Morning Coffee

If you could take a pill every morning that would be guaranteed to wake you up – more quickly and more efficiently and more reliably than your morning coffee – would you switch?

Our six-year-old says, “No.” But then again, what does he know about morning coffee?

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7 Responses to Morning Coffee

  1. RB says:

    No. There’s something about the ritual of coffee…

  2. RB says:

    Taking a pill would be like hitting that Easy button from those Staples commercials. Sure it’d skip to the end, and the desired result would be there. But I would feel cheated, like I’d had a much less fulfilling or complete experience.

    So I think we don’t drink coffee just because it wakes us up in the morning. I think that’s one reason, but that reason doesn’t capture the totality of the scene. There’s the experience of drinking coffee that isn’t accounted for. The smell, the taste, the sound of beans grinding (or not), and the slow, deliberate act of drinking the coffee to get to that caffeinated wakefulness. It seems that drinking coffee is more purposive than taking a pill would be, or that it somehow more closely connects us to our day by keeping this morning ritual.

  3. w says:

    Yes. And then I’d drink my damn coffee.

  4. Zach says:

    Well, I haven’t switched to Red Bull in the morning.

  5. Simon says:

    I switched to caffeine pills to both save money and because I prefer juice over coffee. I drew some graphs to make sure I was right. Needless to say, I’m an econ major.

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