Christmas in July

Christmas in July Promotion Ideas and RecipesThe summer heat can be unbearable. The sun is beating down, heat is rising from the asphalt and you’re sweltering and dripping sweat. When the temperature peaks and the heat wave feels like it will never end, people start yearning for snow, ice and all of the lovely things winter brings. This includes holiday cheer, cold winter nights and the Christmas Season. While you can’t make December come any quicker, you can have Christmas in July! This fun celebration brings the feelings of the winter season to the scorching summer months. Lots of families are celebrating the holiday in the summer with long distance relatives and friends, who can’t travel during the inclement winter weather. Also, people enjoy giving holiday presents during the summer, when the sales are good. Having Christmas in July in your store can be a fun way to get your customers through the summer and look forward to the months ahead. Find inspiration and recipes to bring the celebration to your store below:

Recipes:

peppermint_bark_drink_0Peppermint Bark Frosted Frappé

  • 1 oz. Peppermint Bark Sauce
  • 5 oz. Cream Frappe Base
  • Ice
  1. Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender.
  2. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour blended beverage into serving glass.
  5. Garnish.

Santa’s Surfboard Shake

  • 1/4 oz. Coconut Syrup
  • 3/4 oz. Banana Syrup
  • 4 oz. milk
  • Ice

1. Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender.
2. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour blended beverage into serving glass.
5. Garnish.

Maple Christmas Cookie Latte

  • 2 oz. Espresso
  • 1 oz. Maple Spice Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. White Chocolate Sauce
  • 12 oz. Milk
  • Ice

1. Pull the shots directly into a cup containing the sauce and syrup.
2. Stir gently.
3. Add milk!
4. Garnish with whipped cream if desired!

Campfire Frappe

  • 1 oz. Espresso
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Smoothie Powder
  • 1 oz. Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • 3/4 oz. Toasted Marshmallow Syrup
  • 4 oz. milk
  • Ice

1. Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender.
2. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour blended beverage into serving glass.
5. Garnish.

 

Specialty Coffee Roaster, Stockton Graham & Co., Turns 20

STG513-ID-stickerJeff Vojta, co-founder and President of Stockton Graham & Co., a specialty coffee roaster and wholesale beverage, equipment and accessory distributor located in Raleigh, NC, announced that the company will celebrate 20 years in the business of coffee on May 12, 2014.

Stockton Graham & Co. started as a coffee shop, Classic Coffees, on Six Forks Road in 1994. The single store grew to include roasting and the business evolved into Classic Coffee Roasting Company. As the wholesale and distribution business grew, the business moved to the current 4320 Delta Lake Drive, Raleigh address in 1999.

To better reflect the wholesale mission and values, the name of the company was changed to Stockton Graham & Co. Today, their mission of roasting great coffee and helping customers succeed in the business of coffee is still a reality.

“Our success has been built upon helping our customers succeed in serving exceptional coffees and handcrafted beverages, while providing outstanding customer service,” said Vojta. “Our team of dedicated coffee professionals is committed, not only to expanding our knowledge of coffee, but to help our industry further develop and promote specialty coffee standards; thus ensuring our industry and company’s continued growth and enabling 20 more years of coffee excellence.”

Stockton Graham & Co. is committed to helping specialty retailers build superior and successful coffee businesses. For more information about Stockton Graham & Co. and its products, or to place an order, call 800-835-5943 or visit www.stocktongraham.com.

About Stockton Graham & Co.:

Founded in 1994, Stockton Graham & Co. is nationally known for roasting great coffee, developing customized specialty coffee and beverage programs, providing operators the keys to building enduring specialty coffee businesses, creating and promoting coffee industry standards and trends, and offering customers unsurpassed knowledge and tools to serve quality coffees and other hand-crafted specialty drinks. For more information, visit www.stocktongraham.com.

Celebrating May Anniversaries

In honor of Stockton Graham & Co.’s 20th year in business, we have been celebrating important dates for the company. This May, we are celebrating two pivotal Stockton Graham & Co. team members’ anniversaries, Jeff Vojta and Robbie Oakley.

polaroid-jeffJeff Vojta is celebrating 20 years in the coffee industry! Being a part of this business since 1994, Jeff has served in many roles including, barista, coffee shop owner, roaster, delivery driver, green coffee buyer and trainer. His love for coffee lead him to start a coffee shop, “Classic Coffees” and the rest is Stockton Graham & Co. history. He started roasting his own coffees and selling to the local area and now serves as our CEO.

 

Jeff has traveled the world looking for great coffee and speaking on specialty coffee, including a trip to Dubai and Nicaragua. He loves learning about the different cultures involved in coffee growing as he travels and trying all the local cuisine along the way.

