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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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  • 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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