Our 20th Year In Business:
Celebrating Employee Anniversaries

Happy Anniversary Brad and Debra!

We are celebrating our 20th year in the business of coffee by spotlighting employee anniversaries!

Stockton Graham & Co. Brad, our Head Roaster, wears many hats, and has a hand in everything from roasting and equipment maintenance, to ensuring our shipping is running smoothly. After starting in our warehouse in 2003, Brad’s role at Stockton Graham & Co. quickly expanded to coffee roasting and coffee education. He now holds the title of Head Roaster and has been an integral part of our growth. Brad keeps all of our production equipment operating efficiently, and teaches Stockton Graham & Co.’s Coffee College class on Equipment Cleaning & Maintenance. Kirby also travels the world with Brandon Riggs, our Roastmaster and Green Coffee Buyer, visiting coffee farms to learn more about the growing process and what it takes to cultivate the great coffees he roasts.

“Working alongside Brad for over 11 years has been a learning experience for us both and an honor for me.  I admire his hard work, dedication to and knowledge of coffee, among many other things.  His dedication to coffee excellence and expanding his and everyone else’s knowledge of coffee is a key part of our success and growth.” – Jeff Vojta, CEO

“Brad is an integral part of our coffee philosophy here at Stockton Graham & Co.  His knowledge and passion for our coffee has blossomed over the years and his competence at the cupping table is a tremendous asset.  His work ethic and dedication to our customers is unsurpassed, and his ability to switch roles when needed is effortless.  I am looking forward to working alongside Brad for many more years.” – Brandon Riggs, Roastmaster and Green Coffee Buyer

Debra Dolan - Bio

Our Director of Business Development for the Northeast Region, Debra Dolan, has been in the specialty coffee industry since 2000. Dolan is celebrating her second year at Stockton Graham & Co. Debra has done everything from owning a coffee shop to directing a specialty coffee division at a food center. She uses her experience, skills and knowledge to go above and beyond for our customers.

Debra joined our team in 2012, bringing with her ten plus years of experience in specialty coffee. Dolan began her career as a specialty coffee business owner in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Stockton Graham & Co., she worked as a Director of Specialty Coffee and a Sales Representative. Debra is very experienced in the specialty coffee world with certificates from the SCAA, BGA, and Stockton Graham & Co. Most recently, she was chosen to serve as a judge at the 2013 Coffee Fest America’s Best Coffeehouse competition in New York City. Debra teaches some of our Coffee College classes; Brewing Fundamentals, Specialty Beverage Basics and Espresso Basics.

“Debbie is a tremendous asset to Stockton Graham & Co., our customers and to me.  She has unsurpassed coffee and café industry knowledge.  She has a desire and will work hard to find solutions to unique customer problems and opportunities so we all grow and prosper. Her enthusiasm on finding solutions and working with our customers is contagious to all and makes both us and our customers strive for higher levels of coffee excellence.” – Jeff Vojta, CEO

“Debbie is an amazing presence for our company.  With her vast history of how coffee shops function, the business of knowing the right products for the right customers, and keeping up with all the trends in the marketplace she has proven herself to be a valuable asset. She is easy to speak with, passionate about great customer service and an ability to decipher what the needs of her customers are. Debbie is an amazing person, and friend.” – Brandon Riggs, Roastmaster and Green Coffee Buyer

The whole team would like to congratulate and thank you both for your valuable service!

In With The New, In With The Old

NY-Header-2012“Out with the old and in with the new” is a common phrase this time of year, but while 2014 is bringing many new things to Stockton Graham & Co., we are continuing with what we know best… helping our customers offer exceptional specialty coffees and hand crafted drinks to build your business.

The biggest news in 2014 will be around some important upcoming anniversaries. Stockton Graham & Co. will celebrate our 20th anniversary providing great coffees to our customers!  Our sister company, Dilworth Coffee is celebrating their 25th anniversary as the original Charlotte coffeehouse.  At Stockton Graham & Co., several team members will also celebrate anniversaries with the company, with 5 of our team members celebrating over 10 years and two celebrating 6 to 9 years with us.

Last year, we introduced Modern Oats, a certified gluten-free and GMO free on demand oatmeal product for the coffee shop and café. We have been pleased with this product and are excited about the new point of sale materials they have introduced to help you increase your sales in 2014.

Some other continuations of the old into 2014 are two programs introduced during the waning weeks of 2013.  These include our revised Everyday Savings Program with volume based savings so the more you order, the more you save.  To also help you measure your savings or potential savings, our sales and customer care team can work with you on an individual customized savings assessment and pricing grid.

Café Essentials from Dr. Smoothie with their authentic flavors offered a sampling program and money back guarantee that was so well received we are going to extend it through February 28!

We also have learned that the Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce has proven to be a winner in coffeehouses and cafes across the US and will be back for the 2014 holiday season.  For many of our customers that offered it in 2013, it has proven so successful that they wish to continue selling through Valentine’s Day in Winter feature drinks with a different twist!  Torani and Stockton Graham & Co. have some decadent recipes to try, and we have been able to secure a limited number of cases to help our customers continue to offer a truly outstanding flavor phenomenon.

Thom Swain, our SE Business Development Manager and Katie Barnes, one of our Customer Care Associates will be generating build your business ideas and thoughts for our blog and email newsletters including how you can take the time of year, seasonal themes and specials to attract new customers, increase frequency or increase the ticket average to assist you in keeping your menu fresh and enticing your customers with great coffees, drinks and service.

With all that and more, it looks like an exciting new year is upon us!