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Rushan S J
Rushan S J

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Coffee - A Dev's Heaven

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A bad day with coffee is always better than a good day without it.

If you searched for the words programmer or web developer on Google images a few years ago, you will be flooded with pictures of hackers with hoodie working in the dark on the matrix-style screen,

In the last few years, thanks to a lot more freelancing and remote working, the idea of programmers in the world has changed radically.

A treat in common among the majority of the picture online and the image that people imagine when thinking of coder in a bit more indie now.

It almost always includes an Apple Mac, a pair of earphones and a cup of coffee.

(No offense to the non-mac folk.)

Usually in a day, coders/programmer/devs drink about
2-4 cups of coffee. For those who are just starting out, it doesn't mean that drinking coffee is essential if you want to become a good developer.

It makes you smarter and more energetic

This doesn't mean that you'll have your brain preserved in a museum or hit 200 on your next IQ test but, coffee allows you to focus and ofcourse, makes you smarter. It has been scientifically proven that when caffeine travels to the brain through blood circulation, it blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. When this happens, there is enough room for other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine to increase. This leads to enhanced firing of neurons.

It just makes you happy

This is another thing that caffeine is not the culprit of. The National Institute of Health has found that people who consume coffee are less likely to be depressed by ten percent. As I said, this is not because of caffeine as coke also contains high amounts of caffeine yet it’s linked to depression. Scientists believe that this benefit of coffee comes from the antioxidants it contains.

Okay, enough talk about that, let's discuss about the actual brewing of coffee

There are many different ways of brewing your coffee.
For example, you could choose the smooth and delicate tasting coffee (arabica) or the bitter (robusta).
Arabica is good for the usual coding but when you're working late night on a thousand line (maybe hundred ? but the point is that you're way past your bedtime) program, it's better to choose Robusta because, it's bitter flavor combined with the high levels of caffine helps you feel less tired and keeps you awake for longer. (Please don't drink it before you goto bed)

Also, the roasting of the coffee matters.

The different level of roast does not determine the amount of caffeine on it but each roast has a different flavor.

They go from a light roast (also called ‘half city’) to a darker roast, almost black, called ‘coal’.

During the roasting phase is when the coffee maker adds flavors to the mix, you can find coffee with dried fruit, vanilla, and chocolate to name a few.

The secret is in the water. The quality of your coffee will be as good as the quality of your water, period.
It is advised to use filtered or mineral water and use the when the temperature is just under the boiling point (90°C or 200°F).

Usually people drink black coffee but this can burnt your oesophagus and can cause cancer. As a developer, adding milk is a good idea as it lowers the temperature of the coffee and you don't have to wait for your coffee to come down to a drinkable temperature.

Types of coffee

If you made it till here, great job.

Thanks for reading 😀.

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