It’s Pumpkin Palooza – Fall Coffee Review

Fall officially arrives September 23, but the pumpkin lovers got a head start!

The flavor is already showing up in coffees, chai teas, lattes, smoothies, muffins, yogurt and cookies in coffee shops, restaurants and cafes across the country. In fact, the flavor is so popular this year that industry observers expect U.S. sales to reach $400 million in 2015, with a 15%+ increase over 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Stockton Graham & Co. Pumpkin

At Stockton Graham & Co., orders of pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie flavored coffee, syrup, sauces and latte mixes are flying out of the warehouse at a record pace.

Part of the allure of the flavor is that it is both comfortable and comforting so it appeals to Millennial and Boomers alike. “It’s a flavor line that’s appealing across all age groups,” says MaryAnne Drake, a professor of sensory analysis and flavor chemistry at North Carolina State University. “It transcends demographics.”

So whether you operate a small coffee kiosk or a multi-unit specialty retailer, offering pumpkin spiced anything will help sweeten your fall profits.

For the Love of …

Our combined love for everything flavored with pumpkin go back to Medieval times. That’s when cooks and primeval culinary luminaries waxed poetics about cinnamon spiced and sweetened pumpkin slices baked in pastry like a calzone.

Le Vrai Cuisinier FranciosThe first-ever recipe for pumpkin pie can be found in 1651. Francois Pierre la Vareene, a famous French chef and author of one of the first celebrity cookbook authors, included a recipe for Tourte of Pumpkin in his quintessential French recipe book Le Vrai Cuisinier Francios (The True French Cook).

La Varenne, the foremost member of a group of chefs who codified French cuisine for the court of Louis XIV, published a pie recipe that started with boiling pumpkin fruit with milk. The fruit was then passed through a strainer and mixed with an abundance of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter and baked in a pastry shell.

Pumpkin Pie Comes to America

Across the pond, settlers in the early American colonies relied on the fruit’s long shelf life to keep them alive during the brutal northeastern winters. It was such an important element of the pilgrims’ diet that several Odes to Pumpkin Pies were written such as this:

“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.”
Pilgrim verse, circa 1633

The early American settlers were also known to make a thick pumpkin beer. In large barrels, they fermented pumpkin, hops, maple sugar and persimmons to make this early colonial brew that provided some of the requisite calories and revelry needed to survive some mighty bitter winters.

The Accomplisht CookA generation later, in 1685, chef Robert May published his more-savory version of pumpkin pie that resembles something you might find on the menu at IHOP. His best known cookbook, The Accomplisht Cook (sic), published in 1660 featured this pie recipe:

“To make a Pumpion Pie.
Take a pound of pumpion and slice it, a handful of thyme, a little rosemary, and sweet marjoram stripped off the stalks, chop them small, then take cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and a few cloves all beaten, also ten eggs, and beat them, them mix and beat them all together, with as much sugar as you think fit, then fry them like a froise … Take sliced apples sliced thin round ways, and lay a layer of the froise, and a layer of apples with currants betwixt the layers. While your pie is sitted, put in a good deal of sweet butter before your close it. When the pie is baked, take six yolks of eggs, some white-wine or verjuyce, and make a caudle of this, but not too thick, … stir them well together whilst the eggs and pumpion be not perceived, and so serve.”

POMPKIN PIE

Over a century later, American Cookery, the first known cookbook written by a chef born in America, featured two recipes for Pompkin Pudding baked in a crust. Each of Chef Amelia Simmons pudding recipes were resplendent with artery clogging and waist bulging butter, sugar and molasses, poured over dough and baked in an oven until set.

Pumpkin Pie Becomes Big Business

Pumpkin-flavored beverages have become the American consumers’ most sought-after fall indulgence. According to DataSsential Menu Trends, sales of pumpkin-inspired limited-time offers (LTOs) were up 234 percent from 2008 to 2012.

Market Research company, NPD Group, tracked the pumpkin-inspired beverage purchases at an undisclosed major chain last fall and winter. NPD found that a vast majority of consumers — about 72 percent — purchased the beverages at least once during the offer period. About 20 percent of customers purchased the item twice, and about 8 percent made three or more purchases during the offer period.

NPD Group reported that customers who purchased a pumpkin spice latte spent an average of $7.81, compared with an average check of $6.67 for those who ordered non-pumpkin items.

According to several analysts in the food industry, the flavor’s staying power should be attributed to its association with comfort food in the minds of consumers. And what’s more, there is no evidence of it losing steam.

