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Check Out This Great New Use for Coffee Grounds

Over the years, coffee drinkers have come up with some pretty creative ways to use their coffee grounds. Our grandmothers and mothers fertilized their gardens and kept pests away with coffee grounds. Pet owners have deployed them to repel fleas. And who among us hasn’t used coffee grounds to neutralize odors?

There is a new and exciting way to use coffee grounds that is just now getting attention. What is it? Coffee grounds – or more specifically the oil extracted from them – can be added to plastics to create a stronger, more durable product. Researchers say this is exciting news because the oil is a waste product of a waste product. There is no market for it, so it normally goes to waste.

Making PLA Better

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a thermoplastic product derived from renewable sources. Corn starch is one of the more common materials used to produce PLA. According to a 2016 market research report produced by Ceresana, PLA is one of the most commonly used bio plastics in the healthcare industry. It is used to create a variety of medical supplies and equipment.

Despite its widespread use and durability, PLA can be difficult to work with in a 3D printing environment. Adding the oil from coffee grounds solves that problem. The oil makes PLA much easier to work with, thus facilitating 3D printing of all sorts of plastic medical supplies. It is all rather fascinating.

How They Do It

To make it all work, oil is extracted from used coffee grounds through a fairly simple process. That oil is then transformed into a bio diesel, which is subsequently introduced to liquid PLA. The combined materials form a string-like plastic that is inserted into a 3D printer along with a resin. The 3D printer creates the desired object by placing layer upon layer of the plastic thread in place.

Most exciting is that researchers have been able to increase the strength of PLA by some 400% just by adding coffee oil at a ratio of 20% by volume. That is significant, to say the least. Who knew that a little bit of coffee oil could do so much for a bio plastic?

Researchers think their discovery could reach well beyond the medical equipment industry. They see an entirely new market for enhanced PLA, especially in sporting goods. Time will tell if that new market comes to fruition.

More Than Just a Beverage

The more we learn about coffee, the more we come to understand that it is more than just a beverage. Coffee is truly a wonder substance with many applications outside the kitchen. Hopefully the new, coffee-enhanced PLA will prove just how versatile coffee is.

In the meantime, we invite you to contact us here at Galaxie Coffee to learn how we can service your office with a full range of coffees, teas, juices, and breakroom supplies. We are the greater New York area’s number one source for all things coffee.

Coffee-Infused Foods: Cooking with Your Favorite Beverage

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. It is found virtually worldwide, from street markets in Ethiopia to high-end coffee shops in Europe. But did you know that coffee isn’t just for drinking? Plenty of professional chefs and hobbyists are coming up with great ways to cook with it. Their coffee-infused foods are to die for.

If you are someone who likes to be creative in the kitchen, it is well worth digging around for a few coffee-inspired recipes. Coffee is a very tasty ingredient for all sorts of foods. It works well with sweets, breads, meats, and more.

Note that some recipes call for instant coffee. This is the one area where coffee-infused foods can be tricky. Why? Because instant coffee is traditionally made with robusta rather than arabica beans. They produce a more bitter flavor and have twice the amount of caffeine. Instant coffee has a more defined impact on the taste of coffee-infused foods.

As a Dry Rub

One of the more interesting uses of coffee as a cooking ingredient is to combine it with a number of spices to create a dry rub. It even works well straight up. Using coffee as a dry rub allows the flavor of the roasted, ground coffee to seep into meat prior to cooking.

One suggestion is to combine ground coffee with cocoa and a touch of sea salt. Rub the mixture into a high-quality steak and let the meat sit for several hours in the fridge. Throw the steaks on the grill and let them cook to your desired level of doneness. You will have a delectable steak that reminds you of cappuccino.

Coffee in Your Baked Goods

Maybe you prefer to bake. No worries. Coffee is a great ingredient for all kinds of baked goods. For example, take your typical chocolate chip cookie. A good chocolate chip recipe can be enhanced with just a touch of instant coffee. If German chocolate layer cake is more to your liking, liquid coffee is a great ingredient for the frosting.

Coffee and Savory Foods

Savory foods are a better vehicle for coffee than people realize. For example, how do you feel about fish tacos? A good piece of fish mixed with a few vegetables and a tasty slaw combine to make an excellent taco that satisfies. Cook that fish with some coffee and you will knock it out of the park.

