St. Patrick’s Day Coffees

There are few better ways to prepare your St. Patrick’s Day menu than sitting down with a freshly prepared Classic Irish Coffee. Whiskey-doused beverages like Irish Coffee, or even modern twists like this sexy Cold Brewed Coffee-Tini, are always good choices for your March menu.St. Patrick's Day Menu Stockton Graham & Co. Coffee Roaster

But if you don’t have a liquor license or prefer to keep your store more family friendly, a great option is coffee that is flavored to taste like your favorite St. Patrick’s Day liqueur. Here are a few of Stockton Graham & Co.’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day-inspired options straight from our Raleigh, North Carolina coffee roaster:

Flavored Coffee

Highlander Cream
“The essence of the Highlands” is what we call this creamy, dreamy coffee. It is based on a popular liqueur made with high-end Scotch whisky, double cream and a secret blend of wild and puckish herbs. Your customers will find Highlander Cream notable for its light spice and remarkably smooth flavor.

Irish Cream
Everyone knows Irish Cream. It is a liqueur made from cream and Irish whiskey that became the go-to after-dinner cordial in the mid-1970s. This straight-forward version is great as a standalone drink with a splash of fresh cream or blended with Irish Cream syrup for an indulgent St. Patrick’s Day pick-me-up.

Irish Mint
This is Irish Cream coffee laced with the cool, refreshing flavor of Crème de Menthe. As an after-dinner option, it’s the closest thing you’ll get to a good luck charm, unless you have a four-leaf-clover handy.

Luck of the Irish
Everyone should feel a little nutty for St. Patrick’s Day. Our Luck of the Irish flavor complements the rich, sweet taste of Irish Cream with caramel and nuts. It is a creamy and light with coffee with luxurious, silky undertones.

Peppermint Paddy
Bold dark chocolate coats refreshing, glacial mint nuances in this peppermint patty-inspired coffee. Most customers comment on its sensational, refreshing mouth feel and rich chocolate aftertaste.

Scottish Grog
Another option inspired by the highlands of Scotland, this coffee has creamy, sweet caramel notes in a full, creamy body. A splash of honey-tinged bourbon flows across the palate like the boisterous sound of bagpipes rolling down a lush, green Scottish hillside.

White Chocolate Chunk
It’s not a traditional St. Patrick’s Day flavor; yet we find it pairs well with many Irish desserts like Tea Cake and Soda Bread Cookies. That’s because white chocolate isn’t as forward as dark chocolate and milk chocolate, so customers get a hint of indulgent flavor without overwhelming the palate.

Non-Coffee Options

Organic Assam Breakfast Tea
Irish Breakfast Tea is really a mix of several black teas, most of them Assam. These big, black organic tea leaves are the real thing, grown in Assam, India, where hot days and cool nights bring out the rich, full flavor.

Green Tea Smoothie
Smoothies made with authentic Japanese green tea are a healthful way to get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. We offer several brands of including Dragonfly Green Tea Powder and Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Base from Big Train.

Green Tea Chai
We love David Rio Tortoise Green Tea Chai mix for its rich and creamy mixture of green tea and exotic spices. What’s better, it can be served hot or blended with ice for a cool drink of green.

Leprechaun-endorsed LTOs

As always, the taste experts at Stockton Graham & Co. have put together a wide variety of St. Patrick’s Day LTO ideas for your business. Click here for a few ideas. Most can be crafted with the products you already use. Feel free to call us at 800 835 5943 if you need to refresh your stock or are looking for something else.

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.

 

Best Beans for Irish Coffee

Stockton Graham Coffees In March, fresh hot coffee gets an added “pick me up” with the addition of a jigger of whiskey and splash of cream. Whether you’re using a classic Donegal recipe or serving a modern iced twist, the trick to great Irish Coffee is picking the right beans.

What’s the right bean choice for Irish Coffee? According to Brandon Riggs, the Roastmaster for Stockton Graham Coffees, it’s best to choose beans with a dark roast profile that can stand up to the decadent flavors of St. Patrick’s Day drinks.

Brandon recommends crafting your Irish Coffee recipe with these Stockton Graham & Co. beans:

Sumatra Silimakuta
This coffee varietal, Sumatra Silimakuta, has been selected by Stockton Graham & Co. for its medium body, cocoa and soft hints of tangerine. Because this coffee is wet-hulled, a unique process that combines elements of both wet and dry processing, it has a distinctive flavor. To bring out the unusual flavor of sweet spices and cocoa with a twist of tangerine, Stockton Graham & Co. roasts Sumatra Silimakuta at a medium-dark level.

French Roast Blend
Coffee drinkers have come to expect French Roast blends wherever they go, so it’s key that your French Roast has a je ne sais quoi that sets it apart. Our French roast is a dark-roasted blend of Central American coffees. This blend has a smooth, inky body and subtle flavor. Though a dark roast, its notable acidity resonates through the flavor profile, brightening towards the end of the tasting experience.

To learn more about our craft-roasted coffees or to place an order, call our Customer Care Associates at 800 835 5943

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.

