution where it requires the cognitive process of executive control and focused attention, these can be found in Caffeine as it helps to stimulate the central nervous system which will make you more energized, focused, alert and awake according to Medlineplus.

Divergent Thinking

The second is Divergent thinking where it is a wide range of responses to interesting thoughts you normally get, and it is great for brain storming sessions.

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This requires spontaneous thoughts to work and it is said that due to coffee’s effect to the brain, one can solve problems quick and effectively.

How does it help with our writing skills?

Writing and coffee

Writing and coffee

As of writing this article, the writer is drinking a cup of black coffee with one spoon of sugar.

Well, it is evident that coffee could increase the creative span of a writer especially when trying to find ideas on what to write. As said above, coffee stimulates our minds through caffeine.

Writing is mentally de-energizing especially during the brainstorming process and the research process, many writers use coffee to keep themselves focused on the task they have.

Blogger, Julia Monroe Martin said, besides keeping you awake, coffee helps with keeping you energized especially when you need to focus on boring and repetitive tasks where it is very helpful with any kind of business or technical writing.

At this point, coffee is not just a beverage, it is a great supporting partner when you’re writing, it guides you to the right sites, the right words and the right structure.

Hold up! We can't take in too much caffeine!

Although Caffeine has its wonderful properties, it is important to remember that too much is never good, over stimulation from coffee can cause problems like, insomnia, sleep related problems and fatigue. Many writers recommend us to drink just 2 cups a day to keep a balance.

Everyone is different when it comes to coffee consumption, some people can drink 3 and still sleep well at night.

It depends on metabolism levels and genetics, based on an example by Kirkpatrick, the higher the metabolism, the higher the tolerance to coffee they will be. Basically, listen to your body when it tells you to stop.


Pictures of the different types of artisan coffee.

Pictures of the different types of artisan coffee.

Using the praise, “an apple a day, keep the doctor away” as a reference point, I’m creating one called “a cup of coffee a day, keeps your focus ahead”.

With balance, caffeine can be a great helper when we are doing tasks that require deep thinking, just remember, its quality over quantity and drink your coffee in a balanced manner. Have a good cuppa today and hope you get many ideas.

Before we go, here's a link to my other article "Coffees loved by South East Asia".

  • Coffee Loved by South East Asians
    Today, we go deeper into the types of Coffee loved by the people of South East Asia. From the famous, Vietnamese Egg Coffee, to the most expensive coffee in the world, the "Kopi Luwak". Lets partake on this adventure together!

Before you go, lets have a poll!

© 2020 Nigel Koay


Nigel Koay (author) from Malaysia on November 03, 2020:

Hey Liz, yeah, coffee is a booster to our minds, there are still more science behind how caffiene boosts our minds to focus better, will look into it soon haha. Hope you enjoyed the read.

Liza from USA on November 03, 2020:

Coffee certainly helps me to focus on things I wanted to achieve particularly, on that day. It helps to boost my energy level before I start work out as well.

Nigel Koay (author) from Malaysia on November 02, 2020:

Hey Lakshmi, we are wondering the same, like you said, coffee, choc and lemon tea, all the best things to give us a refreshed mind.

Lakshmi from Chennai on November 02, 2020:

Hi Nigel Koay, The article is interesting, and yes, certain things like coffee, dark chocolates, and lemon tea help to get refreshments when we are in a confused state but I don't know the scientific reasons behind that.

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