Why does a coffee shop need syrups, sauces and specialty beverages?

SGC-COFFEE-collegeThe coffee industry is at an exciting place these days. Coffee quality is reaching new heights as communications between roasters, brokers and farmers strengthens. Average consumers are equipped with knowledge and they are excited about coffee and its appreciation. Apart from coffee rust and other environmental factors that threaten it, the future of the industry is looking great, as demand for high-quality, ethically sourced coffee is growing.

Here at Stockton Graham & Co., we often debate the “right” way to do coffee, from offering single origins as pour overs or espressos, to dressing up a blend with flavored syrups and milk. While many of our coffee geeks here would love to make our excellent coffees the only thing we blog about, sample or offer, that wouldn’t serve our customers. The surprising thing about coffee is that most people are introduced to it either as a dressed up beverage, complete with flavorings and topped with whipped cream, or as a cup of low-quality coffee out of can in a dorm room. Very rarely are people introduced to coffee at the specialty coffee level in a high-end shop. A coffee palate is usually developed with practice and appreciation is usually honed over many years.

SGC-equipmentThe reality of the current market is that while coffee consumers are becoming more aware of what true specialty coffee is, it still can be rather intimidating to the novice drinker. That is where syrups, sauces and specialty beverages come in; giving a new customer a place to be comfortable while they are beginning their own coffee journey. Having a diverse menu that includes a variety of popular specialty coffees the general public can enjoy welcomes them in to the coffee industry. These drinks are often the first introduction people have to coffee, and though it is tempting to focus on the cutting-edge trends, we can’t forget that many people are still learning the basics. Our job as a coffee roaster and specialty beverage distributor is to help our customers educate and guide those just beginning their specialty coffee journey.

At Stockton Graham & Co., we try to remember that there are always customers that are being introduced to coffee for the first time. We think that it is important to have menu options that cater to those new to coffee, as well as the experienced coffee drinker. We have a deep selection of some of the best sauces and syrups available to enable our customers to better serve their customers along with a wide variety of coffee to satisfy the experienced drinkers.

Call 800 835 5943 to talk with our Customer Care Associate team or request samples and recipes.

Fall Pumpkin Drink Recipes!

Pumpkin lattes, chais and frappés make saying goodbye to summer just a little sweeter. The unique flavor of pumpkin mixed with subtle spices creates the perfect pairing for cooler weather, leaves changing color and all of the things autumn brings.

The fall season traditionally kicks off the busiest time of the year for coffee shops and with the help of the pumpkin craze we have seen over the last couple of years, you can kick up your ticket sales by bringing in some pumpkin items. Stockton Graham & Co. offers a variety of pumpkin options that are sure to satisfy your customers including pumpkin flavored coffee, pumpkin pie chai, and pumpkin syrups and sauces.

Find your new favorite pumpkin recipes below:

 

DaVinci Butter Rum Pumpkin Pie Latte168_Recipe

3/4 oz DaVinci Gourmet Pumpkin Pie Classic Syrup
1/4 oz DaVinci Gourmet Butter Rum Classic Syrup
1 shot espresso
Steamed milk

Preparation:
Combine ingredients in a 12 oz cup. Mix well.

Torani Pumpkin Pie Mocha
2 oz. Torani Dark Chocolate SaucPumpkin_lattee
1/2 oz. Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup
8 oz. Milk
2 oz. Espresso
Ice

Preparation:
Pour ingredients into glass, add ice and stir! Top with whipped cream if desired.

MONIN Iced Pumpkin White Mocha6401012_Monin_0810_2_1
1/2 oz. Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1/2 oz. White Chocolate Sauce
2 shot(s) espresso
5 oz. half & half
Ice

Preparation:
Combine ingredients into serving glass. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired.

Big Train Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Frappé

6 fl oz water or milkpumpkin-spice-cheesecake-frappe-recipe
2 scoops Big Train Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea Latte
1.5 cups ice

Preparation:
Add water or milk to blender. Add Big Train Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea Latte Mix. Add ice. Blend until smooth.


Call your customer care associate today at 800 835 5943 to make sure you are prepared for pumpkin season. 

NEW Invigorators™ Green Coffee Extract Beverages

DVG-Invigorators-Hero-GroupCustomers are now demanding a variety of drink options throughout the day. With a quick prep time (under a minute) and high profit margin, handcrafted carbonated drinks are the latest and greatest specialty beverage power-player. These easy to prepare rejuvenating sodas are exactly what your customers are looking for in an afternoon pick-me-up. Made with Green Coffee Extract, to add caffeine without the taste of coffee, DaVinci Gourmet Invigorators™ are the perfect product to propel you into the fizzy drink world, and with a $400 million global soda market, this is one bandwagon we suggest you hop on.

GROUP_INVIGORATORSWith three enticing fruit flavors, Kiwi Lime, Orange Melon and Raspberry Pomegranate, DaVinci Gourmet Invigorators™ create delicious fizzy sodas in no time. With a simple 5:1 concentrate, all you have to do is mix with still or sparkling water!

Find recipes below and call your Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to place your order!

