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Iced Tea in the Making

Iced Tea in the Making

Is there anything better than a large glass of iced tea on a hot summer day? It’s hard to imagine summer time without this refreshing drink in hand. However, iced tea has not always been popular among the masses. It wasn’t until a vendor at a fair changed the way we as a nation thought of tea.

Popularization of Iced Tea in St. Louis

St. Louis, known for their baseball team and now home to the Stanley Cup is the place where commercial iced tea was popularized. Before then sweet iced tea was a regional delight of the South and very few people had even heard of serving tea over ice.  It was at the St. Louis World Fair in 1904, on a hot day, when a vendor by the name of Richard Blechynder wasn’t having luck selling hot tea. No one wanted the hot drink in the Missouri heat, so he started offering the beverage over ice. The iced tea product sold so well that it became a national favorite after the fair.

There’s a New Beverage In Town

Since then the US consumption of iced tea makes up 85% of all tea consumed. Iced tea can be found across the nation in restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, and vending machines in a variety of flavors. The drink is offered freshly brewed or in RTD packaging, often as an alternative to carbonated soda and coffee drinks.

Renewed Wave: Iced Tea Trends in 2019

Iced Tea is the latest rebirth focusing on health and wellness. Every expert has its day and this year takes on iced tea. Gone are the days when one might order iced tea to avoid soda while still needing a caffeinated pick-me-up. Iced Tea is now a specialty beverage. It’s sweet or unsweet, flavored or unflavored, cold brewed or expressed, the options aren’t limited. The tea drinkers are honoring zero sugar, added nutritional ingredients, and easy-to-consume options.

Newco Tea Solutions

Make your own tea even better with one of Newco’s tea solutions. We offer tea brewers, dispensers, and accessories for the following markets: restaurants, convenience stores, hospitality and office catered wellness. Better yet, expand your tea menu with the Cold Flavor Shot dispenser. We understand the brewing balance of steep time and temperature vs volume specification which are all adjustable, so your extraction is exactly the way you want it. Contact our Customer Service Team for more information about Newco’s tea solutions.

2019 is tea time. Enjoy Green, Black, Herbal or flavored varieties and the hydrating health benefits of tea. With wellness leading the consumer, it would be in good taste to up your tea profile and serve the very best brew possible.

Sources: “‘Tea 3.0 is here!’ Functionality and transparency dominate tea trends” by Beth Newhart ; Iced Tea by Wikipedia ; “Iced Tea History – Sweet Tea History” by What’s Cooking America

The NAMA Show In A Nutshell

The NAMA Show In A Nutshell

Where can people, products and possibilities meet? At The NAMA Show! Over 300 booths were packed into the Las Vegas Convention center during April 24-26. Micro markets, vending, coffee services and more were all there - including the Newco team at booth #511. We are a proud bronze sponsor of The NAMA Show 2019.

Did you miss the show? That’s ok, here’s a quick recap.

Pre NAMA Show

365 Charity Basketball Jam

This year was the second annual 365 Retail Markets Charity Basketball Jam at the UNLV Student Rec and Wellness Center. This event was sponsored by 365 Retail Markets, Lightspeed Automation, G & J Marketing, Translucent, OptConnect, Epson, and Newco Enterprises. The players laced up their tennis shoes, put their game faces on and went head to head on half court and full court. Team Newco/LS Automation put up a tough fight in the full court face off against the 365 Retail Market / G&J Marketing team. At the last minute team 365 Retail Market / G&J Marketing won by one point. 

It's ok, we'll get them next year!

Women in the Industry (WIN) Event

It was a night of fun and networking at the 1923 Bourbon Bar hosted by NAMA Women in the Industry. It was a roaring good time at this modern 1920's speakeasy bar, located in the Madalay Bay. To add to the excitement you entered through a hidden door in order to get to the party!

The NAMA Show

Education Sessions

The Education Sessions at The NAMA Show gives you what you need to expand your bottom line. By exploring the latest trends, The NAMA Show puts experts in the industry on stage for you to learn from. There were a lot of education sessions to choose from, click to see the full list of education sessions. Below are the sessions the Newco team attended.

Tools You need to Create Efficient Teams | Speaker Evan Jarecki

Picture of Evan Jarecki a speaker for The NAMA Show

Evan Jarecki
Co-Founder and Chief Customer
Gimme Vending

Evan Jarecki, the Co-Founder of Gimme Vending, gave this talk drawing on his personal and professional experiences with tools that help create efficient teams.

