Office coffee should be . . . well . . . office coffee. People shouldn’t be expecting Starbucks quality, or Starbucks flavor.
Office workers aren’t like the people in a coffee commercial, having deep, meaningful conversations over their steaming mug of cafe au lait. Instead, they just want to slug back a potable shot of caffeine at their desks to help them stay awake and alert during the work day.
So why is there this push on to foist flavored coffee on those of us who are used to the basic swill? At our office, they are always experimenting with new flavors that bring unwelcome smells to the coffee station. One day recently, for example, they were brewing some kind of cinnamon-scented blend. Cinnamon-flavored coffee? Hey, folks . . . this isn’t Morocco, nor is it the North Pole. I don’t need my cup of joe to smell like a Christmas cookie or pumpkin pie. The same goes for chocolate-flavored coffee, or any of the other spiced-up concoctions that the coffee sellers are peddling.
Office coffee is, by definition, an institutional beverage. It is, or should be, basic no-frills stuff. Can’t we just leave it that way?