Recreating the feeling of Starbucks, without the high-priced coffee

Don't drink coffee first thing in the morning for maximum caffeination.

This final note on the way out today, something to get your creative juices flowing.

We found a new website -- Coffitivity -- that lets you stream the sound of a local coffee shop to wherever you are.

Why? Turns out research shows that a moderate amount of ambient noise is good for creativity. The perfect range is about 70 decibels -- yes, the same as you might find at a coffee shop or café.

Extreme quiet, by the way, does not foster creativity.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy in the country.


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