March Coffee College – What to Expect

SGC-COFFEE-collegeOn Friday, March 20th, Stockton Graham & Co. will be holding our monthly Coffee College training. Registration is happening now!

Coffee College is becoming even more popular in 2015, as our customers and their employees look to improve productivity, sales and customer satisfaction.  Registrations for February’s Coffee College are brisk, and it could be sold out this week!

Coffee College is a collection of training sessions we offer customers and their employees. It covers a variety of coffee topics from bean selection to brewing fundamentals to cupping and equipment maintenance. In the most popular class, Coffee and Espresso Basics (also known as Coffee College 101), attendees not only get a first-hand look into roasting coffee, they learn the journey of the bean from seed to cup. Attendees will learn to cup coffees, as well as, how to be able to identify the characteristics and nuances of the coffee. The more you know about the coffees you serve, the better you can apply the knowledge to what and how you serve your customers.

Attending Coffee College at Stockton Graham can carry more benefits than just increasing your knowledge of coffee preparation. A well educated staff can lead to more consistent and higher quality drinks, an increase in customer satisfaction and returning patrons.

One of the main concerns in cafes is having each barista perform and create menu items consistently and proficiently. We offer courses that can help shop owners be relieved of these worries, and reap the benefits of pleased customers that knowing they will always get the perfect drink!

Stockton Graham believes in a well-trained staff. Employees can make or break a business, particularly in the coffee world where the baristas are making the final product. Keep your baristas happy and educated with good training, and you are sure to see more repeat and loyal customers

“All of our associates trained in Coffee College and Basic Barista Certification, from upper management to shipping and receiving. We feel our team members are strongest totally immersed in the culture of specialty coffee. We have invested in staff training and that is why we have been successful,” explains Jeff Vojta, President and co-founder of Stockton Graham & Co.

Been in the Coffee industry for years? Our Coffee College Instructors can assist you, and your staff in sparking a newfound passion for coffee that you can take back your shop! Everyone needs a refresher now and then, or the opportunity to learn something completely new like: Specialty Beverage construction or how to create your own blends.

Coffee College courses include: Coffee & Espresso Basics, Brewing Fundamentals, Cupping for Coffee Shop Owners, Cafe Equipment Cleaning & MaintenanceExploring BlendsSpecialty Beverage Basics and Basic Barista Certification. These courses cover key areas of your coffee & specialty beverage program with hands-on lessons. Coffee College will help you support your great drinks with the know-how to set you apart from your competition!

Most importantly your Coffee College session is based on your needs. Our staff is willing to give you the information your need to help your shop flourish for years to come. To learn more about Coffee College and other certification classes, click here or call 1-800-835-5943 today to register!

Savor The Summer with BIG Savings!

As summer winds down, the sun starts setting a little earlier, pools start closing and people go back to their daily routines. As your customers deal with this change, they will want to hang on to summer sweetness for just a little longer. You can let them have their favorite summer drink while saving big! Frappés, smoothies and Invigorators are some seasonal beverages that customers still crave well in to early October. Take advantage of rebate offers from your customers’ favorite brands like Ghirardelli, DaVinci, MONIN, Big Train and Caffee D’Amore!

 Ghirardelli-Wide Ghirardelli Frappé Rebate
Get up to $30.00 back on NEW Ghirardelli Frappés! [Rebate Form]
 Ghirardelli-Wide Stockton Graham & Co. Instant Rebate
Limited time Stockton Graham & Co. rebate: $5.00 off every case of Ghirardelli Frappés! (Exp. 9/30/2014) Find recipes here.
 wide-davinci DaVinci Gourmet Smoothie Rebate
Purchase one case of any qualifying DaVinci Gourmet Smoothie Mix to get one case FREE. See form for details. (Exp. 12/31/2014) [Rebate Form]
 monin-Wide MONIN Fruit Smoothie Rebate
Receive $3 back for every case of MONIN Fruit Smoothie Mix you buy! (Exp. 12/31/2014 ) [Rebate Form]
 KerryLogo_CMYK_pc Mulit-Brand Rebate – Big Train, DaVinci and more!
Save up to $300 on your favorite brands like Big Train, Caffee D’Amore and Jet! (Exp. 12/31/2014) [Rebate From]

Let Your Business Bloom With New Blender Equipment

Get your business blooming with real fruit smoothies and refreshing frappes!

