Offering complimentary coffee at your business not only boosts employee morale, it helps foster a cohesive community of coworkers, increases productivity, and keeps everyone engaged—not to mention caffeinated.
It’s true that for many of us, a day doesn’t start until we’ve had a rich, delicious cup of coffee. But instead of offering the traditional hot option, businesses are starting to pay attention to the coffee trends their employees crave—enter cold brew coffee.
Considered the most popular coffee beverage of the moment, this boldly brewed coffee differs from iced coffee, which is simply hot coffee poured over ice. Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in room temperature water for 12 to 24 hours and then straining out the grounds. Once the grounds are removed, what’s left is basically a coffee concentrate—a much stronger coffee than what’s percolating in the drip coffee pot.
Sounds good, right? Well, if you aren’t sold already, here’s four more reasons why cold brew coffee is the hot new office coffee and why it should be on tap in your breakroom.
- Scientifically speaking, a compound called N-methylpyridinium (NMP) naturally forms during coffee roasting. NMP causes stomach cells to secrete less acid, resulting in a smoother, lower acidity brew. Darker roasted coffees have higher levels of NMP, as does cold brew coffee. Since cold brew is less acidic than hot coffee, it’s not only easier on the stomach but healthier for the teeth.
- While there are antioxidants present in hot coffee, there are more antioxidants preserved in the low temperature during cold brew preparation. These naturally occurring antioxidants are praised for such benefits as reducing blood pressure, controlling blood sugar levels, protecting against heart disease, and acting as an anti-inflammatory.
- Since cold brew coffee is smoother, less bitter and deeper in flavor, the drinker may not feel compelled to add cream, sugar or other sweeteners (sugar is what helps cut the acidity in hot coffee). This creates a more flavorful and healthier coffee.
- Cold brew concentrate lasts for up to two weeks refrigerated. Because it stays fresher longer, it’s more cost-effective than brewing multiple pots of coffee after the first one has gone stale by mid-morning. The concentrate can be added to hot/cold water, or hot/cold milk for a latte drink.
Not only are there health benefits involved with stocking your breakroom with cold brew, it’s also a trendy way to show your employees that you value them and the workplace culture of your company.
If you would like to have cold brew available in your company’s office or breakroom, find out more about our offerings here.