In response to the post earlier today, I'd like to say that once upon a time I had to pay for coffee. At work. It was 50 cents a cup and terrible.* Since this was break-room coffee, we had to pay cash and I never could come up with that stupid 50 cents. The coffee was so terrible that it wasn't even worth the 50 cents.
I feel like coffee should be provided to employees like air or bathroom facilities. A business should not expect for their employees to thrive without free coffee. I feel fortunate to now work for a company that feels the same way.
*The terrible-ness of the coffee probably had more to do with the rusty old pipes in the building than the quality of the coffee.