Why can’t I get enough of post-meal coffee?

My relationship with post-meal coffee’s ☕

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Averaging at least two coffee’s of instant coffee, the beverage is well-rooted in my daily routine. Now, while this may set tentative grounds for experiential knowledge, it remains superficial as far as scientific evidence related to post-meal coffee indulgences are concerned. So, why do I and a few of us feel the sense to set their best mug out, and tea-spoon in their favorite grind after a satisfying lunch?


Every morning, after contemplating the 3rd Snooze Button, I make myself and any other siblings' choice of breakfast. For the past 3 years, my go-to has been coffee -black and strong. Apart from the ease of setup, I relished the buzz and kick that my brain and body was jolted by with the first long sip.

In time, I found myself looking for this buzz to spur study sessions, individual learning ventures, gaming sessions, or intense late-night reading (another uncontrollable habit no less). It soon became apparent that my day craved the structure that a coffee-filled brain could come up.

Once established, the power of habit seems to play a considerable role in the occurrence of a coffee being thought of by your brains. In any event, mental triggers provided by the time of eating and the environment of eating, appear to heavily weigh on the chances of the individual falling victim to — the post-meal coffee. Say you enjoy a coffee beside your morning walk; do not be all too surprised at you conceding to that eventuality the next and next morning. Inherently, if you so desire a coffee after a good filling of the stomach; be certain that this will double down for the next time.

Habits are contingent on the association the individual aligns with them, and the procedure that the individual sets before them. This and more is put into immense perspective and clarity in the New York Times Best Seller The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.


This one is pivotal and could well represent the extent to which individuals (you and I) value habits.

It would seem rational that — a habit not enjoyed, is a habit short-lived. Where I to experience a negative effect from consuming a coffee after a meal, that would be the end of the habit. Like so many, negative outcomes are fundamentally subjective and characteristic to the awareness of the individual. For me, negative outcomes from a post-meal coffee would identify itself in grogginess, tiredness, and an inability to remain attentive. These are likely to vary from person to person. Of course, that is not to say that what was mentioned is necessarily negative by their nature.

In my experience though, I have come to expect a positive lift up from the ‘chill-and-chow upon’ mental state, to one more telling of focus and discipline. This way, I find that I can be at ease lunching, knowing full well (having built up a strong habit you see) that I will be able to just as easily switch over to a more productive endearing mindset.

And it’s 17:23, about time for a post-meal, post-meal-coffee-…coffee ☕



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