Hot Coffee Can Cool You Off On a Hot Day

There’s always that one guy who is always drinking something hot on a scorching summer day, when all you are craving is a frosty lemonade or an enormous iced tea. And while Gary from accounting is genuinely a know-it-all and a buzzkill, we are here to tell you that in this instance, he’s right. Though it seems bizarre and counterintuitive, there is science to back up this claim. Is there any merit in having a hot coffee in August? Here’s the tea on hot coffee in sweaty weather.

No Sweat

If you don’t sweat, you won’t reap the benefits from the hot coffee. A steaming hot latte will raise your body temperature, causing you to perspire, and when the sweat evaporates the energy transferred means you cool off. However, if you are wearing heavy clothes, it won’t work. The body heat will be trapped, and you will feel warm. So, if on a summer day at work you are covered in sweaters, because it’s freezing in your office, and then you go out for a cup of coffee on your break, take off the outer layers if you want to try the hot beverage trick. Otherwise, you will just end up overheated.

When In New England

We in Boston and the surrounding towns in New England are dedicated to our coffee drinks, and our coffee of choice does not necessarily match the season. There are many who are devoted to their iced coffee, an extra-large one, with extra ice, and will enjoy this even on the coldest day of February, whilst wearing shorts. A different sort of devotee, however, never takes his coffee cold. This character is a real old-school, New England guy. This is our kind of guy. No matter what the weatherman says, this r-dropping fellow drinks his coffee hot, even if he’s in a pahked cah in Hahvahd Yahd in August.

You Do You

It doesn’t really matter what the thermometer says, or what month it is. Drink what you like and do what makes you feel good. Does caffeine fuel your busy workday? Does a great cup of coffee make you feel empowered? In order to perform well and function optimally and efficiently, you need to stay energized. Sipping a hot coffee brings you back to yourself, it’s a moment out of time just for you, so you can dive back into your many responsibilities. The BostonbeaN Coffee Company brings the drinks you love directly to your workplace, so your break is a true respite and restorative moment.

Coffee Traditions Around the World

How do you like your coffee? Here in America, we drink it hot or iced, at cozy coffee shops, homey diners, in our own snug kitchens, and on-the-go (yay cupholders!). We are fairly new to the whole culture part of coffee, however. It wasn’t so long ago that a good old cup of joe was a dishwatery mug of instant grounds and boiling water, slugged down before a hard day’s work. The now-ubiquitous rush of the espresso machine and frother, fair-trade and locally roasted beans, and blends savored with a scone was unheard of just two decades ago.

Americans are nothing if not enthusiastic adopters. We dive right in and make traditions our own. But where do they come from? Why do we order an Americano or Macchiato from our neighborhood hangout where tattooed teenagers add creative flourishes to the foam in our lattes? How are people in other places drinking their daily dose of caffeine? Let’s take a quick trip around the world to see how our foreign counterparts measure out their lives with coffee spoons, to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot.

When in Rome (or, really, any part of Italy)

We are, perhaps, most familiar with Italian coffee traditions here in the States. Italian immigrants brought with them their dainty cups, stovetop percolators, and pastry pairings. Italians take their espresso very seriously, and ritualistically. In the morning, Italians drink their coffee with milk, whether as cappuccino, macchiato, or latte. But they never, ever order those after 11 a.m. And it would be incredibly tacky and in poor taste if you did (but, you do you). In the afternoons, Italians take their coffee quickly but socially, standing at the counter of their favorite cafe. An espresso shot is the typical choice, served with a twist of lemon peel, which brings out the vibrant taste of the strong roast.

Nobody’s Business but the Turks

Turkey is a country of two continents, at once very European and steeped in the mysterious wonders of the East. Traders and travelers have frequented this land for thousands of years, and many traditions have been invested at this cultural crossroads. Turkish coffee is quite strong, as it is unfiltered. To prepare it, the beans are simmered in a distinctive little pot called an ibrik. Sugar and exotic cardamom are added during the brewing process, but never milk or cream. It is served in a demitasse cup, as in Italy. When you have taken the last sip, the remaining grounds can be used to divine your future, if you wish to see a glimpse of your fate.

