5 Regions Whose Coffee You Should Try in 2019

If you have ever heard someone speaking about the flavor notes of coffee and thought that person was just being snooty, think again. Snootiness may have been part of the equation, but coffees from different regions of the world do taste quite different from each other.

To this end, we encourage you to sample some brews from various regions around the world. If you can get beyond traditional American coffee, you realize that there is an entire range of subtleties and flavor notes that define what is arguably the world’s most popular beverage. To get you started, here are five regions whose coffees we recommend you try this year:

1. East Africa

The two most prolific coffee producers in East Africa are Ethiopia and Kenya. History suggests that Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, though that has never been conclusively proven. At any rate, Ethiopian coffee tends to be bold, full flavored, and rich with earthy notes. Kenyan coffee, by contrast, tends to be sharp and fruity. It also has a very rich aroma that sets it apart from other African coffees.

2. Central America

Guatemalan coffee is the most recognized coffee from Central America. Its rich, distinctive flavor comes from the volcanic soil the region is known for. Guatemalan coffee is deep and complex with a somewhat spicy flavor. If you are looking for something with medium body and more balance, try coffee from Costa Rica. A combination of regional weather and processing practices give this coffee a distinct flavor.

3. South America

Colombia and Brazil are two popular sources of South American coffees. In fact, Colombian coffee is considered in some circles as the standard by which all others are judged. Both regions are known for medium-bodied coffee with good balance and low acidity.

4. Asia

Though we do not normally associate Asia with high quality coffee, some exceptionally good coffees come from Indonesia and Vietnam. Indonesian coffees tend to be aged over time, resulting in medium body and low acid content. Coffee from Vietnam is mild, slightly acidic, and well-balanced. It is a frequent choice for blending.

5. Hawaii

Although Hawaii is a state rather than a region, no list of this sort would be complete without recommending Kona coffee. Kona is a uniquely Hawaiian coffee grown on the slopes of an active volcano. Hawaii’s climate provides natural cloud cover during the afternoon hours and just enough rain on a daily basis to create a rich, delicious flavor unlike anything else.

Needless to say that the regions listed in this post only scratch the surface. There are dozens of countries around the world where dedicated growers are producing some excellent beans. Just remember that processing, roasting, and blending all affect the overall taste of a cup of coffee.

If you would like more information about bringing coffee service to your office, feel free to contact us at your leisure. Galaxie Coffee is proud to serve the tri-state area with a fine selection of coffees, teas, and other beverage choices.

Galaxie’s Success Profiled by Automatic Vending

Galaxie's Success Profiled by Automatic VendingIt has been said that the best kind of attention in business is positive attention from others in the same industry. If it’s true, and we believe it is, that makes it all the more special that Galaxie Coffee was recently profiled by Automatic Vending in an excellent article written by Emily Refermat. Our thanks go out to Emily and the entire Automatic Vending staff.

Automatic Vending is a digital and print magazine devoted to the retail vending and beverage sectors. It is one of the most respected publications in the industry, making it all that more important that they chose to profile our company. Through Refermat’s writing, we were able to tell the Galaxie story in a way that we hope will inspire our customers, our employees, and other entrepreneurs who are not sure they have what it takes to succeed.

Built from the Ground Up

Galaxie CEO Ed Seidenberg provided most of the information for the article. He began by explaining that our company was built from the ground up by five partners who started Galaxie way back in 1969. Back then, office coffee service was in its infancy. Galaxie’s original staff was tasked with the difficult job of convincing employers to give up their coffee clubs in favor of weekly coffee delivery from a managed provider.

Those early days were not easy, but the company maintained steady growth by offering quality along with convenience. Over the next 30 years Galaxie expanded from a small facility in Massapequa to a larger facility in West Babylon, and then on to our Farmingdale headquarters. What started as a business serving a small number of customers in the Massapequa area eventually became one that services all of the greater New York metro and beyond.

It is About Quality and Variety

Ed was quick to point out that two of the keys to our success have been quality and variety. Quality has always been our number one priority, whether we sell drip coffee, single cup pods, bottled water, or juices. We want our customers to choose Galaxie because the coffee and other beverages we supply are delicious. That commitment to quality is one of the things that has allowed us to leverage our own branded coffees to such a large degree.

In retail, variety also helps a lot. So over the years, we have acquired a number of competing coffee companies along with a janitorial supply company. The combined acquisitions have allowed us to expand our product inventory considerably. Today we not only deliver coffee, but we also carry a full line of additional beverages along with breakroom paper products and janitorial supplies.

After 50 years of steady growth and success, Galaxie Coffee is still a family affair. Ed’s wife is part of the business, as are Neil Robbins – the son of one of the company’s original partners – and his two sons. Their vision and leadership are that which motivate us to continue working hard on behalf of our customers.

Embrace the Winter Season with Traditional Drip Coffee

Coffee trends come and go with the passing seasons. But if you stop and think about it, you come to the realization that traditional drip coffee has withstood the test of time. While other fads fade away with waning consumer trends, traditional drip coffee continues to be served at home, in offices, and at nearly every restaurant and café in the U.S.

