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.

  • Jun282018

    on being the first visitor

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    by Brian. I will never forget the moment when I felt, for the first time in my life, new. It was a Tuesday night, around 8:00pm, and I was sharing a beer with some other coffee people in the downtown square of Querocoto, Peru, a town of 400 people who lived and existed a six-hour mountain bus ride from the…

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  • Apr062018

    on unknown coffee varieties

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    by Evan. Flashback to a pretty ordinary day at the Summit Coffee Co. roasting facility. It’s the beginning of a busy production week and so far everything is going as planned. It’s going to be a steady week, but not uncomfortable and most of the week is pretty well outlined. Then I received an unexpected email… “Your mission, should you…

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  • Mar012018

    a measurement in harvests

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    By Brian. Running a company that operates 12 months/year and 7 days/week makes it hard to measure time. Not in that I’m confused what month it is (though, honestly, that’s often the case). But rather in, how do we measure a year in Summit time? For Andrew, our newly promoted COO, it may be in a fiscal calendar. For Matt,…

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  • Jan082018

    What 2018 May Bring

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    By Brian. I wrote last week about saying goodbye to 2017, and all that it entailed: from the planned (an improved hospitality across our entire business) to the unplanned (um, two new cafes). I’ve felt for the seven years I’ve been owning and operating Summit that the most important thing we could do is build a foundation. A strong base…

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  • Dec302017

    Thanks, 2017.

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    by Brian. “It’s the job of any business owner,” writes Danny Meyer, the amazing New York restauranteur and one of my industry crushes, “to be clear about the company’s nonnegotiable core values. They’re the riverbanks that help guide us as we refine and improve on performance and excellence. A lack of riverbanks creates estuaries and cloudy waters that are confusing…

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  • Nov202017

    Summit in 100 Words | Evan Pollitt

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    Working together Summit Coffee strives to improve and grow daily. We focus on skill development and education equally. We focus on the person as much as the task. We focus on our community at home. Working hard to grow and cultivate a space we want to be a part of and bringing others into it. We focus on our industry…

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  • Sep122017

    Summit in 100 Words | Lane Wilson

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    Reaching a summit is not the end of a journey; it’s a time to celebrate and to rest, a benchmark to look back on the ascending trail and out into the possibilities for what’s next, and, if you’re prepared, a spot to enjoy a cup of coffee. We seek the same experiences at Summit. Come to relax or gather with…

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  • Aug242017

    Summit in 100 Words | Courtney Spear

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    Find your Summit. And do it again. And again. We are here. Our focus is on coffee, community and engagement. As Summit learns and grows through origin, roasting, brewing, serving, interacting, helping, teaching and cooking; we want to share it with you. It’s not just about what’s in the cup. It’s about you and it’s about the team – our…

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  • Aug082017

    Summit in 100 Words | Brian Helfrich

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    by brian. We study a lot. We study our business, we study other businesses. We study coffee and jeans and technology. We read books, we read magazines, we share studies from Harvard Business School. One of our favorite things to learn about is branding. We’re students of how companies brand themselves, why they’ve chosen that direction, and the words and…

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  • Jul062017

    Sustainability in Coffee

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    / by Adrienne Lewis Summit Coffee is now a Certified Organic coffee roaster! We are excited and proud to bring you organically grown USDA certified coffees. You will notice however, that not all of our coffees bear this label. If all our coffees can be organic then why aren’t they? The answer is complex. While we do think organic is…

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