Your New Favorite Trend from Sweden

Fika encompasses so much more than coffee. It is both a noun and a verb, and it is baked into the everyday life in that country. In Sweden, community and friendships are very highly valued, and so is fika, a break from the busy day. It means taking a moment to slow down, have a good cup of coffee and a bite to eat. You can practice fika alone, at home, but it is imperative to savor the experience, to not scroll through social media, or take work emails. Fika is respite from the day’s obligations.

Whether you like your coffee milky or strong, sweet, savored with a donut or a dear friend, we have got your caffeine needs covered. Contact an associate at BostonBeaN today!

Choosing the Perfect Coffee Machine for Your Office

As a business owner, knowing the importance of offering the right types of coffee and having the right coffee machine is a big deal. Let’s face it – employees thrive off that great cup of steaming coffee whether it’s first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon to help them get through the rest of the day.

Figuring out the right coffee maker is somewhat of a science. It takes careful evaluation to make sure the needs of the office are being met. Here are a few things to consider:

  • How many people drink coffee?
  • What types of coffee do employees drink?
  • Does the office need filtered water?
  • Is ground coffee a factor?

While some businesses may think providing coffee for employees is a perk – it’s definitely a must-have. If coffee makes your employees happy, that happiness turns into greater productivity. At the end of the day, it all affects the bottom line.

Depending on the answers to the questions, you may have to invest in a pod solution where the employees brew their own coffee. This could be beneficial for those employees that don’t drink coffee and prefer tea or hot chocolate. A pod system usually accommodates all tastes. In most cases, having a pot of decaf and caffeinated coffee is just fine. The key is having quality coffee and coffeemakers.

Getting the employees involved in making the decision on the office coffeemaker solution is not only smart, it saves time and money. If the employees are brewing and drinking the coffee, shouldn’t they have a say? In this instance, transparency is the name of the game.

At BostonbeaN Coffee Company, we carry a variety of coffee and tea brewing options, including The Fresh Cup, The CX3 Touch, Encore29 Brewer, Cold Brew Coffee & Tea, and Virtu Bean to Cup. If you’re into Nespresso, there are three different options, and a wide selection of whole bean and fresh ground craft coffees. You’ll never have to worry about having the right selections again.

The final step is consulting with the pros. The team at BostonbeaN Coffee Company can assist in creating the perfect coffee space with the right snacks and refreshments that your employees will love. For more information on how it can help, contact an associate at BostonbeaN today!

What Biodegradable Really Means

When talking about the environment, you hear the word biodegradable tossed around quite a bit. Even though it has something to do with the environment, what does that really mean?

Biodegradable means that the product or material will break down quickly, leaving nothing behind that’s harmful. There are certain items that will break down, such as food that has not been treated with chemicals, and something most people use every day: paper. Other biodegradable items include wood, cotton, human and animal waste, and vegetable-oil based soaps. Many companies are using biodegradable packaging for products, which helps reduce environmental impact. For the most part, society relies on non-biodegradable products that get piled onto a garbage dump.

Does your organization use biodegradable products? There is a growing trend of offices that use biodegradable products in their break rooms to lessen their carbon impact on the environment. This is a socially responsible move. Partnering with an organization that can provide the best products to handle this task is key.

With their CX3 brewer, the BostonbeaN Coffee Company can offer fresh-roasted, biodegradable pods that brew beverages in under 1 minute, with no break in between brewing cycles. These pods include: light roasts, medium roasts, dark roasts, flavored selections, decaffeinated selections and a tea selection. They also offer a selection of biodegradable breakroom products including napkins, paper towels, and hot and cold cups. Being able to make a positive contribution to society, and help employees become environmentally conscious makes a difference.

The Fresh Cup is BostonbeaN’s specially made coffee brewer, which offers one-touch brew activation, requires no break between brewing cycles, offers hot water dispensing, and quietly brews and ejects biodegradable coffee and tea pods. Equipped with an internal bin that holds up to 50 used pods, you can’t go wrong.

For more information on making the switch to biodegradable breakroom products, contact the team at BostonbeaN today!

