FOOD & DRINK
10/26/2016 06:00 am ET Updated Oct 26, 2016

5 Things Every Coffee Lover Needs To Stash In Their Desk Drawer

Because no one should have to suffer through another cup of bad office sludge.
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Every workplace has its topics of disagreement, but one thing most colleagues can agree on is that office coffee sucks.

It doesn’t matter how many times your workplace changes up the beans, or whether they upgrades the coffee makers. For one reason or another, office coffee will always taste bitter and feel like sludge. It’s the least motivating stuff on the planet.

There is a solution, and it is in your hands: make your own coffee. Yes, at the office.

You don’t need a lot of room to make your own coffee at work, just a little space in your office drawer. With some new products on the market, good coffee made at your desk is entirely possible. No need for a big drip coffee maker ― all that’s required is access to hot water.

Here are five items that will save you from the drudgery that is bad coffee.

  • 1 Libra Coffee Pourtables
    <a href="https://libracoffee.com/pourtables-2/" target="_blank">Libra Coffee</a> -- a company that donates a portion&nbsp;of
    Libra Coffee
    Libra Coffee -- a company that donates a portion of its proceeds to providing water filters for those who don't have access to clean water -- has just launched a new product that makes a great cup of coffee possible any time, anywhere. The pre-ground coffee comes in single-serving paper filters that easily attach to a mug.  Simply pour hot water over it, toss the filter when done, and voila. It's a simple idea, but brews a really great cup of coffee.

    A 10-pack is available for $19.99
  • 2 Blue Bottle Perfectly Ground Coffee
    If you don't know <a href="https://bluebottlecoffee.com" target="_blank">Blue Bottle Coffee</a>, prepare to have your coffee-
    Blue Bottle
    If you don't know Blue Bottle Coffee, prepare to have your coffee-mind blown. Blue Bottle roasts beans with flavors that will not only wake you up in the morning, but make you excited for the day ahead, too. They're famous for refusing to sell anything but whole bean coffee, explaining that beans should be ground just before being brewed for the best result. Well, they've just found a way to pre-grind and package coffee without sacrificing flavor, and folks, this is everything. To enjoy this at work, you will also need a pour over dripper and filters in your drawer. 

    (A word of caution: the whole office will want some once they smell your coffee brewing. And this stuff ain't cheap, so you might not want to share.)

    Available for $17.50 for a pack of 5
  • 3 Splurge Instant Coffee
    Yes, instant coffee can be better than drip coffee -- especially this instant coffee, and especially in comparison to sad off
    Sudden Coffee
    Yes, instant coffee can be better than drip coffee -- especially this instant coffee, and especially in comparison to sad office brew. Sudden Coffee makes their instant coffee something you actually want to drink because they use good beans and a new technology that makes a great tasting cup. What we love about this idea is there is absolutely no clean up. All you needs is hot water -- or milk -- and delicious coffee is yours. 

    Order 8-cups worth for $32
  • 4 Cafflano -- The All In One Coffee Maker
    The <a href="http://cafflanoshop.com/" target="_blank">Cafflano</a>&nbsp;is an all-in-one coffee system. This travel mug-size
    Cafflano
    The Cafflano is an all-in-one coffee system. This travel mug-size coffee maker triples as a grinder, pour-over coffee dripper and coffee cup. It doesn't get more compact than this. You will still need enough room in your drawer for whole coffee beans, but it's worth it for this genius contraption.

    Available for $98.99 at Amazon
  • 5 Minipresso
    The<a href="https://www.wacaco.com/" target="_blank"> Minipresso by Wacaco</a>&nbsp;is for those of you who don't want drip c
    Minipresso
    The Minipresso by Wacaco is for those of you who don't want drip coffee at all -- office-made or otherwise. This handheld brewer makes short, strong shots of espresso. The only downfall is that it's not easy to clean.

    Get the Minipresso for $59.95
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