It’s Time to Look at Eco-Friendly Breakroom Supplies Again

It's Time to Look at Eco-Friendly Breakroom Supplies AgainEvery industry takes time to reach a point of maturity. This was true when styrofoam was introduced as a material for disposable coffee cups, plates, etc. It was also true when environmentally conscious manufacturers started looking for materials to replace styrofoam. Years later, it is now time to look at eco-friendly breakroom supplies again. The industry has reached maturity.

Styrofoam had long been the material of choice for disposable coffee cups because of its insulating properties. Subsequently, paper cups have become more popular. That said, new eco-friendly coffee cups lined with PLA material offer the same insulating power but in a cup that is biodegradable and very much eco-friendly.

On the other hand is styrofoam’s eco-unfriendliness. Styrofoam is a petroleum-based product that takes hundreds of years to biodegrade in a landfill. Depending on the composition of a particular foam product, it may never completely biodegrade while buried underground and without exposure to light, water, and air.

The PLA Revolution

PLA (polylactic acid) is a bioplastic material derived from renewable sources like sugarcane, corn starch, and cassava. It is rigid enough to support everything from coffee cups to water bottles to medical devices, yet still biodegradable and compostable. In terms of worldwide consumption of bioplastics, PLA is among the leaders. It is used around the world to replace less environmentally friendly plastics.

The use of PLA material in breakroom supplies is truly putting the friendliness back into eco-friendly coffee cups, bowls, plates, and flatware. It is helping to make the breakroom more environmentally friendly by replacing non-biodegradable plastics and foams with a material that can either be composted or sent to the landfill with confidence that it will biodegrade.

Eco-Friendly Pricing

We are happy to say that price is becoming less of an issue for eco-friendly breakroom supplies. Costs have come down enough over the last 12 months to make eco-friendly products very competitive. For example, you can purchase high quality eco-friendly coffee cups from Galaxie Coffee for between $.07 and $.10 per cup, depending on size. That’s about $.01 more per cup when compared with paper cup pricing. Only recently, this difference was more than $.05!

Prices on our other eco-friendly products are equally competitive. From bowls and plates to forks, knives, and spoons, price should no longer be a prohibitive factor in going eco-friendly.

Galaxie Coffee wants to encourage our customers to start thinking eco-friendly for their breakroom supplies. Going eco-friendly is good for the environment because it means fewer non-biodegradable plastics and foams end up in our landfills. It means less energy being used to produce non-eco-friendly materials as well.

If you are not yet a Galaxie Coffee customer, we would like the opportunity to change that. We are one of the leading coffee service providers in the greater New York area. We can supply your office, warehouse, store, or industrial facility with the finest hot and cold beverages and breakroom supplies. Our inventory of coffee and water equipment includes all the latest technologies to ensure every breakroom experience is a positive one.

Is Cold Brew Coffee a Year-Round Beverage?

Is Cold Brew Coffee a Year-Round Beverage?Cold brew coffee is here to stay. Once fans of iced coffee realized that cold brew tastes better and is readily available, it was only a matter of time before cold brew began displacing iced coffee in home refrigerators and neighborhood coffee shops. So now the coffee drinking world is asking a new question: is cold brew coffee a year-round beverage?

The answer to that question depends on who you ask. Ask the average coffee drinker in a place like New York City and you are likely to be told ‘maybe’. After all, many people won’t want to drink cold brew on a January day cold enough to stick your tongue to a light post – if you are predisposed to lick it? New Yorkers probably prefer hot java during the winter.

On the other hand, ask somebody who lives in Miami and you are likely to get the opposite response. In a part of the country where the coldest winter days barely demand changing from shorts to long pants, hot coffee is somewhat of an anathema. Cold brew is more to their liking.

Last winter we didn’t sell a lot of cold brew coffee. My prediction is this will change during this upcoming winter. We have many more customers currently buying cold brew, when compared with a year ago. I see no reason this shouldn’t continue in the future. I will provide an update in the Spring!!

Millennial Coffee Consumption and the Changing Workplace

Millennial Coffee Consumption and the Changing WorkplaceGlobal coffee consumption is on the rise, growing at about 1.5% per annum according to a 2016 Washington Post article from Thomas Heath. Driving that growth is demand among U.S. consumers led primarily by millennials who now consider daily coffee consumption an integral part of their lives. It doesn’t hurt that millennials are also changing the American workplace as well.

According to the Washington Post, daily coffee consumption among adults between the ages of 18 and 24 climbed 14 percentage points to 48% last year. Among 25 to 39-year-olds, coffee consumption rose to 60%. Conversely, older adults (60 years old and older) recorded a drop in daily consumption, down from 76% to 64%.

