Ride the Green Wave with Organic Syrups from MONIN

Green coffee shops are a rising star in the specialty coffee industry, offering a wide variety of environmentally and socially responsible coffee options.

Fully organic shops are generally most successful in “mature” coffee drinking markets where customer taste and income levels tend to be higher. Stockton Graham & Co. offers a variety of sustainable coffee selections for organic shops.Monin Organic Vanilla Syrup

But even if you’re not in a market that can support a fully fair-trade or green business, adding certified organic syrups to hot and cold drinks on your menu could help your store ride this wave.

MONIN Organic Syrups are certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI), certified Vegan, Kosher, Halal and are Gluten and GMO-free. A yogi’s dream. With all natural ingredients come heightened flavor profiles, and our customers typically find that less syrup is required to achieve the same flavor profile as the other syrups. MONIN Organic Syrups come in caramel, hazelnut, raspberry, chocolate and vanilla. The top flavors include:

Vanilla: Vanilla is a prized spice of the tropics, with the preeminent producer being the island nation of Madagascar. Offering a pleasant, smooth taste, vanilla is an essential coffeehouse and foodservice flavoring with endless applications.

Raspberry: The most common raspberries are red, but originally all raspberries were white. Legend says that one day, the Nymph Ida tried to pick some wild white raspberries to calm the god Jupiter who was in a rage. While picking the fruits, Ida scratched her finger on the thorny raspberry bush. According to this Roman myth, her blood forever died the raspberries a bright red color.

Caramel: The word “caramel” refers to caramelized sugar, traditionally obtained by melting sugar in a sauce pot of water. The rich flavor and color of caramel derive from the process of heating and melting the sugar. Caramel is an ingredient in many popular confections, beverages and desserts.

MONIN also makes organic sweeteners. The Organic Agave Nectar Syrup is made with organically grown agave nectar with no additives or preservatives. Agave, a succulent plant native of Mexico, the southwestern US and tropical South Africa, is a flowering plant with many culinary and medicinal uses. Each agave plant will produce several pounds of edible flowers during its final blooming season. The stalks, which are ready during the summer, before the blossom, weigh several pounds each. Roasted, they are sweet and can be chewed to extract the aguamiel, like sugarcane.The nectar is produced by filtering and processing the expressed juice from the core of the agave plant. Agave has grown in popularity in recent years because of its low glycemic index. Similar to sugar yet sweeter, with honey-nutty notes, Organic Agave Nectar Syrup contains fewer calories and carbohydrates than sugar.

For more information on MONIN’s Organic Syrups and recipe ideas, download their sales flyer.

Call a Stockton Graham & Co. Customer Care Associate in Raleigh, North Carolina at 800.835.5943 to order MONIN organic syrups and sweeteners.

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

 

Build Your Business: Go Green This Spring!

Green-cupOne of the perks of spring is spending more time outdoors. To say “Thanks” to Mother Nature, do the responsible thing and make an effort for your shop to be a little greener. Nowadays, an ecofriendly lifestyle can be found almost anywhere, even in your coffee shop. “Green cafes” are increasing in popularity all over the country, and it is a great way to attract customers by showing them that you are making an effort to help make the environment better for everyone.

For those who like the idea of going green but, think it will require a lot of extra time, effort and money, think again. Going green is not only beneficial to the environment, it can be done at little to no cost or extra effort to you. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep both the environment and your wallet green.

Offer Stockton Graham Coffees
Several of Stockton Graham & Co.’s coffees are roast-to-order sustainable coffees. Sustainable coffees are certified or verified by an accredited third party as organic, fair trade, rainforest alliance, shade grown and more. Our sustainable single-origin selection is a great way to start exploring green coffees to add to your menu. We also offer blends that meet sustainable certifications as well, including a great organic espresso blend: Organic San Remo. To learn more about Stockton Graham & Co.’s sustainable coffees or inquire about samples, call your Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 today!

Switch to Paperless Invoices
Stockton Graham & Co. has been offering paperless invoicing for several years now, and it is a great way to cut down on paper use. We can send you a digital copy of your invoice, at your preferred email, with one click of the mouse. If you are not already signed up to receive your invoices via email, be sure to ask your Customer Care Representative the next time you place your order. They will be happy to update your information, and help you reduce your paper usage!

Keep your Equipment Clean
It may not be in your budget to purchase new high-efficiency appliances, but there’s no reason you can’t make sure the appliances you have are operating at peak performance. Keeping your grinders, blenders, brewers & etc. clean is not only safer, but it will allow your equipment to run much more efficiently. This also helps secure the longevity of your equipment, and to cut down on your power bill each month.

