Cold Brew Coffee Makers the Next Big Thing

Cold Brew Coffee Makers the Next Big ThingIf there is one thing that we can say about the classic American marketing company, it is that they are incredibly adept at creating a need and then finding a way to fill it. We see this in the coffee business all the time. For example, the single serve coffee machine was considered a luxury when introduced in the early 2000s. Ten years and millions of marketing dollars later, single serve machines are considered a necessity. So what’s the next big thing coming in coffee? The cold brew coffee maker.

Cold brew coffee is today what latte and cappuccino were seven and eight years ago. It is the new hip coffee drink among young professionals and older coffee drinkers alike. How hip is it? It is so hip that even in a country like England, where they are more known for their tea than coffee, cold brew coffee is all the rage. You can buy cold brewers in London as easily as you can in New York.

Cold Brew Machine

A person who wants cold brew coffee cannot just brew a pot with a traditional hot water machine then throw it in the refrigerator for a few hours. No sir. Cold brewing is an entirely different process that extracts different flavors from the coffee bean. It has been said that cold brew coffee is milder, gentler, less acidic and naturally sweeter. The problem is that the brewing process takes 12 to 24 hours.

In order to allow your coffee to steep for that long without ending up with grounds suspended in the final product, you need a special cold brewer capable of suspending the coffee in the water while keeping it all together. To that end, a number of manufacturers have come up with cold brewers.

The clear leader right now is the Toddy Cold Brew System. Toddy has been making cold brewers since the 1960s, but they have remained largely obscure in the absence of a cold brew craze. Now that the craze is on, Toddy is quickly becoming a household name. Competitors include household products manufacturer OXO, French press maker Bodum, and Filtron.

Coming to Your Office, or Not

So, will the cold coffee craze make it to the average office environment? Probably not. At least not where brewing in the office is concerned. Who has the foresight to set up the cold brewer the day before the coffee will be consumed? Moreover, at the rate office drinkers down their java, it would take too long to cold brew enough to keep the entire office happy every day.

Cold brew coffee will continue to be the domain of neighborhood coffeehouses and mass producers capable of putting out thousands of bottles per day. As for the Galaxie team, we will keep right on with our mission of providing the greater New York area with coffee and beverage service that our customers can rely on. We would be more than happy to serve your office.

Galaxie Is Proud to Now Offer Kitten Coffee

Galaxie Is Proud to Now Offer Kitten CoffeeGalaxie Coffee is always looking for new products that we believe our customers will be excited about. In light of that, we are proud to announce that we are now offering Kitten Coffee, a premium roasted brand produced right here in the Big Apple. Kitten Coffee is located on Skillman St. in Brooklyn. They are one of only a small handful of premium coffee roasters in New York. We believe you will really enjoy what they have to offer.

Kitten founder Rowan Tuckfield is not a native New Yorker, nor is his company native to Gotham. Tuckfield and his coffee roasting business are originally from Melbourne, Australia. So why bring his premium-roasted coffee across thousands of miles of ocean to land in New York? Tuckfield says it is because “the greatest city in the world deserves the greatest coffee in the world.” Tuckfield and business partner Todd Broockerd share a passion for fine coffee and the coffeehouse culture. New York is the perfect venue to combine both.

What Kitten Offers

Kitten Coffee starts with three different blends roasted from Arabica coffee beans grown and harvested in southern Brazil. What makes their coffee beans different is that the company prefers the “natural method” of drying that leaves the fruit of the coffee bean intact as it dries naturally in the sun. This natural process allows for fermentation within the bean that produces a richer, deeper flavor without the bitterness.

The company’s Salmo, Antonio, and Siquiera blends all combine notes of chocolate and different fruits. Salmo even includes a slight hint of caramel. All three coffees are sold at the retail level in their Skillman St. shop or wholesale to companies such as Galaxie Coffee.

Above and beyond the roasting, Kitten also offers barista training at both their retail location and factory. You can learn the techniques of fine coffee artistry to use at home or in your own coffee shop here in New York City. Kitten believes so much in the coffeehouse philosophy that they are willing to teach anyone how to be a world-class barista, knowing that there is plenty of room for anyone in New York who wants to get into the coffee business.

