Stories

Stories

Each week we offer a wide-open, transparent look at what’s happening at Summit Coffee — from the news, to the celebrations, to the failures, and back again.

  • Sep162019

    On 8 Years

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    LinkedIn alerted me last week that I am celebrating my “work anniversary,” my 8th year operating Summit Coffee, and I have an affinity for little notices like this because it makes me reflect. And the generic auto responses from my LinkedIn buddies — “Congratulations” or “Wow, 8 years already?” — made me both laugh and pause for a moment. Wherein…

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  • Sep052019

    On Fear

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    It’s 4:44pm on a Thursday, and I am sitting alone at the roastery. The five or six people who were busy here today have done their work, very well, and headed elsewhere. Yet I am still here, sitting, and it’s becoming more often than not that I am the last one sitting in this office with all the lights off…

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  • Aug262019

    On Growing Up

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    This morning I dropped off my daughter, Bay, for her first day of kindergarten and then drove straight to the Outpost for the first day of the Davidson College school year. These two events are in the same sentence because they both — Bay and the Outpost — were born on the same day, November 14, 2013. While I won’t…

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  • Aug222019

    On Talking About Coffee

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    Despite how it might be portrayed in movies, you would never walk into a brewery and ask, “Can I have a 16-ounce beer?” It’s ridiculous, right? Or, similarly, you wouldn’t sit down at Kindred and ask, “Can I have a wine?” Um, there are like 200 on the menu. Consumers understand that with beer and wine, there are choices, types…

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  • Aug132019

    On Transitions

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    I mentioned in my post last week about Evan’s departure that transitions are, more or less, points in time between other transitions. Life is full of them, and business are constantly trying to navigate them. Evan leaving brings an end, somewhat, to the most transitory time at Summit since Tim moved to Connecticut in the spring of 2016. And there…

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  • Aug052019

    On Evan Pollitt

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    Life is full of sliding doors moments — decisions that, when reflected on in hindsight, changed the course of history. We’ve had no shortage of those in our 21-year Summit story, but today we’re going to flashback to early 2015. Tim and I were laying the groundwork for our burgeoning roasting operation, venturing into an aspect of the coffee business…

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  • Jul302019

    On The Future

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    Our 9th macro goal is to “Share Our Story.” As originally written, it was to “Tell Our Story,” but swapping verbs seemed appropriate since sharing indicates some sort of reception. And a good story is only good if someone hears it, reads it, understands it. For me, part of sharing the Summit story means wide open transparency. I want to…

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  • Jul232019

    On A Coffee Identity

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    This just in: we are a coffee company. As I write about all the time, we’re a company driven by its people, to provide remarkable experiences for people, building and enhancing communities. We sell pastries and beer and wine, shirts and mugs and hats. We host concerts and trivia, running races and charity events. But at the end of the…

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  • Jul082019

    On 2019, So Far

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    I sat down on the second day of January to outline my word of the year, something of a lighthouse for Summit and me to keep in our sights as we navigated an inevitably busy time. Curiosity, I chose, and opined that it was our thirst for what we don’t know, rather than sharpening what we already do, that would…

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  • Jun242019

    On Milk + Ethics

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    Our commitment to storytelling in 2019 is in direct response to one of our biggest weaknesses as a company: neglecting to broadcast all that we do, all that we’re aspiring to, and everything that makes Summit what it is. Usually it’s a conversation or a passing comment that sparks something in my mind, and reminds me to share that part…

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