What is Third Wave Coffee?

Do you consider coffee more than just a hot beverage loaded with caffeine and capable of waking you up in the morning? If so, you may be familiar with the phrase ‘third wave coffee’. It is a phrase that is bandied about by coffee roasters, growers, and even local baristas who fancy themselves experts in all things coffee.

So, what exactly is third wave coffee? Moreover, did coffee have first and second waves? Keep reading to learn more about what has essentially become a cultural phenomenon here in the U.S.

Definition of Third Wave Coffee

Third wave coffee is essentially coffee that is crafted as an artisanal beverage with the same attention to flavor, quality, and experience vintner’s give to fine wines. Third wave is to the coffee industry what award-winning wine is to wine tasting.

Those involved in the third wave are very particular about growing regions. They pay special attention to the quality of their coffee beans, how they mix and match those beans to achieve a specific flavor, how they roast the beans, and even how roasted beans are ground and packaged for sale.

The objective here is to produce coffee that is worth being persnickety about. Third wave coffee is considered by coffee snobs to be the best possible coffee money can buy. As such, third wave producers compete for brand loyalty.

First and Second Waves

To fully understand and appreciate third wave coffee, you probably need to understand the first and second waves. The reason for this is simple: the current third wave of coffee is not really new, it is simply a return to the way things used to be done before industrialization.

The first wave of coffee began back in the 1800s when a small number of producers decided they needed a way to mass produce and market their products. Coffee processing went from small, family-owned operations to large, industrialized factories. First wave gave us coffee in cans, vacuum packing, and household brand names like Folgers and Hills Bros.

This first wave continued into the early 1990s, when consumers began tiring of poor quality coffee purchased at the grocery store. Coffee drinkers started demanding better flavor and more choices coinciding with the rise of the coffee house culture. Second wave gave us Starbucks, flavored coffees, and Americanized lattes and cappuccinos.

Second wave morphed into third wave at the turn of the 21st century. That brings us to where we are today. Third wave coffee lovers are very particular about the flavor and quality of their coffee. They also care about where coffee beans are sourced from.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we embrace all three waves for the benefit of our customers. Regardless of your taste in coffee and coffee preparation, we have something for your office. We take great pride in meeting the needs of our customers with a large variety of products and equipment. Whatever wave is your thing, we have you covered with our large coffee selection.

6 Current Cold Beverage Trends in America

This is the time of year when a lot of us limit hot coffee consumption to just one or two cups in the morning. Whether it’s a physical thing or something mental, we tend to prefer cold drinks during the summer. That means this is also the time of year when a little observation is all it takes to identify the hottest trends in cold beverages.

This summer season is no exception. Take a step back and look around. You will see more people consuming cold beverages instead of hot coffee. Here are six that are trendy right now:

1-2. Cold Brew Coffee and Tea

Cold brew coffee has been around for decades. However, it didn’t become popular in America until just a few years ago. It is now one of the most preferred cold beverages among coffee and tea drinkers. Cold brew coffee offers all the flavor of its hot cousin but with less bitterness. Some people have described it as naturally sweeter than hot coffee.

Not to be outdone, tea drinkers have their own cold brew concoction. Cold brew tea is made the same way cold brew coffee is. You take your tea leaves (or tea bags as the case may be) and steep them in cold or room temperature water for up to 12 hours. Then serve it with ice and just a touch of lemon for some extra zing.

3-4. Seltzer and Flavored Seltzer

Whether you call it fizzy water, carbonated water, or seltzer, it’s all the same. The point is that seltzer is one of the hottest trends in cold beverages right now. People who love water because it is sugar, salt, and calorie-free also love seltzer because of the extra punch carbonation adds.

Flavored seltzer is also popular. And why not? If you can add a touch of fruit flavor to carbonated water without overloading it with sugar and calories, you make a great product even better.

5. Vat-Pasteurized Milk

Milk is making a comeback thanks to a new vat pasteurization process that replaces heat pasteurization and homogenization. Vat-pasteurized milk is more flavorful, according to those who love it. It is also heavy on the cream. That’s why you’re supposed to shake vat pasteurized milk aggressively before you actually drink it.

