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3 Coffee Industry Trends to Watch for in 2017

3 Coffee Industry Trends to Watch for in 2017Thus far, 2017 has been a very good year for the coffee industry. America’s favorite hot beverage (and sometimes cold, too) continues to dominate the market thanks to innovative new products emerging alongside our long-time favorites. Interestingly enough, we have noticed that some of the 2017 trends predicted toward the end of last year have not come to fruition. Others certainly have.

Below are three coffee industry trends to keep an eye on through the remainder of 2017. All three are showing good promise as ongoing trends of the future rather than merely flashes in the pan.

1. Cold Brew Replaces Iced Coffee

Iced coffee enjoyed a lot of success when it was first introduced. However, there is something a bit unseemly about pouring a hot beverage over ice, thereby diluting its flavor as the ice melts. Enter cold brew. Cold brew coffee has been gaining ground on its iced counterpart since the start of the year.

The appeal of cold brew is a medium bodied flavor without the bitterness of hot brewed coffee. And for those who love iced coffee, cold brew is a product that invites them to enjoy their coffee without having the flavor diluted by melting ice.

2. Nitro-Infused Coffee

Take your favorite coffee drink and put it on tap and you will create a very interesting beverage that coffee lovers are flocking to try. That’s right, infusing coffee with nitrogen and serving it from a tap is the coffee equivalent of beer on tap. Restaurants and cafés are loving this new drink because they can serve it to customers without as much cream and sugar. Coffee drinkers are warming up to it because nitrogen-infused coffee has a frothy, foamy head and a texture that is very similar to its alcoholic cousin.

3. Socially Packaged Ready-to-Drink

The third trend is only half about coffee. The other half is about packaging. We are seeing a trend among makers of ready-to-drink products focusing heavily on new options for packaging that make their products really pop on the internet. What’s behind this trend? The tendency of people to share every aspect of their lives on social media. Ready-to-drink coffee makers want packaging that looks attractive in photos so that when customers take selfies or snap pictures of themselves having a meal with friends, their products look good in those pictures.

Creating packaging that looks good on social media is marketing genius. Social media is now the number one way people communicate with friends and family, and the truth remains that a picture is worth 1,000 words. Creating something that looks good when posted to social media can only help boost a brand.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we will be keeping an eye on the trends for the remainder of the year and into 2018. In the meantime, we invite you to consider us for your office coffee service. We carry a full range of hot and cold beverages, breakroom supplies, and janitorial supplies.

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.

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.

Three Coffee Industry Trends to Watch For in 2015

Three Coffee Industry Trends to Watch For in 2015Coffee is among the best selling commodities in the world. In fact, coffee is a beverage that is enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people on nearly every continent. As such, the coffee industry is one that is constantly evolving to meet consumer tastes. As those tastes go, so does the industry in America.

A number of important research studies this year have shown some interesting trends among American coffee drinkers. These trends will shape the future of both home brewing and office coffee service in 2015 and beyond. Here are three specific trends to watch for in the coming months and years:

1. Coffee Will Displace Other Beverages

Data from earlier this year shows that coffee consumption in America is on the rise. Some 61% of American adults report drinking coffee daily, up two percentage points from the year before. Furthermore, coffee continues to dominate other popular beverages such as sodas and teas. We expect that to be the case for the foreseeable future. In addition, we could see the start of the decline in energy drinks early next year with a corresponding increase in coffee interest. Now that the word has gotten out about the high caffeine content of energy drinks, consumers are less willing to embrace them.

2. Home Brewing Will Make a Comeback

The rise of popular coffee shop chains back in the 1990s led to fewer people brewing their own coffee at home in favor of grabbing a cup on the go. It was a lot more convenient to stop at the drive-through on the way to work than to set up a drip brewer every morning. However, the introduction of the single cup brewer has changed that.

Today’s single cup brewers are capable of producing a tasty cup of coffee in less time than it takes to make toast. The consumer just inserts a pod or cup, presses a button, and waits no more than a minute or two for a fresh cup of coffee. We believe this will create a resurgence in the home brewing market as evidenced by research data that suggests 15% of Americans already have a single cup brewer and 25% of those who do not are planning to buy one.

3. Fair Trade Coffee Will Become Extinct

When the idea of fair trade coffee was first presented, it was offered as a way to eliminate poverty among the world’s coffee growers by paying them above-market prices for their beans. Yet even as Americans pay more for this coffee, the poverty it was supposed to eliminate is still pervasive. We expect consumers to gradually stop buying fair trade coffee as they begin to understand they are paying higher prices for little or no results.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are excited about the future of our industry. We look forward to providing our customers industry-leading coffee and beverage service for years to come. It is what we do better than anyone else.