Celebrate National Coffee Day by Spicing up Your Caffeine Routine

Although at BostonBeaN we believe every day is coffee day, the official National Coffee Day is Sept. 29. As a routine part of many people’s mornings, we salute our favorite energizing berry in its glorious liquid form.

The commonly known origin story of coffee begins in Ethiopia with a goat herder named Kaldi. He observed goats eating berries that made them energetic and kept them from sleeping at night. Fast forward to today, and coffee is a global favorite.

National Coffee Day was first celebrated in Japan in 1893. It initially aimed to promote fair trade and bring awareness to the needs of coffee farmers. What better way to celebrate the rich history of coffee than trying something new?

national coffee dayStep Up Your Coffee Game and Try Something New

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to a superb cup of coffee. However, coffee enthusiasts and experts agree that there are four essential components to the perfect cup: acidity, aroma, body and flavor. That is all they can agree on, though, as everyone has different taste interests.

Switch It Up Before You Brew

Your new favorite flavor combination can begin before you even add water. Elevate the entire pot by mixing different dry ingredients and thoroughly incorporating them into your coffee grounds. Some great and possibly lesser-known ingredients include:

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Spices
  • Extracts
  • Salt

These additions can influence the depth, warmth, tone and texture of your coffee, and all before you personalize your cup!

Make a Truly Unique Cup of Coffeenational coffee day

There are a variety of ways to add more dimension to an existing cup of coffee. The most obvious way might be to add cream and sugar, but the possibilities of what you can add are limitless. You can change things up by trying different types of sugar or experimenting with different flavors or types of creamers. You can even add flavored syrup or ice cream for a sweet drink! If you are more adventurous, you can opt for coffee additions popular in niche groups and international crowds. For example, give egg or butter a try in your coffee this National Coffee Day!

 

Spice up your office coffee experience for your employees with options like touchless coffee machines, cold brew and Nespresso machines, as well as prepackaged snacks and grab-and-go food. At BostonBeaN, we can help you spice up your coffee routine. Call us today at (781) 935-3100 or send an email to orders@hitbrew.com.

Dark, Medium or Light Roast? Time and Temperature Make the Difference

There is nothing quite like a cup of java in the morning. You can smell it now, can’t you? That delicious fragrance and distinct taste are one of a kind.

But, coffee is anything but uniform. While there’s unbounded variety, in simplest terms, your coffee will be either a dark, medium or light roast.

Let’s take a look at each type of roast to understand your favorite cup of coffee a little better.

dark, medium, or light roast coffeeDark Roast: The Boldest of the Bunch

True to its name, the beans of a dark roast have a dark chocolate hue and generally an oily surface. These beans are roasted longer and at higher temperatures than those of other roasts, up to 430-450 degrees Fahrenheit and until the second cracking sounds of the beans are heard. As a result of this increased heat for a longer duration, they lose moisture, density and acidity and develop a bitter and bold taste.

Dark roasts actually have less caffeine than their counterparts. While a cup of dark roast coffee will have the boldest flavor, it will lack the same potency.

Medium Roast: The Happy Balance

A medium roast finds itself in between dark and light roasts in nearly all aspects. The beans have a semi-dark color and lack any oil on their surface. The taste of a medium roast is considered balanced — not too strong and just slightly sweet.

The beans are roasted until 400-430 degrees Fahrenheit and their first cracking sound, which is a temperature and duration between that of dark and light roasts. The caffeine content, acidity and aroma are also in between the two.

A medium roast is essentially the Goldilocks of coffee and is well-suited for java drinkers seeking a balance of gentleness, boldness and caffeine kick.

Light Roast: Peaceful Yet Potentdark, medium, or light roast coffee

Light roast beans are roasted at the lowest temperatures and for the shortest length of time, at 380-400 degrees Fahrenheit and just before the first crack of the bean. This results in a light brown color and no oil on their surface.

Compared to those of medium and dark roasts, lightly roasted beans retain much of their original flavor, density, moisture, acidity and caffeine as a result of their relatively minimal roasting. The flavor is gentler but is often considered more nuanced — herbal or fruity overtones can be detected stemming from the bean’s origins. Light roasts also have the most complexity and versatility with respect to aromas.

Pick Your Cup

BostonbeaN can help you learn which coffee roast is right for you and your coworkers. Contact us to schedule your hot or cold coffee brew demo. We’ll install the equipment and provide the coffee and supplies so the whole team will get a chance to try the coffee program best suited for the office.

Call us at (781) 935-3100 or fill out the contact form on our website to request a coffee consultation today!