6. Cold Pressed Juices

Finally, cold pressed juices are a big hit among fruit and vegetable lovers. Cold pressed juices have been around for decades, but they started gaining traction about five years ago. What’s the appeal? Flavor.

Cold pressing extracts the most fruit or vegetable juice without the added debris created by single auger and centrifugal juicing. Furthermore, cold pressed juices can be safely refrigerated for 5 to 7 days without the need for flavor-killing pasteurization or high-pressure processing.

This is the time of year when a cold drink can be even more refreshing than a cup of hot coffee. What’s your favorite cold beverage? Perhaps we carry it here at Galaxie Coffee.

What Is the Allure of Single Origin Coffee?

As a beverage to be savored with the same discriminating taste as a fine wine, coffee has undergone quite a maturation since the 1980s. We are now in what many experts term the third wave of coffee production. And with that third wave has come a few big things, not the least of which is single origin coffee.

What is single origin coffee? More importantly, what is its allure? To better understand the single origin coffee phenomenon, we can approach coffee in the same way an experienced wine taster approaches a new vintage. There are a lot of similarities.

Single Vineyard vs. Single Origin

Winemakers have long used terms like ‘single vineyard’ to designate unique vintages considered a step above average. Those terms are very specific. The single vineyard designation indicates that a wine was made using the grapes of either a single vineyard or, in some cases, a single portion of one vineyard.

This creates a unique wine inasmuch as it boasts the features of that particular geographic area. Experienced wine tasters say they can taste the difference in single vineyard wines from multiple wineries even within a close proximity of one another. That is the same idea behind a single origin coffee, though the definition of ‘single origin’ is a lot more fluid.

Our industry generally accepts single origin coffee as coffee that is specific to a single geographic region. How big that region is depends on who you are talking to. It could be a multi-farm region, a single farm, or just one cultivated lot on a farm.

Regardless of how large the region is, here’s the point: the coffee beans from that region are the only ones used to create a single origin product. Growers and roasters are not mixing beans from multiple regions and countries to create a more generic blend.

Why People Love Single Origin

You might have a good idea of why people love single origin coffee now that you know what it is. Indeed, single origin coffee is considered among coffee connoisseurs as being the absolute best you can get. Why? Because each roast is absolutely unique. A coffee made with beans from a single farm on one side of a Colombian mountain will taste different from another product that comes from the other side of the mountain.

You and I may not have pallets discerning enough to tell the difference between one single origin coffee and another. But those who do say single origin is tops. They can taste complex flavor profiles that reveal the soil the coffee was grown in, the general weather conditions during the growing season, and more. It is really quite fascinating.

We do not consider ourselves single origin coffee experts here at Galaxie Coffee. But we are experts in office coffee service. If your office doesn’t have a professional coffee service, you’re missing out on something great. Give us a call to learn more about how our coffee service can benefit your company.

Why Is Espresso Growing in Popularity?

Why Is Espresso Growing in Popularity?
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About five years ago, espresso began coming into its own as a consumer-friendly beverage that could be consumed on a daily basis. American coffee drinkers began seeing espresso as an alternative to their lattes, cappuccinos, and even black coffee. Espresso is just as popular today, maybe even more so.

So what gives? Why is espresso gaining ground over more traditional coffee drinks? No one knows for sure, but there are a lot of theories worth exploring. They cover everything from culture to health benefits and the global mindset.

The Coffee Culture

Our modern coffee culture was born out of the early days of the suburban coffeehouse made popular back in the 1990s. And just as we’ve seen with almost every other cultural movement in America, change happens quickly and frequently. Cultural movements work that way. What’s hot today becomes passé tomorrow and is eventually replaced with something else.

The rise of espresso in America is undoubtedly influenced, at least in part, by the evolution of the coffee culture. People have latched onto espresso as a drink that is distinctly different compared to regular black coffee served in a white cup with an accompanying saucer.

The fact that one drinks espresso in 1-ounce shots rather than 8-ounce cups also plays into the coffee culture. It is seen as more sophisticated. It is seen as evidence that you are consuming bitter coffee because you actually like the taste. You’re not just trying to up the caffeine content in your blood.

