Do you work in an office that provides free coffee for it’s employees? Do you still find yourself wasting 15 minutes in a Starbucks line on your way to work; only to shell out $7 for a Venti Verona Roast?
If this is you, you might be part of the pandemic that is sweeping the nation, scientists have yet to come up with a name for this virus, but many are calling it Office Coffee.
Seriously, why does office coffee suck? Before I started 416 Coffee I worked in the marketing department of a theatre company, I remember I was so excited to learn that my office was just steps from the coffee machine. I imagined myself chugging gallons of delicious coffee as I did super productive things in my office.
Then, on my first day I filled my trusty Toronto Maple Leafs mug with the black office coffee. I took a swig and immediately projectile vomited on the wall in-front of me. “What the hell is this?” I thought to myself. The coffee tasted like a combination of the jungle juice that me and my friends made at high school parties, and Pennzoil 10W-30.
That day, I found myself leaving the office a lot to get coffee. I think I left at least 4 times during the day, not including lunch. As expected, my boss was not pleased. She came in and demanded to know where I was going. I explained to her that I was out getting coffee.
“We have coffee here, why don’t you just drink that?” she questioned.
“I can’t… It’s disgusting…” I muttered.
She stepped back. In shock that I had not only left the office for half of the day, but also that I was telling her that the coffee here was dirt, all on my first day. Her face quickly turned into a half smile, she told me to bring in some good coffee tomorrow.
The next day I arrived with a bag of Sumatra that we had just roasted. I went straight to the coffee maker, carefully measured 4 ounces of coffee, added filtered water, and brewed a pot. I poured myself a mug and I poured a mug for my boss. I walked into her office and left the mug on her desk.
7 minutes later my boss came charging into my office.
“Where did you get that coffee from!?” she exclaimed.
I explained that I had brewed it in the office, with some coffee I brought from our little coffee roasting business. She told me to bring in a case, to compost the old coffee, and send her an invoice. The office finally had a damn good cup of coffee. Productivity and smiles increased across the board.
Are you looking to step up the coffee at your office? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we are happy to help.