Cold Brew

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.

How Different Coffees Vary in Their Caffeine Content

If your daily diet includes foods and beverages with caffeine, you are not alone. Government data shows that 95% of U.S. adults consume caffeine daily, most of which comes from coffee. What is most fascinating is that different kinds of coffees have varying levels of caffeine.

The U.S. FDA says a typical 8-ounce cup of coffee offers anywhere from 80 to 100 mg of caffeine. Compare that to green or black tea with 30 to 50 mg. Soft drinks offer less caffeine but energy drinks contain substantially more.

Given that this post is all about coffee, here are some of the different coffee types and the estimated amounts of caffeine each contains:

Hot Brew

Hot brew coffee is coffee that is brewed in a conventional drip brewer or over the stove on a percolator. The ground coffee is kept separate from the brew by way of a metal or paper filter. A typical 8-ounce cup contains about 95 mg of caffeine.

Cold Brew

Cold brew coffee is the latest big thing on the coffee scene. Cold brew is made by steeping ground coffee in cold or room temperature water. As such, cold brew is not the same thing as iced coffee. As far as its caffeine content is concerned, an 8-ounce cup contains between 100 and 157 mg of caffeine.

Espresso

Espresso is the extra strong brew normally associated with Italian cafés. It is made by steaming finely ground coffee under pressure. Due to its high caffeine content, espresso is normally served in 1-ounce shots with approximately 63 mg of the buzz-inducing substance.

Decaffeinated Coffee

Many people assume that decaffeinated coffee has absolutely no caffeine in it. Unfortunately, that is not the case. It is not really possible to completely remove caffeine from coffee and still have a usable product. So instead, coffee makers reduce caffeine content as best they can without ruining the coffee’s flavor profile. A typical 8-ounce cup contains about 2 mg.

Instant Coffee

Instant coffee is a powdered coffee beverage that is made by freeze drying or spray-drying liquid coffee. It is reconstituted by adding water or milk. A typical 8-ounce cup contains about 63 mg of caffeine, which is just over two thirds of what you would expect to find in regular, hot brewed coffee.

Roasting and Preparation Methods Matter

If you haven’t caught on thus far, roasting and preparation methods matter in terms of caffeine content. For example, the high caffeine content in espresso is less about the coffee beans and more about the fact that it is prepared using high-pressure steam and finely ground coffee. Steam extracts more caffeine to begin with; its abilities are enhanced by the coffee’s finer grind.

Galaxie Coffee carries a complete variety of coffee beverages ranging from standard drip coffees to cold brews. We would be more than happy to set up regular delivery service to your office that includes a variety of hot and cold beverages, breakroom supplies, and janitorial supplies.

The Rise of Cold Brew: A Coffee Revolution

Every now and again, something new comes along that proves truly revolutionary to the coffee-drinking community. One such development is the cold brew phenomenon. Although cold brew is not new, it has recently come into its own. Indeed, cold brew is the hottest thing in coffee right now.

If you have not yet tried cold brew, we encourage you to do so. We would not be surprised to look back at this time next year and realize that 2019 was the year of the cold brew. If you have tried it, what do you think? Do you like it better than hot brew coffee?

Not the Same As Iced Coffee

The first thing to understand is that cold brew is not the same thing as iced coffee. Not only are they brewed differently, they also taste different as well. A coffee drinker with discriminating taste buds can easily tell the difference between the two brews.

Iced coffee begins as a typical hot brew. It can be brewed with a traditional drip machine or a single cup brewer. What makes it iced coffee is that it is served over ice once brewing is complete. Putting ice in a cup of hot coffee is one way to cool it down but doing so also affects the taste.

Needless to say that hot coffee melts ice rather quickly. That ice dilutes the coffee as it turns to water. To counter this, some people put their hot brewed coffee in the refrigerator for a few hours. This does prevent dilution when you introduce ice, but it also increases the acidity of the coffee.

How Cold Brew is Made

Cold brew coffee takes its name from the fact that it is brewed using either cold or room temperature water. Rather than relying on hot water to extract the oils from ground roasted coffee, cold brew relies on time. It can take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours to brew a full pot.

