Why Coffee?

Back in 2012 I found myself working extra hard and needing a pick me up. I needed to get away from energy drinks so I tried coffee. I instantly became an avid coffee drinker. So much I started writing music about it. This sparked an idea to start a product line. My father taught me, that if you find something that people want or need and you enjoy it you should create that as a source of income, so I did. Thus, we have AND Coffee.

Why Coffee?

Back in 2012 I found myself working extra hard and needing a pick me up.  I needed to get away from energy drinks so I tried coffee. I instantly became an avid coffee drinker. So much I started writing music about it. This sparked an idea to start a product line. My father taught me, that if you find something that people want or need and you enjoy it you should create that as a source of income, so I did.  Thus, we have AND Coffee.

Our Roasting Team

Stockton Graham

A well respected and award winning roaster local to Raleigh, NC who has met the demand of the unique needs and taste for AND Coffee customers worldwide. Stockton Graham & Co. associates blend different backgrounds and experiences into one common passion, COFFEE.

The staff and associates are trained and knowledgeable in the world of coffee: the history, taste profiles and all types of brewing techniques. Every staff member goes through a Basic Barista Certification process, and we are constantly learning more about our varietals of coffees by cupping and brewing them, utilizing a variety of methods. Members of our team have been Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) instructors, judges, volunteers and speakers. Stockton Graham & Co. associates are experts in the industry, with a combined 100+ years of experience.

The History of Coffee

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee – little known fact for those of us that drink the variety of blends offered to us by our many favorite stores and coffee shops. But if you are the type of person who enjoys a good history lesson or at least wants to be in the know about the origin of one of their favorite pass-times, then this will be great information for you.

Legend is that in 850 AD, the Ethiopian goat herder Kaldi noticed one day that when his goats ate a particular red berry, they would have so much energy they would jump around (jumping goats). After tasting these berries and getting energized himself, Kaldi brought them to a local monk who threw them away into a fire. When the roasted berries gave off a wonderful aroma, they pulled them from the embers, ground them and added the ground powder to water, creating the world’s first cup of coffee.

Over the last 1200 plus years, the coffee beverage was introduced and became part of the diet of many other regions of the world. The first coffeehouse was created in 1475 AD in Constantinople; King Louis XIV was introduced to the beverage in 1600 AD; in 1675 a coffee house called Edward Lloyds (Lloyds of London) was opened in Europe. The Dutch were instrumental in transporting coffee out of their ports Mocha and Java during the 15 th – 18th centuries (you can’t make this stuff up). And in 1723, a French Naval Officer stole some seeds from the King’s coffee bush and introduced the plant to the New World through the island of Martinique.

Coffee has come a long way. No longer a beverage looked to be outlawed as a “substance of the devil”, it now is part of the daily routine of many. And as the coffee beverage continues to evolve from Instant to Decaf to Cold-Brewed, the history of this simple berry still is a long way to be written.