Kiwi Lime Cooler

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  • 1.5 oz DaVinci Gourmet Kiwi Lime Invigorator
  • 1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations Lemonade
  • 6 oz soda water
  • Fill with ice
  • Stir and serve
    (Optional: add one slice of cucumber)

Orange Melon Sparkler

  • 5 oz ginger aleDVG-OrangeMelon-glass-fruit
  • 1.5 oz DaVinci Gourmet Orange Melon Invigorator
  • 0.25 oz DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations Pomegranate
  • Fill with ice


Raspberry Pomegranate Rejuvenator

  • 1.5 oz DaVinci Gourmet Raspberry Pomegranate InvigoratorDVG-RaspPom-glass-fruit
  • 2 oz frozen raspberries or blackberries
  • 5 oz filtered water
  • Fill with ice
  • Shake

 

The American

IMG_0698Happy 4th of July weekend from all of us at Stockton Graham & Co.! As a reminder, we will be closed Friday, July 4th 2014. To celebrate, we have created a fun new recipe using Dr. Smoothie Classic Real Fruit Smoothie Concentrate and Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit Smoothie Concentrate. We hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

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2 oz Dr. Smoothie Strawberry
2 oz Dr. Smoothie Blueberry Banana
2 oz Dr. Smoothie Lemonade
Blend 2 oz. of mix separately with 1 oz of water and 4 oz of ice
Layer smoothie in cup using a spoon
Enjoy!

Specialty Beverage Price Change

Stockton Graham & Co. is committed to providing our customers a wide selection of the industry’s top specialty beverage products. We work with our suppliers, vendors and transportation companies to ensure pricing of these products is competitive and stable for long periods of time while ensuring you a great selection and variety of products ready to ship.

Unfortunately there are factors, beyond the manufacturers’ and our control, that impact the pricing of these quality products. These factors include increase commodity pricing of products, transportation, packaging, and vendor increases. During April, three of our larger vendors have announced price changes to many of their products which will be reflected in our pricing. Changes in climate and growing conditions for many food stable crops, fruits, vegetables and cocoa have led to price increases and changes in the underlying food costs of many products. Increasing demand for cocoa and tropical oils in the developing world is causing the costs of these items to escalate.

For items where our purchase costs from the manufacturer have increased, we will have to increase our wholesale prices as well. Typically, the increases on the items with manufacturer increases range from 3 to 5 percent with some, notably chocolate items increasing more. The good news is the price changes do not apply to all product lines and items, with many remaining at the same price.

To help our customers save money and time, we offer a variety of Everyday Savings Programs, from Free Freight to Volume Order Discounts. Call your sales or customer care associate at 800.835.5943 or visit https://www.stocktongraham.com/everyday-savings for more details and examples of how these programs have saved our customers thousands of dollars per year. Our customer care and sales associates can also provide updated Product Listings and Pricing Sheets.

Blend This! Blended Beverage Workshops

Join us for “Blend This!”, a blended beverage workshop and promotions event! Top brands DaVinci Gourmet, Jet, Big Train, Caffe D’Amore and Oregon Chai are sending their beverage experts to demonstrate how you can utilize their products in your cafe to blend bigger profits. The blended beverage industry is worth $4 billion and growing every year!

Kerry will be giving away 2 iPads (one for each event) via drawings. Your name will automatically be entered to win if registered for the event, and upon attending you will receive another entry! There will be extra ways to enter the drawing at the event itself as well.

Presented by: Jill Zimmerman of Kerry Foodservice and Thom Swain of Stockton Graham & Co. They will blend you through achieving higher revenues, industry know how, creative beverage programs that will attract new customers and suggestive selling for blended iced beverages! Be sure to register today to obtain some of this valuable information!

*June 26, 2013 – Thank you so much for attending these successful events!

Jump into Spring with this Jet Arctic Lemonade Promotion!

artic-lemonadeStockton Graham & Co. and Kerry foodservice are teaming up to offer our customers a great flavored lemonade promotion! If you buy 1 case of Jet Arctic Lemonade you will receive 1 bottle of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Raspberry Syrup, 1 Bottle of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Strawberry Syrup, 1 Bottle of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Blackberry Blood Orange Syrup, 1 DaVinci Gourmet Bottle Rack (holds 3 bottles) and 3 DaVinci Gourmet Syrup Pumps for FREE. This great promotion is a limited time deal, while supplies last, so be sure to take advantage of it today!

Jet Arctic Lemonade is the ultimate balance of fruit-innovationssweet and tart, and creates some of the finest frozen lemonade around. Add some syrup to create one of the hottest specialty beverage trends this summer, flavored lemonade! Blend this delicious beverage into your menu and jump into spring with more sales!

Flavored Arctic Lemonade is so easy to make. For a 16oz. drink put 7oz. of Jet Arctic Lemonade Frozen, 4 pumps of a DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation syrup of your choice and 1 cupful of ice into your blender, blend and serve!

See other blender promotions and product promotions for your summer menu on our Blending Equipment & Rebates page.

If you would like more information, recipes or have any questions, call 800.835.5943 to discuss more details with our Customer Care Associates.