For the person who just wants to know a little bit more about how to make great coffee at home, the Kitten website includes some important tips. For example, they recommend never storing coffee in the fridge because it absorbs odors. You are better off buying smaller amounts that can be stored on a shelf and used within a week to 10 days.

We invite you to visit the Kitten Coffee website for more information about this wonderful local company. If you are a Galaxie customer, be sure to ask us about Kitten Coffee for your office. And of course, we want to provide coffee and beverage service to your New York office if you are not yet a Galaxie customer. We pride ourselves on providing the best service anywhere in the Big Apple.

Recent Research Sites Health Benefits of Coffee

Recent Research Sites Health Benefits of CoffeeBack in the 1970s and 80s, it was thought that coffee was bad for you. Indeed, there was a plethora of research suggesting links between excessive coffee consumption and cancer, as well as other risks relating to diabetes, coronary disease, and the like. However, new research is saying just the opposite. We will get to the discrepancy in just a minute, but for now, it is enough to know that recent research has begun citing the health benefits of daily coffee consumption.

One recent epidemiological study out of Johns Hopkins University analyzed data from two other studies, one from Sweden and the other from the U.S. It concluded that there appears to be some link to regular coffee consumption and reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis. The study looked at combined data relating to more than 6,700 individual patients. Some of the patients had MS; others did not.

Another study out of South Korea seems to imply that regular coffee consumption can reduce the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases linked to clogged arteries. That study looked at more than 25,000 participants of varying ages and lifestyles. Those who drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day were significantly less likely to suffer from clogged arteries.

Explaining the Discrepancies

Several additional studies have suggested that daily coffee drinking can reduce the risks of dozens of diseases. So why are these studies now showing coffee in a positive light where previous studies suggested coffee consumption was bad for you? According to researchers, it comes down to how epidemiology works. Unlike studies that look for mechanical or physical causes of disease, epidemiology looks for links between behavior and outcomes.

Back in the 1970s and 80s, coffee drinking went hand-in-hand with smoking and a lack of exercise. Because of these other behaviors, it was difficult to separate cause and effect from an epidemiological standpoint. Things are different in the 21st century. Smoking rates have been drastically cut and more people are exercising now than ever before. Furthermore, the more we know about the contents of coffee and its effects on the human body, the more epidemiologists can see direct links rather than indirect ones.

No one is yet ready to declare coffee a miracle beverage that will guarantee better health. Moreover, that will probably not ever happen either. Nevertheless, it is nice to know that we can drink coffee knowing that I will not kill us and that it will probably help us to some degree.

Galaxie Coffee is thrilled to be part of an industry that provides enjoyment and comfort to so many people while, at the same time, offering some health benefits to certain kinds of people. Knowing that our customers might actually be benefiting from our products in terms of their overall health is pretty awesome. If you would like to know more about Galaxie Coffee service for your company, please contact us. We provide office coffee and beverage service throughout the greater New York area.

Coffee Industry 2015: Major Players and Emerging Competitors

Coffee Industry 2015 - Major Players and Emerging CompetitorsIf there is one thing we know about the coffee industry, it is the fact that it is highly competitive. Coffee is the world’s number one hot beverage, with a seemingly endless list of varieties being grown all over the world. So, who are the major players in the industry for 2015? Who are the up-and-coming competitors who will fight tooth and nail for their share of the market? We have put together a selection of both producers and coffee companies under both categories. We expect to see a pretty heated battle for market dominance through the end of 2015.

Coffee Producers

The top three coffee producing countries in the world since the start of the 21st century have consistently been Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia. That is not expected to change for 2015, but all three will probably produce and export less product this year than in previous years. Brazil, for example, has been going through a pretty significant drought over the last 12 months. This year’s crop does not look nearly as robust as previous years.

In Honduras, things are considerably different. Production and export within the Central American country was up 4.2% in January alone, continuing a steady climb that producers in the country have enjoyed since 2009. Other coffee producing countries to watch in 2015 include Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Cameroon. Robusta and Arabica exports look especially promising out of Cameroon.

