Stop Stirring Your Coffee

Stop Stirring Your Coffee

There are some things we do purely due to muscle memory. Other things we do because it’s the done thing; aka convention. We’re not sure which category stirring your coffee falls into, but you need to stop doing it. Today.

This isn’t so much a life hack so much as a “tiny pleasure.” It’s something that I do every day that makes me happy. It doesn’t improve anything except the flavour of my mornings, and everyone should give it a shot. (That’s an espresso pun right there.)

So here’s my tiny pleasure: Every morning I pour myself a cup of coffee, and add in a splash of milk (or any other similar liquid, dairy or non), and I don’t stir it. I get to watch the beautiful cloud-like pattern swim through my coffee, and don’t need to worry about how many days in a row I’ve used that spoon without washing it.

Best of all: Every sip is different. Sometimes the coffee is almost black, sometimes it’s half creamer, and that dynamic flavoring is a great way to perk up first thing in the AM.

I would venture to say it is the morning-beverage equivalent to tasting a glass of Cabernet before and after you’ve let it breathe. Take a sip and think about how it has evolved since your last sip. Now you’re not just using coffee to deliver caffeine into your system; you’re getting your brain moving and thinking, which is really the best part of waking up.


  • That headline seems to have a terseness to it that I find uncomfortable. Don’t tell me what I can or can’t do with my coffee man, how we drink or enjoy it is a personal preference and I reject yours. I like to read while I’m drinking not look at the pretty patterns in my cup.

  • So what you’re suggesting is that I should have some of my coffee not sweet enough and the last bit of it too sweet, rather than the whole cup the right level of sweetness.

    My greatest regret is that I’ll never get back the the 30 seconds I spent reading this nonsense masquerading as journalism (although I did derive a certain pleasure from the two minutes I have spent complaining).

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