You've just barely opened your eyes, and your hand instinctively reaches towards your daily cup of coffee.
Just think about it: 62% of Americans drank at least one cup of coffee per day in 2017, which is up by 5% compared to the year before. People NEED coffee. It helps them wake up, boost energy and improve focus.
People drink coffee to be able to function productively throughout the day. However, a recent study has just proven that drinking coffee, in fact, might not be the most effective tool for this purpose.
We conducted an experiment with 10 office workers who are heavy coffee drinkers. During the week of the experiment, we replaced their daily cups of coffee with Coffee Pixels, the edible coffee bars, which instead of offering caffeine on its own, is made up of the entire coffee fruit (also called cascara) - which encompases the caffeine-rich bean, and the fibre and antioxidant-rich flesh. Then, we measured the participants' productivity with the DeskTime time and productivity tracking app.
Less significant loss of energy and increased productivity
We found that the whole bean in the form of edible coffee - in this case, Coffee Pixels - is a significantly more effective way to boost and maintain people's daily productivity.
When eating coffee instead of drinking it, participants not only saw an 11.6% increase in productivity but also experienced fewer energy slumps. That helped them maintain a rather even work efficiency throughout the day.
As seen from the graph, drinking coffee leads to expressive ups and downs in productivity. In fact, when consuming coffee, participants experienced productivity drops of up to 14% an hour. For employees with an average daily efficiency of 60%, that's a great difference.
A side note: It's important to note that we specifically excluded lunch hour (11AM-12PM) from the results, as during this time the productivity drop is obvious and inevitable, as employees are away from their workstations.
After replacing traditional, liquid coffee with Coffee Pixels, we could still observe ups and downs, but this time they were not as drastic. Thus, participants' efficiency during work hours were more consistent, which lead to overall 11.6% higher productivity than when drinking liquid coffee.
Not only did data show that edible coffee is a better source of energy, but participants also reported that they themselves felt a marked difference:
It was an enjoyable product with a surprising effect. My biggest surprise: when eating 3 bars per day at time intervals of 8:30, 10:00 and 14:30, I was able to sustain energy consistently. Before, drinking coffee at similar intervals, by 22:00 I'd be exhausted, but with Coffee Pixels by 0:30 in the morning I still felt as charged as during the day. It didn't affect sleep, I was just less tired.
The results - explained
First, let us tell you how coffee works:
With the first sips of coffee, you ingest caffeine - without doubt, the most desired ingredient of the drink.
Caffeine is similar to the molecule in the brain called ''adenosine'', which plays a great role in our sleep-wake cycle, signaling to the body when it's time to rest and sleep. Taking advantage of this similarity, caffeine blocks adenosine and tricks your body into feeling good, alerted and energized.
However, within a few hours, the effect of caffeine has decreased, and we experience sudden energy loss. In reality, the molecules in our brain have merely regained their power and let the body know how it actually feels.
What do we do?
Without thinking much, we reflexively reach for the next cup of coffee to fill up the caffeine reserves, even though the caffeine from the first cup hasn't even fully absorbed yet. By the end of the day, we've got so much caffeine in our organisms that we experience heart palpitations, insomnia, and tiredness the next morning.
Now, Coffee Pixels, on the other hand, works in a much efficient way - scientifically called ''caffeine micro-dosing''.
Let me explain:
One bar of Coffee Pixels Cascara contains as much caffeine as an espresso - 50mg. However, thanks to the unique combination of ingredients, caffeine that's ingested with Coffee Pixels gets released and absorbed slower, thus having a significantly longer effect on the human body.
Besides providing smooth and consistent energy without unpleasant peaks and lows, Coffee Pixels also helps create a clean environment for your brain cells to produce energy thanks to its antioxidant-rich ingredients.
Antioxidants are long known for fighting free radicals - the molecules in the human organism that steal energy. Made of the entire coffee fruit and bean, Coffee Pixels are a valuable source of antioxidants, since the coffee fruit contains far more antioxidants than other popular sources, such as green tea, blueberries or chocolate.
There are two kinds of people: those who drink coffee for caffeine and those who simply like the flavour and enjoy the ritual.
Coffee Pixels can replace coffee in all cases, but especially of you're looking for a steady and long-lasting source of energy. Even the most coffee-loving workplace employees were found to have a significant increase in their daily productivity.
The result is evident - coffee is not the most efficient caffeine booster, and employers could see a productivity increase of 14% by making the switch to edible, cascara coffee bars.
So which camp are you in? Are you ready to forego the ritual of the hot coffee machine, in exchange for a steady release of caffeine to keep you energized throughout the day?
Cheers and enjoy coffee :)