BostonbeaN Can Provide Frozen Treats for Your Office With Just a Snap!

Satisfied office staff tends to have greater motivation and focus when there’s access to snacks and refreshments including hot and cold brew beverage options. ColdSnap is an innovative, sustainable and revolutionary system that literally transforms team members’ moods with frozen treats and beverages. Sound yummy? BostonbeaN has the goods!

Give Your Team Options for Top-Notch Frozen Drinks and Snacks

If you want to go beyond your traditional options of cold beverages and coffee and tea for your Boston-area office break room, consider ColdSnap. This amazing new system offers personalized ice cream in a variety of product and flavor options made with the finest quality ingredients.

coldsnap ice cream and frozen beverage maker

Reasons To Expand Your Break Room Options With ColdSnap

ColdSnap can quickly make ice creams, smoothies, protein and fruit shakes, frozen coffee treats — and for those after-hours holiday parties, they can make slightly boozy ice cream! Beyond the freshness and array of flavor options, (which we’ll get to in a snap!) there are plenty of other reasons to get a ColdSnap frozen and cold beverage machine.

Some perks of perking up staff with this modern cold drink maker include:

  • Named Food & Beverage 2023 Product to Watch
  • World Dairy Innovation 2022 Best Manufacturing/Tech Innovation Award
  • CES 2021 Innovation Award Honoree & Finalist
  • Easy to use with beverages ready in less than 2 minutes
  • No plumbing installation required for use
  • Pods are ready to go upon arrival and are shelf stable (recyclable aluminum options will be ready soon!)
  • Other than wiping exterior, no cleaning needed

Enjoy Flavors and Options Galore for Treats and Drinks

We are pleased to be adding to our flavor selections that consist of vanilla, coffee, chocolate and caramel for our premium frozen ice cream and lattes with options for dairy-free oat treats.

The ColdSnap beverage maker can also make natural fruit smoothies and protein shakes with or without dairy added. For those company parties, we also have pods to make alcohol-infused ice cream, frozen cocktails and mocktails — no bartender required!

call bostonbean for a coldsnap for your office

Ready To Bring ColdSnap to Your Office?

While people will always love traditional hot beverages, many are also opting for tasty, refreshing iced and frozen coffee drinks, smoothies and protein shakes. BostonbeaN Coffee Company is the Boston area’s go-to source for those offices looking to upscale the break room experience for staff and make their client waiting areas stand out from the competition. Come to our showroom for a demo of ColdSnap, or contact us to schedule a consultation, receive a brochure or have your questions answered.

Decoding Snack Labels: Understanding Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, All-Natural and Soy-Free

Navigating snack labels while staying focused on healthy eating habits can be complicated. That’s why more people are seeking snacks that are non-GMO, gluten free or vegan.

But what does all of this mean? It’s important to realize that while some people truly need to avoid gluten for health reasons, most of the gluten-free (GF) buzz is simply marketing by the food industry. So, while a product can’t say it’s GF if it’s not, many products are GF without the claim. For this reason, it’s important to look past marketing to what snack food labels mean.


Gluten is a sticky protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Most bread, pastries and cereals will have it –except when they’re made of rice, potato, oats, tapioca, beans, buckwheat, etc. In those cases, they should be naturally gluten-free, even if the snacks you choose do not make this claim.

healthy snacks

However, keep an eye out for mixed ingredients on labels. You could have an “oat bar” that also includes wheat. Wheat may also be called semolina, spelt, farro, and “cereal grass.”


Soy may appear as soybean oil, soya, soy isolate, soy lecithin, soy protein, and miso. Additionally, anything labeled “tofu” should be suspect since tofu is traditionally made from soybeans.


Humans have been genetically modifying plants for centuries through selective breeding. Did you know that we wouldn’t have bananas, watermelon, or corn without them?

But Genetically Modified Organisms today are different. Genes from non-plant organisms (such as bacteria) are inserted into the DNA to make them herbicide resistant or produce “natural” insecticides.

Unless expressly stated otherwise, you can count on big cash crops like wheat, corn, and soy and their derivatives to be GMO.