Coffee Companies

Back here in the U.S., we are more concerned about the companies processing and roasting coffee than the countries producing it. After all, what we buy comes from the roasters.

At the top of the list of major players are Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Folgers (owned by J.M. Smucker). Not only are Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts dominant in the retail coffee house sector, they also compete with Folgers by producing their own blends that consumers can purchase for use in their home coffee machines. Coffee service companies are even beginning to offer Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts products to their customers.

In the emerging arena, we think one of the players to keep an eye on is a company named Community Coffee. They are not new by any stretch, having been established in the early 1900s, but they are getting a lot of media attention these days. You may have even seen some of their commercials popping up on your local television station.

Others to watch include Temple Coffee Roasters, Klatch Coffee, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and the UK’s answer to Starbucks – Costa Coffee. Costa Coffee is the UK’s largest coffeehouse chain and a premium roaster. They are just now making inroads into the American market.

The competition is heating up as coffee is taking hold among a younger and more particular audience. At Galaxie Coffee, we will continue striving to meet the needs of all of our customers regardless of their tastes and preferences. We are proud to offer the New York area a wide selection of hot and cold beverages for office consumption.

New Coffee and Tea Innovations for 2015

New Coffee and Tea Innovations for 2015The coffee and tea industries owe their longevity, in part, to constant innovation that has been going on for hundreds of years. Innovation means the coffee and tea products of today are similar to those of old in some ways, but drastically different in others. This year should be a very good year to see even more innovations that promise to make the hot beverage experience even more enjoyable.

To prepare you for what is coming this year, we have spent considerable time investigating some of the more promising innovations coming down the pike. Some of these innovations may become mainstream; others may fall by the wayside. Either way, 2015 should be an interesting and exciting year for coffee and tea.

Purple Tea

Black, green, and white teas are the most commonly cultivated around the world. Moreover, while the market for these teas remains strong, growers are beginning to experiment with a purple tea. This new tea product is called purple tea because of an increased amount of anthocyanin that gives the leaves a reddish-purple hue. Growers love it because the higher levels of anthocyanin are believed to make purple tea more robust and resistant to adverse weather conditions. We are not likely to see it sold as an individual product; rather, purple tea will be ground and mixed with other tea varieties.

New Serving Choices

New research suggests that coffee served in white mugs or cups is perceived to be more bitter than that served in clear or darker colored containers. In an effort to reduce the amount of sugar people use in their coffee, we expect manufacturers to begin developing new cups and mugs that change those individual perceptions of our morning Joe. We suspect someone is already working on a disposable cup that is both clear and insulating at the same time.

New Production Environments

Soil conditions play a vital role in how vintners produce certain kinds of wine grapes. Science is quickly discovering that the same thing holds true for coffee. In some countries, such as Nicaragua for example, scientists are working on ways to create optimal, engineered soil types for certain varieties of coffee beans. We should start seeing the fruits of their labors later this year through higher quality coffees.

Non-Dairy Alternatives

One of the hottest areas for innovation in the coffee and tea industries is that of the creamers and flavorings we add to our hot beverages. On the way this year are new non-dairy alternatives that are based on natural ingredients rather than their manufactured counterparts. There are rumors of new non-dairy creamers based on almonds, coconut, cashew, soy, and rice.

Galaxie Coffee is looking forward to what 2015 brings. We hope you are too. You can count on us to continue providing the finest beverage and break room service in the greater New York area. Call us for more information about coffee, tea, bottled water and all the other products and equipment we carry.

How Do Coffee Preferences Differ among Age Groups?

How Do Coffee Preferences Differ among Age Groups?Coffee clearly outpaces tea as the hot beverage of choice in the United States by about 3 to 1. In fact, coffee is so common in this country that it is generally assumed one drinks it unless otherwise stated. We drink coffee just about anywhere we can find it. And of course, don’t forget the coffeehouse culture that was birthed a few decades back. Coffee is all around us.

