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Free Coffee Is The Hottest Workplace Perk


Some might say offering excellent health insurance or a robust retirement plan is the way to an employee’s heart. But savvy companies give new meaning to the term “workplace perks.” Forget happy hour: Why not sip espresso made by a barista or savor a flavor-packed caramel roast at an in-house coffee shop?

At Cambridge’s HubSpot, the marketing software provider houses a cafe serving complimentary espresso drinks tended by an in-house barista. Product tech lead Julie Nergararian fetches her morning cappuccino at the cafe  —  named Ada Lovelace after the English mathematician  —  unless she’s having a tough day, in which case she switches to mocha. She returns in the afternoon for more cappuccino or cold brew on tap.

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