Give Me a Large, Black Coffee

Give Me a Large, Black Coffee“Give me a large, black coffee.”

Those immortal words pass through the lips of countless numbers of consumers every single morning. As the largest consumers of coffee in the world, we Americans seem to thrive on that caffeinated beverage known by dozens of different names including java, joe, wake-up juice, jitter juice and rocket fuel. And given our penchant to overdo things – think big hair in the 1980s – it would seem that we should hold the world record for the largest cup of coffee. But guess what? We don’t.

The record for the largest cup of coffee in the world goes to none other than South Korea. The Guinness Book of World Records credits South Korea’s Caffee Bene with creating a gigantic mug holding 3,758 gallons of the hot beverage in 2014. You can see pictures of the cup flanked by a comparatively petite woman, whom we assume may have been a barista, just to show how big it actually is.

Imagine having that coffee cup sitting on your desk at work. You would never need to take another trip to the coffee machine again. You may never sleep again either. More than 3,700 gallons of coffee would keep you going for a heck of a long time.

Iced Coffee in Las Vegas

The good folks in South Korea may have created the largest cup of hot coffee in the world, but an American company holds the world record for the largest iced coffee in the world. Their record was set in 2010 at the Mandalay Resort in Las Vegas. The Guinness Book of World Records says the GourmetGiftBaskets.com cup contained 1,500 gallons of iced coffee chilled to a delicious 45 degrees.

Las Vegas is known for going big in just about everything. For them, ‘over-the-top’ isn’t a phrase that’s used sparingly. So walking down the Strip and encountering a 1,500-gallon cup of iced coffee was probably not all that unusual at the time it occurred. For the rest of us, though, that’s a lot of cold joe.

It’s All Good

Whether you are talking about the largest cup of coffee, the biggest coffee pyramid in the world or the most extensive collection of coffee pots in a single location, it’s all good. It’s all good because it’s all coffee. It’s hard to go wrong with that little brown bean that, scientifically speaking, is actually a berry.

Our hats are off to the good people in South Korea and Las Vegas who saw fit to brew thousands of gallons of coffee just to set a record. They made a lot of people happy – particularly those who were fortunate enough to drink the cups dry after the records were officially set.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we don’t have a 3,700-gallon cup to offer you. But we do have a fine selection of coffees, teas, and other beverages that we can deliver right to your office. We are happy to cover the entire greater New York area and beyond.

Good News about Coffee and Health

Good News about Coffee and HealthIn past blog posts, we have articulated some of the known health benefits of moderate coffee consumption. This month, we want to address one specific area of good news: coffee and other foods with caffeine do not lead to irregular cardiac rhythms as previously believed. You can now engage in moderate coffee consumption without worrying about arrhythmia.

Past studies have suggested that caffeine can cause irregular heart rhythm. Those studies caused doctors and other health professionals to warn against consuming coffee, chocolate, and other foods with significant volumes of caffeine. But a new study out of the University of California-San Francisco now says otherwise. The study is the largest ever to look at the supposed links between irregular cardiac rhythm and dietary habits.

According to lead researcher Dr. Gregory Marcus, previous recommendations to avoid foods that contain caffeine should be reconsidered by the medical community. In fact, Dr. Marcus and his fellow researchers believe that caffeine consumption might actually have positive health benefits that should be encouraged.

No Evidence of PVCs or PACs

Researchers conducted their study with a group of just under 1,400 subjects with an average age of 72. Regular caffeine consumption was reported by 60% of the subjects at the start of the study. Researchers then measured instances of premature ventricular contractions (PCVs) and premature atrial contractions (PACs) among their subjects, only to find that those who consume caffeine on a regular basis did not have a greater incidence of the contractions.

Both kinds of contractions are understood to cause the heart to beat more times than it normally would. Both are related to a long list of heart conditions including atrial fibrillation, stroke, coronary artery disease, and general heart failure.

