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  • Jun202017

    Why Summit: Michael Griggs

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      I can recall the very first day I visited Summit Coffee. I was on my to work, traveling from Huntersville to Mooresville on route 115. I was new to the area, and part of my getting situated included finding a local coffee shop, where I could stop, and have a cup of coffee, before going to work. Years of…

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  • Jun122017

    Coffee Profile: Kochere Bonde, Ethiopia

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  • May252017

    on riyadh, the end.

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    by Evan. It’s hot. It’s really hot. Hot like when you open the oven to check on the level of gold on your tater tots and the hot air blasts toward you. That’s kind of like what going outside is like, without the promise of crispy potato goodness. The stovetop temperature sidewalks is just one of the things that takes some…

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  • May162017

    everything’s different. everything’s the same.

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    By Alex. When Evan and I landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia three days ago, we really didn’t know what to expect. Heck, I had even done some Instagram sleuthing just to figure out if wearing a t-shirt would be socially acceptable (it is). I had been to the Middle East before, but neither of us had been to Saudi Arabia,…

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  • Apr172017

    on asheville, part 1.

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    by brian. i want to keep my commitment in 2017 to hospitality, and so much of that for me is storytelling. what is Summit doing, and why? i ask for 100% transparency from our team here, good and bad, and i want to provide that same commitment to y’all. why asheville? why now? customers have been asking me those questions…

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  • Mar082017

    on finding my summit.

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    by brian. This January, out of the blue, I received an email from Ed Weihenmayer, proud father of adventurer, mountaineer, and general badass Erik Weihenmayer. Ed wanted to share with me, and with the Summit Coffee team, that his favorite shirt had taken its last trip through the washing machine. This shirt was simple. Long sleeve and white cotton, it…

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  • Feb282017

    on wine.

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    by brian. it’s troubled me for some time that the wine program at summit hasn’t matched our intentionality with coffee, beer, events, etc. i love wine, and drink plenty of it (for another blog, perhaps). but we’ve never “owned” our wine program. we’ve never built a wine list from bottle 1 to bottle 22 with a grander vision for what…

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  • Feb132017

    on competing with the best.

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    by evan. I recently went to Knoxville, TN, to compete in the U.S. Barista Championships Regional. This year marks my third in coffee and I never thought I would be here. I make a point every year to watch the U.S. Coffee Championships to see what the best in our industry are doing. Standing on the same stage was a…

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  • Jan302017

    sustainability in 2017.

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    by Adrienne, Director of Sustainability. It’s a new year, which is a great to time to set goals and make positive changes. At Summit, one of our goals for this year is to become more sustainable. The World Commission on the Environment and Development defines sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations…

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  • Jan172017

    on hospitality

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    by brian. i make it a directive each winter, as december turns to january, to select a word of the year. a word to keep in my mind, a word to live by, a word to live out. and, because my personal life and my summit life are so intertwined, the word needs to work for all things. in 2016,…

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