Caffeine’s Health Benefits

Medical science has come to understand that moderate use of caffeine does have certain health benefits. We will not get into those benefits here, as we have done so in a previous blog post. The point is this: American consumers are trying to live healthier lifestyles these days. Many see caffeine as a natural supplement that can be used daily to improve one’s health. And because espresso contains more caffeine by volume, one shot in the morning may be perceived as a healthier option to an 8-ounce cup of coffee.

The Global Mindset

Finally, we cannot discuss the rise of espresso without exploring the global mindset. For the record, Italians have been drinking espresso for hundreds of years. It is not a new drink. Having said that, espresso wasn’t really popular here until five or six years ago. Some suggest this is because Americans did not begin to adopt a global mindset until the early 2000s.

Drinking espresso may give some people a sense of being more connected to the global community. It probably also gives some espresso drinkers a sense of superiority or self-importance for thinking beyond America. It is easy to start thinking, after just a couple of shots, that the best coffee is found in Italy or elsewhere.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are all about giving customers whatever kind of coffee products they want. Whether you prefer a light coffee shop roast or a dark, rich espresso, you can count on Galaxie to deliver.

What’s the ‘Buzz’ about Coffee Beer?

What's the 'Buzz' about Coffee Beer?
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Have you ever combined two foods that an otherwise sane person would not think of putting together? In the 1950s and 60s we had milk combined with either Pepsi or Coke. The 1990s gave us peanut butter and hamburgers. And let’s not forget scrambled eggs and grape jelly, potato chips and Nutella, and ice cream and French fries. Oh, and how about coffee and beer?

Coffee experts generally agree that the combination of coffee and beer began back in the mid-1990s at a company known as New Glarus Brewing. It was popular enough – a number of companies even tried to copy the original – though there was concern about how much caffeine was being offered in a beverage that addressed both ends of the upper/downer spectrum. Thus, coffee beer was not a market hit right away.

Fast forward 10 years and you find a number of craft brewers who somehow came to a consensus about the caffeine and began making various iterations of coffee beer bearing their own labels. Now, some 10 years later, coffee beer is the latest big thing among both coffee and beer snobs.

What It’s All About

Prior to the introduction of the craft beer age, American consumers were limited to big corporate brands they could find at the local convenience store. But the craft beer revolution changed things. Not only did it give consumers more choices, it turned average beer drinkers into people who actually stepped back and paid attention to what they were drinking. Suddenly, everyone was a beer expert capable of discerning the finest notes and subtle hints of flavor.

A similar thing happened in the coffee industry back in the late 1980s and early 90s. Coffee became a drink with the same kind of high-class following as fine wine and artisan chocolates. People began choosing their coffees based on all sorts of flavor profile preferences instead of just picking up the cheapest can from the grocery store.

Somewhere along the way, someone discovered that both coffee and beer share a lot of intense flavors. The secret to producing great versions of both is roasting. Great coffee relies on great coffee beans roasted just right; great beer relies on how select grains are roasted.

Combining coffee and beer seemed like a no-brainer when the flavor discovery was finally made. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Plenty of Choices to Start With

If you have never tried coffee beer before, you really should give it a shot. There are plenty of great choices to start with. Don’t worry about the caffeine content either. On average, coffee beer contains less than 50 mg per 12 fluid ounces of caffeine. That’s about one-sixth the amount of caffeine in a typical cup of coffee.

Coffee beer is not something we deal in here at Galaxie Coffee. However, we do have a full selection of coffees, teas, and other brokerages for your break room. If you would like to know more, give us a shout anytime.

Where Is Your Coffee Better: At Home or the Office?

Where Is Your Coffee Better: At Home or the Office?Coffee is the fuel that drives America – at least where human production is concerned. We drink coffee at home, at the office, down at the local coffee shop, and in the restaurants that we dine in every evening. It is fascinating to listen to people talk about their opinions on coffee. For example, where is your coffee better: at home or at the office?

Making a great cup of coffee is no accident. A lot of things go into good coffee, including:

  • coffee bean selection
  • how beans are roasted
  • the volume of coffee used in brewing
  • the temperature of the water during brewing
  • brewing method (drip, steam, press, etc.).

