3 Cold Brew Office Coffee Styles for Summer 2018

3 Cold Brew Office Coffee Styles for Summer 2018

Cold brew office coffee has been getting a lot of attention of late. Traditional iced coffee is made by brewing hot coffee at double strength and pouring it over ice. However, it is recommended to steep cold brew for up to 14 hours at room temperature. This results in a balanced, uniquely smooth cup of coffee that’s chocolatey and low in acidity.

This method has inspired a number of inventive versions on the basic cold brew recipe of ground coffee and cold water. Here are 3 cold brew trends to try this summer.

New Orleans-Style Cold Brew

New Orleans-style cold brew is made by steeping freshly roasted coffee and chicory in water overnight, then filtering out the grounds. What remains is a bold, velvety-smooth drink with a deep, dark flavour conveyed by the chicory root.

Try this method using Starbucks Pike Place drip coffee from Vancouver’s Finest.

Vietnamese-Style Cold Brew

The recent popularity of Thai iced coffee and tea makes Vietnamese-style cold brew a logical choice. This coffee starts with a spoonful of sweetened condensed milk layered at the bottom of the glass. Then, finish it with a generous splash of cold brew. This coffee is strong, cold and extra sweet, far from the average iced coffee.

Remember to stir the mixture around enough to mix the condensed milk into the coffee. In order to get a balanced taste of coffee and sweetened milk, skip the straw and drink it straight from the glass. Try this method using a Martinson Dark Roast Office Coffee Pod!

Coffee-Sodas

Espressoda is an Italian invention from espresso brand illy. Coffee soda is a blend of espresso, club soda and vanilla syrup served in a latte glass. Our Brown Gold Brazilian bold roast office coffee pod would work great for this cold brew!.

Conclusion

If you like iced coffee, you may find a new favourite among the many different types of cold brew coffee. Try this latest trend in cold coffee at the office this summer! Contact us to get your office set up with Finest Coffee in Vancouver!

 

Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe You Must Try in Your Office This Summer

Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe You Must Try in Your Office This Summer

Now that summer is here, the thought of a hot drink may not be as appealing to you as it was during the fall and winter. Frosty drinks are usually favoured during the summer months and frozen hot chocolate is a tasty choice.

If you’d like to switch to frozen hot chocolate for the summer, you can skip the long lines at the coffee shop.

Here’s how to make frozen hot chocolate in the office break room.

A Quick and Easy Recipe

This frozen hot chocolate recipe is from Genius Kitchen and only takes 5 minutes to make one serving. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 6 fluid ounces milk
  • 2 packets Carnation hot chocolate from Vancouver’s Finest
  • 1 12-2 cups crushed ice cubes
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • additional hot chocolate mix (optional)

Directions

  1. Pour milk into blender. (If your office’s break room doesn’t have a blender, you can even bring a small one to the office like a Magic Bullet)
  2. Add hot chocolate mix and ice
  3. Blend first at low speed and then high speed until ice is finely crushed and slushy.
  4. Pour into tall glass and top with whipped cream and a dusting of hot cocoa mix, if desired.
  5. Add a straw and enjoy!

Try this recipe, minus the milk, using one of the decadent hot chocolate flavours from Vancouver’s Favourite. You can even explore other flavours such as the Grove Square salted caramel hot chocolate or Grove Square mocha hot chocolate!

When you arrive at the office in the morning, pop your favourite flavour of Vancouver’s Finest hot chocolate pod into the office Keurig machine. Let it chill in the refrigerator until break time. (Doing it this way should give you enough hot chocolate for two drinks!)

At break time, pour ½ cup of the chilled hot chocolate into the blender with 1 12-2 cups of crushed ice. Mix until slushy, add whatever toppings you like and enjoy!

Conclusion

You don’t need to spend money on frozen hot chocolate from a coffee shop while you’re working this summer. Depending on how well your office break room is stocked, you may only need a couple of items from home. Try all the delicious hot chocolate flavours from Vancouver’s Finest.  

 

Why 2018 is the Year of Quality Coffee

Why 2018 is the Year of Quality Coffee

How to Achieve Quality Coffee

According to the experts in the world of caffeine, filter quality coffee continues to gain more fans due to the fact that it tastes great, can be served quickly, and has many health benefits.

The coffee shop industry has grown dramatically in the past few decades, and in 2015 Canada imported approximately 866 million dollars of coffee! Because of the growing trend for coffee, consumers are more educated and discerning about the coffee they drink than ever before, making 2018 the year of good, quality coffee. And quality coffee begins with quality equipment.

Exclusive Coffee Machines

If you’re making coffee by the pot, Vancouver’s Finest carries a selection of coffee machines for you to choose from, including:

  • Newco Thermal Office Coffee Barista Brewer – uses technology that controls the water temperature, water volume and water contact time to get the best possible cup of coffee. Furthermore, this brewer allows you to easily program it to brew into two different size dispensers and/or two different strengths with the same machine
  • The FC Seriesis an automatic modular brewer using a standard glass carafe. It produces extremely accurate brew volumes and better overall brew temperatures. The FC Series uses a pulse water inlet and gravity fed water faucet with a smart multi-server base design  
  • The 20:1 Series – was designed to satisfy customer requests for a thermal brewer that fits low clearance spaces. It features our advanced solid-state brewing and smart technology, a gourmet spray head and three independent brew selections

 

Variety of Decaffeinated Choices

Vancouver’s Finest can provide your office with a variety of decaffeinated drink choices, too, including:

Boosting Office Spirit

Every manager wants to boost morale and have a more productive workforce. Therefore, having a variety of hot drinks on hand for your staff to choose from will do just that. This way, they’ll be more likely to stay in the office for coffee breaks and get more done.

