Where you get or how you make your morning cup of coffee says a lot about you. Whether you brew a pot at home, buy it from a cafe on the way to work, or settle for a cup at your office, java lovers can all agree that not all coffee is created equal. Finding a good caffeine fix in the AM--one that requires the lowest possible amount of energy (and money) to source--is the key to having a happy, productive day at work.
As much as I’d love to stroll into Starbucks every morning and order my drink of choice (in a swanky green cup, of course), I do not have the funds or the extra time in the morning to sustain such a habit. At the same time, when I start my morning with a sub-par cup of joe, I am setting myself up for a hearty dose of disappointment and general sadness throughout the day. I am far from a high-browed coffee connoisseur, but I do know the difference between an aromatic, flavorful cup of coffee and a burnt vat of gritty, dirty tar. If your office coffee resembles more of the latter than the former, it might be worth your while to explore some of these alternative options.
French Press CoffeeSimply owning a French press is thought by many to be undeniably pretentious... and owning one specifically to keep at your desk, well, don't be shocked if you are treated as "that guy." But the investment could pay off. So long as you are on top of cleaning it regularly and buying semi-decent coffee, the French press is an easy way to quickly make a really tasty cup of coffee at the office without bending over backwards to do so.
Cold Brew ConcentrateWhether you’d rather buy a bottle at the store or make your own at home, cold brew coffee is a tasty, low-acid, reliable means to get your caffeine in the morning. Depending on how much water you add, it’s easy to customize the strength of the flavor. Co-workers will be equally jealous of and astonished by your increased productivity and energy after a cup or two.