Hundreds of chefs, restaurateurs and hospitality executives poured into the Raleigh Convention Center to sample Stockton Graham’s craft roasted coffee.
Stockton Graham & Co. sampled several types of our coffee brewed using several methods at the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo (NCRLE) on September 21 and 22 in downtown Raleigh.
Lead Barista Alex Jeans brewed our Kenya AB Lenana and Costa Rica Tarrazu in Hario V60 set ups for expo-goers who dropped by our booth to sample coffee. These are just two of the eleven single-origin coffees we roast regularly at our Raleigh, NC facility.
When sampling our Kenya AB, conference-goers were taken by the intoxicating floral and fruity aromas that are typical of coffee from Kenya. The Lenana goes a step further, though, with a dry acidity that reminds tasters of a fine champagne. Its taste of soft berries and sweet tangerine flavors are layered with a subtle flavor of tobacco and are resolved with a well-balanced, but gentle finish.
By contrast, our Tarrazu features the aroma of sweet fruit and vanilla with hints of spice. It has a creamy and silky body that most coffee drinkers find familiar and comforting. The aftertaste is well balanced, if a bit sweet, with some lingering spice notes.
“Our Tarrazu from the Don Roberto Estate is a little unusual for Costa Rica,” explains Roastmaster Brandon Riggs who was on hand to answer questions. “It has more nuances, but still contains the vibrant and clean acidity you expect in a high grown Costa Rica bean. The Tarrazu region also received much cooler temperatures at night during this year’s harvest cycle, thus creating a more complex and sweet coffee flavor.”
Expo patrons often commented on the coffee’s clean, fresh taste. All Stockton Graham & Co. coffee is roasted to order at our Raleigh, NC facility, which enables us to provide fresh and tasty coffee to every one of our customers.
Sneak Preview of New Coffee for Restaurants and Hotels
Those who stopped by our booth had the opportunity to preview our newest coffee uniquely designed for restaurants, hotels, bars and other foodservice operations.
The coffee, called Batch 0995, is craft roasted coffee in convenient pre-measured packs. Batch 0995 is artisanal coffee. It starts with high quality 100% Arabica beans, craft roasted in small batches to achieve the fullest flavor. Once cooled, we artfully blend and package the coffee in perfectly measured pouches for operator convenience.
Batch 0995 commemorates Stockton Graham & Co.’s entry into craft roasting (we started craft roasting coffee for customers in September 1995). It comes in nine popular options. At the expo, visitors had the opportunity to sample three options: Colombian Supremo, Colombian Decaf and our House Blend, which is rich, bold and exciting.
“Our House Blend has an inviting aroma and flavors that feature hints of cocoa and dried fruit,” said our Lead Barista Alex Jeans. “It is definitely a first choice for coffee drinkers that prefer a bold and dark cup.”
Since the portion packs are conveniently ground and pre-measured, we did not have to grind and weigh Batch 0995 on site, as we did for the Kenya and Costa Rica coffees we served. This allowed customers to enjoy “coffee shop quality” coffee with minimum fuss on the part of operators.
Batch 0995 is gently rolling out to customers across the United States and should be fully available to operators by the end of the year. Watch our blog for more details.
Why Craft Roasted Coffee is So Important to Restaurants
Two of our coffee experts, Thom Swain and Brady Butler, presented a roadmap to help restauranteurs upgrade their coffee to meet customer demand. The hour-long presentation featured case studies and ROI breakouts of both drip and espresso coffee options. Look for more detail on their presentation in the coming weeks.
The expo at the Raleigh Convention Center is open to all foodservice and hospitality professionals until 5pm tonight. Stockton Graham & Co. is joined by hundreds of foodservice companies, who exhibited everything from smoked fish to tequila.
As always, if you are interested in our coffees, contact a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943.