So why the difference in the study results? The UCSF researchers say that the past studies we depended on for decades did not look at either PACs or PVCs in relation to irregular heart rhythms. That makes them flawed inasmuch as irregular heart rhythm generally begins as either PACs or PVCs.

Buttressing their claims are a significant number of observational studies that have found regular caffeine users have measurably lower rates of cardiovascular and coronary artery disease.

Everything in Moderation

We need to be careful with this good news about coffee and health. As always, everything needs to be done in moderation. Moderate coffee consumption can provide certain health benefits thanks to the caffeine it contains. But too much of a good thing can be counterproductive. So go ahead and enjoy two or three cups of good coffee every day. Just watch it on the cream and sugar, and don’t indulge yourself via multiple pots.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we love coffee and everything that goes with it. That’s why we have been faithfully serving our customers in the greater New York area for as long as we have. We would be happy to provide your office with high-quality coffee service that includes a full line of beverages and equipment.

The Oldest Coffeehouse in the U.S. Is…

The Oldest Coffeehouse in the U.S. IsThe Galaxie Coffee staff thought might be fun to search through the records with the hope of finding the oldest coffeehouse in the U.S. What began as a fun project turned into an obsession, as we searched one source after another looking for a straight answer. It turns out that determining the oldest coffeehouse in this country depends a lot on how you define the terms. But that shouldn’t be surprising.

There is a lot of disagreement over ‘firsts’ in the food service industry. For example, there are two sandwich shops in Philadelphia, within sight of each other, that claim to have been the original purveyor of the Philly cheese steak sandwich. Likewise, there are two bars in Buffalo that claim to have come up with the chicken wing. Even the beef on weck sandwich is a matter of dispute. Determining the oldest coffeehouse in America engenders the same kinds of disagreements.

Where It All Began

One of the first things we discovered in our quest for the oldest coffeehouse is that the entire coffeehouse concept is not a modern one. It didn’t originate with Starbucks in the 1990s or even the espresso bar fad of the pre-war era. Coffeehouses actually date back to the 16th century Constantinople.

Coffeehouses made it to America by way of English and French culture that was exported here prior to the start of the Revolutionary war. This is where some of the disputations come in. There are records of a number of coffee houses having been built in Philadelphia during the decades just before the Revolution. Merchants Coffee House, also known as City Tavern, was one of the last such coffeehouses built in the City of Brotherly Love in the 1770s. But that means there were others built before Merchants.

It is possible that the earliest coffeehouses in America were opened in cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia where coffee imports were common. If you’re looking for the oldest coffeehouse still in operation, that may fall to our very own Caffee Reggio in Greenwich Village. They opened in 1927 as the first establishment in New York to use an imported espresso machine direct from Italy. Caffee Reggio was the favorite New York spot for Italian cappuccino and espresso well into the 1950s and 60s. Today it is still one of the most loved coffeehouses in America.

The Bean and the Culture

It turns out there’s no way to pinpoint the oldest coffeehouse in America with complete accuracy. There are just too many records along with disputes about those records. What we can say is that the long-standing tradition of the local coffeehouse is all about the bean and the culture that goes with it.

Coffee remains one of the most consumed beverages in America several hundred years after it was brought here from Europe. Coffeehouses from coast-to-coast continue to propagate the coffee culture with great products for every taste. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are just happy to be part of it.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Coffee

Top 10 Health Benefits of CoffeeThere has been plenty of debate over whether coffee is a beverage we should be drinking. A group of studies back in the 70s had many people convinced that coffee was responsible for a whole litany of health problems while studies conducted in the 80s and 90s contradicted their predecessors. Today we have a much larger body of evidence from which to draw. The evidence shows that, while there may be some negative health effects of drinking too much coffee, consuming America’s favorite hot beverage in moderation is actually good for you.

Here are the top 10 health benefits of coffee, taken from a list of 19 benefits published by Caffeine Informer. Each of these items is documented on their website via links to scientific studies.

