Are you one of those people that just can’t start their day without a cup of coffee or tea?

For a lot of us, caffeine, whether consumed in coffee, tea, or another type of beverage is almost a necessity. In fact, as a global population, we consume the weight of 14 Eiffel towers in caffeine each year! No wonder it’s the world’s most widely used drug.

Image: Coffee with foam in the shape of a smile

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Sitting here and writing, I have a cup of coffee at my side, and, while I have cut back recently, at least one cup of coffee or a strong tea is a morning necessity. When I stumbled across the video we are sharing with you today I was intrigued, I realized I had no idea how caffeine affects the brain, or how it kept me awake.

Caffeine is such a huge part of global culture, maybe we should all know how it works!

As I quickly found out (with the help of some great animation from TED-ed), caffeine has a fascinating impact on the brain, and the body!

Via: TED-Ed 1

I think I’ll savor my morning cup a little bit more from now on!

At Ever Widening Circles (EWC), we are big believers in the phrase “knowledge is power.” The more we know about the world around us and ourselves, the better decisions we can make, and the more “manageable” the world seems.

Learning about the things we consume, following our curiosity, striving to be lifelong learners, these qualities all make us more engaged with the wider world.

I hope you enjoyed this little journey into neuroscience, food, and a dash of world culture, for a lot of people, EWC has become a kind of morning ritual as well. One of our readers called it her, “daily dose of optimism!” Now, we’re still waiting for someone to do a study on the long-term benefits of being an EWC reader, but if you’d like make us a part of your daily routine make sure you become a subscriber!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!


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  1. “How Does Caffeine Keep Us Awake? – Hanan Qasim.” YouTube. TED-Ed, 17 July 2017. Web. 17 July 2017. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV