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Summit Coffee Hires Toby Foreman

Summit Coffee Co. announces the hiring of Toby Foreman to lead Summit's newly estab­lished whole­sale divi­sion. Foreman will work out of Summit Coffee's Cornelius, North Carolina, roasting facility. His first day is April 3.

Foreman, Sr. Coffee Buyer at S&D Coffee & Tea, brings more than 26 years of expe­ri­ence in the coffee industry to Summit. Foreman also served at S&D as Director of Manufacturing. Prior to joining S&D, Foreman held posi­tions at Diedrich Coffee, Gloria Jeans Coffees, It’s a Grind Coffee and Maranatha Import Export, and owned his own coffee consulting company.

"We couldn't be more excited to bring Toby into the orga­ni­za­tion," said Brian Helfrich, owner of Summit Coffee. "We've had the great fortune of getting to know him as a frequent customer to our cafes over the past few years, and his expe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and enthu­siasm for the coffee industry will be a tremen­dous asset."

Foreman will be the first Certified Q-Grader on the Summit Coffee staff. He also has a back­ground as a national confer­ence speaker, lead instructor and industry panelist. In this newly estab­lished role at Summit, Foreman will oversee all whole­sale growth and part­ner­ships, as well as green coffee purchasing. Additionally, he will spend time working along­side Summit Director of Coffee, Evan Pollitt, and Director of Operations + Education, Lilly Wilson.

Summit Coffee is a roaster and retailer based in Davidson, North Carolina. Established in 1998, Summit has two retail loca­tions in the Lake Norman area, in addi­tion to the roasting facility, and plans to open a third café this summer in Asheville.

For more infor­ma­tion, please reach out to Brian Helfrich directly.

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