The catalytic chasm that creativity has flowed in through the ages are such that are subject to aberrations, but perhaps as only a response to the changing mannerisms of the world. But even within these myriad of conjectures that can be drawn on the basis of observed instances of popular adherence, the pivotal link somewhat remains rooted in the same old stances. So while many great writers of the past deemed it most optimal for their creative juices to be flowing only when confined to their set spaces, retiring themselves therefore to their life’s worth of phenomenal work within the triggering atmosphere of their cosy sheds and huts to set in motion a spiraling movement of creativity, the scene today is somewhat the opposite. The present day manifestation of creativity, as evidenced by the creation of some of the most exceptional modern day works that stem directly of the mind, happens also in equally cosy spaces but not ones that are exclusively private, venturing rather to exploring a set of dimensions not so staid as far as even their public image goes. With cafes being the hive of imaginative minds for long now, catering to some of the most notable writers even in history, even as the more contemporary J. K. Rowling stands out as the most recognised of them all when it comes to conjuring an image of scribbling away at pretty corners of coffee serving places, there expectedly arises a curiosity to decipher as to what is behind this cafe culture that so effortlessly yields the best out of creative minds.
For one perhaps, it is the environment that almost all coffee shops identically reside in that makes them conducive for bouts of imagination to take over. It perhaps is also this certain belonginess that cafes have the reputation of lending to its folks that makes them also so akin to those quaint writer’s huts where comfort had always been one prime requirement from where creativity spread its wings to comfort others in turn. But more notable is the manner in which coffee shops function universally that go way beyond in just triggering the gray matter with the arousing smell of the caffeine brewing there all day long. While the mere aroma of coffee is spectacularly capable of perking up your brain thereby perhaps leading to an indirect stirring of its creative faculties, this though isn’t the reason the many fan favorites of the world owe their beginnings to such spaces of all things delightful and comforting. Even within the inviting facade of the coffee houses that smell of all things nice, it is the essence of them as a place of public interaction that boost creativity in a manner that only a few other things can.
While creativity might seem to be a totally personal experience, with no other mind exactly interpreting exactly a certain sequence of thoughts as the other no matter how much resemblance they might bear, the coffee shop effect works upon a rather confounding basis. Coffeehouses are a congregation of many experiences at once but the most prominent of them all is how they reside in predominantly in humans. With people as varied as their choice of coffee frequenting these really social spaces of relaxation and comfort and increasingly work as well, the environment of these settings is a rather inventive amalgamation of sights and sounds and ideas that hold the potential to work as catalysts of the creative process. As a certain segment of conversation here and a particular instance of incident there registers themselves in the mind, either consciously or unconsciously, what arises as a concoction of all such anecdotes of unfamiliarity is what takes shape as intriguing retellings of flair and finesse in fiction. A conversation overheard, a personality trait that might strike as unique, a chance glance at someone feeling love for the some times- all these and so much more are so routine experiences in cafes and coffee establishments that has nestled forever their own worlds of simple but magical wonders within the human bubble. And to derive from these beautiful instances of abundance, through which permeates virtually every trait of the human existence possible is what makes coffeehouses the breeding grounds from where creativity flows unabated in all its luxury.
Another influence that plays along in coffee shops much to the amusement of the creative minds trying to find a way within the mundane occurrences of everyday life is the premises of an ambient noise. It however might be vital to recognise here that despite all our exclusive thrust on creativity being enabled within the confines of cafes and coffee shops, it is productivity in general that these places have the ability of boosting which is why so many coffee shop- office hybrids are a reality of the present day work culture that increasingly seeks out detours to work in as conveniently unconventional means and manners as possible. Returning though to the incredible way in which ambient noise works is resident in its essence as a stimulant. While pin drop silence might be the traditionally or popularly held yardstick by which productivity might be sought to be interpreted, it indeed is the persistence of some noises in ways that are not overwhelming but still decipherable enough that helps the cause of a job to be more well done. Persisting in such clink of coffee cups and the clatter of cutlery or even the casual chatter flowing through conversations is a whole premise of noise and sounds in coffee shops, much like in similar other public spaces, that works as an agent of productivity by distracting you only optimally from your pursuit of work, so that you do not get submerged in the tiring monotony of it while at the same time still managing to afford your work the level of concentration it demands. In thereby leading you to a state of productivity where every concerning factor is in equilibrium, the noise surrounding you in a cafe boosts the cognitive abilities of the brain which is ultimately what matters as you set about doing your work, creative or otherwise.