“In our current culture, in which there’s been a loss of traditions, people are seeking out forms of comfort and security that they had as children,” writes Beth Kowitt of Fortune Magazine who reported a spicy hypothesis of Alan Hirsch, founder and director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. The smell of pumpkin spice brings them back to those moments.

Pumpkin Options for Your Business

Stockton Graham & Co. offers the following options:

STOCKTON GRAHAM & CO. COFFEE

Stockton Graham Pumpkin Spice CoffeePumpkin Spice: With spices like nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, this 100% Arabica coffee is the perfect pairing for chilly evenings and crisp autumn air

Pumpkin Cream: This 100% Arabica coffee features the traditional spicy sweetness of pumpkin pie enveloped in a thick French vanilla

Pumpkin Cheesecake: Cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves combine with sweet pumpkin in this 100% Arabica coffee

Pumpkin Hazelnut: Like the name implies, this 100% Arabica coffee combines spicy pumpkin with rich hazelnut flavors

Monin Torani DaVinci Pumpkin

MONIN

Pumpkin Spice Syrup: Authentic pumpkin pie aroma and taste with a spiced touch – predominant nutmeg

Pumpkin Pie Syrup: A scrumptious combination of pumpkin and baked pie crust flavors accented with nutmeg and cinnamon

TORANI

Pumpkin Pie Sauce: Cinnamon and nutmeg spiced, creamy pumpkin wonderland

Pumpkin Pie Syrup: Nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices murmur softly in the background of a creamy pumpkin pie

Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Syrup: The same flavors as the regular syrup, but sweetened with Splenda®

Pumpkin Spice Syrup: A version of pie with more spice like ginger and cloves in a robust pumpkin-flavored syrup

DAVINCI

Pumpkin Pie Syrup: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger and is reminiscent of the popular holiday dessert.

Pumpkin Pie Sauce: Delicious blend of pumpkin and spices, tastes just like a slice of pie

BIG TRAIN

Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea Latte Mix: Delightfully delicious blend of honey, creamy pumpkin, black tea and exotic spices

Pumpkin Spice Blended Iced Coffee: Artfully blended mix of Arabica coffee, pumpkin and spices
For recipes featuring pumpkin sauces, syrups and coffee, visit our recipes center. To order, call a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943.

Seasonal Savings with Big Train!

2014_BigTrain_Holiday_RebateBig Train’s classic fall and winter flavors are back as well as their seasonal rebate program! Until December 31st, 2014 you can receive $5 off a case of the seasonal products listed below.

Manufacturer’s Rebate Form

To reduce supply issues and prepare your store for the busy season, get your holiday pre-order in today! Our Customer Care Associates can work with you to ensure you have the products you need, when you need them to have a successful holiday.

Give us a call at 800 835 5943 to place your holiday pre-order today!

Pumpkin Pie Chai – Combing Chai tea latte with all of your favorite pumpkin flavors— pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice to make the perfect fall treat.

Gingerbread Chai – A perfect blend of Big Train’s chai tea latte infused with
ginger and spices.

Pumpkin Spice Blended Ice Coffee** – Item # BT.610890 Creamy pumpkin and spices combined with Arabica Coffee make a rich and satisfying Pumpkin Spice Latte or Frappe beverage. A returning cutomer favorite!

Egg Nog Blended Crème** – Classic holiday egg nog flavors make a soothing and rich, hot, cold or frozen beverage. Add a shot of espresso to make a latte.

Peppermint Mocha Blended Ice Coffee** – Cool, creamy peppermint with chocolate and Arabica Coffee, give your mocha a new seasonal twist!

**These items are special order.

Our Top Pumpkin Picks

pumpkinTraditionally, autumn marks the transition from summer into winter. For coffee shop owners, the change to cooler weather means one thing; pumpkin flavored everything. The pumpkin craze starts taking hold of customers around mid-August and reaches a frenzy that peaks around mid-November. While we are approaching pumpkin season with a bit of humor, the potential for serious profits is no joke. Pumpkin products will practically sell themselves when the pumpkin enthusiasts catch wind that you have it in stock (although we do have FREE posters & materials available).

Find your favorite pumpkin specialty beverage products below:

 Torani-Wide

Pumpkin Spice Syrup (750 mL), Pumpkin Pie Syrup (750 mL), SF Pumpkin Pie Syrup (750 mL) and Pumpkin Sauce (64 oz.)

 monin-Wide

Pumpkin Spice Syrup (750 mL)

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Pumpkin Pie Syrup (750 mL), Pumpkin Pie Sauce (64 oz.)

