It's easy for non-coffee drinkers to dismiss the importance of a coffee break. Like smokers of days gone by it's not just the substance that is important in the break.
It's the time out, the time with others, the opportunity to pause, even the feeling of being nurtured as someone takes the time to make and serve the coffee. Especially if it has a little design on top. It feels good to know that someone has gone to the bother of making this just for you, to your personal requirements.
Having a coffee break during the working day can provide an opportunity to move away from the office environment, to get outside, to feel like there is some small pleasure in the day. It can become an important social connection with colleagues, as the tone of conversations can shift to the more personal, an openness that is not so readily accessible in an office communal space. A chance to share experiences, to ask questions, to debrief, to get to know each other better. A group nurturing space if you like.
Sitting alone at the coffee shop is another experience that can be pleasant. A treasured space to reflect, to work, to write or simply watch the world around you. The feeling of nurturance is still there and the opportunity to socialise with others is available. It can be a much more insular experience though, a place to shut oneself off from the world around us, a break from the routine. All of these are valid and necessary to keep a balance in our life.