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.

 

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ChristmasDec 22, 2pmDec 23, 3pmDec 26
New YearsDec 28, 2pmDec 29, 3pmDec 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.

Coffee for our Veterans on Veterans Day

In the words of Calvin Coolidge, Veterans Day is “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace,” and to us it’s a great day to share a cup of coffee with our veterans.Coffee Veterans Day

We here at Stockton Graham & Co. love to support our veterans any day and especially Veterans Day. Every year, we make donations of coffee to a group of Vietnam veterans who have an annual reunion. One of these veterans, Phillip Leslie, has been a customer of ours since the inception of Stockton Graham & Co.

“Phil has been a meaningful customer,” said Jeff Vojta, co-founder and CEO of Stockton Graham & Co. “We have really deep connections with him and this is a means of thanking him and calling attention to all of our customers who are veterans.”

To help celebrate Veterans Day, we sent five pounds of our Costa Rica Romelia and five pounds of our Colombia decaf coffee to share at the veterans’ reunion. Costa Rica Romelia is a crowd favorite for its aromas of honey and sweet orange zest. The body is well-rounded and silky…perfect for sipping while celebrating.

Don Roberto Tarrazu coffeeOur Colombia decaf is a favorite among veterans who are watching their caffeine intake. It’s a medium, balanced coffee with a dry acidity that complements pastries, donuts or other sweets without overpowering them.

This year the veteran reunion will be held in San Antonio, TX. We will donate coffee again as a thank you to them for their service to us and our nation. Last year the reunion was in San Diego and next year it will be in Washington D.C.

This is a group of some 1800 members who were a part of the Second Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division who served in Vietnam from October 1965 to April 1971.

The reunions are held as close to Nov 10th as possible, because November 10, 1776 is the birthday of the Marine Corps.

Please join us in celebrating the day and recognizing the service of our brave veterans on this Veterans Day.

 

 

 

 

Nicaragua Selva Negra Coffee – From Seed to Service

Nicaragua Selva Negra Coffee From Stockton GrahamThere is something very endearing about a true crop-to-cup story in the world of coffee, as is the story of Nicaragua Selva Negra coffee.

From a farm in Nicaragua to an importer in Georgia to a coffee roaster in North Carolina, this is a true story of partnership at coffee’s source. And this isn’t just buzz or marketing. Stockton Graham & Co. is supporting the Selva Negra farmers every step of the way: from seed to service.

Meet the Kuhl-Hayn family: Eddy Kühl and Mausi Hayn. They are the owners of the Selva Negra coffee estate in Nicaragua. Their daughter Heddy Franklin and her husband Steve Franklin live in Atlanta, GA where they run a coffee importing company called Beanealogy. Their company also serves their coffee in a shop called JavaVino.

For years, we have been buying beans from Steve. We roast them to bring out their delicious honey and caramel aromas and their smoothly sweet chocolate flavors that are part of what makes Nicaragua Selva Negra coffee so special.

On the Farm with Stockton Graham & Co.

In addition to offering roasted beans from the estate, Stockton Graham & Co. has had the pleasure of visiting and working with the Kuhl-Hayn family in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua Selva Negra CoffeeOur roasting team spent some time on the Nicaragua Selva Negra coffee estate. We assisted with organic farming, sustainable milling and processing. We also helped with the vast social, medical, educational, professional and cultural services the Selva Negra community provides estate workers and their families.

I had the chance to catch up with one member of our roasting team that spent time with the Selva Negra farmers: our Director of Coffee Brad Kirby.

“We were able to spend several days at the Nicaragua Selva Negra coffee estate,” Brad said. “That gave us the chance to spend time picking cherries and seeing the cherries all the way through to the drying patio.”

“We were also invited to come be a part of payday on the farm,” Brad said. “It was interesting and eye opening to see hundreds of pickers, with their families, come and line up to be paid in cash.” The estate employees over 300 workers.

The trip was organized through Steve Franklin, co-owner of Beanealogy and JavaVino.

“We like taking people down to Nicaragua to the farm so they can see first-hand how we treat others,” said Steve. “It shows that what Mausi is doing is good and supports the way of life that most farmers wish they could have.”

Mausi is the matriarch and the visionary. She comes up with sustainable ideas of how to impact her community for good, both ecologically and socially. Her husband Eddy is an engineer who then puts systems in place to make her ideas have traction. Their daughter Heddy and son-in-law Steve began purchasing 5-10 percent of the coffee from the farm and now they purchase up to 70 percent.

