Frappes for Kidz

When many parents are deciding on which coffee shop to visit, they are often looking for a place that will keep their kids entertained while they catch up with friends, get some work done or have a few quiet moments to themselves. Transforming your coffee shop into the family-friendly hangout complete with frappes for kids will make it that much more approachable to a wider universe of customers this summer.
Frappes for Kidz

 

We recently posted a blog article on how to make your store more kid-friendly. We covered everything from modernizing your menu to creating a happy store atmosphere and kid-proofing your service.

Some of the more popular ideas included a designated kids area for scheduled activities like a balloon artist or coloring class. Hosting a Saturday morning story time, a sing-a-long or other weekly kids entertainment is a great way to get the community involved; and the more local families that participate, the more word of mouth will help boost your sales.

Be sure to tweet your Saturday schedule as early as Thursday and Friday nights so parents can make plans, and post pictures of the play space and kid-friendly activities on your Facebook page (secure parent’s permissions for posting children’s photos) to get the word out.

And if you are really interested in building your business in the family-friendly niche, try listing your store on mommaps.com or carolinaparent.com.

Expanded Menu Ideas Featuring Big Train
When deciding what to serve to your pint-sized patrons there are many options to consider from milk shakes to frappes and smoothies. If you are considering adding more kid friendly options to your menu why not try a line that is made specifically for younger palates?

Big Train has with a child friendly drink mix that is marketed directly to kids. The Kidz Kreamz® line offers frappe mixes with nostalgic flavors that will appeal to tiny tots and tweenies alike. These make creamy, light drinks that are full of flavor and are also caffeine free.

Available in several fun and fancy flavors such as Bubblegum, Cotton Candy and Orange Cream—or new flavors or Wild Berry Burst and Banana Splitastic—these gotta-have-it beverages couldn’t be easier. They’re shelf-stable so there’s no need to waste valuable space in your refrigerator. They’re Gluten-free, Certified Kosher and contain no hydrogenated oil.

What’s best, they’re simple to prepare: Just pour over ice and either milk or water and blend.

Here’s a summary of some Big Train kid-friendly options:Kids Creams from Big Train

Cotton Candy Kidz Kreamz: Imagine a State Fair in a cup. The sweet, sugary cotton candy taste may remind you of that airy bagged confection, but it won’t turn to sugar on the tongue.

Orange Cream Kidz Kream: Orange creamsicles, just like the ones you got from that wacky, beat up ice cream truck that drove through the neighborhood after dinner; that’s the orange cream flavor the kids crave!

Bubble Gum Kidz Kreamz: Just like you remember: Classic pink bubble gum flavor blended into sippable and frozen fun. Unlike the gum, this flavor will stay with you as long as you drink.

Wild Berry Burst Kidz Kreamz: Make with yogurt, this is a healthy fruitful sin. Ripe raspberries tangle with sweet blueberries and tangy strawberries for a menage à trois that you’ll always remember.

Banana Splitastic Kidz Kreamz: Another option made with yogurt, Banana Splitastic is like throwing ice cream, whipped cream, caramel and fresh bananas into a blender and pressing START.

Cookies ‘N Cream Blended Crème Frappe: Award-winning chocolate Oreo flavor meets a vanilla milk shake without the ice cream. Kids and parents alike love it.

Cake Batter Blended Crème Frappe: Almost as hot as S’Mores this summer, cake batter gives your customers to indulge in the delight of birthday cake without all the calories.

Health it Up!
These Big Train options are great on their own. But you can easily wipe away any of the guilt of drinking a dessert by mixing in a few healthy ingredients. Two tablespoons of yogurt blended into Orange Cream, Cake Batter or Cookies ‘N Cream will be virtually undetectable, but add some healthy pre- and pro-biotics, calcium and protein.

Another option would be to ramp up the fruit. Add some strawberry fruit smoothie mix to flavors such as Cotton Candy or Bubble Gum to create fruity versions of the originals, adding vitamins and tons of flavor. A tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter compliments a wall of Banana Splitastic or Cake Batter flavor while adding healthy proteins.

These Big Train Kidz Kreamz mixes are not just for children either. These nostalgic flavors are great for anyone who would like to take a time out and travel back to their childhood summers. The flavors are attractive to children and adult alike.

Here are some recipes to try:

Strawberry Bubble Gum Milkshake
2 oz Dr Smoothie Strawberry 100% Crushed
4 oz milk
11 oz ice cream
2 scoops (80 g) Big Train Kidz Kreamz Bubble Gum
Directions: Combine ingredients. Spindle or blend together.

Cotton Candy Blended Frappe Recipe
1 Packet or 2 scoops (80 g) Big Train Kidz Kreamz Cotton Candy
12 oz Ice
5 oz water
Whipped Cream (optional)
Sprinkles for garnish

Directions: Combine ingredients and blend. Pour mixture into a cup or glass and garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles. 