We thought it would be interesting to look at coffee preferences by age group, just to see if there were any drastic differences worthy of noting. What we found was not too surprising given the state of the coffee industry in 2015. The numbers we are about to share with you come from a white paper commissioned by a nationally known coffee and tea wholesaler, S&D Coffee and Tea.

Beginning the Coffee Habit

Consuming coffee in the United States has long been associated with maturity and adulthood. Because of the caffeine, we do not tend to give coffee to younger children. So having that first cup as a teenager is a sign that one is entering adulthood. The numbers from the S&D white paper bear that out.

According to their research, 87% of all American coffee drinkers begin consuming coffee prior to age 21. Among younger Millennials, most started drinking coffee at age 15; the average age among older Millennials is 17. Somewhat surprising is Generation X. The average age to begin drinking coffee among this group is 19.

What is not surprising about the statistics is that most people began drinking coffee in their mid-to-late teens. This lines up perfectly with the common assumption that coffee drinking is associated with adulthood. Now let us look a little deeper at the preferences of different age groups.

What They Drink

Older coffee drinkers (age 35 to 44 among the study group) preferred regular, brewed coffee at a rate of about 65%. The remaining 35% enjoyed alternative coffee drinks such as cappuccinos, lattes, iced coffees, etc. We assume the preferences above age 44 lead much more heavily toward brewed coffee. However, that is not so with younger people.

Research shows that among 25 to 34-year-olds, just under 60% prefer brewed coffee to alternative coffee drinks. Younger people between the ages of 18 and 24 prefer alternative coffee drinks to brewed coffee at a rate of about 55%. Younger coffee drinkers are the primary supporters of the coffeehouse culture.

Perhaps the most surprising statistic of the S&D white paper is this: 47% of all Millennials report drinking more brewed coffee as they get older. The research indicates that coffee drinking habits ‘mature’ with age, with consumers drinking fewer alternative drinks in favor of more traditional coffee.

What do you prefer? Whether you drink brewed coffee or alternative coffee drinks, Galaxy has what you are looking for in an office beverage service. We are proud to provide the greater New York area with coffee, tea, and a long list of additional beverages.

Whose Numbers Are Greater: Coffee or Tea Drinkers?

Whose Numbers Are Greater: Coffee or Tea Drinkers?How common is it for people to begin the day with a hot beverage? It is nearly universal. Not only do we start our days with something hot, many people consume hot beverages throughout the day as well. This gives rise to a question that has been a matter of debate among coffee and tea drinkers for generations: whose numbers are greater?

The debate has a tendency to take on a life of its own when it involves individuals with strong opinions about either beverage. In order to spark some interest, and some lively discussion around your own office coffee pot, we have the numbers straight up. They are interesting, to say the least.

Coffee and Tea Consumption Worldwide

It is difficult to give an exact number of coffee versus tea drinkers worldwide. That said, there are some statistics we can use to extrapolate. For example, worldwide coffee production is about 8.5 million metric tons annually as compared to 4.7 million metric tons of tea. Coffee is the clear winner in terms of raw production. However, Pew Research notes that it only requires 2 grams of tea to make a single cup whereas coffee requires 10 grams. Tea production gets more bang for the buck.

Pew Research also cites a 2002 research paper published by GeoJournal in which writer David Grigg asserted that the number of cups of tea consumed annually outpaces coffee 3 to 1. However, volume does not necessarily indicate a greater number of drinkers. As Grigg’s paper explains, tea in many Eastern countries is used for religious and medical purposes in addition to being a daily beverage. These additional uses can increase consumption without necessarily increasing the total number drinkers.

North America, Europe, Asia

The numbers become a little more defined when we look at specific regions. For instance, coffee drinkers in the United States outnumber their tea-drinking counterparts by 3 to 1. In Canada, coffee is preferred (57.7%) over tea (42.3%), just as it is in Mexico (89.7% vs 10.3%) and most of South America.