Measuring Coffee Quality

So, there are several different ways to decide where your coffee is best. If your choice is primarily based on the quality of your drink, then home brew is probably your preference. There is a simple reason for this: making coffee at home gives you absolute control over every aspect of your brew.

Another thing to consider is that coffee made at the office might sit around for hours before you get to it. If you prefer fresh, you are going to appreciate home-brewed coffee more.

Measuring the Convenience Factor

You might feel that coffee is better if it is quick and convenient to procure. In that case, your office coffee is probably your best choice. Unless you are the one tasked with keeping the coffee flowing, your only responsibility is to saunter up to the coffee machine and pour yourself a cup. Somebody else handles making it and cleaning up the mess.

Of course, the convenience factor is erased if you have single-cup brewers both at home and the office. Then it is the same process either way. The advantage you have at the office is not having to order supplies or clean up at the end of the day.

Both Have their Advantages

It should be obvious that both home brew and office coffee have their advantages. You may prefer coffee at home because you are able to curl up with a good book or sit out on the patio and enjoy a cup while you’re watching the sun come up. You certainly cannot replicate those experiences in the office.

On the other hand, your office might offer certain coffee choices you do not have at home. There is no need for you to purchase 10 different flavors at home because you can get them at work. That would certainly be an advantage to enjoying most of your coffee during the work day.

We know there is no right answer for every coffee drinker. Nonetheless, we are here to serve your office with the finest coffee and beverage service in the greater New York area. We invite you to look through our entire inventory of products and equipment at your leisure. If you are ready to take your break room to the next level, give Galaxie Coffee a shout.

15 Employee Engagement Activities For Your Small Business

15 Employee Engagement Activities For Your Small BusinessModern business is all about employee engagement. When employees feel like they are engaged, they are more happy and productive. The problem for many companies is that they assume they do not have the budget to develop employee engagement programs. But nothing could be further from the truth. Something as simple as offering free coffee and snacks can mean the difference between engaged employees and unhappy cubicle dwellers.

Employee engagement is more than a buzzword.

Time and time again, studies have found that higher employee engagement rates contribute to greater productivity and with it, profitability. According to the Gallup State of the American Workplace Report companies were indicated to also experience 37% less absenteeism and 90% less turnover.

So, why do so few small businesses invest in employee engagement? Three words: budget, budget, and budget. With limited resources, it’s easy to see why investing in employee engagement tends to dwell on the bottom of SMB to-do lists. But here’s the good news. There are many low-cost ways for small businesses to increase employee engagement, and with it, foster a happy and healthy work environment.

1. Host a Brown Bag Presentation

Often used for training or information sessions, a brown bag is an employee-hosted casual meeting during lunch with a short presentation on a topic that usually relates to the business. Participants bring their lunches, listen in, and ask questions. Learning from a fellow co-worker versus reading a 60-page PDF is certainly optimal, and far more memorable.

2. Take a Half Day and Hang Out

Friday is known to be the least productive day of the week. The work slows down, people slip off to happy hour, and slam their computers shut at 3:00. Once in a while, encourage a final boost of productivity by offering a half day and then afterwards getting the team together for an outdoor event. This can be anything from a picnic in the park to a department-vs-department sporting event to a relaxing barbeque where employees can invite friends and family.

3. Try to Complete an Escape Room

An escape room is a physical adventure game, where puzzles and riddles have to be solved using clues and other strategies to get from one room to another. Perfect for the small company, escape rooms are known for encouraging teamwork. Learning to communicate with each other and solve puzzles is a positive skill that is directly transferred to the workplace. Another plus is seeing how individuals think and come up with solutions so you know the best person to bring certain problems to.

4. Host Work Clubs

Ever notice how certain hobbies bring about like-minded people? There can be different work clubs for beer, fantasy football, improv, and more! They’re a great way to change the conversation from purely work to personal life, and offer an environment to develop friendships in. When co-workers are also friends, they’ll be more likely to help each other out at work, which makes working less stressful and more enjoyable. A workplace comprised of good friends consists of better communication and greater engagement as a whole, which means they’ll be sticking around for a while. The Society for Human Resources Management found that the more friends an employee has at work, the more likely they are to reject another job offer.

