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.

  • May222019

    On Theater

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    As an 18-year-old I starred* in Davidson College’s production of “Frankenstein: The Rock Opera,” my first-and-only acting performance that gets better every time I recount the story for someone. It came on the heels of an illustrious* high school theater career, as both a singer and a playwright, but before my more famous* stint as the writer/director/producer of my own…

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  • May152019

    On Summit Summers

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    Five years ago, after the Freckled Dog Pub but before we started roasting coffee, brother Tim and I decided we wanted to make Friday evenings a thing. The two of us, and our families (hard to know how many kids between us at the time), loved gathering behind Summit’s Basecamp location in downtown Davidson circa 5:00pm every Fridays for beers,…

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  • May082019

    Meet Your Summit: Aimée Keeble

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    This is the first in a new series introducing you to the people who make Summit happen. Up first, Aimée Keeble, Summit’s Office Manager. Get to know Aimée: How the heck do you say your name? FRENCH AMY. Actually, it means beloved in French. My ma is sentimental. Apparently, it’s quite an old name in France, like our equivalent of Agatha!…

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  • Apr302019

    On Canning A Brand

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    Brian, the coffee professional: I’ve never really liked cold brew. I find the taste metallic, gritty, heavy, sometimes unpalatable. Brian, the entrepreneur: Cold coffee, especially RTD (ready-to-drink) beverages is the fastest growing segment in specialty coffee. Coffee Brian: Hot take — cold brew isn’t great. Have you ever had a great cold brew? Iced coffee is way better. Business Brian:…

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  • Apr232019

    On PBA Still Giving

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    I’ve started and re-started this post more than a dozen times because, as it turns out, I don’t know how to write about the death of a good friend. Nothing prepared me for that — not only the shock, but the pain, the hollowness, the wondering. There are mornings when I run around Davidson and am overcome with sudden and…

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  • Apr172019

    On The Next Generation

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    I’ve spent the last 48 hours on the campus of Loomis Chaffee, a prep school in Connecticut that I am fortunate to call my alma mater. Since the fall of 1990 I’ve spent years at Loomis as a ball boy for the soccer team, as a fan of my brothers, as a student, as an alumnus, and, as of this…

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  • Apr092019

    On Not Knowing

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    There’s some perception in leadership, rooted probably in hubris or entitlement or, perhaps just inexperience, that the more you accomplish the more you also need to know. That somehow promotions and new jobs, raises and bonuses, are equal to a spike in intelligence, or knowhow, and that as you head down this path there also is less room to throw…

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  • Apr022019

    On Recognizing Greatness

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    Editor’s Note: The following is an entry from Evan Pollitt, Summit’s Director of Coffee. He and Dora Callahan, our Director of Retail Operations, came home from a week in El Salvador with its best coffee (literally), a small hangover and having changed lives forever. Here’s Dora’s story, and now here’s Evan’s below. Photo credit: Victor Pagán / Cafe Imports Traveling…

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  • Apr012019

    On Working Harder

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    Editor’s Note: The following is an entry from Dora Callahan, Summit’s Director of Retail Operations. She and Evan Pollitt, our Director of Coffee, came home from a week in El Salvador with its best coffee (literally), a small hangover and having changed lives forever. Here’s the story. Photo credit: Victor Pagán / Cafe Imports We’re headed home, and I’m writing…

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  • Mar262019

    On Qualification

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    Long before I was a business owner, I was a runner. Before I laid out quarterly objectives (shoutout OKRs), I laid out quarterly training plans. Before I woke up at 4:45 to check Slack, I woke up at 4:45 to lace my Brooks and log miles around Davidson and its neighboring towns. Before I had trips planned six months in…

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