Daily cup of knowledge

At our CG offices, we follow an unwritten rule that we’re certain exists in lots of other workplaces around the country: Whoever pours out the last cup of coffee has to brew a fresh pot as a courtesy to the next caffeine-deprived person. 

Of course, very few people want that last cup unless they enjoy highly acidic, rough-tasting coffee. So they drain the pot, brew a fresh one, and wait for their steaming cuppa to come through.

If you happen to brew one at the end of the day, likely three quarters of it will end up sitting untouched overnight and then drained for a fresh pot the next morning.

It can take more than 200 litres of water to produce just one cup of coffee, and that just goes into growing the coffee beans. That’s not counting the energy expended to process, package and ship the coffee to your local store. It’s a scary thought considering how much coffee ends up being poured down the drain.

When we’re making coffee at the CG office, most of us don’t think about all the energy it took to bring it there. We just know there’s a seemingly endless supply of coffee ready to be brewed at any sleepy point in our day.

So we’ve decided to run a little experiment. We’ve got a friendly reminder posted on our coffee pot to remind people how much a cup of coffee is actually worth. Let’s see if that makes a difference in our collective coffee intake!