We think that winter is a great season to get back to traditional drip coffee. In fact, setting aside those cold coffee drinks and designer concoctions with strange names in favor of drip coffee is a wonderful way to embrace this time of year.

Old School Brew

There is no doubt that drip coffee is definitely old school. Slow drip brewing dates back to the early days of pour-overs and stove-top percolators. It is what we Americans grew up on, at least where coffee is concerned. But here’s the thing: being old-school doesn’t mean drip brewing gives you inferior coffee.

We have a tendency to think that anything old is not as good as newer alternatives. That is not necessarily true. Traditional drip coffee is not better or worse than any other kind of coffee. It is just different. And yes, it’s still very good. A delicious cup of old-school drip coffee is a perfect way to start the day or finish off a meal.

Secrets to Great Traditional Drip Coffee

It has been our experience that one of the reasons traditional drip coffee has such a bad reputation is that we have lost the skill of making and storing it correctly. It is like anything else. Without the skill and knowledge, you do not produce the same quality.

Great drip coffee starts with the right water temperature. Ideally, drip machines should heat water to somewhere between 195 and 205°F. If the water is too cold, it will not extract enough of the ground coffee’s oil to give you the full-bodied flavor you want. If it is too hot – particularly if it’s boiling – the water will burn the coffee.

Once coffee is brewed, it should be placed in an insulated carafe or a thermos. As you know, leaving coffee on a hot plate or burner ruins the flavor in short order. Why? Because the high heat burns the coffee. Along those same lines, traditional drip coffee should be consumed within a couple of hours. If it’s not, and you put it in the refrigerator overnight, reheating it in the morning will drastically change its flavor.

Galaxie Coffee and Brewers

Are you looking for something to get you and your office through the last few weeks of winter? If so, we invite you to embrace a good cup of traditional drip coffee. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we have both the coffee and brewers you need to equip your office.

Winter is the best time of year for traditional drip coffee. The coffee is hot, delicious, and very comforting. For more information about adding coffee service to your office, contact us today.

Coffee Facts – January 2019

Coffee Facts - January 2019

January 11 is National Milk Day – What Milk Do You Prefer?

Did you know the January 11 is National Milk Day here in the U.S.? What’s more, Global Milk Day is celebrated on June 1. It would appear as though milk has worldwide appeal despite having so many sources, which leads us to ask another question: what kind of milk do you prefer?

For classification purposes, milk can be described as either animal or plant-based. Animal milks come from the mammary glands of mammals. We are talking cows, goats, etc. Plant milks are derived by processing the plants from which they come. Examples include rice, soy, almond, and coconut milk.

More About Animal Milk

As you most probably know from school, females of every mammal species produce milk. In fact, the ability to do so is one of the characteristics that defines what a mammal is. Having said that, most of the animal milk sold commercially (85%) comes from cows.

That doesn’t necessarily mean cow milk is good for every person. Indeed, some people are allergic to it while others cannot drink cow milk due to lactose intolerance. Fortunately, there are other animal milks that consumers can buy, though the availability of which may vary from one region to the next. The most commonly bought milks after cow milk are buffalo, goat, camel, sheep, and yak milk.

Animal milk is also processed into a variety of dairy products including butter, cream, and cheese. It is interesting to note that the European Union passed regulations in 2013 prohibiting manufacturers of plant milk products from using dairy associated terms like ‘butter’ and ‘cheese’ to describe their products. The FDA has considered a similar ban here, but no action has been taken as of yet.

More About Plant Milk

Unlike animal milk, which can be obtained simply by accessing the mammary glands of the animal in question, plant milk must be made by combining the chosen plant material with water. The process is fairly simple though. You could even make your favorite plant milk at home if you really wanted to.

Among the many types of plant milk, three of the most popular right now are soy, almond, and coconut. Soy milk is similar to cow milk in its appearance, thickness, and texture. Its taste varies somewhat based on the cultivar of soybean and the production process.

Almond milk is the most popular of the plant milks, probably due to its variety. It can be purchased as unsweetened, sweetened, and flavored (e.g., vanilla and chocolate). As for coconut milk, it is naturally sweet and loaded with healthy fats and oils. It’s great straight up or as an ingredient for cooking.

Galaxie Coffee is more than happy to supply our customers with a variety of milk products. If you are not yet using a coffee service for your office, we invite you to contact us today to learn more about our services and products. Otherwise, we wish you well and encourage you to celebrate National Milk Day on January 11 with a tall, cold glass of your favorite milk.

Why Coffee Should Be Part of Your New Year’s Resolution Diet

It will not be long before we start thinking about those annual New Year’s resolutions. No doubt there are a lot of very good things we can resolve to do in the coming year. For some of us, 2019 resolutions will involve embracing a healthier diet. Coffee should be part of any such diet.

