The coffee at my job is terrible. And when I think about it, the coffee at all of my jobs has been terrible since I've started working. But here in the US we've gone through something of a "coffee discovery" since the late 80s. I say this because I recall that that was when we first started to see a wide array of whole beans being provided at general places like supermarkets. On top of that there are of course the ubiquitous Starbucks and other independent coffee houses. So there is this attention given to "good" coffee these days.
I was in Italy for work and on coffee break we'd take these little individual espresso bean cartridges, plug them into the coffee maker and have an excellent espresso (khaki colored foam and all). I don't see that happening anytime soon in the American office break area but anything would be an improvement to what we are getting now. When will it tip?