Spring is here! That means it’s time to get ready for all that warm weather brings: flip flops, shorts and satisfyingly cool blended beverages. The warmer season means a huge opportunity for growth, selling just 10 frozen beverages a day can increase monthly sales by over $1000.  Stockton Graham & Co. is here to help you get “Blender-Ready” with a great blender package, spring recipes and big savings on Vitamix and Blendtec equipment.

Spring is the perfect time to update add frozen beverages to change up your menu, and ultimately increase customer loyalty. With warmer weather comes a huge opportunity to grow your business! Customers crave cool beverages, and after selling the free and rebated products we offer, the profits cover most if not all of the cost of the blenders.

To get your business blooming and booming, Stockton Graham & Co. vendor’s are offering a variety of rebates for smoothie and frappe products.

*Buy any Vitamix or Blendtec blender from Stockton Graham & Co. to receive 3 FREE CASES of Dr. Smoothie, Big Train, Monin, Torani or Mocafe smoothie and frappe products!* (EXPIRED)
*Products are preselected.
Call 800-835-5943 and talk to a Customer Care Associate for details.

Using our retail experience, Stockton Graham & Co. ® offers these blenders to provide the retailer the ability to handle one or many customer orders with speed, consistency and reliability for many seasons to come.

Our Customer Care Associates recommend the Vitamix T&G® 2 BLENDING STATION® as the best deal. For a quieter option, we suggest trying Vitamix’s THE QUIET ONE®, or Blendtec’s Stealth, which are 1/4 the noise of an espresso grinder.

Product Descriptions:

Vitamix – Stockton Graham & Co.® and Vitamix® present the Blender Series for specialty coffee retailers: DRINK MACHINE ADVANCE, T&G 2 BLENDING STATION and THE QUIET ONE. These commercial Vita-Mix® blenders have been designed to blend luscious, mouthwatering frappes and delectable smoothies consistently drink after drink and customer after customer.

Blendtec BlenderBlendtec – Stockton Graham & Co.® and Blendtec® present the Blender Series for specialty coffee retailers: STEALTH, Q-SERIES and EZ. Offering industry-leading power and performance, Blendtec® blenders have been a staple in many specialty beverage shops for years.

 

More Recipe Options

Blended Matcha Mint Beverages

Soda Fountain Inspired Shakes

Blended Frozen Drink Recipes

Other Blended Beverage Ingredients

Go BANANAS this spring with
these fun banana recipes!

The tropical breezes are blowing, and it’s time to celebrate spring! Bring the tastes of the islands to your menu with these delicious banana recipes. Have a luau in your store with a refreshingly smooth Jamaican Me Crazy Smoothie or a majorly mouthwatering Monkey Mocha! Your customers will appreciate the new fun options and come back for more all season.

Banana RecipesJamaican Me Crazy Smoothie
7 oz Pina Colada Smoothie
1 oz Banana Syrup
Ice

Fill cup with ice, add syrup, fill with smoothie.
Pour contents into blender pitcher, blend until smooth.

Banana RecipesMonkey Mocha
½ oz Banana Syrup
1 oz Chocolate Sauce
2 oz espresso
8 oz milk

Combine sauce and syrup in cup. Steam milk.
Then add espresso and steamed milk to cup. Garnish with whipped cream.

Banana RecipesStrawberry & Banana Italian Soda
½ oz Banana Syrup
½ oz Strawberry Syrup
8 oz sparkling water
Ice

Pour sparkling water over ice. Add syrup and stir.

Banana RecipesBanana Pudding Cream Soda
½ oz Banana Syrup
½ oz Vanilla Syrup
8 oz sparkling water
1 oz cream, float on top ice

Pour sparkling water over ice. Add syrup and stir.
Add cream.