5. Make Onboarding and Learning Fun

Ever have a job where you’re told that the first few months are like drinking out of a firehose? It can be stressful to have to learn so much in such a short time. If you have a lot of new information for employees to learn, you can make things easier by gamifying the process. Whether you have unique terminology for your line of business, lots of stats, or case studies, there are all sorts of creative ways you can incentivize learning. Encourage competition and set up an afternoon trivia game between teams, or hand out personal quizzes and set a timer. (Don’t forget the prizes!) Once onboarding is finished, have your new employees present to the larger team to ensure they understand the rules, regulations, and processes at your business.

6. Ask for Feedback Often — and Act upon It

Everyone wants to be heard. This is as true in the office as it is anywhere. Make it clear that you care and want all feedback — the good, the bad, the ugly. Then actually do something. Let your team know what you are changing or implementing based on what feedback was received. Connecting the feedback to real change makes employees feel valued and appreciated. The smaller a business is, the fewer decision makers there are. To act in the majority’s best interest, bring your employees’ voices in to help make decisions. Send out surveys on which snacks they’d like, how to utilize a currently empty room, or which brown bag topic they’d like next. Knowing one is heard and respected provides a huge incentive to stay.

7. Promote Perks That Support Physical and Mental Health

As a small business, providing great care is expensive. It also eats away at other perks you could be offering, and when 4 out of 5 employees want benefits more than a pay raise, it’s time to get with the program. Try giving a stipend each month to go to exercise classes or see a nutritionist. Consider including employee benefits packages. Employees will love the perks, be more encouraged to make healthy decisions, and feel that you really care about their well-being. Healthy employees also need less sick time, get more done, and are generally happier!

8. Offer Healthy Snacks

More and more, employees are expecting snacks in the office. (I blame the millennials!) You can help everyone out by offering snacks that give your team energy without the sugar crash. No more digging into the receptionist’s candy bowl — make it a fruit bowl. Healthy food improves concentration, provides lasting energy, helps with digestion, and overall increases happiness levels. For snacks consider having avocados, blueberries, nuts, and other fruits to munch on.

9. Ongoing Training and Mentorship

Once onboarding is complete, that shouldn’t mark the end of learning. Employees who are consistently challenged are more engaged! Communicate with employees and find out who their mentors are. Make an effort to connect young employees with other mentors you know of to help them grow. This will help build solid work experience, and offer your employees a way to grow their skills, their network, and their careers.

10. Bring in Motivational Speakers

This idea may be skipped over more than it should be. Having a good motivational speaker can do wonders. Think about your favorite pep talk or an inspiring speech from your favorite movie. Goosebumps, right? You’d watch it on YouTube the night before your 5,000 word essay you haven’t started and bang it out. Now, imagine hearing one for real. It may sound cheesy, but motivational speakers can be genuinely inspiring, and a good story can reignite some fading embers and inspire your employees to reach farther and work harder.

11. Sip’n’paint Night Vs Hackathon (Creatives vs Brainiacs)

Know what employees appreciate? Choices. Have activities geared more toward right-brained individuals, and activities geared more toward left-brained individuals. Then, encourage full participation at both! Each event will have different stars of the show, and give others the opportunity to try something new. Add in a little wine, and those not holding a paintbrush or clicking away can mingle and chat with others.

12. Create a Comfortable Work Space

Think about it. When your back hurts, when the sun is too bright, when the coffee machine is broken — are you really thinking about work? Make sure your employees have all the supplies they need to feel comfortable and focus for longer periods of time. Keep snacks stocked, the AC at a reasonable level, and be willing to invest in good chairs and more. Making the office feel like the home office will increase productivity and satisfaction. If you could use a time tracker to see how many hours your team spends in the office, you would agree: It’s time for better chairs.

13. SWAG

Everyone has seen the company backpacks, fleeces, and water bottles. They’re useful, memorable, and pretty cool! It’s a great way to get the word out when others see them and ask about the company, and employees can feel company pride using them. Some kind of onboarding goodie bag is a treat, and having smaller knick knacks to give away such as bottle openers and stickers are also fun for employees. Never underestimate the value of SWAG, it really is something that employees talk about and want to have.

