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What’s the ‘Buzz’ about Coffee Beer?

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

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

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

What It’s All About

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

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

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

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

Plenty of Choices to Start With

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

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

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

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

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

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

Measuring Coffee Quality

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

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

Measuring the Convenience Factor

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

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

Both Have their Advantages

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

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

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

Use the Break Room to Engage Your Staff

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

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

Conduct Meetings in the Break Room

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

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

Consider Video Messaging

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

Put in Comfortable Furniture

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

Personalize the Environment

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

Offer Free Snacks and Beverages

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

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

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.

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!

Take Anything…But My Coffee

Take Anything…But My CoffeeGovernments imposing bans on certain foods in order to protect us from ourselves is not all that unusual. From New York’s trans-fat ban to California’s ban on foie gras (which was later rescinded), the food police are a group that never seems to sleep. But coffee? Why would anyone try to ban what is arguably the most loved beverage in the universe?

Believe it or not, coffee has been the subject of numerous ban attempts in the past. According to writer and comedian Emmy Blotnick, there have been no fewer than five such incidents throughout history. We appreciate that none of them actually succeeded long-term. You can take away a lot of things, but please don’t take our coffee.

From Religion to Health Concerns

Knowing that a government would attempt to ban coffee is one thing, understanding why such a ban would be considered is something else entirely. Keep in mind that coffee consumption began primarily as a religious practice in Africa and the Middle East. That leads us to the first known coffee man put in place in Mecca during the early 16th century. The government at the time believed that coffee was potentially intoxicating and could lead to radical thinking that drifted outside religious norms.

There were also religious concerns about coffee when it first arrived in Europe. Church leaders attempted to convince Pope Clement VIII to ban it under the auspices of protecting the church and its members. They claimed that coffee was satanic in nature. However, the pope disagreed after trying some himself. His declaration that coffee was delicious is partly credited for its widespread acceptance across Europe.

Other coffee bans throughout history include a 1623 action in Constantinople by Murad IV, a mid-18th-century action in Sweden that banned both coffee and coffee paraphernalia, and a 1777 action by Prussia’s Frederick the Great. Of the five attempted coffee bans listed here, only the Prussian ban was not related to religion or health. Frederick wanted to get rid of the caffeinated beverage because he believed it got in the way of beer consumption.

What You Don’t Know Will Kill You

Sometimes, what you don’t know can kill you. That’s not the case with coffee. A lack of understanding about caffeine in centuries past led governments and scientists to make decisions about coffee that were totally unfounded. It’s very similar to absinthe bans of the last few centuries.

Coffee is a beverage that is both delicious and good for you when consumed in moderation. So go ahead and take anything you want, except our coffee.

Without stating the obvious, Galaxie Coffee loves coffee, which is why we do what we do. We serve the greater New York area with the finest coffees, teas and other beverages along with a full range of breakroom products. We will continue to do so as long as coffee remains legal in this part of the world – which should be forever. Contact us for more information about arranging coffee service for your office.

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.

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.