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  • Sep182018

    A Week of Events for 20 Years

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    As Brian notes in our blog, Summit turns 20 this September. So to celebrate, we’re bringing a week full of events and specials to Davidson (and Cornelius). Monday, September 24 | Trivia with Alex at Basecamp, 7:30pm Tuesday, September 25 | Happy Hour Education – Brian recounts his sourcing trip to Peru, 7:00pm Basecamp Wednesday, September 26 | $1 cappuccinos all day Thursday, September…

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  • Sep182018

    Celebrating 20 Years

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    By Brian. Summit is almost legal. Twenty years old. 20! And we’re celebrating with a week of events in Davidson (and Cornelius), so check those out here. But I also have some thoughts on turning the page on another Summit calendar. I joined the Summit team as a barista in 2004, a sophomore at Davidson College and totally green to…

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  • Jul122018

    on a mission, and the people behind it

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    by Brian. Approaching coffee, community and collaboration with remarkable hospitality and a commitment to excellence. That’s our mission, at Summit Coffee. Read it again. I wrote it, rewrote it, trashed it, started again, made it tighter, sharper, more honest, and yet I still look at it every day. That’s how I knew it was our mission, for the present and…

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  • Jun282018

    on being the first visitor

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    by Brian. I will never forget the moment when I felt, for the first time in my life, new. It was a Tuesday night, around 8:00pm, and I was sharing a beer with some other coffee people in the downtown square of Querocoto, Peru, a town of 400 people who lived and existed a six-hour mountain bus ride from the…

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  • Apr062018

    on unknown coffee varieties

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    by Evan. Flashback to a pretty ordinary day at the Summit Coffee Co. roasting facility. It’s the beginning of a busy production week and so far everything is going as planned. It’s going to be a steady week, but not uncomfortable and most of the week is pretty well outlined. Then I received an unexpected email… “Your mission, should you…

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  • Mar012018

    a measurement in harvests

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    By Brian. Running a company that operates 12 months/year and 7 days/week makes it hard to measure time. Not in that I’m confused what month it is (though, honestly, that’s often the case). But rather in, how do we measure a year in Summit time? For Andrew, our newly promoted COO, it may be in a fiscal calendar. For Matt,…

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  • Jan082018

    What 2018 May Bring

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    By Brian. I wrote last week about saying goodbye to 2017, and all that it entailed: from the planned (an improved hospitality across our entire business) to the unplanned (um, two new cafes). I’ve felt for the seven years I’ve been owning and operating Summit that the most important thing we could do is build a foundation. A strong base…

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  • Dec302017

    Thanks, 2017.

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    by Brian. “It’s the job of any business owner,” writes Danny Meyer, the amazing New York restauranteur and one of my industry crushes, “to be clear about the company’s nonnegotiable core values. They’re the riverbanks that help guide us as we refine and improve on performance and excellence. A lack of riverbanks creates estuaries and cloudy waters that are confusing…

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  • Nov202017

    Summit in 100 Words | Evan Pollitt

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    Working together Summit Coffee strives to improve and grow daily. We focus on skill development and education equally. We focus on the person as much as the task. We focus on our community at home. Working hard to grow and cultivate a space we want to be a part of and bringing others into it. We focus on our industry…

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  • Sep122017

    Summit in 100 Words | Lane Wilson

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    Reaching a summit is not the end of a journey; it’s a time to celebrate and to rest, a benchmark to look back on the ascending trail and out into the possibilities for what’s next, and, if you’re prepared, a spot to enjoy a cup of coffee. We seek the same experiences at Summit. Come to relax or gather with…

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