Experts think you’re drinking your coffee incorrectly — try these three tips to increase your productivity.

Whether you brew a pot of coffee at home or look forward to your daily visit to the neighborhood coffee shop for a latte, coffee is a steady, almost sacred aspect of many morning routines.

The current coronavirus pandemic has, in some ways, strengthened our ties (and dependence) on coffee and caffeine. Cinch Home Services interviewed over 1,000 coffee users across the United States in September. During the pandemic, 34% of respondents said they drank more caffeinated beverages than they had in the past, with coffee being their preferred beverage.

According to the survey, remote employees drink more coffee than their in-office counterparts, averaging 3.1 cups per day vs 2.5 cups per day. The most popular brands among coffee connoisseurs were Starbucks and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. However, some Americans aren’t reaching for their second or third cup because of the bitter taste or caffeine shock — according to the study, only 28% of respondents believe coffee increases their productivity at work.

There are actions you can do to make the most of your coffee habit while working from home. To understand how to get the most out of your morning cup, CNBC Make It chatted with a coffee educator and productivity guru.

When you first wake up, avoid drinking coffee.

Some mornings, the prospect of a fresh cup of coffee may be all that motivates you to get out of bed, yet drinking coffee immediately after waking up might deplete your body’s natural energy levels.

Daniel Pink, a management and behavioral science expert, looked into the science of timing and how it affects human productivity. Pink writes in his book “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” that the optimal time to consume your first cup of coffee is 60–90 minutes after you get up, based on findings from multiple studies. Caffeine inhibits the creation of cortisol, the hormone that tells your body it’s time to wake up and respond. Cortisol levels normally peak about 8:30 a.m., according to this study.

“People are almost slavishly, addictively consuming a cup of coffee in the morning,” Pink observes. “However, it’s much better to let our cortisol naturally peak, then come in and hit it with a caffeine boost in coffee as it starts to decline.”

Select the appropriate ingredients.

The amount of caffeine in coffee beans varies depending on how they’re roasted. Reach for coffee labeled “light roast” if you’re feeling sluggish and want a larger energy boost, says Mike Balderrama, a regional instructor for Counter Culture Coffee. He continues, “The darker you roast the coffee, the more caffeine burns out.”

To get the finest flavor and caffeine level, it’s also crucial to keep an eye on which coffees are in season. Coffee is harvested at different times around the world, but as winter approaches in the United States, Balderrama says that fresh coffee from Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Colombia, and Guatemala, to name a few examples, should be available on store shelves.

However, Balderrama believes that the perfect cup of coffee is determined by a different ingredient: water. “Water makes up more than 98 percent of a cup of drip coffee,” he explains, “so if your water is terrible, your coffee will be bad.” He recommends that you use filtered water while brewing cold brew or a pot of hot coffee. “Make sure the water you use in your drink is filtered, even the ice cubes in your iced coffee!” Balderrama advises.

Consider a “nappucino.”

Coffee and naps are fantastic on their own, but when combined, they may be a strong tool for increasing alertness. According to studies conducted in England and Japan, if you drink coffee right before napping and sleep for 20 minutes or less, you can focus on work better than if you merely drank coffee.

Sleeping reduces the amount of adenosine, the chemical that makes you weary, in your brain and body. Caffeine helps block adenosine and takes around 20 minutes to work. By taking a 20-minute nap, you’ll reduce the quantity of adenosine in your system, giving caffeine less of a chemical to compete with, allowing it to be more effective.

Pink swears by “nappucinos” in his daily routine and advises people to take a coffee nap between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m., when cortisol levels are at their lowest. “It’s magical!” exclaims the narrator. “You’re smacked with that extra rush of caffeine as soon as you wake up,” he explains. “However, it can also be a relaxing routine that you look forward to after a long day at work.”

Pink Noir is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics including business, photography, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.