Iced Coffee, Cold Brew and Nitro Are Not Your Average Cup of Joe

You love coffee — and so do we! Whether hot, cold, black, or with cream and sugar, there is never a wrong time for a cup of Joe.

The summertime is the perfect time for a cold coffee beverage. You may want an iced coffee, cold brew or nitro cold brew. But what exactly is the difference?

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is made with hot coffee brewed at double strength and poured over ice. Because the ice melts as the drink is poured, the coffee needs to be stronger than a hot cup of coffee.

Due to a rapid change in the temperature, it is more bitter and acidic than its cold-brewed counterparts. It also spoils the fastest of the cold coffee drinks, experiencing the degradation of flavor after 30 minutes. However, iced coffee is known for its medium-bodied and well-balanced flavor.

Cold Brew

Cold brew is brewed by steeping ground coffee in cold water for 12-24 hours. The longer steeping process allows the beverage to have two to three times the caffeine compared to hot or iced coffee.

Cold brew is less acidic and slightly sweet; it has a smooth and full-bodied flavor. Unlike iced coffee, cold brew can stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Nitro Cold Brew

Nitro has the same brewing process as cold brew. The difference is in the delivery. Kegged, the cold brew is infused with nitrogen bubbles. This process creates a rich and creamy texture. Like cold brew, it has two to three times more caffeine than iced and hot coffee.

iced coffee, cold brew and nitro are not your average cup of joeWho the Heck Is Joe?

A cup of coffee was not always called a “cup of Joe.” While there is not one clear origin story as to where the phrase comes from, here are a couple of them to consider:

  • A cup of Josephus Daniels: One theory states the term comes from Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, after banning alcohol aboard naval vessels. As a result, the strongest drink allowed on ships became coffee.
  • Average Joe: Another theory suggests the term comes from the term “average Joe,” as coffee is considered an everyman’s drink.

Not Your Average Cup of Joe

Regardless of its origins, we all know there is nothing average about a great cup of coffee. Are you ready to deliver the distinction of a coffee shop to your workplace? Let BostonbeaN help you go above and beyond for your employees.

Contact the team at BostonbeaN to bring the best coffee options to the office! Call us today at (781) 935-3100 or send an email to orders@hitbrew.com.

Want To Provide Your Employees With Great Cold Brew? Give The Bunn Nitron A Try

bunn nitron cold brew for officeThere’s no better way to show your employees and patrons how essential they are every day than by providing them with superior coffee and tea. That’s just one reason why we have added the Bunn Nitron to our catalog here at BostonbeaN Coffee Company. The Bunn Nitron is a unique nitro cold brew commercial-grade maker that’s built to last.

Every freshly brewed beverage will benefit those who partake beyond merely satisfying the palate and awakening the senses. Here’s a rundown of the pertinent features of this must-have machine along with a few of the proven benefits of nitro cold brew coffees and teas.

The Perks of the Bunn Nitron

The Bunn Nitron delivers cold brew coffee, iced coffee or iced tea—all in one streamlined machine. It is extremely easy to use, and thanks to nitro infusion, there is no long brewing time or complexity involved. The Nitron holds up to two one-gallon concentrated bags in a box (BiBs) that will yield multiple gallons of satisfyingly fresh cold brew beverages.

Additional features of the Bunn Nitron include:

  • A compact sleek design that takes up very little counter space
  • In-line nitro infusion that produces cascading micro-bubbles for a creamy soft head that eliminates the need for cream or sugar
  • No need to store or change kegs with the convenient BiB solution
  • No refrigeration is necessary
  • Cleaning and sanitizing the unit is quick and easy

This impressive machine is an all-in-one wonder for fans of cold brew who can reap physical benefits through regular consumptionbunn nitro.

Science Supports Cold Brew Benefits

Cold brew offers numerous benefits similar to traditional hot coffee, as it contains caffeine. Caffeine—in moderation—has been shown to boost metabolism, which raises your metabolic rate up to 11%. This means you’ll burn more calories even while at rest. Another great aspect of cold brew coffee is that it tends to be easier on the stomach, which is one reason many people with indigestion, ulcers, acid reflux and heartburn often avoid coffee.

It’s no secret that tired and sleep deprived individuals feel better after their morning caffeine fix, and cold brew consumption might improve one’s state of mind. Studies have shown a strong correlation between the lessening of depression and drinking coffee, and some researchers suggest caffeine supplements can boost mental wellness in older adults.