We can go on and on about coffee-infused foods. Here’s the point: coffee works equally well as a beverage and an ingredient for your cooking. We encourage you to look around online for some interesting recipes and give it a try.

As experts in office coffee delivery service, we are fully confident that you will find some great ways to cook and bake with your favorite beverage. Galaxie Coffee can even provide you with some exotic blends you can’t get anywhere else. Ask about them when you call to arrange coffee service for your office.

Coffee and Carbs: A Simple Answer to a Simple Question

Google the phrase “coffee and carbs” and you will find a ton of articles discussing whether you should limit coffee consumption while restricting your intake of carbohydrates. Perhaps this is due to some of the carb restrictions imposed by diets like the popular keto diet. Well know that you have nothing to worry about from coffee itself.

The idea behind restricting carbs is to encourage your body to turn to fat as a source of energy. As the thinking goes, the more the body relies on fat, the easier it is to lose weight. Limit carbohydrates and the body has no choice but to turn to fat as an energy source.

The point of this post is not to discuss the pros and cons of a low-carb diet. That is best left to nutrition experts. Rather, we simply want to address the question of whether coffee should be excluded from a low-carb diet. In a word, no it should not.

No Carbs in Black Coffee

Black coffee has virtually no carbs. Neither does straight espresso or Americano. Carbohydrates do not come into play until you start adding extras like cream and sugar. Indeed, those additives can be quite carb-heavy, which is why some diet experts tell people to avoid coffee. They assume that their clients are unwilling to drink their coffee black.

If black coffee works for you, drink it to your heart’s content and do not worry about carbs. Keep reading for a few suggestions for getting around the bitterness of a typical drip-brew coffee.

Try Cold Brew Coffee

One of the best ways to avoid the bitterness of black coffee is to go with cold brew. The cold brew process results in a less bitter coffee that some people even describe as slightly sweet. Such sweetness really depends on the brand of coffee you choose, but less bitterness will be consistent across the board.

Drinking cold brew with a couple of ice cubes further reduces the bitter taste. As an added benefit, it is quite refreshing. Drinking an ice-cold cup of cold brew can be just what you are looking for after a heavy workout.

Switch to a Lighter Roast

Another thing you can do to reduce the bitterness of black coffee is switch to a lighter roast. A lighter roast will give you a lighter color and a less obtrusive taste, so you should be able to get away without added sugar or cream. If you still want to add something, look for a non-dairy creamer with a low-carb count or choose a non-dairy milk – like, almond or soymilk. Non-dairy milks tend to be lower in carb content.

Black coffee has almost no carbs. If you are on a low-carb diet, that is good to know. In the meantime, Galaxie Coffee would be more than happy to serve your office anywhere in the greater New York Metro. Contact us to learn more about our coffees, teas, juices, and beverage equipment.

5 International Coffees You’ve Probably Never Heard of Before

Coffee is a truly international beverage consumed in just about every corner of the world. If you are tempted to think that traditional American coffee is the be-all and end-all, it is not. It’s not even close. There are tons of intriguing coffee drinks on nearly every continent. Some you’ve heard of, others you have not.

Below are descriptions of five international coffees we are willing to bet are not on your radar. They are drinks that are, at least in some cases, quite regional. If you are looking to try something different, maybe one of these coffees is for you.

1. Barraquito Coffee – Spain

This coffee drink hails from the Canary Islands in Spain. It is actually a combination of coffee and Licor 43, a well-known Spanish liqueur that is made only by a single-family business located in Cartagena.

It is often described as a coffee cocktail due to how the ingredients are put together. Nothing is mixed. Rather, the ingredients are layered. You start with condensed milk followed by the liqueur. Next is a layer of espresso, then frothing milk and a topping of cinnamon and lemon peel.

2. Cà Phê Trứng – Vietnam

Vietnam’s Cà Phê Trứng is a coffee drink that includes an egg. Yes, you read that correctly. You start by mixing an egg yolk with sweetened condensed milk until it becomes a light and creamy foam. It takes about 10 minutes. Afterward, you pour hot coffee over it. The coffee slowly sinks to the bottom.

3. Kaffeost – Finland

Adventurous types who appreciate Vietnam’s egg coffee might also be interested in trying this gem from Finland. Translated literally as ‘coffee cheese’, Kaffeost is a mixture of hot coffee and a traditional dried cheese known as juustoleipä. You just put the cheese in a wooden mug and then pour in hot coffee. The cheese absorbs some of the coffee.

