Researchers from Chicago found that a moderate level of ambient noise enhances performance on creative tasks (see the article here). In a nutshell, the distraction caused by a little bit of noise helps you think more abstractly, and hence be more creative. Based on this study, a group of creatives from Richmond, Virgina, have set up a website that mimicks the coffeeshop vibe by playing random chatter and clatter. Check their website, get yourself a latte machiatto and get those creative juices flowing!