Heat Up Your Menu with Cold Brew Drinks

Cold Brew RecipesLevi Andersen, the Beverage Product Specialist at Kerry Foodservice, sent over some fresh recipes for luscious springtime drinks featuring cold brew coffee.

As we were testing Levi’s recipes, our friends at Monin pointed out that iced coffee’s share of all coffee on menus at U.S. restaurants and coffee houses continues to jump, indicating that consumers’ interest in cold brew beverages spans all four seasons. What’s more, the National Coffee Association’s 2014 Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee Facts report notes that a full 15% of coffee drinkers prefer iced coffee.

“The last three summers, I have seen more and more excitement about cold brewed coffee,” Levi Andersen from Kerry FoodService reports. “There is a lot of opportunity to debut (or day-brew) new menu items.”

In experimenting with Big Train Vanilla Smoothie, Levi learned that adding cold brewed coffee (ratio of 5 oz of coffee to 2 scoops of mix) lets him create frappes with various coffee varietals with unique flavor profiles. Custom-blending like this allows your shop to develop a bespoke frappe flavor to suit your (and your customers’) coffee preferences.

When it comes to cold coffee, Stockton Graham & Co. prefers our own Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend. It’s a blend of sweet and bright coffees featuring our exquisite Brazil Alta Mogiana Peaberry.

Packed with flavors soft and sweet, our Alta Mogiana Peaberry is balanced nicely with hints of dried apricots and other stone fruits. The body is exceptionally smooth and provides a nice base for the building acidity and clean finish. And this creates a terrific base for Levi’s ice brew recipes!

Vanilla Cold Brew Whipped Cream

1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Madagascar Vanilla Syrup
4 oz brewed Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend (view recipe)
11 oz heavy whipping cream

Directions: Add syrup to cold coffee and then add cream. ISI charge or hand whip until frothy. Pour and serve.

Turkish Hazelnut Cold Brew Frappe

2 scoops Big Train Vanilla Smoothie
0.5 oz DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Turkish Hazelnut Syrup
5 oz brewed Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend (view recipe)
12 oz ice

Direction: Place Big Train Vanilla Smoothie in blender jar. Add coffee and syrup. Top with ice. Blend until smooth, pour into cup and serve.

Turkish Hazelnut Cold Brew Frappe

2 scoops Big Train Horchata
5 oz brewed Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend
12 oz ice

Direction: Place Big Train Horchata in blender jar. Add coffee. Top with ice. Blend until smooth, pour into cup and serve.

Download DaVinci’s March 2015 Thirst Trends for Levi’s recipes and call a Stockton Graham & Co. Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to order Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend from Stockton Graham Coffees.

Peaberry Coffees

peaberryWhat we call coffee beans are really the pits of the coffee cherry. The “beans” are stripped of the fruit and dried before they become the green beans we use for roasting. The standard cherry has two coffee beans inside its fruit. Coffee trees produce a few undersized berries as a result of low sunlight and various other factors, and these berries have only one coffee bean inside. These smaller pea shaped coffee beans are called “Peaberry” beans.

Every coffee producing country grows peaberry coffee, as they normally appear at the tips of coffee tree branches. A special screen separates the standard berries from the peaberrys and they are collected for processing.  Since a peaberry has only one bean where there is normally two, that one bean absorbs all the flavor. Stockton Graham & Co. Roastmaster Brandon Riggs says, “There is so much flavor packed into the one bean. You will normally find intense and bright flavor notes in your brewed peaberry coffees.”

Here at Stockton Graham & Co. we offer several varietals of peaberry including: Tanzania, Kenya and Brazil. The Tanzanian Peaberry was selected because of its strong level of acidity. The fragrance of this brewed coffee, brings sweet honey like notes to you senses and entices one to enjoy this cup. The enhanced flavor of the peaberry makes the acidity and citrus notes amplified. With it’s bright flavor and creamy body, this coffee will delight a seasoned coffee connoisseur and intrigue your general coffee drinkers. The Kenya Peaberry has bright and peppery acidity, which adds a unique liveliness to your cup. The aroma of this coffee is full of berry notes and spice. This exceptional cup of coffee is smooth and has a long lasting aftertaste. Kenya produces some of the world’s best peaberry beans and this Kenyan is no exception.

If you are looking for an explosion of natural flavor in your coffee, we highly suggest sampling one of our peaberry options. Since peaberry is selected so carefully you can expect to have quality beans in your cup. A premium coffee, there is nothing to compare to the intense flavor notes that a peaberry will offer you. Because peaberrys are round they must be roasted with the utmost delicacy since they tend to roll around more in the roaster and here at Stockton Graham & Co. we are proud to be able to offer these elite and rare varietals of coffee to our customers. Contact our Customer Care Associates or your Sales Representative at 800.835.5943  to request samples to try these coffees in your coffee shop.