 BigTrain-Wide

Pumpkin Pie Chai, Pumpkin Spice blended iced coffee

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Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cream (available in 5 lb. bulk packaging and 12oz or 16 oz retail pop bags)

Call 800 835 5943 for details. 

Our Best Selling Fall Coffees

pumpkin-blogWhile the official start of Fall is not until September 22nd, customers are already beginning to look for drinks that remind them that the beloved season is near. The morning frost and changing of leaves may be weeks away, but the pumpkin craze is starting earlier than ever this year.

At Stockton Graham & Co., we have a variety of fall flavor options to offer your customers. Pumpkin flavored coffee, chai, syrups and sauces are classic choices for autumn, but don’t forget that apple, toffee and butter pecan are great options for those who are not pumpkin fans!

We have wide variety of flavored coffees and blends to brighten dark, cool mornings and perk-up the early evenings. Find your new fall favorite below!

Stockton Graham Fall Coffee Offerings

Pumpkin Spice: Out of all Stockton Graham & Co.’s flavored coffees, 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.

Butter Pecan: If you’ve ever been to the South in the fall, you know that pecans become a popular item as soon as the leaves begin to change. Stockton Graham & Co.’s Butter Pecan 100% Arabica flavored coffee captures the unforgettable aroma of pecans roasting in sugar and butter that will inspire a southern state of mind no matter where you are. This unique recipe goes well with roaring fires and reminiscing with old friends.

Pumpkin Cream: Stockton Graham & Co.’s Pumpkin Cream 100% Arabica flavored coffee features the traditional spicy sweetness of pumpkin pie enveloped in thick French vanilla. Reminiscent of Grandma’s pumpkin pie, this delicious treat is a seamless end to hearty fall dinners spent with family.

Caramel Apple: Gooey caramel apples have become a popular treat during the fall season. Stockton Graham & Co. captures the sweet taste of Granny Smith apples fresh from the orchard and wraps it in rich, creamy caramel to create our Caramel Apple 100% Arabica flavored coffee. Celebrate the season with this confection-inspired coffee!

Pumpkin Cheesecake: Stockton Graham & Co.’s Pumpkin Cheesecake flavored coffee puts a tasty spin on a traditional holiday treat! Cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves combine with sweet pumpkin to wrap our 100% Arabica coffee in the luscious flavors of fall. With a spicy sweet aroma, this creamy coffee is a delightful way to warm up a chilly autumn morning.

Apple Gingerbread Cobbler: Soft warm apples sprinkled with brown sugar layered between cobbler crumbles make the perfect treat during the chilly autumn season. Stockton Graham & Co.’s Apple Gingerbread Cobbler flavored coffee is sure to delight those looking for 100% Arabica coffee with a unique and tasty twist. All this cinnamon spiced coffee needs is a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream!

Butterscotch Toffee: Waves of buttery caramel and creamy toffee blend with our 100% Arabica coffee to create an old-fashioned delight! Stockton Graham Butterscotch Toffee flavored coffee makes long autumn days seem just a little brighter. A great coffee to share with loved ones!

Pecan Caramel Crunch: If you are a fan of creamy caramel chews and pecan pie, you’re in for a treat with Stockton Graham & Co.’s Pecan Caramel Crunch flavored coffee. The buttery flavors of caramel and toasted pecans combine with our 100% Arabica coffee to create delectable cup that will make fall your favorite season. The perfect accompaniment for trips to the State Fair or visiting relatives for Thanksgiving.

Stockton Graham Fall Coffee Blends

Autumn Harvest Blend: This blend features traits of fruits from the autumn harvest. When brewed, it expresses a light scent of blueberries, and the flavor is reminiscent of dried apricots with chocolate and caramel accents. The velvety body makes for smooth drinking that ends with an aftertaste as crisp as an autumn wind. 

Ghosts & Goblins Blend: The coffees in this blend are grown high on the mountainsides, resulting in denser, flavorful beans. This is a light roast whose flavor is mellow and sweet like candy, with hints of rich vanilla and creamy caramel. The body is well rounded and shiny with a pleasant finish that brightens once it leaves your tongue. 

Thanksgiving Day Blend: Nothing beats an incredible cup of coffee while gathering with family and friends during the holiday season. Our Roastmaster created this blend to unite the major coffee-growing regions of the world. Flavors from around the globe come together to form a dark-roasted blend that appeals to a wide variety of palates. The perfect complement to a big piece of pie, Thanksgiving Blend will top off your meal and please everyone at your feast.

