Ordering the usual at a coffee shop...again? Due to uncertainty, most people stick to their fresh coffee of choice.
It's incredible how many different ways to brew with beans. So, whether you don't drink coffee (but want to) or are a cafe connoisseur, let's dive into the different types of coffee:
Coffee Drink Types: Black
Simple and classic. Black coffee is ground fresh coffee beans steeped in hot water. Serve warm or over ice.
Like black coffee, an Americano is an espresso shot diluted in hot water for a smooth yet strong drink without bitterness.
A concentration of coffee served in small, strong shots and a base for most drinks. Order up to 6 shots from our menu.
This popular drink is made from steamed milk, a shot of espresso, and a dab of foam. Order plain or add flavors, like our signature Turtle Latte (mocha, caramel, and hazel flavoring).
Think of a latte made with more foam than steamed milk, with a touch of cocoa powder or cinnamon on top. Some version use cream over milk or an extra flavor shot.
Hot coffee with an additional espresso shot will make those pesky morning flights less tiresome.
This espresso-based drink contains a small amount of foam up top between a doppio and cappuccino.
Chocolate lovers unite for this confection-inspired espresso drink with steamed milk and foam.
This Aussie-inspired drink is an espresso with steamed milk—a cappuccino without the chocolate sprinkles or foam.
Café au Lait
Add a splash of warm milk to plain black coffee for this minimalistic drink.
Bullet Proof Coffee
As a technique inspired by the meditations of Buddhist pilgrims, this blends fresh coffee with ghee, coconut oil and collagen and said to clear brain fog.
Iced CoffeeIced Espresso
Think "iced coffee's sister." Serve it straight or with a milk, sweetener, or cream splash.
Always #trending, a cold brew is made by steeping coffee beans between 18-24 hours (depending on how strong you want it) and topped off with cold milk or cream.
Our blended ice coffees are best served with too much whip cream and topped with a drizzle of syrup.
Conclusion Now that you know more about fresh coffee, what will you try next?
Familiarizing yourself with different coffee types will allow you to cater closer to what your taste buds genuinely desire.
Are you searching for an afternoon adventure? Please stop by our local coffee shop in Omaha, Nebraska, for a locally roasted brew and delicious treat, and then make your way to some of our favorite spots in Midtown.
What is Midtown?
As a charming cultural hub, Midtown is overflowing with the city's most noteworthy entertainment districts. You'll love this side of town, full of art, culture, and history galore. (Oh, and the best local coffee in Omaha!)
We'd love for you to check out four key areas within a short drive of Hay Jay Coffee - Benson, Dundee, Midtown Crossing, and Blackstone District.
North Saddle Creek District
Champagne on Tap is only the beginning at this laid-back neighborhood bar. Snack on their famous peanuts served in a dog dish while gazing over their collection of old-school memorabilia.
By foot, car or yellow submarine, “pop” over to this Beatles-themed restaurant for classic recipes and techniquest that will never change.
Home to a long sloping green, this small neighboring park is popular with kids, dogs and sports-enthusiast.
Saddle Creek Breakfast Club
It’s no surprise that there’s a wait list for this ever popular breakfast joint located in the North Saddle Creek District. So, while you’re dreaming about banana break french toast, come grab a coffee while you wait on your table to be ready.
PKP screen printing
From creating the initial design to selecting garments, PKP Screen Printing is here to make things simple!
Located in the heart of Midtown, enjoy a warm cup of coffee and buzz over to this 7.5 expanded and revitalized green space. As a popular event space, enjoy more than 150 community events each year, including Jazz on the Green and yoga in the park.
Dewy Dog Park
Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? A newly opened "off-leash" dog park offers pups and pup parents an agility course, running water, and a splash pad in the summer months (which pairs nicely with our cold brew).
Anderson O'Brien Fine Art
Located in the Northeast corner of 33rd and Farnam, their gallery offers an expansive collection of modern and contemporary art, sculptures, fine art, and photography.
