Is there a better reason to celebrate than America’s birthday? Between the sun, fun and fireworks, customers will be dropping by your store for some refreshment (or maybe just some air conditioning) over the long Independence Day weekend.
If your store’s #1 priority is coffee, there are several “independent”-themed coffee concepts to help you and your customer’s celebrate. And if you serve a wider variety of beverages, there are a host of patriotic ideas to try.
Either way, remember to get all your orders in early next week because there will be no freight movement and no product deliveries from Friday (July 3) through Monday (July 6). This includes both traditional overnight shippers like FedEx and larger pallet haulers like LPL. So orders placed next week on Thursday, July 2 that require shipping may not arrive to your shop before Wednesday, July 8.
If you pick up locally, we want to remind you that Stockton Graham & Co. will also be closed on July 3. Orders placed next week after 5pm on Wednesday, July 1 will not be filled until Monday.
So plan ahead to keep the celebration going with these patriotic drinks:
Iced Caffè Americano 2 oz Stockton Graham espresso 6 oz cold water 8 oz ice
Directions: Extract espresso into a cup as if you were making a double. Fill a 12-16 oz glass with ice. Pour water onto ice. Follow with espresso. Stir gently to maintain some crema.
Blueberry Strudel Coffee (Clever Drip) 24 grams of Stockton Graham dark roast coffee of your choice 400 grams of water heated to 195F 1.5 oz Torani Blueberry Syrup
Directions: Wet filter with hot water and discard it. Grind coffee to medium, and add it to filter. Dampen grounds with hot water and allow to bloom for 30 seconds. Carefully pour remaining hot water over grounds for 4 minutes. After coffee is extracted, swirl it gently and pour it over Torani syrup in serving cup. Enjoy.
Freedom Freddo 2 lungo shots of Stockton Graham espresso 4 oz cold milk 4 oz ice
Directions: Pour freshly extracted espresso over milk and ice in a blender. Blend until ice is integrated into beverage. Consistency will be a thick iced coffee. Pour into short cold glass. Garnish with straw flag, if desired.
All-American Lemonade 3/4 oz Monin Wild Raspberry Syrup 3 oz cranberry juice 4 oz lemonade ice
Directions: Fill serving glass with ice. Add remaining ingredients. Cap and shake vigorously, or toss it between glasses. Garnish and serve.
Sparkling Summer Spritzer 2 oz DaVinci Gourmet Blue Caracoa Syrup 8 oz ice 6 oz soda water (1 oz cream optional)
Directions: Combine ingredients in order, allowing to layer. Top with cherry flavored whipped cream.
Top with cherry-flavored whipped cream, if desired. 1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Cherry Syrup 7 oz of heavy whipping cream
Directions: Whip cream until it holds its shape but is not dry. Gently fold syrup into cream.
4th of July Pops Recipe is for 1 pop. Multiply as needed. 1 oz Torani Blue Raspberry Syrup 1 oz Torani Coconut Syrup 1 oz Torani Cherry Lime Syrup ¾ cups of water, divided in three
Directions: Combine Blue Raspberry Syrup in ¼ c of water and freeze in popsicle mold. Add Coconut Syrup to ¼ c of water and pour over frozen layer. Freeze. Add Cherry Lime Syrup to Cherry Lime Syrup and pour over frozen layers. Freeze and serve.
Strawberry Lemonade 3 oz water 3 oz Dr. Smoothie Lemon-ADE Concentrate 15 oz cup of ice
Swirl: 2 oz Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate
Directions: Mix first three ingredients, in the order listed above, and blend. Pour into a tall glass. Pour 2 oz of Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate on top and use a spoon to gently swirl the strawberry into the lemonade mixture.
True Blue Cosmo 2 oz citrus vodka 3/4 oz Monin Blue Curacao Syrup 1/2 oz fresh lime juice 1 1/2 oz white cranberry juice
Directions: Combine ingredients in shaker in the order listed. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled serving glass. Garnish with lemon or blueberries. Serve immediately.
