It’s Pumpkin Palooza – Fall Coffee Review

Fall officially arrives September 23, but the pumpkin lovers got a head start!

The flavor is already showing up in coffees, chai teas, lattes, smoothies, muffins, yogurt and cookies in coffee shops, restaurants and cafes across the country. In fact, the flavor is so popular this year that industry observers expect U.S. sales to reach $400 million in 2015, with a 15%+ increase over 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Stockton Graham & Co. Pumpkin

At Stockton Graham & Co., orders of pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie flavored coffee, syrup, sauces and latte mixes are flying out of the warehouse at a record pace.

Part of the allure of the flavor is that it is both comfortable and comforting so it appeals to Millennial and Boomers alike. “It’s a flavor line that’s appealing across all age groups,” says MaryAnne Drake, a professor of sensory analysis and flavor chemistry at North Carolina State University. “It transcends demographics.”

So whether you operate a small coffee kiosk or a multi-unit specialty retailer, offering pumpkin spiced anything will help sweeten your fall profits.

For the Love of …

Our combined love for everything flavored with pumpkin go back to Medieval times. That’s when cooks and primeval culinary luminaries waxed poetics about cinnamon spiced and sweetened pumpkin slices baked in pastry like a calzone.

Le Vrai Cuisinier FranciosThe first-ever recipe for pumpkin pie can be found in 1651. Francois Pierre la Vareene, a famous French chef and author of one of the first celebrity cookbook authors, included a recipe for Tourte of Pumpkin in his quintessential French recipe book Le Vrai Cuisinier Francios (The True French Cook).

La Varenne, the foremost member of a group of chefs who codified French cuisine for the court of Louis XIV, published a pie recipe that started with boiling pumpkin fruit with milk. The fruit was then passed through a strainer and mixed with an abundance of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter and baked in a pastry shell.

Pumpkin Pie Comes to America

Across the pond, settlers in the early American colonies relied on the fruit’s long shelf life to keep them alive during the brutal northeastern winters. It was such an important element of the pilgrims’ diet that several Odes to Pumpkin Pies were written such as this:

“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.”
Pilgrim verse, circa 1633

The early American settlers were also known to make a thick pumpkin beer. In large barrels, they fermented pumpkin, hops, maple sugar and persimmons to make this early colonial brew that provided some of the requisite calories and revelry needed to survive some mighty bitter winters.

The Accomplisht CookA generation later, in 1685, chef Robert May published his more-savory version of pumpkin pie that resembles something you might find on the menu at IHOP. His best known cookbook, The Accomplisht Cook (sic), published in 1660 featured this pie recipe:

“To make a Pumpion Pie.
Take a pound of pumpion and slice it, a handful of thyme, a little rosemary, and sweet marjoram stripped off the stalks, chop them small, then take cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and a few cloves all beaten, also ten eggs, and beat them, them mix and beat them all together, with as much sugar as you think fit, then fry them like a froise … Take sliced apples sliced thin round ways, and lay a layer of the froise, and a layer of apples with currants betwixt the layers. While your pie is sitted, put in a good deal of sweet butter before your close it. When the pie is baked, take six yolks of eggs, some white-wine or verjuyce, and make a caudle of this, but not too thick, … stir them well together whilst the eggs and pumpion be not perceived, and so serve.”

POMPKIN PIE

Over a century later, American Cookery, the first known cookbook written by a chef born in America, featured two recipes for Pompkin Pudding baked in a crust. Each of Chef Amelia Simmons pudding recipes were resplendent with artery clogging and waist bulging butter, sugar and molasses, poured over dough and baked in an oven until set.

Pumpkin Pie Becomes Big Business

Pumpkin-flavored beverages have become the American consumers’ most sought-after fall indulgence. According to DataSsential Menu Trends, sales of pumpkin-inspired limited-time offers (LTOs) were up 234 percent from 2008 to 2012.

Market Research company, NPD Group, tracked the pumpkin-inspired beverage purchases at an undisclosed major chain last fall and winter. NPD found that a vast majority of consumers — about 72 percent — purchased the beverages at least once during the offer period. About 20 percent of customers purchased the item twice, and about 8 percent made three or more purchases during the offer period.

