2 Reasons Cold Brew Coffee Is So Popular

Great Cup Of Freshly Brewed Ground CoffeeFew trends in the coffee industry are as popular right now as cold brew coffee. The cold brew revolution is so strong that retail sales grew to nearly $8 million in 2015, up some 115% from the year before. Cold brew concentrate can be purchased off-the-shelf or, if you prefer, brewed at home using a cold brewer that replaces hot water with cold water and time.

Just in case you are not familiar with the process, cold brewing coffee is a pretty simple process from a practical standpoint. You simply fill your cold brewer with water, add ground coffee, and let it drip for several hours. In the end, you will have a perfectly brewed cup of coffee unlike anything else you have tasted.

Why is cold brew coffee so popular? Here are the top two factors driving the trend:

1. Less Bitter, More Flavorful Experience

Brewing coffee with hot water causes the release of certain oils and fatty acids that are not produced during the cold brewing process. These oils and fatty acids are that which give hot coffee its bitter taste and its bite. Some people like that flavor, and that’s okay, but others do not. They try to offset the bitterness and bite by adding cream and sugar.

The cold brewing process still extracts the flavor compounds from coffee along with some of the caffeine. But because the oils and fatty acids are only soluble at high temperatures, they do not come through the cold brewing process. You are left with a less bitter beverage that is more about the flavor of the coffee bean than anything else. Cold brew coffee is significantly more mild in its flavor, but the flavors tend to be deeper and more complex.

2. Coffee Drinkers Love Fads

The second factor driving the cold coffee revolution is less about the beverage and more about the fact that coffee drinkers – especially the younger ones – are easily influenced by fads. According to a September 2015 report published by Food Business News, cold brewed coffee is particularly appealing to older millennials. Roughly 55% of them prefer cold brew over standard, hot brewed coffee.

If nothing else, the coffee industry in America is very much trend driven. From the popularity of coffee houses to single cup machines to cold brewing, coffee drinkers will latch onto trends and ride them out until they fade away to the next emerging trend. It is almost a self-perpetuating sort of thing. Right now cold brew coffee is in. Just that fact alone is attracting more people to it.

Our position at Galaxie Coffee is one of providing whatever our customers want. We are proud of an extensive product list that includes an extensive list of coffees and teas, complemented by other beverages and a full range of breakroom supplies. We offer the best office coffee service in the greater New York area and beyond. We would be happy to serve you as well.

The Health Effects of Coffee

Row coffee beans splashed from the cups

In the mid-1970s, the U.S. endured the ‘big coffee scare’ in which medical science told us not to continue drinking our morning cup of joe out of fear that it could cause cancer and other diseases. A lot has changed after four decades of intense research. Now it turns out that coffee may actually have some positive health benefits that make it worth drinking – at least in moderation.

According to the latest research, coffee may be beneficial to human health in the following ways:

  • Diabetes Protection – Researchers at UCLA have discovered that coffee intake increases levels of SHBG in the body. Not only does this substance regulate sex hormones, but it is also related to the development of type II diabetes. Their research is complemented by additional research from Harvard that suggests moderate coffee consumption can reduce type II diabetes risk.
  • Parkinson’s Disease – Coffee may help lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease. In cases of people who already have the disease, moderate coffee consumption may help to improve movement, according to research from the McGill University Health Center.
  • Liver Disease – Research from Italy suggests that coffee consumption can reduce the risk of liver cancer by up to 40%. It might also decrease the risk of cirrhosis among alcohol consumers by more than 20%. Those already diagnosed with cirrhosis can reduce their chances of dying from the disease by as much as 66% through moderate coffee consumption.
  • Heart Disease – Harvard School of Public Health researchers who studied European coffee drinkers found that those who consume two cups per day were roughly 11% less likely to suffer heart failure compared to those who don’t drink coffee.

Coffee has also been linked to prevention of colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis and premature death. Keep in mind that the nature of epidemiology, on which all of the studies are based, shows links between coffee consumption and certain health factors. They do not necessarily establish causation.