One of the many tools he listed was the Urgent/Important Matrix. Evan Jarecki discussed how his team was responding to requests as they came in, and not by how important or urgent they were. That meant urgent requests were not being dealt with immediately and important requests were being put on the bottom of the pile, forgotten. The result was an inefficient work flow and miscommunication.

Urgent/Important Matrix graph

That’s why Evan Jarecki suggests using the Urgent/Important Matrix. By classifying your requests there is no doubt about when the task needs to be accomplished.

Digital Advertising for Business Growth| Speaker Matt Harlos and Neil Swindale

Picture of Matt Harlos a speaker at The NAMA Show

Matt Harlos
Director of Marketing and Design
Gimme Vending

A picture of Neil Swindale a speaker at The NAMA Show

Neil Swindale
Owner
VendCentral

Speakers Matt Harlos of Gimme Vending and Neil Swindale of VendCentral cover the basics of developing new marketing channels as well as provide an overview of how to use digital advertising and social media the right way.

One of the things Neal Swindale talked about is his experience with digital cold calling (aka Social Selling) on LinkedIn and how it has helped generate new leads. While Matt Harlos covered many topics on how to expand your businesses' social media he also encouraged the listeners to not forget about how powerful Email Marketing can be if done properly.

Keynote Presenter

Mike Walsh, Futurist and author, gave the keynote presentation, “Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence.” He covered the topic of how AI will impact the future workforce. He encouraged us to think creatively about how AI might change what people do, don’t work/design work, and use data to transform behavior.

Mike Walsh speaker at The NAMA Show with Newco graphics team

Trade Show Floor

Lots of snacks, beverages, and business cards were being passed around the show floor. It was the best show Newco Enterprise has had, the Newco Team connected with new people and reconnected with our current customers.

The NAMA Show 2019 Tradeshow Floor

NAMA Party 2019

Thursday night we partied it up at the Chateau Night Club. On the rooftop under the replica of the Eiffel Tower there were contortionists, aerialists, dancers, magicians, and a dj. We were one of the sponsors, along with USA Technologies, LS Automation, G&J Marketing, and 365 Retail Markets.

The NAMA Show Party at Chateau Night Club.
People dancing at The NAMA Party at Chateau Night Club
The NAMA Show party at Chateau Night Club featuring the Eiffel Tower.
The NAMA Show Party picturing the dj and Newco logo on the screen.

Overall a successful trade show. Newco would like to thank NAMA for a job well done, a lot of time and effort was put into putting on this show. Newco can hardly wait for next year – The NAMA Show 2020!

Can’t wait until next year to see Newco? Click the link to see Newco’s 2019 trade show schedule.

Newco’s New Amada Punch/Laser Machine

Newco’s New Amada Punch/Laser Machine

In 2018 Newco Enterprises took a big step in automating the Fabrication Department by purchasing the new Amada Punch/Laser machine. This machine came in two stages, the punch/laser machine was installed in May of 2018, while the automation side came in November of the same year. After months of training and testing the machine is up and running. We had the opportunity to talk to the CNC Machinist and the head of the Fabrication Department to see how the journey of automation is going.

Interview with the Team

What is your name and how long have you worked at Newco?

Hello, my name is Tony Francis I’m the CNC Programmer and Machinist here at Newco Enterprises. I’ve been working here for 3.5 years and it’s my job to operate the EMLK Laser from start to finish. I also setup and operate the Press Brakers.

My name is Scott Smith I’m the Fabrication Manager here at Newco. I’ve worked here for 15 years and we run the fabrication department 24 hours a day/ 5 days a week and the team makes over 1 million parts a year.

What is the Amada Laser?

The EMLK3610NT Laser Turret Combo,was purchased and installed in 2018. The laser technology in the AMADA laser cutting machine allows for high cutting speeds and the flexibility to process a wide range of materials like aluminum, galvanized and stainless steel to name a few.   

What are some of the statistics of this machine?

The machine is called EMLK3610NT 4kW Punch/Laser Combination machine with ASR3015NTK-6PFS Automation. Some of the features include:

  • 4000 watt resonator for laser cutting
  • 58 stations with the punching force of 33 tons for punching holes
  • Automated load/unload system with six interchangeable shelves for raw material and finished parts
  • Conveyor unload option allowing rapid removal of parts without interfering with the cutting process

How does it differ from our previous lasers?