NPD Group reported that customers who purchased a pumpkin spice latte spent an average of $7.81, compared with an average check of $6.67 for those who ordered non-pumpkin items.

According to several analysts in the food industry, the flavor’s staying power should be attributed to its association with comfort food in the minds of consumers. And what’s more, there is no evidence of it losing steam.

“In our current culture, in which there’s been a loss of traditions, people are seeking out forms of comfort and security that they had as children,” writes Beth Kowitt of Fortune Magazine who reported a spicy hypothesis of Alan Hirsch, founder and director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. The smell of pumpkin spice brings them back to those moments.

Pumpkin Options for Your Business

Stockton Graham & Co. offers the following options:

STOCKTON GRAHAM & CO. COFFEE

Stockton Graham Pumpkin Spice CoffeePumpkin Spice: With spices like nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, this 100% Arabica coffee is the perfect pairing for chilly evenings and crisp autumn air

Pumpkin Cream: This 100% Arabica coffee features the traditional spicy sweetness of pumpkin pie enveloped in a thick French vanilla

Pumpkin Cheesecake: Cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves combine with sweet pumpkin in this 100% Arabica coffee

Pumpkin Hazelnut: Like the name implies, this 100% Arabica coffee combines spicy pumpkin with rich hazelnut flavors

Monin Torani DaVinci Pumpkin

MONIN

Pumpkin Spice Syrup: Authentic pumpkin pie aroma and taste with a spiced touch – predominant nutmeg

Pumpkin Pie Syrup: A scrumptious combination of pumpkin and baked pie crust flavors accented with nutmeg and cinnamon

TORANI

Pumpkin Pie Sauce: Cinnamon and nutmeg spiced, creamy pumpkin wonderland

Pumpkin Pie Syrup: Nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices murmur softly in the background of a creamy pumpkin pie

Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Syrup: The same flavors as the regular syrup, but sweetened with Splenda®

Pumpkin Spice Syrup: A version of pie with more spice like ginger and cloves in a robust pumpkin-flavored syrup

DAVINCI

Pumpkin Pie Syrup: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger and is reminiscent of the popular holiday dessert.

Pumpkin Pie Sauce: Delicious blend of pumpkin and spices, tastes just like a slice of pie

BIG TRAIN

Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea Latte Mix: Delightfully delicious blend of honey, creamy pumpkin, black tea and exotic spices

Pumpkin Spice Blended Iced Coffee: Artfully blended mix of Arabica coffee, pumpkin and spices
For recipes featuring pumpkin sauces, syrups and coffee, visit our recipes center. To order, call a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943.

Patriotic Recipes for Independence Day

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.Independence Day Recipes

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:

COFFEE-BASED IDEAS

Iced Caffe AmericanoIced 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 FreddoFreedom 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.

COFFEE-FREE IDEAS 

Patriotic LemonadeAll-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.

Torani Popsicles4th 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 CosmoTrue 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.

berry berry smoothieBerryBerry 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.

Heat Up Your Menu with Cold Brew Drinks

Cold Brew RecipesLevi Andersen, the Beverage Product Specialist at Kerry Foodservice, sent over some fresh recipes for luscious springtime drinks featuring cold brew coffee.

As we were testing Levi’s recipes, our friends at Monin pointed out that iced coffee’s share of all coffee on menus at U.S. restaurants and coffee houses continues to jump, indicating that consumers’ interest in cold brew beverages spans all four seasons. What’s more, the National Coffee Association’s 2014 Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee Facts report notes that a full 15% of coffee drinkers prefer iced coffee.

“The last three summers, I have seen more and more excitement about cold brewed coffee,” Levi Andersen from Kerry FoodService reports. “There is a lot of opportunity to debut (or day-brew) new menu items.”

In experimenting with Big Train Vanilla Smoothie, Levi learned that adding cold brewed coffee (ratio of 5 oz of coffee to 2 scoops of mix) lets him create frappes with various coffee varietals with unique flavor profiles. Custom-blending like this allows your shop to develop a bespoke frappe flavor to suit your (and your customers’) coffee preferences.