Among all the statistics cited in the report, none is more fascinating than the age at which people begin consuming coffee. Younger millennials born after 1995 started drinking coffee between 14 and 15. Their older counterparts, born in the 1980s, began drinking coffee closer to 17.

Coffee in the Modern Workplace

The statistics are interesting, but what do they have to do with coffee in the workplace? Actually, a lot. Coffee has always been a social beverage that encourages people to sit down and talk. Yet the corporate culture of the late 1970s through the mid-1990s did not allow for such activity. Workers were kept busy on their own individual tasks led by a leadership hierarchy that limited any form of socialization to lunch breaks.

Millennials don’t see things that way. They prefer a workplace that is more open and collaborative, a workplace that encourages coworkers to sit down and complete their tasks together. More importantly, their view is rapidly becoming entrenched as millennials take leadership positions left open by their retiring baby boomer counterparts.

The youngest millennials are the first generation to grow up completely saturated by computer technology. They are the first generation to be raised on social media, the internet, and collaboration through digital means. For them, embracing a new kind of workplace hierarchy that has fewer levels is completely natural. To sit down and collaborate over a cup of coffee is more important than grinding away in a cubicle.

Coffee Is Cool, Too

In his article, Heath also observed something else driving both the growth of coffee consumption and the millennial takeover of the workplace: the idea of being ‘cool’. In short, coffee consumption is seen as cool and hip among millennials. Anyone who is anybody drinks coffee.

By the same token, working for a company that willingly embraces the millennial concepts of collaboration and a flat hierarchy is also cool. It would stand to reason that the two would make a perfect fit. They do. Wherever you see millennials gathering – whether it be for work or play – you will find a cup of coffee in nearly every hand.

At Galaxie Coffee we embrace the millennial generation and their love of coffee. We are here to serve the entire greater New York area with the finest office coffee and beverage service.

How to Choose the Right Coffee Product for Your Office

How to Choose the Right Coffee Product for Your OfficeTremendous growth in the office coffee industry has created an environment in which there are a lot of great choices in everything from coffee to tea to specialty water drinks. That is good in the sense that more choices make it easier to satisfy most of the office. Yet it can be somewhat overwhelming for the person responsible for ordering.

We want to make choosing the right office coffee products easier for our customers. To that end, we have put together a list of things to consider. We suggest taking some time to evaluate each item before making any decisions. And remember, no decision is set in stone. You can always change what you order as needed.

1. Product Pricing

It would be disingenuous for us to create a list of this nature and ignore pricing. The reality is that offices have to consider how much they will spend on office coffee. If your company is on a very tight budget, you might want to consider traditional drip brew coffee instead of single serve. Drip brew offers great pricing and a wide range of options.

2. Employee Preferences

Anyone who has ever ordered office coffee before can testify that it is impossible to please everyone. Still, it’s good to get an idea of employee preferences prior to ordering. If a fair majority of the office prefers flavored coffee, it might be worth investing in at least one or two flavors for the sake of morale. You could still purchase regular coffee for those not interested in flavors.

3. Coffee Volume

The amount of coffee your office consumes, which is often determined by your headcount, is another crucial factor. Serving coffee to a lot of people at one time will lead you down a different path on the choice of equipment. As with most things, there are trade-offs on price, coffee quality and product selection.

4. Available Equipment

When you order coffee and water from Galaxie Coffee, you also have to think equipment. The equipment you choose is determined by the amount of coffee and water your office normally consumes. We have single serve machines for offices that prefer to brew one cup of coffee or tea at a time alongside traditional drip brewers that can brew up to 12 cups at a time. We even have large commercial machines for your company café. All our machines are meticulously maintained so as to provide our customers with reliable service day in and day out.

Give Us a Call

We have given you four things to think about when choosing the right coffee products for your office. If you still don’t know what to do, don’t worry. Give us a call and speak with one of our office coffee specialists. We can help you figure out what would be best based on pricing, employee preferences, volume, and your equipment needs. Rest assured there is an ideal solution for your office.

3 Reasons Coffee Should Come from a Coffee Service Provider

3 Reasons Coffee Should Come from a Coffee Service ProviderThe tri-state area is large enough to support office supply companies that want to dabble in coffee and breakroom supplies. In fact, a lot of office supply companies do just that. Yet there are also coffee service providers like Galaxie Coffee offering a full line of beverages along with coffee equipment and breakroom supplies. The question for business owners is which way to go.