When we’re speaking about food, vegan means no animal-derived ingredients. It sounds easy to spot “animal products” on a label. Whether you eat vegan for health concerns or personal preference, here are some non-vegan products you might not know about:

  • Gelatin – made from animal bones
  • Honey – “bee spit” (regurgitated nectar)
  • L-cysteine – food affitive made from featehrs; makes some bagels chewy
  • Chitosan – derived from crustaceans; used to slow decomposition of fruits like bananas

all natural nuts as a healthy snack


Here’s a marketing term that really doesn’t mean anything. Many isolates and unfamiliar chemicals you see on labels have natural origins and were altered. That doesn’t mean they’re bad. These are often just flavor and color enhancers. They have chemical-sounding names but come from natural sources.

BostonbeaN Snack Options Satisfy

You can enjoy a wider variety of snacks when you know what labels mean to ensure that what you are eating aligns with your dietary needs. BostonbeaN offers a wide assortment of healthy snacks (and some sweet ones, too) so that you can stock options to satisfy every member of your team.

Keep those hunger pangs at bay so employees stay energized and focused throughout the day — the perfect accompaniment to our water, tea and coffee machines.

From Leaf to Cup: Unveiling the Journey of the Tea in Your Cup

The tea that’s steeped full of flavor and aroma takes a fascinating journey from plant to mug. The health benefits of drinking tea and the soothing flavors make it a favorite beverage worldwide.

All teas – black, green, oolong, white and others – start off generally the same. After tea leaves are plucked, they are sorted by type and size, then prepared for processing.


It’s the processing that determines the type of tea that makes it into your cup. The most common processing method comprises four stages:

green tea leaves

  • Withering: Here, leaves are laid out in troughs of wire mesh to dry, reducing the moisture content to 60-70%. Air passes over the leaves for 12-17 hours.
  • Rolling: Either by hand or using large machines, this process twists and turns the leaves, breaking them into thin pieces.
  • Oxidation: It’s this stage that determines a tea’s color, taste and intensity. The leaves are again put on troughs or tables where they rest minutes at a temperature of 78 F. Enzymes in the leaves react with the air and gradually change in color from green to beige to brown. The longer they oxidize, the more intense the flavor becomes.
  • Firing: In this final stage, leaves run through hot-air dryers that reduce the moisture content further to about 3%, leaving them ready to be packed.

Green vs. Black Tea

Let’s take a deeper dive into how green and black teas are made.

Green teas undergo minimal oxidizing. They are also steamed or pan-roasted to develop flavors. Japanese green teas use hot air in a humid environment to prevent oxidation. Chinese teas are roasted in pans in large ovens or open fires, also to prevent oxidation.

They’re then rolled into twigs, pellets or balls, which further prevents oxidizing, preserves the green color and builds earthy flavors. They are then dried immediately and sorted by shape and size.

green tea process from leaf to cup

Black tea, by contrast, is the most oxidized of the tea types, which results in a darker color and bolder taste.

In the rolling phase, they release moisture and enzymes. The orthodox process rolls the leaves on hard surfaces or bamboo mats. The CTC (cut-tear-curl) method puts the leaves in large drums with sharp teeth; this method is preferred for tea used in tea bags.

Oxidation is where the full flavor comes to bear. The leaves are placed in a cool and humid space where they turn deep brown.

For many tea drinkers, caffeine-free tea is preferred. To reduce the amount of caffeine, the tea is either soaked in methylene chloride or ethyl acetate, or pressure cooked with carbon dioxide. Another method soaks leaves in water, from which the caffeine molecules are removed before reinstating the water.

At BostonbeaN, we are passionate about delivering the finest and most diverse beverage experiences. We offer a wide range of tea and coffee varieties to give everyone a brewed beverage they will savor and enjoy. Experience your favorite beverages with BostonbeaN coffee and tea service.

Elevate Your Office Coffee Culture With BostonbeaN’s Ultimate Taste-Testing Delight!