Reuse your Coffee Grounds
As a coffee shop owner, you know how much coffee grounds are left over every day. The question is, what do you do with them? If you are just throwing them away, you can make them useful! Coffee grounds happen to be very acidic, so they make for a great fertilizer for acid-loving plants. If you have plants such as roses or azaleas in or outside of your shop, coffee grounds will help your plants look better than ever! Let your customers know about these gardening benefits and see if they wish to pick up grounds from your shop. You can also use the bulk bags that your coffee comes in, as means to give grounds away to gardening customers. Coffee grounds in your garden are also an organic way to deter some types of plant-eating bugs.

Offer Recycling
With the amount of plastic and paper that you and your customers go through, make sure there are designated recycling bins in your shop. If you only have trashcans, you haven’t allowed your customers an opportunity to separate their trash from recyclables. Setting up recycling is extremely easy, and one of the most recognizable ways to show your customers that you’re doing your part for the environment. Make sure your recycling bins are clearly labeled so customers know exactly where to place their recyclables.

Have Discounts for Reusable Mugs or Tumblers
To cut back on to-go cup trash, encourage your customers to bring in their own to-go mugs for filling with your coffee. Offer discounts on beverages for customers who re-use. This not only cuts down on your cup costs and water usage, it also helps reduce paper cups making their way into a landfill. Go further, and offer tumblers with your logo on them for refilling. Customers will be helping the environment and sporting your brand!

Save Electricity
Consider replacing the light bulbs in your shop with more energy efficient LED bulbs. While they may seem pricey at first, these bulbs prove to last 25 times longer. This reduces your shop’s energy usage and time spent replacing old bulbs! These bulbs also contain no mercury or lead, so they are all around better for the environment. To save more energy, look into programming the thermostat in your store to save on HVAC costs. There is no need for comfortable temperatures when the store is not occupied.

Purchase in Bulk
Buying products in bulk is a great way to reduce cost and your carbon footprint. Instead of having your delivery truck make two deliveries, save all your orders for once and reduce the carbon that is released from the trucks. Stockton Graham & Co. encourages this by offering Free Freight on large shipments. Cups, straws and other shelf stable products are great products to purchase in bulk and take advantage of this great deal.

These are just a few ways that you can make your café a little “greener”. To many people, a green business is a responsible business and those are often the establishments they choose to offer their loyalty to. With little effort and cost, you can really make an impressive change that will allow you to feel better about making a positive impact on the environment and your bottom line. We have implemented many of these practices and more at Stockton Graham & Co. to help reduce waste and our carbon footprint. Contact us at 800.835.5943 to learn more about cutting down on your normal costs, and bringing new customers in the door!

Check out our other blogs on being green:
Earth Day Promotions for Your Cafe
Energy-Efficient Espresso Equipment

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes!

stpatrick-recipeEveryone likes to feel a little festive on St. Patrick’s day, and what better way to do so than experiencing some Irish influenced drinks! Stockton Graham & Co. has got you covered, with a few St. Paddy’s day concoctions featuring fresh roasted coffee, syrups and sauces from Stockton Graham & Co. to add to your menu this spring.

View all our recipes here or enjoy a sampling of these popular options:

Chocolate Stout Latte (12oz)
• 1 pump dark chocolate syrup
• ½ pump caramel syrup
• ½ pump hazelnut syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the syrups, add the steamed milk and enjoy!

Emerald Isle Latte (12oz)
• 1 pump white chocolate sauce
• 2 pumps green mint syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the sauce and syrup, stir gently, add steamed milk and enjoy!

Irish Cream Mocha (12oz)
• 1 pump dark chocolate sauce
• 2 pumps Irish cream syrup
*option: You can also add White chocolate sauce
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the chocolate sauce and Irish cream syrup, stir gently, add steamed milk and enjoy!

Irish Cream Latte (12oz)
• 2 pumps Irish cream syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the Irish cream syrup, add steamed milk, and enjoy!

Irish Cream Cheesecake Latte (12oz)
• 1 ½ pumps Irish Cream syrup
• ½ pump cheesecake syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with syrup, add steamed milk and enjoy!

Keep in mind that all of these drinks can be prepared decaffeinated or with sugar free ingredients to appeal to all customers! They can also be made over ice, blended or without espresso so kids can enjoy them. If you serve alcohol, a little toddy can be added to any of these recipes to create an adult beverage.  For an even more festive drink experience, add some green food coloring to your milk or whipped cream! Stockton Graham & Co. is here to help if you have any more questions or would like more information on planning special coffee events… just give us a call at 800 835 5943!

Pair these beverages with some of our suggested St. Patrick’s day promotions. Also, check out some of our other blogs on St. Patrick’s day recipes:
Iced Irish Cream
Torani Luck of the Irish Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Promotions

PromosEvery holiday deserves some special promotions around your cafe, so don’t forget to celebrate St. Patrick’s day on March 17th. Offer some specials that will leave your patrons feeling the luck of the Irish!

