Coffee

What Makes For A True Coffee Addict

Every morning when you wake up, the only thing that should make your lips move is something that makes every cell inside you wake up.

Is that something coffee? And are you a coffee addict?

Here’s an infographic by Freshpresso that shows what makes for a true coffee addict. Find out how many of these signs do you share!

What Makes For A True Coffee Addict

The Increasing Importance of Having a Break Room

The Increasing Importance of Having a Break RoomIs there someplace at work you can go when you need to take a break? A surprising study from 2014 showed that a majority of U.S. workers don’t take breaks during the day. Still, many feel they would be more productive if they were able to do so. Enter the employee break room.

There is an old idiom in American office culture that talks about meeting around the water cooler to discuss ideas. Often it’s last night’s Game of Thrones or Blacklist episode that is being discussed. Twenty years ago, this was thought to be a waste of time. In today’s office environment, this collaboration and discussion is looked upon favorably. We would suggest there is a better way to encourage collaboration among employees and allow them to take a break away from their desks and computers: give them a break room. Make it comfortable with great seating, maybe add foosball, air hockey or ping pong – and now you have the environment you’re looking for.

Too Few Taking Breaks

The previously mentioned study conducted in 2014 by Staples showed that 55% of U.S. workers don’t feel they can leave their desks to take a break. Approximately 20% don’t take breaks out of a sense of guilt. Some 59% of survey respondents indicated that more breaks would improve their happiness at work; 43% said more breaks would boost their personal happiness; 37% said regular breaks would improve their health.

Too few people take regular breaks despite the fact that we all know we should. It is not good, either physically or mentally, to sit staring at a computer screen for four straight hours. It is not healthy to be stuck in a cubicle and isolated from other human beings for long stretches of time. Humans need to get up, walk around and interact.

Break Room a Perfect Place

An employee break room is a perfect solution to employees not taking breaks because it combines the best of the office water cooler and meeting room. A break room is space where employees can socialize with one another in a setting free from telephones and e-mail. It is a space that naturally fosters collaboration without employees feeling like they have to do so when they get together.

The reality is that workers will naturally collaborate if you just let them. If you try to force it, collaboration becomes another part of the mundane workday that they have to slog their way through. But if you allow employees to simply be, in a relaxed space that does not constrain them to think or act a certain way, they do naturally what so many companies try to force.

A good break room is an open, comfortable space with plenty of seating, a coffee machine, perhaps a microwave, a refrigerator and don’t forget the games. Never underestimate its power to make your employees more happy and productive during the work day. Galaxie Coffee can help you with beverage service by providing modern, updated equipment and a full line of coffees, teas, and other beverages. We also stock break room supplies as well.

The Effect of Coffee Consumption on Longevity

The Effect of Coffee Consumption on LongevityIt makes sense that what we put into our bodies by way of food and drink affects how our internal systems function. It also makes sense that putting good things in should increase average lifespan by helping the body maintain itself as nature has designed it to do. To that end, coffee is one of those good things. Numerous studies have shown that moderate coffee consumption contributes to longevity.

One of the most recent studies was released in 2015. Conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, the study explored the risk of mortality among both regular and non-coffee drinkers. The results were not surprising to people who have been following this idea for quite some time. In fact, the results were in line with several previous studies.

Lowering the Risks of Mortality

For the record, the clinical definition of ‘mortality’ is simply the state of being dead. But for these kinds of studies, the idea is to look at dying at an age earlier than average. Understanding and addressing the causes of early mortality is what enables us to extend average life expectancy.

Getting back to coffee, the Harvard researchers discovered that people who drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day exhibited a 15% lower risk of mortality as compared to those who did not drink coffee at all. A previous study conducted by the National Institutes of Health showed that the risk of mortality among those who drink 4 to 6 cups per day was reduced anywhere from 10% to 16%.

The Mechanisms Behind It

It is pretty clear that regular, moderate coffee consumption lowers the mortality risk significantly. But why? Researchers haven’t pinpointed a specific answer, but they do cite plenty of legitimate possibilities. For example, research has shown that some of the compounds in coffee can reduce the risk of both stroke and type II diabetes.

Research has also shown that coffee contains more than 1,000 known compounds that could lower mortality, including compounds known as polyphenols. Polyphenols possess antioxidant properties; they also affect gene expression, control inflammation, regulate the liver and fat cells, reduce obesity, and even improve brain function and cognition.

In short, the mechanics behind coffee adding to longevity are directly related to how compounds in the beverage affect body function. These compounds improve function and thereby reduce the risks of various kinds of diseases and genetic abnormalities that would typically contribute to mortality.

It should be noted that research of this type is normally done with a focus on straight, black coffee. Adding sugar and various kinds of creamers can both mitigate some of the benefits and create problems of their own. Also note the idea of moderation. It is possible to overdo it with caffeine.