Let’s face it, mundane coffee breaks can dampen office productivity and team morale. If your coffee doesn’t elevate your team’s spirits, BostonbeaN has a solution. We are here to stir up your coffee experience by bringing Boston’s finest coffee right to your office.

We can lead your team on a delightful journey, discovering global coffee blends — without leaving the comfort of your office.

Unveiling the Ultimate Coffee Taste Test

Our expert BostonbeaN team is dedicated to providing the resources to guide you in an immersive way to evaluate what’s in your cup. Have some fun with your team while you get the inside scoop on some coffee facts.

We offer an array of coffees for your team to test — to reveal the aroma and sensory characteristics of a specific blend — as well as tasting to help you evaluate the coffee just as it will be served to your team.

coffee taste test

Coffee Elevation: Why It Matters

Did you know that the altitude where coffee is grown significantly impacts your sensory experience?

Coffee from higher elevations will reveal complex characteristics from some of the brightest fruits as well as chocolate (yum!) and nuts, while mild hints of flavor are developed at medium and low altitudes.

Exploring Coffee Flavor Profiles

Tasting — the best part! At BostonbeaN, we provide coffee flavor blends from around the globe:

  • Colombia: This blend reveals a sweet, caramel taste with some hints of fruit.
  • Ethiopia: Revel in the complexity of fruity flavors, a hint of spice and even some floral notes.
  • Sumatra: A heavy-bodied coffee, you’ll taste aromatic wood with dark chocolate notes, earthy tones and an intense flavor.
  • Peru: With a mild taste, you’ll delight in the dominant herbal and milk chocolate notes with a hint of stone fruits.

Maximizing Your Tasting Opportunity

As part of the taste-testing approach, we offer these tips to maximize the experience:

  • Write down your impressions — grade the coffee from 1 to 5.
  • Taste “blind” to avoid bias.
  • Ask open-ended questions about the coffee.
  • Identify and discuss the flavors you’re tasting.

As you’re evaluating each cup, you can “sense” the flavor profiles using these five categories:

  • Sweetness – Do you taste or smell sugar, brown sugar or caramel?
  • Acidity – Is there a slight fruity, winey and bright taste?
  • Body – What is the weight/feel on tongue (think about the feel of skim milk vs. heavy cream)?
  • Flavor – Can you pinpoint any floral, berry, citrus, tobacco, nutty, cocoa, spice or smoky flavors?
  • Finish – What sensory categories linger with quality and length?

coffee bean flavor profiles

Experience BostonbeaN: More Than a Delivery Service

Not only do we provide convenience and an exciting new dimension to your workplace with taste-testing opportunities, but we can also be your partners in creating an exceptional office culture.

We make it easy to enjoy delicious coffee and tea, including unique blends, local roasts, hot coffee and cold brew, right at your desk.

From delivering, stocking and rotating all items in your break room to replenishing products as needed, our delivery services cover all the angles to enhance your break room and boost office productivity.

Contact us today to see how we can elevate your Boston office’s coffee experience.

How To Avoid the Top 5 Brewing Mistakes That Coffee Lovers Make

The average person has been making coffee as part of their daily routine for so long that they think they’ve got the process down pat. But even if you consider yourself a coffee-brewing guru, you’re likely making at least one of these five common brewing mistakes. Review our list and adjust your technique accordingly for an even better cup of joe.

Top 5 Common Coffee-Brewing Mistakes

1. Serving stale coffee

Although coffee never actually “goes bad,” coffee beans begin to lose their optimum flavor potential about a month after being roasted and a few weeks after ground coffee is unsealed. Always keep your coffee tightly sealed and in a dark, cool, dry place.

coffee brewing from grounds into pot

2. Not using enough coffee

The correct amount of coffee to use when brewing is a subjective thing as people’s tastes will differ. To produce a great cup of coffee consistently, the National Coffee Association recommends starting by following the “Golden Ratio” of one to two tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water, then adjust for your personal taste preference.

