Coffee Industry Trends to Look for in 2016

Coffee Industry Trends to Look for in 2016Here at Galaxie Coffee, we welcome the new year with a lot of excitement and anticipation about how we can best serve our customers over the next 12 months. We will be keeping an eye on both the direction of the coffee and beverage industry as well as the changing and growing needs of those we serve. In light of that, there are some trends we expect to emerge in 2016. Most of those trends are very good; one is not so good, though nothing we cannot overcome.

How Coffee Will Be Served

The standard pot of coffee, hot brewed with a slow drip machine, will continue to dominate global coffee consumption. That is not going to change anytime soon. But consumers are looking at other ways to enjoy their favorite beverage. According to New York investor, entrepreneur, and coffee roaster Jonah Engler, there are three particular serving options that should be especially strong in 2016:

  • Espresso – Espresso is by no means a new beverage. Yet it is one that is not truly appreciated here in the United States. That may change. Engler cites the fact that brands like Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s have already added espresso drinks to their menu; he expects others to follow. That should mean more espresso drinks in the office as well.
  • Cold Brew – We have been talking about cold-brewed coffee for a while now. Cold brewing is also not new, but it has recently taken hold as a trendy way to enjoy coffee here in this country. All of the major equipment manufacturers are now making cold brew machines for the individual consumer alongside their traditional hot brew, slow drip machines.
  • Draft Coffee – Creating draft coffee by infusing cold drip blends with nitrogen is all the rage in cities like New York and Los Angeles. We expect the trend to expand across the country in the coming months. Expect your local coffeehouse to be looking at a draft coffee system this year.

Coffee Shortages and Higher Prices

Back in October, Food World News reported on looming coffee shortages they expected to see 2016. Little has changed in the three months since that report was put together. Abnormal weather patterns being experienced as a result of a very strong El Niño in the Pacific are negatively impacting coffee production in Australia, Indonesia, and other parts of the world. Food World News estimates coffee yields could be 7% lower this year.

How big the gap between supply and demand grows will determine wholesale prices for this year. If coffee shortages remain relatively modest, we do not expect any drastic increases for consumers. However, shortages in excess of 7% to 10% could result in some significant changes in pricing. It is something we will be keeping our eyes on.

Galaxie Coffee is proud to be able to serve the greater New York area. We look forward to what 2016 has in store for us and our customers.

New Study Suggests Coffee Consumption Lowers Mortality Rates

New Study Suggests Coffee Consumption Lowers Mortality RatesThere have been numerous coffee studies in the past that indicate America’s favorite hot beverage offers some very definite health benefits in terms of fighting certain kinds of diseases. For example, studies have shown that regular coffee consumption can reduce the risk of some cancers. But now a new study recently released by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that regular coffee consumption could reduce mortality rates too.

To be clear, drinking coffee does not eliminate the reality of death. The fact is that 100% of people who are born also eventually die. When the researchers suggest that coffee consumption reduces mortality rates, they are suggesting that coffee drinkers are less likely to die of disease instead of old age. Let us look at some of the numbers for clarification.

Researchers studied the coffee-drinking habits of 200,000 women and 50,000 men, some of whom were smokers and drinkers as well. They discovered a 6%-8% lower mortality rate among those who drank up to 3 cups per day (as compared to non-coffee drinkers), a 15% lower mortality rate among those who drank 3 to 5 cups, and a 12% lower mortality rate among those who drank more than 5 cups per day.

In trying to determine why mortality rates were lower among coffee drinkers, the researchers also compared other dietary choices along with lifestyles. They reached no solid conclusions, but they do offer a number of interesting hypotheses, some of which have been supported by other research:

  • Diabetes Risk – There are chemicals in coffee that reduce the risk of diabetes among regular consumers. Coffee has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar – a big problem for diabetics.
  • Heart Disease – Other chemicals in coffee help to reduce inflammation that, the researchers say, can prevent certain kinds of heart disease. Heart disease prevention is also aided by better controlling blood sugar.

It is interesting to note that regular coffee consumers are between 9% and 37% less likely to develop neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Again, researchers have not come up with solid conclusions to explain the phenomenon.

A Popular Beverage for Millennia

We do not often take the time to stop and think about it, but coffee has been a hot beverage of choice for millennia all over the world. Could it be that the health benefits of coffee have something to do with it? Perhaps. At any rate, most of us drink coffee today simply because we enjoy the taste and experience. That’s okay too.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are committed to making sure our clients always have their favorite coffees, teas and other beverages readily available. Our office delivery service reaches all of the metropolitan New York City area with a full selection of beverages, office coffee and water equipment, breakroom supplies, and janitorial supplies.

Could coffee consumption offer longer life? It appears that might be the case. So go ahead and enjoy your cup to its fullest.

Hot and Cold Brewed Coffee: Which Is Better?

Hot and Cold Brewed Coffee - Which Is BetterNow that cold brewed coffee is all the rage among self-described coffee aficionados, we are faced with a cultural argument that seems to have no solution: which is better, hot or cold brewed coffee? Those who prefer hot coffee insist in that hot brewing is the only way to go while those who love cold brewed say the taste is a lot better thanks to less acidity and bitterness. So who’s right?

The reality is that there is no right or wrong. The better beverage for you is the one you enjoy the most; it is that simple. If you prefer the taste of hot coffee over a cold brew, then hot coffee is better for you – and vice versa. With that said, there may be some circumstances in which you prefer one choice over the other. For example:

  • Winter Weather – There are just some times when only a hot beverage is suitable. Winter weather comes to mind here. You might prefer a hot cup of joe over cold brewed coffee when the temperature outside is cold enough to freeze your breath. Hot coffee warms you up like nothing else.
  • Summer Weather – The other side of that coin is summer weather. There are times when it is so hot outside that you wouldn’t even think of consuming a hot beverage under any circumstances. Cold brewed coffee with a few ice cubes might be just what you are looking for.

Hot brewed coffee tends to be the preference first thing in the morning because the aroma of brewing helps to wake us up. It also tends to be preferred at the end of a formal meal and when sitting around socializing with family and friends. Cold brewed coffee is more appreciated at outdoor gatherings, during informal parties, and as a delicious beverage that can be consumed with a light lunch.

Flavor Preferences Are Key

Determining when hot or cold brewed coffee is preferred may be a simple matter of understanding the flavor issue. Ground coffee contains certain solubles that are dissolved in water during the brewing process to create the beverage we call coffee. It is these solubles that give coffee its flavor. And the reality is, hot brewing dissolves more solubles than cold brewing.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to how much flavor you want packed into your cup. If you want maximum flavor and aromatics, go with hot brewed coffee. If you prefer a lighter and less intense flavor with no aromatics, choose cold brewed. It’s all up to you.

Whatever your preference, Galaxie Coffee has a full selection of coffee products for your office. We carry standard coffees, gourmet coffees, single serve products and more, along with a full line of teas and cold beverages. We stock everything you need for complete office coffee and beverage service for clients throughout the greater New York area. We would be happy to service your office as well.

New Coffee Brewing Technology Pushing the Envelope

New Coffee Brewing Technology Pushing the EnvelopeThe single cup brewer from Keurig may not have taken the coffee drinking world by storm when it was introduced back in the late 1990s, but it eventually became a technology that redefined how we enjoy our favorite hot beverage. It is technology that has had a profound effect on the coffee industry as a whole. But there are new technologies on the horizon that may just push Keurig back to the fringes within the next decade. We have put together a list of just a few of those technologies.

The Auto Barista

If you could walk up to a counter and get that perfect cup of designer coffee without having to wait on a barista, would you go for it? Equipment manufacturers think so, which is why they are now developing complex, computerized brewers capable of making a wide selection of custom coffee drinks at a moment’s notice. Curtis is but one example. Their Gold Cup machine makes it possible to brew your own customized cup of coffee in just a few minutes.

By-the-Pot Coffee Strength

Your traditional pour over machine requires you to adjust the amount of coffee in the filter basket to determine the strength of your finished pot. That’s fine for those who scoop, but for offices that use prepackaged portions or the all-in-one package, strength is determined beforehand. That is about to change. A number of different companies are working on machines that allow you to adjust the strength of the pot without changing the volume of coffee. You can use the same prepackaged sachet to brew light, medium, and full-bodied pots. Brew-Tek already has one such machine on the market.

Air Pressure Brewing

Brewing a cup of coffee using air pressure is a growing trend among the crowd that cannot see themselves clear to using a standard pour over machine. Of course, manufacturers are responding. There is a new sci-fi looking device from Trinity that looks nothing like a traditional coffee brewer. However, it can brew your cup of coffee using three different methods, including air pressure.

Slow Drip Cold Brewing

Slow drip cold brewers are not necessarily amazing new technology inasmuch as they are a different process. Slow Brewers are becoming the latest ‘must have’ device in millennial offices and downtown coffee bars looking to cater to young professionals. The only downside to this technology is that it can take anywhere from 4 to 13 hours to brew a pot. It might be worth it if you are the kind of person who likes the milder and less intrusive taste of cold brewed coffee.

Coffee brewing technology is changing to keep pace with the times in which we live. Some of that technology is pushing the envelope in terms of automation and choice; other advances are more about the process. At any rate, Galaxie Coffee welcomes all this new technology as long as it makes what we do better. After all, it’s all about the coffee.

A Nice Cup of Tea – 15 Years of Market Evolution

A Nice Cup of Tea – 15 Years of Market EvolutionIt was not abnormal in the 1940s and 50s for a group of ladies to get together for afternoon tea. It was also relatively common through the 1960s and 70s for grandparents to enjoy a nice cup of tea during early evening. Yet tea has not been an American staple since the infamous Boston Tea Party gave rise to the revolution more than 200 years ago. The good news for the tea industry is that 15 years of market evolution is helping the beverage regain a place of prominence.

The total retail market for tea in the U.S. was $43.1 billion in 2014. In terms of compounded growth, 2014 was 7.7% higher than 2009, translating to absolute growth of $13.3 billion. Even more impressive is the fact that tea is the second most popular packaged beverage in the world behind only water. At 286 billion liters sold every year, bottled tea outpaces carbonated drinks, iced coffee, fruit juices, and even energy drinks.

Three Reasons for Tea’s Popularity

It is clear that we are drinking more tea in the U.S. than ever before. But why? What has changed for the tea industry above and beyond a growing desire to limit caffeine intake and consumption of sugary drinks? There are three primary reasons for the rising popularity of tea over the last 15 years:

  1. More Options – Our selection of teas has increased exponentially since the dawn of the 21st-century. Where we used to be limited to fewer than a dozen different flavors at the grocery store, we now have so many more to work with. Just consider the sheer number of herbal and fruit teas we now have to choose from. Then there are tea lattes, tea and juice blends, and even what are known as bubble teas.
  2. Good Health – Green tea is one of the most popular tea products in emerging markets. Our desire for better health is causing us to make more conscientious decisions about what we eat and drink. Thus, green tea is popular because it is seen as being part of a lifestyle that relies more on ancient Eastern practices than Western medicine for good health.
  3. Shopping Habits – Millennials, which just happen to be the most coveted demographic for retail sales, are now more likely to shop at Whole Foods and other specialty stores rather than traditional grocery chains. What’s more, the places they choose to shop are more likely to have a larger selection of teas than coffees. It is all part of a culture shift that seeks to get back to a simpler, more wholesome way of life. Millennials view tea as part of that more healthy life.

Galaxie Coffee offers a full range of tea products, both brewed and bottled, to our customers in the greater New York area. We would be proud to provide your workplace with coffee and tea service offering plenty of choices, the latest equipment, and excellent pricing.

What’s New in the Hot Chocolate Industry?

What’s New in the Hot Chocolate IndustrySo, you are the kind of person who would rather fill your morning mug with a good hot chocolate rather than coffee or tea. You have suffered for so many years as coffee has held the spotlight and tea has remained the drink of choice for the upper crust. Well, now you have reason to celebrate. There are two important trends now emerging in the hot chocolate industry that are increasing the stature of your beverage of choice.

For the record, hot chocolate is no longer a drink confined to cold winter days when the hot beverage is used to help take the chill out of one’s bones. It is now a socially acceptable hot beverage consumed 365 days a year in homes, offices, restaurants, and cafes.

Interested in knowing more? Here are the two hot chocolate trends we spoke of:

Single-Origin Hot Chocolate

Wine lovers have their special vintages while coffee lovers have their preferred blends. What do hot chocolate drinkers have? Until now, very little other than dry drink mixes to which water is added. But things are now different with the introduction of single-origin hot chocolate. This gourmet hot beverage is popping up at cafes and coffee houses all over the country.

Single-origin hot chocolate refers to a hot beverage made, on-site, directly from cocoa beans, husks, nibs, or pure chocolate. Simply put, it is a handmade drink derived from pure chocolate or various parts of the cocoa plant itself. It is not mixed with any sugars, emulsifiers, extra flavors, and so on.

Making the hot chocolate beverage this way allows experienced chocolatiers to produce an incredibly rich beverage that is unparalleled by anything you could find on a grocery store shelf. You really have to taste it to understand how different it is.

Increasing Consumer Demand

The second trend we want to address is that of increasing consumer demand. While we do not yet see unusual growth here in the U.S., hot chocolate has finally overtaken both coffee and tea in England. At least one prominent retail chain, Harrods, has experienced double-digit sales growth of hot chocolate products since the start of the year. Hot chocolate sales now outpace prepackaged coffee and tea.

Harrods officials say that hot chocolate has always been viewed in Britain as a luxury drink. But a heavy emphasis on the introduction of new flavors and better quality has led consumers to begin looking at hot chocolate in the same way they perceive tea and coffee: as a daily beverage that can be enjoyed by anyone.

It is plain to see that hot chocolate is becoming a more popular beverage among consumers both here and abroad. That’s just fine with us. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are thrilled the be able to offer a full line of hot chocolate products alongside our coffees, teas, juices, and bottled waters. Do not forget to ask about our hot chocolate selections when you contact us for service to your office.

Craft Roasters and Cold Brew: The New World of Coffee

Craft Roasters and Cold Brew - The New World of CoffeeAs coffee lovers ourselves, the team at Galaxie Coffee appreciates the efforts of those on the cutting-edge of America’s coffee culture. We appreciate the growers, roasters, and retail outlets who make enjoying a good cup of coffee a genuine pleasure. Without them, coffee just would not be the same.

Galaxie Coffee works with a number of industry professionals at the forefront of the industry. For example, City of Saints Coffee Roasters is one of the local craft roasters we support. City of Saints takes great pride in offering its customers distinct blends made from coffee beans acquired from Ethiopia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. They take great pride, as do we, in the pleasure their customers experience every time they have a cup.

Craft Roasted, Not Exclusive

Craft roasted coffee is the latest in a long line of artisan products to come to America. The trend began years ago with artisan cheeses, artisan chocolates, and craft beer. Now craft roasted coffee is taking its place as the premier coffee product for those consumers looking for something other than the corporate blends found on grocery store shelves and in franchised coffeehouses.

While craft roasted coffee is high-quality coffee with excellent flavor, it is by no means exclusive. It is not as though craft roasters intentionally price all but the most affluent of customers out of the market in the same way some other artisans do. Rather, roasters want everyone to enjoy what they enjoy. City of Saints is just one example. They operate two excellent coffee shops in the metro area; one in Hoboken and the other in the East Village.

Say Hello to Cold Brew

We would be remiss if we did not talk about cold brew coffee alongside craft roasted products. It turns out that the emergence of craft roasting has given new life to a cold brew process that has been around, but largely ignored, for generations. Cold brew coffee is a very different kind of experience in that the flavor of the beverage is more subtle and less bitter compared to traditionally brewed coffee.

Combining a high-quality craft roasted coffee with the cold brew process results in a very delightful product just about any coffee lover would appreciate. Of course, that’s assuming one appreciates cold coffee. But if not, craft roasted coffee is just as good hot as it is cold.

The staff at Galaxie Coffee welcome the opportunity to work with partners such as City of Saints. We know the craft roasted market is not one all of our customers will fully embrace, but we are happy to offer craft products to anybody who wants them. You need only ask about our selection of craft roasted coffees when you contact us.

In addition to coffee, we offer a complete line of hot and cold beverages, breakroom supplies, and janitorial products. Our service area covers all the New York Metro including offices, manufacturing environments, retail outlets, professional buildings, and more.

Latest Studies Reflect Positively on Coffee Consumption

Latest Studies Reflect Positively on Coffee ConsumptionIt was not so long ago that science was telling us coffee is bad for one’s health. But then it was good. And then it was bad again. If you are middle-aged or older, you know that the scientific opinion of coffee has flip-flopped more times than a politician on the campaign trail. So where do we stand for 2015? Overall, coffee appears to be beneficial to health in very measurable ways.

A spate of new research has been released over the last 18 months lending credence to the belief that moderate coffee consumption can be a factor in mitigating some serious health concerns. For example:

  • Heart Disease – A South Korean study involving 25,000 coffee drinkers suggests that moderate coffee consumption can reduce the risks of heart disease by inhibiting the buildup of coronary artery calcium.
  • Cancer – Yale researchers published a study this past January that confirmed previous evidence suggesting moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer).
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – Research data released this past February shows a definite link between moderate coffee consumption and lower risk of developing MS. The evidence was especially compelling among long-term coffee drinkers who had been consuming the beverage for 5 to 10 years.

The positive MS research, combined with what science already knows about diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, is leading researchers to take a serious look at the neuroprotective benefits of certain compounds found in coffee. There is growing speculation that some of these compounds could be used to treat a range of dementia disorders.

The Bad News about Coffee

In the introduction to this post, we said that coffee appears to be beneficial to health “on the whole.” We phrased it that way because not all of the research on coffee is positive. There is some bad news.

First of all, studies seem to indicate that how a person’s body reacts to coffee consumption directly relates to how beneficial it is. In addition, how a person responds is apparently linked to genetics. Some people are more genetically predisposed to the health benefits of coffee than others are.

Second, moderate consumption is considered between three and five cups per day. Furthermore, researchers consider a single cup of coffee to be 8 ounces. A person drinking three to four 16-ounce cups from the local coffee shop every day is consuming more than is considered beneficial. The amount of caffeine associated with that much coffee is likely to have some adverse health effects as well.

Lastly, it is possible that adding sugar and calorie-rich creamers to coffee can offset some of its health benefits. The best way to maximize the positives appears to be drinking 3 to 5 cups of black coffee daily.

Galaxie Coffee believes there are few things better than a really good cup of coffee. We strive to always provide a great coffee experience for our satisfied customers throughout the greater New York area.

How Is the Coffee Industry Evolving?

How Is the Coffee Industry EvolvingThe latest statistics from the National Coffee Association USA show that more than 75% of Americans consume coffee. The market is as strong as ever, so there are no real worries that the bottom will fall out of the coffee industry any time in the future. Yet the industry is evolving. It has to. Every industry changes and adapts to customer preferences and rising and falling trends.

So, just how is the coffee industry evolving? There are many examples of microevolution going on all around us. Examples include the development of new flavors, the growing popularity of espresso drinks and competition among coffeehouse chains to dominate the American landscape. However, there are much larger evolutionary influences currently underway that will have a profound effect on the industry of the future. Those influences are the further development of single-serve technology and the “new” coffee culture.

Developing Single-Serve Technology

You may be tired of hearing about single-serve in the coffee industry. Nevertheless, there is no greater force right now directing where things go with coffee. Some 27% of Americans own a single-serve machine; another 12% have serious intentions to purchase one in the future. Even more astounding is the fact that 75% of consumers have a general awareness of the single-serve option.

It is easy to assume that the phenomenon will only continue to grow to the point of completely dominating the marketplace. Nonetheless, that is not likely to happen. Why? Because price will eventually trump convenience. A case in point is the inventor of the coffee pod system, John Sylvan, who does not use the system himself. He has eschewed his own invention because it makes drinking coffee too expensive and goes against the ideals of sustainability. Eventually, the rest of the coffee drinking world will catch up to Sylvan. Single-serve will become passé; it is just a matter of time.

The “New” Coffee Culture

The coffee culture of the 1990s, created by the popularity of chains such as Starbucks, is itself evolving. In an attempt to elevate the morning cup of coffee from the working man’s beverage to something the elite can enjoy, a “new” coffee culture is emerging; a culture that is eerily similar to the wine and gourmet food culture. This new coffee culture is already having an interesting effect on the industry.

For example, cold-brewed coffee is now the hottest trend among millennials. Cold-brewed coffee is not new – it has been around for generations – but it is suddenly popular among younger coffee drinkers looking for a way to differentiate themselves from their older peers. We now have coffee purists whose preferences for gourmet products, different brewing methods, and sustainably sourced coffee beans will influence how the industry does things.

The coffee industry will continue to evolve with each passing year. At Galaxie Coffee, we are committed to providing our customers with the coffee, equipment, and complete beverage service they need for a productive and comfortable workplace. As the industry evolves, so will we.

Coffee: An Enduring Staple of the American Office

 

Coffee - An Enduring Staple of the American OfficeCoffee has enjoyed a long and rich history of being one of the most popular beverages in the world. Some of the oldest records of coffee production date back to ancient Africa, Persia and Egypt, in a day and age where local growers took great pride in the quality of coffee beans they produced. We say that to say that coffee is neither uniquely American nor anything new. It has been a worldwide commodity for centuries. As for the U.S., it has been an enduring staple of the office since the end of World War II.

There are plenty of explanations for the office coffee phenomenon; most are rooted in some sort historical perspective while others simply cite America’s inability to get anything done without some sort of stimulation. Let us look at a couple of the possible explanations in more detail.

Rationing like Prohibition

Coffee was not very big in America prior to the Revolutionary war. Being that most of the colonists were of British heritage, tea was the hot beverage of choice in the 13 colonies along the East Coast. The Boston Tea Party changed all of that. The American colonists were so incensed by Britain’s tea taxes that they began drinking coffee instead. We have not looked back since.

As American coffee consumption grew, so did importation and new ways of roasting. Coffee gained enough popularity to become the hot beverage of choice by the turn of the 19th century. However, the two world wars of the early 20th century resulted in coffee rationing among the general population. In World War II, for example, the average consumer was allowed no more than one cup per day.

Like Prohibition merely increased the thirst for alcohol, coffee rationing made people want it even more. By the time the war ended, everybody wanted coffee. So much so, that coffee became the fuel that ran America’s businesses by the 1950s. That is where we are today.

The Coffee Culture

Another possible explanation, with no relation to the Revolution or the two world wars, boils down to a simple matter of culture. Coffee has always been a drink associated with social discourse, and most of us spend just under one-third of our lives in the workplace. Coffee may be a staple of the American office because it brings a small amount of culture and social interaction to the workplace. Who doesn’t like standing around the coffee machine and enjoying a good conversation at break time?

On the other hand, it really could be that coffee is an enduring staple in the American office because we just cannot get by without several jolts of caffeine throughout the day. Maybe we really are just hooked. Nonetheless, in the end, does it really matter? Probably not.

Galaxie Coffee knows how important America’s beverage staple is to your office. That is why we provide the greater New York area with the world’s finest coffees, teas and other beverages.