Solving The Office Coffee Crisis

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Without coffee even the best office can turn into a crisis center, complete with employees dozing off at their desk, falling asleep in meetings with clients, and much worse. However, getting that revitalizing cup of joe isn-t always simple. Some larger corporations offer coffee services with direct delivery to the cubicle, of course that isn-t always an option for the small business owner or employee. Here are a few ways to avoid the crisis.

Coffee Maker - Almost everyone has one of these sitting in their kitchen at home, so why not get one for the office? Pros: They-re easy to use and can brew enough coffee for an entire office in about ten minutes. Cons: Who buys the coffee and what coffee will satisfy every coffee drinker in the office? Plus, it can get messy, especially if it-s not cleaned out regularly. Then there-s the mysterious employee who will pour out the last cup of coffee, but refuses to brew another pot.

Single Serve Coffee Makers - Single serve coffee makers are becoming very popular in homes and offices. Pros: They-re easy and quick with no mess to clean up. Cons: The initial investment is more expensive than most drip brew coffee makers, plus you have the price of the buying K-Cups on a regular basis. Then throw in the age old dilemma of who buys the coffee? If your office has gone green, the single use K-Cups are thrown out after every cup of coffee and can-t be recycled.

French Press Or Pour Over - You can always tell that you have a coffee snob or coffee purist in your office when you see someone using a French Press or Pour Over. Pros: These methods create the best-tasting coffee. Cons: Both methods only make a limited amount of coffee, and you-re going to need a water source hotter than the sink to heat the water. To be a true purist, you have to grind the beans right before use. That sound is really going to annoy the neighbor in the next cubicle.

Bringing Coffee From Home - Many coffee addicts load up with coffee from home, carrying in everything from a 12-ounce traveler mug to a giant 34-ounce thermos. Pros: There-s no need to have anything to make the coffee at work, nothing extra to clean at the office, and you get to make the coffee how you want. Cons: No matter the size of their traveler, they always run out of coffee midway through the day, sending employees out to Starbucks.

Buy Coffee - Every corner has a coffee shop now, so why not just run down there to get the next perk up? Pros: It-s as easy as walking down the street, and the employees there have to clean up the mess. Cons: Unless you stick to just the coffee, the habit is going to empty your wallet quickly and add to your waistline if you like those calorie-filled white chocolate mochas. Plus, you have to leave your office, cutting into your working time.

Coffee Services - Companies that provide machines, coffee, and clean-up services are widely available, but they are so expensive that they are almost always out of reach of even larger small businesses.

The best solution that I-ve found is a combination of of the above options, but finding the perfect mix can be difficult. I start off my morning with coffee from home, brew a pot in the office drip maker mid-morning, and grab a coffee from the coffee shop down the street to make it through the afternoon.

So, how do you get your morning cup of coffee?

Mike Crimmins is the over-caffeinated blogger behind Daily Shot Of Coffee. When he's not blogging about coffee, you can find him consulting Tampa-based businesses about blogging and social media. View all posts by Mike Crimmins This entry was posted in Employees. Bookmark the permalink.
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