Everything in Moderation

Of course, even the perceived health benefits of coffee need to be regulated by moderation. Coffee contains caffeine, something we know can have adverse health effects if consumed in excess. Furthermore, adding a ton of cream and sugar to your cup of black coffee increases your calorie intake and subjects you to whatever health effects are related to consuming them.

Most of the studies suggest between two and five cups of black coffee per day to enjoy the maximum health benefit. Anything over and above five cups would be deemed excessive and could very well undo any of the good coffee-drinking might offer.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are thrilled to know that the staple beverage that drives America is one that can actually be good for human health. It makes it a lot more enjoyable to do what we do. If you need coffee and beverage service for your office in the greater New York area, we would love the opportunity to earn your business. Contact us for more information.

Worldwide Hot Beverage Growth Remains Positive

Worldwide Hot Beverage Growth Remains PositiveEconomic malaise tends to affect every sector of the retail environment. When people have less money to spend, they buy fewer goods that are not absolute necessities. Fortunately for the hot beverage industry, people still consider things such as coffee and tea as daily necessities. Hot beverage growth around the world remains positive – even in geographic regions where other industries have stagnated.

Every year, Euromonitor International publishes a comprehensive report outlining how well the hot beverage industry is doing. Their 2015 report was very positive. Not only are hot beverages continuing to enjoy a modest growth year after year, but consumers are becoming even more specific in the kinds of coffee and tea drinks they are looking for.

Below is a snapshot of some of the most important data from the 2015 Euromonitor report:

  • Overall Growth – After peaking in 2010, the hot beverage industry has been attempting to recover from two-and-a-half years of lower volume and market value between 2011 and 2013. In 2015, overall growth rose 7% in off-trade value fueled primarily by hot tea. Also performing very well were malt-based hot drinks and certain coffees and teas that are deemed healthier.
  • Strongest Markets – The strongest market for growth in 2015 for both coffee and tea was China. Their astonishing 5% growth was completely unexpected. Rounding out the top five were Brazil, the U.S., India, and Germany.
  • Coffee Affordability – Data shows that coffee continues to do very well even in countries still suffering economically, primarily because it is so affordable. Brazil is a great example. Because Brazilian growers produce almost all of the coffee consumed in their country, growth continues even without hefty exports and a strong overall economy.
  • Total Consumption – The 2015 data suggests that top line volume consumption of hot beverages should remain stable or grow slightly through 2016. Between now and 2020, indicators suggest additional growth of at least 3%.

Maturing Consumer Preferences

While growth in the hot tea category is being driven mainly by consumers looking for healthier alternatives, growth in coffee is still being dictated by the pod concept. Worldwide, coffee pods grew by 13% in 2015 – mainly due to the American preference for single cup brewers. However, ‘third wave’ coffee is coming on strong.

Think of third wave coffee as the hot beverage equivalent of micro-brewed beer. Craft coffees are enjoying very robust growth in the U.S., the UK, and Japan particularly. These new kinds of coffees are addressing the consumer’s desire for better tasting coffee that can be enjoyed in the same way as a fine wine or gourmet chocolate.

Hot beverages continue to be popular around the world regardless of geographic region or economic status. That is a good thing for us, being that we proudly serve the greater New York area with the region’s finest hot and cold beverage service. We hope you will consider Galaxie Coffee as your beverage service provider. We would welcome the opportunity to serve you and your staff.

Coffee and Tea: Social Customs from Around the World

Coffee and Tea - Social Customs from Around the WorldCoffee and tea are two unique beverages that are counted by many as more than just ‘something to drink’. In fact, there are countless coffee and tea rituals observed around the world that are more important than the drinks themselves. The social customs that accompany coffee and tea drinking are remarkable in both their value and longevity.

We have done some research and come up with a handful of fascinating coffee and tea customs from around the world. Enjoy!