Find pumpkin drink recipes here!

Call 800 835 5943 and place your order today!

Fall Pumpkin Drink Recipes!

Pumpkin lattes, chais and frappés make saying goodbye to summer just a little sweeter. The unique flavor of pumpkin mixed with subtle spices creates the perfect pairing for cooler weather, leaves changing color and all of the things autumn brings.

The fall season traditionally kicks off the busiest time of the year for coffee shops and with the help of the pumpkin craze we have seen over the last couple of years, you can kick up your ticket sales by bringing in some pumpkin items. Stockton Graham & Co. offers a variety of pumpkin options that are sure to satisfy your customers including pumpkin flavored coffee, pumpkin pie chai, and pumpkin syrups and sauces.

Find your new favorite pumpkin recipes below:

 

DaVinci Butter Rum Pumpkin Pie Latte168_Recipe

3/4 oz DaVinci Gourmet Pumpkin Pie Classic Syrup
1/4 oz DaVinci Gourmet Butter Rum Classic Syrup
1 shot espresso
Steamed milk

Preparation:
Combine ingredients in a 12 oz cup. Mix well.

Torani Pumpkin Pie Mocha
2 oz. Torani Dark Chocolate SaucPumpkin_lattee
1/2 oz. Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup
8 oz. Milk
2 oz. Espresso
Ice

Preparation:
Pour ingredients into glass, add ice and stir! Top with whipped cream if desired.

MONIN Iced Pumpkin White Mocha6401012_Monin_0810_2_1
1/2 oz. Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1/2 oz. White Chocolate Sauce
2 shot(s) espresso
5 oz. half & half
Ice

Preparation:
Combine ingredients into serving glass. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired.

Big Train Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Frappé

6 fl oz water or milkpumpkin-spice-cheesecake-frappe-recipe
2 scoops Big Train Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea Latte
1.5 cups ice

Preparation:
Add water or milk to blender. Add Big Train Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea Latte Mix. Add ice. Blend until smooth.


Call your customer care associate today at 800 835 5943 to make sure you are prepared for pumpkin season. 

Save on Torani Real Cream Frappe Base Mix – BUY ONE CASE, GET ONE CASE FREE!

Stockton Graham & Co. is happy to announce an all new Torani promotion for the month of October 2013! For the entire month, purchase one case of Torani Real Cream Frappe Base Mix and receive one case FREE!

Limited Time Only – while supplies last! Regular wholesale price is $82.00/case.

To place an order or to learn more about this limited offer, call our Customer Care Associates today at 800.835.5943.

Fall into the season with festive drink offerings like a Frozen Pumpkin Pie Frappe:

1 shot espresso
5 oz. Torani Real Cream Frappe Base
1/2 oz. Torani Pumpkin Pie Sauce
2 cups Ice
Layer ingredients in blender pitcher and blend to desired consistency. Garnish with whipped cream and ground nutmeg and or cinnamon.  For extra appeal, drizzle with Caramel or Pumpkin Pie Sauce.

Click here to learn more about Torani Real Cream Frappe Base Mix.

2013 Pumpkin Syrups and Sauces Now Available!

pumpkin-blogWhile the days are still long for most of us, Stockton Graham & Co. and our specialty beverage vendors have been working on getting ready for the fall roll-out of all things pumpkin.

We are happy to announce that our stock of pumpkin syrups and sauces are now available for immediate shipping!  As in years past, we are offering our customers a selection of the most delectable and versatile syrups and sauces in the specialty coffee industry.

For sauces, we are stocking Torani Pumpkin Pie Sauce packed 4 – 64 oz. bottles per case.  We also have by special order a limited-time stocking of the DaVinci Gourmet Pumpkin Sauce packed in 6 – 64 oz. bottles per case.

For those who prefer to use syrups in their café lattes and other specialty drinks, we are stocking the following syrups in 750ML glass bottle:

  • Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup (Regular and Sugar Free)
  • DaVinci Gourmet Pumpkin Pie Syrup
  • Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Due to their popularity and high demand, we are pre-packing these glass bottles into six-count cases for quick shipment and passing along the full case savings of $1.50 per case (based on standard list price), single flavor on these prepackaged syrups.

We also have by special order a limited-time stocking of the following syrups in 750ML glass bottles, packed 12 per case:

  • DaVinci Gourmet Pumpkin Pie Sugar Free
  • Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • Monin Pumpkin Pie Syrup

Make sure to plan for the upcoming fall season early! Call your customer care or sales associate at 800.835.5943 for more details and pricing.