Nicaragua Selva Negra Coffee

Nicaragua Selva Negra coffee is mostly the Arabica Bourbon varietal, mixed with some Caturra. The Bourbon varietal, named after the island of Bourbon where it was first cultivated, is fragile and doesn’t produce as many cherries as other varietals; but the coffee it does produce is sweet, lush and complex.

Catucupping-attributes_selva-negra-2rra is a mutation of Bourbon discovered in Brazil. It is distinguished by its bright acidity and low-to-medium body. With less sweetness than its parent, Bourbon, the addition of the Catarrh bean helps create a more balanced cup when brewed.

“Nicaragua Selva Negra coffee produces a cup that balances a mild tang with a toasty sweetness,” said Stockton Graham & Co.’s Director of Coffee Brad Kirby. “Its bright acidity gives way to a softly sweet yet brisk flavor.”

Brad points to the coffee’s medium body and smooth mouth feel, a combination that is familiar to the American palate. “Our Selva Negra is a very accessible coffee with flavors of bright summerfruit and sweet milk chocolate,” Brad said. “The sweet chocolate carries into a delicate finish.”

The History of Selva Negra  

Selva Negra is an estate that is located between the cities of Matagalpa and Jinotega in Nicaragua. It sits on the historical highlands, where German immigrants set up the first coffee farm back in the 19th century.

The Selva Negra farm is called La Hammonia. It was acquired by Eddy Kühl and Mausi Hayn in 1975. The estate also includes a coffee mill and an eco hotel, which caters to tourists who enjoy the clean waters and lush forests around El Arenal volcano.

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The eco lodge staff is mostly made out of people who live in the property also, wives and children of workers. Some of them have been there since the beginning in 1975; others have retired but have left their children in their old positions. They work as one big family.

Environmental projects are carried out each year always seeking for new, better and more efficient systems. Some of these projects include using earth tubs to decontaminate coffee wastewater, improved system for treating bathrooms and toilets’ sewage, reforestation, methane gas production and microorganism production to improve soil quality.

To order Nicaragua Selva Negra coffee, please call 800 835 5943 or email orders@stocktongraham.com

Deck the Halls (and your store) with Holiday Flavored Coffee!

Holiday flavored coffee is here! We at Stockton Graham & Co. have been buzzing about getting ready to introduce to you our Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Winter Wonderland Coffee and our Gingerbread Coffee. This is a great addition to your coffee shop for the holidays. Mintel Research tells us that flavored coffees are preferred at the top of the list of menu options after pastries, espresso and espresso beverages!!!

The History of the Flavored BeanHoliday Flavored Coffee pumpkin spice coffee

Flavored coffee beans are coated with flavor compounds to supplement coffee beans’ natural taste. Flavored coffees in one form or another have been used for centuries, but the gourmet coffee boom of the 1990s resulted in an increased interest in exotic flavors of coffee. With current technology, the beans can be produced with almost any flavor imaginable.

Although many people regard flavored coffee as a modern invention, its roots are almost as old as the beverage itself. History tells us that a few hundred years ago in the Middle East, people enjoyed drinking coffee blended with nuts and spices. In modern times, creative marketers have taken advantage of coffee drinkers desire for more flavor than nature yields and have found ways to introduce flavoring into coffee. It began with flavored syrups to spike brewed coffee with a flavor. More recently, food science has given us tools to introduce flavor onto the bean without the calories or the sugar. This is done as part of the post roasting process.

holiday flavored coffeeThe raw beans which are processed, either naturally or using the wet method to wash away the cherry from the seed (or the bean), are then ready to be roasted. The appropriate amount of flavoring to be used must be determined before flavor oils can be added to the roasted beans. The formulation process is similar to the way one decides how much sugar to put into a cup of coffee or tea. Once the precise amount is set, the dosage is held constant for that particular flavor oil and roasted bean combination. It is interesting to note that the flavor can be added to the beans while they are whole but also after they have been ground. The method for introducing flavor into ground coffee is different. We at Stockton Graham & Co. always introduce the flavor post roast and whole bean and we delight in bringing you flavors of holiday cheer.

All of our holiday flavored coffee is made with natural flavors. What a great way to market these coffees at your store. This is something that is important to many health conscious consumers of all ages. It is also important to note that the flavor added to the beans do not add calories to the average of three calories a cup of black coffee has.

