Coffee Advice from former Googlers

Two former Googlers, Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky who worked on Gmail and YouTube, have some advice for handling your caffeine habit.

They suggest you not drink coffee first thing. Perhaps wait until after 9:30 am. Cortisol is highest before that so its not needed earlier.

They say that caffeine doesn’t give an energy boost but prevents energy from waning. “If you wait until you are tired, it’s too late.” Since energy level goes down after lunch, have your second coffee half hour in advance.

If you miss that second cup in time, they suggest you take a nap.

Instead of another big cup of coffee in the afternoon, switch to tea or espresso (small cup), which have less caffeine.

Use proper timing for your last cup. Caffeine half-life it 5-6 hours so if your last cup is 4pm, you will still have half the effect of the caffeine at bedtime.

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You might want to rethink drinking those fancy coffee drinks.

@thefitnesschef_ on Instagram has an infographic showing some Starbucks drinks and the calories they contain. The drinks listed are based on the size called Grande with 2% milk and whipped cream for the frappuccinos. Your best bet is the plain Caffe Americano showing 0 calories (of course before anything is added.) The next lowest calorie count listed on the infographic isn’t even coffee…it’s Teavana® Shaken Iced Passion Tango™ Tea.

You don’t have to rely on just this infographic. If you need more information, you can go right to the Starbucks website and look at the nutrition listed for all their drinks. They have a separate nutrition listing for their food as well. When I look at some of the calorie counts for a single cookie – that’s more than some people have for whole meal.

It’s not a pleasant subject but you should be aware of the calories you are consuming.

A Cup of Coffee, an Act of Kindness

A New Jersey woman got a thrill at a local WaWa Store. Ruth Reed, a grade school substitute, was at a WaWa in Medford, NJ. She tries to pay for the bill for someone at WaWa once a week, a resolution she made and kept for three years.

One day this past week, she saw someone struggling to pay his bill. Standing in line behind him, thinking he was someone down on his luck, she jumped in and agreed to pay and explained about her resolution. When she asked him what his name was, he said it was it was Keith. She then told him he looked like Keith Urban. He said he was! You never know who you might be helping!

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Starbucks leaving straws behind

If you love Starbucks iced coffee and cold drinks, you won’t be able to drink it using a straw by the year 2020. They announced they will be doing away with straws and going to recyclable strawless lid. They have already made the move in more than 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada and will move to the others (over 28,000 globally) by the year 2020. Additionally they will begin offering straws made of alternative recyclable materials such as paper or compostable plastic for their Frappuccino® beverages by request.

They hope to be the leaders of the trend to focus on sustainability for other companies to follow and stem the ocean plastic. Cold beverages now account for over 50% of Starbucks beverages so straw usage has been climbing.

Other trends they have followed for sustainability include ethically-sourced coffee at 99%; charging 5p per paper cup in the London to promote reusability; discounting customers who bring a reusable cup or tumber to company-owned stores to name a few.

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Coffee People: the Zine

There’s a new zine for coffee lovers. It is by, for, and about coffee people. These are artists. Coffee artists. Think baristas. Started by Kat Melheim, a Denver, Colorado barista, the zine focuses on everything coffee. Noticing that those involved in the coffee industry also have side art projects, she wanted to focus on the creativity of them. She wanted to connect coffee people to each other through their related fields.

She is currently taking submissions for the next zine. For more info see her website.

You can listen to her podcast on SoundCloud.