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  • Jan102017

    here’s to you, 2016

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    by brian. i spent the past few weeks preparing for 2017: action items, deliverables, a budget, buzz words, etc. like any other business owner does. when i came into the office on january 2nd, however, i took a moment first to reflect on 2016. i can’t move on and look forward without first stepping back and trying to capture everything that…

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  • Dec142016

    Holiday Gift Guide

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    For Your Coffee Lover From winter wear to brewing at home, we have you covered this Holiday season Fleece Zip Up Chemex Coffee Maker Or choose the Complete Pour Over set Carabiner Mug Stainless Steel Kettle Coffee Subscriptions Coffee – Valve Bags

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  • Dec062016

    the roaster + retailer relationship

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    by brian. as printed in the November issue of Fresh Cup magazine. We’re almost out of milk. It’s Monday morning at 11:00, and I’m staring at a line to the door with a dozen customers who hopefully want drip coffee because we only have enough milk for about five lattes. I have a meeting in thirty minutes, fifteen minutes away,…

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  • Oct072016

    September #FindYourSummit

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    Here are your September #FindYourSummit selections! 1. Willie MacDade 2. Lisa Corcoran 3. Michael McFadden 4. Jeff McGonnell Vote for your favorite picture by commenting below. Voting starts now and lasts until Monday October 17th. Winners win a swanky prize 🙂 Don’t forget to keep showing us your daily adventures for October!  

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  • Oct062016

    millenials and me: embracing a career in coffee

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    by Brian. (as printed in Fresh Cup magazine’s October issue). It was around this time last year, early fall 2015. I walked behind the bar at our flagship store, dressed in a gray suit because I was on my way to a board meeting for a foundation I serve. A frequent morning customer, a man no older than sixty, asked,…

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  • Sep142016

    when is a birthday an anniversary?

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    by brian. Every year we celebrate September. We take the 30 days it hath as an opportunity to look back to 1998, reflect on where Summit Coffee has been and where Summit Coffee is going. And each September we face the dilemma: is it Summit’s birthday, or Summit’s anniversary? Here’s where I stand. I have nothing to do with my…

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  • Aug142016

    5 Ways to Use Summit Granola

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    Our granola isn’t just for breakfast. Here are a few fun & different ideas to make the most out of your morning meal. Trail Mix – give yourself an Energy boosting snack by adding dried fruit and chocolate chips to the mix. We like to add dried cranberries or cherries! Come fall, dried Apples will be just delicious, too. Salads –…

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  • Jul162016

    Summit Young Chefs Camp – Bake Shop

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    by courtney. Walking into Summit Coffee Co. on Main Street, you’re greeted by the scrumptious housemade baked goods. And if you’ve had the chance to taste them, you know why we sell out so quickly! Summit makes nutella turnovers, scones of all kinds, muffins, cake balls, truffles, cupcakes, pound cake, tarts, layered cakes with ganache and coffee cakes. . .…

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  • Jul122016

    the coffee overhaul, part 3.

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    As published in Fresh Cup magazine. Listen closely and respond thoughtfully. That’s an anchor principle of good hospitality, and when we decided to undertake a coffee transformation, as I detailed in the past two installments of this study, that truth became increasingly important. Not everyone loves change, but I do. Summit Coffee does. As a result, navigating that tension brings…

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  • Jun102016

    the coffee overhaul, part 2.

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    by brian (as printed in June issue of Fresh Cup magazine). I am a fundamental believer in change, and I try to run Summit Coffee with that in mind. Convincing myself and my partners in 2014 that our coffee program was in dire need of an overhaul, as I outlined in Part 1 of this case study, was relatively easy.…

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