There are two ways to cold brew. The first is to combine a lot of coffee with a little water to brew a concentrate. You just throw the coffee and water together and let it steep for as long as you want. Then you strain out the coffee and use the concentrate to make individual cups by adding water as desired.

The other method is to put the ground coffee into a filter, tie the filter closed, and steep it in the water. You use just about the same amount of coffee you would to make a hot brew, thus avoiding having to strain the coffee and work with a concentrate. You just drink it straight up once it’s brewed.

We carry some cold brew products here at Galaxie Coffee and we invite you to give them a try. Cold brew is a completely unique beverage with a much more subtle taste that can be quite rich. When you’re ordering cold brew, don’t forget to check out the rest of our beverages as well.

Is Cold Brew Coffee a Year-Round Beverage?

Is Cold Brew Coffee a Year-Round Beverage?Cold brew coffee is here to stay. Once fans of iced coffee realized that cold brew tastes better and is readily available, it was only a matter of time before cold brew began displacing iced coffee in home refrigerators and neighborhood coffee shops. So now the coffee drinking world is asking a new question: is cold brew coffee a year-round beverage?

The answer to that question depends on who you ask. Ask the average coffee drinker in a place like New York City and you are likely to be told ‘maybe’. After all, many people won’t want to drink cold brew on a January day cold enough to stick your tongue to a light post – if you are predisposed to lick it? New Yorkers probably prefer hot java during the winter.

On the other hand, ask somebody who lives in Miami and you are likely to get the opposite response. In a part of the country where the coldest winter days barely demand changing from shorts to long pants, hot coffee is somewhat of an anathema. Cold brew is more to their liking.

Last winter we didn’t sell a lot of cold brew coffee. My prediction is this will change during this upcoming winter. We have many more customers currently buying cold brew, when compared with a year ago. I see no reason this shouldn’t continue in the future. I will provide an update in the Spring!!

How the Cold Brew Revolution is Impacting Iced Coffee

How the Cold Brew Revolution is Impacting Iced CoffeeWhat do you do on a hot summer day when you want a cup of coffee but you don’t want to drink something with steam coming off it? You opt for iced coffee. Or do you? These days, iced coffee is giving way to cold brew in ever-increasing volumes. You might even say we are in the midst of a cold brew revolution that is threatening to unseat iced coffee entirely.

Cold brew is not new by any means. It has been around for more than a decade, albeit mostly in the American Southeast. It wasn’t until a couple of major coffee chains began serving cold brew nationwide that the beverage took off. Now it’s on fire. Cold brew is offered at franchise operations and mom-and-pop cafés alike. That says nothing of the prepared beverage manufacturers who are bottling the stuff like water.

A Whole New Beverage

Perhaps the biggest and most profound impact of cold brew on iced coffee is best expressed in terms of the beverage being consumed. Iced coffee is typically prepared in one of two ways. It is either brewed hot and then chilled in a refrigerator prior to serving, or the hot coffee is poured immediately over ice and then served. Both methods have their issues.

Hot brewed coffee is naturally acidic. The problem with brewing ahead of time and then chilling in the refrigerator is that the temperature change brings out even more acidity. People who prefer cold brew do not want the acid. As for pouring hot coffee over ice, the diluting effects of melting ice speak for themselves.

Cold brew is entirely different because it is made by steeping ground coffee in room temperature water (it’s not really cold) for up to 20 hours. The time it takes to steep depends on the coffee being used and the flavor the brewer is looking for. As you can see, brewing cold requires a much bigger time commitment.

Planning Ahead of Time

The second significant impact is one of time. Because iced coffee can be produced relatively quickly, coffee shops and cafés don’t need to plan too far ahead in order to make sure they don’t run out. It is pretty easy to brew a pot of coffee and throw it in the refrigerator for a few hours to chill it. And if all else fails, just pour hot coffee over ice.

Serving cold brew requires planning much farther in advance. Coffee may have to be prepared days ahead of time during peak season just to make sure the proprietor doesn’t run out. That means coffee shops and cafés have to have extra storage space as well.