4. Mazagran – Portugal

Iced coffee lovers, here’s a drink from Portugal that is right up your alley. Mazagran is allegedly the first iced coffee drink ever invented. It is said to have originated in Algeria. At any rate, it is a drink that combines iced coffee with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Lemon juice amounts depend on personal taste. Some have described mazagran has iced coffee lemonade.

5. Kopi Luwak – Southeast Asian

This is perhaps the most unusual coffee drink on our list. Kopi luwak is not made from coffee beans per se, but from partially digested coffee cherries. Mammals known as Asian palm civets eat the cherries for their flavor despite the fact that their bodies do not fully digest them. The cherries are gathered after the civets pass them, then used to make drip coffee, espresso, or a French press brew.

There are some truly interesting coffee drinks found around the world. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we specialize in bringing the best coffee and other beverages to businesses throughout the tri-state area. We would love to add your office to our client list.

Have You Heard of National Cappuccino and Espresso Days?

Doesn’t it sometimes feel like we have a national day for just about everything? We probably do, which brings us to the topic of this post: National Cappuccino Day and its cousin, National Espresso Day. Both are registered with the National Day Calendar as legitimate days of recognition.

We are cool with both days. After all, there are a few things we love to celebrate more than a good cup of coffee. Whether it is cappuccino, espresso, or the tried-and-true American coffee made with a standard pour-over, it is all good. Every day is a great day to enjoy the goodness of coffee.

National Cappuccino Day – Nov. 8

National Cappuccino Day is observed every year on November 8. It is a day for enjoying one of our favorite coffee drinks by whipping up a “frothy, hot cup of cappuccino,” according to the National Day Calendar website. The website goes on to explain cappuccino as a coffee drink consisting of “espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam.”

No one really knows the origins of this day as a traditional observance. The good folks at the National Calendar Day have been researching it for years. The best they have been able to come up with is the origins of the drink itself. As for the day, it seems to have been birthed from the coffeehouse craze that began in Seattle a couple of decades ago.

As for the origins of cappuccino, it goes back to Italian monks in the 17th century. In fact, the name of the drink comes from the dark brown hooded frocks worn by the Capuchin monks who allegedly invented the drink.

National Espresso Day – Nov. 23

National Espresso Day is another one of those annual celebrations with unknown origins. A lot of research has gone into discovering when and where it started, but to no avail. However, we do know the origins of the drink. Espresso was birthed in Italy during the early 20th century.

According to the National Espresso Day website, espresso lovers can thank inventor and manufacturer Luigi Bezzera. He is credited with inventing the very first espresso machine that reduced the time it took to create a tasty cup of coffee by introducing pressurized steam. He called his machine the Fast Coffee Machine.

A few years later, the machine and rights to it were purchased by fellow entrepreneur Desidero Pavoni, who patented it and embarked on a marketing blitz that made espresso a household word. The rest, as they say, is history.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we believe every day is a wonderful day to celebrate espresso and cappuccino. On the other 363 days of the year, your favorite cup of coffee is just as good. So raise a cup to whoever came up with these tasty drinks and the days that celebrate them. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to us to learn more about office coffee and beverage service for your company.

Sources:

1. National Day Calendar – https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-cappuccino-day-october-8/
2. National Espresso Day – https://www.nationalespressoday.com

Coffee and Exercise: Benefits of Imbibing Before You Workout

Coffee and Exercise: Benefits of Imbibing Before You Workout

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Previous Galaxie Coffee blog posts have highlighted the health benefits of coffee. This post aims to take things one step further by discussing coffee and exercise. If you have ever found yourself questioning whether or not you should drink a cup of joe before heading to the gym, we have good news: it is probably a good idea.

It’s easy to be concerned about drinking coffee before exercise if you find that your daily dose of caffeine upsets your stomach, causes palpitations, or makes you feel shaky. But rest assured that the same caffeine characteristics known to cause such issues can actually boost your workout.

Below are some of the benefits of drinking coffee just prior to working out. Bear in mind that caffeine can stay in your system for up to six hours after you consume it. Drinking coffee before a workout might be influenced by the actual time of day you exercise.

