8 Premium Coffee Products for C-Stores

Iced coffee

Premiumization is leading the way in the coffee market—from iced to instant to cold brew. In fact, it operates under a moniker—the Third Wave—that entails purchasing coffee based on its origin, as well as its artisanal and high-quality characteristics.

As a retailer, are you angling to catch the Third Wave in the coffee segment? Chances are you already have created efficiencies around both the First Wave (simply, growing coffee consumption exponentially) and Second Wave (accentuates enjoyment of specialty coffee).

Take a test drive with eight leading c-store brands, as well as a leading hot-dispensed-beverage unit that supports premium and artisan consumption.

Community Coffee Co.

Community Coffee Co.

Community Coffee Co. launched a new “Gift of Gold” promotional campaign for the 2016 holiday season. In select stores, 12-ounce ground bags of two Community Private Reserve Coffees—the Evangeline Blend and the Founder’s Blend in festive gold packaging—qualify for a “buy two get $4 off" deal. The Evangeline Blend is a dark roast created to honor the Acadian culture that supported the company in its early years. Founder's Blend is a medium-dark roast coffee. 

Fetco

Fetco Frozen Granita Machine

On the dispensed beverage side to support the preparation of premium varieties, the Fetco by Elemco Frozen Granita Machine allows operators to create a multiflavored slushie offering, as well as on-trend iced coffee and smoothies. Crafted with horizontal and vertical augers to ensure reliably fresh taste, Frozen Granita Machine is available in single, dual and triple 3.2-gallon dispensers. 

+RED

+RED

Coffee trends are moving toward consumers who are interested in coffee with additional health and wellness benefits or functionalities. Designed to increase endurance, optimize performance and elevate power levels naturally, +RED is made with red marine algae, a therapeutic superfood known to boost immune systems, and is naturally caffeinated by green coffee bean extract with no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. 

Folgers

Folgers

Folgers introduced a new blend that allows coffee lovers to customize blending. Folgers Coffeehouse Blend delivers robust flavor no matter how it’s prepared. A medium-dark roast, Folgers Coffeehouse Blend is ideal to prepare with an automatic drip coffee maker, French press, cold brew or Keurig brewing system. Users can swap traditional white sugar for a drizzle of maple syrup, adding sweetness and flavor, or they can make their own latte foam by shaking some milk in a mason jar until it starts to froth. 

White Coffee Corp.

White Coffee Corp.

White Coffee Corp. enters the dispensed cold-brew segment with Organic Cold Brew, a smooth and rich offer made with little acidity and no bitterness. Certified USDA-organic, the beverage is not derived from concentrate, and the brewing technique takes a fraction of the 20-plus hour process employed by competitors, according to the company. Organic Cold Brew is ready to be served in three hours. Coffee is preground and overwrapped to insure product freshness. Each filter bag is brewed with 1 gallon of water.

Califia Farms

Califia Farms

Califia Farms is rolling out Black Label Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew ready-to-drink coffees, joining its full line of single-serve Cold Brew Coffees with Almondmilk. Its low- and no-sugar, dairy-free, on-the-go RTDs are ideal for the growing number of health-conscious consumers looking for quick and affordable beverages, according to the company.

Dunkin’ Donuts, Coca-Cola Co.

Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee bottled

National Coffee Day (Sep. 29) marked Dunkin’ Donuts’ first entry into the RTD coffee category with a line of Dunkin’ Donuts branded ready-to-drink coffee beverages to launch in early 2017. The Coca-Cola Co. will manufacture, distribute and sell the product. Coca-Cola is producing the beverages according to Dunkin’ Donuts specifications, including using high-quality Arabica coffee blends. The chain has partnered with Coca-Cola since 2012 to serve its products, including soft drinks, juices, enhanced waters and energy drinks.

Black Medicine Iced Coffee

Black Medicine Iced Coffee

Black Medicine Iced Coffee replaced its current aluminum bottles with cans to meet consumer desire for better portability and convenience. The company, innovator of the first cold-pressed-brewed RTD coffee, shifted to cans to make on-the-go usage more convenient. Consumers can expect the retail price to drop an estimated 50 cents per unit, from $3.99 to $3.49 on average, due to the packaging change, the company stated.