Strawberry Lemonade 3 oz water 3 oz Dr. Smoothie Lemon-ADE Concentrate 15 oz cup of ice 2 oz Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate
Directions: Mix first three ingredients in the order listed above and blend. Pour into a tall glass. Pour 2 oz of Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate on top and use a spoon to gently swirl the strawberry into the lemonade mixture. Serve immediately.
BerryBerry Smoothie 3 oz Dr Smoothie Berry Berry Blend 2 oz Dr Smoothie Strawberry 3 oz water 14 oz water Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries as garnish
Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into tall glass and garnish with berries.
To order coffee, syrups, lemonade or smoothie mix, call our Customer Care Associates at 800 835 5943.
Bold. Spicy. Sweet or Mellow. Whatever your dad’s flavor, there’s a flavor of brew that will suit him perfectly. In honor of dads everywhere—and in preparation for Father’s Day next weekend, today’s #RecipeFriday is coffee.
That’s right, coffee. Plain and simple: brewed in a Hario V60 for a clean coffee taste. Served black (or maybe a pinch of raw sugar, if dad’s a sweet tooth.) Why not surprise the dads who come by your shop on Father’s Day with a pour over cup brewed especially for them?
Black Coffee (V60 Method) 25 grams of coffee (Medium grind) 400 grams of water at 210F
Directions: Wet filter in V60 ceramic cone with hot water and then discard the water that filters into the coffee carafe. Add 25 grams of ground coffee to the filter. Slowly cover the grinds with water and let coffee bloom for 30 seconds. Pour the remaining water, up to 400 grams, slowly in a circular motion for roughly 3:30 to 4 seconds. Remove wet filter just before last drips of water to keep the brew light and sweet.
Now, how about the coffee! Different coffees suit different dads. Here are a few suggestions, all of which are roasted at our Raleigh, NC coffee roasting facilities:
Coffee for the Bold Dad
Organic Sumatra Mandheling: This varietal comes from the west coast of the island of Sumatra. Most Sumatran coffees are similar in the sense that they all feature deep, earthy bodies, little acidity, and showcase bold, chocolate notes. The Mandheling selection has all of those characteristics, but is also a bit smoother in the cup, with sweeter notes.
Sulawesi Toraja: Traditionally, coffee is dry processed in Indonesia, resulting in a bolder and heavier body, lower acidity, and often earthy, chocolaty notes in the cup. This varietal possesses nice spice notes in the aroma, balanced with full-bodied earthy nuances and hints of fresh cut cedar.
Coffee for the Sweet Dad
Guatemala Coban: Sweet floral and honey aromas entice you into this coffee. The acidity is a bit unusual for a Guatemalan coffee. The acidity in this coffee is present, but it isn’t the first thing you notice, rather it is a nicely balanced acidity that provides support for chocolate malt and sweet citrus and berry flavors in the cup. The body is soft but very present, and provides the canvas for the amazing sweet aftertaste.
Project 512: A blend to mark our 20th anniversary on May 12, 1994, this coffee balances the fruity, wine-like flavors of East African coffee with the bright, lively acidity of Central American coffee. The result is a timeless blend of sweet, fruity notes with a creamy mouth feel.
Coffee for the Spicy Dad
Panama Boquete: Year-after-year, the Boquete region of Panama wins awards for it’s impressive beans. When you taste our Panama Boquete, you’ll understand why. With a cinnamon aroma and flavors of molasses, plumb and subtle hints of spice, this coffee creates a well-balanced cup with a lingering aftertaste.
Kenya AB: Coffees from this East African nation have long been one of our favorites to source. Kenya produces some of the finest coffees in the world. Many factors that attribute to this fact are ample rainfall, warm climates, and their varied processing methods. The most desired coffees from this country are those that possess sweet, tangy acidity, with a well-rounded mouth feel and body.