1. Better Physical Performance

Caffeine is a stimulant that affects everything from your heart to your central nervous system. That is why you feel that sudden burst of energy with your morning cup of coffee. As the caffeine stimulates your nervous system, you’ll have more energy to push through the most difficult part of your workout.

There is also reason to believe that caffeine may suppress the feelings of exertion we all experience during physical activity. In other words, you will perform better because you will not feel like you are working so hard. This could lead to more productive workouts over the long term.

2. More Efficient Calorie Burning

There is some scientific evidence supporting the idea that caffeine makes for more efficient calorie burning. Applied during and after exercise, the science suggests that drinking coffee before your workout will help your body burn more calories. Coffee could very well make it easier for you to employ moderate exercise as a means of weight management.

The one caveat to this benefit is that you do not rely exclusively on exercise and high volumes of caffeine to manage your weight. Effective weight management requires that you also change your diet. By combining moderate exercise and good eating habits over the long term, you will be more successful controlling your weight.

3. You Might Enjoy Exercising

Finally, caffeine encourages the production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. One of them is dopamine, a chemical your body releases when you are experiencing feelings of pleasure. The research suggests that drinking coffee prior to a workout might actually make exercise more enjoyable. That’s right, you might actually enjoy getting hot, sweaty, and worn down.

Now that you know that caffeine could actually be good for your workouts, there is no longer a need to worry about drinking a cup of coffee on your way to the gym. And while we’re at it, you can enjoy the same benefits at work as well. We can make it happen by delivering high-quality coffee products and other beverages direct to your office.

What Coffee Fits Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type?

There are so many coffee choices these days that it is sometimes difficult to figure out what you want. On those days when you just cannot decide, there’s no need to rely on your taste buds or the opinions of people you neither know nor trust. Instead, why not choose a coffee drink based on your Myers-Briggs personality type?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality typing tool developed by a mother-daughter duo based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. Without getting into specifics, Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers believed it was possible to understand a person’s personality based on four functions:

  • Introvert/Extrovert – How you relate to people and your surroundings
  • Intuitive/Observant – How you perceive the world and process information
  • Thinking/Feeling – How you make decisions
  • Judging/Prospecting – How you approach work and planning.

By combining the eight possibilities, Myers and Briggs came up with 16 different personality types represented by letters. Each letter corresponds to one of the dominant personality traits.

Choose Your Coffee by Personality

Now that you understand the basics of Myers-Briggs personality types, let us talk about coffee. We will not go through all 16 personality types for lack of space. But here are a few examples:

ISTJ – People with this personality type are analytical, responsible, hard-working, and trustworthy. The perfect coffee for them is a diluted form of espresso known as Café Americano. It is an uncomplicated and unassuming brew that doesn’t require anything fancy to make it better.

ENTJ – At the opposite end of the spectrum is this personality type, typified by people who are logical, efficient, independent, and strategic in their thinking. The best coffee for them is straight up espresso. A quick shot of espresso gives them all the energy they need to be at their best.

ISFP – This personality type is easily recognized as being gentle, helpful, sensitive, and pragmatic. People who fit this personality type appreciate anything mocha. Whether it is a latte or cappuccino, mocha is that chocolaty drink that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling.

ENFP – If you are normally creative, spontaneous, enthusiastic, and optimistic, you have this personality type. An affogato might be just what you’re after. You get a delicious shot of espresso with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – just for the adventure.

The whole Myers-Briggs thing is considered pseudoscience by some. Others have attempted to validate it via scientific testing but not managed to come up with a whole lot of support for it. Still, there are a lot of people who swear by their perceived Myers-Briggs personality types. It is good that there is a coffee perfect for each of those types, at least from our perspective.

Regardless of where you fall on the Myers-Briggs personality scale, Galaxie Coffee offers an extensive array of beverages and breakroom products that you are sure to find appealing. Contact us today to learn more about how our in-office delivery service can benefit your entire workplace.

How to Celebrate National Coffee Day

September 29 is National Coffee Day in the United States. It is not a national paid holiday on par with Memorial Day and Labor Day, but we can work on that. In the meantime, we owe it to ourselves to make the most of National Coffee Day – both at home and at the office.

We can think of no better way to celebrate the day than bringing office coffee service into the workplace. Galaxie Coffee is here to help you with that. Whether you have never had coffee service before or you are looking to replace your current provider, let us talk.

