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Why does office coffee always taste horrible?

It doesn't matter if it is Folger's, Maxwell House, Hill Bros or even Community, whether it is regular, decaf or flavored, they all taste bitter and too strong, even when made with the same measurements of grinds and water that you would use at home. Now, this isn't isolated. I even travel and the coffee in your room tastes like crap too and at other jobs, it's the same thing. So, why is it, that office coffee is so horrible?

Asked By: Enigma - 7/19/2007
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probably because it's cheap coffee and different people make it different ways, so it's never the "same" pot. also the coffee maker and pot are probably never cleaned properly.
Answered By: willa - 7/19/2007
Additional Answers (24)
Because anything you eat or drink while working in your cubicle tastes like crap - Bring that coffee home with you, really does taste better :)
Answered By: bueko - 7/19/2007
 
because an office is horrible already. the coffee simply is an indicator of the horror of that dreadful invention "the office"
Answered By: eg. - 7/19/2007
 
I don't know what you are talking about. My office caffee is great
Answered By: Malgorzata B - 7/19/2007
 
where you work they probably have suckih budgets and are to cheap to invest is descent coffee
Answered By: nerdyroberts - 7/19/2007
 
The coffee is always burnt becase it sits for so long with the warming plate on. And over time that burnt flavor saturates into the pot.
Answered By: zach s - 7/19/2007
 
Usually because its been sitting there too long. In some offices, people smoke, so that could be a reason. Plus, coffee is a drink to savor and drink while relaxing, but in the office, a person is working and dealing with the stress and grind of the business day.
Answered By: tracyterry - 7/19/2007
 
Well there many reasons why office coffee is always so bad, because the coffee can thats been open loses flavor quick, so if it's not consume quickly it will taste horrible, anothere reason is the water that your using, you may want to change from tap to filtered water, another situation could be the coffee filter, it... More
Answered By: mixticbutterfly - 7/19/2007
 
We found out why. The tea lady was warming a tin of fish in the urn for the janitor. Once found a very boiled cockroach floating around in it. Subsequently took turns to inspect the urn before the tea was made.
Answered By: rooikat - 7/19/2007
 
Because nobody using a shared pot thinks to clean it as well as you clean your pot at home. Bert
Answered By: Bert C - 7/19/2007
 
I think it's made stronger. Ours is a lot stronger than at home.
Answered By: Tommy - 7/19/2007
 
Failure to adaquetly clean the coffee pot .Take it completely apart scrub it down then run vinegar through the pot and clear water twice.
Answered By: thedreamweaverwolf - 7/19/2007
 
i actually love my office coffee. but we're a small office so we brew it ourselves. i'm the assistant, so i always make it...must be why i love it! ;)
Answered By: ColtsGal - 7/19/2007
 
It's probaby because they do not properly clean the coffee pot with soap and water after every use. Some just rinse it with water and others may just make brew after brew after brew. Heaven forbid if there's a permanent filter, It probably NEVER gets cleaned... More
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Answered By: Lele44 - 7/19/2007
 
When coffee is over-roasted it turns very bitter... Coffee is a naturally sweet drink. I found a place that the coffee is promised never to be over-roasted (they do it "American Roast"), and it is FANTASTIC! As a matter of fact, neither my wife or I can drink anything else.
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Answered By: Seth F - 7/19/2007
 
The office were I work must be the exception because my co-workers drink it all day everyday and complain when there isn't a ready supply. I guess it really is an acquired taste. One that I never acquired, I don't drink it myself. Alot of times though those pots aren't cleaned that often and alot of junk can get... More
Answered By: TRUTH HURTZ - 7/19/2007
 
Two factors for our office: 1- Residue buildup in the maker when not properly cleaned. 2- Quality of water. Unless you use purified water, it is guaranteed to taste like the metal faucet.
Answered By: quakes24 - 7/20/2007
 
because the coffee you make at home is the best and can not even begin to compare with the coffee made anywhere else.
Answered By: bandyt - 7/21/2007
 
i wouldn't know, i have my own seperate office, and keep my own coffee pot in there, and i make it everyday, and it comes out wonderful everyday!
Answered By: waterlily750 - 7/23/2007
 
You're talking cheap coffee and probably a dirty coffee maker.
Answered By: merrybodner - 7/23/2007
 
Probably because the person preparing the coffee either doesn't know what he/she is doing or is not really a coffee 'drinker' and doesn't care.
Answered By: Big Red - 7/24/2007
 
cream and sugar helps to even out the bitterness i think.
Answered By: redlantz - 7/24/2007
 
They probably let it sit in the coffee machine hot for hours and let it get all nasty. or the person who makes the coffee just sucks at it.
Answered By: Matt - 7/24/2007
 
Because before the everyone gets there, the boss puts a home-made pill in it that tricks the people that work there to like comming to work for a low-paying salary.
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Answered By: spartamonkey15 - 7/26/2007
 
It's probably the crappy coffee maker. It gets used so much and doesn't get cleaned properly.
Answered By: Miss Ella - 7/27/2007
 
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