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Coffee Break

Can't imagine your office without java? Take a moment to learn how it got there.

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This story appears in the March 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's not you. It's not your product or service. It'snot even the restroom, though that's close. If there's onething that your business couldn't survive without,it's--without question or argument--coffee.

Can you imagine what would happen if you refused to let youremployees sip coffee at their desks or, if not there, in thecompany break room? You would likely be strung up to the ceilingfan and left to spin the day away, while your employees went off tosip mocha lattes and plot your ruin. Your business would curl upand die. As well it should. Coffee and the workplace have had asymbiotic relationship for some time now.

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