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Make a Coffee Station at You Desk

Save Money and Calories: Coffee at Your Desk

There are a lot of hidden calories in espresso drinks, especially holiday offerings like pumpkin spice lattes. A cup of plain coffee is usually a safe bet calorie wise but buying one cup a day can easily amount to five hundred dollars a year. Some break rooms have coffee machines but the stuff that comes out of those things are usually pretty gross tasting.

With a little creativity (and a hot water source) you can enjoy a good, cheap cup of coffee right at your desk. Not only will it taste better and save you money, it will also allow you to cut back on waste by eliminating all those paper cups.

  • To get started you'll need a mug and some coffee beans. I like to buy good coffee beans since they can really make or break how coffee tastes. Buying good beans is still cheaper than going out for coffee everyday. Have your local coffee shop grind the beans, or for ultimate freshness bring a small coffee grinder to the office.
  • Decide how you'll brew your coffee. A reusable single cup filter tends to be the easiest method, but you can also opt for a 12-ounce french press or an automatic single cup coffeemaker.
  • Now all you need is hot water. Most offices have a water cooler with a hot water spigot or a microwave that you can use to heat water up.

For a few more tips,


  • I keep a small carton of milk in the office refrigerator to add to my coffee, but in a pinch I've also used shelf stable organic non-dairy creamer.
  • If you like the flavors of Fall make a nice spice mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves to sprinkle over the top.
  • Another option is nixing the mini coffee station altogether, and asking if any of your co-workers (or boss) can chip in for an office coffee maker and weekly allowance of beans.

A shout-out to Fit tea drinkers: don't be embarrassed to set up a mini tea station at your desk too! I always keep a variety of tea bags at my desk when I need a pick-me-up.

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