What is Gourmet to You in Atlanta?

In the latest research from the National Coffee Association ({NCA} – incidentally if you iStock_000011079252Mediumsearch the NCA it’s not only the initials for the  National Coffee Association but also for the National Association of Cheerleading, Communication and Confectioners) they found that for American coffee drinkers the shift towards preferring gourmet coffee is still on the rise.

In the NCA’s National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) market research report they found that 34% of Americans consumed gourmet coffee daily (up from 31% in 2013) and that the number of people who drink non-gourmet coffee daily dropped from 39% to 35%.

BlondDrinkiingLatteOther findings from the 2014 NCDT:

  • Consumers ages 25-39 are the strongest consumers with 49% consuming gourmet beverages on a daily basis
  • Strongest consumers demographically?: Hispanic-Americans (48% say they drink a gourmet beverage on a daily basis) and Asian-Americans with 42%
  • Americans drink more coffee than soft drinks on a daily basis (61% of Americans drinking at least one cup of coffee each day and 41% of Americans drinking at least one soft drink)
  • Single Cup brewing is still on the rise. 15% of Americans currently have a single cup brewing option in their home (up from 12% in 2013)

But what is gourmet coffee? According to the NCA gourmet coffee is any espresso-based drink or a coffee that is made with gourmet beans.  But as coffee.org states “a lot of coffee companies try to tout their products as being gourmet,” so how can you really know?

Although there are various things to look for (i.e is the bean an Arabica or Robusta? iStock_000009552917XSmallArabica is less common and more difficult to grow, making it more unique/prized) the truth, according to coffee.org is there’s no magical oversight organization that grades coffee and decides what is gourmet and what isn’t. Instead, it’s often left to the consumer to decide.

So, if you’re looking for a coffee service in your Atlanta office or looking to improve upon an existing one make sure you include gourmet coffees on your menu and remember it doesn’t have to be a particular brand (although some are very popular for a reason) it just has to be what you and your employees like, in other words it just has to be gourmet to you. Call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426-1969!

Are Diet Beverages Your Friend in Atlanta?

What if what you thought was bad, wasn’t? What if what you had been told would lead to coke-productsweight gain actually led to weight loss?

It’s been shown that losing 5% of body weight can significantly improve a person’s health including lowering risks for:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes

And on May 27, 2014 a groundbreaking new study released by the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and published in Obesity, the journal of The Obesity Society showed that diet soda actually aided in participants weight loss.

BevMaxCokeIn a 12 week study that included 303 participants, study participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups: those who were allowed to drink diet beverages, such as diet sodas, teas and flavored waters (we’ll call them Group A) or those who were in a control group that drank water only (Group B). With the exception of beverage options, both groups followed an identical diet and exercise program for the duration of the study. Here are the results:

Average Weight Loss

Group A = 13 pounds (44% more than Group B)

Group B = 9 pounds

Percentage of Body Weight Loss

Group A = 50% lost at least 5% of their body weight

Group B = 43% lost at least 5% of their body weight

In addition to losing 44% more weight than the Group B, the diet beverage drinkers also:Girl holding water bottle

  • Reported feeling significantly less hungry
  • Showed significantly greater improvements in serum levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) – the so-called “bad” cholesterol
  • Saw a significant reduction in serum triglycerides

So that’s the science. What do you think now? Is diet soda still an enemy or a misunderstood friend? Looking for vending service your Atlanta break room? Call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426.1969.

All data was collected from an article published on vendingmarketwatch.com. To read the full report visit: http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/news/11487948/diet-beverages-shown-to-play-positive-role-in-dieters-weight-loss?utm_source=VMW+Today&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AUTM14052200