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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.

Is There an Art to Drinking Black Coffee?

Is There an Art to Drinking Black Coffee?If you are like most of us, you know many people who drink coffee black. That person might tell you that his or her preference for black coffee is an acquired taste, as though drinking coffee without cream and sugar is like drinking the finest wines from the Bordeaux region of France. But do not be fooled. There is an art to drinking black coffee without being overcome by the bitterness.

The first thing to note is that black coffee does have a very unique flavor. If you can get past the bitterness, the flavor is unlike anything else you’ve ever tasted. You will experience something truly different that is unmasked by cream and sugar. And by the way, that’s the real point of learning the art of drinking black coffee.

Bring Out the Flavor of Coffee

The idea behind adding cream and sugar is to cover the bitterness coffee naturally presents. But in so doing, you are also masking the good part of coffee’s flavor. So a big part of the art of drinking coffee black is to find a way around the bitterness without masking what you like about the flavor. It is all about enhancing the good flavors. You need to be patient and give yourself a chance to get used to the taste. After a short period of time, you’ll begin to taste and enjoy the different nuances of each type of coffee.

Hot vs. Cold Brew

You may wonder what all the hype about cold brew coffee is. Well, it’s not just a millennial thing. Cold brew coffee is decidedly less bitter. It is even somewhat sweet. As a result, there are people who enjoy it without any additives whatsoever. You get all the flavor and benefits of coffee without the extra cream and sugar. And yes, you can heat cold brew up in the microwave without increasing the bitterness.

On the other side of the coin, do not try to make hot coffee and then put it in the refrigerator expecting the bitterness to go away. This actually increases its bitterness. Hot brewed coffee is bitter because the hot water brings out the bitterness of the coffee beans along with the oils that give coffee its flavor.

As a side note, a big part of the art of drinking black coffee is to sip slowly. Big gulps only make a bitter brew seem more bitter. Instead, take slow sips and savor the flavor. Let it roll around the tongue to touch the entire pallet. That is where the good flavors are discovered.

How Big Does My Office Need to Be to Have Coffee Service?

How Big Does My Office Need to Be to Have Coffee Service?Providing employees with professional coffee service is a great way to show them how much you appreciate their hard work and loyalty. This is just as true for small companies as it is for large ones. You might be wondering if your office is large enough to warrant professional coffee service. We aim to answer that in this post.

First and foremost, no office is too small for professional coffee service. Office coffee solutions can always be tailored to the size of the organization, whether there are 25 employees or a couple of hundred. Even offices with fewer than 10 employees may want professional coffee service to accommodate frequent guests or meetings.

The key here is to let the office coffee professional size the solution to the specific needs of your organization. Let’s say your office is fairly small. We would recommend a thermal carafe brewer that keeps coffee hot for several hours. If your office wants to brew individual cups of coffee instead, there are multiple options for that.

It is Worth Looking At

You are familiar with that old phrase many of our parents told us we were young: you’ll never know if you don’t try. Well, something similar applies here. You will never know if your office is large enough for a coffee service if you don’t look into it. Don’t merely assume that coffee service would be too expensive or too wasteful for your office. Instead, give us the opportunity to earn your business.

If you are already buying coffee and other break room supplies, give Galaxie Coffee an opportunity to see if we could offer you a comparable solution. Perhaps we could not only relieve your staff of the responsibility of having to run to the store, but also save you money at the same time. We will give you the best possible pricing we can on all the coffee and break room supplies you’re already buying. One way or the other, you’ll be able to choose the option that gives you the best value.

Note that the service we provide goes above and beyond coffee pots and hot coffee. In terms of equipment, we have a complete inventory of machines ranging from traditional pour-over machines to the latest single-cup brewers. We also offer water coolers too.

In terms of product, our inventory continues to grow to meet the needs of our clients. We offer hot and cold coffees, teas, water, soda, snacks, condiments, paper products, and more. Everything you need to fully stock your break room or coffee cupboard is available through Galaxie Coffee. Eco-friendly break room products are our specialty!

We invite you to contact us to learn more about how we can serve your office with professional coffee service. Why not leverage what you are already purchasing for your office as a means to motivate us to want to serve you the best we can? Choose us as your office coffee and break room supplier, and we will do just that.

