Monthly Archives: March 2016

Galaxie Coffee Goes Big-Time with Food & Drink Magazine

Galaxie Coffee Goes Big-Time with Food & Drink MagazineHere at Galaxie Coffee, we work very hard to ensure that we are always providing our customers with the absolute best products and services. The sincere thanks and appreciation we receive from them tell us we are meeting their expectations, but it is also nice to be recognized among peers from time to time for a job well done. In light of that, we are extremely proud to announce that Food & Drink magazine will be featuring Galaxie Coffee on March 14 (2016).

Food & Drink is an international magazine that reaches more than 495,000 readers with every edition. The magazine’s target audience are the CEOs, plant managers, and purchasing managers responsible for making buying decisions in the workplace. It is a publication that brings together the best in the food service industry for the purposes of sharing ideas, explaining best practices, and simply making the industry better for all of us.

Our inclusion in Food & Drink is a testament to our dedication to the coffee industry. Like any industry, those who really love what they do put everything they have into making sure they do it right. That is what we are all about at Galaxie. Not only do we love coffee, but we also love being able to provide our customers with a full range of beverages, breakroom supplies, and equipment that will enable them to offer top-notch beverage service to their customers and/or employees.

Office Coffee Is a Highly Competitive Business

When Galaxie Coffee was originally established, the office coffee business in the greater New York area was still in the maturation phase. There were a lot of companies competing in a wide-open market with plenty of room. Some of these companies survived, others failed. We learned that the difference between the two is the ability to provide the products and services customers want in a timely manner and at a reasonable price.

Over the years, Galaxie has expanded through both organic growth and acquisition. In fact, we have more than tripled in size since the current management team took over in 2005. We now serve all of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties, and most of New Jersey and southern Connecticut.

The office coffee business is an extremely competitive business that requires a real dedication to customer satisfaction if long-term success is to be achieved. Here at Galaxie, we believe we have achieved that success many times over. And we do not plan to stop now. Our long-term goals include keeping abreast of the latest trends in the coffee industry in order to make sure our customers get exactly what they want.

We are thrilled that an organization like Food & Drink magazine has seen fit to profile our company. We believe it is an honor to be recognized by such a well-respected publication in a day and age when so many businesses seem to not care about their customers. Please check out Food & Drink on March 14 to see our piece.

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate: Which Is Most Popular?

tea-and-coffee_Myj5wKSO_LThe long-standing debate over the best hot beverage rages on, in a friendly manner, of course, year after year. Some swear by the morning cup of coffee that provides that little jolt of caffeine and the perfect aroma to get one started for the day. Others prefer a relaxing cup of tea along with a newspaper or a good book. Still others say hot chocolate is the only way to go for hot beverages. So, who is right? Which of the three hot beverages is most popular?

Coffee is, by far, the most popular hot beverage in the world. According to a Euromonitor analysis of 2009 retail sales, consumers purchased just under 5,000 pounds of coffee per capita as opposed to about 277 pounds of tea. Here in the United States, coffee dominates the hot beverage market with the average consumer drinking several cups a day. The U.S. is easily the largest consumer of coffee in the world, per capita.

Coffee Consumption Among Younger People

There doesn’t seem to be any drastic regional differences between coffee and tea trends in the U.S., with the possible exception of a few cities with a heavy population of young people. According to Forbes, young people are beginning to eschew coffee in favor of tea due to the supposed health benefits of doing so. Along those lines, green tea is very big among the younger crowd.

Forbes cites a 2015 study by YouGov that shows tea consumption in the U.S. has grown some 20% since the turn of the century. It is especially strong among those under 30. For example, the millennial crowd shows equal preferences for coffee and tea, with about 42% favoring one or the other. Contrast that with older Americans who prefer coffee by a ratio of nearly 4-to-1.

In cities with a significant millennial population – like Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston – tea consumption is a lot stronger than in other places. However, it still has a long way to go to catch up to coffee.

The Hot Chocolate Question

Hot chocolate does have its place as a competitor against coffee and tea. However, hot chocolate consumption is still viewed by most people as entirely separate from the coffee and tea debate. In other words, the number of individuals who choose hot chocolate as their main hot beverage of the day are few and far between. Most people who consume it do so in the same way they consume wine – as a special treat rather than one’s primary beverage.

This has given rise to a whole culture of gourmet hot chocolates and specialist cocoa drinks. Those who consider themselves hot chocolate connoisseurs are as passionate about their drinks as even the most snobbish of wine snobs. But it’s all good. If hot chocolate is your thing, enjoy!

The debate over the superiority of coffee or tea will continue as long as people drink them. For now, coffee is still the clear winner.