Free Coffee and Soda… good or bad?
If coffee and soda were free would you drink more or less?
So the company I work for moved me into the new creative work space. One of the perks of working in the space is free coffee and soda. Does free mean that you consume more or less? Does the perceived value decrease since it economic impact is now zero? Is the quality of the product as important?
What I’ve found for me is I take a sample and taste it before I commit. Since we are collectively responsible for making the coffee (I’ve done it once), the age and quality vary from maker to maker. I have some really week coffee and some insanely strong (even for me). When I was paying for the coffee I assumed that the quality was consistent, but this is sadly not true for our group effort. We already had someone brew gallons onto the floor since the digital read out was malfunctioning.
The second thing that I’ve noticed is that I generally don’t take a full mug. I use a insulated travel mug in the office that I use to keep drinks warm at my desk. Since the cafe was so far from my desk I’d limit my trips but with the new post being VERY close I just take about half a cup. So that I’m always drinking warm coffee.
Over all I do think that I’m drinking more since I’ll go for a refill a few times in the morning.
I have had one half cup of soda to wash down an afternoon snack. I don’t think that I’ll be drinking much since it is Pepsi and I’d rather have coffee vice than a soda vice.