Bike & Walk
Omaha's bike trail system, known as "Paths of Discovery," offers a stroll around Turner Park and connects well to other neighborhoods. Take the family or go solo to enjoy what nature has to offer in this buzzing city.
Corky Canvas & Corky Boards
Channel your inner Picasso at this unique "paint and sip" experience. The Corky Canvas or Corky Boards encourages folk to "uncork" their creativity with painting classes and adult beverages.
This historically known neighborhood is home to award-winning dining, distinctive shopping, and an independent film house, all within walking distance of some of Omaha's favorite parks.
Started by an environmental engineer to help you find sustainable swaps for every part of your body and every area of your home. Bring your empty jars to Omaha's first and only refill shop.
Created for all the women and men from Douglas County who served in the Armed Forces, serves as one of Omaha's favorite outdoor recreation spots. So grab a frisbee, Salty Jane Latte, and friends for an afternoon of fun.
Roger & Chris Unboring Home Furnishings
"Be a couch potato, a really stylish one" when shopping for stunning, customizable furniture. Pop-in for vibrant colors and a collection of distinctive products for the home, including furniture, lighting, pottery.
Dundee Candle & Co.
Before attending a "pour your own" class at Dundee Candle Co, stop into the best coffee shop in Omaha for a Montana or Cafe Au Lait.
Film Streams' Dundee Theater
Serving as a popular venue for Hollywood fare in the 1920s, this two-screen theater is Omaha's longest-running cinema.
As seen on Shark Tank, pick flavors and add memorable messages or fun photos for the "coolest and most creative" gift!
Known as "Old Market's quirky cousin," Benson is a "bopping" entertainment district. Locals love to walk the "strip," enjoying their favorite neighborhood bars, including Burke's Pub and 1912.
The Waiting Room
Grab your tickets quickly! This sell-out music venue offers a-rockin' good time year-round. Located in the heart of Benson, enjoy music stylings from every genre.
Waltz by Benson Theater for a night of live performances, film screenings, and community events. This swanky venue offers a full bar and endless entertainment.
A fanboy's dream comes true here! Visit Beercade for a great collection of retro pinball and arcade games.
Did you even visit Omaha if you haven't had a Burke's Pub Apple Pie Shot? Pop into this spacious bar for a carefree evening.
Baked After Dark
A late-night bakery proves (time and time) again that sweets taste better after dark. Sink your teeth into the funfetti sugar cookies soon.
There's no better way to spend a Sunday than pop into Hay Jay's for a coffee and spend the rest of the afternoon shopping your heart away. Start at "Found," a unique vintage market that offers custom painting, styling services, and shopping opportunities. Need the perfect gift? Check out their home decor, paint, or candles.
Our local coffee shop is only 10 minutes from this "classic meets contemporary" district. Here you'll find artisan dishes, nightlife, shopping, and unique living experiences. It's one of the coolest neighborhoods in Omaha, NE (especially for history buffs).
The Cottonwood Hotel
Travelers and locals alike swoon over this hotel that takes a fresh approach to modern hospitality.
A Blackstone staple is offering infamous boozy shakes and must-try "Tat-chaos."
Bob & Willy's Wonderbowl
"Come roll one" at this mini-bowling alley joint: food, drinks and late-night entertainment fun for the entire family.
Joslyn Art Castle
Local coffee and history? Yes please! Visit us, then make your way to this 35-room Scottish Baronial-style mansion located near the Gold Coast Historic District. The four-story home is now an Omaha Landmark Historic Structure and on the National Register of Historic Places for national significance.
Link Gallery & Workshop
Visit this space dedicated to the exhibition and teaching of all photographic processes—a great place to create, experiment, and explore.
Tucked into a secret spot on Farnam, Osteria Segreto is Blackstone's best-kept secret. You'll find a cozy bar and specialty craft cocktails through an alleyway and down a ramp.
We are passionate about being a friendly neighbor to our community and improving it actively. From historic Dundee to the nightlife of Benson, we encourage you to visit some of these top things to do in Omaha. Grab a coffee before the adventure or stop at our local coffee shop and tell us about it!
