Coffee breaks - who needs them?

Turns out most of us need a "coffee break" but not all for the same reason...

According to a survey by leading international facilities management company ISS, office coffees are really important and quite distinct, so managers, be aware of the situational differences, and create an environment that supports all of them:

  1. Morning coffee is consumed primarily for waking up. This is the type of coffee that is drunk so that people can get started for the day with a boost of caffeine.

  2. Client coffee is used less for the need to fulfill thirst or to wake up and more for opening up the conversation when having client meetings – it holds a social purpose.

  3. Habit coffee is a ritual that aims to provide an employee a break. This kind of cup of coffee provides a reason for a worker to stretch their legs and to socially interact with colleagues. It provides a respite from sitting at a desk and so encourages walking so provides a health benefit for the worker too.

  4. Social coffee is enjoyed with colleagues, and when there is enough time is the most enjoyed and vital part of coffee drinking in the workplace. It is centered on catching up with colleagues about vacations, weekend activities around the office coffee dispenser or vending machine. It is a fun and functional form of coffee drinking. The ISS study showed that the social element of the coffee experience is the highest rated for participants.

You can read the full ISS article by Signe Adamsen, head of workplace experience here:

Four types of coffee drinking in the workplace that employers must consider


At Hastings HIVE, we believe this entirely reflects the ways our customers "enjoy a brew" and we have created shared space facilities that support these distinct occasions. From the informal and lively cafe space to the quiet "Koru" lounge area, generous meeting rooms to formal boardrooms.

Which types of coffee drinker are you? If you need a workplace that better supports your work style and coffee needs, why not book a tour with Natalie our community manager and find out how we can help?


Personal tour with our HIVE community manager

or take a Google Virtual Tour of the HIVE


Oh, and we should mention that your espresso coffees are included in our pricing. To find out more click here: HIVE pricing plans with or without sugar

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