When it comes to cold coffee, Stockton Graham & Co. prefers our own Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend. It’s a blend of sweet and bright coffees featuring our exquisite Brazil Alta Mogiana Peaberry.

Packed with flavors soft and sweet, our Alta Mogiana Peaberry is balanced nicely with hints of dried apricots and other stone fruits. The body is exceptionally smooth and provides a nice base for the building acidity and clean finish. And this creates a terrific base for Levi’s ice brew recipes!

Vanilla Cold Brew Whipped Cream

1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Madagascar Vanilla Syrup
4 oz brewed Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend (view recipe)
11 oz heavy whipping cream

Directions: Add syrup to cold coffee and then add cream. ISI charge or hand whip until frothy. Pour and serve.

Turkish Hazelnut Cold Brew Frappe

2 scoops Big Train Vanilla Smoothie
0.5 oz DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Turkish Hazelnut Syrup
5 oz brewed Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend (view recipe)
12 oz ice

Direction: Place Big Train Vanilla Smoothie in blender jar. Add coffee and syrup. Top with ice. Blend until smooth, pour into cup and serve.

Turkish Hazelnut Cold Brew Frappe

2 scoops Big Train Horchata
5 oz brewed Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend
12 oz ice

Direction: Place Big Train Horchata in blender jar. Add coffee. Top with ice. Blend until smooth, pour into cup and serve.

Download DaVinci’s March 2015 Thirst Trends for Levi’s recipes and call a Stockton Graham & Co. Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to order Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend from Stockton Graham Coffees.

Mix It Up This Spring

A business suit and flip flops? Short-shorts and high heels? A military-style jacket with nautical accents? Spring’s the time to start mixing it up. And when it comes to beverages at your store, spring’s the best time to plan for cold blended beverage sales.2015_Blender Specials

Last year alone, sales of cold blended beverages increased more than 166%, with fruit smoothies leading the pack. Adding cold blended beverages to your menu can help your business grow. Selling just 10 frozen drinks a day can increase store profits by $1000 a month!

Save up to 55% on Commercial Blenders from and VitaMix.

Stockton Graham & Co.® has partnered with VitaMix® and BlendTec® to help your store get ready for warm weather with savings of up to 55% on popular blender packages.

From the Vitamix Drink Machine Advanced to the Vitamix Quiet One, Stockton Graham & Co. has assembled these blender packages to provide the ability to handle customer orders with speed, consistency and reliability for many seasons to come.

If maintaining a calm and relaxing atmosphere is important at your store, Stockton Graham & Co. offers several low-noise blender options, such as the Quiet One from Vitamix and the Q-Series from BlendTec.

All of our blender packages come backed by the resource and expertise of over 100 years of specialty beverage experience to help your business succeed.

Bonus: Receive Enough Free Product to Pay for the Blender!

For a limited time, Stockton Graham & Co. is offering up to three FREE cases of blended beverage mix and powders with the purchase of a commercial blender package.* Mix and match select products from some of your favorite brands: Dr. Smoothie, DaVinci, Jet, Caffe D’Amore, Big Train, Monin, MoCafe and Torani.

The free cases will allow you to significantly offset the price of a new commercial blender. For instance, a single case of Dr. Smoothie can generate sales of at least $200 when you sell smoothies at a very modest price of $4.00 for 12 oz. Three cases can lead to $600 in sales—more than covering the cost of a new blender.

Contact a Stockton Graham & Co. Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943 to discuss your blender needs and free product options. 

* Receive three free cases of select product from brands listed above with purchase of blender package from Stockton Graham & Co. For Dr. Smoothie only, receive two free cases with purchase of blender package under $500 and three free cases with purchase of blender package over $500. Not all products are available for free case promotion. Discuss available options with a Customer Care Associate. Purchaser pays all shipping on blender and free cases. Offer valid until 8/31/2015.

 

PLEASE NOTE: As of June 1, 2015, Stockton Graham & Co. is no longer taking orders for BlendTec blenders.

Healthy Fruit Smoothies for Spring

Moving into spring, your customers are looking for a beverage that is refreshing and health conscious (bathing suit season is coming up), so the time is right to put smoothies back on the menu!