It is our firm belief that your coffee should come from a coffee service provider rather than an office supply company. We do not sell printer paper or pens. We do not service copy machines or computers. And if we did, you would probably not trust us to provide what you would consider a tertiary service on our part. So why buy your office coffee and breakroom supplies from a company that specializes in copy paper, pens, and printer ink?

We believe there are many reasons that your office coffee and breakroom supplies should come from a specialist provider like Galaxie Coffee. Here are the top three:

1. Larger Product Selection

Did you know Galaxie Coffee’s product list includes hundreds of different items? We carry one of the most complete selections of beverage and breakroom supplies in the tri-state area, covering everything from coffee and tea to ‘green’ breakroom supplies. You will never find such an extensive inventory at an office supply company.

Office supply companies typically don’t offer the same depth of coffee and breakroom products as office coffee service companies do. More importantly, if you have product questions, you can easily speak to a knowledgeable customer service representative with a single phone call. You won’t spend ten minutes on hold and then find out your question will be answered within 48 hours.

2. Superior Service

A dedicated coffee service provider like Galaxie Coffee offers customers superior service in everything from product delivery to machine maintenance. All it takes is one phone call to our offices to get the beverages and breakroom supplies you need as quickly as possible. And if your coffee machine or water cooler ever breaks down, we will be there quickly to fix or replace it. We can do that because we have a staff of trained technicians and an inventory of replacement equipment just waiting to go.

3. It is All We Do

Finally, office beverages and breakroom supplies are all we do. Companies like Galaxie Coffee are not looking to branch out into a dozen different industries in order to do a lot of things adequately. We don’t like adequate. What we want is to be the best in the business. Office coffee service is what we do, and we do it well.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we do not dabble in office supplies like paper clips and envelopes. We will never try to fix your broken thermal printer while dropping off a case of coffee and a couple of bottles of water. By the same token, don’t rely on your office supply company to handle your office coffee and breakroom supply requirements.

We’re Learning More about the Health Benefits of Coffee

We’re Learning More about the Health Benefits of CoffeeGalaxie Coffee has devoted previous blog posts to discussing the potential health benefits of drinking coffee. Well, we are happy to report that the good news continues to come in. A recent article published by Vending Market Watch cites four more potential health benefits that make that morning cup of Joe even more intriguing.

1. Cancer Prevention

The coffee industry has been reluctant to draw link between coffee consumption and a lower risk for cancer due to a lack of hard data. However, a study published earlier this year in the International Journal of Cancer may provide that link we have been looking for. In a study involving 7,000 male subjects in Italy, those who consumed more than 3 cups of coffee per day were 53% less likely to develop prostate cancer as compared to those who drank less.

The study coincides with two others out of the UK. Studies from the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh revealed that people are less likely to develop hepatocellular cancer (a common form of liver cancer) if their coffee consumption was higher. The two studies combined data from 26 other studies looking at upwards of 2.25 million people. Coffee drinkers were 20% less likely to develop the liver cancer than those who drank no coffee at all.

2. Chronic Pain

Coffee could be a better treatment for chronic pain than long-term pharmaceutical use. A study from Boston Children’s Hospital looked at lab mice who were given medications, coffee, or additional sleep to treat chronic pain. The coffee drinking mice and their well-rested counterparts were less sensitive to pain than those taking the drugs. Researchers further discovered that a combination of enough sleep and regular coffee consumption could be better for pain management than prescription medications.

3. Diabetes

The relationship between coffee consumption and reduced risk of diabetes has been established for quite some time. But now we may have an explanation, thanks to a Chinese study that looked at the caffeine, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid found in coffee. The three substances appear to reduce the buildup of a certain protein linked to type II diabetes. The research suggest that caffeinated coffee is more beneficial in this regard than decaf.

4. Depression

Finally, a study from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that regular coffee consumption may reduce the risk of suicide by as much as 50%. Researchers presented their data after looking at three large studies looking at the effects of caffeine as a central nervous system stimulant. They suggest that caffeine may act as a mild antidepressant that may partly explain lower rates of depression and suicide among regular coffee drinkers.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are always happy to learn more about the potential health benefits of coffee. We are equally happy to provide reliable office coffee service to your workplace. In addition to coffee and coffee machines, our service includes a wide variety of beverages, breakroom products, and more.

Does Offering Coffee and Tea Increase Employee Engagement?

Does Offering Coffee and Tea Increase Employee EngagementYou have been thinking about calling Galaxie Coffee to begin office coffee service at your workplace. You have been reluctant because you are not sure that just adding quality coffees and teas to your break room is going to make much of a difference. Well, you should still make that call. We will explain why in this blog post.

