Last Call: What is the ideal number of desk beverages?

This stock-photo “blogger” can afford both fresh-cut flowers and a latte.
This stock-photo “blogger” can afford both fresh-cut flowers and a latte.
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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Do you have a curiosity about other people’s work desks? Maybe it’s because I’ve worked from home for the past three years, but I am strangely intrigued by what other people keep on their work surfaces. Mine currently contains a cup of pens (actually an old tiki mug), a lamp, a legal pad where I keep my notes and to-do list, more loose papers than I’d care for, a mug of coffee, and a Ball mason jar of water.

I’ve since finished my mug of coffee.
I’ve since finished my mug of coffee.
Photo: Kate Bernot

According to The Atlantic, my desk is one short of the ideal number of desk beverages. Three is the perfect number, and because it’s The Atlantic, it will tell you so in no fewer than 1,000 words.


I can sum up my rebuttal—that two is the ideal number of desk beverages—thusly: You only need water and one other beverage, either coffee or something cold. Having a water, a coffee, and a third wild card like a kombucha or soda on your desk at the same time is a lot to juggle. Your coffee is getting cold, or you’re over-caffeinating, or the fizzy drink is going flat. The potential for spills increases dramatically.

But if I’m wrong, present your argument for a bevy of desk beverages below. Also, tell me the weirdest thing on your work desk.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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Two is indeed the correct number. I have three right now, because I have cold coffee from this morning with my diet coke and water.

Probably the weirdest thing on my desk are my glow-in-the-dark zombies. They are a gift from coworkers at an old job who had to listen to me talk non-stop about the zombie apocalypse for about two months after I read the The Zombie Survival Guide.

But then there is also an inflatable palm tree from when we decorated my boss’ office last year in a tropical theme. And awards I won competing in highland games.