Deck the Halls (and your store) with Holiday Flavored Coffee!

Holiday flavored coffee is here! We at Stockton Graham & Co. have been buzzing about getting ready to introduce to you our Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Winter Wonderland Coffee and our Gingerbread Coffee. This is a great addition to your coffee shop for the holidays. Mintel Research tells us that flavored coffees are preferred at the top of the list of menu options after pastries, espresso and espresso beverages!!!

The History of the Flavored BeanHoliday Flavored Coffee pumpkin spice coffee

Flavored coffee beans are coated with flavor compounds to supplement coffee beans’ natural taste. Flavored coffees in one form or another have been used for centuries, but the gourmet coffee boom of the 1990s resulted in an increased interest in exotic flavors of coffee. With current technology, the beans can be produced with almost any flavor imaginable.

Although many people regard flavored coffee as a modern invention, its roots are almost as old as the beverage itself. History tells us that a few hundred years ago in the Middle East, people enjoyed drinking coffee blended with nuts and spices. In modern times, creative marketers have taken advantage of coffee drinkers desire for more flavor than nature yields and have found ways to introduce flavoring into coffee. It began with flavored syrups to spike brewed coffee with a flavor. More recently, food science has given us tools to introduce flavor onto the bean without the calories or the sugar. This is done as part of the post roasting process.

holiday flavored coffeeThe raw beans which are processed, either naturally or using the wet method to wash away the cherry from the seed (or the bean), are then ready to be roasted. The appropriate amount of flavoring to be used must be determined before flavor oils can be added to the roasted beans. The formulation process is similar to the way one decides how much sugar to put into a cup of coffee or tea. Once the precise amount is set, the dosage is held constant for that particular flavor oil and roasted bean combination. It is interesting to note that the flavor can be added to the beans while they are whole but also after they have been ground. The method for introducing flavor into ground coffee is different. We at Stockton Graham & Co. always introduce the flavor post roast and whole bean and we delight in bringing you flavors of holiday cheer.

All of our holiday flavored coffee is made with natural flavors. What a great way to market these coffees at your store. This is something that is important to many health conscious consumers of all ages. It is also important to note that the flavor added to the beans do not add calories to the average of three calories a cup of black coffee has.

Pumpkin Spice – Out of all Stockton Graham & Co.’s holiday flavored coffee, Pumpkin Spice is our most popular fall offering. With its aromatic blend of autumn spices such as nutmeg, clove, and hints of cinnamon, this 100% Arabica coffee is the perfect pairing for chilly evenings and crisp autumn air.

holiday flavored coffeeWinter Wonderland – In celebration of the holiday season, we’ve put four outstanding flavors together in an enticing medley: a winter wonderland of hazelnut and caramel blanketed by a powdery snow of vanilla and coconut. It’s guaranteed to keep the cold away and warm your spirit with holiday cheer!

Gingerbread – The spicy-sweet confections of Eastern Europe inspired this coffee. We’ve captured the scent and flavor of warm loaves of gingerbread fresh from the oven and complemented it with our own blend of cinnamon and hazelnut for a uniquely snappy taste!

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New fall coffee flavors are rich and sassy

Fall flavors like pumpkin, chocolate and caramel have long-been associated with autumn, and now taste makers are branching out to take these favorites in new directions. In place of caramel, palates are moving toward a more smoky, rich buttery version of crème brûlée. And chocolate is getting sassy kick with a dash of salt.Stockton Graham Coffees New Fall Coffees

While pumpkin has been on-trend for two years, consumers are looking for more adventurous offerings this fall. And trend-forward operators are stepping out of the pumpkin spice box to differentiate their menu and drive profits.

“Especially when it comes to a relatively low-cost, low-calorie sweet treat like coffee, customers are willing to indulge a bit in the sensory adventures of a new flavor,” said Stockton Graham & Co. marketing director Lane Mitchell. “Bringing your menu to the next level with fresh twists on well-loved classics will not only bring new customers in, but keep your loyal customers coming back for their next flavor adventure.”

Stockton Graham launches five new fall coffees

Aside from our pumpkin-flavored coffees, which have been flying out the door, many of our customers have been capitalizing on consumer demands for salty-sweet flavors of salted caramel. So two of our new fall coffee flavors feature a sassy salted version of sweet, buttery caramel.

Two other new fall flavors lean toward what global food experts The Food People call “Dirty French.” That’s classic French cuisine infused with a new, fun and fresh twist. It’s a decidedly American take on French flavors.

And finally, cinnamon graham crackers come to mind when tasting our fifth new flavor of the season: CinnaGraham. This coffee leverages 2016’s hot trend toward sweet-savory flavors by infusing honey with cinnamon and ginger.

Here’s a summary of the new fall coffee flavors, all of which are created in our Raleigh, NC coffee roasting facility:

Fall Coffees Labels-Salted CaramelSalted Caramel

Classic caramel, with its lip-tingling sweetness and rich buttery body, is finished with a delicate twinge of sea salt. The salt amplifies the sweet cream and light brown sugar flavors without overpowering the rich natural flavors of our 100% Arabica coffee.

 

Stockton Graham Coffees Salted Caramel BrownieSalted Caramel Brownie
Our classic caramel flavored coffee is dipped in milk chocolate and finished with a dash of sea salt in a 100% Arabica coffee. This smooth, indulgent combination warms the palate and tantalizes the tongue with a subtle contrast of sweet and savory.

 

Creme Caramel flavored Coffee from Stockton Graham CoffeesCrème Caramel
A sweeter version of our Crème Brûlée, this coffee combines the elegant flavors of sweetened cream, caramelized light brown sugar and natural vanilla with our 100% Arabica coffee. Think of a five-star Crème Brûlée topped with a glistening ganache.

 

Cinnagraham Flavored Coffee From Stockton Graham Coffee French Almond
In France, the sweet meringue-based cookies made with egg white, sugar and ground almonds are called macarons. Here, we call our 100% Arabica French Almond coffee a perfect sip of fresh almond paradise.

 

Fall Coffees Labels-CinagrahamCinnaGraham
The flavor of fresh honeycomb sprinkled with Ceylon cinnamon elevates this 100% Arabica coffee to savory new heights. Not as cinnamon-forward as some of our other related flavors, this coffee tastes like an adult version of those cute honey graham snack bears.

 

Consumers crave upscale comfort

As usual, this fall’s food and beverage flavor trends correspond with the ongoing nostalgia trend; but they are taken to a new level with refined, sophisticated twist. Any of our new flavored coffees are a great way to provide your customers with a unique beverage experience while still offering the security of familiar and traditional foods and beverages.

Familiar often means flavors that remind consumers of home. “Consumers are looking more and more for tastes and products that are of domestic origin and often ‘retro-comforting,’” says Anton Angelich, group vice president, marketing for Virginia Dare, an international flavoring manufacturer.

Angelich notes that fall’s newest flavors connote “comfort, Americana, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the heart-warming of the autumn season.”

With that in mind, if you are looking for pumpkin spice beverage ideas, we have several in our Pumpkin Palooza article.  For fall LTOs ideas that feature the flavors of honey, caramel, cream and vanilla, visit our toasted graham article here.  Both pumpkin and toasted graham recipes can be found on our recipe page.

Ordering is easy. Call our Customer Care Associates at 800 835 5943 or email orders@stocktongraham.com.

*Please note, wholesale coffee orders will include our standard label. Creative labeling for retail sales can be discussed with a Customer Care Associate.