Galaxie Coffee is proud to serve the greater New York area with the finest coffees, teas, and other beverages. For more information about having coffee service for your office, feel free to contact us at any time.

Top 5 Coffee Industry Trends for 2017

Top 5 Coffee Industry Trends for 2017We are now a couple of months into the year, and already some interesting trends are developing in the coffee industry. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we follow those trends for obvious reasons. Below are the top five just now emerging. Some will undoubtedly continue to grow and significantly impact the industry this year while others will simply fade away. It will be interesting to see how each of them fare.

1. Adding Nitrogen to Cold Brew

Both the National Coffee Association and research company Mintel agree that cold brew will be very strong in 2017 while iced coffee begins to decline. But Mintel goes one step further by predicting the introduction of nitrogen to cold brew. A few national coffee chains are already using the trick to create a creamy cold coffee beverage that is rather unique. If they can make it work, we expect more companies to be experimenting with nitrogen cold brew.

2. Marketing Will Focus on the Experience

Millennials are now the single largest demographic group in America despite the aging population of baby boomers. As such, the coffee industry will be targeting millennials quite a bit more this year. That means focusing the message on the social experience of coffee rather than brewing that morning cup of joe before heading off to work. Focusing on the experience will be seen in everything from packaging to advertising. There will also be less emphasis on price, given that millennials are more likely to freely spend for an experience they appreciate.

3. A New Emphasis on Coffee Processing

With the industry now focusing more on millennials, they are also looking at new ways to present coffee. We expect to see a greater emphasis on coffee processing to create new flavors and styles. Processing occurs between harvest and grinding; it includes everything from roasting to aging.

4. Greater Demand for Bottled Coffee

Though iced coffee ought to decline while cold brew grows, both trends could be overshadowed by higher demand for bottled coffee. Known in the industry as ready-to-drink (RTD), this coffee product generated revenues in excess of $2 billion in 2015. Late last year, Coca-Cola and Dunkin Brands even entered into a partnership to bring new bottled coffee products to market in 2017.

5. The Convergence of Coffee and Alcohol

Lastly, younger coffee drinkers have been looking for the local coffeehouse and the bar next door to merge for a long time. It looks like 2017 could be the year for such an enterprise. Industry watchers expect more coffeehouses to start serving alcohol in 2017. Some of them will undoubtedly find ways to infuse their coffee with alcohol to create unique, new beverages.

We expect our own emerging trend here at Galaxie Coffee: growing opportunities to serve more customers as we work hard to introduce the Galaxie name to more offices and work sites throughout the greater New York area. If you are looking to add coffee and beverage service to your workplace, we would be happy to serve you.

Can Drinking Coffee Help You Lose Weight?

Can Drinking Coffee Help You Lose Weight?Perhaps you have heard arguments in favor of using coffee as some sort of weight loss supplement. As the thinking goes, drinking coffee as your primary beverage during a weight loss campaign can help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite. But is it true? And if so, how much coffee would you need to drink to realize any genuine benefits from doing so?

There are opposing opinions on both sides of the question. So to get to a credible answer, we consulted the Mayo Clinic website. According to contributor Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., caffeine may help with weight loss efforts somewhat, but there is not enough evidence to prove that increased caffeine intake results in any amount of significant weight loss or helps keep weight off.

What People Say about Caffeine

Proponents of using coffee as a weight loss supplement point to the caffeine found in the beverage as being the helpful ingredient. Caffeine is found not only in coffee but also in a long list of other beverages including cola, tea, energy drinks, etc. Even makers of weight loss pills put caffeine in them.

Caffeine allegedly works as an appetite suppressant, thereby helping you eat less. But as Zeratsky points out, the suppressing effects of caffeine are only temporary. Unless you are constantly drinking coffee throughout the day in order to keep the level of caffeine in your system stable, there will not be enough of an appetite suppressing effect to help in the long run.

Coffee is also pushed as a weight loss supplement in the belief that caffeine has thermogenic properties. Thermogenesis is the process by which your body creates heat as it digests food, burning calories as it does so. Again, Zeratsky says there is insufficient evidence to prove that the thermogenic effects of caffeine are strong or consistent enough to be of any help for weight loss.

Use Caffeine Wisely

It is possible that there is anecdotal evidence of caffeine (specifically coffee) helping people lose weight. The fact is there are always some things that seem to work for a small handful of people even if they do not work for everyone else. So both Zeratsky and the Mayo Clinic suggest that anyone who intends to use coffee or caffeine-containing products to help lose weight do so wisely.

As for coffee specifically, using it as a weight loss supplement dictates that you drink it black. It will not help at all if you load it up with cream, sugar, and all the calories that come with them. Also be careful of specialty coffees. These tend to be high in both calories and fat.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are in the coffee business because we love coffee. If drinking coffee is helping you lose weight, good for you. We are here to supply our clients with the best beverage service in the greater New York area, weight loss debates notwithstanding. We would be happy to supply your office with a full range of beverages and break room supplies.

