Jeremy Tooker: Exemplary Hipster

Four Barrel Coffee's owner is profiled in this recent feature on "American Hipster Presents", a YouTube program we had previously definitely never heard of. AHP's host is one Paavo Steinkamp, whose particular vein of hipster identity realpolitik is "long-lost fourth member of Das Racist". Mr. Steinkamp's on-screen persona is just awful, but it's … [Read more...]

Brilliant: Providence Throwdown Flyers

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As monthly throwdown events continue to saturate every last corner pocket of the North American coffee milieu, it can at times become hard to tell one event from another. The Fargo Barista Klatch Cow-Pie Bingo and Barista Rodeo? The Tulsa Dust Bowl Rosetta & Kolache Cotillion? Who can keep them all straight? The folks behind Rhode Island's … [Read more...]

Carmichael’s TV Show Is Really Happening

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No, really, this is actually happening: Todd Carmichael is getting his own TV show. It's called "Coffee Hunter", and it's been confirmed by the Travel Channel for their summer line-up of programming. The details-adverse folks at Philly Eater have a Q&A with Todd: Where are some of the other places you're shooting episodes for Coffee … [Read more...]

USBC Finalists: An Interview With Chapman

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Our 2012 USBC coverage was made possible by direct support from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. We had a chance to sit down digitally with Devin Chapman, of Portland's Coava Coffee Roasters, one of 6 finalists in the 2012 United States Barista Championship. Mr. Chapman was the 2012 NW Regional champ; be prepared to deal with Devin as a competition … [Read more...]

USBC Finalists: An Interview With Babinski

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Our 2012 USBC coverage was made possible by direct support from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. We sat down digitally with one of our very favorite barista competitors, Charles Babinski, of Intelligentsia Coffee, Los Angeles, to discuss his 2012 USBC run. Charles was the 2nd Place finisher in this year's United States Barista Championship, but he's … [Read more...]

USBC Finalists: An Interview With Chris Baca

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Our 2012 USBC coverage was made possible by direct support from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.   Did you have an overarching theme for your presentation? "Reducing C02 output and wastewater pollution by teaching farmers how to properly develop natural and honey processed coffees in addition to washed coffees thus promoting an … [Read more...]

USBC Finalists: An Interview With Jared Truby

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Our 2012 USBC coverage was made possible by direct support from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. We sat down with Jared Truby, one of two Verve Coffee Roasters competitors to place in the finals at this year's United States Barista Championship. Soft-spoken, faithful, and gifted, Mr. Truby was kind enough to let us in on some of his favorite … [Read more...]

USBC Finalists: An Interview With Beckett

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Our 2012 USBC coverage was made possible by direct support from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. We sat down digitally with one of this year's USBC Finalists, Travis Beckett, of Peregrine Espresso in Washington, DC, to discuss his 2012 USBC run. In all honesty, we didn't know a lot about Mr. Beckett coming into the national competition in … [Read more...]

Andy Sprenger, Brewers Cup King: The Exclusive Interview

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There's no greater competitive authority on the Brewers Cup than Andy Sprenger. For the second year in a row, Mr. Sprenger is the US Brewers Cup champion, meaning that in its short 2 year history, he is the only person to have won this competition. Pretty impressive stuff. Andy is part of the team behind Ceremony Coffee, formerly Caffe Pronto, a … [Read more...]

SCAA Expo Trend: Consolidation

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Part Two of a series, in which Matthew P. Williams takes you inside the showroom floor at SCAA Expo 2012. Read Part One on the new home batch brewers here. Another trend we noticed among new products on the floor is consolidation of features. We think it’s awesome that companies have taken note of coffee bar trends and the tools baristas use to … [Read more...]

The 2012 US Cup Tasters Championship

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The US Cup Tasters Championship is in its fourth year. This time around, three-time champion Ben Kaminsky of Ritual Coffee Roasters sat out the competition to emcee. That’s right: until this year, no one has been the US Cup Tasters champion but Kaminsky, and he won’t let that slip by you. “My name is Ben Kaminsky, I work for Ritual Coffee Roasters, … [Read more...]

Liz Clayton and USBC After-Hours

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Liz Clayton's coverage of SCAA / USBC after-hours continues. Read part 1 here! FRIDAY: The day gets off to an inarguably good beginning with a light rail train full of prominent espresso brewing equipment manufacturers sharing PDX restaurant tips. ("Chipotle. You eaten there? It's pretty good.") This was just the kind of sage advice I needed … [Read more...]

Erin Meister: Symposium In Requiem

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A final look at Symposium 2012, from our special correspondent Erin Meister.   Like a proverbial preteen caught snooping through the parental dresser drawers, I felt a vague kind of almost nervous out-of-placeness throughout my experience at Symposium 2012. Don't get me wrong, I had a wonderful time, I learned, I tweeted, and I … [Read more...]

A Tribute To USBC Superstar Marcus Boni

USBC 2012 was full of highs, heartbreaks, and heated competition, but throughout the weekend we felt bittersweet: This was Sprudgie Award-winner Marcus Boni's final USBC as SCAA Director of Community Development. Our beloved Marcus will be leaving the SCAA in May to work for Kaldi's Coffee in St. Louis, as their Director of Coffee Strategy. As … [Read more...]

USBC Day Three: Your Semi-Finalists

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Our coverage of the 2012 United States Barista Championship is sponsored by Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Photography by Sprudge contributor Alex Negranza. 1.  Trevor Corlett, MadCap Coffee Company, Grand Rapids, MI - @tjorlet @madcap 10:18 mr. corlett heads up @madcap in DC, but he's a michigan "map on the hand" MOO-ville dairy guy through … [Read more...]

SCAA Expo Trend: Batch Brewing At Home

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Part One of a series, in which our newest contributor Matthew P. Williams takes you inside the showroom at SCAA 2012. This year on the tradeshow floor we spotted several trends among new products, but I want to start first with a commercial urge that seems to reflect one base desire: to develop a brewer to supplant the Technivorm as our … [Read more...]