1. Greater Longevity – Numerous studies from Japan, Greece and the U.S. demonstrate that moderate coffee consumption increases longevity by reducing the risk of premature death due to certain diseases.

2. Reduced Risk of Death by Heart Attack – People who consume two or more cups of coffee daily following a heart attack have a lower risk of dying from a future heart attack.

3. Reduced Risk of Cancer – Studies have shown that moderate coffee consumption can reduce the risk of several different kinds of cancer including colorectal cancer, liver cancer, and melanoma.

4. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Protection – Coffee drinkers are at lower risk for developing both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

5. Lower Risk of Depression and Suicide – Studies of tens of thousands of subjects demonstrate fewer incidents of depression and suicide among moderate coffee drinkers.

6. Lower Risk of Diabetes – People who drink six or more cups of coffee per day are 22% less likely to develop type II diabetes.

7. Protection against Cirrhosis – Coffee drinkers tend to have lower liver enzyme levels, thus promoting a lower risk of developing cirrhosis.

8. Lower Risk of Heart Disease – A Korean study showed that moderate coffee drinkers are less likely to exhibit warning signs of heart disease.

9. Better Oral Health – Research from Brazil found that strong, black coffee may prevent cavities by killing oral bacteria. A U.S. study tracking men over 30 years suggests that coffee has a protective benefit for oral health.

10. Pain Relief – Studies have shown that moderate coffee consumption can reduce muscle pain caused by physical exertion.

Black Coffee Is Best

It should be noted that the majority of the studies involved black coffee. In other words, adding cream and sugar to your daily cup may negate some of its health benefits. Oral health is but one example. While coffee may kill oral bacteria, cream and sugar still promote tooth decay.

Coffee has proven to be good for you if consumed in moderation. If you drink coffee for its health benefits, you now have ten more things to consider. If you drink it just because you like it, that’s okay too. At Galaxie Coffee, it’s all good to us. We’re in the coffee business because we love coffee.

Workplace Trends: Collaborating Around the Coffee Machine

Workplace Trends: Collaborating Around the Coffee MachineAre you familiar with the old image of co-workers meeting around the water cooler to discuss office politics? Well, that image may or may not be accurate. One thing we do know is that workers tend to achieve their best collaborative efforts away from their desks. They do their best when collaborating around the coffee machine or in the company break room.

A 2014 study conducted by Harris Poll showed that 89% of America’s workers believe that a good cup of coffee can make the difference in how well the day goes. Approximately 84% believe that good office coffee is an important perk while nearly 20% believe they do their best collaborative work around the coffee machine.

The strength of coffee as a collaborative motivator comes from the social aspects of consuming the beverage. Simply put, coffee drinking is a social experience that is generally free from outside pressures. And when workers don’t feel pressured to perform, they actually tend to perform better. Getting out of the cubicle and into a more relaxed space promotes greater creativity, freer thinking, and more willingness to look for input from others.

Redesigning Break Room Space

Having a dedicated area in the office where the coffee machine is located is one thing, but having break room space separate from the office itself is even better. A 2013 survey from Gensler revealed that only 25% of America’s workers believe their workplace environment lends itself well to productivity. Among the chief complaints is a lack of space where workers can meet to collaborate.

That same Gensler study revealed that giving employees a say in the kind of space they want for collaboration often results in redesigning break rooms to allow for gatherings of groups of employees while they share a cup of coffee and a snack. Think space that is more of a lounge than the cafeteria.

It turns out that collaboration works better in a relaxed lounge environment than a meeting room or that open floor space at the end of the office. People collaborate best in spaces where they feel relaxed and ‘away from it all’.

Companies willing to honestly look at the data are now making their employee break rooms and lounges the central meeting space for collaborative efforts. They are completely redoing these spaces to make them less institutional and more inviting – and they are reaping the rewards of doing so. Employees gathering in these less formal spaces are doing their best work.