Coffee Houses – Vienna, Austria

We like to think of coffeehouses as uniquely American. They are not. Coffeehouses were around in Europe long before we were ever a country. In Vienna, the coffeehouse is an important part of the intellectual and arts scenes. People who take it seriously gather in coffeehouses like Café Landtmann and Café Hawelka where they would not even think about serving coffee if not accompanied by a rich pastry known as Sachertorte.

Progressive Coffee Beverages – Brazil

In Brazil, it’s typical to start the day with a cup of café com leite then transition to a darker, stronger black cafezhino later in the day. The idea is to start out with a lighter coffee drink that includes plenty of milk as a calm and relaxing introduction to the early morning hours. The stronger coffee is enjoyed later in the day as the fatigue of work sets in.

Touareg Tea – Morocco

Touareg tea is a mint-flavored tea served in Morocco according to a very specific ritual. For example, three servings of the tea are served to guests in succession, with each new brew having a slightly different flavor. The tea is poured into special glasses that are part of the ritual. Refusing any of the three brews is considered terribly rude in Moroccan culture.

Zavarka Tea – Russia

A traditional tea in Russia would be the dark and strong Zavarka. This tea is brewed in a special metal container and then served to guests in large mugs used only for tea. However, it is so strong that drinkers only put a small amount in their mugs and then fill the rest with boiling water to take the edge off. You can drink it black or with milk and sugar as desired. This tea is rarely served without some sort of snack – like a cookie or crackers.

A Spiritual Experience – Ethiopia

Ethiopia is considered one of the birthplaces of coffee. As such, coffee preparation and consumption in Ethiopia is a spiritual experience with important religious significance. Coffee beans are roasted in a special ritual bowl then cooled on straw, ground, and prepared in a traditional clay pot. The serving cups are very small, and they have important spiritual significance.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are always fascinated to learn how others enjoy their coffee and tea. No matter how you enjoy it, we have what you need for your office. We invite you to browse our entire inventory of beverages and breakroom supplies.

Tea Customs Around the World: It’s Not Just Another Drink

Tea Customs Around the World - It's Not Just Another DrinkIn all of its many iterations, tea is the second most consumed drink in the world behind water. Whether it’s black, herbal, chai or green tea, the beverage that so many consider their favorite is consumed in practically every country on the planet.

The most fascinating thing about tea is that it is not just another drink. In many countries, there are ancient traditions that go along with every cup. Following those traditions is as important to the enjoyment of tea as flavor and aroma. Below are just a few examples.

India – Tea in Clay Cups

Although India is not considered the birthplace of tea, it is the world’s largest producer and consumer of tea. Tea is so popular here that you can buy it just about anywhere – in train stations, on street corners, and in every market. Furthermore, people prefer to drink their tea out of clay cups made of local soil in the belief that residue from the soil is key to giving the tea a unique, local flavor.

China – The Tea Experience

If you want to experience traditional Chinese tea, be prepared for a long, participatory ritual of preparation and brewing. When the tea is ready, it will be served by filling cups arranged in a circle using a continuous pouring motion that does not stop until every cup is full. Then, cradle your cup in your hands and slowly take in the taste and aroma through a series of delicate sniffs and sips.

Britain – Afternoon Tea

We usually associate tea in Britain with the exercise of afternoon tea. Believe it or not, this custom was not introduced until the mid-1840s. Today, the tradition continues with a mild and flavorful tea served in mid-to-late afternoon along with a selection of small sandwiches and cakes. It has been said that the best place to enjoy afternoon tea is in a quiet garden.

Malaysia – Pulled Tea

Malaysia’s favorite tea drink is known as ‘teh tarik’ (pulled tea). It is a rather frothy mixture with a unique texture resulting from the way the ingredients are mixed. There is actually an art form to doing this. Tea masters put all of the ingredients in a glass mug to start. Then, they swiftly transfer the mixture to a second glass mug, continuing back and forth for some time. The process exposes the mixture to cool air which creates the drink’s frothiness.