Europe also tends to prefer coffee to tea, though not in such large numbers. Spain leads the Mediterranean region with a preference for coffee at nearly 86%. Nevertheless, that’s nothing compared to the Nordic region of Europe were coffee is preferred at a rate of nearly 90% in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Moving on to Asia presents entirely different numbers. For example, Russia prefers tea by a rate of 77.5%. Chinese consumers are 99% tea drinkers while India comes in at 89% for tea. The two exceptions in Asia appear to be Thailand and the Philippines; they prefer coffee at rates of 76.6% and 94.7% respectively.

Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Galaxie offers both choices. We would be happy to bring our coffee, tea, and beverage service to your company in the greater New York area. We offer clients a long list of beverage and allied products along with the best equipment in the business.

An Interview with Ed Seidenberg, CEO of Galaxie Coffee

Ed Seidenberg

Ed Seidenberg

Recently, Galaxie Coffee CEO Ed Seidenberg was kind enough to make time in his busy schedule to answer some questions. The resulting interview follows:


Q: Please explain the type of business this is, and the services/products you offer.

A: Galaxie Coffee is primarily an Office Coffee Service (OCS) company providing both coffee and coffee brewing equipment to a combination of corporate offices, schools, government agencies  and bagel stores and delis.  In addition to coffee, we offer a wide range of water, tea, soda, juice, snacks, cereals, paper goods and all the allied products that go along with coffee.  These include sweeteners, creamers, stirrers, etc.  We also offer many different types of cleaning and  floor care products as well as light bulbs.

Q: How did you get started in your business?

A: Galaxie Coffee was founded by Leonard Robbins and his son Neil, who is actively involved in running the business. The current management team of Joseph and Ed began their association with Neil in December 2005. Since then, Galaxie Coffee has more than tripled in size through organic growth, as well as the acquisitions of Regal Coffee and All Island Janitorial Supply. The acquisition of Regal Coffee in February 2008 enabled Galaxie Coffee to broaden its customer base in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The acquisition of All Island Janitorial Supply in November 2008 has allowed the company to significantly widen its product offering.

Q: Where is your business headquarters located? Are there any branch offices?

A: Our office and warehouse are located in Farmingdale, NY from where we can easily serve NYC, Long Island and Westchester.

Q: Who are your customers? What do they typically look for?

A: Our customers are primarily corporate offices who understand the benefits of offering high quality beverages and snacks to their employees.  We can tailor the coffee program to the size of the office as well as to the budget.   No office is too big or small!

Q: Why do your customers choose you, as opposed to your competitors?

A: Galaxie Coffee has built a reputation of providing excellent products at competitive prices.  However, it is our level of service that really separates us from the competition.  All of our employees are trained to go the extra mile and provide a level of customer service that goes above and beyond what the typical customer expects.

Q: How has computer technology impacted your business?

A: Over the years, we’ve updated our computer systems and website.  We try to use technology in conjunction with the old-fashioned human touch.  Many of our customers prefer to call their orders in and talk to our reps.

Q: Where do you see your business and yourself 5 years from now?

A: I’d like to think we can grow organically and through acquisition over this period.  The key will be to retain the attributes that allowed us to reach this point, and hopefully even improve upon them.  Offering a superior level of customer service is one of our core values and we will continue to make that a priority.  We will look at adding new product lines when they make sense for us and our customers.

Thanks for your time, Ed, and Happy Holidays!

Single Serve vs Full-Pot Brewers: When Is Each Appropriate?

Single Serve vs Full-Pot Brewers: When Is Each Appropriate?Whether making coffee at home or providing it for the office, today’s coffee drinkers can choose between standard full-pot brewers or single serve machines. The single serve machine has enjoyed a surge of popularity over the last five or six years. However, are these the best choice? It turns out both kinds of brewers have their advantages and disadvantages. Let us look at when each one is appropriate.

Maximum Convenience

The strongest selling point for single serve coffee is convenience. Just make sure the tank is filled with water, place a pod in the machine, and press the button. In under two minutes, you have a single cup of hot, fresh coffee ready to go. There are no filters to worry about, no baskets to empty, no pots to burn, etc.