Over the years, we have documented many of the benefits that come from consuming moderate amounts of coffee on a regular basis. We will do so again in this post.

Coffee Contains Bioactive Compounds

According to a 2017 report published by the New England Journal of Medicine, coffee contains more than 1,000 bioactive compounds, many of which offer potential health benefits. A bioactive compound is a compound found in food that has a direct action on the person or animal consuming it. We obviously want to consume those compounds that generate a positive action.

Coffee Consumption Reduces Some Health Risks

That same New England Journal of Medicine report documented how regular coffee consumption reduces the risks of certain medical conditions. The report also stated that “coffee consumption… was associated more often with benefit than with harm.”

The report went on to say that regular coffee consumption reduces the risks of:

  • cardiovascular disease and death
  • some cancers (e.g. melanoma, prostate cancer, liver cancer)
  • neurological diseases (e.g., Parkinson’s disease)
  • type II diabetes
  • hepatic cirrhosis.

The report also mentions “other diseases” without specifying them. The long and short of it is that the bioactive compounds found in coffee are generally good for human health when coffee is consumed in moderate amounts. The report defines moderation as 3 to 4 cups per day.

Coffee and Alzheimer’s Disease

Regular coffee consumption has been linked with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. According to one 2010 study from Finland, drinking 3-5 cups of caffeinated coffee per day in middle age could reduce the Alzheimer’s risk by up to 65% later in life. Though scientists are not sure why, they suspect it has something to do with the stimulating effects of caffeine.

It is a Great Substitute

It can be hard to find good beverages to support a healthy diet if you are not a big fan of drinking water throughout the day. Yes, you still need to consume healthy amounts of water, but what else do you drink? Coffee is an excellent substitute for diet sodas, high-sugar fruit drinks, and even energy drinks.

A cup of black coffee has absolutely no sugar and only about 2.4 calories per cup. As long as you don’t add sugar or high-calorie creamer, coffee is the perfect diet drink.

Drink It Hot or Cold

Finally, coffee is an all-purpose drink for dieters because it can be consumed either hot or cold. Drink it hot in the morning and cold in the afternoon. And by the way, cold brew coffee is a lot less bitter than a traditional hot brew. Many people find cold brew very satisfying without the need for any added flavorings.

We are obviously huge fans of coffee here at Galaxie Coffee. If we can help you make coffee a bigger part of your New Year’s resolution diet, please let us know. We would be happy to equip your office with state-of-the-art brewing equipment and a variety of delicious coffees and teas.

Coffee Statistics – December 2018

Coffee Statistics - December 2018

Why Pumpkin Spice Is So Popular: It is All about Comfort

It is that time of year again when pumpkin spice coffees are all the rage. And no, we are not just talking about coffee shop menus. Even our customers tend to show preference for pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and other fall flavors as we turn the page from summer into winter. The question is, why?

There is little doubt that America’s taste preferences change with the seasons. The thing is that we associate certain flavors with certain times of the year. For example, we associate certain foods with temperature changes and leisure activities. So it should be no surprise that what we drink this time of year differs from what we drink in the summer.

Fall and Winter Comfort

You are familiar with the principle of comfort food, right? We all have those foods that remind us of youthful times of safety and security under the watchful eyes of mom and dad. We associate comfort food with mom’s cooking or visits to grandmother’s house. Well, it turns out that the same phenomenon explains why people gravitate to flavors like pumpkin spice during the fall.

Mintel research released in 2017 says it all. According to their data, people prefer seasonal coffee flavors for the following reasons:

  • They are comforting – 39%
  • They are special – 39%
  • They evoke feelings of warmth – 33%
  • They evoke feelings of happiness – 30%
  • They are nostalgic – 27%.

It is clear that seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice evoke good feelings in people. Those are the kinds of feelings we want heading into that time of year that is supposed to be about family, friends, and quality time spent together.

The Next Big Flavor

The National Coffee Association says that pumpkin, cinnamon, and clove are the three big coffee flavors of autumn. By the time Christmas rolls around, it’s all about chestnut, peppermint, and winter spice. But curious minds want to know what the next big seasonal flavor is going to be.

At the risk of putting ourselves out there, we are willing to make two predictions. We think hot apple cider is going to be big by this time next year. We are already seeing a couple of coffee retailers experiment with the flavor for pod machines. We think it’s going to catch on. As for winter and Christmas, we have our eyes set on butterscotch.

Butterscotch is a sweet candy flavor that is often served alongside peppermint. Strangely enough, there are people whose stomachs don’t tolerate mint flavors very well. Butterscotch is going to be their go-to coffee flavor soon enough. If not this winter, then next winter.

Seasonal coffee is all about comfort. We take great comfort in the tastes of the season that remind us of earlier days. And for some of us, pumpkin spice makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. That’s why it’s all the rage from early October through early December. If it’s what you want, just let us know. Galaxie Coffee has all the flavors perfect for the season.

Coffee Statistics – November 2018

Coffee Statistics - November 2018

The US Coffee Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

The US Coffee Market