Michael, that sounds very civilised, having an official coffee gathering in the middle of the morning. Also if the stuff isn't available on tap then its much harder to drink too much of it I should think.
dotjay, I do think you have this sorted! On the odd occasion I have worked from home then I like to put the filter machine on first thing and then dip into it throughout the morning. It gets chewy by lunchtime but its still better than instant :)