Convenience is a big factor in many offices where the ‘coffee person’ used to be designated to make sure the coffee area was clean and there was enough product on hand. Nevertheless, with a single server machine, that person’s duties are now considerably less.

Flavor Choices

The single serve machine is also appropriate in environments in which coffee drinkers prefer different flavors. With a full pot brewer, switching flavors throughout the day requires cleaning out filter baskets and pots. It also means the majority of the coffee drinkers in the office need to appreciate the flavor chosen for a particular pot in order to avoid waste. A single server machine eliminates all of the hassles of different flavors by containing a single serving in each pod.

Cost Comparison

Full pot brewers have been around for decades. These have long been the choice for companies providing coffee service to their employees because they are so cost-effective. If you are trying to stay within a strict coffee budget, the full-pot brewer is a more appropriate choice.

According to a 2012 report from The Kitchn, coffee is significantly more expensive when purchased in individual pots or capsules. Some of the more expensive brands can run $50 per pound or more. According to experts, people do not tend to think about this because they are only thinking about the price per cup. Nonetheless, even that is pretty expensive.

If you purchase a box of 12 pods for $12, that’s one dollar per cup. However, if you buy a case of 42 packets at 1.5 ounces each for $42, the full-pot price comes out to just under $0.09 per cup.

In the end, it comes down to the question of cost versus convenience. If you want to spend as little as possible on coffee for your home or office, stick with a full pot brewer and your favorite off-the-shelf coffee. If you are looking for convenience, and you do not mind paying for it, go with a single server machine. Galaxie carries both. As a leading provider of office coffee and beverage service in the New York area, we are proud to offer our customers a full range of choices in equipment, beverages, and allied products.

The Evolution of the American Coffee Culture

The Evolution of the American Coffee CultureAs far as commodities go, coffee is second only to oil in the global marketplace. In America, it is the beverage of choice as evidenced by the fact that we are the largest consumers of coffee per capita. However, how did we get here? Moreover, how has the coffee culture in this country evolved over the years? It all started with the American Revolution.

Americans were largely tea drinkers during the colonial period. The vast majority of colonists were of British heritage, and imported tea was relatively inexpensive. Then came the Boston tea party, when revolutionaries overran a fleet of ships in the Boston harbor in 1773, throwing an entire shipment of tea overboard. It was a protest against the unpopular Tea Act, which had imposed a tax on tea and gave the East India Company a virtual monopoly on tea imports.

From that point forward, consuming British tea was considered unpatriotic in the colonies. And because domestic tea production was almost nonexistent, coffee emerged as the replacement hot beverage. It has never looked back.

Post Revolution

America’s newly found freedom after the Revolution resulted in a culture desperate to break all ties with its imperial past. Coffee was now seen as an American beverage while tea was relegated to British loyalists. This gave rise to the cultivation of coffee here in the States and the start of our ‘official’ coffee culture.

With increased cultivation on American soil, the price of coffee began dropping through the early 19th century. Creative individuals also figured out new ways to roast, grind, and blend coffees to achieve different kinds of flavors. Slowly but surely, coffee was being transformed from just a hot beverage into a social drink. Coffee houses began opening in some of America’s largest cities, albeit in small numbers.

Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution is responsible for catapulting coffee into its position as the world’s number two commodity. With industrialization came the ability to roast and grind coffee on a large enough scale to make it affordable for anyone. The Industrial Revolution also brought us mechanical grinders, electric percolators and, eventually, the fancy and highly technological equipment we use today.

The modern coffee culture we associate with the chic, urban coffeehouse can be traced back to Seattle in the early 1970s. The first Starbucks opened in 1971 amidst a number of competitors in the city’s Capitol Hill district. As a city with a cutting-edge technology industry and plenty of young, affluent residents, it was only natural that Seattle’s coffeehouse culture would spread across the United States en masse. Even our 21st-century love of gourmet coffees and designer flavors traces its roots back to Seattle.

Galaxie Coffee is thrilled to be part of an industry that is so vital to America’s culture and economy. As a leading office coffee service provider in the New York area, we do our best to stay on the cutting edge in order to meet the demands of our customers.