We celebrated the grand opening of our Crimson Cup Coffee House at 2468 Northwest Blvd. in Upper Arlington on Wednesday, September 16. The day-long festivities featured $1 drink specials, a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce, face painting, a balloon artist and music from many local coffee house barista talents.
“Coffee + community is our motto at Crimson Cup, and I’m extremely proud to bring a deeper coffee experience to my hometown community,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert, who lives in Upper Arlington with wife Laura and their three children. “Our Upper Arlington coffee house offers the community a comfortable place to meet and relax while enjoying awesome espresso, pour-over and cold-brew coffee.”
The day’s events focused on the slow enjoyment of coffee, highlighting Crimson Cup’s latest brew bar coffees –Ethiopian Natural Sidamo Ardi, Ethiopian Sidama Guji and Ethiopian Yirg Z (Yirgacheffe) – and Nitro cold brews.
In addition to catering to Columbus coffee lovers, both of our Columbus coffee houses serve as test kitchens for our Seven Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program. Our innovation team tests new drink concepts, training methods, marketing programs and other advances for use by our community of independent coffee houses.
Based on Greg’s book, Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry, this proven program teaches prospective business owners everything they need to operate a thriving coffee shop. It includes a coffee shop business plan template as well as guidance in everything from choosing a location and buying equipment to hiring and training staff, attracting customers and more.
Using this proven system, we’ve helped create hundreds of independent coffee houses in 29 states. A dozen new coffee shops in eight states joined the Crimson Cup community in 2014, and at least 14 more plan to open in 2015.