I then cleaned the filter holder and the place where the water sprays out onto the coffee grounds. Then I ran two full cycles of water through the pot by pressing the Start button on the coffee pot. I let that sit overnight.
The following morning I came in to find someone had made coffee. It didn't taste right. Or, more accurately, it didn't taste the same way it had the previous day. It, in fact, had very little taste. Nor did the next pot. Or the pot after.
I realized that, by cleaning the coffee maker, I'd removed all the flavor from the coffee. You see, all it was doing was dumping warm water into the pot, which was, in fact, lined with coffee flavor. I'd ruined the coffee.
The moral of this story is, clearly, don't clean your office coffee pot.