Coffee's Understated Effect In The Workplace

A large percentage of Americans (and others, but let's narrow the scope) start their day by ingesting some sort of coffee beverage. As we all know, caffeine is a moderate stimulant. I did not start drinking coffee until I was into my thirties. I made it through university and much of my professional career without it. I think this experience gives me some insight into the role coffee plays in the work place; it's not something that has always been there in my adult life.

Why did it take me so long to try coffee? My parents were coffee drinkers. After tasting black coffee as a child, by obvious response was "are you people nuts?!?!" People who say they like the taste of coffee are simply lying. They like the caffeine. They may have become accoustomed to drinking coffee socially / cultururally. They may enjoy the more-milkshake-than-coffee blended drinks that everyone serves nowadays. But black coffee or epsresso is bitter. The bitterness by far overpowers any other taste. Human taste buds do not enjoy bitterness. In nature, bitter often indicates poison. We like sweet and fatty, not bitter.

I should state that I am a software engineer, but I think my experience is typical of most office-type jobs. Employers provide free or at the very least easy access coffee to their employees. They're not stupid. They know that they get back ten-fold the $0.20 a cup they lay out for free coffee. Again, coffee is a moderate stimulant. It is highly addicitve. It has various negative health consequences. So, we have employers providing free drugs to their employees in order to increase their efficiency at work, at the expense of potentially negative consequences to their health. Sure, it's a legal drug. Well, most people don't consider coffee (caffeine) a drug, but it's effect on the body is not significantly different that equivalent amounts of various unsavory street drugs.

I can't help recalling Vernor Vinge's great novel A Deepness In The Sky, where people are infected with the "Focus", causing them to single-mindedly pursue a given task, thereby enslaving them.

I'm not sure I have a point. I am not advocating anything like removal of coffee from the workplace, or as silly as the re-classification of coffee as a controlled substance. I just find it interesting that I have never seen this issue discussed. Coffee is so widely used that folks forget what it actually is, and the effects it has upon them.
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