How coffee helps constructive teamwork [study]

Having a coffee machine in the workplace seems likethe perfect employee benefit. Aside from the pleasure of a cup of coffee during a break , it also encourages socialization among co-workers. After all, it's best to talk over a cup of coffee, and many a work problem can be solved together.


Coffee should have its irreplaceable role in company meetings, meetings and simply whenever you work in a team. The results of a study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, suggest thatthose who drink coffee before teamwork then engage more constructively with others.

In the aforementioned study, two tests were conducted. For the first experiment, the researchers selected 72 college students who like to drink coffee. First, they were tasked with not drinking caffeinated beverages before the testing. They then divided the group of these students into groups of five individuals.


Half of the test subjects were given a cup of coffee and thengiven a task to complete during the thirty minutes when the effects of the caffeine were about to take effect. Then the work tasks, discussion topics, were assigned to other groups. The other half of the students were offered coffee after the teamwork was completed, so that their engagement with their classmates who had been offered coffee before the collaborative activity could be assessed.

After the group work was completed, all these students were asked to complete a questionnaire. In it, they were asked to evaluate how other members of their work team contributed to the teamwork and also how they evaluated their own activity in addressing the assigned topic.

The evaluation of the research then led to the conclusion that those students who were given a cup of coffee before they started to solve the team task evaluated their own performance and that of the other team members more positively. This was in contrast to those who worked without caffeine support and were given coffee after completing the task.


The second experiment was slightly modified. This one involved 61 students and this time they were all offered coffee. One half of the students were given a regular cup of coffee, while the other half of the test subjects had only a minimal amount of caffeine in their coffee cup, no more than 5 milligrams.

Again, the study group was divided into smaller work teams and given a group task, that is, to discuss a controversial topic. Also, the results of this second test confirmed that those who drank caffeinated coffee tended to rate their own and others'performance better.

At the end of the research, participants were still asked to rate their alertness and vigor in contrast to the test subjects who drank decaffeinated coffee. Better ratings in these aspects were almost self-evident among the students with a cup of caffeinated coffee.


The alertness that caffeine provides is also a contributing factor to people feeling more positive towards themselves and others in the team alike. They are more attentive to themselves and their colleagues and contribute more, thus feeling more positive about their work.

After drinking coffee, students working on the group task tried to talk more about the topic and also focused more on it. They did not struggle as much with the topic of discussion as the other students who did not have caffeinated coffee. Thus, coffee's ability to also promote a positive feeling about working together makes this popular stimulant a good vehicle for successful teamwork. Further, as the study participants who had a dose of caffeine in their cup reported, they werewilling to work with their work group again, despite differences of opinion.


Theclear benefits of drinking coffee for individual and team task solving result in more efficient work performance. A regular dose of coffee in the workplace is ensured by low-maintenance automatic coffee machines. In our range you will find a coffee machine that is suitable for a small office or one that can be used in a large company.

A popular coffee for longer conversations or work is drip coffee. A larger cup of filtered coffee contains more caffeine than a flavour-concentrated espresso. That's why it's a good idea to get an automatic drip machine for company kitchens , which will take care of several litres of hot coffee, which can then just be poured into cups.