Coffee for the Mellow Dad
Brazil Alta Mogiana Peaberry: A departure from other Brazilian varietals, this bean packs soft, sweet flavors balanced nicely with stone fruits including dried apricots and plums. The body is exceptionally smooth, and the acidity builds gently—creating a mellow coffee with a clean finish.
Costa Rica Tarrazu: The delicious vanilla aroma of this coffee introduces the palette to this bean’s fresh, juicy flavor. The thing that makes this coffee so special is it’s rich, creamy body and clean, bright acidity that is neither too sweet nor too spicy—but always just right.
Coffee for the Nutty Dad
Jamaican Me Crazy: This premier signature recipe of spicy Jamaican rum, thick French vanilla, creamy caramel and sweet coconut will transport you to the powdery sands of Montego Bay. You might even hear the sounds of the steel drums as you pour a cup of our 100% Arabica coffee and smell the rich aroma of rum, coconut and vanilla. The unmistakable aroma of spicy rum and fruit sinks into a smooth and mellow finish in this complex cup.
Nuts About You! It’s no secret that nut flavors are some of the most delicious additions to coffee. They’re incredibly versatile and complement a wide range of flavors, including combinations of other nuts. Nuts About You! Is our signature mix of three distinct nut flavors: Our Southern roots demand pecans, hazelnut seems made for coffee, and almond gives the blend its distinct candied nuttiness!
For more information on Stockton Graham Coffees, contact a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943.
When many parents are deciding on which coffee shop to visit, they are often looking for a place that will keep their kids entertained while they catch up with friends, get some work done or have a few quiet moments to themselves. Transforming your coffee shop into the family-friendly hangout complete with frappes for kids will make it that much more approachable to a wider universe of customers this summer.
We recently posted a blog article on how to make your store more kid-friendly. We covered everything from modernizing your menu to creating a happy store atmosphere and kid-proofing your service.
Some of the more popular ideas included a designated kids area for scheduled activities like a balloon artist or coloring class. Hosting a Saturday morning story time, a sing-a-long or other weekly kids entertainment is a great way to get the community involved; and the more local families that participate, the more word of mouth will help boost your sales.
Be sure to tweet your Saturday schedule as early as Thursday and Friday nights so parents can make plans, and post pictures of the play space and kid-friendly activities on your Facebook page (secure parent’s permissions for posting children’s photos) to get the word out.
And if you are really interested in building your business in the family-friendly niche, try listing your store on mommaps.com or carolinaparent.com.
Expanded Menu Ideas Featuring Big Train When deciding what to serve to your pint-sized patrons there are many options to consider from milk shakes to frappes and smoothies. If you are considering adding more kid friendly options to your menu why not try a line that is made specifically for younger palates?
Big Train has with a child friendly drink mix that is marketed directly to kids. The Kidz Kreamz® line offers frappe mixes with nostalgic flavors that will appeal to tiny tots and tweenies alike. These make creamy, light drinks that are full of flavor and are also caffeine free.
Available in several fun and fancy flavors such as Bubblegum, Cotton Candy and Orange Cream—or new flavors or Wild Berry Burst and Banana Splitastic—these gotta-have-it beverages couldn’t be easier. They’re shelf-stable so there’s no need to waste valuable space in your refrigerator. They’re Gluten-free, Certified Kosher and contain no hydrogenated oil.
What’s best, they’re simple to prepare: Just pour over ice and either milk or water and blend.
Here’s a summary of some Big Train kid-friendly options:
Cotton Candy Kidz Kreamz: Imagine a State Fair in a cup. The sweet, sugary cotton candy taste may remind you of that airy bagged confection, but it won’t turn to sugar on the tongue.
Orange Cream Kidz Kream: Orange creamsicles, just like the ones you got from that wacky, beat up ice cream truck that drove through the neighborhood after dinner; that’s the orange cream flavor the kids crave!
Bubble Gum Kidz Kreamz: Just like you remember: Classic pink bubble gum flavor blended into sippable and frozen fun. Unlike the gum, this flavor will stay with you as long as you drink.
