TampTamp: Top 9 NYC Cafes


When the New York Times ran a feature on third wave shops in NYC back in 2006, there were really only 4 boutique shops in the city: Cafe Grumpy, Gimme! Coffee, Oslo and Ninth Street Espresso. Now in 2010, Anne and Neil over at the TampTamp Blog have announced their picks for the top nine New York City cafes - with one notable omission. Ninth Street … [Read more...]

Rainfall Drowns 2009 Brazilian Coffee Harvest


Brazil's southeast, where most of the sugar and coffee in the world's top producer and exporter of both is grown, was at least one third wetter than the yearly average in 2009. Worse still, showers came in a constant sprinkle with few dry gaps to spare coffee from damage that slashed its total value. "What is surprising about this year is that … [Read more...]

Hoffmann: The Grumbles With Grinders


"A small part of the coffee industry moans quite a lot about coffee grinders, especially espresso grinders.  I confess I am one of those people, and I thought I’d post a little bit about what makes us so grumpy but also look at why nothing has happened." JimSeven - The Problem With Grinders … [Read more...]

Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Pour Over Sphere


"The following is a famous very old school Japanese roaster doing his pour over method on TV. His book on coffee roasting and brewing is interesting, techniques on double roasting, dark roasting, and the benefits of aging/aged coffees. About as far from barismo philosophy as you can get so you will understand we are not endorsing this method, it's … [Read more...]

Sprudge Fan Reviews: Slayer Espresso Machine

2 Group Slayer

Greggory Hüllzengbløgger,  Norwegian Coffee Articulate Bjørn Børg! And "greetings", to all the unfluent fluffenførfers out theres speakings the English. I've been in consultings with Eric Perkünder of this Slayers Espressøs Machine and he is giving tø me the sneaks and the peaks of this newest espressøs craft innøvatiøns. I have intø me the news … [Read more...]

Sweet Maria’s In Uganda

Uganda - Manual coffee pulper.

"I went on a brief trip to Uganda, for the very first time. I was traveling with one Jeremy Tooker of 4 barrel coffee, and we met Charles Angebault, who has a project with a cooperative near Mbale named, rather comically, CoffeeACup coop. Okay, I know you are dying to know … it stands for..." Sweet Maria's - Manual coffee pulper. … [Read more...]

Forza reopens at 8:14AM


"An hour and a half after Forza Coffee Company re-opened Saturday morning, Dec. 12, 2009, in Tacoma, Wash., the line was still very long outside the doors. The shop welcomed its first customer, Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar, at 8:14 a.m. This was the exact time a Lakewood Police sergeant and three officers were killed on Nov. 29." Seattle … [Read more...]

Sprudge Fan Reviews: Stumptown Panama Carmen Estate


Bonnie Greene, Stay At Home Barista Now why does this coffee cost so darn much? Sure, it tastes great, once you add a little bit of cream and a LOT of sugar, and make the skinny little teenage barista girl put a quick pump of vanilla in there, no extra charge. But $12.95 for a bag of coffee? I can get a can of Bustello at the Walgreens for $7.31 … [Read more...]