Is $18 Worth Being Less Aggravated?

My biggest pet peeve at work has to do with coffee.

I drink the coffee at work.  It’s not the best stuff in the world, but the ‘free’ stuff that the company provides isn’t too bad.  I bring my own half-and-half because I can’t stand the powdered creamer, so all in all it’s not bad.

But, my pet peeve surrounds some of the other people that also drink coffee.  In fact, if I had to guess, it’s probably one of the biggest sources of ire in today’s workplace.

It’s the person / people that takes the last bit of coffee and doesn’t bother making a new pot.

In our office, they’re even better about it.  They leave a little bit, maybe a half cup worth, at the bottom of the pot.  Apparently, they think that absolves them of their duties to make a new pot, and probably clears what little conscience they have (can you tell this bugs me? *lol*)

After walking in for the umpteenth time and seeing a shooter of coffee left in the pot, I finally decided it was time to take action.

After much looking around, here’s my current ‘plan’:

I’m typically the first one in the office most mornings.  Usually, I don’t make coffee right away, preferring to drink some water to get my day started.  After about half hour, I’ll desire coffee, and it’s probably 50-75% of the time that I make the first pot of the day.  No big deal.

I’m thinking that what I will do is make the first pot right away, and pour what I would want for the day into a handy-dandy thermos (which I’ve yet to acquire).  Since what I drink works out to slightly over half a pot, I’d probably brew an additional half-packet to create a new ‘full’ pot for the rest of the co-workers.  After all, I don’t want to make myself part of the problem.

This would give me my coffee for the day and would erase me from having to deal with the aggravation  of those who think making a fresh pot is ‘someone else’s responsibility’.

I’m a little leery about spending $18 (which is the cost of the thermos I want on Amazon), but in the end, isn’t that a small price to pay in doing my part to foster a productive office environment?

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11 thoughts on “Is $18 Worth Being Less Aggravated?

  1. Stop sweating the small stuff. You are letting people less that you drive your decision making process. Make the coffee, and smile all the way to a better day. Skip the passive agressive, buy your own thermos solution.

  2. We have the same problem at our office. I just drink the tea there after having my morning coffee at home.

    I think the thermos would be worth it and make your days less stressful.

  3. Get the thermos. Totally worth it. And who knows you may be able to take the thermos full of coffee other places. 🙂

    A smart solution to keep you calm all day long. Every day.

  4. I think you should go ahead and get the thermos. You'll probably use it other times than at work, and it will take care of your problem. I learned at an early age that if you could pay a small amount of money to completely fix a problem, it's best to just part with the money. It makes life so much easier.

  5. You could also probably find a thermos for less at Walmart, but even for $18 I think it is worth saving yourself the trouble and aggravation. Why not?

  6. Life is short, do what makes you happy.

    I think some of your coworkers might live in my house. My kids love to leave like 2 cheez its in the box because they are too lazy to recycle. Thank God we purchased a refrigerator with an icemaker because I was going to lose it if anyone left one ice cube in the tray so they wouldn't have to refill it.

  7. At my work there are very blunt signs everywhere about coffee etiquette.

    Thermos sounds like a good idea. My work got rid of the coffee pots and coffee altogether last year and people had to buy their own pots, etc.

    I can't imagine that the loss in morale was worth the cost savings.

    Thermo's are cool.

  8. Thanks to all for the input. I had no idea that this would turn out to be my most commented on article for the past several weeks.

    @Spokane Al – I agree that it may be a small thing but often we can't help what strikes a nerve. It's how we respond that makes the difference. Besides, I can think of plenty of other passive aggressive ways to handle it but I think my way is a pretty reasonable solution.

    @Sandy – They actually don't allow us to have individual coffee pots at our desk because I recall hearing somewhere in the past that someone asked and was turned down. I guess that would make sense because it seems like a whole mess of them could be a fire hazard depending on how well (or poorly) your office is wired.

  9. The first solution I would propose would be to either talk to everyone in the office about it, or at least hang a sign.

    If that doesn't work, then buy the thermos.

  10. I recommend the Stanley Vacuum Bottle. Love mine.

    As for the workplace issue, I've given up trying to change my colleagues' behavior. Any signs, notice of policy, whatever, falls on deaf ears at best, and at worst gives them justification of their current behavior.

    The people who don't make another pot will ignore any sign you put up. Trust me. They'll mentally give it the finger.

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