mandatory procedure passed down from management or another department which only serves
to slow down communication or production.
Derived from an episode of Danger Man/ Secret Agent starring Patrick McGoohan in which two spies meet at a cafe and are forced to use the code
phrases, "What'll we have, coffee and eggs for two?" with
the response "Why not make
it scrambled?" in spite of the fact
that they know each other.
It is also sometimes shortened to "servings of coffee and eggs" if more than
one procedure appears at a time.