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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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  • 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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