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Does Cold Brew Offer the Same Health Benefits?

Cold brew coffee is all the rage these days. It is a favorite among younger coffee drinkers looking to change things up from what their parents and grandparents did. And in the summer, nothing is quite as refreshing as a delicious cup of cold brew.

Two questions we want to pose in this post are as follows: does cold brew offer the same benefits as hot brew coffee? And if not, is it worth skipping the cold brew in order to get the maximum benefit from hot coffee?

Cold Brew Basics

Let us start with some basics before we get to answering the questions. First and foremost, cold brew is not the same thing as iced coffee. Iced coffee is brewed hot. It is then chilled in the refrigerator or poured directly into a cup and chilled with ice cubes.

Cold brew is brewed with cold or room temperature water. Brewing typically takes 12 to 14 hours and results in a less acidic coffee with a more balanced flavor.

The Health Benefits Question

Moving on to the health benefits of coffee, studies have already established that drinking moderate amounts of hot coffee may reduce the risk of a number of diseases including heart disease, liver disease, and type II diabetes. Researchers think the benefits are primarily derived from antioxidants and caffeine.

A recently released study shows that cold brew does not contain the same volume of antioxidants. In fact, the difference can be as much as 50% in some cases. Caffeine content in cold brew is also not as high. Why? Because caffeine is soluble in water. You extract more caffeine with hot water than you do using cold water.

The study suggests that the health benefits of cold brew should be fewer because both antioxidants and caffeine occur at lower volumes. However, bear in mind the study did not track cold brew drinkers and their health. All it did was measure acid, antioxidant, and caffeine levels.

What to Do with It

Let us close this post by discussing whether or not you should forgo cold brew. In short, it is entirely up to you. Bear in mind that all of the studies demonstrating the health benefits of coffee are epidemiological studies. In other words, they show links between coffee consumption and reduced risk for certain diseases. But links do not establish causation.

If you are sold on the health benefits of coffee to the extent that you want to maximize every cup, foregoing cold brew might be in your best interests. But if you enjoy the balanced, less acidic taste of cold brew enough to settle for fewer antioxidants and less caffeine, keep drinking it.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we have both. We are more than happy to stock your break room in any way you like. We carry traditional hot brewed coffees, cold brews, teas, juices, and bottled water. Feel free to check out the Products section of our website to see our complete inventory.

U.S. Tariffs and Their Effect on Eco-Friendly Paper Products

As you know, the U.S. has been locked in a trade war with China for quite some time now. Our government enacted significant tariffs on thousands of products imported from China in 2018. China responded with its own round of tariffs, which was followed by even more tariffs imposed by us.

The eco-friendly paper products we carry have been affected by the trade war to some extent. Fallout from the tariffs has by no means been devastating, but there have been consequences. We are doing our best to stay ahead of price increases so that our customers do not suffer unnecessarily.

How Tariffs Work

A tariff is essentially a tax placed on imported goods. The first round of tariffs implemented in 2018 imposed a rate of 25% on a lengthy list of products coming in from China. So a product purchased from a Chinese company for $100 before the tariff would cost $125 after. Those costs are paid by U.S. buyers.

The federal government claims that the total amount of the tariffs imposed against China represent less than 1% of projected inflation. When applied across the board to every product bought and sold in the U.S., the tariffs should have a negligible effect on overall inflation. Still, those products directly affected by tariffs now cost more.

Products and Raw Materials

Where eco-friendly paper products are concerned, there are a couple of things to consider. Right off the bat are finished products like cups, plates, napkins, etc. Finished products manufactured in China now cost more thanks to the tariffs. But that is not the end of it.

Companies that make eco-friendly paper products domestically might still import some of the raw materials they need for the manufacturing process from China. Many of those raw materials are also subject to the tariffs. This adds additional costs to the manufacturing process.

Whether you are talking finished products or raw materials, tariff costs are ultimately passed on. How much gets passed on to the end customer depends on whether or not others along the supply chain are willing to absorb some of the pain themselves.

How We Approach Higher Costs

Galaxie Coffee is no different to any other U.S. business in that we hate the idea of passing on higher costs to customers. We are not happy about the fact that a trade war with China means some of our eco-friendly paper products might cost more in the future. But it is what it is.

It is normal practice for us to do everything we can to keep retail prices in check. Sometimes that means we have to look for new suppliers who can offer us better pricing. Sometimes that means going with less expensive products from the same supplier. And sometimes it means absorbing part of a price increase so that what we pass on to customers is minimal.

Know that we are doing everything we can to control retail prices. Doing so is a long-standing Galaxie Coffee practice that we intend to continue.