3. Using an unclean machine

If you start to notice your coffee tasting bitter and gritty, there’s a good chance it’s because you haven’t cleaned your coffee maker lately. Brewed coffee contains natural oils and essences that give it its distinct flavor, but these oils also build up in your machine and inside your pot and eventually turn rancid, ruining the taste. Clean your machine and pot often and thoroughly.

bostonbean coffee office coffee machines

4. Incorrect grind

Each coffee brewing method requires a specific grind size to work properly because of the differing extraction times and water temperatures used to release the flavor essences. Using the wrong type of grind for your method is the surest way to ruin your coffee. An inconsistent grind with a mixture of sizes will also produce less-than-optimal coffee.

5. Problems with your water

Coffee is mostly water, and the quality of that water will greatly influence the taste. Consider using bottled or filtered water to avoid the impurities and chemicals that can ruin your coffee’s flavor. Also, make sure you’re using the correct water temperature for your coffee brewing method.

While we didn’t add it to the list, BostonbeaN thinks the No. 1 coffee mistake Boston business owners make is not having our team deliver coffee, tea and snacks to their employees. Our machines will ensure the perfect cup of coffee for your team every time.

Beans to Brews: Your Ultimate Guide to Our Delivery Services

Here are answers to frequently asked questions we get at BostonbeaN Coffee Company.

Q: Are Employers Required to Provide Coffee to Employees?

A: While not mandatory, providing coffee, tea and water for employees is considered a standard benefit at companies of all kinds and sizes. Offering high-quality coffee and tea is a simple, affordable way to create a positive work culture, improve morale, and attract and retain staff.

Q: What Does BostonbeaN Offer?

A: At BostonbeaN, we offer a variety of coffees and teas as well as high-quality water systems. In addition, we offer:

office coffee service

Q: How Does Your Service Work?

A: Route managers deliver, stock and rotate all items in your breakroom, maintaining inventory and replenishing products as needed. We help you choose the right coffee brewer and water filtration systems, and we’ll make sure there are plenty of cups, stirrers, sweeteners and creamers to keep employees satisfied.

Q: What Is Your Service Area?

A: Located in Woburn, MA, we serve all points north of Plymouth, east of Worcester and south of Concord, NH.

Q: How Much Does Your Service Cost?

A: Our coffee service depends on the machines, services and supplies you request and the size of your workforce. Contact us for a quote.

Q: What Makes a Good Breakroom?

A: Your breakroom should have a wide supply of quality coffee, tea and water, along with food and snacks. We offer our clients an excellent experience and reliable restocking service for all of your breakroom supplies, so that your employees are satisfied.

Q: How Can We Improve Our Breakroom?

A: Our pantry services keep your breakroom organized and tidy. We include all the equipment, including a snack shelf, glass-front coolers and sliding baskets.

breakroom supply services

Q: Why Should We Choose BostonbeaN?

A: BostonbeaN is a family-owned small business that’s been operating in the Boston area since the 1970s. We have more than 3,000 clients and 8,000 machines deployed. Our approach focuses on personalized customer care to help clients tailor their coffee and tea services to meet their organization’s needs.

Q: How Can We Know What Is Being Used?

A: We track and report on monthly usage, helping you fine-tune your offerings. Account representatives collaborate with you to ensure you stay within your budget and are informed of the most recent food and beverage trends.

Q: What Do Your Customers Say?

A: Don’t take our word for it. Read our customer testimonials:

“From the very beginning, BostonbeaN has been honest, helpful, professional, reliable, and courteous. Our account manager makes sure our offices are stocked with cups, tea, coffee, etc. Having this kind of service is great. If I run out of coffee or supplies and called last minute, they will swing by the office with a refill. If something goes wrong with one of our units, the service technician will be out there the same or next day to repair or replace equipment. They just really make you feel like you are genuinely important to them.”
-Mary W.

“It is all about the customer service! We have had a long-lasting partnership with BostonbeaN, and time after time they have proved that they can provide top-notch service.”
-Hannah W.

When you’re ready to deliver the coffee and tea service your employees crave, contact us to customize our delivery services to your Boston-area office.