When the Munchies Strike: Here’s What to Reach for in 2018

When the Munchies Strike: Here's What to Reach for in 2018It happens every day in the American office: your employees start feeling their stomachs rumble right about mid- morning, and then again between two and three in the afternoon. That’s when the munchies strike. And what do they do? They head for the break room or the vending machines. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are all about stocking the break room with the kind of snacks people want.

Today, snacking is about making healthier choices. There is plenty of room for the sodas, chips, and candy bars we’ve eaten for generations. However, there is also a growing demand for healthier alternatives. People want to move beyond the high sugar, high calorie snacks to a more healthful way of eating. We get that.

We want you to know that Galaxie Coffee is your complete break room solution provider. In addition to coffee, tea, and other beverages, we carry a full range of healthy snacks that are part of the emerging trends of 2018:

Fresh Fruit – Today’s workers are turning to fresh fruit more than they ever have in the past. They are looking for things like apples, bananas, blueberries, and strawberries.

Nuts – Nuts are a big hit when the munchies strike. Think almonds, cashews, and even mixed nuts. Moreover, nuts are healthy for you.

Bars – We would have just said granola bars in the old days, but granola isn’t the only game in town. There are also fiber bars, chewy trail mix bars, and other options from brands like Kind, Kashi, Clif, and Nature Valley.

If you’re interested to see just how many options there are, take a look at our website. We have an entire product category devoted to healthy snacks.

Buy in Bulk with Portion Control

Thanks to the splendid work done by nutritionists, we now know how important portion control is to healthy eating. But don’t let a focus on portion control influence your decision to purchase healthy snacks for your breakroom. You can buy in bulk to save money, then utilize dispensers for portion control purposes. A lot of our customers address break room snacking this way.

Here’s what you need to know: if there is a way to stock your break room with snacks and beverages that will help your employees make healthier choices, we likely have a way to make it happen. It is what we do. Galaxie Coffee has been in the business of stocking New York’s break rooms for years. We have the resources to create a custom solution perfect for your business.

The munchies are going to strike your office at least twice today. What are your employees going to do? Are they going to head for a couple of vending machines filled with candy bars and chips, or will they had to a break room where they will find healthier choices? That is up to you. Just promise that you will get in touch with us if we can help.

Who Is More Particular: The Coffee or Tea Drinker?

Who Is More Particular: The Coffee or Tea Drinker?Coffee and tea are like two heavyweights duking it out in the hot beverage ring. But this is one fight that will never be won by knockout. The winner will be determined by a vote of the judges which, it just so happens, are consumers. So who is more particular, coffee or tea drinkers?

The answer depends on who you ask. Your average coffee drinker will say he/she is far more particular than a tea drinker. The average tea drinker would respond with his/her firmly held belief that his/her comrades are much more discerning – which is why they drink tea to begin with.

Measuring by Consumption

Determining how particular consumers are based on consumption volume is a virtual draw. Data published by Indy 100 in 2016 shows the world pretty evenly split. Coffee is preferred throughout the Western Hemisphere as well as Western Europe – with the exception of England – while tea is the preferred drink in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Consumption volume alone does not tell us much about which kind of drinker is more fussy. So let us move on to other measurements: the number of choices and public opinion.

Number of Choices

If we measure the particularness of hot beverage drinkers based on the number of choices in the marketplace, coffee would win hands down. Just go into any urban coffee shop and have a look at the menu. You will find straight black coffee, decaf coffee, and dozens of different lattes, frappes, espresso drinks, and so forth. Even more amazing is the fact that you can have five coffee shops within a few blocks that all have different menus.

This isn’t to say that tea only comes in one flavor; it does not. However, it is rare to see tea drinkers be so specific about what they put in their tea. Coffee drinkers obsess over creamers, syrups, and other additives. If the local barista doesn’t get the flavor combination just right, there could be hell to pay.

Vocal Opinions

A measurement of who is more fussy comes down in favor of tea drinkers when based on public opinion, particularly opinions found on the internet. For example, a blog post published by Seven Seas Tea in May 2016 says it all in the title: ‘Are Tea Drinkers Too Fussy?’

Author Margaret River makes the case that tea drinkers who are not particular about what they get in a restaurant should start being fussier. She makes the case that they should begin demanding as much quality and variety as their coffee-drinking counterparts.

