THE COFFEE BREAK: New Industry Turns Problem into Profits


THE office coffee break, as firmly entrenched in U.S. life as pie a la mode, is a costly and disrupting mid-morning nightmare to many a company from Norwalk, Conn, to Norwalk, Calif. Some employers have simply thrown up their hands—and ducked out of the way of the stampede. But others have set their minds to licking the problem of lost man-hours. In the process they have not only taken the bitterness out of the coffee break, but have helped to spoon up a profitable new business: coffee catering, to bring the...

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