Introducing Grounds for Health Blend Coffee

Nearly 70% of workers who farm and process coffee at its source are women, and too many are dying of cervical cancer. That’s why Stockton Graham & Co. has partnered with international non-profit Grounds for Health to offer Grounds for Health Blend coffee. Proceeds will help provide cervical cancer screenings and treatment to women on coffee farms In Africa, Central America and South America.

Grounds for Health Blend Coffee from Stockton Graham & Co.Launched in January in recognition of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Grounds for Health Blend is available in 5lb wholesale and artfully labeled 12oz retail bags. $5 from the sale of each 5lb bag and $1 from the sale of each retail bag will be donated to Grounds for Health (groundsforhealth.org).

Stockton Graham & Co. plans to donate at least $10,000 to Grounds for Health in 2016. This donation will allow the non-profit to nearly double the number of women it can serve in coffee-growing communities. The 2016 goal is to provide cervical cancer screening and treatment to at least 15,000 women who work on coffee farms in Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Peru.

Debra Dolan

“Cervical cancer is one of the most critical, undertreated health concerns of women in coffee-growing communities,” said Stockton Graham & Co. Director of Business Development Debra Dolan. “Since women represent 70% of the labor burden on coffee farms, investing in their health is essential to coffee’s future. As one of the nation’s leading coffee roasters, it is our responsibility to support women at the heart of coffee.”

About Grounds for Health Blend Coffee

When creating Grounds for Health Blend coffee, our roastmaster wanted to focus on coffee from the regions where Grounds for Health focuses their health efforts. The coffee is a smooth blend of Nicaragua Selva Negra, Kenya AB and Tanzania Peaberry.

“This crowd-pleasing blend features subtle fruit and sweet notes layered in a silky body,” Stockton Graham & Co. roastmaster Brandon Riggs said. “Since it was crafted with drip coffee in mind, the blend works equally well in a commercial auto drip and a Hario V60.”

Grounds for Health Blend Stockton Graham & CoCUPPING ATTRIBUTES

AROMA: Fruity, Floral, Honey
BODY: Soft, Syrupy
FLAVOR: Sweet Berry, Earthy, Nasturtium
ACIDITY: Bright, Shiny, Crisp
AFTERTASTE: Clean, Blackberry, Tart, Ginger

Grounds for Health Blend coffee is roasted to order in our Raleigh, NC roasting facility. it is available in 5lb wholesale bags and artfully designed 12oz retail bags. Point of sale material such as branded displays, info cards and table talkers are also available. For more information about the blend and to download an info sheet on the coffee, click here.

Coffee and Cervical Cancer

Grounds for Health co-founder Dan Cox is coffee entrepreneur who was shocked to learn of the prevalence of cervical cancer when visiting a coffee cooperative in Mexico and his late friend Dr. Francis Fote OB/GYN in 1996. From the beginning, Grounds for Health has worked to develop services not just for the women involved in coffee production but for all the residents of the communities, districts and provinces in which coffee is produced. Grounds for Health works in partnership with health authorities and coffee cooperatives in developing countries to train local doctors, nurses and community health promoters, and to coordinate screening and treatment services in communities most affected by cervical cancer.

Jeff Vojta

“Our commitment to superior coffee naturally begins with the health and well-being of the people who grow, harvest and process the coffee at its source,” said Stockton Graham & Co. President and CEO Jeff Vojta. “Grounds for Health’s proven track record of working in coffee-growing communities to provide life-saving cervical cancer prevention and treatment, reinforces a shared commitment to keeping women on coffee farms healthy. We are delighted to partner with them on this critical mission.”

Unlike many other health problems, cervical cancer is nearly 100% preventable with low-cost screening and, for those who need it, preventive therapy. These services are taken for granted in the U.S. and Europe, but are rarely available to women in coffee-growing communities.

Guy Stallworthy Grounds for Health

“Cervical cancer is one of the most significant disparities in women’s health today,” said Guy Stallworthy, President & CEO of Grounds for Health.  “Unlike in the United States and other richer countries, cervical cancer often claims more lives in these communities than any other cancer.  And yet it is nearly 100% preventable.  Our partnership with Stockton Graham will help us continue to scale our efforts to provide life-saving health screenings and treatment to more women coffee farmers.”

Most health conditions in the developing world have been improving: since 1990, child and maternal mortality rates have fallen by almost half. But cervical cancer is one of the exceptions. Worldwide, the number of women who die of cervical cancer each year is growing. The World Health Organization predicts that six million women will die from cervical cancer by 2020, despite the fact that it can be easily prevented. Nearly 90% of these deaths will occur in low- and middle-income countries, where few of the more than 700,000 women aged 35-49 benefit from the screening and preventive therapy services that have minimized risks in the rich world. Unlike many well-known but intractable health problems, this one could be transformed through catalytic investments by an individual company or industry that wants to make a strategic impact on an issue, rather than just provide charity to a few individuals.

Grounds for Health champions the Single Visit Approach, which combines appropriate, low-cost screening and treatment in a single visit at local health centers. Grounds for Health sees great potential for new technologies and delivery models, such as molecular screening, modern treatment devices, digital information systems, and mobile services. Their vision is of a world in which all women are protected from the threat of cervical cancer by timely and high-quality prevention services.