Pumpkin Spice – Out of all Stockton Graham & Co.’s holiday flavored coffee, Pumpkin Spice is our most popular fall offering. With its aromatic blend of autumn spices such as nutmeg, clove, and hints of cinnamon, this 100% Arabica coffee is the perfect pairing for chilly evenings and crisp autumn air.

holiday flavored coffeeWinter Wonderland – In celebration of the holiday season, we’ve put four outstanding flavors together in an enticing medley: a winter wonderland of hazelnut and caramel blanketed by a powdery snow of vanilla and coconut. It’s guaranteed to keep the cold away and warm your spirit with holiday cheer!

Gingerbread – The spicy-sweet confections of Eastern Europe inspired this coffee. We’ve captured the scent and flavor of warm loaves of gingerbread fresh from the oven and complemented it with our own blend of cinnamon and hazelnut for a uniquely snappy taste!

Call a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943 or email orders@stocktongraham.com

3 Ways to Attract Millennials to your Coffee Shop at the Holidays

Millennials are experiencing the holidays differently than generations before them. This shift means (among many things) that millennials are seeking experiences that enrich and fulfill as opposed to objects that clutter and collect dust. One of the key ways that millennials are seeking to have these experiences is through technology.

holidaysHave you stopped to consider how your coffee shop can meet the needs of millennials for experiences? It is important to take these young consumers into account as you strategize attracting more business this holiday season.

We have some ideas that will help you invite and keep this demographic that is now more than one-quarter of the nation’s population. Although in general they are more reserved in their spending, there is one time of the year millennials are leading the charge in spending: the holidays; And there is one item that millennials can’t get enough of: coffee. Buying coffee nearly twice as often as older generations, young people spend about $80 per month on cups of Joe, well above the overall average of $67.

1. Partner with a Cause for the Holidays

Millennials want to contribute to something bigger than themselves. In fact, fifty percent of millennials would be more willing to make a purchase from a company if their purchase supports a cause. The holidays are a great time to celebrate goodwill and compassion for humankind.

Consider partnering with a local non-profit and donating a portion of your sales of a particular item towards a good cause. This could be a local homeless shelter, clean water in underdeveloped nations or an organization you believe in and are passionate about.

A good example of this is the partnership that Stockton Graham & Co. has formed with Grounds for Health. In this partnership, $1 from each purchase funds life-saving health care for women in Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Peru. Tis the season to give (and in giving, millennials will continue to return to your shop to cheer you on as you cheer others on).

2. Advertise your space

The holidays are a time for coming together and celebrating friends and family. Millennials value experiences over having material goods. Many millennials are far from home and looking for a place to connect during the holiday season. Consider renting out your cafe space for events or even planning events yourself. This could be a holiday party, a local church choir concert or celebrating holiday birthdays.

By renting your space out you are making deeper connections with your millennial shoppers who are longing to connect on a more substantial level. You are investing in relationships that will continue to grow as you create a space for them to have more experiences. It is also great exposure for people who have never set foot in your shop to become familiar with you.

Gift cards are big with millennials so as you are renting out your space for that gingerbread decoration, be sure to have your gift cards displayed front and center.

3. Tap the Technology Trend

Lastly, the best way to reach the next generation of consumers is through their smart phone. Millennials are nearly two times more connected through technology than any other generation. This translates to 13 percent of millennials using a mobile app to determine their venue.

To get and keep their attention, you have to offer a service, product or information while making it easy to connect to your establishment.

“Technology is changing the way that people are buying their coffee,” said David Sprinkle, Research Director, Packaged Facts, during a recent National Coffee Association (NCA) webinar on food service coffee. But avoid a straight sales pitch he advises. “Don’t just hawk your product, but provide information and services that are of interest to your consumers.”

Are you pairing items that are popular with millennials and posting it on Facebook? Use social media to let them know what is new and why you are offering it. Technology is a great tool to sell that new pumpkin spice latte, or the gingerbread mocha. Millennials are already online, meet them there.

Phone ordering is a new way of ordering coffee as well. This is a reflection of the on the go mentality of many millennials. Consider having an app created for your coffee shop that would allow your consumer to order and pay for the coffee before they get to your counter. You could roll this out just in time for the holiday season when consumers will be busy spending and shopping.

In general, the holidays are a time of cheery vibes and increased spending. Your younger consumers will appreciate the fact that you have shown that you care about them. This will also help to create a sense of relationship (which is exactly what the millennial is looking for) between you and your millennial shoppers.

To speak with a customer service associate please call 800 835 5943.