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.

  • 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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  • May022014

    Beer Spotlight: La Folie

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    Our love for good beer is just as potent as our love for good coffee. And just like we find superb coffees, we find superb beers. Now on tap at both stores is La Folie, part of New Belgium Brewing’s Lips of Faith series. A growing trend in craft beer is sours. Far, far away from your typical hoppy IPA,…

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  • Oct302013

    Welcome Back, Movember. Welcome Back, Blog.

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    So here we are, on the eve of Movember, bringing the blog back to life. It’s embarrassing, truthfully, how infrequent those posts have come. There’s always “something to do.” But thankfully, for the second year in a row, Movember has brought me back here to spread the word of what we’re doing in Davidson. For the third year running, Summit…

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  • Mar232013
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    Growing Slowly and Surely.

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