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!

Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce Recipes

Torani Peppermint Bark logo and guyThis winter, bring the taste that will inspire the holiday spirit and delight your customers with memories of seasons past. Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce features the timeless medley of decadent white chocolate, dark chocolate and classic candy cane peppermint.

The rich cocoa butter and real milk combined with natural mint flavor create a holiday treat that customers young and old will enjoy. Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce, like all Torani sauces, blends perfectly and consistently with cold, hot and blended beverages.

Call 800 835 5943 to place your order before supplies run out and find your new signature holiday beverage in the recipes below!

frappePeppermint Bark Frosted Frappé
1 oz. Peppermint Bark Sauce
5 oz. Torani Real Cream Frappé Base
Ice

Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender. Blend until smooth. Pour blended beverage into serving glass. Garnish and serve.

Jack’s Frost Mocha
½ oz. Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce
½ oz. Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce
8oz. milk
2 shots espresso

Add Torani sauce to milk and steam. Add to espresso. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle with red sugar

smoothieBlizzard Brulee Latte
1/2 oz. Torani French Vanilla Syrup
1/2 oz. Torani Pappermint Bark Sauce
8 oz. milk
2 oz. espresso

Add Torani Sauce to milk and steam. Add espresso. Garnish with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and a sprinkle of raw sugar.

Jingle Spice Chai
1/2 oz. Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce
4 oz. chai concentrate
8 oz. milk

Add Torani Sauce and chai concentrate to steamed milk.

Peppermint Cheesecake Steamer
1/2 oz. Torani Cheesecake Syrup
1/2 oz. Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce
8 oz. milk

Add Torani Sauce to milk and steam. Add to espresso. Garnish with whipped cream.

You Have Great Coffee… What About Your Tea?

Tea guysPeople who open coffee shops or cafés are usually coffee enthusiasts who are passionate about their beans and their brews, but tend to not take tea seriously, leaving their tea drinkers with very few or low-quality options.

Although we aren’t “tea people,” we encourage our customers to offer premium teas that are on the same level of quality as their coffees. Being in the business of coffee, we hope our customers understand the importance of quality at all levels of the supply chain. The quality of coffee at origin will set the stage for its final taste. Hot Tea guyTea is similar to coffee in this way; the sourcing, processing and brewing of tea determines the flavor profile when it is brewed. Because of the similarities of the two products, the quality of tea reflects the overall quality of the business. Don’t neglect your tea drinkers.

A coffee shop with a full bar has all the equipment necessary to have a successful tea program. If you are a coffee shop with no tea program, you are missing out on business. According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A., over half of the American population is drinking tea on any given day. By catering to their tea drinkers, coffee shops drive more traffic and higher profits. If you are serving food options, iced teas helps up the average ticket price during lunch and afternoon day parts.

cold Tea guyWe have explored many different lines of tea and have assembled an all-star group of premium tea lines designed specifically for the specialty coffee business, including: Mighty Leaf, Two Leaves and A Bud, Paisley Brand and more. These brands are known for their quality and each offer an exceptional product to give options to the discriminating tea drinker.

Read more about our tea offerings below, and give your Customer Care Associate a call at 800 835 5943 if you are interested in receiving a sample:

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Mighty Leaf Tea is passionate about creating the most incredible handcrafted tea blends found anywhere and globally sourcing the finest ingredients available. Mighty Leaf Tea offers selections of the finest teas, including black, green, white, and herbal varieties, many of which are mélanges of fruit, spices and fragrant blossoms.
 TLAB_Kettle_300 Founded in 2005, Two Leaves and a Bud creates high-quality, single-origin teas. Their whole-leaf teas are handpicked and provide the fullest flavors possible with no fillers. Two Leaves and a Bud offers black, green, white and herbal varieties with unique selections like Alpine Berry, Organic Orange Sencha and White Peony.
 PaisleyCatalog_header Meet Two Leaves and a Bud’s “slightly hipper, younger sister.” Each box of Paisley tea includes 20 traditional paper teabags full of flavorful tea that brews up bold and fast. Good lookin’ and good tasting — Paisley is high-quality tea that you can afford! This range of 8 flavors has something for everybody, every day. Not to mention, Paisley Brand Tea is Organic, Fair Trade, Non-GMO, and Kosher. It’s one “value-able” tea!

Seasonal Savings with Big Train!

2014_BigTrain_Holiday_RebateBig Train’s classic fall and winter flavors are back as well as their seasonal rebate program! Until December 31st, 2014 you can receive $5 off a case of the seasonal products listed below.

Manufacturer’s Rebate Form

To reduce supply issues and prepare your store for the busy season, get your holiday pre-order in today! Our Customer Care Associates can work with you to ensure you have the products you need, when you need them to have a successful holiday.

Give us a call at 800 835 5943 to place your holiday pre-order today!

Pumpkin Pie Chai – Combing Chai tea latte with all of your favorite pumpkin flavors— pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice to make the perfect fall treat.

Gingerbread Chai – A perfect blend of Big Train’s chai tea latte infused with
ginger and spices.

Pumpkin Spice Blended Ice Coffee** – Item # BT.610890 Creamy pumpkin and spices combined with Arabica Coffee make a rich and satisfying Pumpkin Spice Latte or Frappe beverage. A returning cutomer favorite!

Egg Nog Blended Crème** – Classic holiday egg nog flavors make a soothing and rich, hot, cold or frozen beverage. Add a shot of espresso to make a latte.

Peppermint Mocha Blended Ice Coffee** – Cool, creamy peppermint with chocolate and Arabica Coffee, give your mocha a new seasonal twist!

**These items are special order.

Introducing NEW Ghirardelli Frappé Flavors & Rebate!

frappe.jpegGet Up To $30.00 Back On New Ghirardelli Frappés!

The rich flavor of Ghirardelli® frappé is recognized by consumers and baristas as the premium choice for blended beverages. Make frozen beverages your customers will crave by using Ghirardelli® ingredients. A dairy base provides a rich, creamy flavor whether adding water, milk or coffee and is formulated to not separate after blending.

A reputation for rich, intense flavors means consumers overwhelmingly prefer to order Ghirardelli® branded products in restaurants and cafés across numerous categories. Made with premium ingredients for exceptional chocolaty drinks Ghirardelli® frappé now comes in three new flavors: Mocha Frappé, White Mocha Frappé and Frozen Hot Cocoa Frappé.frappe.jpg

Call 800 835 5943 To Place Your Order & Save Today!

With over 150 years of experience crafting premium chocolate from bean to bar in Northern California, Ghirardelli® Chocolate is trusted by chefs and consumers to deliver quality and flavor. Customize Ghirardelli® frappé mix with fruit juice, chocolate chips or other flavorings to create a signature drink.

Find recipes below:

Almond Mocha Freeze
1 cup Ice
1/2 cup Milk (fat free)
1/4 cup Frozen Hot Cocoa Frappé
1-2 oz Espresso Milano
1 oz  MONIN Almond syrup

Preparation:
Combine Ingredients. Blend. Garnish & Serve.

Raspberry & White Truffle Frappé

12 oz or 1 1/2 cups Ice
6 oz Skim Milk
1/4 cup White Mocha Frappé
1/2 oz MONIN Raspberry Syrup

Preparation:
Combine Ingredients. Blend. Garnish & Serve.

Chocolate Macadamia Frappé
12 oz or 1 1/2 cups Ice
6 oz Skim Milk
1/4 cup Mocha Frappé
1/2 oz MONIN Macadamia Syrup

Preparation:
Combine Ingredients. Blend. Garnish & Serve.

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