Lastly, iced coffee sales are falling in proportion to rising demand for cold brew. We would expect nothing different. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we have seen the trend ourselves. We know that cold brew is more popular than ever before, and we fully expect it to grow more popular this summer.

Top 5 Coffee Industry Trends for 2017

Top 5 Coffee Industry Trends for 2017We are now a couple of months into the year, and already some interesting trends are developing in the coffee industry. Here at Galaxie Coffee, we follow those trends for obvious reasons. Below are the top five just now emerging. Some will undoubtedly continue to grow and significantly impact the industry this year while others will simply fade away. It will be interesting to see how each of them fare.

1. Adding Nitrogen to Cold Brew

Both the National Coffee Association and research company Mintel agree that cold brew will be very strong in 2017 while iced coffee begins to decline. But Mintel goes one step further by predicting the introduction of nitrogen to cold brew. A few national coffee chains are already using the trick to create a creamy cold coffee beverage that is rather unique. If they can make it work, we expect more companies to be experimenting with nitrogen cold brew.

2. Marketing Will Focus on the Experience

Millennials are now the single largest demographic group in America despite the aging population of baby boomers. As such, the coffee industry will be targeting millennials quite a bit more this year. That means focusing the message on the social experience of coffee rather than brewing that morning cup of joe before heading off to work. Focusing on the experience will be seen in everything from packaging to advertising. There will also be less emphasis on price, given that millennials are more likely to freely spend for an experience they appreciate.

3. A New Emphasis on Coffee Processing

With the industry now focusing more on millennials, they are also looking at new ways to present coffee. We expect to see a greater emphasis on coffee processing to create new flavors and styles. Processing occurs between harvest and grinding; it includes everything from roasting to aging.

4. Greater Demand for Bottled Coffee

Though iced coffee ought to decline while cold brew grows, both trends could be overshadowed by higher demand for bottled coffee. Known in the industry as ready-to-drink (RTD), this coffee product generated revenues in excess of $2 billion in 2015. Late last year, Coca-Cola and Dunkin Brands even entered into a partnership to bring new bottled coffee products to market in 2017.

5. The Convergence of Coffee and Alcohol

Lastly, younger coffee drinkers have been looking for the local coffeehouse and the bar next door to merge for a long time. It looks like 2017 could be the year for such an enterprise. Industry watchers expect more coffeehouses to start serving alcohol in 2017. Some of them will undoubtedly find ways to infuse their coffee with alcohol to create unique, new beverages.

We expect our own emerging trend here at Galaxie Coffee: growing opportunities to serve more customers as we work hard to introduce the Galaxie name to more offices and work sites throughout the greater New York area. If you are looking to add coffee and beverage service to your workplace, we would be happy to serve you.

2 Reasons Cold Brew Coffee Is So Popular

2 Reasons Cold Brew Coffee Is So PopularFew trends in the coffee industry are as popular right now as cold brew coffee. The cold brew revolution is so strong that retail sales grew to nearly $8 million in 2015, up some 115% from the year before. Cold brew concentrate can be purchased off-the-shelf or, if you prefer, brewed at home using a cold brewer that replaces hot water with cold water and time.

Just in case you are not familiar with the process, cold brewing coffee is a pretty simple process from a practical standpoint. You simply fill your cold brewer with water, add ground coffee, and let it drip for several hours. In the end, you will have a perfectly brewed cup of coffee unlike anything else you have tasted.

Why is cold brew coffee so popular? Here are the top two factors driving the trend:

1. Less Bitter, More Flavorful Experience

Brewing coffee with hot water causes the release of certain oils and fatty acids that are not produced during the cold brewing process. These oils and fatty acids are that which give hot coffee its bitter taste and its bite. Some people like that flavor, and that’s okay, but others do not. They try to offset the bitterness and bite by adding cream and sugar.

The cold brewing process still extracts the flavor compounds from coffee along with some of the caffeine. But because the oils and fatty acids are only soluble at high temperatures, they do not come through the cold brewing process. You are left with a less bitter beverage that is more about the flavor of the coffee bean than anything else. Cold brew coffee is significantly more mild in its flavor, but the flavors tend to be deeper and more complex.

