Forever trying to spice up the coffee, but forever spicing down productivity with procrastination. So alongside this new brew review, is a thought to chew and things to do when procrastination hits you...
..But first, coffee.
Yes, I prioritise hot beverages a little too often but Zanzibar-spiced coffee? I'd be a fool to give it a miss...
So Mean girls quotes aside, the Zanzibar spiced coffee turned out to have a slight savoury taste to it, much different to what you might experience from other Costa or Starbucks 'spiced' lattes. The subtle Cardamom and ginger notes gave it an exotic yet gentlemanly taste that I can only describe as the 'husband of chai'. Disappointingly, the Zanzibar spice wasn't quite dominating enough for this gals palette (I often have quite the sweet tooth) so on this occasion the Chai latte wears the trousers, however I still hold a place in my heart for Mr Zanzibar and his savoury ways. Plus, at the end of the day, if I ventured to the arid climate of said country, I think a cooler beverage may be my preference, especially as I'd work up a sweat with the continual stirring needed to keep the Zanzibar spice party going (can't be dealing with concentrated cardamom in the last sip).
So what did this coffee trip get me contemplating?
Well, first things first- if you are wanting a hot caffeinated beverage to fuel the brain I would recommend one that doesn't require quite so much dedication when it comes to stirring. I also wouldn't recommend writing coffee review whilst revising either as about 80% of this 'revision session' turned into a coffee stirring, sugar cube placing, taste analysing photo shoot.
However, stirring up the revision can be key. I all too often find myself dedicating endless hours to my work when realistically I end up dragging out one activity that could be done in about 20minutes if I put my mind to it. If i stirred my activity type as often as a stirred my drink, I would keep my concentration and motivation levels at a greater consistency of spice. Thus adopting a well balanced flavour blend of revision, venue, pleasure and leisure time.
Spice up what you're working on by deciding on a topic and knuckle down for a good 20minutes then move onto the next.
Switch up your revision environment by stirring around different cafes or libraries or study rooms.
Throw in some sweet kicks of flavour with little filler tasks in between each topic- perhaps try a new coffee, power nap or go for a leisurely stroll for fresh air. These little kicks give a balance of enjoyment and productivity that makes revision much more enjoyable and manageable.
Tying down a whole day to revise is a con. You neeeeeed some rest, you need activity and you need separate the two. Perhaps organise a sport to partake in for the evening, or even just a social chiller. Something to look forward to and something to act as a deadline for the work you need to get done.
My coffee conclusion comes to this: