Coffee and Tea Preferences: Modern or Traditional?

Coffee and Tea Preferences - Modern or TraditionalAs a coffee or tea drinker, what are your beverages of choice? Do you prefer more traditional drinks, or are you the kind of person who loves to try the modern variations that seem to pop up every few weeks? These are interesting questions that companies like ours are always asking. We need to keep up with consumer demand if we are to keep our customers happy.

There are no hard and fast numbers that point definitively to modern or traditional coffee and tea drinks as being most pervasive. But numbers from 2015 give us a very good guide to rely on. For example, 59% of Americans still drink at least one cup of coffee per day. While that’s down from 61% the year before, it is still an impressive number. Along the same lines, 80% of American households keep tea on hand in one form or another. The majority of that tea is iced tea or iced tea products.

As for the question of modern versus traditional, it actually boils down to your age. Millennials are more likely to embrace the modern variations of both coffee and tea while those over the age of 40 are more likely to stick to traditional drinks. One thing is for sure; the single cup craze has not put a serious dent in traditionally percolated coffee among older Americans. They continue to slow-drip their coffee one pot at a time.

Where Affects How

It is interesting to note that where one buys and consumes coffee affects how that coffee is enjoyed. Statistics show that roughly 46% of those under the age of 40 are more likely to purchase and consume their coffee outside of the home. That means they are going to coffee shops, bistros, and fast food drive-thru’s to get their daily cups.

This reality makes younger coffee drinkers more susceptible to the latest marketing trends. For example, young people who visit the local coffee shop every morning will be exposed to things such as cold brewed and organic coffees on a daily basis. Those who brew their coffee at home will settle on a favorite brand and are done with it. Which group do you suppose is more likely to prefer modern beverages?

Health Concerns Play a Role

Another important factor to consider is the healthy lifestyle mindset. Once again, younger people under the age of 40 are more likely to be concerned about the decisions they make relating to coffee and tea, and how those decisions affect their health. There is a growing concern among millennials that coffee is unhealthy. Approximately 32% are concerned about coffee in general while 48% are worried about caffeine intake. They are more likely to drink things such as green tea and other modern tea variations under the assumption that these are healthier.

Galaxie Coffee works hard to stay up with all the latest trends. We do our best to carry what our customers want, be they traditional beverages or modern variations.

Coffee: from Seed to Cup

From the CEO of Galaxie Coffee:

Hello, Coffee Lovers,

I’m always on the lookout for what’s new and innovative in the coffee industry. I recently made the acquaintance of a gentleman who does much the same thing, and thought that he was worthy of mention. His name is Phil La Rosa and he works with Espresso Works in Perth, Australia. They specialize in the maintenance and sales of the finest coffee machines and associated products in Australia. As part of his work he, too, enjoys keeping up to date with content relating to the coffee industry.

Like many people (myself included), he has always been curious about the production of coffee – what needs to happen in order for us to enjoy our favorite brew? With this in mind, he thought it would be interesting to create an infographic entitled ‘’Coffee: From Seed to Cup’’. It looks at the different stages of coffee production while also giving some coffee industry facts.

I’ve published it here. Enjoy it, while perhaps enjoying a cup of joe.

 

Infographic below Courtesy of Espresso Works, Perth, Australia

Coffee - from Seed to Cup

 

The Evolution of the Coffee Culture

The Evolution of the Coffee CultureFew food and beverage options enjoy the iconic status of coffee. Indeed, coffee is so important to so many people around the world that it has its very own culture. The coffee culture differs slightly from one nation to the next, yet each subculture has one thing in common: the enjoyment of coffee goes right to the heart of what makes us who we are.

The earliest records of utilizing the coffee plant to create a beverage date back to the Middle East in the mid-to-late 15th century. From there, coffee spread to northern Africa, Indonesia, Europe and, eventually, America. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the rise of coffee as an international beverage is the fact that what we know as the coffee culture did not really begin until after World War II. Prior to that, coffee was just another hot beverage that people drank.

Coffee Consumption in America

Coffee was not all that popular in America until the start of the Revolutionary war. Despite being very popular in Europe, especially in places like Italy and the Netherlands, American colonists still preferred tea until the beginning of the Revolution. But with the Revolution came a new fondness for coffee. The combination of tea shortages and a rejection of everything British led Americans to embrace this new hot beverage as a total tea replacement. We have not looked back since.

Fast forward to World War II and we discover how important a staple coffee was to the millions of soldiers fighting across Europe, Africa, and Asia. When those soldiers returned from the war, they brought their love of coffee back with them. Sitting down for good conversation with a hot cup of java quickly became a vital social experience between soldiers in the late 40s and early 50s. This is where the modern coffee culture was born.

The Local Coffee Housecoffee

The 1950s saw the emergence of the neighborhood diner and its coffee shop counterpart. That trend started in the U.S. before spreading to Australia, Italy, Japan and eventually most of Europe. People began meeting in small coffee shops just to enjoy a good cup and some conversation.

The late 1970s and early 80s took the new coffee culture to the next level by introducing flavored brews and complex blends created by mixing different beans from multiple growers around the world. Coffee shops in cities such as New York and San Francisco encouraged consumers to try new coffee drinks in a more modern setting.

By the 1990s, coffee had become the go-to social beverage among young people. Companies like Starbucks – that were established as national franchises in the 70s and 80s – finally came into their own in the 90s. Today we find that coffee is still just as trendy and competitive as it was three decades ago.

The coffee culture has certainly evolved drastically over the last 80 years. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are looking forward to where it goes over the next several decades.

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.