NBN Co has dismissed claims about the high cost of coffee on the company’s premises. The company has gone to the trouble of issuing a press release, which says a single cup of coffee at NBN Co works out at “around eight and a half cents per cup per working day per person. When the cost of the coffee machines and their annual maintenance is added to the equation, the price comes to about 16 cents a cup.”
Why issue such a statement? The company was responding to media reports arising from an answer to a question at the current Senate Estimates Committee. A detailed, multi-part question from Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham asked NBN Co the cost of coffee, coffee pods, coffee machines and their maintenance, specifics about the type of coffee machines purchased as well as the reason for their purchase. It is good to see him so concerned about such an important matter.
“Coffee and coffee machines have been purchased by NBN Co as an amenity for employees, contractors and visitors in order to aid productivity by reducing the time spent by staff purchasing coffee outside their offices,” said NBN Co’s statement.