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  • Jun062016

    the coffee overhaul, part 1.

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    by brian. (as printed in Fresh Cup magazine, April 2016) Some twenty-four months ago, I made a trip thirty minutes south to Charlotte to drink a coffee at a café not my own, something I always wish I did more. Not Just Coffee is a Counter Culture account, as we had been for fifteen years running, and so I knew I could…

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  • May272016

    a Stage for Stephen

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    Over the years, we have had a lot of special nights of music out back at Summit. I remember one Thursday night several years ago when Billy Jones and I were in the middle of playing “Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes” and it began to pour. Our friends who were in attendance quickly grabbed the blue lawn tarp…

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  • May242016

    cleaning on up.

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    by brian. our bathrooms have been purple and green and brown and, most recently, blue. they’ve been used approximately 250 times every day for the better part of two decades. they’ve seen things. and, for a long time, they were something we kept functional but not at a level much beyond that. cleanliness and design are super important to us, and we…

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  • May132016

    jairo quinones – farm to cup.

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    by brian. I knew his coffee and his name before I knew his face. Jairo Quinones, I read in our Huila Best Cup guides, is a young farmer from Finca Nueva Zelandia in Colombia. Jairo Quinones, I learned, grows a remarkable cup of coffee. And then, on the afternoon of February 6, Jairo Quinones stood stage center at an outdoor…

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  • Apr292016

    a different kind of famers market

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    by evan. It’s that time of year again! The sun is out, the days are getting long, it’s time to get out and about. It’s also time to go the the farmers market, preferably the Davidson Farmers Market where you can get Summit Coffee. But why go to the farmers market at all? There are all sorts of reasons, some…

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  • Apr062016

    summit in atlanta: how to find us!

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    by brian The annual Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) convention is in Atlanta from April 14-17, and Summit is heading south for the party. We’re making our biggest splash ever outside of North Carolina, with cafe hours for five days straight in another city. Here’s where we’ll be about how to see us: Wednesday, April 13 Pop-Up Cafe at…

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  • Mar312016

    wrapped up: colombia in a single article + video

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    Most of you know that we traveled to Colombia to find, bid and bring home the best coffee around. Little did we (or you for-that-matter) know that the experience would leave an everlasting impression on more than just our coffee game. Here, are two reminders, and a glimpse into our memorable week in Colombia.  enjoy. Connecting at Auction Cafe Imports: Huila…

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  • Mar152016

    running and coffee and running some more.

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    by brian. As of 11:11am on Sunday morning, I had started and completed 13 marathons. I’ve run them in the sun. I’ve run them in rain. I’ve run them in harder rain. I’ve run them alone. I’ve run them with family. I’ve run them with more family (I have a lot of siblings).  And now, I’ve run them with coworkers…

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  • Feb062016

    dispatch from colombia (the country), take 2

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    by brian. on appreciation: My first update from Colombia, where Evan and I are on a jury to select the best coffees in Huila, Colombia, spoke to being humbled by our place among specialty coffee geeks. Folks like the two of us, just with bigger reputations and better experience.  But that humbling took a humble backseat, today, to the appreciation…

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  • Feb052016

    dispatch from colombia (the country): take 1

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    by brian. The coffee life comes at you fast, turns out. Nine months ago I didn’t know the difference between a cupping spoon and a teaspoon (not entirely true), and couldn’t tell a good coffee from a great coffee. So fast forward to February 2016, and here Evan and I find ourselves in rural Colombia (the country), aproned-up as jury members for Huila Best…

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