Cookie Covered Matcha TeaCookie Covered Matcha
2 scoops (8 tbs) Big Train Cookies ‘N Crème Frappe
1 tbs matcha green tea
12 oz Ice
5 oz milk
Whipped Cream (optional)
Crushed cookies for garnish

Directions: Combine ingredients and blend. Pour mixture into a cup or glass and garnish with whipped cream and top with crushed cookies.

For more ideas, more frappes for kidz recipes or to order Big Train Kids Kreamz, call a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943.

Kamikazi Matcha-Frapp

During Stockton Graham & Co.’s Taste Kitchen in April, the Kamikaze Matcha-Frapp recipe we featured was hot. (Okay, literally, as the matcha drink included a half ounce of Torani Sweet Heat.) But when a simple matcha drink rocks the world of guests to a Raleigh, NC coffee roaster, you know it’s about to take off.

Stockton Graham Kamikaze Matcha-Frapp

Read more about the growth of matcha and how you can add it to your menu.

Memorial Day Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes

Sun. Sand. And the day off! Everyone is getting excited about the Memorial Day three-day weekend. Traditionally the holiday signals the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation for children across the country. But, of course, it means so much more. This year, as you celebrate our fallen soldiers, and the beginning of summer, remember what a great time it is for a refreshing cocktail or mocktail.

Cocktails for Memorial DayServing up a refreshing cocktail is one of the best ways for your business to distance yourself from the competition and help your customers stay cool as the temperature heats up. From a cool Mint Julep to a fruity Sangria the options for that perfect drink to make you stand out are endless. For those of your customers that are either to young for alcohol or choose not to indulge, a non-alcoholic alternative that is sure to please their palate.

Mocktails are the less expensive, calorie light, everyone-friendly alternative. By choosing to serve the non-alcohol alternative your store can be more profitable—since alcohol is often the most expensive ingredient in a drink and consumers will usually pay the same price for it.

We’ve come up with a few cocktail and mocktail recipes that are sure to be a crowd favorite and wow all your customers.

Monin Virgin MojitoMock Mojito
3/4 oz Monin Mojito Mix Syrup
5 Mint leaves
7 oz lemon-lime soda
8 oz ice
Lime wedge
Directions: Combine ingredients in separate container and stir. Pour over ice cubes. Garnish with fresh cherry. Serve.

Honey Mango Spritzer
3/4 oz Monin Honey Mango Syrup
1 1/4 oz Davinci Innovations Lemonade
7 oz Sparkling water
8 oz ice
Mint Leaves
Directions: Combine ingredients in separate container and stir. Pour over ice cubes. Stir in mottled mint leaves. Garnish with lemon wheel. Serve.

Mint Chocolate Mocha-tini
½ scoop Mocafe Azteca D’Oro
½ oz Monin Chocolate Mint Syrup
½ oz Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
1 oz brewed Mocha Java Blend coffee
Directions: Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Pour over ice cubes. Serve in martini glass.

Hibiscus Margarita
3/4 oz Torani Hibiscus Syrup
1 oz 1800 Reposado
3/4 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Margarita mix
½ oz fresh lime juice
4 oz ice
Margarita salt
Lime wheel for garnish
Directions: Rim a margarita glass with salt. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.

Raspberry Mimosa
½ oz Torani Raspberry Syrup
4 oz champagne
1 oz fresh orange juice
Directions: Combine ingredients in a fluted glass, stir gently and serve.

stone fruit belliniStone Fruit Bellini Mock-tini
1/2 oz Monin Stone Fruit Syrup
7 oz sparkling water
8 oz ice
Cherry
Directions: Combine ingredients in shaker container and stir. Pour into a frosted bellini glass. Garnish with fresh cherry. Serve.

 

Orange Cream Italian Soda
1 oz Torani Orange Syrup
8 oz sparkling water or club soda
Touch of cream
8 oz ice
Directions: Combine Torani and soda water in glass with ice. Float cream on top and serve.

Sparkling Mint Lemonade
1 oz Monin Mojito mix syrup
½ oz Monin Lemon syrup
12 oz Sparkling water
8 oz ice
Mint Leaves
Directions: Combine ingredients in separate container and stir. Pour over ice cubes. Stir in mottled mint leaves. Garnish with lemon wheel. Serve.

Sparkling Espresso
1 shot chilled Seda Dulce espresso
1 oz Monin Pure Cane Sugar syrup
6 oz sparkling water
8 oz ice
Directions: Combine ingredients in separate container and stir. Shake vigorously. Pour over ice cubes. Serve.

Download our Cocktails and Mocktails recipe sheet.

Contact your Stockton Graham & Co. Customer Care Associate for more recipes or to place your order for your Memorial Day business. The phone number is 800 835 5943.

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.

Iced, Iced Coffee

There’s a time every year when the world changes. It’s the time when the entire population seemingly switches from hot drinks to cold drinks. And it’s the time of year that your store should be brewing iced coffee.