One of the most amazing benefits that could be reaped from cold brew is reducing your risks of developing heart disease. This is thought to be a result from the presence of caffeine along with phenolic compounds, lignans, magnesium and trigonelline. These compounds naturally lower blood pressure and help stabilize blood sugar. Cold brew coffee also contains antioxidants including diterpenes and chlorogenic acids that serve as anti-inflammatory agents.

Enjoy the Bunn Nitron at Your Workplace Today

Here at BostonbeaN Coffee Company, we are committed to offering the finest coffees, teas, and breakroom supplies at the best prices. Ask our team about the amazing Bunn Nitron and bring the best cold brew coffee to your customers and employees today.

Nespresso Offers Flavors to Please Every Palate

Coffee breaks are one of people’s favorite parts of the day, but taking trips to the coffee shop can get expensive for the employee – and their employer. By the time a person leaves the office, heads to the coffee shop, stands in line and comes back, it’s way beyond the allotted 15-minute break. That’s why offices should consider upgrading that old, standard coffee brewer in the break room.

Put the “Break” Back in Coffee Break

Two of the most popular machines for the office are the touchless Nespresso Momento 100 and the Nespresso Momento 120 .

With the Nespresso 100, you can order coffee by simply using an app and scanning a QR code on the machine. There are 13 espresso varieties including americanos, espressos, and lattes. The Memento 100 is also easy to maintain, so anyone can make a quality cup of coffee without a trip to the coffee shop.

The Momento 120 has all the benefits of the Momento 100, plus 12 different flavors of coffee made with fresh milk, which is kept refrigerated in the machine. Each coffee shot is stored individually for freshness in its own aluminum capsule until it is brewed.

Flavor and Variety Options

Espresso shots are available in varying levels of intensity, ranging from 1 to 12. They come in single-serve aluminum capsules that are sealed to guarantee freshness for up to a year. Below are descriptions of the flavors and intensity levels, sure to satisfy all your employees’ varied tastes.

The Most Intense:

  • Ristretto Intenso (12): exceptional intensity with pepper and woody notes
  • Ristretto (9): dense and darkly roasted with cocoa, woody and toasted notes
  • Espresso Forte (7): intensely fragrant and complex with malt, red fruit and roasted notes

Milder Options:

  • Espresso Leggero (6): well balanced with cocoa and cereal notes
  • Lungo Forte (4): elegant and complex with red fruit, malt and roasted notes
  • Lungo Leggero (2): lightly roasted and delicate with jasmine, orange blossom and bergamot notes

For Flavor Lovers:

  • Espresso Caramel (7): sweet and complex with brown sugar and toffee notes
  • Espresso Vanilla (7): balanced and silky with caramelized vanilla notes

For Decaf Lovers:

  • Espresso Decaffeinato (7): darkly roasted and full bodied with cocoa, cereal and grilled notes
  • Lungo Decaffeinato (4): balanced and complex with toasted cereal and sweet floral notes

At BostonbeaN, we are here to help your employees get the café experience they crave right in your break room. Both of these Nespresso machines offer a great touchless option for serving coffee to your employees. We can also provide great snacks and tea. To learn more about the best option for your office break room, contact us today.

The Truth About Coffee — Facts and Myths Surrounding Your Beloved Cup o’ Java

There are many myths about coffee that have been passed along through the years, and we’re going to set the record straight on a few of them.

There’s nothing quite like starting the day with a fresh cup of coffee. And while some may refer to their coffee consumption as a vice, more evidence is pointing to the opposite conclusion. Drinking coffee in moderation can have a positive impact on your health.

Keeping Your Coffee Fresh and Your Story Straight

What do people say when they want to get together with friends? “Let’s go out for coffee.” It’s a social beverage that helps keep people energized and moving, whether it’s from that one morning cup, or from a few cups scattered throughout the day. Let’s take a look at some common myths and find out the truth about coffee.

Q: Is coffee bad for your health?

A: Studies have shown drinking up to four cups of coffee a day can actually reduce the risk of many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. It has been linked to anti-aging properties, and may even reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Like anything, coffee should be enjoyed with moderation. And if you are pregnant, older or have health conditions like high blood pressure, consult your doctor for personalized advice on daily caffeine intake.

Q: Is coffee addictive?

A: While regular use of caffeine can cause a mild physical dependence, it is relatively easy to quit or reduce your consumption if you choose. Withdrawal symptoms are usually short-lived, and practically non-existent if you taper off gradually.

Q: Will coffee dehydrate you?

A: Although coffee can act as a mild diuretic, it does not dehydrate you because there’s so much water in a cup of coffee.

Q: Does coffee make you lose weight?