The new machine we have more stations for punching and 2000 more watts for faster laser cutting speeds. We now can use this machine to tap holes; the old machines required us to tap parts by hand.  

The automation side allows us to have the parts stacked on skids ready to go to the next machines for forming.  The old machines we had to process the parts through the punch and laser.  We would then shake the parts out of the 48’’x 96’’ sheet, remove the sharp edges, tap and stack parts all by hand before forming could begin. The new machine removes all of these steps.

This machine can be scheduled to run multiple jobs in sequence for hours at a time with minimal operator supervision. The old lasers require an operator to remove each sheet by hand so they must always stay nearby.

Can you walk us through the steps the laser takes to complete a task?

  • Turn on the machine and do the daily maintenance and start up procedures. This takes about ½ hour every day.
  • Write a program to process the parts and tell the machine how many you need to run.
  • Select the correct material to be processed and get the machine setup by loading the program and material into the machine.
  • Check the tools to the program to be processed, and then run the first part and perform an inspection and check material to ensure the part meets our quality standards before going into production.  

What are some of the things that are cut on this machine?

The new machine can cut everything that we have been processing on the old machines, like the stainless steel covers, side panels, columns, base tops, bases, internal brackets and shelves.

It can also create custom projects, basically anything that can be drawn on a computer, such as the ornaments we distributed for our 2018 Christmas party.

What are the future goals of this machine?

The future goals of this machine would be to have it running over night and into the weekends without anyone touching it. We want it to punch, laser, lift parts in and out without out any hiccups. The ultimate goal would have it run during the nights and on the weekends, so that we have stock to pull from the next day.

About Newco

At Newco, we’re helping our customers succeed–one cup at a time. For more than 40 years, we’ve pioneered brewing systems for coffee and tea that combine the latest technology and sleek styles. View our complete line of brewing equipment and accessories, or contact one of our representatives to learn how professionally crafted beverages will change your business for the better.

Thermal Pour Servers Vs. Glass Carafes: Which Makes Better Coffee?

Thermal Pour Servers Vs. Glass Carafes: Which Makes Better Coffee?

When researching the perfect coffee maker, there’s a lot to consider: size, format, cost and more. However, one aspect many don’t consider is the machine’s carafe. Your coffee will sit in the carafe for up to hours at a time, so it’s worth understanding how different carafes will affect your morning cup. Let’s break down the two main types of carafes, thermal and glass, and the machines that use them.

Thermal Carafe Pour Servers

A thermal carafe pour server is a double-walled container typically made out of stainless steel. Between the walls, there is a vacuum to help minimize heat transfer via convection. With minimal heat loss, the contents in the thermal carafe pour servers can retain heat for hours.

Pros:

  • Keeps coffee hot and fresh
  • Durable material ideal for commercial use
  • No burnt taste, because the coffee is not sitting on a warmer
  • Prevents coffee from going rancid

Cons:

  • Typically heavier
  • No sight gauge to see the amount of coffee left

Glass Carafes


A glass carafe is exactly what it sounds like–a glass container for liquids. Glass carafes are the standard server for brewers with warmers. These warmers keep the coffee hot for hours after brewing.

Pros:

  • Lower replacement cost
  • Clearly see how much coffee is left

Cons:

  • Easily broken
  • Coffee can become stale, rancid or even burnt over time

Recommendations for Thermal Carafe Brewers

If a thermal carafe is what you are after, here are a few suggestions:

Front view of stainless steel cabinet ACE-TC brewer with black molded plastic base and hot water faucet, shown with thermal butler carafe

ACE-TC

Newco’s ACE-TC brewer is the thermal carafe model of the ACE Series. The ACE-TC brews into a thermal vessel with a 12-cup capacity. Coffee stays warm for two hours or more without breaking down. This brewer is perfect for small- or medium-sized businesses with low to medium activity, such as a break room countertop or a sitting room environment.

stainless steel cabinet, black plastic base AK-TC Brewer with Short Vaculator carafe

AK-TC

Newco’s AK-TC is the AK Series thermal carafe model. The AK series of pour-over equipment is designed to offer years of trouble-free operation while delivering a consistently great cup of fresh coffee with every brew.

