Coffee

Tastes of Summer: Frozen Banana Mocha

Frozen Banana Mocha from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Our frozen banana mocha is the perfect summertime treat! It brings back childhood memories of ripe yellow bananas dipped in chocolate and gobbled down quickly before they could melt. Blending our signature Hot Chocolate Freeze, cold-brew espresso, banana syrup, cold … Read More

How Much Does it Cost to Open a Coffee Shop?

If you’re dreaming of opening your own coffee shop, you’re probably wondering how much it will cost. There’s no hard and fast answer, because every specialty coffee business is different.  Your costs will depend upon the type of coffee business … Read More

Wake Zone Espresso Going Strong after Six Years

Wake Zone Espresso Cary North Carolina

Since 2008, Wake Zone Espresso has brought the spirit of the islands to landlocked Wake County, N.C. Owners Mark and Linda Halloran based the décor of the shop at 6108 Old Jenks Road in Apex on their love of Jimmy … Read More

Celebrating Independents Day

We just wrapped up our 12th Independents Day – an annual forum that gives coffee house owners a way to connect, engage and grow with other coffee house entrepreneurs. Celebrations kicked off Friday, August 8 with a welcome happy hour … Read More

Creek Coffee House in Lillington, N.C. Celebrates Second Anniversary

Logo of Creek Coffee House Lillington, North Carolna

Congratulations to Creek Coffee House on their second anniversary as an independent coffee shop! Owner Chess Royal opened the shop at 75 Marshbanks Street in Lillington, N.C. in August 2012. Chess created the coffee house as a comfortable hangout for … Read More

How Coffee Fueled the Civil War

Coffee has been a comfort to soldiers since the Civil War

We found Jon Grinspan’s recent New York Times story about the role of coffee in the Civil War absolutely fascinating. Who knew that William McKinley’s heroic coffee run would help fuel the Union army during the bloodiest single day of … Read More

Meet our Cuppers: Chris Shegitz, Coffee Quality Technician

Chris Shegitz, Coffee Quality Technician, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

So what is a cupper, you ask? At Crimson Cup, it’s someone who lives for coffee. Our Cuppers have invested long hours – in most cases, years – in learning to objectively assess the quality of coffee. Each of our … Read More