What Do Coffee and Cherries Have in Common? Discover the Answer Every Coffee Lover Should Know

No doubt you’re all too familiar with that delectable daily delight that only coffee can deliver. But do you know how your cup of coffee came to be? Here’s its origin story.

It Starts With the Plant

cherries on tree

A coffee bean plant is a tall shrub reminiscent of a berry bush. Like most plants, species abound, with the Arabica and the Robusta plants being the most well-known. Arabicas are the most popular and prolific; varieties grow all over the world in countries near the equator. These plants can take four years to begin to bear fruit.

Arabica vs. Robusta Beans

Most artisan coffees are made with various Arabica beans; they are considered far superior in quality and flavor. Arabica beans tend to be grown at higher elevations, and most growers give the beans longer to grow to enhance their flavor. In contrast, Robusta beans are considered lower quality and are often used for instant coffee. Their varieties are more disease-resistant and produce a higher yield. Robusta beans do, however, contain more caffeine.

“Coffee Cherries”

Coffee beans are actually the seeds that grow on coffee plants. They are called “coffee cherries.” When they turn red, they’re ready to be harvested.

coffee cherries

Most are still picked by hand. Proficient pickers can harvest 100-200 pounds of coffee cherries daily, representing 20-40 pounds of coffee beans.

After harvesting, the coffee cherries are processed to remove the beans from their outer shell.

deshelled coffee cherries

Each berry contains two beans enclosed in parchment. The hulling stage removes the parchment before being graded and sorted.

coffee plant vector

More Coffee Origin Fun Facts

  • Coffee tasters, known as cuppers, test the beans to ensure their quality before roasting.
  • Each cup of coffee is made of roughly 38 coffee cherries or 76 coffee beans.
  • Roasting unlocks the fragrant oils inside the beans, creating the flavor and aroma we love.
  • Although coffee shrubs can grow to 16 feet, most are trimmed to 5-7 feet for easier picking.
  • Coffee cherries start as blooms that flower for a month.
  • Arabica flowers are self-pollinating; Robusta flowers aren’t.

Understanding what it takes to get that perfect brew into your cup makes it taste that much better. Let BostonbeaN handle the last mile of the coffee bean’s journey — getting it into the coffee cups of your team.

coffee bean to coffee

Contact BostonbeaN today to supply your office with hassle-free solutions for your employees, including snacks and grab-and-go fresh food, cold water and beverages, and hot and cold coffee and tea options.

Help Your Office Go Green This Earth Day — and All Year Long — With BostonbeaN

It’s been 52 years since we celebrated the first Earth Day in 1970. This annual event was created so the global community could support the common cause of protecting our planet Earth —  and to address the impact of industry on the environment. The event’s popularity has grown around the world, and this year, more than a billion people in 193 countries will participate on April 22.

people sitting together in an office

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Going green can mean something different to everyone, and everyone can still be correct. You can choose to reduce your use of limited resources like water. You can reuse products that you would normally discard, like drinking from the same coffee mug each day. And you can recycle by making more biodegradable, eco-friendly choices.

Go Green in Every Environment

Both employees and employers can implement green measures at home and in the workplace. Every conscious effort to more mindfully reduce water usage, mitigate trash build-up and conserve energy makes a difference as we work together to protect our planet.

Eco-Friendly for the Win

Did you know that BostonbeaN offers a complete line of eco-friendly supplies for your office? Our line includes:

  • Hot and cold cups
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Paper Towels
  • Bathroom Supplies
  • Cleaners

Providing Cold Beverage Choices That Eliminate Single-Serve Plastics

Employers can provide employees with options that are earth-friendly. For instance, BostonbeaN offers the touchless ION Bottleless Water Cooler system that eliminates the need for plastic water bottles. The Bevi is a more robust option for employers who want to offer employees a greater breadth of flavored cold-beverage choices.

recycling bin

Some Like It Hot (or Cold)

Employers and employees can even reduce waste for coffee and tea drinkers with The Fresh Cup, which freshly roasts coffee and brews tea in biodegradable pods.

