Answered by Cassandra, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, February 20, 2015
Many of us work in high stress, high volume roles that require a great deal from us personally and every now and then a break is needed during the course of the day. The corporate coffee shop or free coffee machine is a common amenity available to employee populations throughout the work day for them to grab a cup of java, as needed. In my experience, the coffee break isn’t viewed negatively and is encouraged but not in excess to the point where an individual is unable to complete the assigned work duties. I agree that little break to grab coffee is ok if you're coming back to your desk to continue working on your deliverables or need to regroup while working on a challenging project. Additionally, coffee meetings are on the rise and maybe your colleagues are actually working during the periods when it looks like a break. The coffee break is like the water cooler where employees have the chance to catch-up, build and deepen our work relationships. In sum, if your manager hasn't commented on the coffee break activity then it's probably ok and I would follow direction from your management on this break.