Adding frozen drinks to your menu could increase sales $1000 a year in a single store! Stockton Graham DaVInci Jet SmoothiesAnd you only need to sell two frozen drinks a day for six months to exceed that mark. That’s because the profit margin on frozen drinks is high, and they literally sell themselves without any additional marketing or advertising. (Although Stockton Graham & Co. offers a wide variety of POS materials including counter cards and signage to our customers.)

To further help you increase sales, MONIN is offering $3 off any case of Fruit Smoothie Mix you buy. There is no limit to how much you can redeem! Click here for the rebate form.

There’s also a rebate on Dr. Smoothie’s 100% Crushed Fruit flavors including the new 100% Crushed Fruit flavors: Beetroot & Berries and Tropical Sunshine. Get up to $120 back on all Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit and Organics through June 2015.

Or, if your business needs a blender upgrade, receive FREE cases of pour and blend smoothie with the purchase of any blender package.

You can choose smoothies from Big Train, Torani, Monin and DaVinci Gourmet (formally Jet)! If you prefer Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit, Classic Smoothie or Cafe Essentials, you can get three FREE cases with a blender purchase over $500 and two FREE cases with a blender purchase under $500. Read all the details on our blender specials.

Jet Smoothies are now sold under the DaVinci name
To start out this smoothie season Jet smoothies have been re-branded to DaVinci Gourmet! With all the classic flavors you have come to love, these smoothies will have no formula changes and no packaging changes. Under the DaVinci brand they offer 3 types of smoothie options:

  1. Natural Smoothies – No artificial flavors or colors, this smoothie is the natural choice for a great tasting, better for you beverage!
  2. Fruit Smoothies – The original pour over and blend smoothie, expect extra fruit flavor in this delicious blended drink!
  3. Non Fat Yogurt Smoothies – An alternative better-for-you smoothie option, this option offers all natural fruit puree & healthy yogurt for twice the health benefits!

Looking for the Green Tea that Jet used to offer in their smoothies? Big Train now offers a Big Train Fruit Tea Blast Smoothie with all the benefits of Green Tea, so Stockton Graham & Co. still has you covered!

Interested in learning more about this new smoothie option? Want to discuss which pour over smoothie best fits your customers’ needs? Call 800 835 5943 and talk to your Customer Care Associate about healthier beverage options today!

Show Your Customers Some Love this Valentine’s Day!

Valentines day-imageThis year Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday, February 14, so your shop should have V-Day themed events and specials all week! Show your customers how much you care by giving them “Valentines”. Keep a few Valentines (aka coupons for discounted drinks) by the register to give out to regular and loyal customers all week.

Be sure to promote your Valentine’s day specials on your Social Media accounts, website and newsletters. You should also have posters, flyers, table toppers and chalk boards promoting any specials in your store. Make sure, as with any special event, your store is decorated to subtly remind your customers of the holiday and the specials they could take advantage of.

On Valentine’s Day, share the love by offering a special discounted  beverage all day! Or, have a small “treat” ready to show your appreciation like a small chocolate for each customer or a free flavor shot! You might also encourage those who have significant others to make visiting your shop part of their date night by offering a buy-one-get-one deal on drinks later in the evening!

Here are a few love-inspired drinks to try on this special holiday:

White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha
Ingredients:

  • 1 Pump white chocolate sauce
  • 2 Pumps raspberry syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • Steamed milk

Pull the shots directly into a cup containing the sauce and syrup, stir gently and add the steamed milk!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
 Ingredients:
  • 5 oz. water
  • 3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate
  • 3/4 (70cc) scoop of Chocolate frappe or iced hot chocolate mix
  • 16 oz. cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend. Optional: Top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate pieces and a small strawberry.
Hot Cinnamon Twist White Mocha
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 oz. Monin Spicy Red Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1 oz.  White Chocolate Sauce
  • 2 shots of Espresso
  • 8 oz. milk
Tips: Garnish with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream.

Contact our Customer Care Department by calling 800.835.5943 for access to samples, POS Materials and more fun ideas.

See Past Valentine’s Day Blogs:
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…
Valentine’s Day / Mardi Gras Coffee Drink Recipes!
Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras Promotions for your Coffee Shop!

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

DVG-Lime-glass-fruit

  • 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