Welcome to our Innovation Lab!

FrontAfter months of planning and construction, the Crimson Cup Innovation Lab is ready for action.

Hundreds of Crimson Cup customers, community supporters, members of the local business community and local media joined us for our Open House in Friday, January 15. And, we’ll be hosting another first look for customers on Saturday, January 30. Free transportation is available from the Crimson Cup Coffee House at 2468 Northwest Boulevard in Upper Arlington.

Located at our former headquarters and roasting facility at 700 Alum Creek Drive, the Crimson Cup Innovation Lab is a space for both consumers and coffee professionals to learn about what goes into a great cup of coffee – from origins of the beans to roast level, grind, brewing techniques, drink preparation and more. The Innovation Lab features areas for coffee evaluation, roasting, training and gathering.

  • Classroom – a multi-purpose room used for instruction and training. The classroom is located next to the application lab to allow students to learn theory and apply what they have learned in the lab. This space is also available for group meetings (Max Capacity 35)
  • Application Lab – used for training baristas on hot, iced, and frozen drinks, Modbar training and friendly barista competitions. This space has three stations equipped with Nuova Simonelli Aurelia II espresso machines and doserless and manual coffee grinders.
  • Cupping Lab – used for analyzing coffee samples, ensuring coffee quality, establishing roast profiles, cupping classes, scientific analysis of green and brewed coffees. This space is the central point for coffee and tea product innovations.
  • Roasting Lab – used for teaching roasting courses, analysis of coffee roasts, roast profile analysis and roasting experimentation. This room is equipped with a 1 lb. U.S. Roaster Corp., a two-barrel Probat sample roaster and a Probat L12 known as Hansel.
  • Cafe – a central gathering space. It’s equipped with a Modbar to serve up your favorite coffee or espresso beverage.
  • The Family Room – known for the spacious kitchen and family style table, this room is perfect for meetings, culinary pairing events and gatherings to further connect through coffee and tea.

Our cuppers have begun using the Innovation lab for coffee evaluation and new product development. Beginning in February, we’ll offer 7 Steps Training courses to our customers. In March, we’ll introduce several consumer training courses.

CONSUMER COURSES
Hand-Poured Coffee Brewing 701 – REGISTER
This class explores the science behind brewing
your morning cup. Several brewing methods will be demonstrated including; Chemex, Hario V60,
and French Press. You will also learn proper
temperatures to brew, coffee-to-water ratios and
pouring techniques.
March 12, 9-11am $50
Roasting 701 – REGISTER
This class is designed for home roasters and craft beverage enthusiasts! Examine green coffee and dive into some of the basics of the coffee roasting process. Participants will roast their own coffee on both a sample roaster and a production roaster. Basic organic chemistry will be discussed to describe the roasting curve. The class will end with a coffee “cupping”.
March 16, 6-8pm  $75
Coffee 701 – REGISTER
From There. To Here. To You.
This introductory course is all things coffee.
Begin by learning the story of Kaldi and his dancing goats and the start of coffee cultivation and trade. During the course you will taste some of the coffees mentioned during the class.
April 7, 6-7:30pm  $25

In addition to training, the Innovation Lab is open for community and business meetings. To reserve a space, call 1.855.751.1292 or email marketing@crimsoncup.com.