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This blog is dedicated to the silent hero sitting in your cup. As is our theory, behind every great painting, every Oscar-winning film, every weepy poem is someone jacked up on coffee. Scroll through for quick, fun tidbits on all things caffeine and art—best read with a hot cup of java in hand! (P.S. Keep an eye out for discount codes hidden throughout!)

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Hello there, socially-minded coffee-guzzling artist!

We’ve told you about the metal straws and all about painting masterpieces using excess coffee grounds—but what we haven’t gotten around to telling you is that, if you bring 13 plastic bottles to recycle at our location, we’ll give you a FREE Americano!

We’ve got a pretty good reason why.



The plastic bottle is the bane of the environmentalist’s existence. If there were ever a symbol that expressed, “I don’t care,” a plastic bottle would be it. Sites of great natural beauty are littered with thousands of these bottles, and it’s not stopping anytime soon.


Earthday.org has put together a list of 9 important facts about single-use plastic. Fact #2 really stuck out:

“Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total.”

By the time you’re done re-watching the Holiday Armadillo episode of Friends, 23,000,000 bottles of water will have been bought. Only 23% of those will be recycled. The rest will act as morbid decoration at your local UNESCO World Heritage site.

Golly! —I was already down after the very first piece of info I read when googling “plastic bottle facts.” Here it is (if you’d like to be as down as I am):

“Plastic bottles require up to 700 years to dissolve.”

700 years. That’s a sobering thought. And we just keep adding to it. In 2016, the world produced 335 million metric tons of plastic.

Yeesh.


Well, we’ve got one hand holding a paintbrush, the other a piping hot cup of coffee, and our mind focused firmly on greener future. A great deal work needs to be done, but it’s doable.

On that note, let’s start collecting those bottles!


Hello there, coffee-addled artiste!

We firmly believe is art is for everyone, and that everyone is an artist. We also know that there’s a condition very specific to the artist: the random strike of inspiration! You could be sitting down with a friend, enjoying a conversation about whether you can or cannot describe water as wet, and an unexpected vision of utmost beauty and kaleidoscopic vastness appears! Oh, but you can’t suddenly start painting right now—it’ll be rude! Your friend was just getting to the etymology! But you need to sketch it out quick, before it eludes you—we know how ideas are, as rare and rare can be.



Well, at our little, ol’ café, you don’t need to disrupt the flow of conversation to find a sketchbook. All you gotta do is look left or right, and you’re bound to find one (we’ve got so much art here, we’re at an overflow!) If, on the very rare occasion, there is no sketchbook, just ask—a sketchbook will appear post-haste (delivered with the great pleasure of knowing it’ll be put to good use). Best part? You’ll get a chance to claim a free cup of coffee at the end of every week!




Oh, the artist’s mind. It’s a wondrous thing.

And when you pair it with coffee, darn-near unstoppable.


Recently, I was scrolling through articles written in 2015 (as I often do on Tuesdays), and came across a startling discovery. I can’t bring myself to say it—too painful, almost—so I’m just going to quote the author of this article. Just promise not to shut the tab right after.

This is from Anna Brones’ article, “The Link between Coffee and Creativity”:



"Some research shows that, contrary to popular belief, coffee may inhibit creativity. When we drink coffee, the caffeine goes to your brain, and when your brain is active, the firing neurons produce a byproduct called adenosine. When adenosine levels get high, that’s your brain’s cue that it’s time to take a break, at which point you become drowsy.


Caffeine actually blocks the adenosine receptors, which keeps you feeling alert and on top of your game, even when your brain would usually be trying to slow down a bit. Because of this, coffee not only increases our energy and keeps us from being sleepy, but it helps our concentration. That’s why when we drink a cup of coffee before working, we feel like we can focus and get things done."





We hate to say it, but according to the scientists, the connection between coffee and creativity is, in fact, overblown. Wait! Don’t leave just yet—that particular correlation is overblown, but you know what isn’t? Concentration.


In short, coffee doesn’t make you creative—what it does is heighten concentration during a task—and, in the midst of all that intense focus, the best ideas are finessed. When you’re at the canvas, coffee pushes you the extra mile. That okay rendering of a human hand is worked and worked until you could almost shake it. This coffee-concertation milks that extra quart from the great cow udder that is capital-A Art. I could not have written that last sentence without the help of coffee. “Extra quart”? It’s brilliant! Thank you, caffeine. Without that doppio, I would’ve been perfectly happy to have left it as, “Coffee makes you really, really good at stuff and things. Like super good. Really.”


On that note, let’s drink some discounted coffee at our cafe! Ask our barista for the "Blog Readers Discount" and receive 20% off of our espresso!

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