Place your order today by calling 800.835.5943.

Torani Real Cream Frappe Recipes for Summer

Torani Real Cream Frappe BaseStockton Graham & Co. has partnered with Torani to help you heat up your summertime sales! For the month of July, when you purchase four (4) cases of any combination of Torani Real Cream or Torani Real Fruit Smoothie on a single order, you will receive a FREE case of Torani Real Cream Frappe of your choice.

Everyone knows that simple, real ingredients taste better. With new Torani Real Cream Frappe Base, your guests can experience a creamier, velvetier and better frappe made with real dairy cream. This product allows you to feature your own espresso, it is all natural with no preservatives, and it’s between 300 and 380 calories for a 16 oz. drink (40% fewer calories than other leading brands).

Here are some great summer recipes to make your frappe menu simple and successful with Torani Real Cream:

COFFEE FRAPPE
2 cups ice
6 oz. Torani Real Cream Frappe Base
1 oz. Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce

CARAMEL FRAPPE
2 cups ice
6 oz. Torani Real Cream Frappe Base
3/4 oz. Torani Caramel Sauce
1-2 shots of espresso

ORANGE CREAMSICLE
2 cups ice
6 oz. Torani Real Cream Frappe Base
1/2 oz. Torani Dairy-Friendly Orange Syrup (2 pumps)

VANILLA CREAM
2 cups ice
6 oz. Torani Real Cream Frappe Base
1/2 oz. Torani Vanilla Syrup (2 pumps)

 

Stockton Graham & Co. Now Offering Mocafe and Cappuccine!

Stockton Graham & Co. is proud to announce the addition of two new leading brands of specialty beverage products, Mocafe and Cappucine! Customers have been inquiring about these lines for some time, so we decided to bring them in. As they are extremely popular for their blended iced drinks, we are excited that they will be available for your customers’ summer enjoyment and help further build your business’ success! We are offering a new product promotion of $5 off a case of all Mocafe or Cappuccine! Expires June 30th 2013

2012--Mocafe-web-LogoA number of products from the Mocafe line are now available, including Original Mocafe Mocha, Caffe Latte, Tahitian Vanilla Latte and Wild Tribe Moka frappe powders. We will also have Precious Divinity Chai, Matcha Green Tea, Mexican Spiced Cocoa and Vanilla Smoothie mixes. Mocafe has been offering high quality specialty beverage products since 1996, and we are thrilled to be able to offer this line to our customers.

logoWe have the entire extensive line of Cappuccine frappe flavors, too! These 27 flavors provide a wide assortment of choices for our customer’s needs, including: Lactose free, no hydrogenated oils, Kosher and Halal approved. Cinnamon Bun and Red Velvet are two flavors Cappuccine offers that can help make your cafe unique. Winning numerous specialty beverage awards since 1994, Cappuccine has solidified itself as a top contender in the blended iced coffee world. We are excited to have more options for our customers to choose from with this delicious brand.

POS for these brands and samples are also available from Stockton Graham & Co.. Remember that samples are free, so if you would like to try one of these new products, just ask your Customer Care Associate to include it in your next order! Mocafe is also offering blender specials through Stockton Graham & Co. Purchase a Vitamix or Blendtec blender from us and you will receive, 3 cases of Mocafe Product! Cappuccine has a direct purchase program that you can learn more about here.

Upon tasting in house, both brands were well received with the Stockton Graham & Co. staff. These new brands will help your shop create signature blended drinks that will have customers returning for more! If you are looking to serve delicious, creamy, blended iced coffee beverages, call your Stockton Graham & Co. sales associate to discuss updating your specialty beverage program! Call 800.835.5943 today to get pricing and learn more about these great new product lines!

Blended Frozen Drink Recipes for Summer!

smoothie-frappe-drinkAs discussed in our Summer Promotions and Building Business with Frozen Blended Drinks blogs, blended drinks such as frappés and smoothies are big sellers for Cafés in warmer summer months. To help you create some great menu items, the Stockton Graham & Co. team have chosen a few recipes to share. Our variety of allied products help create all these quick and easy drinks, so be sure to discuss all your options when talking to your Customer Care Associate.