In the end, whether you are particular about your coffee or tea is entirely your prerogative. Our goal at Galaxie Coffee is to make sure you have just what you want in your break room or office. If you have ever considered coffee service for your staff, please give us a call. We would be happy to explain how our service works and how you and your organization can benefit from it.

Want to enjoy coffee like the Italians? This infographic shows you how

Throughout their history, Italians have developed quite a unique coffee culture. It has been refined over the centuries, and it has not been very much receptive to outside influences.

Today that culture is evident in the everyday rituals of enjoying coffee in Italian bars, cafes and homes. And the sheer number of different types coffee drinks displays their imagination and art when it comes to preparing and enjoying this popular drink.

There is a long list of unwritten rules in how Italians consume coffee. To make your life easier and help you avoid the awkward “tourist” label, Med Cruise Guide created an infographic showing the key 10 coffee drinking rules in Italy.

For example, try and order a cappuccino after 11 am in any bar in Italy, and you’ll get that stare that says that you have caused an international incident. That’s because Italians drink “milky coffees” like cappuccino in the morning, with pastry. The milk slows down digestion, so you should not have it after 11 am.

Or ask for a take-away coffee at a café. You’ll get that stare again. The rule says: no take away coffee in Italy.

Explore the infographic below and learn about the ten rules of coffee drinking in Italy.

10 Italian Coffee Drinking Rules: Enjoy Your Coffee Like Italians Do!

How the Break Room Can Increase Employee Engagement

How the Break Room Can Increase Employee EngagementEmployee engagement is all the rage these days. Engagement has always been necessary, but only recently has the business world come to understand how critical it is to driving long-term stability and growth. The quality of the break room can make all the difference in the world.

Yes, the experience employees have in the break room has an influence on company culture and worker happiness. High-quality coffee products and break room supplies, while not the only factor in determining a company’s culture, should be high on the priority list. What an employee experiences in the break room creates a lasting impression of his or her perception of the company as a whole.

A clean, spacious, and well stocked break room tells employees that their employer cares about them. Coffee may be the focal point of the break room, however, now it’s also about tea and hot chocolate too. Healthy snacks are the newest, most popular item being added to the menu. The break room also provides a space where workers can collaborate over a hot cup of coffee without having to rush back to their work stations. A well-presented break room is a community space that encourages stronger bonds among workers the same way the home kitchen creates strong bonds among family members.

Engagement and Employee Happiness

Lest you suspect we are merely blowing smoke about worker happiness, there is plenty of research data to prove the point. Consider a 2014 study out of the University of Warwick Department of Economics that demonstrates the difference between happy and unhappy workers. Happy workers are 12% more productive than the average worker while unhappy workers are 10% less productive. That is a swing of 22 percentage points.

Additional research from the New Century Financial Corporation shows that unhappy account executives classified as ‘actively disengaged’ generate 28% less revenue than their happy, engaged counterparts. The same holds true throughout the global workforce. Happy employees are engaged employees.

How the Break Room Helps

If you are still not clear on how high-quality coffee and break room supplies increase employee engagement, just look at the phrase itself: break room. Workers go to the break room because they need a few minutes away from the desk. They need to give their brains, and sometimes their bodies, a few minutes to rest.

If your company has a break room that employees do not want to visit, they are less likely to take their breaks. They will eventually feel like they don’t take breaks because they are stuck at the desk. Conversely, giving them a break room they actually want to use encourages them to take the time.

An added bonus is that workers in the break room are only taking a break from their immediate tasks. They still talk shop, share ideas and look for solutions to their problems. That is what makes them more engaged, happier, and ultimately, more productive.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we take immense pride in stocking break rooms across the greater New York area with high-quality coffee and supplies. We would be happy to fill yours as well.

Greetings from the CTW Trade Show

I recently attended an industry trade show in Grapevine, Texas. The show is called CTW and is devoted to coffee, tea and water. It is a smaller focused event, when compared with the annual NAMA show which is more focused on the vending industry. CTW offers many hours of education seminars and 5 hours of floor exhibit time.

Last year the show was in Nashville, TN. There were significantly more exhibitors and attendees last year. Perhaps this was due to the location. I attend these trade shows for three reasons: 1) to learn from others in the industry and 2) walk the trade show floor to learn about new products and 3) re-connect with our suppliers and old friends. I always have an agenda of new items I’m specifically looking for.