First, it is true that quality coffees and teas alone will not increase employee engagement or boost productivity. If they did, American workers would be constantly atop the productivity food chain given how much coffee we drink. We have been consuming large volumes of coffee for generations.

If it’s not the coffee and tea that does it, what is it? It is the environment in which it is offered. Quality does make a difference when it comes to office coffee and tea. Employees are not interested in poor quality products they don’t like. But employers who want to increase engagement and productivity have to combine high-quality coffees and teas with the right environment.

Engagement Equals Collaboration

The key to increasing engagement and productivity is collaboration. This can be easily observed by stepping back and looking at the cubicle mentality of the 1980s and 90s.

Companies began shifting to the cubicle model some 30 years ago in order to more efficiently handle office space needs and prevent workers from congregating around the water cooler. It was a model that may have worked for our parents, but it does not work in the modern office where collaboration requires people to actually spend time together outside of their cubicles.

It turns out that workers do better when they can collaborate in more relaxed spaces. They feel confined in cubicles and conference rooms. Conversely, they feel more free to pursue ideas and innovations in a lounge or café environment. That’s why so many companies are now transforming their tired break rooms into modern lounges rivaling anything the modern coffeehouse could offer.

Stocking That New Lounge

The discussion about quality coffee and tea as a way to increase employee engagement comes full circle once a company makes the effort to remodel the break room or open a lounge. If you want to make the lounge more enticing as a collaborative space, you have to offer beverages employees want. You need to offer them a reason to come to the company lounge other than grabbing a bagged lunch out of the refrigerator. That’s where quality coffee and tea become vitally important.

Quality coffee and tea products invite employees to sit down and relax for a while. Get three or four together with their favorite coffee or tea and they are likely to sit around and collaborate, innovate, and produce – all without being in their cubicles.

If you are looking to remodel your breakroom or establish a new lounge, we invite you to allow us to stock it. Galaxie Coffee serves the entire greater New York area with coffee, tea, and a full range of additional beverages.

How the Cold Brew Revolution is Impacting Iced Coffee

How the Cold Brew Revolution is Impacting Iced CoffeeWhat do you do on a hot summer day when you want a cup of coffee but you don’t want to drink something with steam coming off it? You opt for iced coffee. Or do you? These days, iced coffee is giving way to cold brew in ever-increasing volumes. You might even say we are in the midst of a cold brew revolution that is threatening to unseat iced coffee entirely.

Cold brew is not new by any means. It has been around for more than a decade, albeit mostly in the American Southeast. It wasn’t until a couple of major coffee chains began serving cold brew nationwide that the beverage took off. Now it’s on fire. Cold brew is offered at franchise operations and mom-and-pop cafés alike. That says nothing of the prepared beverage manufacturers who are bottling the stuff like water.

A Whole New Beverage

Perhaps the biggest and most profound impact of cold brew on iced coffee is best expressed in terms of the beverage being consumed. Iced coffee is typically prepared in one of two ways. It is either brewed hot and then chilled in a refrigerator prior to serving, or the hot coffee is poured immediately over ice and then served. Both methods have their issues.

Hot brewed coffee is naturally acidic. The problem with brewing ahead of time and then chilling in the refrigerator is that the temperature change brings out even more acidity. People who prefer cold brew do not want the acid. As for pouring hot coffee over ice, the diluting effects of melting ice speak for themselves.

Cold brew is entirely different because it is made by steeping ground coffee in room temperature water (it’s not really cold) for up to 20 hours. The time it takes to steep depends on the coffee being used and the flavor the brewer is looking for. As you can see, brewing cold requires a much bigger time commitment.

Planning Ahead of Time

The second significant impact is one of time. Because iced coffee can be produced relatively quickly, coffee shops and cafés don’t need to plan too far ahead in order to make sure they don’t run out. It is pretty easy to brew a pot of coffee and throw it in the refrigerator for a few hours to chill it. And if all else fails, just pour hot coffee over ice.

Serving cold brew requires planning much farther in advance. Coffee may have to be prepared days ahead of time during peak season just to make sure the proprietor doesn’t run out. That means coffee shops and cafés have to have extra storage space as well.

Lastly, iced coffee sales are falling in proportion to rising demand for cold brew. We would expect nothing different. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we have seen the trend ourselves. We know that cold brew is more popular than ever before, and we fully expect it to grow more popular this summer.

Introducing the New Lavit Beverage System

Introducing the New Lavit Beverage SystemHere at Galaxie Coffee, we are always looking at new products and services that we believe will benefit our customers. To that end, we are extremely proud to announce we are now offering the brand-new Lavit beverage system. This is no average water cooler. It is an entirely new technology that combines a traditional high-end water cooler concept with the convenience of single cup beverage service.