While we wait for your call, here are some creative ways to celebrate National Coffee Day 2019:

Try a New Coffee

We will start small for those of you celebrating your first National Coffee Day this year. For you, the easiest way to celebrate is to just try a new coffee. Let’s say you normally drink only hot brewed coffee, and you only drink it black. You might want to try a delicious cold brew with just a hint of cream. You will discover it is an entirely different taste experience.

Take a Friend to a Coffee Shop

September 29 is a Sunday this year. That means most of us will not be working. Why not take advantage of the day off and spend some time with a friend at a local coffee shop? There may be no better way to celebrate National Coffee Day than investing in a friendly conversation over a hot cup. It will be time well spent.

Go in Search of a Great Deal

Many of the other holidays we celebrate involve shopping of some sort. You can apply the same thing to National Coffee Day by searching around town for the best coffee deals you can find. Make a game of it. Challenge your friends or coworkers to see who can come up with the best deal. Whoever wins gets to share his or her find with the rest of the group.

Go on a Coffee Crawl

There are food crawls and pub crawls, so why not a coffee crawl? Spend the day visiting as many cafés, bistros, and restaurants you can in search of that perfect cup of java. If you are feeling especially festive, try writing a short review of each establishment you visit. You can then share those reviews with your friends and family members.

Buy a Cup for Someone Special

Another fantastic way to celebrate National Coffee Date is to buy a cup of coffee for someone special. It’s amazing how just one little act of kindness can mean so much, even when that act is wrapped in a paper coffee cup. You could make a real difference in someone’s life just by showing you care enough to buy them a coffee.

There are endless other ways to celebrate National Coffee Day. In the meantime, let us talk about getting Galaxie Coffee service up and running at your office.

Coffee: The Miracle Drink

More and more we are hearing researchers refer to coffee as the ‘miracle drink’. Why? Because ongoing studies continue to point to coffee’s ability to help reduce the risks of certain kinds of diseases and illnesses. Some studies indicate that coffee even lowers mortality rates in general. No one quite knows why yet, but coffee seems to be one of the more healthy beverages one can drink.

It should be noted that we are talking black coffee here. Once you start adding sweetener, creamer, and all the other things people are adding to their beverages these days, the benefits of coffee can easily be outweighed by the negatives of those other ingredients.

Coffee Consumption and Heart Disease

We are thrilled to know that coffee is considered a miracle drink. But let us talk specifics. According to the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, numerous studies have shown a link between regular coffee consumption and reduced risk of coronary disease.

One cited study from 2014 suggested a reduced risk of as much as 7% for moderate coffee drinkers. A Dutch study that followed more than 37,000 people over 13 years showed that the lowest heart disease risks were observed by people who drank between 3 and 5 cups per day.

Coffee Consumption and Body Fat

Moderate coffee drinkers can take comfort in the fact that regular coffee consumption helps regulate body fat. Apparently, the human body contains two kinds of fat: WAT and BAT. The former is the kind of fat that we do not want. The latter is fat we do want because it helps to moderate body chemistry. Studies suggest that coffee consumption stimulates BAT to do what it does. And one of the things it does is encourage the body to burn WAT.

Other Benefits of Coffee Consumption

We could go on and on here, but hopefully you get the point. Science shows that coffee offers us a lengthy list of benefits including reduced risk of stroke, improved brain health, and reduction of the types of inflammation that cause aging. Coffee appears to be so beneficial that it has been linked to an overall reduction in mortality.

One study following 500,000 coffee drinkers showed an inverse link between moderate coffee consumption and mortality. Simply put, regular coffee drinkers are less likely to die – in general – than non-coffee drinkers. The study was carried out in the UK over a 10-year period ending in 2016.

It could be that coffee is so beneficial because it contains more than 10,000 different compounds believed to be important to human health. At any rate, science is discovering more and more benefits of coffee with each passing day. That is why they call it the miracle drink.

We would love the opportunity to introduce your office to the many ways we provide the miracle drink. Galaxie Coffee has a long history of serving the tri-state area with fine coffees, teas, and other beverages. We also supply beverage equipment and break room and janitorial supplies.

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ISIC
https://www.coffeeandhealth.org/topic-overview/coffee-consumption-and-coronary-heart-disease-risk/

inc.
https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/scientists-just-discovered-that-drinking-coffee-does-something-absolutely-amazing-to-your-body.html

JAMA Network
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2686145

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.