2. Coffee Drinkers Love Fads

The second factor driving the cold coffee revolution is less about the beverage and more about the fact that coffee drinkers – especially the younger ones – are easily influenced by fads. According to a September 2015 report published by Food Business News, cold brewed coffee is particularly appealing to older millennials. Roughly 55% of them prefer cold brew over standard, hot brewed coffee.

If nothing else, the coffee industry in America is very much trend driven. From the popularity of coffee houses to single cup machines to cold brewing, coffee drinkers will latch onto trends and ride them out until they fade away to the next emerging trend. It is almost a self-perpetuating sort of thing. Right now cold brew coffee is in. Just that fact alone is attracting more people to it.

Our position at Galaxie Coffee is one of providing whatever our customers want. We are proud of an extensive product list that includes an extensive list of coffees and teas, complemented by other beverages and a full range of breakroom supplies. We offer the best office coffee service in the greater New York area and beyond. We would be happy to serve you as well.

Hot and Cold Brewed Coffee: Which Is Better?

Hot and Cold Brewed Coffee: Which Is Better?Now that cold brewed coffee is all the rage among self-described coffee aficionados, we are faced with a cultural argument that seems to have no solution: which is better, hot or cold brewed coffee? Those who prefer hot coffee insist in that hot brewing is the only way to go while those who love cold brewed say the taste is a lot better thanks to less acidity and bitterness. So who’s right?

The reality is that there is no right or wrong. The better beverage for you is the one you enjoy the most; it is that simple. If you prefer the taste of hot coffee over a cold brew, then hot coffee is better for you – and vice versa. With that said, there may be some circumstances in which you prefer one choice over the other. For example:

  • Winter Weather – There are just some times when only a hot beverage is suitable. Winter weather comes to mind here. You might prefer a hot cup of joe over cold brewed coffee when the temperature outside is cold enough to freeze your breath. Hot coffee warms you up like nothing else.
  • Summer Weather – The other side of that coin is summer weather. There are times when it is so hot outside that you wouldn’t even think of consuming a hot beverage under any circumstances. Cold brewed coffee with a few ice cubes might be just what you are looking for.

Hot brewed coffee tends to be the preference first thing in the morning because the aroma of brewing helps to wake us up. It also tends to be preferred at the end of a formal meal and when sitting around socializing with family and friends. Cold brewed coffee is more appreciated at outdoor gatherings, during informal parties, and as a delicious beverage that can be consumed with a light lunch.

Flavor Preferences Are Key

Determining when hot or cold brewed coffee is preferred may be a simple matter of understanding the flavor issue. Ground coffee contains certain solubles that are dissolved in water during the brewing process to create the beverage we call coffee. It is these solubles that give coffee its flavor. And the reality is, hot brewing dissolves more solubles than cold brewing.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to how much flavor you want packed into your cup. If you want maximum flavor and aromatics, go with hot brewed coffee. If you prefer a lighter and less intense flavor with no aromatics, choose cold brewed. It’s all up to you.

Whatever your preference, Galaxie Coffee has a full selection of coffee products for your office. We carry standard coffees, gourmet coffees, single serve products and more, along with a full line of teas and cold beverages. We stock everything you need for complete office coffee and beverage service for clients throughout the greater New York area. We would be happy to service your office as well.

New Coffee Brewing Technology Pushing the Envelope

New Coffee Brewing Technology Pushing the EnvelopeThe single cup brewer from Keurig may not have taken the coffee drinking world by storm when it was introduced back in the late 1990s, but it eventually became a technology that redefined how we enjoy our favorite hot beverage. It is technology that has had a profound effect on the coffee industry as a whole. But there are new technologies on the horizon that may just push Keurig back to the fringes within the next decade. We have put together a list of just a few of those technologies.

The Auto Barista

If you could walk up to a counter and get that perfect cup of designer coffee without having to wait on a barista, would you go for it? Equipment manufacturers think so, which is why they are now developing complex, computerized brewers capable of making a wide selection of custom coffee drinks at a moment’s notice. Curtis is but one example. Their Gold Cup machine makes it possible to brew your own customized cup of coffee in just a few minutes.