Galaxie Coffee Can Help

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we provide office coffee throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. Our years of experience serving some of the best companies in the region makes us a perfect choice for helping you create the ideal collaborative space. Galaxie can provide the equipment, beverages and break room supplies you need to fully stock your collaborative space. Let us help you create the optimal environment for your employees with high-quality coffees, teas and other beverages.

Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino, and Latte: What are the Differences?

Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino, and Latte: What are the Differences?Your daily stop at the coffee shop on the way to work presents you with a myriad of choices. The menu board screams for your attention as you try to sort out just what you want. You can choose coffee, espresso, cappuccino or your favorite latte. But more often than not, you find yourself wondering what the differences are between them.

The retail coffee industry has become unnecessarily complicated due to a lack of information about the different kinds of coffee drinks. In an effort to make it as simple as possible, here’s a brief rundown. Our explanations are intended only to be a generic guide; we may differ from other companies in the coffee industry in terms of the details.

Coffee

The term ‘coffee’ is generally a generic term that covers any hot beverage made with roasted coffee beans. However, the term is a bit more specific here in America. Our ‘American coffee’ tends to be a beverage created with Arabica coffee and extremely hot water.

Roasted coffee is placed in some sort of basket over which hot water is poured for the purposes of extracting the oil in the roasted beans. Coffee can also be cold brewed or made with a French press. Americans tend to drink this standard form of coffee with cream and sweetener added.

Espresso

Espresso drinks can be made with the same roasted coffee products American coffee is made with. The primary difference is the concentration. To make espresso properly, ground coffee must be compacted tightly into its receptacle before hot water is forced through. This brewing method increases the strength and flavor significantly. As a result, a good espresso tends to be made with higher quality coffee beans. The flavor of inferior coffee is hard to hide in an espresso drink.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino is a beverage that is made with a combination of espresso and milk. Milk is steamed in order to create a frothy liquid with about twice the volume of regular milk. This creates the foam cappuccino beverages are known for. Also important to note is that cappuccino begins with equal portions of espresso and milk. This preserves the flavor of the coffee to a greater degree than a standard latte.

Latte

Latte is also a beverage made with espresso and milk. Its unique characteristic is that it starts with twice as much milk. The milk is heated but not frothed, so latte drinks don’t tend to be as foamy. Both milk and espresso are combined simultaneously in a serving cup to create a rich and creamy beverage. Any excess foam resulting from heating the milk may be poured over the top of the latte for artistic effect.

Now you know the differences between coffee, espresso, cappuccino and latte. If you are interested in coffee and beverage service for your office, please feel free to contact Galaxie Coffee. We provide a full range of coffee and tea products along with fruit juices and other beverages.

A Look at the Coffee Consumption Habits of Millennials

A Look at the Coffee Consumption Habits of MillennialsYoung adults have always influenced coffee consumption in America. But as time marches on, younger consumers (particularly millennials right now) are having a greater influence than ever before. What makes them tick are the kinds of things that product and equipment manufacturers are focusing on for one simple reason: millennials are more likely to spend more money on coffee consumption than their older counterparts.

So, just what are the coffee consumption habits of the millennial generation? Keep reading to find out. Suffice it to say that millennials are very particular about their coffee.

A Preference for Espresso

Where older coffee drinkers are content with traditional, American coffee made with drip brewers, millennials are more open to all sorts of espresso-based beverages. According to the National Coffee Association’s 67th National Coffee Drinking Trends report, consumption of espresso products has nearly tripled in the last seven years. Much of that increase is due to the expanding preferences of millennials.

Alongside a stronger preference for espresso, millennials are also more likely to choose gourmet specialty coffees. Consumption of gourmet coffees has tripled among millennials since 2008; it has doubled among those ages 25 to 39 as well. Simply put, gourmet coffees and espressos are all the rage among millennials.

A Preference for Quality

Millennials are sticklers for what they consider quality. Whether it’s smartphones or clothing choices, they are willing to pay top dollar for quality they appreciate. The same holds true for their coffee choices. Data suggests that millennials will drink less coffee compared to their older counterparts, yet focus more on quality when they do consume coffee beverages.

