You could partake in another ho-hum cup of office coffee — or you could decide it’s time to kick things up a notch. And you don’t even have to head out to the local café to brew something new. All you have to do is get a little creative in your office breakroom.
Mix and Match
Single-brew coffeemakers at work certainly help ensure you always get a fresh cup, just the way you like it. And with all the different types of K-Cup beverages and pods available, you can surely find something you like. But once you start mixing and matching flavors, your options truly become endless. Your coffee break will evolve from a few moments away from your desk to a daily reward for all the hard work you do. Get started with a few of our favorite combinations:
Toffee Mocha = Butter Toffee Coffee + Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa
Pumpkin Spice Custard = Pumpkin Spice Coffee + French Vanilla Coffee
Caramel Nut Cookie = Caramel Coffee + Almond Biscotti Coffee
If you really want to treat yourself, make it a latte! You don’t need a frother or even a whisk. Just bring in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. Put enough milk for your drink in the jar, cover it and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Take off the lid and put the jar in the microwave, heating for 30 seconds to warm the milk and stabilizing the foam. Now you can have lattes and cappuccinos whenever you want.
Few things go better with coffee than chocolate. But you can make your coffee extra special by leveraging the office candy jar to enjoy some melty goodness. A Kit Kat makes for a scrumptious stirrer, and all sorts of chocolate candies, from York Peppermint Patties to Hershey’s Kisses and Hugs, can add another dimension to your afternoon pick-me-up.
And candy doesn’t only enhance coffee beverages. How about melting butterscotch candies in hot chocolate, or stirring your afternoon tea with a lemon lollipop?
Beyond Coffee & Drinks
Of course, just access to hot water allows you to turn your office break area into a culinary adventure. You can easily make Ramen noodles or gelatin — anything that just calls for hot water. But get a little creative with these two fun afternoon desserts.
Coffee or Hot Chocolate Granita: This one requires a freezer in your office and a bit of a time commitment. In the morning, make a strong cup of coffee and then add sugar and cream. Make it sweeter than you would normally take it. Pour the mixture into a dish, like a disposable pie pan, and put it in the freezer — this dish will need to be level. Then, every half hour (for about three to four hours), check on the dish and with a fork, break any crystals that have formed with a fork. Once the mixture is frozen, fluff the crystals with the fork.
Mocha Fondue: Take chocolate from the office candy stash. Hershey’s Kisses or Miniatures will work well. Unwrap the candies and put in a bowl. Then pour hot coffee over the chocolate and mix until the chocolate is melted and smooth. If the chocolate is lumpy, add more coffee and keep mixing. If the mixture seems too loose, try adding a couple more pieces of chocolate. Once the consistency is good, start dipping your favorite treats. Breakroom staples like pretzels and animal crackers are both delicious options, as is just about anything from the office fruit basket. You will want to act quickly before the chocolate begins to seize, so it is best to prep your dippers ahead of time.
We hope these ideas will help you make the most of your coffee breaks. Please share your office breakroom recipes in the comments below.
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