By-the-Pot Coffee Strength

Your traditional pour over machine requires you to adjust the amount of coffee in the filter basket to determine the strength of your finished pot. That’s fine for those who scoop, but for offices that use prepackaged portions or the all-in-one package, strength is determined beforehand. That is about to change. A number of different companies are working on machines that allow you to adjust the strength of the pot without changing the volume of coffee. You can use the same prepackaged sachet to brew light, medium, and full-bodied pots. Brew-Tek already has one such machine on the market.

Air Pressure Brewing

Brewing a cup of coffee using air pressure is a growing trend among the crowd that cannot see themselves clear to using a standard pour over machine. Of course, manufacturers are responding. There is a new sci-fi looking device from Trinity that looks nothing like a traditional coffee brewer. However, it can brew your cup of coffee using three different methods, including air pressure.

Slow Drip Cold Brewing

Slow drip cold brewers are not necessarily amazing new technology inasmuch as they are a different process. Slow Brewers are becoming the latest ‘must have’ device in millennial offices and downtown coffee bars looking to cater to young professionals. The only downside to this technology is that it can take anywhere from 4 to 13 hours to brew a pot. It might be worth it if you are the kind of person who likes the milder and less intrusive taste of cold brewed coffee.

Coffee brewing technology is changing to keep pace with the times in which we live. Some of that technology is pushing the envelope in terms of automation and choice; other advances are more about the process. At any rate, Galaxie Coffee welcomes all this new technology as long as it makes what we do better. After all, it’s all about the coffee.

Craft Roasters and Cold Brew: The New World of Coffee

Craft Roasters and Cold Brew: The New World of CoffeeAs coffee lovers ourselves, the team at Galaxie Coffee appreciates the efforts of those on the cutting-edge of America’s coffee culture. We appreciate the growers, roasters, and retail outlets who make enjoying a good cup of coffee a genuine pleasure. Without them, coffee just would not be the same.

Galaxie Coffee works with a number of industry professionals at the forefront of the industry. For example, City of Saints Coffee Roasters is one of the local craft roasters we support. City of Saints takes great pride in offering its customers distinct blends made from coffee beans acquired from Ethiopia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. They take great pride, as do we, in the pleasure their customers experience every time they have a cup.

Craft Roasted, Not Exclusive

Craft roasted coffee is the latest in a long line of artisan products to come to America. The trend began years ago with artisan cheeses, artisan chocolates, and craft beer. Now craft roasted coffee is taking its place as the premier coffee product for those consumers looking for something other than the corporate blends found on grocery store shelves and in franchised coffeehouses.

While craft roasted coffee is high-quality coffee with excellent flavor, it is by no means exclusive. It is not as though craft roasters intentionally price all but the most affluent of customers out of the market in the same way some other artisans do. Rather, roasters want everyone to enjoy what they enjoy. City of Saints is just one example. They operate two excellent coffee shops in the metro area; one in Hoboken and the other in the East Village.

Say Hello to Cold Brew

We would be remiss if we did not talk about cold brew coffee alongside craft roasted products. It turns out that the emergence of craft roasting has given new life to a cold brew process that has been around, but largely ignored, for generations. Cold brew coffee is a very different kind of experience in that the flavor of the beverage is more subtle and less bitter compared to traditionally brewed coffee.

Combining a high-quality craft roasted coffee with the cold brew process results in a very delightful product just about any coffee lover would appreciate. Of course, that’s assuming one appreciates cold coffee. But if not, craft roasted coffee is just as good hot as it is cold.

The staff at Galaxie Coffee welcome the opportunity to work with partners such as City of Saints. We know the craft roasted market is not one all of our customers will fully embrace, but we are happy to offer craft products to anybody who wants them. You need only ask about our selection of craft roasted coffees when you contact us.

In addition to coffee, we offer a complete line of hot and cold beverages, breakroom supplies, and janitorial products. Our service area covers all the New York Metro including offices, manufacturing environments, retail outlets, professional buildings, and more.