We are up to Good Work with Grounds for Health Blend

Grounds for Health Blend Coffee from Stockton Graham & Co.Stockton Graham & Co. is excited to continue our partnership with Grounds for Health through our Grounds for Health Blend coffee.

We are bringing back our Grounds for Health Blend for the second year.

Through the sales of this significant roast, $10,000 will be donated to Grounds for Health to continue the work and expansion of vital healthcare for women in coffee-growing communities. This launch helped to double Grounds for Health’s impact and made it possible for it to reach its goal. Now we are excited to help even more women in 2017 who are in need of healthcare.

Grounds for Health Blend is our featured blend this month. It will be sure to be a hit in your store! Grounds for Health Blend is a smooth blend of coffees from Central America and Africa. This custom blend features subtle fruit and sweet notes layered in a silky body.

Grounds for Health will receive $1 from every 12oz bag and $5 from every 5lb bag sold. The retail bags are artfully labeled and come with a branded countertop display and an info card on the Grounds for Health organization.

In this season of goodwill and kindness towards all of humankind, why not consider partnering with us! This as a great gift for the holidays and a wonderful idea to attract millennials who are looking to make purchases with a greater purpose.

 Stockton Graham & Co. helps Grounds for Health to Expand

In addition to continuing its work with Stockton Graham & Co., Grounds for Health made a big announcement. They have expanded the work of their East African program to Kenya. This move is indicative of the organization’s desire to continue the work of reaching women who live in high-risk regions and working in agricultural supply chains. Without these women who are picking and processing our beans, we wouldn’t have the ability to enjoy the coffee we drink. Their health is vitally important not just so we can have our cup of joe, but because these are real needs with real solutions. Grounds for Health is serious about the health of women in coffee growing regions and they, along with Stockton Graham & Co. believe that every woman deserves the right to health in order to achieve her full potential.

Guy Stallworthy Grounds for Health“Kenya presents a tremendous opportunity to scale our impact by reaching more women working in the coffeelands and in other industries such as tea and cut-flowers,” said Guy Stallworthy, CEO at Grounds for Health. “We are thankful to our seed funders who are making our expansion possible.”

East Africa has a high need of healthcare for women and more specifically Kenya. At present, there are 3.1 million women in the country who are at risk for terminal disease and Grounds for Health will work closely with the Ministry of Health to train, equip and promote professionals and community workers in an effort to improve the quality of health care for women.

“Grounds for Health’s work has a foundational influence on the future of coffee growing communities,” said Craig Holt, a supporting partner who spearheaded a fundraising effort for Grounds for Health’s Kenya program.

Grounds for HealthStockton Graham & Co. sources coffees from each of the regions helped by Grounds for Health. We have proudly aligned ourselves with the work of Grounds for Health as we believe in the well-being of the people working on the coffee farms.

Grounds for Health Celebrates

This year, Grounds for Health is also celebrating its 20th year in life-saving healthcare. Founded by a physician and coffee industry executive, Grounds for Health has provided vital health care services to women living in coffee producing countries since 1996.

Beginning its work in Oaxaca, Mexico as a volunteer based endeavor, Grounds for Health has become a globally recognized non-profit organization with programs in Africa and Latin America. Currently, more than 60,000 women have been screened, more than 4,000 women treated and clinical training for more than 400 healthcare providers has been given.

Note: As of March, 2017 we are no longer offering Grounds for Health Coffee.

Holiday Hours

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As we near the end of the year, we wanted to alert you to some important ordering and shipping dates.

Please also be aware that holiday- and weather-related shipping delays can occur especially during December. We encourage you to plan ahead so you can have all the product you need for a profitable holiday season.

 

Holiday                   Order Deadline Pickup Deadline Closed
Christmas Dec 22, 2pm Dec 23, 3pm Dec 26
New Years Dec 28, 2pm Dec 29, 3pm Dec 29 – Jan 2

Holiday Cheer! Ideas for your Coffee Shop

Stockton Graham & Co. Holiday HintsBelieve it or not, December is here so don’t forget to prepare your coffee shop for the festivities of the holidays! Fires in the fireplace, family coming together and colder weather will all contribute to increased sales at your shop. Even so, there are many things you can do to take advantage of this season and get more people into your cafe!

There are a few ways to really make the most of the season this year, such as rent out your space for events, plan events for your customers and create live music nights. But the most important thing is to have fun, because your customers will share in the joy.

1. Renting your space

Stockton Graham & Co Holiday Hints -Party!Decide on a price point that you want to charge to rent out your shop to a customer for his or her event. This may or may not include a drink minimum that they will be required to order. Then, advertise that you are doing this! Make it known in the shop through flyers or on an announcement board. Use social media to announce that the space is available for parties (not just during the holidays but all year long!). Give people ideas: company holiday parties, birthdays, engagements, concerts, business meetings, non-profit gatherings, etc. Make it very clear on your website that you want your customers to “Rent our space for your next party!”

Your customers will love the opportunity to have a place they already feel connected to become a part of their special event. You will need to take into consideration that, more times than not, you will want to close the shop to the public for special events if they are happening during business hours. Don’t forget to consider this when determining the amount you want to charge. Once you have a party planned, be sure to give at least a week’s notice if possible to let other customers know if you will be closed for a private party.

2. Plan events in your space

Your customers already love what you do. That is why they are your customers. This holiday season, go the extra mile with them and plan some events to host in your shop. This could be a holiday concert put on by a local choir or band or even an appearance by Santa. Consider a trivia night where you invite a local emcee to host several rounds of trivia. Games are a fun way for people to meet one another and have fun doing it in a space with which they are already familiar. You could host a tree decorating party or have your customers make ornaments representing things that they are thankful for and invite them to hang them on your tree.

Consider special promotions such as “The 12 Gifts of Christmas” in December where you promote a different drink each day and offer them at a discounted price. This not only gives your higher-margin drinks more exposure, it allows your customers to try them at a discounted rate. Guests will continue to return to your store for these seasonal treats they are sure to fall in love with.

3. Host Live music

Stockton Graham & Co Holiday HintsIf you don’t have live music already, consider bringing some in on a weekly basis. Even if it is something as simple as a solo acoustic guitar player, this will only increases foot traffic to your shop. It will also allow local artists a stage on which to perform and gain exposure. Live music is an event that your customers are sure to get excited about and make part of their weekly routine. (Hint: Christmas carols are a great form of live music this time of year!)

To advertise this, have a calendar on your website just for events. Promote these on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Have a chalkboard or white board up in your shop and also create posters to advertise (or let the artist create a poster for themselves). Post these announcements at least a week in advance to give your customers plenty of time to include your live music in their schedules.

4. Have Fun

Stockton Graham & Co Holiday Hints -Treats!Have fun and your customers will have fun with you. Whether it’s funny sweaters or stuffed antlers or Santa hats, encourage your staff to dress in holiday apparel. Play Christmas music on the PA system. If you sell food offer special holiday-themed treats. Remember, as people will be out shopping for presents, it will be the perfect time to create gift baskets that feature your personalized logo. Be sure to include coffee and other small items from your shop. If you have t-shirts, mugs, tumblers or gift cards include these and consider making different sizes to meet different needs. These will all be great gift ideas to have on the shelves during this season of festivities and events.

 

If you have any questions and would like to talk with a Customer Care Associate, please call (800) 835-5943.