Atlanta Coffee Drinkers….Where Does Your Coffee Come From?

If you were asked where your coffee at your Atlanta office comes from you may say cup of coffee with cream and cinnamonStarbucks, Peet’s or the donut shop you stop at on the way to the office.  Chances are you wouldn’t say Colombia. But with Colombia being the leading producer of mild washed Arabica coffee beans in the world there’s a very high chance that that’s exactly where your coffee came from.

In October of this year the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation announced that coffee production hit record highs for the first time in six years, with an increased in production of over 43%, resulting in the harvesting of 8.6 million bags of coffee.

coffeebeans sackThis rise in production coincides with a rise in exportation (in the last twelve months foreign sales have increased by 26%), sales which are primarily going to specialty coffees.

So what, if anything do you know about the country where chances are your favorite coffee comes from? Take a look at some of these fun facts about the land that is working hard to supply you with your morning cup of Joe.

  • Colombia has the second highest level of biodiversity in the world after Brazil. While the country only covers 0.8% of the world’s surface it manages to be house to over 10% of the planet’s biodiversity.
  • Colombian women are often voted the most beautiful in the world. It’s little surprise with famous celebrities such as Sofía Vergara, Shakira, and Danna García flying the flag. No wonder Colombia is one of the happiest countries in the world according to the World’s Happiest Index.
  • Colombia produces 60% of the world’s most expensive Emeralds.
  • Experts believe that 3000 out of the 14000 spices of butterflies are found in Colombia.
  • There are more fruits in Colombia than days in the year.
  • Coffee plants in Colombia are not native to Colombia. Many come from Africa. Girl_coffee
  • Colombia is the size of California and Texas combined.
  • Being in the middle of the planet, on the Equator, Colombia enjoys sunlight all year round.  The climate varies from the tropical heat on the coasts, to the perpetual snows of the mountains.  Because of its geographic location, Colombia has no seasons, but rather a dry period and a rainy period with temperatures being stable throughout most of the year.

Call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426-1969 for a free consultation on your vending and office coffee needs at your Atlanta location.

Sources are from: liveandinvestoverseas.com, mollyinsouthamerica.wordpress.com 10-facts-about.com and  http://ecotet.com/

 

Atlanta Consumers….What’s Better For You than Water?

With most of the country blanketed in snow there’s a good chance you’re reading this BevMaxCokesomewhere cold and dreaming of warmer weather. With ice on the roads those visions of beaches, mai tais and palm trees dancing thru your head may seem like a far off paradise but just because it’s cold outside it doesn’t mean you have to give up all the treasures of tropical island life.

There’s a new miracle on 34th street and it’s not in a department store but in the corner convenience store throughout Atlanta. It’s been featured on Dr. Oz and in popular magazines such as Real Simple and The New York Post. It’s a “new” beverage that hydrates the body even better than water; it’s coconut water.

low-calorie-coconut-waterAvailable in tetra cartons and re-sealable on the go bottles coconut water is making impressive strides in beverage sales and household penetration. And now, as Coca Cola takes full ownership of Zico (one of the three original brands of coconut water in the market [the other two are VitaCoco and O.N.E]), sales are almost guaranteed to increase even more rapidly.

So why the craze?

According to naturalhealth101.net coconut water boasts these characteristics:

  •  High in dietary fiber, enzymes, vitamin C, minerals, amino acids and potassium
  • Low in calories, chlorides and cholesterol
  • Boosts immune system, fights the symptoms of the common cold and helps   cardio vascular health.
  • 1 cup provides 10% of daily magnesium values and 6% of daily calcium

With so many natural benefits (did we mention that the contents of natural coconut water BevMaxCokeare identical to that in human plasma, making it a type of universal donor) it’s no wonder that coconut water is flying off the shelves throughout Atlanta.

