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  • Nov072014

    Mo Bro Spotlight: Tom Helfrich

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    There’s some great Mos and some great Bros on the Summit Coffee Movember Team, but there’s no doubt this year’s face of Movember for our crew is Tom Helfrich. Father of Summit Mo Bros Tim, Spencer and Brian, and an investor in Summit Coffee himself, Tom’s battle with prostate cancer in 2011 was the inspiration for bringing Movember to Davidson…

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  • Aug292014

    16 years of Dave Beam

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    Dave Beam was there when Summit Coffee was born. As a member of the very first Summit staff, he started pulling espresso shots at Summit in the fall of 1998. Since then, more than 250 Summit baristas have come and gone, all of them adding life to the shop and helping to shape our story. But there has always been…

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  • Aug142014
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    Complete the Ice Bucket Challenge Friday 8/15/14 @ 6pm

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    This Friday: BYOB. Bring Your Own Bucket.

    Davidson, friends of Summit, fans of Sierra Nevada: We are challenging you to join Team Summit Foundation at the launch tomorrow night, Friday, Aug. 15. At 6pm, we want 100 people joining the TSF for the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. Then stick around for live music, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp pints and more!

    See you at 6.

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  • Aug082014

    Friday Interview: Kim Elena Ionescu

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    Counter Culture Coffee has emerged as one of the premier coffee importers and roasters in the United States. At the forefront of that growth for Counter Culture is Kim Elena Ionescu, Coffee Buyer & Sustainability Manager for the Durham-based outfit. In between trips around the world to find the best coffee, Kim is leading Counter Culture’s efforts to eliminate its carbon…

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  • Aug012014

    Beer Spotlight: Coming in Hops

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    Our Summer Brewery Series continues into August this Friday with a special feature of two spectacular beers: Triple C Brewing’s Coming in Hops, and Boulevard Brewing’s Two Jokers Double Wit. From our great friends at Triple C, Coming in Hops was brewed in honor of their 100th batch. This Imperial IPA comes in at a smack-in-the-face 10.5% ABV, aged in…

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  • Jul252014

    Friday Interview: Jeff McGonnell

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    We’re excited to introduce this week a new blog feature (yes, another): Friday Interview. We’re aiming to chat with people who fascinate, inspire and confuse us. Customers, partners, employees … we have no limit on who we plan to spotlight. We’re kicking off Friday Interview with our good friend Jeff McGonnell who, among other things, runs really irrational distances. I…

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  • Jul182014

    Coffee of the Week: Idido

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    From the only land where coffee is indigenous, Idido represents what makes Ethiopian coffees so dynamic. This particular selection, from Counter Culture Coffee, is the first lot from the Idido cooperative in Yirgacheffe, representing a select group of 200 farmers. This coffee has notes of melon, orange blossom and citrus. Counter Culture explains: “Yirgacheffe is likely the most famous or second-most…

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  • Jul182014

    Beer Spotlight: Sierra Nevada Rain Check

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    We’re as excited as anyone for Sierra Nevada to open their new brewery down the street, in Mills River, NC. So likewise, we’re thrilled to feature Rain Check, the first specialty beer brewed in that very facility. The buildout of Sierra’s East Coast brewery faced tons of inclement weather delays, so the beer “was inspired by the tropical flavors often…

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  • Jun112014

    Reflecting on a Night with Nothing But Nets

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    Shortly after 2:00pm on Tuesday, Tim and I sat next to the sportswriter Rick Reilly, THE Rick Reilly, over lunch at Flatiron in downtown Davidson. We had just spent two hours with Rick, Bryant Barr and the tremendous Nothing but Nets team from the United Nations Foundation, all in support of our new partnership, Bzzz Blend. While we were sitting…

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  • Jun042014

    For Love of The Pint

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    The pint is a beautiful thing. I’m thinking specifically of a copper-colored, hoppy beverage with a ½ inch of frothy goodness topping the glass. Such a beverage often highlights the end of my work-day at Summit. But we have other kinds of pints, too: Pints of coffee; pints of strawberry milkshake (made with real strawberries, mind you); pints of cappuccino.…

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