When done properly, being purposeful can be powerful. But, it’s more than just a goal - it’s about being intentional in pursuing your desires.
“I orchestrate my mornings to the tune of coffee.” - Terri Guillemets
Everyone is busy living a hectic life. We’re living in stressful times, and we barely have enough time to grab a cup of coffee. But, what if we made time for the little things? It’s exactly what’s needed.
To simplify, an intention is something you plan to achieve, an aim or purpose. When you pay close attention to your attention-setting, incredible things can happen. What better way than to set a positive intention with a good cup of coffee?
What are the benefits of setting intentions?
“Intention setting” might sound too woo-woo or like something you’d only hear in a yoga class, but it’s a footing to anyone with goals in mind.
Anyone can set an intention. They can be larger than life (lifelong) or small (for even the next hour or so). Eitherway, you need to be actionable and hone into what you really desire.
How to Set a Positive Intention (with a Good Cup of Coffee)
Most people crave a morning routine - brushing teeth, swapping out the dishwasher and grabbing a cup of coffee. While there’s nothing wrong with routine, sometimes we tend to zap out the creative swirling and inspiration with mundane, daily tasks.
What’s wrong with your morning coffee routine?
Too much routine can send us on auto-pilot - to do something without focusing on it. That’s a problem! If you’re not savoring your morning coffee because you’re too busy firing off a text or stuffing your briefcase, you might not be living in the moment. Don’t wake up one moment realizing you didn’t slow down enough to enjoy your morning coffee.
What is happening here? You’re losing time - sweet and valuable time to enjoy moments. You’re missing out on opportunities to put magic into your day. What happens when you wake up in 10 years and you haven’t enjoyed an amazing local cup of coffee (or anything else)?
What can I do? Grab a coffee with an EXTRA shot of intention!
Slow down to separate the fine line between ritual and routine. The little line you must jump is between lack of attention and presence within a moment. Routine tends to be a sequence done without much thought. When fueled by a powerful intention, a routine can hold great personal meaning. An intention separates rituals from daily routines. Add an extra shot of intention to achieve a daily magical ritual.
Turn Morning Coffee into a Daily Ritual
#1: Be present in the moment:
As you anticipate your coffee, be fully present in the moment. Notice how you feel and where you are in that moment. You don’t need to pause what you’re doing, just notice what each moment holds.
At Hay Jay Coffee, we encourage you to watch the barista make your coffee or sit and wait without being on your phone. Turn on your favorite calming music if you’re waiting in our drive-thru. If you’re home making coffee, notice the smells in the air or listen for the timer to go off.
#2: Feel the temperature in your hands:
Instagram-worthy moment. Once you receive your coffee, hold it in between the palm of your hands to feel the warmth (or coolness if you’re a cold-brewer). Express a quick silent gratitude for this little luxury in life.
#3 Close your eyes and breathe deep:
Encourage yourself to slow down by isolating your senses when you close your eyes. It’s time to enjoy the aroma of this wonderful blessing. Relish in this experience every morning, especially when life may seem to be a little overwhelming.
#4. State the intention: It might feel cathartic, but vocalizing or writing down an intention will help hold you accountable. How do you want your day to go? Your intention can be a vibe you want to embody or a state of mind you want to feel.
Examples of Intentions:
#6: Visualize your day: As you sip on your coffee, continue to think about the intention that you’ve set and visualize your ideal day.
What do you want your day to look like? Continue to visualize it! Almost like role playing, show up for yourself as the best version of yourself. Align yourself with your values. Treat others how you want to be treated.
How will you greet the banker? Like a rockstar.
How will your big meeting go? Excellent. You’re a boss ass bitch.
We encourage you to daydream. Allow this life to be beautiful! And allow the magical bean juice to set you up for success today, and every day.
Coffee isn't cheap. Living isn't affordable, either. Millions of businesses feel the heat of rising costs and overheads, including coffee pricing. But why is coffee so expensive? The most significant factor affecting the price of a cup of joe is how long the journey from the farm to your cup truly is.
