If you had none at home, would you go out and get coffee in a blizzard?


History lesson

Caffeine has changed the course of history

  • Hey, you know how we all love to start our day with a cup of joe? Well, it turns out caffeine has been kick-starting our days for centuries. It's not just about waking up; it's about transforming societies into superpowers. Yeah, you heard that right!
  • Picture this; it's the 9th century; traders bring coffee plants from Ethiopia to the Middle East. What happens next? A stunning transformation! Advances in mathematics, philosophy, astronomy, medicine, you name it. They called it the Islamic golden age. Cool, huh?
  • Now, let's jump to the Tang dynasty in the 7th century. Tea was no longer just for monks; it became a people's beverage. And guess what? China experienced its most revered golden age. Coincidence? I think not!
  • Fast forward to 16th-century Europe. Tea and coffee land on its shores, and boom! Europe experiences its greatest transformations. It's like caffeine was the secret sauce for progress.
  • Here's a fun fact, in 18th-century England and France, coffee shops were the only places where men of different classes could mix. They even called them "penny universities." You paid a penny for a cup of coffee and indulged in free media consumption. Talk about a deal!
  • But it wasn't just about socializing; caffeine became the ideal drug for those seeking alertness, energy, focus, and attention to detail. Especially for laborers working with machines, bookkeeping, and numbers. A mind dulled by alcohol was a hazard to both safety and productivity.
  • Caffeine didn't just change the way we work; it changed when we work. Before coffee, tea, and energy drinks, people simply worked from sunrise to sunset. The idea of a late shift, let alone a night shift, was inconceivable. Caffeine liberated us from our dependence on daylight, unlocking new levels of productivity never seen before.
  • In the 1950s, US textile companies noticed that, after offering their female workers short breaks with tea and coffee, these women became much more productive, endured longer working hours, and produced higher quality work. Thus, the coffee break was born, and with it, unprecedented US economic growth.
  • Now, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. Too much caffeine can lead to adverse side effects and addiction. Some of us might not even realize we're addicted. But once you do, you can decide how to proceed with what's best for your health.
  • So, next time you're sipping on your morning coffee or afternoon tea, remember you're not just enjoying a beverage; you're participating in a centuries-old tradition that has shaped the world as we know it. Cheers to that!
Joselyn, Heywise Staff

Quiz WriterJoselyn, Heywise Staff

Joselyn wasn’t too keen on multiple choice in high school. She vividly remembers the first biology exam she passed by only the skin of her teeth, which dragged her overall average down into the embarrassingly low 90s (she doesn’t want to talk about it). After swearing off any high school or university courses that required multiple choice tests, Joselyn managed to get an English degree by sweet-talking her professors into offering only essay-style exams. Needless to say, this did not exactly endear her to her peers. This rocky start smoothed out in time, though, and after tumbling down a black quiz hole one day while putting off job hunting, Joselyn realized her hatred of all things a-b-or-c had faded and she actually enjoyed dreaming up new ideas for questions and dangerously correct-sounding answers. You won’t find her quizzes an easy ride, but Joselyn just wants to make sure you’re really testing your knowledge.

Did you know?

How much caffeine are you ingesting every day?

According to the Food and Drug Administration, 400 milligrams per day is typically considered acceptable for healthy adults. Depending on a person's individual health, that amount might need to be more or less. Your doctor can advise you on what your amount should be according to your specific health condition.

The Center For Science in the Public Interest has a handy caffeine chart detailing the amount of caffeine in many popular types of food and beverages based on their respective serving sizes. While some, especially food, are relatively low in caffeine, others have moderate amounts, and some are surprisingly high.

It's not just about the amount of caffeine you consume daily, although that does play a part. It's also about how your body responds to it when you have it, and when you don't, that could indicate if you have a caffeine addiction.

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