14. Performance-based Promotions

Retention, you say? Millennials are notorious for job hopping, staying at the same company between 18 months and 3 years. Giving promotions based on performance rather than tenure can motivate employees to stick around longer if they continue to advance. Emphasizing performance will encourage more consistent communication between leaders and employees, build trust, and strengthen mutual respect. These take time and dedication to achieve, something an engaged employee won’t want to lose so soon.

15. Freedom in the Office

In 1981, Adam Osborne invented the very first laptop, “Osborne 1”. With all the major technological advancements made to computers since, laptops are more portable and cheaper than ever before, and there should be no excuse as to why any employee shouldn’t have access to one. Being constrained to a desk for several consecutive hours has been shown to cause back pain, migraines, and dangerous blood clots. Instead, have employees freely move to rooms they can concentrate better in, stretch their legs throughout the day, and reap the benefits of a more productive, happy employee.

Investing in your employees’ happiness and education is the key to fostering employee engagement, and will ultimately benefit the both of you in the long term.

Original article posted on ClickTime.

Use the Break Room to Engage Your Staff

Use the Break Room to Engage Your StaffYour company has a very valuable asset in the break room. That’s right, your break room can be used as more than just a home for the coffee machine and water cooler. It can be a tool for engaging with your staff. We aim to explain how in this post.

Note that you might not be able to utilize all the suggestions you read here. You may be restricted by available space, your budget, and other things. The point is still the same, though: use your break room to whatever extent you can as a way to engage with your staff. You will all be the better for it.

Conduct Meetings in the Break Room

If you have to choose between a conference room and the break room for team meetings, choose the break room. The break room offers a more casual environment that will put team members at ease. When staff are at ease, they tend to be more willing to collaborate. They are more willing to share their ideas and voice their concerns.

As an added benefit, conducting meetings in the break room means you do not have to carry coffee pots to the conference room. You don’t have to worry about getting that beautiful conference room table dirty, either.

Consider Video Messaging

If your company is large enough, consider adding a video monitor or two to the break room. Video monitors can be hooked to a computer network and used to display important company messages. In between messages, stream the weather report and local news. Video messaging is a terrific way to keep staff members in the loop about all sorts of important things.

Put in Comfortable Furniture

Whether you are having a meeting or workers are taking lunch, nothing will put them more at ease than comfortable furniture. Big tables and plastic chairs have long since lost their luster. Take them out and replace them with furniture that is more conducive to socialization and conversation. Think the local coffee shop here.

Personalize the Environment

Far too many break rooms are cold, impersonal environments that serve only a utilitarian purpose. You can better engage with your staff by personalizing the environment. Put up some interesting pictures accompanied by a few discrete decorations here and there. Even a plant or two would be nice. The goal is to make the break room more like home than the office.

Offer Free Snacks and Beverages

We recommend tying all your engagement efforts together with free snacks and beverages. Studies have shown that this one perk can boost employee satisfaction considerably. Why does this matter? Because satisfied employees are more likely to engage with management and ownership.

Galaxie Coffee has everything you need to stock your break room. We invite you to browse our inventory and then contact us with any questions you have. We would be happy to service your office with a full selection of beverages, snacks, and break room supplies.

New Trends in Healthy Snacks

New Trends in Healthy SnacksA 2015 survey conducted by a grocery delivery chain and published by USA Today showed that employers can create a more positive vibe at work by providing free snacks and beverages. In fact, the survey of 1,000 full-time workers revealed that worker satisfaction jumped from an average of 56% to 67% when workers enjoyed free snacks. That says a lot.

Today though, just any old snacks will not necessarily do. Our collective consciousness about healthier eating has employees looking for things other than candy bars and potato chips. They want healthy snacks and drinks they can feel good about consuming.

We’ve done a bit of research ourselves. Here are some of the new trends in healthy snacks that we are seeing:

1. Fresh Fruits

A growing number of offices are beginning to stock their refrigerators with fresh fruits and vegetables. These kinds of snacks do not come easily packed in a vending machine, but it is well worth the effort to procure things like apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries and blueberries. Fresh fruits pair very well with healthy beverages.