You can orchestrate a scavenger hunt to find the “pot of gold” hidden around your cafe! Be creative with the clues, and try to make it so those interacting aren’t intrusive on customers who just want to relax! The lucky winner can be rewarded with a coupon for a free cup of coffee everyday for a week, or a gift card to your cafe of an amount you deem appropriate!

You can use green food coloring to get festive with any of your beverages, or create green whipped cream to give a nice finish to your specialty drinks!

Host a St. Patrick’s day trivia night, and be sure to include fun facts about the holiday and other Irish culture! Offer gift cards to the winning person/team, and prizes for most creative team name or best dressed competitor.

It’s always a good idea to offer BOGO specials on signature beverages like an Irish Cream Latte! You can also offer free shots of Irish Cream syrup to regular drip coffee to get your customers in the Irish spirit!

Throw a “Leprechaun Contest” and have patrons, or your baristas, show off their best leprechaun garb! The best dressed leprechaun can be rewarded with specialty beverages or a gift card of your choosing!

Offering special promotions in your shop is a great way to get customers in, and it’s a unique chance to interact with them differently! If you have any questions or would like more information on planning special coffee events, please give us a call at 800.835.5943!

Plant Ambiance with a Coffee Tree from Stockton Graham & Co.

Years ago, our roastmaster Brandon Riggs visited El Salvador on a routine trip to locate quality coffee. In addition to coffee, Brandon returned with some coffee beans that he planted soon after. Today, those coffee beans can be found in the front lobby of Stockton Graham & Co. in the form of an eight foot tree! Each year the company tree produces cherries which can be planted and cultivated very easily.

This year, our tree has produced so many cherries that we want to give our customers the opportunity to grow their own coffee tree. With the purchase of any of our Stockton’s Reserve coffees you will receive a free bag of coffee beans ready for planting (until we run out). Don’t worry if you aren’t the best gardener in the world, because coffee trees grow relatively easily indoors near a window. Simply water your seeds 1-2 times per week and watch your tree grow.

Having your own coffee tree in your café can also build customer understanding, and it adds a nice touch of ambiance that you don’t find in the big chains. As your tree grows it will eventually produce coffee cherries as well. Customers will love the hands-on learning opportunity, and having a tree inside is a great way to engage kids who travel with their parents.

We look forward to seeing full-grown coffee trees in your café!

Our current Stockton’s Reserve: Limited Edition Specialty Coffees include: Kenya AA Plus Iyego & El Salvador Co-op La Majada

Drink a Cuppa’ Tea & Help Protect the Environment

Here is another entry in our green series from two leaves & a bud. Be sure to check out parts one & two of the series!

Tea lovers around the world are pretty terrific people, in my humble opinion. I have found tea drinkers to not only be kind and very self aware, but also very concerned about their impact on the environment. A major concern of many tea drinkers over the years has been what their tea bags are doing to the environment. They may be practical and handy for a quick cuppa’ tea, but what happens to the bag when you’re all finished sippin’ away?

According to the Tea Association of the United States, Americans consumed approximately 3 billion gallons of tea last year, 65% of which came from tea bags. If the average cuppa’ tea is about 14 ounces and uses 1 tea bag, then quick math tells us that tea drinkers across the states used approximately 17.8 billion tea bags last year alone. Imagine if all of those bags and their packaging wound up in landfills . . .

One solution is simply drinking loose tea only, brewing your cuppa’ tea with an infuser. However, for most people, this option isn’t very practical as many tea lovers like the convenience of tea bags or sachets.

At two leaves and a bud, we’re keenly aware of the concerns tea drinkers have in regards to the environment, and we were determined to make our packaging more environmentally friendly. Having already been providing our teas in a pyramid style, corn-based sachet, we felt like we were already doing a pretty good job with providing a biodegradable product. However, many of our customers felt like we were negating our efforts by putting this beautiful biodegradable sachet into a non-biodegradable plastic sleeve. You know … those customers were right! So, we investigated ways to make an environmentally friendly, protective sleeve for the sachet that would continue to keep the tea fresh and flavorful, while also allowing tea lovers to carry the sachet with them when they were “on the go.”

What we were able to find was an amazing product that has the same look and feel of our existing sachets – but now biodegradable.

New Biodegradable Sleeves

The new biodegradable sleeves are made with Reverte™. Reverte™ is an innovative product line of resin additives used globally to degrade plastics and is commonly used in consumer packaging, such as food packaging and bags. Plastics incorporating Reverte™ will ultimately oxo-biodegrade into CO2, H20, and biomass when properly discarded.

Reverte™ additives comply with FDA and EC Food Contact regulations and are harmless to humans, animals, and plant life and are non-toxic, leaving no known harmful residues in the soil or waste streams.

Now, fans of two leaves and a bud tea can now enjoy the fabulous flavor of our tea and know that their favorite cuppa’ isn’t harming the planet.

What do you think of biodegradable packing for your food and beverage products? Does eco-friendly packaging make a difference to you when you’re making your selection?

Stephanie
two leaves & a bud