A Willingness to Try Different Things

One could argue that the most profound affect millennials are having on the coffee industry relates directly to their willingness to try different things. For example, it is the younger coffee drinker that is responsible for the astronomical success of single cup brewers. Despite being exponentially more expensive, millennials are willing to pay for the convenience of single cup.

Their willingness to try something different has led to the recent cold brew craze. It is the driving factor behind new age coffee houses, fair trade coffee products, and nearly every other innovation that has come to the coffee industry in the last ten years.

Striving to Meet Every Need

The team at Galaxie Coffee is acutely aware that the coffee industry is evolving over time. This is nothing new. Evolution has always been part of what we do. Therefore, we strive to meet every need presented by our customers. That will not change even as millennials influence how coffee is consumed in the United States.

For more information about our business, please contact us at any time. Galaxie Coffee is proud to serve the entire greater New York area by providing the best coffee and beverage service along with breakroom and janitorial supplies. We would be honored to service your office with high-quality coffees, teas and other beverages.

What Is the Coffee Martini and Why Is It So Popular?

What Is the Coffee Martini and Why Is It So PopularNational Coffee Day in the U.S. was September 29. On that day, coffee houses and cafés all served up their best coffee drinks in an effort to celebrate what is clearly our national beverage. Among the many concoctions coffee lovers enjoyed is what is known as the ‘coffee martini’.

Yes, you did read that correctly. The coffee martini is a genuine drink served in bars and nightclubs all across the country. It is among a group of current coffee fads that also includes cold brew and herbal coffee substitutes. But unlike many other coffee fads, the coffee martini may just stick around for a long time.

What is a coffee martini? It is an alcoholic beverage made with coffee as a base and served cold in a martini glass. The alcohol one mixes with coffee to produce the desired drink is left to personal preference. However, the most commonly chosen alcohol used to create this interesting drink is vodka. And why not? Vodka barely has any flavor of its own, so it is the perfect spirit to mix with coffee without inhibiting its flavor.

How to Make a Coffee Martini

Making coffee martinis is as easy as making any other mixed drink. Most of the time you start with hot coffee that gets poured over ice. But remember, this will dilute the coffee as the ice melts. Therefore, most recipes begin with espresso to take advantage of its concentration. After pouring the coffee over the ice, you simply add your alcohol of choice along with any other ingredients you might happen to enjoy.

You could combine two fads by using cold brew coffee in your martinis. Then you wouldn’t have to worry about dilution because the coffee could be chilled before being poured over ice. You might also consider putting your alcohol in the freezer for a few hours beforehand. That way, the colder temperature of the alcohol will offset the warmer temperature of the coffee.

A New and Popular Drink

There is no getting around the fact that the coffee martini is becoming a more popular drink as time marches on. As for why this is so, no one really knows. It could be that we Americans, who seem to love moving from one fad to the next, have been captivated by yet another way to enjoy America’s favorite beverage. The coffee Martini makes it possible for us to mix the drink that gets us going in the morning with one that keeps us going at night.

It could be that the coffee martini is just a way for certain segments of the coffee drinking population to feel good about what they are drinking. Who knows? In the meantime, our goal at Galaxie Coffee is to serve our customers by providing the best coffee and beverage service in the greater New York area. We carry a complete line of hot and cold beverages along with breakroom supplies and more.

Herbal Coffee: Neither Tea nor Coffee

Herbal CoffeeAs coffee fads go, there is nothing all that unusual about coffee drinkers wanting to find alternatives that will satisfy their desire for a flavorful beverage without increasing caffeine intake. More of them are turning to herbal coffee for that very reason. The beverage is similar to herbal tea in that it is made of various plants and roots, but there’s a dirty little secret about herbal coffee: it is neither a tea nor a roasted coffee product.

A better way to describe herbal coffee is to explain that it is a coffee alternative. There are many such products on the market, each one designed to provide a beverage with a similar flavor, color, and texture without all of the caffeine. Most herbal coffee products currently on the market are made with things such as dandelion root, chicory root, barley, carob, almonds, hazelnuts, dates and figs.