For the Sake of your Health, Drink Coffee

According to a survey by the National Coffee Association, 64 percent of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day. That figure is up 2 percent from 2017. In the office setting, one of the first things an employee looks for is coffee. As one of the world’s most sought-after beverages, there are quite a few health benefits:

  • Improved energy levels – Caffeine tends to function as a “pick-me-up” when people are feeling tired. Studies have shown that coffee can help improve energy, memory and more.
  • Burns fat – Caffeine has been known to help burn fat and boost metabolism.
  • Improved physical performance – When you have improved energy, a higher rate of physical performance usually follows. When caffeine burns fat, it turns fatty acids into fuel.
  • Lowered risk of diabetes – Drinking coffee could reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that one cup of coffee per day can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by up to 7%.
  • Offers liver protection – Drinking coffee may help protect the liver by preventing cirrhosis. Statistics show that people drinking 4 or more cups a day may lower the risk by 80%.
  • Helps fight depression – Coffee functions as a way to increase energy. When there are high levels of energy, the chances of being depressed are lessened.

Coffee has also been linked to lowering Parkinson’s disease, and may also offer protection from strokes, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Knowing how coffee can help the body protect itself while providing other beneficial results may be a primary reason why coffee is the beverage of choice for so many people.

BostonBeaN Coffee Company specializes in a variety of coffee selections for every palate, carrying the brands you know and love with choices like cold brew, fresh brew, Nespresso, Keurig, Fresh Cup Pod System, and more. We also have a wide selection of machines to brew coffee of any kind.

For more information on coffee as a healthy beverage and how the team can help you provide the best for your employees, contact an associate at BostonBeaN Coffee Company today at 1-800-HIT-BREW (800-448-2739).

The Coffee Story: The Journey from Bean to Cup

The United States is enjoying its love affair with coffee and basking in a caffeinated glow, or buzz, so to speak! No longer are we willing to settle for a mediocre cup that was ground and brewed a while ago and has been sitting idle in a pot. It’s now all about the beauty of the brown little bean and the alchemy that happens on its way to your cup and taste buds. We may have become bean snobs in our coffee culture evolution, but the bean’s journey starts way before it hits your cup.

A 10-Step Journey

The National Coffee Association outlines 10-steps from seed to cup.

  1. Planting
  2. Harvesting the cherries
  3. Processing the cherries
  4. Drying the beans
  5. Milling
  6. Exporting
  7. Cupping
  8. Roasting
  9. Grinding
  10. Brewing

Coffee is planted in tropical and sub-tropical climates known as the bean belt. After about nine months, the plant bears fruit (called cherries) that is ready to be harvested. The coffee cherries are processed and undergo milling and polishing to separate the husk from the bean. Green coffee is bagged and loaded into bags and then placed into containers and loaded on ships to make their journey all over the world.

Harvesting and processing are labor-intensive steps, most of which is done by hand. It is this labor that has resulted in the development of policies and procedures that guarantee “fair and ethical” practices and pricing to protect and value the growers.

Upon arrival, an inspector, or cupper, evaluates the beans by sight, smell and taste. Then they are roasted, during which time they are transformed from green coffee into the prized brown bean we have come to think of as sacred.

If you are a coffee aficionado, this is pretty much where you enter the story – taking the brown bean through a blending of alchemy, magic and technology to produce your idea of a perfect cup of coffee. The beans now undergo your custom ritual, of probably a good 10 to 15 minutes depending on the method you implement, to turn the bean into a rich brown beverage that can make your day.

Although bean-to-cup coffee is the ultimate coffee experience, brewed for peak freshness just after it has been roasted, there are some good single-serve coffee pod and capsule options too.

What’s the difference between Bean to Cup, coffee pod, and K-Cups?

Let’s talk packaging. Bean to Cup coffee machines grind, then brew, fresh whole bean coffee for every cup. Coffee sold in capsules, such as K-Cups, are typically sealed after roasting, locking out moisture while locking in oxygen for freshness. K-Cups are not limited to coffee; they can contain tea, hot chocolate, cider, and other beverage options. Coffee pods, on the other hand, are typically a round pad that contains coffee wrapped in biodegradable filter paper. The coffee pods are sold wrapped in foil or loose in a resealable bag – depending on the brand you buy.

