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.

  • Oct072016

    September #FindYourSummit

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    Here are your September #FindYourSummit selections! 1. Willie MacDade 2. Lisa Corcoran 3. Michael McFadden 4. Jeff McGonnell Vote for your favorite picture by commenting below. Voting starts now and lasts until Monday October 17th. Winners win a swanky prize 🙂 Don’t forget to keep showing us your daily adventures for October!  

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  • Oct062016

    millenials and me: embracing a career in coffee

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    by Brian. (as printed in Fresh Cup magazine’s October issue). It was around this time last year, early fall 2015. I walked behind the bar at our flagship store, dressed in a gray suit because I was on my way to a board meeting for a foundation I serve. A frequent morning customer, a man no older than sixty, asked,…

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  • Sep142016

    when is a birthday an anniversary?

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    by brian. Every year we celebrate September. We take the 30 days it hath as an opportunity to look back to 1998, reflect on where Summit Coffee has been and where Summit Coffee is going. And each September we face the dilemma: is it Summit’s birthday, or Summit’s anniversary? Here’s where I stand. I have nothing to do with my…

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  • Aug142016

    5 Ways to Use Summit Granola

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    Our granola isn’t just for breakfast. Here are a few fun & different ideas to make the most out of your morning meal. Trail Mix – give yourself an Energy boosting snack by adding dried fruit and chocolate chips to the mix. We like to add dried cranberries or cherries! Come fall, dried Apples will be just delicious, too. Salads –…

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  • Jul162016

    Summit Young Chefs Camp – Bake Shop

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    by courtney. Walking into Summit Coffee Co. on Main Street, you’re greeted by the scrumptious housemade baked goods. And if you’ve had the chance to taste them, you know why we sell out so quickly! Summit makes nutella turnovers, scones of all kinds, muffins, cake balls, truffles, cupcakes, pound cake, tarts, layered cakes with ganache and coffee cakes. . .…

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  • Jul122016

    the coffee overhaul, part 3.

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    As published in Fresh Cup magazine. Listen closely and respond thoughtfully. That’s an anchor principle of good hospitality, and when we decided to undertake a coffee transformation, as I detailed in the past two installments of this study, that truth became increasingly important. Not everyone loves change, but I do. Summit Coffee does. As a result, navigating that tension brings…

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  • Jun102016

    the coffee overhaul, part 2.

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    by brian (as printed in June issue of Fresh Cup magazine). I am a fundamental believer in change, and I try to run Summit Coffee with that in mind. Convincing myself and my partners in 2014 that our coffee program was in dire need of an overhaul, as I outlined in Part 1 of this case study, was relatively easy.…

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  • Jun062016

    the coffee overhaul, part 1.

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    by brian. (as printed in Fresh Cup magazine, April 2016) Some twenty-four months ago, I made a trip thirty minutes south to Charlotte to drink a coffee at a cafĂ© not my own, something I always wish I did more. Not Just Coffee is a Counter Culture account, as we had been for fifteen years running, and so I knew I could…

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  • May272016

    a Stage for Stephen

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    Over the years, we have had a lot of special nights of music out back at Summit. I remember one Thursday night several years ago when Billy Jones and I were in the middle of playing “Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes” and it began to pour. Our friends who were in attendance quickly grabbed the blue lawn tarp…

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  • May242016

    cleaning on up.

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    by brian. our bathrooms have been purple and green and brown and, most recently, blue. they’ve been used approximately 250 times every day for the better part of two decades. they’ve seen things. and, for a long time, they were something we kept functional but not at a level much beyond that. cleanliness and design are super important to us, and we…

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