If you walked into your office in the morning and were presented with a choice, a free coffee concoction made fresh by local barista or a free lunch catered by the Mexican aficionados at Qdoba, what would you choose?
I found myself in this very discussion (argument) with my cube neighbor who, for now, will remain nameless. For some background, Communispace provides free lunch on Thursdays in the summer and a free barista on Mondays in the winter. This all started because said cube neighbor commented that she wished we could have the barista back. While I agreed that it would be nice to have my coffee made fresh and free again, I would not trade for the likes of our most recent lunch spread, Qdoba. And so the debate began.
My view: Qdoba or bust
- Free lunch is more bang for your buck. I would normally spend $7-$10 on lunch versus $2-$3 for a morning coffee. It is simple math: now I can buy 2+ coffees tomorrow—should I please.
- It’s freakin’ Qdoba. Who doesn’t love making a super taco salad of Qdoba’s super salty chips, spicy chicken, creamy guac, cheese, lettuce, salsa and sour cream? It’s a bowl of magic awesomeness.
- Did I mention it’s Qdoba and that it’s awesome?
Her view: Coffee > Qdoba
- Mondays are rough—that’s a no-brainer. But Mondays that start off with a delicious fresh brewed espresso drink of your choice? For free? Infinitely better! Even non-coffee drinkers (a species I am alternately horrified and fascinated by) can enjoy steamed milk with vanilla, aromatic herbal teas, or decadent mocha concoctions.
- The line is half the fun: you get to watch while the barista grinds fresh beans and pulls shots of espresso, and decide if you want almond roca syrup or a splash of rose water in your latte. And it’s a chance to spend time in line with your coworkers and swap stories about your weekends before we all head to our desks to tackle our inboxes.
- It’s coffee, duh!
Clearly we are not going to decide this on our own. So tell me, which side are you on: free Qdoba or free Barista?