Crimson Cup Celebrates Successful 2015, Anticipates Continued Growth in 2016

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Following record success in 2015, Roast magazine's 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year anticipates continued growth in the coming year. Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea looks forward to the opening of its new Innovation Lab, expansion of direct trade relationships with coffee farmers and launch of new independent coffee houses in the U.S. and abroad.

reg Ubert, Founder and President of Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Greg Ubert, Founder and President of Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

The strides we made last year have set the stage for even more progress in our ability to sustainably source awesome coffee, make a difference in communities at home and abroad, and train both coffee lovers and professionals.

Columbus, Ohio Coffee Roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea racked up record growth in 2015. The company opened a new roasting facility, traveled over 25,000 miles to source coffee and tea at origin and won local and national acclaim, including Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. It launched a company-owned Crimson Cup Coffee House in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington and helped open more than a dozen new independently owned coffee houses across the U.S. and as far away as Bangladesh.

Founder and President Greg Ubert said 2016 looks just as promising. “The strides we made last year have set the stage for even more progress in our ability to sustainably source awesome coffee, make a difference in communities at home and abroad, and train both coffee lovers and professionals,” he said.

Crimson Cup kicked off 2015 with the opening of a new, 20,000-square-foot roasting and distribution facility at 1925 Alum Creek Drive. Over the following months, it worked to transform its former roasting facility and headquarters at 700 Alum Creek Drive into a new Innovation Lab. In February 2016, it will host the first classes in this state-of-the art space, where both consumers and coffee professionals can 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.

Crimson Cup coffee buyers traveled more than 25,000 miles to source coffee and tea and establish direct-trade relationships with coffee growers in remote regions of Central America, South America and Asia. They visited farms and cupped coffee in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Sumatra and visited tea plantations in China.

The Columbus roaster won national and local accolades for the quality of its coffee, business practices and philanthropy. In October, Roast magazine named Crimson Cup its 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year, citing the quality of its coffee, educational programming and outreach to coffee growers at origin. In an October 2015 review, Kenneth Davids and the Coffee Review awarded a 95/100 rating to Crimson Cup Ethiopian Jimma Agaro coffee. In a September 2015 review, the publication awarded a 92/100 rating to Crimson Cup Wayfarer Blend.

Locally, Crimson Cup was recognized as the 2016 Outstanding Ohio Business of the Year by The Ohio Made Awards. Cancer Support Community Central Ohio also honored the roaster with its 2016 Corporate Partner Award. The Metropreneur named Crimson Cup the Best Small Business Growth Story in Columbus for 2015.

In May, the roaster welcomed its first international coffee house, Columbus Coffee Shop in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The company opened its second Columbus-area Crimson Cup Coffee House in the suburb of Upper Arlington in June. More than a dozen new prospective coffee shop owners signed on to Crimson Cup’s 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program. Based on Ubert’s book, Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry, the program teaches everything needed to operate a successful coffee shop.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced specialty and craft coffee in small batches. The company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses through its coffee franchise alternative program, which includes a coffee shop business plan. Crimson Cup coffee is available through a community of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 29 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com.

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