The Perfect: Drug

Perfect Drug Coffee
Coffee

Let’s face it, nothing beats a good cup of coffee. It’s the world’s most commonly used drug, and for good reasons. This holy bean gives us energy, focus, attention, art and possibly enlightenment. Nothing beats coffee for getting through the bologna of every day, one cup at a time.

As Luck Would Have It

There is a popular Ethiopian legend wherein coffee is discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi, who found his goats frolicking and full of energy after eating the red fruit of the coffee shrub. Kaldi tried the fruit for himself and had a similar reaction.

Honestly, it doesn’t matter how coffee was discovered. What matters is that, thankfully, it is here to stay. Second only to oil, coffee is the most valuable, legally traded commodity in the world. It is estimated that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day worldwide.

Coffee is a daily ritual in the lives of millions of humans around the globe. New Yorkers are said to drink 7 times the amount of any other U.S. city, which is why it may seem like there is a Starbucks on every corner of Manhattan.

“There really aren’t many things as universally loved as coffee. Not just loved, but relied upon. Grandmothers, school teachers, doctors, students, cashiers, soccer moms—everyone, it seems, loves coffee and the ritual of it. When we wake up in the morning all groggy, it’s not just the brew we look forward to, but the process of putting it together.”

“There really aren’t many things as universally loved as coffee. Not just loved, but relied upon. Grandmothers, school teachers, doctors, students, cashiers, soccer moms—everyone, it seems, loves coffee and the ritual of it. When we wake up in the morning all groggy, it’s not just the brew we look forward to, but the process of putting it together, whether that means carefully grinding and dosing your coffee for a meticulously prepared pourover Kalita; throwing grounds and water into a French press to brew while you unload the dishwasher; hitting the “on” switch on your old Mr. Coffee; or yawning down the street to your local cafe to get a cup of what they’re brewing. It’s ritual—it’s important. And when you finally have that cup of whatever in your hands—espresso, filter coffee, a latte, a cold brew—you suddenly have this magic power to face the day. There’s really nothing quite as special to so many people as coffee.”

Start Your Morning Perfectly

A cup of coffee in the morning may pack more than just an energy boost. More and more research is emerging to suggest that there may be several health benefits associated with drinking this caffeinated concoction, from helping prevent diabetes to lowering the risk of liver disease.

On top of all that, you get digestive help, and a nice feel-good dose of dopamine, similar to other stimulants but without the strong withdrawal. And when you are feeling the pains of a drained head, just take the hair of the dog and down another. And with no possible overdose, there’s not really a reason to stop drinking coffee. It’s no wonder we’ve been brewing coffee for thousands of years.

“I think coffee snobbery (or snobbery of anything that is more of a vice than a virtue) is a good thing. I’m not a drink-all-day-from-a-big-gulp-container coffee drinker. I like to keep my caffeine consumption just below ‘gets a headache if misses a dose’. I actually kind of wish I was an every other day coffee drinker, because the less you drink the more spectacular an effect the caffeine has on you.”

“I definitely drink coffee and I’m a bit of a snob about it—but I think coffee snobbery (or snobbery of anything that is more of a vice than a virtue) is a good thing*. I’m not a drink-all-day-from-a-big-gulp-container coffee drinker. I prefer espresso based drinks (an americano if I’m having it with a pastry and a latte or cappuccino if I’m not) and I have a maximum of two per day. I like to keep my caffeine consumption just below ‘gets a headache if misses a dose’. I actually kind of wish I was an every other day coffee drinker, because the less you drink the more spectacular an effect the caffeine has on you.

*I only eat dessert if it’s amazing. Or bread. It keeps me from ruining my appetite with shitty dinner rolls or ending an amazing meal on a low note and a sugar headache.”

Coffee Talk

Coffee brings people together. From Starbucks to the show Friends, coffee is part of the fiber of our culture in America and all around the world. It has always been a communal beverage, inspiring conversation and community.

“For our team, coffee is a major tool of the trade. Everyone in the studio drinks coffee in the morning, so it’s part of our morning ritual to go out for coffee or we all might sit around and talk about a project over our coffee. We often meet clients at coffee shops as a way to avoid having meetings disrupt the flow of the studio.”

“For our team, coffee is a major tool of the trade. Everyone in the studio drinks coffee in the morning, so it’s part of our morning ritual to go out for coffee or we all might sit around and talk about a project over our coffee. We often meet clients at coffee shops as a way to avoid having meetings disrupt the flow of the studio. We also use the coffee run as way to have one-on-one conversations with coworkers. “Wanna grab a cup of coffee?” is basically code around here for “Hey, can we chat?” And honestly, some of the best on-the-fly conversation and problem solving happens on those walks to the coffee shop and back.”

Pros and Con…centrate

Unlike some of the the other fun drugs like beer and weed, coffee is a not a depressant, it is a stimulant. This means it speeds up communication throughout the brain to the body, which makes you feel alert and awake. You can enjoy this all guilt-free as there are no serious side effects to coffee (unless consider wanting to get off your keister a side effect).

The Pleasure of that First Morning Cup of CoffeeSure you may have a slight come-down after a couple of hours of no-coffee, but it is nothing like it’s evil brother Cocaine or Speed, which can cause you to rob your grandmother for $16 and a couple of copies of Reader’s Digest.

Now, this is not to say that Weed, Ecstasy, Adderall, Xanax, Ketamine, LSD or other drugs do not have some amazing properties that, on their own, can provide you something coffee can not, but objectively, they all have their own distinct disadvantages that will quickly outweigh those of coffee. Just try doing those drugs 30 days in a row and then stopping.

It’s legal. There is no where in the world where you have to go down some dark alley to buy a cup of coffee. It has the pleasure of not only being legal but also being readily available in every corner of the Earth.

Coffee for the Win

We sure do love our coffee here at AR Design. Whether starting our day writing emails or getting a few more productive hours out of our evening, coffee is our fuel.

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