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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction – part two

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Espresso

Another response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction and not just a terrific jolt of caffeine but superb crema with (after a quick swirl with a teeny tiny coffee spoon) a nice accidental café art too. Also inspired by Jina Jay’s effort and my comment on it, yesterday.

Unlike my other responses to the Challenge, this picture was taken just for this post.

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July 27, 2017 at 11:43 am

Free Coffee at Translink

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For reasons that seems fairly silly to me, there has been a lot of attention paid in the last few days to the “news” that Translink staff get free coffee at the office. As it happens, I know why that is, as I was personally acquainted with the person who made that decision. And it was based on purely financial concerns. There was previously the usual arrangement of staff collecting money from their colleagues and buying the necessary supplies. There was a significant amount of time spent, during working hours, administering this system and collecting the money in cash. The calculation was quite simple. If the employer took over the administration of the coffee supply, then the time saved more than compensated for the cost of the coffee. By having a contractor deliver the supplies, and having one for all the offices, there was also real saving in the cost of those supplies compared to retail prices: but it was the staff time saved that clinched the argument.

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April 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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