A: While coffee is not a weight-loss product, it can delay appetite for a short while. A perfect time to grab a cup might just be right before that meeting with the tempting donuts…

Q: Will a cup of coffee sober you up?

A:  It’s a myth that coffee will sober you up after drinking alcohol. Even if you feel more alert, coffee will not improve reaction time and judgment behind the wheel.

Q: Will an afternoon cup of coffee cause insomnia?

A: For most people, sleep will not be affected if they stop drinking coffee within six hours of going to bed. So go ahead and have that afternoon pick-me-up!

Q: Should I store my coffee in the refrigerator or freezer?

A: No. Coffee is best stored away from light, heat and moisture, so the standard “cool, dry place” is best.

Contact BostonbeaN for all the options to brew a high-end, café-quality cup of coffee that will make your employees happy (even in the afternoon!). We source the best products to stock your company break room with quality coffee, tea drinks, and snack products

Sunshine and Coffee — They Both Have a Way of Lifting Our Spirits!

Author Anita Krizzan once said, “Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.” She has a valid point. Sunny, warm weather enables us to enjoy the beach, stargaze, watch the birds, tend to the garden, and enjoy outdoor exercise. What’s more, it also helps us to sleep well at night and improves vitality.

On the other hand, you don’t have to hold your breath waiting for the weather to warm up. There is something you can turn to lift your spirits, boost your energy levels, and help you enjoy life to the fullest.

That something is coffee. However, not just any cup will do. You’ll want a brew that suits your exact taste.

Why Is Coffee So Effective?

Mowoman drinking coffee in the springst people know that coffee gives you an adrenaline boost to increase your energy levels. However, that boost on its own doesn’t account for the sheer joy a great cup of coffee can bring to your day.

Scientists have found that coffee has some amazing, positive side effects. These are:

  • The extra adrenaline from coffee opens your airways to enable your lungs to deliver more oxygen to your brain. This, in turn, boosts your cognitive abilities, so you can think clearly and make good decisions without undue delay.
  • Caffeine increases the dopamine levels in your brain. This feel-good hormone helps us feel happy, as is evidenced by the fact that coffee drinkers are 20% less likely to become depressed than people who don’t drink coffee. As an added benefit, dopamine also helps you think, plan, and focus on your work.
  • Coffee improves your physical health. It lowers the risk of colon cancer, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. Low dopamine levels have been linked with obesity and various mental health problems.

Bring cold brew coffee It On

As a boss, one of the best things you can do to increase productivity, stimulate innovation, and improve employee morale is to bring a top-tier coffee maker into the office. Employees who have the coffee they love right at their fingertips can take full advantage of all that coffee has to offer without leaving work to buy their favorite brew.

BostonbeaN uses cutting-edge technology to offer hygienic, versatile, easy-to-use coffee machines that are sure to suit the need of any business. The machines are touch-free, as users install an app on their phone to direct the machine to produce the perfect cup of coffee. Espresso, caffeinated tea, and cold brews are all available to suit the needs of any employee.

Would you like to enjoy the warm weather and great hot or cold brew? If so, contact us to learn more about our coffee makers and other productivity-enhancing pr

Extraordinary Coffee Options at Your Fingertips — or Not — With the Nespresso Momento

The average worker drinks about 20 cups of coffee a week, which comes to about four cups per person, per workday. Put simply, this beverage is a must-have staple for employees of all ages and walks of life.

Are you looking for a top-tier coffee maker that will improve office morale by providing multiple brew options? Are you rightly concerned about the spread of germs in your office and interested in providing a more hygienic and personalized coffee experience? If so, BostonbeaN’s brand-new Nespresso Momento could be the perfect fit for your business.

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The Nespresso Momento 100

The Nespresso Momento 100 boosts productivity by allowing workers to order coffee by smartphone, from the comfort of their desks. All you have to do is scan the machine’s QR code, select the type of coffee you want, and then come pick it up when it’s done.

Other great features include:

  • Pick from 13 espresso varieties, including popular options such as espressos, lattes, and americanos
  • Cutting-edge technology ensures the best possible taste and aroma.
  • Coffee is produced under strict safety and quality standards, then hermetically sealed in single-serve aluminum capsules.
  • Coffee is automatically ejected, so employees only touch their cup, not the machine itself.
  • Only minimal care and maintenance is required.

The Nespresso Momento 120

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The Nespresso Momento 120 offers all the same benefits as the Momento 100, plus a few more that are well worth a look:

  • It can brew espresso drinks using fresh milk.
  • It is made to work with BostonbeaN capsules, and there are 16 unique ones to pick from. These include the new sweet and nutty Bianco Intenso and the caramel-flavored Bianco Delicato.
  • A refrigerated milk container keeps milk fresh for extended periods of time.
  • A touchscreen version of this machine prompts workers to wipe the screen down before placing an order.
  • The machine automatically cleans itself throughout the day.