“This month represents twenty years of our company being in existence, and I have had the privilege of being present twelve of those years.  I first met Jeff on a buying trip in Costa Rica, and could see the passion and excitement he had not only for his company, but also for the relationships that connected his business to specialty coffee. There are far too many examples to relate as to what I have learned from Jeff, but perhaps the biggest thing is that one should never stop learning in this industry.  Specialty coffee is his passion, and while I was not here during our company’s infancy with the retail locations, the success of Stockton Graham & Co. is a testament to what Jeff built in those early days.  Here is to twenty more years, Jeff!  We are all honored to be part of this amazing team of professionals.” – Brandon Riggs, Director of Coffee

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jeff since we designed the logo and corporate identity for Classic Coffees Roasting Company in 1997. He’s helped me through a lot both professionally and personally throughout the years, and has given me and my staff a lot of great opportunities to do fun, creative work from helping to name the company in the early days, to the new positioning and branding with cut paper graphics. I am thankful to have Stockton Graham & Co. as a client and Jeff as a friend, and I admire his big heart and big ideas!” – Wendy Coulter, CEO – Hummingbird Creative Group

 

Robbie OakleyThis May marks Robbie Oakley’s 2nd year at Stockton Graham & Co.! Starting with us in 2012, Robbie handles many tasks in the warehouse throughout the day. He considers himself responsible for accurately picking and packing each customer’s order and ensuring that it arrives in a timely and intact manner. His genuine concern for the customer makes Robbie a great member of our team. Robbie is a great worker and leader and we are glad to have him as part of our team!

“While Robbie has only been with Stockton Graham & Co. for two years, he has become an indispensable member of our team. Not only does he work hard to ensure customer orders are sent out on time and correct, he helps to build team work and spirit in the back with creative team building events.” – Jeff Vojta, CEO

“Robbie’s dedication to our customers is evident in how he has transformed our shipping/receiving department.  He has implemented several new ideas to ensure customer orders are processed and shipped correctly, and is an integral part of our warehouse team as the leader.  His vast background knowledge of deadlines and time sensitive projects has added new dimensions to our capabilities.  His creative nature and leadership inspire everyone here at Stockton Graham & Co.” -Brandon Riggs, Director of Coffee

Thank you both for your hard work!

Fourth of July Promotions to Celebrate With in Your Coffeehouse!

CUP-flag There is no bigger celebration in summer than the annual celebration of America’s independence, July 4th. Fireworks, sparklers, teas, red, white and blue can be found in abundance, during the festivities.  Be sure to celebrate this holiday with your customers by offering some patriotic promotions! Here at Stockton Graham & Co. we have come up with a few ideas to promote your independently owned shop during this Independence Day Holiday!

The 4th of July is not just about remembering the nation’s freedom, but as well as our own. As many of our customers are independent, local businesses, we suggest you use this holiday to shine a little light onto yourself. Remind your customers that by supporting independent shops, they are supporting small business, and the local economy. Have an “Independent Independence Day” celebration, where you not only recognize our country, but one of the things that make it great, local business. Your specialty shop’s independence and freedom is something that makes your business standout, just like America!

Create a specialty beverage just for the week of July 4th. What about an Iced Americano? Traditional Americanos are 1/3 espresso and 2/3 of hot water, so it’s an easy drink to turn iced. Just chill the espresso and use cool water instead of hot! Frozen Lemonade is a great 4th of July beverage, especially if it’s flavored with strawberries or blueberries to make it “red, yellow and blue”.

You can even go so far to have a 4th of July whipped cream to top all your specialty coffee beverages with. Just mix red and blue food color stripes into your whipped cream, or consider flavoring it with berries. All you need is 3oz of strawberry or blueberry syrup, ½ a pint of heavy whipping cream and your whipped cream canister.

Since it’s the 4th you can create special reward cards to hand out, that day alone. 3 drink purchases in the next 2 weeks will get the card holder a free 4th! You can specify which drinks you would like included in this promotion or let them choose from your entire menu, it’s a celebration and great way to award customers!

Flavored lemonade and teas are big hits during the blistering months of summer. Set up a lemonade or tea bar the week of the 4th and let customers create their own flavored drinks. Who knows, maybe someone will create your next menu item! This will also give many customers an introduction into flavored iced drinks, and let them know they can purchase them from your shop.

Consider doing a 2 for $4 promotion on the 4th! You can choose any deal. We suggest 2 medium Americanos for $4, or 2 small smoothies for $4. “$4 Beverages on the 4th” is a fun promotion to get people to share your drinks with their friends or family members, and introduce your shop to more customers! If you sell cookies or other baked items, this is another great time to use this promotion, a baked good with a drip coffee for $4 dollars on the 4th.

If your town has a 4th of July parade, sponsor a float with your baristas riding on it! Make sure your shop’s name is prominent, so you can get the advertising. This is something fun for your employees and the community. Let the crowd know about your great beverages with coupons to hand out, promotional cups, candy and more. Get creative!

Stockton Graham & Co. has several promotions going on this summer to help you with your Independence Day celebrations. Our blender program offers free products when you purchase a Vitamix or Blendtec blender from Stockton Graham & Co. We have $5 off  a case of new brands Mocafe and Cappuccine until the end of June. Explore your blended lemonade options with our Jet Arctic Lemonade Promotion. There are also, new cups and lids to make your shop stand apart and show it’s independence.

July 4th is about independence, freedom and community. Take advantage of these great promotional ideas to get your customers involved more with your shop. Here at Stockton Graham & Co. we are happy to offer more suggestions and ideas specified to you, just call your Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 today to learn more!