Here are 5 key benefits to Bean to Cup, coffee pods, and K-Cups:

Bean to Cup Benefits:

  • Amazing coffee flavor every time – the closest you will find to your favorite local barista
  • Bean to Cup coffee machines grind, then brew, fresh whole bean coffee for every cup
  • No wasteful filters, leaving only 100% compostable grounds
  • Bean to Cup machines offer lots of different coffee and drink options. These include coffees, cappuccino, latte, espresso, hot chocolate, mocha, Americanos, and flavorings at the touch of a button
  • Paperless brewing system means less time spent maintaining the brewer and equates to lower cost per cup

K-Cups Benefits:

  • K-Cups are convenient in a self-contained capsule
  • K-Cups are in-market and sold at local grocery stores
  • Competitive brands now offer lower priced K-Cups
  • They offer a large variety of coffees, roasting options, and other beverages
  • The company aims to have all K-Cups recyclable by 2020

Coffee pod Benefits:

  • By design, there is more surface area for water to contact the pod, yielding a higher coffee extraction
  • The coffee filter allows for more coffee aroma during the brewing process
  • Price range is affordable
  • Coffee pods can easily be purchased online
  • Ecological – less product waste

Whether you like Bean to Cup, coffee pods, or K-Cup coffee there are options for every lifestyle and coffee lover!

Contact BostonbeaN Coffee Company  to learn about our bean-to-cup coffee options, including the DeJong Duke Virtu system, Starbuck’s Serenade, Flavia/Mars and the CX3 Touch Brew. We have just the right way to brew a high-end, café quality cup of coffee that will make your employees happy at break time.

BostonbeaN Coffee Company in Woburn, Massachusetts, sources the best products to stock your company break room with quality coffee, tea drinks and snack products. Keep your employees happy, alert and motivated by providing great coffee, tea, soft drinks and the perfect snack foods. We listen to your unique breakroom needs. Give us a call today at 1-800-Hit-Brew (800-448-2739) to learn more about our many product and machine options.

 

Lovin’ Your Mug

Let’s be honest. Coffee aficionados love the bean, and with that passion comes a lot of emotion. It’s not just what you put in the cup, it’s the cup you put the coffee in that is also important. Everybody has a favorite. Keeping a favorite mug at work can add an extra layer of enjoyment to the ritual of that pick-me-up cup at break time. Drinking a cup of coffee from your favorite mug just seems to taste better too, doesn’t it? It turns out that sentiment may not just be all in your head.

Color of the Cup

The coffee lovers among us know in our bones that our coffee tastes different depending on the vessel we drink from. This is probably what leads us to develop an emotional attachment to our cup of choice.

A small study in Australia tested the influence of three different colored mugs – clear, white, and blue – on the drinker’s perception of various flavor points. Participants were asked to evaluate sweetness, aroma, bitterness, quality and acceptability. And guess what? The results found that the container color influenced the taster’s taste rating on their cup o’ joe.

Among the study conclusions was a suggestion that café owners, baristas and crockery manufacturers consider the cup color and the “potential effects that its color may exert over the multisensory coffee drinking experience.”

What they found was that that coffee drinkers experience the same coffee differently according to the color of the mug they drink it from. Significant difference was found between the white mug and the clear one, as participants sipping from a white mug reported a more intense or bitter tasting coffee and the clear glass, not as much. Those drinking from the blue cup reported more of an intermediate flavor. The drinkers also noted less sweetness when drinking from the white mug.

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

Growing up, blogger Gabrielle Pfeifer used to turn up her nose at the boring collection of mugs at her grandparents’ homes. Then, she recalls, she grew up. Once coffee became a part of her life, she began accumulating her own collection of cups.

On the weekdays we, like her, may find ourselves drinking our morning cup from a travel cup on the drive to work.

By the time the weekend rolls around, she is ready to indulge in the ritual of selecting the perfect mug to drink from on that day. Keeping a favorite cup at work helps elevate our 9-to-5 coffee experience.

