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  • The Depot Coffeehouse in Urbana, Ohio Celebrates Five Years of Success

    Friday, February 17, 2012  
    (Updated: November 16, 2018)
    Nearly five years after opening, The Depot Coffeehouse in Urbana, Ohio is still moving ahead at full steam, thanks to dedicated owners, an inspired location, talented staff and support from Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea. From Concept to Profitable Coffee Shop in Just Four Months When Susan Oelker and her […] Read More
  • Is Owning a Coffee Shop Right for You?

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012  
    (Updated: November 16, 2018)
    Thinking of opening a coffee shop? If you love coffee and are energized by making people feel energized, owning a coffee shop might be the right business for you. You can serve the best-tasting specialty drinks in town and create the community gathering place that everyone talks about. Best of […] Read More
  • The Un-Franchise for Coffee Shops

    Friday, January 20, 2012  
    (Updated: October 3, 2012)
    Remember 7up’s “Uncola” commercials of the 1970s? They positioned 7up as being different and daring, an upstart boldly challenging the cola establishment. At Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, we consider ourselves to be the un-franchise of the coffee shop world. Here are a few reasons why: Coffee shop franchises charge […] Read More
  • New Year, New Coffee Shop?

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012  
    (Updated: November 16, 2018)
    Ever dream of opening your own coffee shop? The beginning of a new year offers a perfect opportunity to start planning! With the right support, you could be profiting from energizing espressos and luscious lattes before the year is through. Each week, we’ll explore different aspects of running an independent […] Read More
  • Zagat Names Top 10 'Coolest' Independent Coffee Shops

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012  
    (Updated: October 3, 2012)
    At Crimson Cup, we’re all about independents. So we were pleased to learn that restaurant reviewer Zagat had published a list of the Ten Coolest Independent Coffee Shops Across the U.S. Independent coffee shops are an indispensable part of their communities, offering a local flavor that franchises just can’t replicate. […] Read More
  • Beyond Fair Trade

    Friday, December 23, 2011  
    (Updated: December 14, 2013)
    Grower’s First Foundation Advisor Glenn Parrish asked “Is Fair Good Enough?” in a recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article that reviewed the success of Fair Trade in lifting indigenous farmers out of poverty. Crimson Cup started carrying Fair Trade organic coffees more than 10 years ago. We really liked the […] Read More
  • New Edition of Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry

    Thursday, December 22, 2011  
    (Updated: November 16, 2018)
    Thinking of starting a coffee shop? Check out the second edition of Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry, written by Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert. Backed by 20 years of specialty coffee industry experience, Seven Steps to Success offers a proven system for maximizing your […] Read More