2. Packaged Organic Foods

People seem to love just about anything labeled ‘organic’. Such a label does not necessarily mean what consumers think it means, but that doesn’t change the fact that people are interested in products like organic veggie chips, energy bars, etc. Anything organic is likely to do well in the break room.

3. Portion-Controlled Snacks

One of the big dangers of snacking is not controlling your portions. For example, one candy bar per week won’t do you any harm. One per day is another matter. So to address the portion control question, we are now seeing producers putting forth the effort to make it known they are controlling portions by way of their packaging. Consumers are responding favorably.

4. Seeds and Nuts

In terms of actual snack foods, two of the hottest trends right now are seeds and nuts. People are suddenly being turned on to snacks like pumpkin and sunflower seeds. They are also showing an affinity for almonds, pecans, and walnuts. Even peanuts (they are really a legume by the way) are hot right now.

5. Healthier Beverage Choices

Last on our list is the emerging trend of replacing sugary drinks with healthier alternatives. At the top of the list are a variety of flavored seltzers, which is the fastest growing soft drink category. Also, teas that include dandelion and green tea are popular. Beyond tea are flavored waters like lemon and coconut water. It should be noted that these flavored waters utilize natural flavorings.

Natural fruit drinks with no extra sugar added are another great option. People are drinking more blueberry, tart cherry, and apple juice than they have in a long time.

We love healthy snacks here at Galaxie Coffee. We invite you to check out our entire healthy snack inventory. From fresh fruit to veggie chips, we can stock your breakroom with plenty of great stuff. And don’t forget our coffee service either!

Which Cookies Go Best with Coffee?

Which Cookies Go Best with Coffee?Coffee is a beverage that pairs well with a lot of foods. Some people like coffee and donuts; others like to pair their favorite brew with a bread or cake. Our personal preference at Galaxie Coffee is the simple cookie. It doesn’t get much better than a hot cup of joe and a good cookie.

The question is, which cookies go best with coffee? That depends on your personal preferences. We have ours, and we are not shy about talking about them.

Second Runner-Up: Shortbread

We want to offer you two runners-up along with the cookie we believe goes best with coffee. We will begin with shortbread as the second runner-up. A good shortbread cookie has just enough flavor to stand out on its own without detracting from the taste of the coffee. Put the two together and you have a great combination. The one downside to shortbread is that it can be crumbly. It doesn’t dunk well as a result.

First Runner-Up: Brownie-Style Cookies

As a sweet treat, brownies are always good. They pair well with coffee on their own. But a brownie-style cookie is even better. Brownie-style cookies offer you the same rich, chocolaty flavor of a regular brownie but in a pastry that is more firm and crisp. Brownie-style cookies are great for dunking or eating dry.

The Winner: Biscotti

For our money, biscotti is clearly the best cookie for pairing with coffee. Biscotti is an Italian biscuit made from a very simple recipe that includes flour, sugar, eggs, and either almonds or pine nuts. It is the nuts that give biscotti its signature flavor.

A good biscotti is a firm, crunchy cookie that is relatively dry compared to the more moist shortbread and brownie cookies. A lot of people enjoy biscotti all on its own. But when you pair it with coffee, the taste of this delicious Italian biscuit is really enhanced. Coffee brings out the full nutty flavor of Italy’s favorite biscuit.

If you are a dunker, note that the dry and crisp nature of biscotti is such that it will not fall apart in your mug. The cookie will absorb plenty of coffee and still be intact as you raise it to your mouth. The few crumbs that do end up in the bottom of your mug are like the prize in the bottom of the Cracker Jack box. You’ll love them.

Get Your Biscotti from Galaxie Coffee

We are fully on board with biscotti as the best cookie to pair with coffee. If you agree, we have good news for you: you can order biscotti from Galaxie Coffee. We carry it along with literally hundreds of items in our coffee and break room inventory. Ask about it when you place your next order.

Galaxie Coffee has been serving the greater New York area with outstanding beverage and break room service for years. We can supply any office, regardless of size or industry, with the right products at the right prices.