Conclusion

You can make 2018 the year of good coffee in your office. We’ll come to your office for a free consultation on the different services and office coffee programs we offer. Then we’ll customize a coffee and beverage program especially for your office.

Have one of our fine coffee makers and a selection of brand name beverages installed in your break room. You’re employees will thank you!

 

Making the Perfect Iced Office Coffee

Making the Perfect Iced Office Coffee

The Secret to the Perfect Iced Office Coffee

Usually, office coffee is the same year-round – hot, regardless of how warm it is outside. If you’d like to make the switch to iced office coffee for the summer, you can skip the long lines at the coffee shop. Here’s how to make iced coffee right at your desk.

To keep your employees energized and happy, post these instructions near the coffee station.

What You’ll Need

Until your office starts cold brewing, here’s what you’ll need to make your own iced office coffee:

  • A large Tupperware container
  • A pint or larger heat-proof glass
  • Some ice

Start Off Steamy

If you’re the first one in the office in the morning, brew a pot of coffee. If you’re not an early riser and arrive later, you’ll probably get to skip this step.

Pour the coffee into the pint glass, making sure to only fill it halfway to allow the coffee to come into contact with the ice. This is important, if you want the coffee to chill properly.

Make an Ice Bath

To make an ice bath, fill your Tupperware container with ice, leaving an inch at the top. Add enough cold water so the ice starts to float.

Now, put the glass with the coffee in the center of the ice bath and twist it around to help speed up the chilling process.

Enjoy Your Iced Office Coffee

When the ice is almost melted, and your glass feels cold and looks frosty, your iced coffee is ready to enjoy. Remove the glass from the ice bath, add fresh ice and, if you prefer, a bit of milk or cream.

Conclusion

Even if your office coffee machine can’t produce iced coffee, you can still make this summertime drink at the office. All you need are a few items and some time and you can turn hot office coffee into a refreshing iced beverage. Don’t know which coffee to start with?

Check out some of Vancouver’s Finest Coffee’s selection here.

 

How Much Coffee is Too Much?

How Much Coffee is Too Much?

Scientifically speaking, coffee is a complex beverage with hundreds of bioactive compounds. While some may question whether coffee is good for you, it’s the single biggest source of antioxidants for many people. Studies show that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, liver disease and neurological disorders.

However, just because something is good for you, doesn’t mean that over-indulging is better or even safe. Let’s look at how much coffee you can drink to maximize the health benefits, while minimizing the risks.

How Much Caffeine Is in a Cup of Coffee?

The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee can range from 50 to 400+ mg, depending on the cup size. As a general rule, you can assume that an average 8-ounce cup of home brewed coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine.

Four cups of coffee, or 400 mg of caffeine, is deemed safe for most healthy adults. However, many people drink much more than this in a day without experiencing any issues. There are both short-term and long-term effects, when it comes to the influence coffee has on your health.

Short-Term Symptoms of Too Much Caffeine

It’s important to remember that tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, chocolate and certain medications also contain caffeine. Caffeine works mainly in the brain, where it affects the function of neurotransmitters and acts as a stimulant.

Drinking too much coffee within a short period could have you experiencing symptoms related to the brain and digestive system. These include:

  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Upset stomach
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Tremors

Experiencing such symptoms after drinking coffee may mean that you have a sensitivity to caffeine. You may want to cut back or just avoid caffeine altogether. Whether you’re highly sensitive or not at all sensitive to caffeine is highly variable. It all depends on genes related to caffeine breakdown and the receptors for caffeine in the brain.

While some can drink coffee right before bed and go to sleep with no trouble, others would be awake all night. People who drink coffee every day can tolerate much more caffeine than people who rarely drink it.  

Long-Term Effects of Drinking Coffee

One study found that four or more cups of coffee a day were linked to an increased risk of death in people under 55. However, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at 402,260 individuals between the ages of 50 and 71. The lowest risk of death from drinking coffee occurred when people drank between 4-5 cups per day.

Two other studies found that 4-5 cups were associated with the lowest risk of death over the study periods. The evidence is mixed, but several studies have shown that coffee drinkers who drink between 4 and 5 cups per day, live longer.

Medical Conditions Can Affect Tolerance

Medical conditions and medications can affect your sensitivity to caffeine. If you have anxiety, panic disorder, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure or diabetes, you may have a lower tolerance for caffeine.

Conclusion

If you enjoy drinking coffee, there’s little evidence that it could harm you and plenty of evidence that it’s beneficial. According to the data, 4-5 cups of coffee per day may be the ideal amount to drink for health and longevity.