Lavit works on a very simple principle. It is a water cooler capable of offering three choices: still water, sparkling water, or specialty beverages (both still and sparkling) – on a cup-by-cup basis. Regardless of your choice, you will enjoy a cold drink that is both refreshing and delicious.

How It Works

The Lavit sparkling system is very simple to use. Just place a cup under the dispenser and choose either still or sparkling water. Press the button and watch your glass fill with cold, refreshing water. If you prefer one of their specialty beverages, insert a beverage capsule and then follow the instructions on the machine’s display.

Creating your own sparkling beverages is very similar to making a cup of coffee with one of our single-cup machines. If you can insert a capsule and press a button, you will have no problem using the Lavit beverage system.

A Sustainable Option

There is a lot to love about the Lavit system, including the fact that it is a sustainable option for water and flavored beverages. First and foremost, Lavit’s multi-patented, award-winning capsules are made using 100% recyclable aluminum. Eliminate virtually all waste by tossing used capsules in with the rest of your company’s recycling. Each cartridge uses 1/7th the amount of aluminum when compared with a soda can.

Clean Water for All

If what we have described thus far is not enough to encourage you to try the Lavit sparkling water cooler, we have one more carrot to tease you with: for every Lavit capsule purchased, the company behind this incredible machine donates to a charity known as One Drop.

One Drop exists to help provide clean drinking water to those in need throughout the world. That means every time you enjoy a great tasting sparkling beverage from your Lavit sparkling water cooler, you are also helping to provide clean water for someone else.

Galaxie Coffee is thrilled to be able to offer the Lavit sparkling water cooler to our customers throughout the greater New York area. If you have any questions about this great new machine, do not hesitate to reach out to us today. We would be more than happy to help you better understand the benefits of the Lavit concept.

In addition to sparkling water and beverages, Galaxie Coffee provides full coffee service along with teas, fruit juices and other beverages, and even break room and janitorial supplies. You can see a complete product list on our website.

What Will It Take for Corporate America to Embrace Eco-Friendly Paper Products?

The historical animus between corporate America and the environmental movement is no secret. For more than a decade, their competing interests have led them to butting heads more often than not. Yet lately it seems as though corporate America has started to warm up to the green message as increasingly more companies are beginning to make efforts to make their products, services, and business models more environmentally friendly. Eco-friendly paper products are a good example.

It would have been unheard of for a restaurant chain to use something like a paper straw five or six years ago. Everything was plastic back then. But paper straws are catching on slowly but surely. The same goes for eco-friendly cups, plates, utensils, etc. American corporations are even looking at eco-friendly packaging that goes beyond just substituting wooden pallets for plastic.

The question is, what will it take for corporate America to fully embrace eco-friendly paper products rather than continuing to give them only cursory attention? There are really only two things that will do it:

1. Public Pressure

A few years ago, the Home Depot big-box DIY store faced tremendous pressure from environmental groups over the continued sale of lumber taken from old-growth forests. It took a couple of years, but those environmental groups eventually convinced corporate management to stop selling the lumber.

If a large corporation can be convinced that something they are doing is not acceptable to customers, they will stop doing it. Right now, there is no desire to shift to eco-friendly paper products because companies do not perceive that their customers care about their current choices. The minute the public begins demanding a change, that change will come.

We are seeing many corporations form working committees to support their “green” initiatives. Most often it’s the millennial employees spearheading these projects. Galaxie Coffee fully supports these efforts and as prices come down due to increased usage, we are lowering our retail pricing as well.

2. A Healthier Bottom Line

Like it or not, businesses of all sizes – be they small companies like Galaxie Coffee or huge, global corporations – exist to make money for their owners. The driving force behind just about everything a corporation does is the bottom line. If eco-friendly paper products could be introduced, manufactured, and used in such a way as to improve the bottom line, you’d better believe corporate America would jump on board.

By the way, the desire for healthy bottom line is not a bad thing. It is what keeps all our employers in business; it is what ensures we all have jobs to pay our bills. Appealing to corporate America and its desire for a healthy bottom line is a very legitimate way to convince companies to embrace eco-friendly paper products. The makers of those products just have to find a way to make what they sell more desirable to corporate buyers.

Eco-friendly paper products are catching on with American business slowly but surely. In the meantime, our job at Galaxie Coffee is to continue to provide our customers in the greater New York area with the best possible office coffee service. We would be happy to provide service for your company, regardless of size or need.