Preserving the Power of Coffee

The Best Part of Waking Up

You wake up, slip on your slippers. It’s 6 am. The world is just waking up, and you with it. First stop, bathroom. Second stop, the coffee maker. You make your AeroPress, or French press, or drip coffee, or whatever you like. It’s not about the coffee at this point, it’s about the ritual.

Their coffee might not be great, but Folgers had one thing right – it’s the best part of waking up.

Coffee is a wonderful beverage, habit, ritual, bringer together, and so much more. Even Jerry Seinfeld has an entire TV show based on it.

It’s also a tool. Coffee, or more specifically, caffeine, is a wonderful tool used by millions to give them energy, to open their minds, and to produce a more profound level work. I don’t mean those who drink coffee to wake up. No, I mean the people that know the true magic of coffee. A cup of coffee before writing can unlock worlds. Tim Ferriss was the first to introduce me to the use of caffeine as a tool, and I’ve used it ever since.

It’s self-medication, alright. In the best possible way.

But the effect of caffeine wears off over time. You build a tolerance to it. And like a crack addict chasing his first high, you can never get the same boost that you used to get. Especially if you consume it daily.

If you’re a daily drinker, then your body has probably built up quite a resistance to caffeine, and it might be time for a coffee reset.

Ever wonder why coffee works? ASAPScience breaks it down:

How to Keep the High

There’s a really simple technique for preserving that coffee high. And it’s going to be awfully painful for some of you to try, but I guarantee when it’s over, you’ll love it.

Quit drinking coffee for a week. That’s it. If you want to return to that amazing original effect coffee used to have, then quit drinking for a week. Every 4 weeks.

That’s right, every 4th week, drink absolutely no coffee. Why every 4th? 3 weeks on coffee is not enough to develop any dependency, and thus, you avoid the dreaded caffeine headaches.

If you want to go longer, that’s fine – experiment with it – maybe 6 weeks is better, or 8. But for me, it’s every 4th week. Three on, one off.

Set it up in your calendar, and set it on repeat. I go Monday to Sunday, but you might go Sunday to Saturday, if you’d like to have a day to ease into it.

Blast this Infernal Headache!

The first time you try going off coffee, you will almost certainly have horrid headaches. If that’s the case, you can power through them, and just drink plenty of water.

If the headaches are too much to deal with, then try cutting a glass of water with just a dash or two of coffee. Alternatively, if you have good coffee beans around, try munching on a few of them. Your caffeine headache will be gone in minutes.

Spend a few days weaning yourself off, then go a full week without coffee. If you’re a super-addict, then your first week off should be 1 week of reduced consumption (or decaf) and a second week with no coffee whatsoever.

Try this once. That’s all I ask of you – and after a week of no coffee, your first cup back will have some of that magical power you’ve been missing. The first time you do it, it might suck, but every time after that will be easy, and the payoff will be oh so sweet.

How do I know it? I haven’t written a blog post in over a year, and I just published one after my first cup back.

After a week off, the first cup of coffee is amazing.
My first coffee after a week-long hiatus