Wild Berry Burst Kidz Kreamz: Make with yogurt, this is a healthy fruitful sin. Ripe raspberries tangle with sweet blueberries and tangy strawberries for a menage à trois that you’ll always remember.
Banana Splitastic Kidz Kreamz: Another option made with yogurt, Banana Splitastic is like throwing ice cream, whipped cream, caramel and fresh bananas into a blender and pressing START.
Cookies ‘N Cream Blended Crème Frappe: Award-winning chocolate Oreo flavor meets a vanilla milk shake without the ice cream. Kids and parents alike love it.
Cake Batter Blended Crème Frappe: Almost as hot as S’Mores this summer, cake batter gives your customers to indulge in the delight of birthday cake without all the calories.
Health it Up! These Big Train options are great on their own. But you can easily wipe away any of the guilt of drinking a dessert by mixing in a few healthy ingredients. Two tablespoons of yogurt blended into Orange Cream, Cake Batter or Cookies ‘N Cream will be virtually undetectable, but add some healthy pre- and pro-biotics, calcium and protein.
Another option would be to ramp up the fruit. Add some strawberry fruit smoothie mix to flavors such as Cotton Candy or Bubble Gum to create fruity versions of the originals, adding vitamins and tons of flavor. A tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter compliments a wall of Banana Splitastic or Cake Batter flavor while adding healthy proteins.
These Big Train Kidz Kreamz mixes are not just for children either. These nostalgic flavors are great for anyone who would like to take a time out and travel back to their childhood summers. The flavors are attractive to children and adult alike.
Here are some recipes to try:
Strawberry Bubble Gum Milkshake 2 oz Dr Smoothie Strawberry 100% Crushed 4 oz milk 11 oz ice cream 2 scoops (80 g) Big Train Kidz Kreamz Bubble Gum Directions: Combine ingredients. Spindle or blend together.
Cotton Candy Blended Frappe Recipe 1 Packet or 2 scoops (80 g) Big Train Kidz Kreamz Cotton Candy 12 oz Ice 5 oz water Whipped Cream (optional) Sprinkles for garnish
Directions: Combine ingredients and blend. Pour mixture into a cup or glass and garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Cookie Covered Matcha Tea 2 scoops (8 tbs) Big Train Cookies ‘N Crème Frappe 1 tbs matcha green tea 12 oz Ice 5 oz milk Whipped Cream (optional) Crushed cookies for garnish
Directions: Combine ingredients and blend. Pour mixture into a cup or glass and garnish with whipped cream and top with crushed cookies.
For more ideas, more frappes for kidz recipes or to order Big Train Kids Kreamz, call a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943.
During Stockton Graham & Co.’s Taste Kitchen in April, the Kamikaze Matcha-Frapp recipe we featured was hot. (Okay, literally, as the matcha drink included a half ounce of Torani Sweet Heat.) But when a simple matcha drink rocks the world of guests to a Raleigh, NC coffee roaster, you know it’s about to take off.
Read more about the growth of matcha and how you can add it to your menu.
Sun. Sand. And the day off! Everyone is getting excited about the Memorial Day three-day weekend. Traditionally the holiday signals the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation for children across the country. But, of course, it means so much more. This year, as you celebrate our fallen soldiers, and the beginning of summer, remember what a great time it is for a refreshing cocktail or mocktail.
Serving up a refreshing cocktail is one of the best ways for your business to distance yourself from the competition and help your customers stay cool as the temperature heats up. From a cool Mint Julep to a fruity Sangria the options for that perfect drink to make you stand out are endless. For those of your customers that are either to young for alcohol or choose not to indulge, a non-alcoholic alternative that is sure to please their palate.
Mocktails are the less expensive, calorie light, everyone-friendly alternative. By choosing to serve the non-alcohol alternative your store can be more profitable—since alcohol is often the most expensive ingredient in a drink and consumers will usually pay the same price for it.