It Starts With Your Culture

As environmental concerns rise in significance, use this Earth Day celebration as an opportunity to create a green culture at your office. Announce a new initiative. Get feedback and suggestions from your team on what they would like to support. Reward success. Educate. Build sustainable programs.

And finally, reach out to BostonbeaN to help implement an environmentally friendly solution in your workplace.

Say Hello to Spring and Goodbye to Seasonal Allergies by Installing an Efficient Air Purifier

New Englanders typically can’t wait for spring to arrive, especially after a long, harsh winter. But then, as the flowers bloom, the weather warms up, and we again enjoy coffee on our patio, the reality of spring hits.

We start to sneeze. Our eyes itch and our nose is stuffy or runny — or both. Allergy season has arrived.

Clear the Air

For some employees, allergies worsen in the workplace. Poorly ventilated systems, for example, can trigger pollen or dust mite allergies, or worse. That’s why BostoncleaN offers two different high-quality air purification systems to protect employees from airborne hazards, no matter the source.

AeraMax Professional Models Protect Larger Areas

These elite technology air purifiers contain HEPA filters with antibacterial treatment and cover 300-1,400 square feet. They constantly monitor the conditions in the room to self-determine how often and how rapidly the room should be purified and freed from seasonal pollen and other hazardous air particles. When the sensors stop detecting activity, they return to standby mode, saving energy.

Celios G200 Advanced Air Purification System

Perfect for smaller offices of 200-450 square feet, the Celios G200 captures and filters air particles like the spring pollen responsible for allergies, to keep offices safe from environmental toxins. These systems bring employees real protection and peace of mind as they cautiously return to offices.

air purifier

Spring Cleaning

One way to rid your office of unwanted dust (and clutter) is to spring clean. In your office environment, that means:

  • getting rid of excess inventory
  • reorganizing cluttered desktops
  • purging digital and physical documents you don’t need
  • cleaning and disinfecting everything from the copiers to the sofas to the breakroom cabinets

Level Up Break Room Safety

From the pandemic to pollen, your break room can either be an epicenter for healthy precautions or a petri dish of toxins. Level up your breakroom protection with BostoncleaN’s whole host of solutions to maintain a safe environment, including PPE, touchless beverage dispensers, and more.

Celebrate National Pastry Day Dec. 9 (and Don’t Forget the Coffee!)

Who doesn’t love pastries? These delectable creations have their own special day, and that is worth celebrating!

Pastries fall into categories like tarts, pies, Danish, turnovers and more. Created with butter, eggs, flour, sugar, milk, shortening, and other ingredients, there’s just something that gets your mouth watering when you think about it, right?

Just in case you thought pastry-making was something new, pastries originated along the Mediterranean in ancient times and expanded to Northern Europe when the crusaders returned from that region. French and Italian chefs baked eclairs and cream puffs during the 17th and 18th centuries, and are credited with the creation of some of the tasty treats we love to this day.

There are many variations of pastries. Some fun facts include:

  • Flaky pastries are simple and expand when baking.
  • Shortcrust pastries are the most common.
  • Sweetcrust pastries are the sweeter version of shortcrust pastries.
  • Puff pastries are layered and puff up when baking.
  • Choux pastries are very light, but so good. They usually have some kind of filling.
  • Phyllo pastries are paper-thin and are used when layering.

One of the best ways to celebrate National Pastry Day is by making some for your coworkers. It’s the perfect way to usher in the holiday season (which always includes eating!). Another great way to celebrate this festive occasion is by inviting others over to join in the fun. What can you create with flour, eggs, and sugar in the mix? This is a great opportunity to try something new!

And don’t forget — one of the best ways to enjoy all those delicious pastries is with a great cup of coffee or tea. Just like pastries have tons of variations, so does the coffee that you can pair them with. There’s iced coffee, cold brew, and hot coffee in different flavors for every taste bud to perfectly complement your pastry choices.

BostonbeaN carries everything you need to perfectly pair your pastries with coffee and tea. Contact us to get your pantry stocked so you’ll always have the perfect drink ready.