But How Does It Make You Feel?

There can be a strong emotional bond between us and our coffee cups. They’re kind of like lunch boxes for grownups. Remember sitting in the school cafeteria munching sandwiches and snacks from home but being more concerned about the sense of comfort and independence the Scooby Doo or Munsters graphics on your lunch box brought you between pop quizzes and your least favorite subjects? A little bit of security to hold onto.

Fast forward to the mug in your hand and how it makes you feel. Your feel-good mug might feature a picture of your child or spouse; have an inspirational quote calligraphed on it; or for some of us, it may still feature The Munsters or Scooby Doo. (Don’t worry your secret is safe with us – coffee lover to coffee lover.)

According to a Heinz survey, 60 percent of the participants admitted to having an emotional attachment to their favorite mug. Of those, 40 percent reported their chosen favorite was “irreplaceable” and a third said they would be “devastated” if it broke. Which is a good reason to buy at least two when you find the one.

Whatever color, sentiment or picture is on your favorite mug, it all comes down to how they make us feel while drinking a cup of coffee.

BostonBeaN Coffee Company in Woburn, Massachusetts, sources the best products to stock your company break room with quality coffee, tea drinks and snack products. Keep your employees happy, alert and motivated by providing good coffee! And invite them to bring their favorite mugs to the office. We listen to your unique breakroom needs to provide breaktime treats and beverages that match what your staff is looking for in a good cup of coffee and a treat to go with it. Give us a call today at 1-800-Hit-Brew (800-448-2739) to learn more about our many product and machine options.

 

The Shortest Journey: Bean to Cup

Over 20 years ago, single-cup coffee brewers revolutionized our ability to make a nice cup of java in our kitchen and at work. The DeJong Duke Virtu series of bean-to-cup machines now bring barista-level, custom coffee drinks into your breakroom. Bean to cup – it’s the shortest journey to great coffee!

Upping the Coffee Game

As the American coffee palate has evolved, manufacturers have had to up their machinery game to make a better cup of coffee. The latest trend for providing a bean-to-cup brewer has elevated the coffee experience to a new level that can be experienced right in your office break room.

In March, a round table of coffee experts weighed in at the National Automatic Merchandising Association’s Coffee, Tea and Water conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Karalyn McDermott from Bunn-O-Matic attributed the rise in bean-to-cup coffee to a demand for freshness. The shortest journey, from ground bean to cup, decreases the chemical reactions that occur following grinding, brewing and even holding a brewed beverage in a cup.

Our Virtu Bean-to-Cup Coffee Brewer

Contact us today to schedule a bean-to-cup demonstration with our state-of-the-art DeJong Duke Virtu machine, at your office. Featuring a grinder, two bean hoppers, adjustable bar pressure, and three specialty product canisters for creating things like hot chocolate, frothy cappuccinos and flavorings – this amazing technology with a multi-function touch screen for creating customized beverages is the closest you will find to making a barista-style beverage outside of your local café.

Virtu provides the freshness you yearn for, the variety of drinks and options for customization that can satisfy an office full of diverse people and taste preferences.

And its environmental impact is minimal, with no pods or additional container waste. Maintenance is streamlined, too. It’s a sustainable machine you can feel good about having on site.

BostonBeaN Coffee Company in Woburn, Massachusetts sources the best products to stock your company break room with quality coffee, tea drinks and snack products. Keep your employees happy, alert and motivated by providing good coffee, including our fresh bean to cup options! We listen to your unique breakroom needs to provide breaktime treats and beverages that match what your staff is looking for in a good cup of coffee and a treat to go with it. Give us a call today at 1-800-Hit-Brew (800-448-2739) to learn more about our many product and machine options.

How Much Do Americans Love Their Coffee?

In the last couple of decades, a cup of coffee is no longer just a cup of coffee and it sure isn’t your momma’s coffee! Americans have taken to coffee and embraced it like residents in other countries that revere the bean, including the Scandinavians and Europeans in Germany, France and Italy. The United States, according to Statistic Brain, spends $4 billion on annual coffee imports, and the average coffee drinker spends $164.71 a year on their beverage of choice.

