‘Tis the Season for Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is around the corner marking the beginning of another holiday season. Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. In addition to its origin near the founding of our country, Thanksgiving is everyone’s holiday. The celebration is not geared to a religious event, historical figures, or war remembrance – it is for all Americans.

As foodservice professionals, we will take this time to scrutinize the year’s successes and failures and look forward to a new year in which we can …

Sweeteners Offer Healthier, Low-Calorie Alternative

Millions of times a day, consumers throughout the world perform the same exercise around ordering that morning cup of coffee:  They reach into the sweeteners caddie to pick through the different colored packets and select their sweetener of choice.

“Sugar and cream” with coffee has turned into a full slate of options:  Not only are there different sweeteners, but the cream choices have mutated into a refrigerator full of milks and creamers (but that’s another story).

The sweetener world is …

Pancakes and Espresso for Dinner? All-Day Breakfasts are the Rage

Raise your hand if you love having pancakes, French Toast, bacon, eggs and hash browns for dinner? Please, keep them up if you know your customers want more breakfast for dinner, too.

You are not alone. Serving breakfast for dinner is one of the hottest trends in foodservice this year.

That is why biggies, like McDonald’s, have tripled its all-day breakfast selection and Hardee’s has seen breakfast sales, now accounting for more than 50 percent of its overall sales. At …

The Coffee Quiz: How Much Do You Know about the Coffee You Sell?

It doesn’t matter if you are walking down a rural Main Street or on Fifth Avenue, there seems to be a coffee shop on every corner these days and sometimes one or two in the middle of the block.

Throw in home brewing machines and drive-through java huts and all the restaurants with a percolator and U.S. coffee consumption is at record highs.  How high? About 64 percent of Americans have a daily cup and the average per drinker is …

The Coffee Quiz: How Much Do You Know about the Coffee You Sell?

It doesn’t matter if you are walking down a rural Main Street or tony Fifth Avenue, there seems to be a coffee shop on every corner these days and sometimes one or two in the middle of the block.

Throw in home brewing machines and drive-through java huts and all the restaurants with a percolator and U.S. coffee consumption is at record highs.  How high? About 64 percent of Americans have a daily cup and the average per drinker is …

Coffee brewers are focused on premium products

“To brew each cup by order takes more people, better trained people,” says Michael Phillips, director of training at Blue Bottle Coffee, which has shops in New York, California and Japan and offers several slow brewing methods. “It’s a significantly higher burden for the business.”

Starbucks, which established the taste for specialty coffee, is grappling with line speed. Slow lines turn off customers, and it now offers new technologies to help speed things along. read more – http://on.mktw.net/21j9LGf

Hotels Go Upscale in Coffee Service

Artisanal coffees are the new hip way to present our favorite beverage and with them come a creative and progressive mindset about how food-service operators present themselves to the public.

Hotels in particular have taken to serving better and unique coffee in order to compete with the army of coffeehouses on their block. Coffee drinkers are more sophisticated and demanding when it comes to their morning Joe. That preference goes beyond just ordering a Flat White with soy-milk to the …

Cold-Brewed Coffee: It’s Hip, Cool and Very Profitable

Instead of asking what’s hot in the coffee world, it’s more appropriate to ask what’s cool!  Coffee connoisseurs throughout the world are raising their mugs filled with cold-brew coffee.

There are so many options in the coffee world these days.  Just about every respectable restaurant serves a variation of espresso and cappuccino.  French roast is now the expected premium roast along with a multitude of strengths and style from a growing number of countries.…

Drive-Thru Coffee Kiosks: Express Expressos

 

The other day we were driving around town from one meeting to another, hurried as usual and in great need of a shot of espresso.

We didn’t want to stop at the local Starbucks® where we would have had to wait 10-15 minutes for our caffeine boost, and the donut shop’s diluted offerings would not be satisfying. Then we saw it: a drive-thru coffee kiosk that was fortuitously located in the mall parking lot.…