Welcome to my brand new weekly coffee column!
It’s Monday morning so brew yourself a coffee, have a seat and ease into the week with my inaugural entry, the first step towards better office coffee!
Most of us rely on coffee to keep the motor running through the work-day. In fact, as a nation we spent £730 million on coffee last year alone.
Unfortunately, we are not so dedicated to the quality of the coffee that we are drinking at work.
Why Does Office Coffee Have to Be Bad?
Bad coffee has become an office staple. Poor coffee provision in offices has driven many of us to the long lines outside the local Costa, Starbucks or Café Nero each morning. It’s crazy. Why do we pay almost £3.00 a day for a below average takeaway latte when we can have sublime coffee without leaving our office building?
I am a self-confessed coffee fanatic. I’ll traverse a city in search of the best coffee shop. I grind my own beans at home, source ethical and artisanal coffee beans of the best origins and try to brew my coffee in a way that does justice to the complex chemistry of the humble coffee bean, and the love and dedication of the growers and roasters that made it. Coffee’s journey through history from its discovery on an Ethiopian hillside in the 14th century to the ‘flat-white economy’ we know today, has always captured my imagination.
My passion for coffee borders on the obsessive.
I worked as a barista over many years, all over the world, satisfying the daily public appetite for well-crafted, artisan espresso, honing my craft. Some people call me a coffee snob, but it’s not snobbery that drives me, only the quest for the best.
The aroma, subtle tasting notes and texture of good coffee is one of life’s greatest pleasures. My time behind the machine taught me what coffee CAN be and made me intolerant of anything less. I KNOW coffee can be a beautiful thing, whether brewed in a speciality coffee shop, in your kitchen, on a campfire or, yes, in the office where you work.
At Greener Media, we have spent a lot of time perfecting our office coffee, and we want to help you do the same. So here begins the campaign for better office coffee! Every Monday at 10am, I’ll explore a different aspect of the coffee experience, taking you on a journey from bean to cup and sharing a few tips for better office coffee along the way, too.
Look out for my next coffee column, where I’ll be looking at my top 3 ways to have coffee in the office…without a machine! In the meantime, if you have any questions for me about how to improve your office coffee experience, tweet us @GreenerMediaUK using the hashtag #betterofficecoffee.