Kerry Buckley

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Rating a company by its coffee provision

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Marc McNeill makes some interesting observations on how you can judge a company by the coffee facilities it provides its employees. He lists, in order of decreasing clue:

  1. Vending machine that serves [quality] coffee on free vend.
  2. Kettle and filter coffee / Cafetiere to make my own.
  3. Kettle. I buy my own instant coffee.
  4. Vending machine that serves [quality] coffee that I have to pay for.
  5. Vending machine that serves [tasteless] cofee that I insert coins into.
  6. Vending machine that serves [tasteless] coffee that I insert a vending card into.

Where I work, we have a choice of options three or six. We also have another, that slots in one side or the other of number four:

  • Coffee bar that serves [quality[ish]] coffee that I have to pay [through the nose] for.

At the training centre where I’ll be on Wednesday (formerly a BT site, now run by Accenture), they’ve managed to find another option, which I guess ranks (and having tasted the coffee, I choose the word rank advisedly) at around 4.5:

  • Vending machine that serves [tasteless] coffee on free vend.

Written by Kerry

January 22nd, 2007 at 11:50 am

Posted in BT

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  1. 5. Vending machine that serves [tasteless] cofee that I insert coins into.

    Does inserting coins into a cup of tasteless coffee improve the taste then?

    Edwin Greenwood

    27 Jan 07 at 3:52 pm

  2. I can’t imagine it would make it any worse :-)

    You can blame Marc for the dangling participle!

    Kerry

    27 Jan 07 at 3:55 pm

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