Welcome to Sprudge.com, your daily source of coffee news, rumor, innuendo and intrigue. Started in 2009 by longtime friends Zachary Carlsen and Jordan Michelman, Sprudge seeks to be an ever-expanding clearinghouse of international coffee culture, a crossroads for the coffee-minded, and a rumpus room for coffee professionals and enthusiasts this world over.
We want to be a part of your daily routine, your new favorite cafe conversation starter, something you can laugh about with your fellow baristas and erstwhile coffee comrades. We’re Sprudge.com – The World’s Most Trusted Coffee Tabloid.
The Sprudge.com Team
Zachary Carlsen has been a barista for more than a decade; his initial foray into the blogosphere, zacharyzachary.com, was the first website to live stream competitive barista events, a practice now commonplace. Mr. Carlsen has worked previously for murky coffee, 9th Street Espresso, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and Four Barrel Coffee Roasters. A former resident of Seattle, Washington D.C. New York, and San Francisco, Zachary currently resides in Portland, Oregon. E-mail Zachary.
Jordan Michelman is a lifelong cafe dweller and (semi-) professional hack journalist, with contributions to Eater, The New York Times Magazine, and Serious Eats, among others. After many years in Seattle, Jordan currently resides in Portland, Oregon. E-mail Jordan.
Llewellyn Sinclair is responsible for all internal publishing duties at Sprudge.com and is widely thought to be the combined pseudonymous editorial voice of Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen. E-mail Llewellyn.
What is “Sprudge”?
Sprudge is both neologism and parody.
“Sprudge” is a made-up word for the coffee crumbs, blotches and splats present on a barista’s clothing and shoes after a long shift on bar. We’ll use it in a sentence: “Listen, you finish dividing up the tips, I gotta go get this sprudge off my shoes before clocking off.”
Also, “Sprudge” is a portmanteau of the words “Espresso” and “Drudge”. In our early, funny days, Sprudge.com was a painfully exact visual parody of The Drudge Report circa 2009, right down to the omnipresent Hugo Chavez photo. Sprudge.com hired Llewellyn Sinclair (see #1) in January of 2010, abandoning the “Drudge” parody for a magazine-style format shortly thereafter.
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