This post originally appeared on my Fargo blog, which Dave sunsetted in 2016. It’s preserved here here for posterity.

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.