There were few new products unveiled at this year’s show. Pods and bean-to-cup brewers continue to build momentum in the office coffee sector. Now that pod brewers are reliable, the floodgates have opened and roasters who offer pods are enjoying their success. When we see a moderately priced automatic pod brewer, pod usage will significantly increase and take market share. Bean-to-cup brewers are an excellent option for larger offices that can accommodate the necessary height and the daily maintenance required. Keurig is still a good option for many offices and there are now effective k-cup recycling options. Many offices are now offering espresso as an afternoon pick-me-up. There are excellent choices in espresso machines, even for small offices.

With respect to water options, coolers that attach to the building’s water supply dominate the office environment. Bottle coolers and 5 gallon jugs are still popular in offices with no water source or where the town’s water is deemed problematic. Look for new products that combine a bottle cooler and a pod brewer and a bottle cooler and a Lavit beverage system. The Lavit beverge system combines a high end water cooler (still and sparkling water) and other beverages. Now the Lavit can tie into the building’s water supply or easily use 5 gallon jugs. Any office buying a few cases of soda during the month should look closely at the Lavit system.

The last change in the industry I will discuss today is the movement to eco-friendly products. Hot cups, plates and cutlery are now very close in price to their non eco-friendly counterparts. The time is right for corporate America to switch over to these products. We are taking the lead on this movement and have narrowed the price gap to virtually nothing.

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 break room supplies. Our inventory of coffee and water equipment includes all the latest technologies to ensure every break room experience is a positive one.

3 Reasons Behind the Popularity of Pumpkin Spice Coffee

3 Reasons Behind the Popularity of Pumpkin Spice CoffeeIt is that time of year again when people flock to their favorite coffee shops to find pumpkin spice coffees and lattes. Indeed, pumpkin spice is one of the top-selling flavors from mid-September through the end of the year. Some coffee shops would contend it is the most popular flavor of all. But why?

There are three possible reasons explaining the popularity of the pumpkin spice flavor. Before we get to them though, consider this: Forbes reports that pumpkin-flavored coffees were the third best-selling pumpkin products in 2015 with sales in excess of $32 million. Furthermore, 37% of America’s consumers purchased something flavored with pumpkin spice in 2015. The total pumpkin spice market exceeded $500 million.

That is a lot of pumpkin spice no matter how you look at it. So again, what’s going on here? Why is it that people fall head over heels with pumpkin spice coffee, pastries, and even dog treats this time of year? Here are the three reasons we previously mentioned:

1. Biological Cravings

Human biology causes us to crave things it needs to satisfy physiological requirements. Yes, our bodies need things like sugar, salt, and fat. Pumpkin spice-flavored foods and beverages contain all three. More importantly, a September article published on the Today website explains that “cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves are particular taste enhancers.”

As the thinking goes, the body already naturally craves the ingredients found in a flavored cup of coffee. When you throw in the spices necessary to make a pumpkin spice-flavored coffee, you are adding flavor enhancers that tell the body this is especially good stuff.

2. Emotional Satisfaction

Pumpkin spice flavors remind us of the rituals of the autumn season. With autumn comes the start of the annual holiday season, beginning with Halloween and concluding with New Year’s Day. It could very well be that people associate the pumpkin spice flavor with the emotional satisfaction of the holidays. In short, pumpkin spice coffee may be the ultimate comfort food as we say goodbye to summer and prepare for winter.

3. Exceptional Marketing Strategies

The third and final reason is not so warm and fuzzy: exceptional marketing strategies have put pumpkin spice at the forefront of fall marketing for foods and beverages. Starbucks was the first to introduce the pumpkin spice flavor as an institution in 2003; they have invested heavily in marketing it ever since.

Even as our bodies naturally crave what pumpkin spice foods offer, marketers encourage us to answer those cravings with a cup of coffee. They also take advantage of the emotional satisfaction by marketing in ways that remind us of what we consider ‘happy times’.

Regardless of why pumpkin spice is the most popular coffee flavor this time of year, Galaxie Coffee is here to make sure your office has all the hot and cold beverages you need. Get in touch with us to learn more about our full range of coffees, teas, cold beverages, and breakroom supplies.