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.

Good News about Coffee and Health

Good News about Coffee and HealthIn past blog posts, we have articulated some of the known health benefits of moderate coffee consumption. This month, we want to address one specific area of good news: coffee and other foods with caffeine do not lead to irregular cardiac rhythms as previously believed. You can now engage in moderate coffee consumption without worrying about arrhythmia.

Past studies have suggested that caffeine can cause irregular heart rhythm. Those studies caused doctors and other health professionals to warn against consuming coffee, chocolate, and other foods with significant volumes of caffeine. But a new study out of the University of California-San Francisco now says otherwise. The study is the largest ever to look at the supposed links between irregular cardiac rhythm and dietary habits.

According to lead researcher Dr. Gregory Marcus, previous recommendations to avoid foods that contain caffeine should be reconsidered by the medical community. In fact, Dr. Marcus and his fellow researchers believe that caffeine consumption might actually have positive health benefits that should be encouraged.

No Evidence of PVCs or PACs

Researchers conducted their study with a group of just under 1,400 subjects with an average age of 72. Regular caffeine consumption was reported by 60% of the subjects at the start of the study. Researchers then measured instances of premature ventricular contractions (PCVs) and premature atrial contractions (PACs) among their subjects, only to find that those who consume caffeine on a regular basis did not have a greater incidence of the contractions.

Both kinds of contractions are understood to cause the heart to beat more times than it normally would. Both are related to a long list of heart conditions including atrial fibrillation, stroke, coronary artery disease, and general heart failure.

So why the difference in the study results? The UCSF researchers say that the past studies we depended on for decades did not look at either PACs or PVCs in relation to irregular heart rhythms. That makes them flawed inasmuch as irregular heart rhythm generally begins as either PACs or PVCs.

Buttressing their claims are a significant number of observational studies that have found regular caffeine users have measurably lower rates of cardiovascular and coronary artery disease.

Everything in Moderation

We need to be careful with this good news about coffee and health. As always, everything needs to be done in moderation. Moderate coffee consumption can provide certain health benefits thanks to the caffeine it contains. But too much of a good thing can be counterproductive. So go ahead and enjoy two or three cups of good coffee every day. Just watch it on the cream and sugar, and don’t indulge yourself via multiple pots.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we love coffee and everything that goes with it. That’s why we have been faithfully serving our customers in the greater New York area for as long as we have. We would be happy to provide your office with high-quality coffee service that includes a full line of beverages and equipment.

The Oldest Coffeehouse in the U.S. Is…

The Oldest Coffeehouse in the U.S. IsThe Galaxie Coffee staff thought might be fun to search through the records with the hope of finding the oldest coffeehouse in the U.S. What began as a fun project turned into an obsession, as we searched one source after another looking for a straight answer. It turns out that determining the oldest coffeehouse in this country depends a lot on how you define the terms. But that shouldn’t be surprising.

There is a lot of disagreement over ‘firsts’ in the food service industry. For example, there are two sandwich shops in Philadelphia, within sight of each other, that claim to have been the original purveyor of the Philly cheese steak sandwich. Likewise, there are two bars in Buffalo that claim to have come up with the chicken wing. Even the beef on weck sandwich is a matter of dispute. Determining the oldest coffeehouse in America engenders the same kinds of disagreements.

Where It All Began

One of the first things we discovered in our quest for the oldest coffeehouse is that the entire coffeehouse concept is not a modern one. It didn’t originate with Starbucks in the 1990s or even the espresso bar fad of the pre-war era. Coffeehouses actually date back to the 16th century Constantinople.

Coffeehouses made it to America by way of English and French culture that was exported here prior to the start of the Revolutionary war. This is where some of the disputations come in. There are records of a number of coffee houses having been built in Philadelphia during the decades just before the Revolution. Merchants Coffee House, also known as City Tavern, was one of the last such coffeehouses built in the City of Brotherly Love in the 1770s. But that means there were others built before Merchants.

It is possible that the earliest coffeehouses in America were opened in cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia where coffee imports were common. If you’re looking for the oldest coffeehouse still in operation, that may fall to our very own Caffee Reggio in Greenwich Village. They opened in 1927 as the first establishment in New York to use an imported espresso machine direct from Italy. Caffee Reggio was the favorite New York spot for Italian cappuccino and espresso well into the 1950s and 60s. Today it is still one of the most loved coffeehouses in America.

The Bean and the Culture

It turns out there’s no way to pinpoint the oldest coffeehouse in America with complete accuracy. There are just too many records along with disputes about those records. What we can say is that the long-standing tradition of the local coffeehouse is all about the bean and the culture that goes with it.

Coffee remains one of the most consumed beverages in America several hundred years after it was brought here from Europe. Coffeehouses from coast-to-coast continue to propagate the coffee culture with great products for every taste. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are just happy to be part of it.

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.