We get it, most office coffee is nothing to write home about. You typically can find a basic coffee maker, some sugar packets, and dairy creamers. You’ll still drink it, but you’d definitely rather walk to the nearest Starbucks to customize your coffee to your liking.
Now, what if we told you it didn’t have to be like that? You could create an office coffee station for your business that would satisfy each employee or coworker (without breaking the bank). This would not only keep everyone awake and alert, but they would also be grateful and excited that their company added this perk to their work environment.
Unsure where to start? To begin, send out a quick company survey. This will help you understand which types of coffee, milk, or sugar your employees prefer, without having to purchase it all.
With all that said, keep on reading to learn how to make office coffee better than the barista in five easy steps!
- The all-important coffee maker
The most important thing when making a delicious coffee station for the office is, you guessed it, the coffee maker. A high-quality coffee maker will, of course, brew better coffee, but it’ll likely also save your company money in the long run since it’ll last much longer.
Unsure which is right for your business? If your office is smaller, a Keurig or similar individual coffee maker is great. Larger company? Go for a traditional coffee maker that provides large pots of coffee, without skimping on quality.
- The coffee itself
This element is equally important as #1. If the coffee itself isn’t good, no add-ons will make it better. Although the coffee might cost a little more, the taste will be a lot better. Another tip: have a fair amount of different types of coffee available. Light roast, dark roast, or seasonal flavors will allow for variety each day. It will also let whoever brews the next pot have a little say in what they’ll be having.
- Don’t stop at dairy
Dairy creamers and milk are an essential part of most people’s coffee routine. But don’t let those be the only options. Whether people are dairy-free or just prefer an alternative, give your employees additional choices. You could select:
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Soy milk
- Oat milk
- Spice it up
Just like your favorite coffee shop does, include some spices to give your office’s coffee a little more oomph! This will help add to each individual’s customization, making their coffee more tailored to their specific taste.
Need some ideas? Try adding some of these to your office’s coffee station:
- Ground cardamom seeds
- Cocoa nibs
- Vanilla (and vanilla extract)
- Sweeten the pot (literally)
Finally, similar to adding more spices to your office’s coffee set-up, give them sugar options, too. People always have their preference on how to sweeten their food, and that does not skip over coffee. Of course, keep traditional sugar available, people will always love it. Outside of that, alternatives include:
- Agave nectar
- Stevia extracts
- Maple syrup