October 8, 2009 / 10:39 PM / 9 years ago

Free workplace coffee gets weak reviews

NEW YORK (Reuters) - One-third of U.S. workplaces provide free coffee to their employees, but just half of those workers find the coffee tolerable and one in 10 say it’s terrible, according to a study released on Thursday.

Nearly half of the coffee drinkers surveyed drink two or more cups a day, and one in 10 drinks more than three cups, according to the survey of 1,704 adult coffee drinkers.

On a typical day, six in 10 said they brew coffee at home, two in 10 buy it in the mornings and two in 10 make it at work.

Ten percent called the free coffee at work terrible, 30 percent said it was great, and 54 percent called it tolerable.

Given the down economy, 63 percent of the coffee drinkers said they have made more of an effort to brew coffee at home.

On average, those who make coffee at home or get it from the office believe they save $8.58 per day by not buying it.

The survey was sponsored by International Delight, maker of coffee creamers that is part of Dean Foods, and conducted by Braun Research.

The coffee drinkers were surveyed nationally and in six markets — Chicago, Dallas/Houston/Austin, Denver, New York, San Diego and Tampa — by telephone from August 15 to 19.

National results came from 503 respondents, while 200 respondents were surveyed in each local market. The study had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points for the national findings and for the local findings, plus or minus 6.9 percentage points.

Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Philip Barbara

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