Written by Lori Thiessen

“Coffee is the fuel of the 24/7 workforce” – Gregg Taylor, BBA, CHRP

How often have you stumbled out of bed after only a few hours sleep, mumbling, “Coffee. I need coffee.”? We’ve all been there. Whether we do it during university or do it for work, we drink coffee to keep up with our demanding schedules. StatsCan reported in 2003 that Canadians on average drink about 90 litres of coffee per year. If that’s hard to imagine, think of 22.5, 4 litre milk cartons filled to the brim with caffeine goodness.

There are plenty of reasons to keep reaching for the coffee pot to help you get over the hurdles: deadlines, competing for dollars or your job, learning new technology, late meetings, early morning meetings, conferences, . . . well, you get the picture.

Some days the idea of an IV drip of coffee makes sense. My sister who is a busy at-home mom suggested that the traditional beer hat should be converted into a coffee cap – two steaming hot mugs of coffee with feeding tubes extending from the mugs to the mouth mounted on either side of a sturdy piece of headgear. It’s hands-free coffee drinking, and it keeps your head warm during the frostier seasons.

Filling that cup and raising it to your lips wastes time that could be spent on the presentation that’s due, oh, in 20 minutes. Plus that fitness boot camp you signed up for will happen after work and that friend’s birthday party later on. Oh yeah, and that yick in the back of the fridge that’s starting to take on a life of its own needs to be cleaned out. It’s a lot to pack into a measly 24 hours.

That’s why the coffee shop is the perfect place for an office. It’s like hanging out at the gas bar in your car. A cup of coffee is never far away and if you are nice to the baristas, they may even run a coffee over to you when you raise your hand. I wonder if coffee shops could be persuaded to sell coffee in carafes for individuals instead of just groups of people. Hmmmm.

Q: Has your coffee intake has increased over the last few years? Why do you think that is? How do you feel about drinking more coffee?

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll save your seat until next time!