Make this miracle beverage easily accessible to you and your employees by asking your Atlanta vending provider to place it in your office’s vending machines. Your employees, your wellness committee and your immune system will be grateful you did. Call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426.1969!

Free Vending in Atlanta…Small Benefit, Big Difference!

By definition a pantry is a small room or closet where food, tableware, linens and similar Wood Kioskitems are stored. The first stop after school for a snack, where dinner staples are kept and where mom and dad hide their favorite treats on top shelves: pantries have been the hubs of homes for years. And now, thanks to generous (and smart) employers, pantries are becoming the centers of office productivity.

Pantry service, sometimes referred to as “free vend” is when a company pays for drinks and snacks for their employees as an employment benefit.

It’s no secret that people love to snack on their favorite foods and drinks throughout the work day. And although it is very generous of employers to offer a pantry full of snacks/beverages at no cost to their employees there may be a few “secret” motives behind that generosity. Here are a few:

·         In a recent survey by Inc. Magazine it was found that free food is one of the top three perks that aids in performance at work.

·         A focused Atlanta employee is a productive employee. By supplying free food and beverages a company has a greater chance of keeping employees on site for lunch and coffee breaks, limiting distractions and increasing profitability.

·       iStock_000015665966XSmall  Healthy employees are happier employees, and with fewer sick days are more productive employees. By supplying free healthy snacks, employers can encourage healthy eating habits (healthy choices are not always easy choices, but they are a little easier to make when free)

·         In comparison to formal benefits, a pantry service is low in cost but has a high perceived value. Employees at your Atlanta office who feel appreciated are more likely to speak well of their employer, to work harder and to stay longer, reducing turnover and increasing productivity.

In short, if you’re looking to having a happier, more productive work day and employees who feel valued and appreciated consider calling Eagle Vending your local Atlanta vending provider to begin a Free Vend service today. Call today at (770) 426-1969!

Tis the Season in Atlanta for…LED and Everything Green

With Christmas around the corner LED lights are everywhere from store shelves, to greenearthChristmas trees, lining the homes on your block and lighting your local vendor’s vending machines. The good news is that when stores are putting Christmas décor on clearance for Valentine’s Day, when your tree is thrown on the curb and when the neighbor’s lights are still hung but no longer lit, the vending machines will still be “Green” and eco-friendly, not just for the holiday season but all year round.

With technological advances and recycling programs your Atlanta vendor is greener now than ever before. Take a more in depth look at how these advances are improving our industry and subsequently yours:

iStock_000004960733XSmall            Wireless Technology – These two words are the center of everything green in the vending world. With it your Atlanta vending service is able to know without visiting your location what you need and when you need it. What does that mean? It means less unnecessary trips (less fuel), fully stocked machines and pre-kitting (a beautiful thing that allows your vendor to carry only necessary supplies on trucks, resulting in, you guessed it…..less fuel).

Vending Misers – Vending misers are sensors that sit on top of vending machines, allowing machines to run on lower levels of energy: dimming light when no one is present to make a selection and lighting up when sensing motion.

Energy Star – Energy Star machines use better compressors, fan motors and lighting EnergyStarLogomethods to keep beverage machines just as cold and just as visible as standard machines but while using 50% less energy.

Recycling Programs – With truck loads of beverages, snacks and fresh food delivered to your local vendor on a weekly basis there is a lot of opportunity for waste. However, with cardboard balers there is a lot of opportunity to go green. Your Atlanta vending provider has chosen the later. In addition to recycling cardboard, office paper and plastics are also recycled, paper clips are used whenever possible in place of staples and recycled ink cartridges run the printers. Although you may not have enough cardboard in your office to warrant a baler we do recommend any of these other small ways to make a big difference in the Green initiatives you take at your office.

With our stars and LED lights we’re ready for the holidays and for a great 2014, saving energy and continuing to stay on top of the latest technological trends in effort to improve our carbon footprint and the services that we supply. Call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426.1969 for a free consultation on your break room needs!