United States – Tea for Health

The tea culture in the United States is just emerging. As such, we do not really have any tea customs as yet. The closest we come to custom is the fact that most of us who drink tea do so for health reasons. We are replacing sugary drinks, coffee and alcohol with something that is perceived to be much better for us.

Here at Galaxie, we offer a full range of teas along with our coffees and other beverages. Feel free to ask about your favorite tea drink next time you order.

Social and Cultural Impacts of Coffee Have Been Profound

Social and Cultural Impacts of Coffee Have Been ProfoundContemplating the common coffee bean can be a very enlightening experience if you allow it to be. For example, what is coffee really? Is it just a plant from which we make a delicious beverage, or is it a commodity that has had a significant impact on society? Your knowledge of the history of coffee probably dictates how you answer these two questions.

National Public Radio presented a very compelling piece back in 2013 demonstrating the social and cultural impacts of coffee over hundreds of years of history. Needless to say, coffee is more than just a beverage we drink. It has been part of world-changing political decisions, the creation of beautiful works of art, and the development of strong economic engines in multiple countries across the globe. Below are a few highlights from the NPR piece that provide a clear picture of how important coffee has been throughout history.

The London Coffeehouse Scene

We do not typically associate coffee houses with London, but they had such establishments long before we did. According to NPR, the world-renowned Lloyd’s of London insurance company was formed in a London coffeehouse by the same name in 1688. Proprietor Edward Lloyd established his coffeehouse as a gathering place for ship owners, sailors, and merchant marines. It eventually became a place where mariners and insurers could meet to discuss insurance, leading Lloyd to establish his own insurance company.

NPR also notes those same London coffeehouses were meeting places for journalists, authors, and even great composers like Bach and Beethoven. They say that some of the greatest compositions of classical music and literature may have been born in 17th- and 18th-century coffeehouses.

Coffee and the American Revolution

Coffee played a significant role as a political statement at the start of the American Revolution. As you might guess, once patriots dumped all that tea into Boston Harbor in 1773, citizens and politicians alike stopped drinking British tea and took up coffee instead. Coffee became an important political symbol in that it signified one’s allegiance to America and a subsequent disdain for Britain.

Modern Coffee Movement

Today, coffee continues to have a significant social and cultural impact. While the coffeehouses of the Pacific Northwest have generated an entirely separate coffee culture that is as distinct as the wine, chocolate and cheese cultures, socially-minded coffee drinkers are championing the cause of growers and laborers who they believe are not being treated fairly.

Of course, coffee has also spawned new technologies and inventions that have made millions of dollars for their inventors. The single-cup coffee machine is but one example. And with every such invention, there is another paradigm shift in the way we make and consume coffee.

Coffee has undoubtedly shaped cultures and societies for hundreds of years. We are just happy to be able to be a part of it here at Galaxie. If it were not for coffee, we would be doing something else for a living.

The Biggest Innovators in the Coffee Industry: Small Businesses

The Biggest Innovators in the Coffee Industry: Small BusinessesOur position as one of the leading providers of coffee and beverage service in the greater New York area gives our staff an opportunity to interact with a lot of coffee lovers. We get a lot of great questions including, “who are the biggest innovators in the coffee industry today?” We suppose customers ask that question because they are curious about what we may have coming in the future. At any rate, it’s a great question and one with an answer that might surprise you.

A fascinating article published by Craft Beverage Jobs in mid-April (2016) gives us a hint about the industry’s biggest innovators by explaining, in detail, what are known as the ‘three waves’ of coffee. Truth be known, the coffee waves we talk about in the industry are just a means for us to express the history of coffee in the marketplace since the 1800s.

During the first wave, the biggest innovators were the coffee growers and roasters themselves. They found new ways to take a product that was produced by individual growers and roasters as an alternative to tea and develop its mass appeal throughout the Americas and parts of Europe. They were so successful that their efforts gave rise to mass producers like Maxwell House Folgers and technologies such as vacuum packing.