We’ve come up with a few cocktail and mocktail recipes that are sure to be a crowd favorite and wow all your customers.
Mock Mojito 3/4 oz Monin Mojito Mix Syrup 5 Mint leaves 7 oz lemon-lime soda 8 oz ice Lime wedge Directions: Combine ingredients in separate container and stir. Pour over ice cubes. Garnish with fresh cherry. Serve.
Honey Mango Spritzer 3/4 oz Monin Honey Mango Syrup 1 1/4 oz Davinci Innovations Lemonade 7 oz Sparkling water 8 oz ice Mint Leaves Directions: Combine ingredients in separate container and stir. Pour over ice cubes. Stir in mottled mint leaves. Garnish with lemon wheel. Serve.
Mint Chocolate Mocha-tini ½ scoop Mocafe Azteca D’Oro ½ oz Monin Chocolate Mint Syrup ½ oz Kahlua or other coffee liqueur 1 oz brewed Mocha Java Blend coffee Directions: Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Pour over ice cubes. Serve in martini glass.
Hibiscus Margarita 3/4 oz Torani Hibiscus Syrup 1 oz 1800 Reposado 3/4 oz Triple Sec 1 oz Margarita mix ½ oz fresh lime juice 4 oz ice Margarita salt Lime wheel for garnish Directions: Rim a margarita glass with salt. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.
Raspberry Mimosa ½ oz Torani Raspberry Syrup 4 oz champagne 1 oz fresh orange juice Directions: Combine ingredients in a fluted glass, stir gently and serve.
Stone Fruit Bellini Mock-tini 1/2 oz Monin Stone Fruit Syrup 7 oz sparkling water 8 oz ice Cherry Directions: Combine ingredients in shaker container and stir. Pour into a frosted bellini glass. Garnish with fresh cherry. Serve.
Orange Cream Italian Soda 1 oz Torani Orange Syrup 8 oz sparkling water or club soda Touch of cream 8 oz ice Directions: Combine Torani and soda water in glass with ice. Float cream on top and serve.
Sparkling Mint Lemonade 1 oz Monin Mojito mix syrup ½ oz Monin Lemon syrup 12 oz Sparkling water 8 oz ice Mint Leaves Directions: Combine ingredients in separate container and stir. Pour over ice cubes. Stir in mottled mint leaves. Garnish with lemon wheel. Serve.
Sparkling Espresso 1 shot chilled Seda Dulce espresso 1 oz Monin Pure Cane Sugar syrup 6 oz sparkling water 8 oz ice Directions: Combine ingredients in separate container and stir. Shake vigorously. Pour over ice cubes. Serve.
Download our Cocktails and Mocktails recipe sheet.
Contact your Stockton Graham & Co. Customer Care Associate for more recipes or to place your order for your Memorial Day business. The phone number is 800 835 5943.
Want to shake up your menu for summer—and boost your store’s revenues?
Dozens of local shops said “Yes!” and joined us at the Stockton Graham & Co. Taste Kitchen in Raleigh this week.
The theme of the Spring 2015 Taste Kitchen was “Shake it Up” because we focused on combining the products you probably already have at your shop in new and exciting ways.
By combining ingredients like Matcha Tea and Torani’s Sweet Heat, for example, Taste Kitchen participants learned how to increase their summer profits by as much as $7K- $28K with very little new training and no new equipment.
Creating drinks with influences from Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, favoring exotic, spiced and contrasting flavors will draw in more customers. This is all being sought out with an emphasis on less sugary, healthier options served as anything from traditional coffees to smoothies and gourmet teas.
Download Taste Kitchen recipes now, and if you want to shake up your shop’s menu, call a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943 to get started.
With Two Leaves and a Bud founder Richard Rosenfeld visiting this week, we were inspired by the many gourmet tea options available to passionate tea drinkers. From Earl Gray to Tamayokucha or Chamomile, tea can be transformational.
