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  • Feb022016

    meet team summit: Kelly

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    by Brooke Baking. It’s a discipline many choose to take on, but only a few master. Baking is more than just following a recipe. Anyone can do that. It’s precise. It’s ruled by “no peaking”. It’s science. It’s hard work. It’s Kelly’s passion. And she’s good at it. More than good, actually. Kelly is fantastic. Which is proven by the…

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  • Jan152016

    farm to amateur waitstaff to table

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    by Andrew Last Saturday, we welcomed 50 guests to our Outpost location on the Davidson College campus for the latest edition of the Summit Coffee Beer Dinner Series: this time featuring Great Lakes Brewing Company from Cleveland, Ohio. Each dinner features a seasonal and locally-inspired tasting menu, prepared by Chef Betsey Verhey and Summit’s very own Director of Food, Courtney…

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  • Jan072016

    your refrigerator’s (not) running

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    by brian. When I rejoined Summit in the fall of 2011, after a four-year sabbatical as a sports journalist, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I thought to make an apple cider, all we did was steam apple juice (turns out, not correct). Dress slacks and pink buttondowns don’t look as good after 8 hours behind the Summit…

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  • Dec012015

    Pop-Up Cafe + Gift Shop

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    Starting this week, we’re opening up our roastery to the public. Every Thursday-Saturday, from Dec. 3-19, we’re turning our roasting warehouse into a pop-up cafe and gift shop in time for the holiday season. We’re selling the best home brewing equipment around, customizable gift boxes, and all sorts of Summit merchandise: sweatshirts, T-shirts, mugs and more. In addition, the espresso bar…

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  • Sep212015

    seven days for 17 years

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    We opened our doors for the first time in September 1998, and 17 years later we’re going to throw a week’s worth of parties to celebrate. Starting Monday, September 21, we’re going with seven straight days of events to celebrate you, our friends and customers, and to showcase all of what Summit Coffee Co. has to offer. Monday – Trivia…

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  • Sep032015

    a look at transparency, part 1: brewing

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    going a little inside baseball here … we have talked a lot, on this blog and elsewhere, about our renewed “commitment to quality.” it’s at the core of what we do, and even narrower the commitment to coffee quality is the core of that. over the last 18 months, we’ve audited every part of  our coffee process to ensure we’re being…

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  • Aug102015

    musical chairs

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    by Tim: Last Wednesday, I was given 2 minutes to go into a small room and arrange everything in the room so that the chair was the most powerful object in the room. In the room there was a large table, a trash can, two tea kettles, a pad of paper, a 30 lb. dumbbell, an empty milk crate, and…

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  • Jul142015

    working for summit.

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    We’re hiring. It’s an exciting process for us, to meet and interact with wildly different people. Some applicants will have coffee experience, and some won’t. Some will want to work with food, some will prefer nights, and some will want to get their hands dirty at The Roastery. People ask us what we look for in a Summit employee. It’s…

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  • Jun172015

    buying 3,600 pounds of coffee.

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    Rutas del Inca. Translated, literally, to Route of the Inca. It was the given name of the first coffee we ever sampled, roasted, cupped and purchased. Between our love for its name and our love for its place in the Summit Coffee history, we became wary of being too blinded by the process. Was the coffee really this good? Turns…

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  • Jun042015

    Meet Team Summit: Courtney

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    When we decided to launch ourselves, neck-deep, into the restaurant business with the opening of The Outpost and The Kitchen, we knew finding the right leader was critical to our success. We teased the idea out with our dear friend, Courtney Spear, and she decided to launch herself, neck-deep, into the food business with us. Courtney, also the Manager of…

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