The second wave was dominated by the coffee shop culture that began on the West Coast in the 1970s. The biggest innovator back then was Starbucks and although the company still exerts quite a bit of influence in their chosen arena, that influence is beginning to fade in light of the current third wave of coffee.

Coffee Today and Tomorrow

The coffee industry of today is all about consumers who want to know how their coffee is grown, how it is sourced, how it relates to environmental protection and fair trade, and so on. We expect the current trends to continue for quite some time. During this third wave, the true innovators are the small businesses who are getting back to the basics of coffee as a premium beverage to be enjoyed for its own sake rather than just drinking any old off-the-shelf coffee to get a caffeine buzz in the morning.

Craft Beverage Jobs cites companies like Intelligentsia, Counter Culture Coffee, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters as three examples of third wave innovators. We cannot disagree with that assessment. Each one exemplifies what coffee’s third wave is all about: product quality, direct trade, and sustainability.

As we see it, innovation is all about finding new ways to not only give customers what they want but to meet and exceed their expectations every single time. That is what innovators do.

Our goal at Galaxie Coffee is to provide the best possible coffee and beverage service we can. We want our customers to enjoy every single cup, every single time. Therefore, we continue to work with our suppliers to bring you the highest quality coffees from around the world.

5 of the Healthiest Teas on the Market

5 of the Healthiest Teas on the MarketSince the earliest days of recorded history, man has been making tea as a beverage to be consumed for good health. Today, tea still enjoys a position of prominence in Eastern diets for that same reason. China is a great example. In that country, there are dozens of different kinds of teas that are used specifically to promote good health among the Chinese population.

If you are a regular tea drinker, have you considered drinking particular types of tea in order to gain some of their health benefits? If so, you might already be aware of the healthiest teas on the market, including these five:

1. Green Tea

Green tea took off as a daily beverage in the West back in the late 90s. It is a tea with a lot of value as an antioxidant because of its high content of catechins. Some studies suggest that daily consumption of green tea can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in some people by as much as 10%. It is also believed to be beneficial for weight maintenance.

2. Oolong Tea

This traditional Chinese tea comes in multiple varieties depending on customer tastes. All of the varieties are believed to help cut down on triglycerides in the blood by causing certain enzyme reactions that prevent the body from converting food sources into fat. Studies suggest that oolong tea is a good beverage for people attempting to lose weight or prevent weight gain.

3. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is one of the varieties of tea that has been used specifically for medicinal purposes for centuries. It is high in antioxidants and believed to be useful for preventing cancer and some of the side effects of diabetes, including diabetic nerve damage. What’s different with chamomile tea is that it does not actually come from a tea plant; it is made from the chamomile plant.

4. Echinacea Tea

Echinacea is another example of an herbal tea not made using traditional tea leaves. Nonetheless, echinacea is believed to be beneficial to fighting off viral infections and boosting overall immune system performance. It works well enough that you can even buy echinacea lozenges to help fight the common cold.

5. White Tea

White tea is considered the ‘all-purpose’ tea in terms of health benefits. It is also high in antioxidant properties that may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other health problems. A few studies have even suggested that drinking white tea as a way to help minimize the possibility of relapse among breast cancer survivors. That said, green and black tea are also recommended for the same purpose.

Tea, in its many forms, offers health benefits that give people even more reasons to consume it. We are pleased to be able to provide tea to our customers along with coffee and other beverages. If you have any questions about our service or the products we carry, feel free to contact Galaxie Coffee at any time.

The Growing Popularity of Coffee Pods

The Growing Popularity of Coffee PodsThe last decade has seen an upsurge in instant coffee use. However, it is the rising popularity of coffee pods that has hit the world by storm. According to a MarketWatch report in November 2013, there has been a three-fold increment in single-serve coffee sales since 2011. In America alone, 13% of residents enjoyed caffeine prepared with a single-cup coffee machine each day in 2014. A prediction by Mintel, a market research firm in the US, shows that the gap between coffee pods budget by consumers and that of bulk coffee is narrowing, and likely to match by the year 2018.

