As anyone who has worked with me for the past several years will attest, I have a deeply unhealthy relationship with caffeine. That is to say, get in between me and my several cups of coffee, or box of No-Doz, or cans of sugarfree Red Bull, and your working day will not be good for you.
So let’s talk about caffeine.
I used to work shifts doing one of the stranger, but fun, parts of my career. It was basically a job where I helped summarise the entirety of the Australian Financial Review, cover to cover, every night.
And when I mean night, I mean midnight. My hours were midnight to 6:00 AM; later on those became 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
It was great.
But Christ did you need a lot of caffeine to survive, even as a night owl. And I wasn’t the only one. I saw people sustaining themselves on three, four, five tall cans of V or Red Bull a night. Others mainlined green tea like it was a narcotic. Some just, bleary-eyed, relied on regular coffee breaks.
Substance abuse issues aside, caffeine is great. I genuinely enjoy the taste and buzz, whether it’s a hot cup of instant, a touch of coffee in a liqueur, some coffee grinds in one of my microwavable Nutella mug cakes. (They’re bloody great, just saying.)
What’s your relationship with caffeine like?