Just like many American families, federal agencies are feeling a budget squeeze.
But like many of us, they’ve chosen not to cut corners on the things that matter — like soy macchiatos.
The Department of the Interior recently debuted a fancy coffee-and-smoothie kiosk in its basement cafeteria area, where hardworking feds can pep up with an afternoon dose of caffeine. But this is no average joe: the state-of-the-art cafe dishes up delicacies like mocha fraps and killer cappuccinos. The deluxe setup, we hear, set DOI back more than $300,000.
An agency-wide announcement from deputy assistant secretary Andrew Jackson boasted that the beans served at the cafe are from Counter Culture, a brand he said “is committed to greening and sustainability practices” and “the most exciting, authentic, and delicious coffees in the world.”
Despite the allure of the gourmet offerings, a spy tells us that the place is rarely busy. That’s because penny-pinching workers would rather buy their coffee — the regular, cheap stuff — at the department’s cafeteria.