Exactly how these ingredients are blended is up to individual roasters. What gives the blends the dark, rich flavor intended to mimic coffee is the roasting process.

History of Herbal Coffee

We looked around to see if we could find exactly where herbal coffee came from. Though the history of this beverage is sketchy, Italians have been drinking a beverage known as Orzo for generations. Orzo is a barley-based beverage that originated hundreds of years ago among peasants who couldn’t afford genuine coffee. These peasants began experimenting with roasting barley – no easy task, given how frail barley can be under heat. But they eventually figured it out.

Today, Orzo is a common coffee alternative served throughout Europe. It remains very big in Italy, especially among Italians who love their espresso but know better than to have a cup in the hours preceding bedtime. They will now leave their espresso for the daytime and enjoy Orzo in the evening.

Herbal Coffee in the U.S.

We Americans have not been as quick to embrace herbal coffee as our European and Asian counterparts. However, that’s not to say you cannot buy it here. You can, and it is growing in popularity. There are a number of established brands available at local supermarkets and specialty stores that also carry herbal tea and other specialized food products for advocates of healthy eating.

As for preparing herbal coffee, that depends on the product you purchase. Some products are put in your coffee maker just like you would a standard coffee blend. Other products are steeped in hot water just like tea, and still other herbal coffees are instant – just add power to your hot water and you’re set to go.

Herbal coffee is the latest coffee fad to emerge in the U.S. Here at Galaxie Coffee we are all about providing the best coffee, water, and other beverages to our clients regardless of their tastes and preferences. As fads come and go, we remain constant in our dedication to top-notch customer service and competitive pricing. Please contact us for more information about coffee service to your office.

3 Reasons Coffee Is the Hot Beverage of Choice for Office Workers

The average American office is staffed with an army of workers who can be seen filing in every morning with coffee cups in hand. Those same workers head to the break room for a refill at midmorning, and then again in the middle of the afternoon. Some of them will never let their cups get empty. But why? Why is it that coffee continues to stand as the hot beverage of choice for office workers?

Tea and hot chocolate are definitely gaining some momentum in the modern office. Still, coffee remains the favorite hot beverage. From our experience as a provider of office coffee service, we believe there are three reasons for this:

1. Caffeine Keeps You Going

It is no secret that caffeine is one of the most used stimulants in the world. It is a largely harmless substance that can keep workers going throughout the day without interrupting their workflow. Just enjoy a cup of coffee every couple of hours and you are good to go.

The caffeine in coffee also helps office workers remain alert in an environment that can easily lead to monotony and boredom. Those of you who stare at computer screens all day know exactly what we are talking about. Every now and again you just need a jolt of caffeine to refocus your eyes and mind.

2. Coffee Is a Social Beverage

The office environment is one that can feel isolating despite the fact that there might be dozens of workers in the same space throughout the day. Anyone who works in a cubicle knows what this is like. Coffee acts as an escape by providing a good reason to get out of the cubicle and interact with coworkers.

Coffee is a social beverage that encourages people to spend time with one another. Even if it’s just 15 or 20 minutes in the morning or afternoon, gathering around the coffee machine with your coworkers can really make a difference in how the day goes. For that alone, companies owe a lot to their coffee machines and break rooms.

3. Coffee Improves Productivity

A 2010 MIT study showed that the concept of the coffee break improves productivity among office workers. Even without the study, office managers have been aware for years that providing free coffee to workers is a small thing that goes a long way toward boosting performance. That is why they do it. And because employers are offering the coffee for free, workers are more than happy to drink it.

Coffee continues to be the favorite hot beverage among America’s offers workers. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are thrilled to be able to provide industry-leading coffee service in the greater New York area. We know how much office workers depend on coffee throughout the workday, and we strive to offer only the best products combined with great prices and excellent service. Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about our products and services.