Ah, coffee. If you work from home, odds are that coffee (or tea, if that’s your drink of choice) plays a big part in your workday. You’re drinking coffee when you look over your emails in the morning. You’re drinking coffee during that mid-morning phone conference you’re playing in the background. And, of course, coffee’s always there for you to give a lift when it’s 3PM and you just want a break.
There is also a science to home office coffee. Do you put your coffeemaker in your kitchen, or in your office? Fancy espresso machine or Nescafe quickly spooned into a mug of hot water? Will you have guests in your house drinking with you, or is it strictly for personal consumption? There’s no one size fits all solution.
Home Office Coffee: Can You Get A Tax Deduction?
Depending on who you ask–and, we have to stress, this post is no substitute for an accountant’s advice–it is indeed possible to get a tax deduction for home office coffee.
MileIQ’s Stephen Fishman has put together a helpful guide to home office tax deductions that clearly explains what sort of things you can get tax deductions for in your home office. Even if you, say, drive for Lyft or Uber, you can still take a home office tax deduction if you use a dedicated home office area for bookkeeping related to your Uber/Lyft job.
According to some tax experts, coffee machines and coffee purchased for them can be counted as tax deductions. However, the coffee machines have to exclusively be for home office use, and the coffee has to exclusively be for the office–you can’t use it for, say, entertaining friends or morning coffee for the family. Again, ask a qualified tax professional for advice.
Home Office Coffee: Coffee Machines
Getting a dedicated coffeemaker for your home office is the easiest way to keep yourself awash in caffeine. Before you buy a new coffeemaker, however, ask yourselves the following questions:
- Will the coffee be just for me?
- What is my budget like?
- What kind of coffee do I like?
If you’re a solo coffee drinker who doesn’t have coworkers or clients stopping by, it might be worth it to consider a single-cup coffee maker like the Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker. But if you frequently have guests over, consider something like the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Programmable Brewstation Summit Dispensing Coffee Machine.
Budgetwise, you can get a great coffeemaker for $20 or $200–it all comes down to your priorities. Cup-style coffeemakers, like the ones Keurig makes, typically cost a bit more. So do more expensive conventional coffeemakers with bells and whistles like timers and water filtration systems. The Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffeemaker is a great budget model; the Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer sells for more than $100 but has wonderful design that makes it a room centerpiece.
Or you could opt for a French press/pourover-type setup, or even an espresso machine, which we’ll get to in a little while.
Home Office Coffee: French Press, Pourovers, And More…
For a stronger and more flavorful cup of coffee, you might want to go for an alternate brewing method. Although it requires having handy hot water in your home office–a trip to the kitchen or microwaving some water might be necessary–this can get you an amazing cup of coffee during the workday.
There’s also a great all-in-one bundle, the French Press Coffee & Tea Maker Complete Bundle.
Home Office Coffee: Espresso Machines
Everyone loves espresso. Although it usually costs a bit more, having an espresso machine in your home office can both up your caffeine game and give a nice little centerpiece for your office as well.
The De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is a wonderful option, as is the STARESSO Espresso Coffee Maker.
Home Office Coffee: What Coffee To Buy
When it comes to buying coffee for your home office, we’d recommend purchasing through a warehouse club, a big box store like Target or Walmart, or Amazon–they’re all frequently cheaper than supermarkets.
Amazon, in particular, is a great place to find coffee for your home office.
Being major caffeine fans, we’re big admirers of Death Wish Ground Coffee. For espresso, we’re big fans of Lavazza Super Crema Espresso–and, for cup coffee makers, the Coffee Variety Sampler Pack for Keurig K-Cup Brewers is a great starting point.
Home Office Coffee: Where To Place In Your Office
The last thing to figure out is where to put your home office coffeemaker.
Putting it directly in the room you use as a home office is the most convenient, and lets you potentially use your coffeemaker and coffee as a tax write-off.
However, keeping your coffeemaker in your kitchen might make the most sense logistically and also give you a quick change in your surroundings when you get coffee.
In the end, it’s all up to you.
How do you do home office coffee? Let us know in the comments.