Like coffee, tea tastes better when properly brewed, and there are many things that can influence a brew. This includes the tea varietal, tea quality, tea type (leaf, bag or powder), water temperature, steep time and even vessel type.
As a general rule, we recommend steeping your tea in a ceramic vessel, but glass is also a great option as well. Metal is best to be avoided as it can give an unwanted taste to your teas. We suggest you use filtered water and avoid tap water. Tap water has chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine to treat it and those can alter the taste
When deciding what you want from a cup of freshly steeped loose tea there are a few choices you will have to make. Choices such as what type of tea do you want. For a single serving you will use 1 to 1.5 heaping teaspoons of loose tea (hence the name teaspoon!).
Green tea: The most popular type of tea, some loose green teas are scented with flowers or mixed with fruits. It can be re-steeped 3-4 times. Boil water to 175º F and steep for 2-3 mins.
Oolong: Also known as wu long, this is full-bodied with a flavorful fragrance and sweet fragrance. Can be re-steeped 3-4 times to get maximum value and flavor. Boil water to 195º F and steep for 2-4 mins.
White tea: The purest and least processed of all teas. This loose leaf-tea brews a light color and flavor. These can be re-steeped 3-4 times. Boil water to 175º F and steep for 2-3 mins.
Black: Known for more pronounced flavors, and, when brewed appropriately, it has a higher caffeine content compared to other teas. Most will recognize this as the tea used for most iced teas. Boil water to 212º F and steep for 3-5 mins.
Pu-erh: An aged black tea from China prized for its medicinal properties and earthy flavor. This is a very strong tea with an incredibly deep and rich flavor, and no bitterness. Boil water to 212º F and steep for 2-5 mins.
Herbal: Does not contain any leaves from the Camellia plant family, these are broken into three categories: rooibos teas, mate teas, and herbal infusions. Herbal infusions consist of pure herbs, flowers, spices and fruits. Boil water to 212º F and steep for 6-7 mins.
A few “Mother, May I” tea recipes
Alpine Berry Tea Cosmo 1 oz vodka infused with Alpine Berry Tea from Two Leaves and a Bud 1/2 oz triple sec 1/4 oz Monin Lime syrup 1/2 oz cranberry juice
Directions: To infuse the alcohol, soak 3-4 Organic Alpine Berry Whole Leaf sachets from Two Leaves and a Bud for 4-8 hours (any more than 8 hours will make the alcohol bitter).
Remove tea sachets from infused vodka. Shake vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge on the rim, and serve.
Bourbon Blood Orange and White Peach Tea Punch 8 oz brewed Paisley Organic Tart Blood Orange Herbal Iced Tea 2 oz bourbon 2 oz Monin White Peach Syrup 1 oz Da Vinci Lemonade Concentrate 12 oz Ice (Optional Sliced peaches to garnish)
Directions: Shake tea, bourbon, and syrups vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain over ice and garnish with a peach slice or muddle the peach slices into tea mixture, and serve.
Vanilla Honey Milk tea 16 oz brewed Mighty Leaf Vanilla Bean 1 ½ oz Torani Real Cream Frappe base ½ oz honey 12 oz Ice
Directions: Shake tea, frappe base and honey together. Pour over ice and serve.
Green-Tea Cranberry Spritzer 8 oz chilled brewed Mighty Leaf Green Tea Tropical 1 oz Torani Cane Sugar Sweetener 3 oz chilled unsweetened cranberry juice 3 oz chilled seltzer 12 oz Ice
Directions: Shake Mighty Leaf Green Tea Tropical, cranberry juice and Cane Sugar Syrup vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain over ice and charge with seltzer and serve.
Watermelon and Blackberry Iced Black Tea 12 oz Ice 1 oz Monin Watermelon Fruit Purée 7 oz brewed Mighty Leaf Wild Blackberry tea
Directions: Fill serving glass with ice. Add remaining ingredients. Stir or transfer from serving glass to other glass and back. Garnish with fresh watermelon.
For more information on brewing tea or to place an order, call a Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943.