During the process, here are 5 major reasons that affect the prices of your cup of coffee:
#1 Labor-Intensive Product
Firstly, coffee is a labor-intensive product. It's no easy feat to brew up your tall mocha latte. From farm to cup, it takes nearly five years to grow, then comes the harvest, shipping, roasting, and packaging. Then, of course, there are costs associated with each of these steps (not to mention the building rent, staff, and insurance bills)—organic or premium quality costs even more, like Free Trade.
Coffee farms are massive and require a lot of employees to help out. Once harvest time comes to season, it's all hands on tech to yield by one of these two methods:
The supply chain for coffee lovers is global. It takes thousands, if not millions, of connections to produce a premium coffee. With the costs of labor rising, the cost of wholesale coffee is inevitably soaring as well. The slightest increase in wholesale coffee can cause massive inflation in all coffee products. However, wholesale prices can't go any lower, or the farmers will not be able to afford to farm it any longer. So, hopefully, the cost of coffee will not increase anytime soon.
#2 Climate Change & the Environment
We love our coffee shop in Omaha, but climate change is real. It’s something we all need to talk about. In fact, climate change is a hot topic anywhere, and there's been a lot of debate about the causes and effects of the weather. But one thing is sure - the changing climate is sending hoisting up coffee costs.
Coffee growers are left devastated by the adverse effects of climate change. Multi-generational farmers have shut their doors as they scramble to find new places to grow coffee plants.
Coffee plants require specific climate conditions to grow and ripen fruit. This delicate process requires the right environment. Some might think, "higher temperatures make farming easier." But, it's actually the opposite. High temps invite pests and diseases to survive in areas where they normally would not survive. Coffee farmers are spending boatloads more to protect their crops. Additionally, some regions are getting too hot, and plants have begun to die simply from the heat.
Haiti is experiencing one of the words environmental factors impacted by ecological change. This small, once coffee-dominating country has suffered many climate-based events that devastated farms, like earthquakes and high water levels.
#3 Coffee Trees Grow Slowly
You wouldn't take your coffee off the pot before it's done brewing, right? Coffee producers can't rush their plants to grow, either. For a newly-planted coffee tree to produce fruit, it can take up to 3-5 years to grow, depending on the variety of coffee.
Unfortunately, as stated above, due to climate change, there are occurrences that happen when a disease or natural disaster wipes out a farmer's crop. So, even when they plant new ones, it takes years to recover from their loss. Simply put, replacing destroyed coffee trees and plants leads to rising coffee costs.
#4 Quality Change
America, your standards have changed! A "good cup of coffee" is incomparable to the quality that was once acceptable back in the day.
As coffee becomes increasingly popular, the demand for quality coffee rises significantly as an activity. With the increase in quality and flavor, the cost of coffee inevitably rose from these shifts.
When coffee was more of "sludge in a cup," it was farmed for quantity over quality. As Americans demanded better-tasting coffee, farmers were forced to change how and where they planted beans. As a result, some of the best coffee in the world is grown in particular areas, creating premium coffee beans that can't be reduced unless increased there.
#5 Supply and Demand
When a new coffee trend hits #CoffeeTok, the demand will seemingly increase overnight. For example, Proffer, aka protein coffee, went viral on TikTok forcing coffee shops to offer and promote protein coffee on their menu for customers who don't want to eat a full meal first thing in the morning. Trends like this create waves in the supply and demand chain.
As long as the supply meets the demand, the economic effects of coffee go unnoticed. However, most trends that involve coffee shops result in overpriced coffee and wondering why it's so expensive.
It's more expensive to purchase a premium quality coffee than the average bag because it's highly sought-after. Of course, many factors go into premium-grade coffee besides supply and demand, but it also impacts the lux coffee brands.
To answer your question, why is coffee so expensive? People want their coffee, and they want it to be high quality. To achieve better-tasting coffee, farmers must buy a product and harvest it in particular spots (some of which are impacted by environmental changes). Between climate change and labor, the price of coffee will continue to soar. While it might be hard to justify spending $5-7 on a latte, it's essential to understand that there are so many reasons why coffee is so expensive.