This realisation of the existence of sounds and noises and clitter and clatter in the surrounding environment serves also a different purpose that which still leads to an enhanced prospect of productivity. No matter how much we might fawn over the generous idea of working from home, the prevailing state of affairs has brought to realisation the not so glorious way this particular recourse to our own works out in real, as very often we crave indeed the presence of someone around us perhaps not in familiarity but as an awareness of the mere existence of the world. Coffee shops works out just fine in this regard since it means being in the company of people who we might not know personally but who still are very much like us, working our hearts out all together, though individually but identically. Different from the office setting where we are surrounded by colleagues we might not so fancy but have to deal with anyway or faced with the temptation of indulging in not so justified breaks hanging around the office cafeteria that is oftentimes a serious setback to productivity, again creative or otherwise, is this delightful space of the cafes that present us with the opportunity to stay connected to our work while also enjoy communicating with the outside world in an uncommunicated manner. Different also from the makeshift work station we retreat to at our homes where there is always the lurking lure of relocating to the bed at the slightest hint of discomfort or ample options to be unproductively unprofessional with no one to judge around us, coffee houses indeed are a rather practical medium of working and sustaining our productivity. Informal and relaxing in its vibe while endowing us still with an awareness that holds the potential to have us accountable are these coffeehouses that prevail with their optimal setting of all elements ambient to a productive individual making them therefore the much preferred space where work is sought to be done in as measure as it needs to be.
In fact so widespread is the raging measure in which coffee places are doubling up as work spaces across the world that has led to the identification of its penetration into popular culture as a phenomenon known as the coffeehouse effect. In trend sometime since the 20th century but conforming more to the growing popularity of the nomad working flexibility of the 21st century, the coffeehouse effect works in most part by allowing a welcome change from routine, as an exploration of the novelty means of inducing the brain to be more receptive to exciting new changes and diversions that allows therefore for the incorporation of a greater degree of innovation and imagination within the traditional realm of professional work. Most commonly confirming therefore to such nature of work that is creative and mentally stimulating is the profound influence that coffeehouses has come to exert on work culture, with such perks and stimulants as ambient noise and lively atmosphere and as importantly also the divine smell of the coffee on offer and the complementing desserts being the ideal drivers of this refreshing change. Also added factors of motivation might be a heightened exposure to aesthetics- coffee establishments being commercial consumer spaces are almost always done up tastefully and pleasantly, that incites further the brain to work more efficiently while seated at the pretty tables of them. But most of all perhaps it is the constant change in environment that working in a coffeehouse brings about that might be the greatest stimuli yet of productivity. Seating even for long hours at one of those quaint cafes in town does not feel exerting and exhausting in the way a similar period of time spent even in a visually appealing office setup does mainly because the stimuli changes very often. As people come and leave bringing with them their own universe of the feels and the vibes, each in their own flawed human might asking for a coffee to be made as strong or as mild as possible, someone bonding with friends, others fretting it out at a deadline, while still some others disconcertedly watching the world go by at its own pace even as they go about their own, this summing up of a motley of experiences into a singular outlet of expression is what we would call ‘creative cacophony’ at its very best. For indeed, the reference might be unceremoniously oxymoronic but as the coffeehouse effect has us discovering, everyone really works at least somewhat better when they discover the charm of the unorganised outside the ceremonial!