About Grounds for Health

Grounds for HealthGrounds for Health is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing deaths from cervical cancer among women living in developing countries. Considered one of the most significant global disparities in women’s health, the disease is nearly 100% preventable through simple and affordable procedures.  For the past 20 years, Grounds for Health has focused on reaching women living in coffee-growing communities in Latin America and Africa.  To date, Grounds for Health programs have resulted in more than 57,000 women screened, more than 3,800 women treated and 400+ community health providers trained. Click here for a two-page info sheet on Grounds for Health.

Call a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943 or send an email to orders@stocktongraham.com to order Grounds for Health Blend coffee at your store.

Join us for Stockton Graham & Co. Coffee College!

Recently, Barista Magazine [i] featured an article by Tracy Allen on training for your coffee shop employees and the benefits of investing in education. The writer emphasized how training can improve your coffee shop in a multitude of ways, including: productivity, sales, CoffeeCollegeemployee happiness and customer satisfaction. Here at Stockton Graham & Co., we couldn’t agree more. Which is why we have offered our “Coffee College” program for over 10 years! The knowledge gained from our program will help you provide top-shelf service to your customers.

Coffee College is a collection of training sessions that we offer to our customers, covering a variety of coffee topics. In our 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. Attendees also learn espresso basics, different brewing techniques and other coffee brewing fundamentals that enable them to consistently prepare and serve coffee at the highest level, enabling a customer to experience the same tasting and quality beverage, no matter which of your staff hand crafts it.

The brewing standards that are the basis of our trainings, applied in the coffee brewing and extraction processes, come from The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). We teach you to uphold and exceed these standards to brew a perfect cup of coffee, or pull an expert espresso shot.  When exploring espresso preparation, the attendee will learn the best ways to pull a shot, and use it for preparing different types of drinks.

Your Coffee College session is based on your needs. Want to learn more on simple equipment maintenance and cleaning practices? Request our Café Equipment Cleaning & Maintenance session. Interested in leading your own cupping sessions with customers? Take our Cupping for Coffee Shop Owners course. Want to design your own blend of coffee for your coffee shop? Then, our Exploring Blends class is the perfect choice. If you have a specialty beverage need, try Frozen Beverage Preparation or Tea Basics. Our Coffee College courses are held on site at our facility, but options are available to travel to your location for cuppings or workshops for large groups/staff.

As with any training, Coffee College helps build confidence. Attendees will become quicker and more consistent in preparation of quality drinks and more focused on serving the customer. No one provides better customer service than an employee who is knowledgeable about their product and industry, and this holds true with baristas. Tracy Allen goes on to say, “A well-trained staff is happier and more likely to stay put because training improves self-esteem, which in turn improves morale and employer loyalty .”

Here at Stockton Graham & Co., we certainly see the value in a well-trained staff. Jeff Vojta, President and co-founder of Stockton Graham & Co. confirms this idea, “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.” 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. We offer our Coffee College sessions at $250 for the first person and $200 for each additional attendee. To learn more about Coffee College with Stockton Graham & Co., or to register for the class, call your Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943.

Upcoming dates for Coffee College:

January 18, 2013

February 15, 2013

March 15, 2013

 


[i]  Allen, Tracy. “Cashbox: Guaranteed Returns- Invest in training your staff to see exponential rewards.” December 2012 – January 2013: 70-71.

Stockton Graham & Co. CEO Vojta to Speak at 3rd Annual Middle East Coffee & Tea Convention

 

Jeff Vojta, Co-Founder and CEO of Stockton Graham & Co. has been invited to speak at the 3rd Annual Middle East Coffee & Tea Convention in Dubai, UAE. As an expert in the specialty coffee industry, Vojta will discuss the effect of economic trends on American coffee shops, the growth of the coffee industry in the Middle East and business growth strategies with representatives of the coffee and tea industries from around the world. This is Vojta’s second year at the conference.

The speakers and events facilitated at the Middle East Coffee & Tea Convention are aimed at building a strong foundation in specialty coffee around the world. Defining standards, introducing new techniques and sharing experience with business owners in Dubai will help promote the specialty coffee industry in a part of the world where specialty coffee has not had a presence in the past. New markets are emerging as our world economy shifts, and the demand for higher quality is on the rise.

“I feel tremendously honored to have another opportunity to speak at the Middle East Coffee & Tea Convention,” said Vojta. “After having spoken once before in Dubai, I see the opportunity to build on interactions and relationships that were formed there. It is wonderful to see the specialty coffee industry grow internationally. This sort of trend indicates that the specialty coffee industry will continue to have a presence for years to come.”

The Middle East Coffee & Tea Convention successfully integrates all aspects of coffee and tea under one roof and features the best equipment, services and products from regional and international producers and suppliers. The event will deliver the world’s most progressive coffee and tea products and services to the region and provide exhibitors the exposure they need to generate qualified leads and develop long-term relationships. For more information, visit the event website or send an e-mail to info[at]icedvb.[com].

For additional information or to place an order, please contact one of our customer care associates at (800) 835-5943.

Reid Jackson
Stockton Graham & Co.