In North Carolina, where Stockton Graham & Co. is located, that time of year typically comes in mid-April when temperatures suddenly rise out of the comfortable 70s. In the Northwest, Iced Coffee Season can start as late as Independence Day weekend. But rest assured, it will come. And it will transform your business for a stretch of four to six months.Ice Coffee

What will your business do when Iced Coffee Season begins?

Stockton Graham & Co. roastmasters, baristas, brewmasters and coffee afficionados tried several beans and roasts, brewed in multiple formats, to craft the perfect iced coffee blend. Stockton’s Iced Coffee Blend is a blend of sweet and bright coffees featuring our exquisite Brazil Alta Mogiana Peaberry.

A departure from other Brazilian varietals, our Alta Mogiana Peaberry is packed full of soft, sweet flavors 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.

A bean with this finesse requires care in brewing. Our Stockton Graham & Co. tastemakers recommend brewing the coffee over ice, which preserves its flavor profile and allows you to refine the extraction.

Iced coffee brew techniques—whether you choose a pour-over method or an airpot brewer—generally call for the same coffee-to-water ratio: 1 part coffee to roughly 15 parts filtered water.New Ice Coffee Blend

The brewed coffee is then immediately introduced to ice, which stalls the oxidation process and preserves the flavor that was created when brewed hot.

These are our two recommended brewing techniques:

Pour-Over Method (20 oz Serving)
20 gr coffee: 180 gr water: 100 gr ice

Brew Method
1. Weigh 20 grams of Stockton’s Iced Coffee Blend.
2. Grind fine (about the coarseness of table salt).
3. Fold filter, place it into filter holder, pre-wet it and discard wetting water.
4. Add coffee to filter and tare.
5. Weigh approximately 100 grams of ice and place in carafe on which the filter can rest.
6. Using water just off a boil, add approximately 60 grams of water to the coffee grounds, allowing them to bloom and begin to drain. Slowly add water in small increments until total weight of water reaches 280 grams.
7. Brew time should be approximately 3.5 minutes.
8. Swirl mixture until all ice is melted to ensure uniform dilution.
9. Pour coffee over ice in a 20 oz cup and serve.

Airpot Brewer/Double-Strength Method (3.8 Liters/1 gallon)
250 gr coffee: 2400 gr water: 1500 gr ice
Yield: 1 gallon

Brew Method
1. Weigh 250 grams of Stockton’s Iced Coffee Blend.
2. Grind slightly finer than drip setting.
3. Add coffee to filter basket.
4. Weigh approximately 1.5 Kg of ice, about ½ gallon and place in 1 gallon container.
5. Place container under coffee brewer.
6. Brew coffee on ½ gallon-batch setting (1.9 liters, adjust recipes weights and volumes according to your brewer).
7. Once brewing has stopped, add clean, fresh and filtered water to mixture until total volume reaches 1 gallon.
8. Swirl mixture until all ice is melted to ensure uniform dilution.
9. Store in refrigerator to maintain optimal flavor. Discard daily.
10. To serve, pour over ice.

To discuss brewing techniques with our master brewers or to order Stockton’s Iced Coffee Blend ($7.95/lb.), call 800.835.5943.

Cold Brewed Irish Coffee-tini

Who said St. Patrick’s Day coffee has to be hot? Sure, we don’t mind a stiff Irish Coffee in March; but we also quite like this cold coffee version as well. What’s particularly nice about this recipe is that you can cold brew the coffee ahead of time, which cuts down on the fuss when it’s time to mix and serve.

In terms of bean origin, we’ve tried all the usual suspects—Brazilian, Ethiopian, Colombian, Sumatran. They all work well, but we prefer a blend of Colombian and Sumatran, roasted medium. It seems to hold up to the vodka without overwhelming the tongue.

  • 3 oz cold brewed coffee
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 ozCoffeeTini vanilla-flavored vodka
  • 3 oz cream liqueur
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Sprig of mint, cinnamon stick and/or cocktail sugar

Pour coffee, vodka, simple syrup, simple syrup and vanilla extract (if using) to a cocktail shaker. Add ice to the shaker to above the level of the liquid and shake for 3 seconds. Strain the mixture into tall glasses containing ice cubes. Garnish with mint or cinnamon stick.

Cold-brewed Coffee Recipe

  1. Place the coffee grounds in a 2-quart pitcher, add the water and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let steep at room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.
  2. Line a fine-mesh strainer with a standard coffee filter and fit it over a medium bowl. Working in batches, slowly pour the coffee into the filter until all of the liquid has passed through the strainer (the coffee will pass through in a slow stream; don’t force it through); stop when you reach the solids at the bottom of the pitcher (don’t pour them in). Discard the grounds and the contents of the strainer.
  3. Wash and dry the pitcher. Transfer the strained coffee into the pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 5 days.

 

Classic Irish Coffee Recipe

STG510-Four-leaf-clover--2Classic Irish Coffee Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

  • 6 oz. freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 oz or 3 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream, slightly whipped

Fill footed mug or a mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serve hot.