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.

  • Jun172019

    Guest Blog | On Teamwork

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    (Ed. note — the following is a story from Maggie Lowe, a Davidson barista who’s worked with us since January). In January of this year, I made my first of many trips to Starcreek Drive in Cornelius, NC. Summit houses its roastery on Starcreek, and my first visit was to get the lowdown on the job I had just accepted,…

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  • Jun102019

    On Fathers

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    I wake up sometime between 4:30 and 4:50 every morning, mostly because that’s what my dad did. I usually go running, or some other form of exercise, and then bring coffee home for my family — mostly because that’s what my dad did. Then I go to work, either in Davidson or Cornelius or Asheville, and always make it a…

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  • Jun032019

    On Giving Back

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    The cinematic portrayal of summer vacation is pretty on point for most kids — when the final bell rings at CMS schools this Friday, there will be yelling and laughter, talk of pool parties and sleeping in. “School’s Out for the Summer” will get its annual overplay on Spotify, and kids get to be kids. Except for those who don’t.…

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  • May292019

    On 4 Years of Roasting

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    Four years ago, on a Sunday morning sometime after sunrise but before breakfast, Tim, Evan and I congregated over the future of Summit and had no idea what to expect. Evan flipped on our new roasting machine, a 2,000-pound gamble, and we were either going to enter the next level of the coffee business, or go out of business. “The…

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  • 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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