Millennials in particular are not satisfied with the standard cup of brewed coffee their parents indulged in, with over a third of them indulging a gourmet coffee palate with a preference for barista-style drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. Younger coffee drinkers in general, from 18 to 39, are more likely to purchase their coffee of choice outside their home. Overall, 34 percent of Americans who opt to go out for coffee head to premium cafes, while 29 percent get their cup o’ joe at lower-price venues.

And the trend for pursuing coffee that is ethically sound continues to drive sales with the most certifications accounting for: 25% organic; 18% fair trade; and 16% rainforest alliance.

On the Job

Coffee at work is a particular passion for those who find the caffeine not only keeps them alert but helps them focus on the tasks at hand – which can be a big benefit for employers. On average, American workers enjoy 4 cups of coffee or tea during the workday.

Fun Coffee Facts

Wondering just how near and dear to American hearts coffee is? Here are some stats that demonstrate that bond. Warning: It’s a more serious relationship than you probably thought!

  • 55% of coffee lovers would rather gain 10 lbs. than give up coffee for life.
  • 52% of coffee aficionados would prefer to forego their morning shower rather than their morning cup of java.
  • 49% of coffee fans would opt to give up their cell phone for a month than go without coffee.

Boston BeaN Coffee Company in Woburn, Massachusetts, sources the best products to stock your company break room with quality coffee, tea drinks and snack products. Keep your employees happy, alert and motivated by providing good coffee! We listen to your unique breakroom needs to provide breaktime treats and beverages that match what your staff is looking for in a good cup of coffee and a treat to go with it. Give us a call today at 1-800-Hit-Brew (800-448-2739) to learn more about our many product and machine options.

 

Great Coffee That’s Good for the Environment

Coffee is big business in the United States, and businesses that provide coffee drinks for their employees have become more concerned with providing not only premium products but products that are environmentally conscious and sustainable.

By dealing with companies who implement business practices like the direct trade model, you can also be confident about the ethics of how your coffee is sourced and bought. At Boston BeaN we offer a wide variety of coffee and tea products that are produced with environmental sensitivity and ethical awareness.

Intelligentsia

Intelligentsia, known for its coffee bars in the country’s biggest cities, provides distinctive coffee to many of the best restaurants, cafes and companies, and is one of many companies Boston BeaN does business with. Intelligentsia has been at the forefront of the direct trade model in the United States, so your company can feel its environmental considerations are in good hands when stocking its product for your employees.

Our Brewing Machines

Boston BeaN provides a selection of single-cup brewing machines, including Newco’s CX3 and Fresh Cup 3, that use pods to brew barista-caliber coffee drinks in your office. Both brew a custom cup of coffee in under a minute with amazing varieties you find a first-rate cafe.

Choosing coffee and tea pods is a big environmental win over the popular K-Cups. Ironically the wildly popular K-Cup was never intended for widespread use, but that is exactly what happened. They were designed for office use. But pods are a newer, more environmentally friendly, and economic option for single-cup brewing.

Here are a few good reasons to choose pods for your single-cup office brewing:

  • Environmentally friendly and toxin free
  • Pods are compostable
  • Pod coffee smells better
  • Pod coffee tastes better
  • Supporting environmentally friendly companies
  • Pods require less energy to produce
  • K-Cups don’t always get recycled

Our Cold Brew Coffee & Tea

Our cold brew coffee and tea products are from Barismo, a local roaster that sources, roasts and delivers premium tea and coffee. It also has sustainable and transparent relationships with top coffee growers, millers, exporters and importers, around the globe. When you use its products, you are assured of product that is sustainable, of direct trade and single origin.

Boston BeaN Coffee Company in Woburn, Massachusetts, sources the best products to stock your company break room with quality coffee, tea drinks and snack products We have sourced great tasting products produced with environmental awareness, so your company can feel good about providing them in your employee break room. We listen to your unique breakroom needs to provide breaktime treats and beverages that will keep your employees happy and motivated. Give us a call today at 1-800-Hit-Brew (800-448-2739) to learn how we can create a better breakroom together.