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.

  • 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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  • May222014

    Introducing Bzzz Blend

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    In Africa, someone dies from malaria every 60 seconds. Yet, it’s 100% preventable. A $10 mosquito net prevents malaria from spreading, and eradicates the deadly disease. We’re excited to announce our new partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. Together, we’re introducing Bzzz Blend — our newest coffee offering. For every bag of Bzzz Blend we sell,…

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  • May022014

    Grand Canyon: A Retrospective

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    In May 2013, four Summit staff members set out in search of an adventure. Hiking Pilot Mountain turned into camping in Tennessee and, somehow, turned into a trip to the Grand Canyon. The more plans developed, the more plans became outrageous. A two- or three-day hike developed into a two-day run, from the South Rim to the North Rim and…

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  • May022014

    Coffee of the Week: Nueva Llusta (late harvest)

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    In the past few months, Counter Culture has selected and roasted some outstanding coffees from Bolivia, specifically in Nueva Llusta. Located in the Yungas jungle in the country’s Western mountains, this coffee co-op has the perfect environment for growing coffee. Nueva Llusta is a collection of small, single-farmer lots producing beans with notes of chocolate, vanilla and black cherry. Counter…

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