Looking at the statistics, it is clear that coffee pods are revolutionizing the coffee drinking experience around the world. This trend is hardly possible without a capable brewing device, and to match the upward trend of such capsules are the coffee pod machines. The pioneer in single-serve coffee machines is Keurig of Green Mountain, simply referred to as K-Cup machines. Since its invention in the 1990s by John Sylvan, more brands have hit the market. Today, one in every three American households owns a one-cup coffee pod machine.

Surprisingly, a device originally targeted for office use has found its way not only in homes but also restaurants. Even customers are asking for the ever convenient fresh brew of a K-cup in coffee houses. No wonder, these machines are cropping up in almost every building in not only the US but also other parts of the world, such as Europe. In 2013, pod coffee machine sales surpassed their drip counterparts in Western Europe.

So, what is the hype about coffee pods?

This is one question in the mind of anyone bowled over by the growing popularity of coffee pods. Generally, today’s world is fast-paced, and everyone wants things to happen at a lightning speed. This doesn’t mean one has to compromise quality, though; today’s customer is keen about everything! So, what does a coffee pod machine has to offer?

i. Ease of use

With a Keurig K-Cup, all you need is to press a button and within thirty seconds you will be enjoying an equally good cup of coffee. The brewing process involves opening up of a tiny coffee capsule by a jet of water under high pressure, and the mixture passes through a filter into your cup. The output is basically a cup at a time.

ii. Convenience

Imagine a situation where you are assured of a fresh cup of high quality with every cycle that takes only 30 seconds of your time. With such a machine, you don’t need to measure and mix spices to get your desired taste since the equipment has the right balance and amount. Additionally, each cup is brewed from a single capsule individually packaged to ensure freshness.

iii. Ability to provide high-quality coffee

Though this depends on the coffee pods, you can be certain of consistency in the quality of the brand you choose. In any case, each capsule is packed separately. Unlike bulk coffee packages, the Arabica coffee is wrapped up into a capsule-like pod made of a light- and airproof material thus making sure the content doesn’t degrade in quality during storage.

iv. Cheaper compared to takeaways from cafes

If you consider its face value, single-serve caffeine is expensive. For instance, a cup by Nespresso goes for 65 cents, this means a pound of the same costs USD 59. However, some customers feel this is way cheaper compared to a trip to Starbucks every time they want to enjoy a good cup of coffee.

Coffee Pods in the Future

The future is bright for coffee pods. This lies in their ability to answer the need for good quality coffee that is convenient and quick to brew, especially at the comfort of your home or office. Besides, leading brands are promising of new improvements to make the K-Cups completely biodegradable by 2020. This is in response to concerns that these revolutionary pods are a threat to the environment since they are non-recyclable.

–Rudy Caretti
Gimoka Coffee UK

About this month’s guest contributor:

Rudy Caretti has more than 15 years of experience in the coffee industry, a passion that started in Italy within the family business and brought him to found Gimoka Coffee UK with a group of friends, who share the same passion. Since he roasted his first batch of coffee seeds as a teenager, he was fascinated by the many ways it can be processed to get the many different distinctive flavors we all love.

As a coffee connoisseur, Rudy has always been aware of the vital role played by coffee in most people’s social life and he is especially active through the company’s social media and blog. He loves sharing his knowledge with readers around the world, writing and posting articles that range from the coffee brewing techniques to raising awareness of the importance of responsible production to help protect the rights of farmers and protect the environment.

 

Coffee – From A to Z

From the CEO of Galaxie Coffee:

Hello, Coffee Lovers,

Continuing my search for what’s new and exciting in the coffee industry, I came across Lorenzo Agostinelli, who works with Gimoka Coffee UK. He came up with an informative and entertaining look at coffee, from A to Z. Please enjoy the following infographic, while learning the ABC’s of coffee history.

 

Infographic below Courtesy of Gimoka Coffee UK, London, UK.

Coffee - From A to Z