Seasonal Planning For Your Coffee Shop

Sliders2While you are reading this blog, time is almost up on planning for any Valentine’s Day events your shop will be holding, even though the Christmas and New Year holidays have just passed! To properly market for an event, you should start planning well before a month in advance. This way you will get out the news with enough time for your customers to know what promotions to expect and look forward to!

First, you should sit down and plan a marketing strategy including events, emails, social media, in-store promotions, etc. Be sure to have social media posts going out every week the month before your seasonal promotion kicks in to remind your followers of what is coming. The week of the promotion, make sure you are posting pictures of customers taking advantage of the sale/discount/flavors and remind others to do so, as well! For example: if you are offering “Emerald Lattes” (Irish cream syrup flavored lattes) for half off on St. Patrick’s Day, post a picture of a fresh drink first thing on Facebook that day, then post a picture of the first customer to enjoy one on Instagram, etc.

Keep in mind for upcoming holidays to check your stock well in advance, and call your Customer Care Associate to place special orders if you are ordering a large amount of a product we may not carry in bulk year round. Also, allow time to get the product in order to avoid any mishaps causing you to not have the products you need for your event. In the St. Patrick’s Day example, if you are promoting half off “Emerald Lattes”, make sure you have more than enough Irish cream syrup for that day.

Special holidays are also a great time to check your equipment and give it a tune up. Proper and routine maintenance of equipment costs far less in the long-run than waiting to deal with the inevitable catastrophes that come along. Seasonal events are a great reminder to make sure your machines are working at their highest level, and show them a bit of love.

Call Stockton Graham & Co. at 800 835 5943 to speak with a Customer Care Associate if you need any help planning your seasonal menu, POS materials to support your holiday promotions, ordering products or have any other questions about how we can help build your business!

Also, check out this blog on seasonal trends for more ideas: Increase Sales Through Retail Coffee and Seasonal Drink Trends

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes!

stpatrick-recipeEveryone likes to feel a little festive on St. Patrick’s day, and what better way to do so than experiencing some Irish influenced drinks! Stockton Graham & Co. has got you covered, with a few St. Paddy’s day concoctions featuring fresh roasted coffee, syrups and sauces from Stockton Graham & Co. to add to your menu this spring.

View all our recipes here or enjoy a sampling of these popular options:

Chocolate Stout Latte (12oz)
• 1 pump dark chocolate syrup
• ½ pump caramel syrup
• ½ pump hazelnut syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the syrups, add the steamed milk and enjoy!

Emerald Isle Latte (12oz)
• 1 pump white chocolate sauce
• 2 pumps green mint syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the sauce and syrup, stir gently, add steamed milk and enjoy!

Irish Cream Mocha (12oz)
• 1 pump dark chocolate sauce
• 2 pumps Irish cream syrup
*option: You can also add White chocolate sauce
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the chocolate sauce and Irish cream syrup, stir gently, add steamed milk and enjoy!

Irish Cream Latte (12oz)
• 2 pumps Irish cream syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with the Irish cream syrup, add steamed milk, and enjoy!

Irish Cream Cheesecake Latte (12oz)
• 1 ½ pumps Irish Cream syrup
• ½ pump cheesecake syrup
• 2 shots espresso
• Steamed milk
Pull shots of espresso into a cup with syrup, add steamed milk and enjoy!

Keep in mind that all of these drinks can be prepared decaffeinated or with sugar free ingredients to appeal to all customers! They can also be made over ice, blended or without espresso so kids can enjoy them. If you serve alcohol, a little toddy can be added to any of these recipes to create an adult beverage.  For an even more festive drink experience, add some green food coloring to your milk or whipped cream! Stockton Graham & Co. is here to help if you have any more questions or would like more information on planning special coffee events… just give us a call at 800 835 5943!

Pair these beverages with some of our suggested St. Patrick’s day promotions. Also, check out some of our other blogs on St. Patrick’s day recipes:
Iced Irish Cream
Torani Luck of the Irish Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Promotions

PromosEvery holiday deserves some special promotions around your cafe, so don’t forget to celebrate St. Patrick’s day on March 17th. Offer some specials that will leave your patrons feeling the luck of the Irish!

You can orchestrate a scavenger hunt to find the “pot of gold” hidden around your cafe! Be creative with the clues, and try to make it so those interacting aren’t intrusive on customers who just want to relax! The lucky winner can be rewarded with a coupon for a free cup of coffee everyday for a week, or a gift card to your cafe of an amount you deem appropriate!

You can use green food coloring to get festive with any of your beverages, or create green whipped cream to give a nice finish to your specialty drinks!

Host a St. Patrick’s day trivia night, and be sure to include fun facts about the holiday and other Irish culture! Offer gift cards to the winning person/team, and prizes for most creative team name or best dressed competitor.

It’s always a good idea to offer BOGO specials on signature beverages like an Irish Cream Latte! You can also offer free shots of Irish Cream syrup to regular drip coffee to get your customers in the Irish spirit!

Throw a “Leprechaun Contest” and have patrons, or your baristas, show off their best leprechaun garb! The best dressed leprechaun can be rewarded with specialty beverages or a gift card of your choosing!

Offering special promotions in your shop is a great way to get customers in, and it’s a unique chance to interact with them differently! If you have any questions or would like more information on planning special coffee events, please give us a call at 800.835.5943!