Recommendations for Glass Carafe Brewers

If you prefer the traditional glass carafes, then we recommend the following machines:

Front view of stainless steel cabinet three burner brewer with hot water faucet, shown with two regular glass carafes, and one decaf glass carafe

ACE-LP

Newco’s ACE-LP brewer is the low-profile, three-burner model of the ACE Series. The ACE-LP brews either regular, decaf or flavored coffees into a glass decanter with a 12-cup capacity. This Ace model is designed for medium or large locations, such as sitting rooms, cafeterias, small- or medium-sized convenience stores, and restaurants.

stainless steel cabinet, three burner, pour-over AK-3 Brewer shown with glass carafes

AK-3

Newco’s AK-3 is the ideal “Plug & Brew” three-warmer brewer for medium- or large-sized businesses with moderate to heavy activity. The AK-3 brewer can brew two 12-cup size glass carafes sequentially before optimum brewing temperature will need to be recouped. No plumbing? No problem, as this machine can be set up anywhere with an electrical outlet.

Have a brewer but not the carafes? See our suggestions below:

stainless steel lined vacuum insulated pour Thermal Butler Carafe with black lid/handle

Thermal Butler Carafe

Newco’s thermal butler carafe is designed to replace the glass bowl in the field. Simply disconnect the warmers and our thermal carafe will provide years of trouble-free service while providing a high-quality presentation for your coffee program.

black handled regular glass carafe

Glass Carafes

Newco’s high-quality, 12-cup glass carafes are available in regular and decaf. Optional freshness timers help create a quality coffee program and are adjustable from 30-240 minutes.

Depending on your beverage needs, thermal and glass carafes offer distinct pros and cons that are worth considering before you invest in a new machine. Newco offers a wide selection of brewing equipment ideal for offices, food service groups and convenience stores. Reach out to our representatives and we’ll help you find an innovative beverage solution for your organization.

Coffee Pods vs. K-Cups

Coffee Pods vs. K-Cups

Over the last few years, single-cup coffee makers have gone mainstream and become a staple in offices and restaurants across the country. These machines, made popular by brands like Keurig and Nespresso, use specially made capsules with pre-measured levels of coffee grounds in order to brew anywhere from a single cup to a whole carafe of fresh coffee.

However, these capsules aren’t without drawbacks, and many sophisticated coffee drinkers are choosing new, soft coffee pods over traditional plastic capsules. Let’s break down the difference between K-Cups and coffee pods.

How do K-Cups work?

K-Cups are the industry standard, manufactured by Keurig/Green Mountain and used in most automated coffee makers. These plastic capsules contain a specific level of coffee grinds as well as a small paper filter. They are sealed with aluminum foil. When inserted into the machine, needles puncture the top and bottom seals, creating a path for hot water to flow through the grounds and into your cup.

How do coffee pods work?

Just like K-Cups, soft coffee pods require a brew mech that is specially molded to secure the pod during extraction, like our CX Touch or Fresh Cup Touch. Soft coffee pods are designed to make one cup at a time, but are made with far fewer materials. Instead of a hard plastic shell, most pods are entirely made up of paper or silk, which is sealed in a foil packet to lock in freshness. Their flat, disc-like shape also increases the surface area for water to come into contact with the coffee grounds. This means more flavor and aroma is extracted from the grounds, improving the overall quality of each cup.

two soft pods machines, CX Touch and Fresh Cup Touch

 

Are K-Cups Recyclable?

One of the biggest disadvantages of traditional K-Cups is that their all-in-one design makes them difficult to recycle. Unless consumers separate and recycle each material individually, the cups typically end up in landfills. Because the plastic is not biodegradable, the cups will not break down naturally, and will stay in the ecosystem forever. Some companies use a specific bio-plastic, but this needs to be separated before recycling.

Are Coffee Pods Recyclable?

Soft coffee pods, on the other hand, are fully recyclable and even compostable. This means that the pods not only break down naturally, but also provide the surrounding soil with nutrients in the process. There are no plastic cups to throw away, or components to separate. In fact, there are several creative ways to dispose of your recyclable coffee pods and benefit the environment, such as tilling them into your garden or adding them to your compost bin.

About Newco

At Newco, we’re helping our customers succeed–one cup at a time. For more than 40 years, we’ve pioneered brewing systems for coffee and tea that combine the latest technology and sleek styles. View our complete line of brewing equipment and accessories, or contact one of our representatives to learn how professionally crafted beverages will change your business for the better.