Are these coffee makers right for you? There’s only one way to find out, and that is to sign up for a free demo at your convenience. We’ll bring the supplies, set up the machine, and let you enjoy our coffee free of charge for the day.

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Want to Select Your Next Cup of Coffee Like A Pro? Here’s What You Need to Know

The common question, “How do you take your coffee?” isn’t as simple as it may seem. There are so many options these days that it can be hard when you are choosing your office coffee.

Wondering what type of coffee would best suit your tastes? Keep reading to get acquainted with the main options and what’s included in them.

Cold Brewchoosing office coffee

Cold brew is not iced coffee. Rather, it is ground coffee steeped in cold water for 12 to 24 hours to create a specialized brew that is sure to please and served out of kegs. Cold-brewed coffee is not as acidic as other types of coffee and has a sweet taste and smooth feel. It offers a powerful energy boost with a great taste you won’t want to miss out on. And it keeps fresh in kegerators for up to two weeks!

French Press

Many claim that this is the best option on the market, and it’s not hard to see why. French Press is made using a special brewer that allows small grains and aromatic coffee oils to seep through to add flavor to the beverage. If you enjoy the full flavor of your coffee beans, this is undoubtedly the brew for you.

Espresso

Espresso coffee is made by shooting hot water through finely ground and compressed coffee grains. The result is a powerful, flavorful brew served “shot style.” It’s high in caffeinget help choosing office coffeee, but the small serving means you’re actually getting less coffee than you would get from a regular serving of most other types of coffee brews.

Latte

A latte is essentially a small shot of espresso combined with steaming milk to create a rich, warm brew. A latte machine creates an authentic latte using milk powder at the touch of a button, combined in a cup with sugar and any desired additional flavorings.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino, like latte coffee, is made with espresso and milk. However, it contains more caffeine than a latte because less milk is added to the brew. A cappuccino maker, using milk powder, creates an airy layer of milk foam above the brew in less than a minute. 

Once you are done choosing your office coffee, you’ll want to ensure it’s brewed by the best brewers in town. BostonbeaN offers high-tech, touch-free brewers with a range of options and amenities to ensure the best possible brew any time your employees need one. Check out our coffee-brewing options or schedule a free demo at your office to discover what a truly great cup of coffee looks and tastes like.

Who’s a Coffee Addict? Famous Coffee Drinkers Throughout History

“Without my morning coffee, I’m just like a dried-up piece of roast goat.” —Johann Sebastian Bach

If you think coffee makes you smarter, you might not have the scientific chops to prove it without a few cups of Joe. Enjoy a hot cup of “brain juice” while learning about a few famous caffeine aficionados from the past.

Let’s start with…

  1. Voltaire

The coffee drinker’s real name was François-Marie Arouet, but he wrote under the pen name Voltaire. In his day, coffee was considered a luxury and the famous writer reputedly downed up to 50 cups of coffee and chocolate every day. His doctor warned him that the expensive habit threatened his health, but the philosopher lived for 83 productive years.

  1. Soren Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard also liked to soften coffee’s bitter taste with something sweet. He put up to 30 sugar cubes in each cup. Kierkegaard had 50 coffee cups and often ask the secretary to choose a separate one for each serving. The creative secretary had to provide a philosophical reason for choosing a specific cup.

  1. Ludwig van Beethoven

The meticulous composer counted out 60 beans every morning for his cup of coffee. Whether this was to attain a specific strength or a fun numbers game remains a mystery.

  1. Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th U.S. president. He consumed a gallon of coffee every day, dumping five to seven lumps of sugar in each serving. His son likened his father’s consumption volume to a bathtub.

  1. Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood lent her name to a roaster that raised money for the Pelee Island Bird Observatory in Canada. Atwood has coffee for breakfast, typically with steamed milk or cream. As a bonus, she sometimes adds espresso to strengthen the brew.

Serious coffee drinker and humor columnist Dave Barry had this to say about coffee:

“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity. I bet this kind of thing does not happen to heroin addicts. I bet that when serious heroin addicts go to purchase their heroin, they do not tolerate waiting in line while some dilettante in front of them orders a hazelnut smack-a-cino with cinnamon sprinkles.”

How does your daily cup count compare with famous coffee drinkers in history?

Contact BostonbeaN today regarding our products and how we can ensure your employees never revolt over an empty pot of coffee.