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Keep Your Coffee Habit Healthy

By | COFFEE

For many of us, young and old alike, the workday begins with a sip of steaming hot coffee at your desk. Whether waking up early or staying up late, many of us can’t seem to avoid that cup of joe. No matter when or why you drink coffee, make sure it’s the healthiest version.

Keep your coffee habit healthy with these simple steps:

  • Don’t use coffee as a crutch: Many of us drink coffee when we’re low on sleep, using coffee as a tool to wake us up. This triggers an adrenaline rush into your bloodstream, making your nerves feel fried and causing your hands to feel jittery. Make sure to get an adequate sleep of six to eight hours the night before, so your body functions normally before the caffeine.
  • Limit your cups: Having around two cups of coffee a day keeps your body and mind healthy, while fulfilling your coffee craving. One cup in the morning and another in the afternoon provides you with a healthy level of caffeine to keep your mind alert and awake during the work day.
  • Watch your creamer: We all know that too much of a good thing is bad for you, and the same statement goes for creamer and sugar. Try to limit the amount of sugar and creamer you’re adding to your coffee. These substances ruin the natural antioxidants that coffee supplies to your body. Instead, use organic or plant-based milk alternatives to ensure that your coffee still supplies you with the healthiest product.
  • Water, water, water: For every one cup of coffee you drink, make sure to drink one cup of water. By providing your body with the hydration it needs to flush out the byproducts of coffee, your physical state  runs smoother and healthier. The benefits of drinking water combined with the benefits of coffee, equals a great workday for you and your employees.

Many of us rely on coffee to help us get through the day. The trick is to make sure that the coffee we drink works in our favor, benefitting our body, mind and work.

For more information on how to keep your coffee habit healthy from the experts at Hanson Beverage Service, please contact us here or call us directly at 800.439.6901.

4 Benefits of Office K-Cups

By | COFFEE

An office coffee machine can make all the difference for morale and productivity once midday arrives, but getting the full benefit depends on ensuring your brewing machine meets the needs of a busy and dynamic office space. Moving beyond the traditional problems of the standard drip machine, single-cup coffee makers offer an affordable, efficient and delicious solution to all your coffee needs.

1.      Guaranteed Fresh Coffee

When you rely on a cup of joe to keep you perked up for the day, pouring from a pot of hours-old coffee will not inspire confidence. With single-cup brewers, you load a fresh cup of grounds each time you need your fix, and within a few moments you have a fresh cup of hot coffee. When you know the coffee at work won’t be cold or stale upon arrival, that means less time spent making coffee at home or less money spent at the café.

2.      Less Coffee Waste

Because you typically brew coffee in larger batches with drip machines, they almost always guarantee that you’ll pour the surplus down the drain later. Using a single-cup brewer not only ensures fresh coffee, but also that each person will make exactly enough for themselves on every occasion — this means no more brewing a separate pot of untouched decaf every day.

3.      More Opportunity for Variety

Because single-cup brewers make exactly enough for one person, feel free to try all the flavors you want without worrying about tossing out an unsuccessful experiment. This also allows you to stock a huge range of flavors for employees to choose from. Single-cup options for black, green, and herbal teas also offer a choice for non-coffee-drinkers — so you don’t have to worry about getting a separate machine for your beverage of choice.

4.      Easy to Clean

Single-cup coffee machines take very little effort to clean, with no disassembly required. Simply pour in a mixture of one part white vinegar to one part water and run the brew cycle a few times. This prevents any mold or lime build-up in your machine, and once you no longer see any water or vinegar in the tank, the machine has finished cleaning.

Offering consistently fresh coffee with less work and more versatility than a drip machine, a single-cup coffee machine lets you get the most out of your office pick-me-up.

To learn more about office coffee delivery from Hanson Beverage Service, contact us or call our office directly at 800.439.6901.

How Water Affects Your Coffee

By | COFFEE

You probably do not need anyone reminding you to drink more water, but with the hustle and bustle of work and life, one can easily forget the importance of getting enough.

In the quest for the flawless cup of coffee, aficionados have looked at everything from roasting technique, to method of grinding, to the perfect ratio of water to coffee (said to be 17.42 units of water to 1 unit of coffee).

But less often considered is the water itself. While we tend to view tap water as a pure ingredient, it’s actually loaded with minerals that can influence coffee’s flavor. And now chemists have pinned down how the chemicals in different types of water interact with coffee beans to shape the taste of the brew that results.

Science to the Rescue

Coffee is loaded with a tremendous amount of natural chemicals and over 1,000 aroma compounds. Water, on the other hand, can be rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium if it’s “hard,” or if it’s “soft,” rich in sodium — used by water softeners to remove impurities.

For this study, Christopher Hendon, a chemist from the University of Bath, focused on the way different kinds of water affect the extraction of six chemicals that contribute to the flavor of coffee.

For this study, Christopher Hendon, a chemist from the University of Bath, focused on the way different kinds of water affect the extraction of six chemicals that contribute to the flavor of coffee. These flavors included citric acid, lactic acid and eugenol — responsible for coffee’s “woodsy” taste. He found that magnesium in hard water, for example, sticks to eugenol, giving the resulting brew an even woodsier taste, Business Insider reports. And bicarbonates in hard water will make the coffee bitterer. The findings were published last month in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

“Hard water is generally considered to be bad for coffee, but we found it was the type of hardness that mattered – while high bicarbonate levels are bad, high magnesium ion levels increase the extraction of coffee into water and improve the taste,” Hendon told Phys.org.

 

Selecting the Right Coffee

Soft water, unfortunately, lacks the sticky minerals of hard water, so it’s poorer at extracting flavorful compounds. But if you live in a soft-water haven, don’t dismay: a tactical selection of beans may help counter the problem.

Just like one would pair wine with a certain type of food, the same is true for your type of water and the coffee you brew. You can get a rough idea about the hardness of your water by checking out the U.S. Geologic Survey water map. Then, purchase beans that are best brewed with hard or soft water, which a knowledgeable roaster should know.