This post originally appeared on the Annexe, when it was hosted on Fargo.

By Bonnie Tsui at The Atlantic Cities, one of my favourite blogs:

Recent brain research has shown that the moderate ambient noise of café chatter and espresso machines, in the range of about about 70 decibels, fosters creative work in a way that extreme quiet (50 decibels or less; think library quiet) does not.

I can attest to this. No matter what I do to furnish my SOHO, I do my most creative work (code, blogging, pontificating) at coffee shops. I’d long assumed there was more to it than the simple caffeine hit I was gladly receiving.

So what’s the solution for those who can’t leave the house, such as ankle-busted people like me?

So perhaps it’s no surprise that a new website, Coffitivity, is offering to let you stream the creativity-boosting buzz of the local coffee shop right into your home or office.