These 8 gorgeous coffeemakers will make coffee-drinking a creative ritual

Many creative types follow rituals, personal practices that are not directly related to writing, composing or painting but nevertheless have to be strictly observed. These rituals can be as mundane as moving table ornaments around before any ink is put on paper, like Charles Dickens’; or as strange as writing without your clothes on, like what Victor Hugo and Ernest Hemingway did.

If you find lining up office items is too uninspiring for you to copy, or birthday suits aren’t allowed in your workplace, there is, however, one ritual that might suit your taste, as it did everyone’s, from Honore de Balzac’s to Margaret Atwood’s: drinking coffee.

Perhaps no other foodstuff has been strongly linked to creativity than coffee. Every major writer, composer, painter, dancer, etc. drink the liquid and sing praises for it – sometimes, literally, in the case of Bach, who wrote the Coffee Cantata. For something that used to be banned by the  Catholic Church for being an “evil drink”, coffee has come a long way.

Brew single cups of coffee with these coffeemakers from BonaVita and OXO Good Grips:

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BonaVita | Immersion Dripper – $39.99
International shipping weight – 1.5 kg
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OXO Good Grips | Pour-Over Coffee Maker with Water Tank – $15.99
International shipping weight – 1.0 kg
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Boosting alertness

At the heart of our love affair with coffee is its immediate effect on our mood. For most of us, a cup of coffee is all it takes to banish traces of sleepiness in the morning and to achieve that second lease of life in the afternoon. Caffeine does this by blocking adenosine, a hormone that lowers our energy levels and brings about sleep. With the adenosine suppressed,  the stimulating hormones like adrenaline are now free to promote alertness.

Have freshly brewed coffee any time of the day with these programmable coffeemakers
from Mr. Coffee, Behmor, and Moccamaster

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Mr. Coffee | Optimal Brew – $99.99
International shipping weight – 7.0 kg
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Behmor | Brazen Plus – $150.40
International shipping weight – 5.0 kg
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Moccamaster | Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe – $308.00
International shipping weight – 7.0 kg
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Improving learning

While coffee’s alertness-boosting property has been universally recognized, its effect on quality of learning and decision-making remains a subject of debate. For every study that shows a positive result, there is one that shows it has no significant influence whatsoever.  But in recent years, more studies have been confirming coffee’s beneficial effects on cognition.

For instance, a study published in PLOS One, an open-access journal, suggests that drinking coffee leads to better learning of new words.  On the other hand, an article published in the journal Nutrition in 2010 reviews a large body of studies and lists 17 benefits of coffee on cognition. They include an increased ability to concentrate and focus, solve problems that need reasoning, and make decisions.

Vacuum-brew your coffee with this coffeemaker from KitchenAid

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Kitchen Aid | Siphon Coffee Brewer – $249.99
International shipping weight – 8.0 kg
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Enjoy freshly ground coffee anywhere with Wacaco Minipresso

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Wacaco | Minipresso – $59.00
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg
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Preventing dementia

There is also evidence that drinking coffee lowers the risk of contracting dementia in old age. A 2009 study shows that study participants, aged 65 to 79,  who drank three to five cups of coffee for 21 years are less prone to developing dementia. Another study, published in 2012, makes a connection between drinking coffee and a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.

Look forward to making coffee with a beautiful coffeemaker like this one from Ratio

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Ratio | Eight – $595.00
International shipping weight – 7.0 kg
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Promoting overall health

We can take a holistic path here and argue that coffee fosters creativity, however indirectly, by promoting overall health.  Coffee has been widely recognized to be a source of antioxidants, substances naturally present in food that fight diseases by preventing cellular damage. In a 2015 article in the New York Times, Dr. Aaron E. Carroll reviews several studies on coffee and its health benefits. Among the advantages of drinking coffee Dr. Carroll tackles  is lowered risk of having chonic diseases like liver cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. He points out these studies are referring to black coffee, served without sugar, milk or cream.

Does this mean we should now start consuming coffee as we would consume water? As every health public service advertisement has always emphasized, anything that’s excessive – from alcohol to gambling —  will turn out to be harmful than helpful. Too much coffee can cause palpitations, jitters, and distracted sleep, which  saddle, instead of unleash, your full creativity.

At the end of the day, creativity is a matter of skill: we become masters of our craft by diligently writing, composing, painting, and dancing through upleasant conditions. Rituals alone can’t make you come up with an opera or a painting; hard work can. At best, those weird rituals put the brain in a familiar place every time we work, so working doesn’t feel like reinventing the wheel each time.  But should you choose one, pick something that’s steaming, tasty, and gives you that jolt of energy when you need it.

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