According to the StudyLogic 2012 review, sales for frozen coffee beverages reached $4.3 billion, in the U.S. alone, in 2012. This is a huge and delicious market that you can easily take advantage of with a few products. It’s been reported* that the top 5 frappé flavors are: mocha, caramel, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Offering at least one of these top 5 is a must, but explore more flavorings for a specialized option.

Torani has released their Real Cream Frappé Base for the summer of 2013, that makes a real easy and quick variety of frappé drinks. All you need to create a 16 oz. drink is 2 cups of ice, 5 oz. of Torani’s Real Cream Base, 1 shot of chilled espresso and 1 oz. of any syrup or sauce. Blend it well and you have a delicious and savory frozen coffee drink. We suggest Raspberry syrup with the Vanilla Real Cream Base. This creates a creamy raspberry milkshake flavor with the hint of espresso.

If your choice of frappé mix is powders, we have a variety of options there as well, from Caffe D’Amore, Big Train and Café Essentials. Consider making a “Peanut Butter Bliss” with 3 oz. of a vanilla frappe powder, 5 oz. of milk, 2 oz. peanut butter syrup, 1 oz. of caramel sauce and ice. You can adjust this recipe with a shot of chilled espresso or 1 oz. of chocolate sauce as well.

Entice customers looking to indulge, with a “Mocha Cookies and Crème Frappe”. Just take 5 oz. of milk, 2 scoops of a Mocha Frappe Powder, 16 oz. of ice, 1 chilled shot of espresso and blend, then add 1 scoop (70cc) of cookie pieces and pulse in until well blended. This rich and creamy mocha concoction will have customers begging for more.

Smoothies are very popular now as meal replacements, protein suppliers, tasty snacks or just a healthy specialty beverage to enjoy. The top 5 smoothie flavors are strawberry, strawberry banana, mango, peach and wildberry, so any of these options will satisfy your customers. Branch out by pouring different flavors into the same cup as a smoothie “mix-n-match”, it’s a 2 for 1 deal for your customers! Stockton Graham & Co. offers a variety of real fruit smoothie options for our customers, from industry leaders Torani, Jet, Big Train, Monin, Teawave and Dr. Smoothie.

Give your customers a taste of the islands with a delicious “Mango Pineapple Smoothie”. Put 3 oz. of Mango smoothie mix, 3 oz. of pineapple juice and 2 cups of ice in a blender and blend till smooth.

Dr. Smoothie has a great recipe called “Indigo Isle” where you mix 2 oz. of water, 3 oz. of strawberry banana concentrate, 2 oz. of blueberry banana concentrate and 16 oz. of ice in a blender. Then pulse in 1 strawberry and 5 blueberries afterwards for a great fruit texture.

Adding supplements or frappe mixes to your smoothie mix can make for a creamier, fruity drink. Blend together 2 oz. of a cream base, 6 oz. of peach smoothie mix and 16 oz. of ice for a delightful “Peaches N’ Crème” drink. Customers will enjoy how sweet and subtle the tart of the fruit is.

To help you get your blended frozen beverage program on the right track or for a minor tune-up, Stockton Graham & Co. has set-up a blender equipment special. If you purchase one of our Blendtec or Vitamix blender options, you can receive FREE cases of assorted product from Jet, Torani, Caffe D’Amore or Dr.Smoothie! Programs for Mocafe and Cappuccine products will be coming soon! We also have promotions going on from Dr. Smoothie (Whey Protein Promotion) and Jet (Flavored Lemonade Promotion) that can get you FREE product with your purchase of blending concentrates, click the links above to learn more.

Don’t forget to decorate your frozen blended drinks. Top them off with whipped cream, pieces of fruit, a drizzle of sauce or nuts to really impress your customers. These sweet and tasty specialty beverages will sell themselves, and have customers coming to your café all summer long. Give us a call at 800.835.5943 today to order some beverage mixes, or to discuss more recipe options with our sales team!

* Mintel , All Segments Report from 2012