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  • Welcome to French Express Coffee House!

    Friday, January 10, 2014
    We’re excited to welcome Regina and Ryan French and their French Express Coffee House to the Crimson Cup community! On Dec. 17, the mother-and-son team held the grand opening of their new coffee shop at 2087 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. in Kannapolis, just 30 minutes from downtown Charlotte, N.C. This “groovy coffee […] Read More
  • Business Plan Basics: Determining Your Breakeven Point

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    Greg Ubert, founder and president, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea Dreaming about opening a coffee shop? Then it’s in your best interest to master business fundamentals such as writing a business plan and calculating your breakeven point. As Greg observes in a recent issue of CoffeeTalk magazine: “Most coffee shop […] Read More
  • Coffee Trends: Adding a Brew Bar to Your Coffee Shop

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012
    Pour-over coffee brewing methods are becoming increasingly popular among coffee enthusiasts – both home-brewers and coffee-shop baristas.  Also known as “hand pour coffee,” this brewing craze took Japan by storm before migrating to the U.S., where it gained momentum after The New York Times investigated its origins in “Coffee’s Slow […] Read More
  • Here’s to Independence: Why We Believe in Independent Coffee Shops

    Thursday, November 1, 2012
    We’re often asked why Crimson Cup doesn’t license a string of coffee franchises. After all, we offer everything a franchise does – and more – but without charging franchise fees or royalties. We’d be more profitable, some say, as a franchise. The answer is simple: we love helping independent spirits […] Read More
  • Kopi Luwak Coffee and Your Bucket List

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012
    Most java junkies probably know that Kopi Luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee, typically selling for $100 per pound and up to $50 per cup in fine restaurants. Consumed primarily in Japan and other Asian markets, Kopi Luwak gained worldwide fame in the 2007 comedy, “The Bucket List.” Jack […] Read More
  • Go Green: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Your Coffee House

    Thursday, March 15, 2012
    The National Restaurant Association estimates that 25 percent of Americans visit a restaurant or bar to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some ideas to ensure that your coffee shop gets its fair share of visitors… and that staff and customers alike enjoy the day. 1. Do your research. Find […] Read More
  • Driving Traffic to Your New Coffee House

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012
    Many new coffee house owners have misconceptions about the work involved in opening a coffee house. One of the most prevalent myths is that you will be inundated with business as soon as you open the doors of your coffee house. If Crimson Cup had $1 for every person opening […] Read More