Shock Poll! Is Yelp Good For Coffee Shops?


As restaurants wage war against Yelp, we want to know: Is Yelp good for coffee shops? Does Yelp help you find the best cafes in a city? As a cafe owner, does it help you stay informed on consumer interest? Are you fed up with the negative reviews because a cafe has too many "hipsters"? We want to hear from you. We want to find out if you … [Read more...]

Watch This Hunky British Guy Make Coffee Caviar


"Pearled coffee" is the name of an experimental product from the folks at Counter Roastery in London. It is four-times concentrated coffee dropped into a calcium lactate solution creating little jelly balls of coffee. Counter Roastery floats these balls in a shot of milk for a playful "boba tea" like drink. This isn't the first time we've … [Read more...]

Huge Tracts Of Cash Allocated For “Coffee Masters” At London Coffee Festival


Breaking this morning via Thames wire, the team behind the annual London Coffee Festival has developed a new and exciting coffee competition being staged at the 2015 edition of this event. Dubbed "Coffee Masters", this competition replaces the United Kingdom Barista Championship at London Coffee Fest, as the 2015 UKBC will being staged earlier in … [Read more...]

Tonx For The Memories: We Talk Blue Bottle At Home With Tony Konecny And Ryan Brown

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Tonx, the Los Angeles-based subscription coffee service acquired by Blue Bottle Coffee last April, has been relaunched today as Blue Bottle At Home. "Tonx is now part of Blue Bottle," the redirect banner reads. "Same cool stuff, bigger team, exciting new features." Tonx has been doing the "coffee startup" thing since before it was cool, … [Read more...]

20 Reasons Why This Week’s Best Coffee Twitter Account Is @ColdBrew420


Meet @ColdBrew420. HOW MANY COLD BREWS DO YOU WANT — Cold Brew (@coldbrew420) August 10, 2014 @ColdBrew420 is wise. Morning 420 is still 420 — Cold Brew (@coldbrew420) August 10, 2014 @ColdBrew420 sometimes forgets who @ColdBrew420 is. wait am i cold brew? — Cold Brew (@coldbrew420) August 10, 2014 But then @ColdBrew420 … [Read more...]

The Best Fall Coffee Drink Is Not A Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s This. And It’s A Work Of Art.


It's almost time for the fall coffee switch from cold brew to something warmer. But are you burning out on your Pumpkin Spice Latte? Feast your eyes on the S'mores Gibraltar from Onyx Coffee Lab in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This ooey gooey masterpiece was created by Brendon Gliddon, who posted an image of it on Instagram @brendar3000. Gliddon … [Read more...]

There Are At Least 14 Reasons To Attend Barista Nation Portland This Year


Home baristas, hold on to your butts! Barista Nation Portland is fast approaching, with an epic home-barista-targeted event on Friday, October 17th, 2014. The event is hosted by Seattle Coffee Gear at its Portland location (26 NW 23rd Place), with more than a dozen wild throwdowns, no-holds-barred talks, and innovative labs. Not to mention free … [Read more...]

Crazy Cups! McDonalds Ad Reveals Master Roasters Hard at Work


At about 3:14am last night I was watching the Family Guy on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. It was a commercial break, and between ads for antidepressants, contraceptives, and apple juice I nearly spit out my nuggets, because there up on my television screen I saw a national television commercial depicting a honest-to-god coffee cupping. I was … [Read more...]

The Pancake Epidemic Reaches Seoul, And It’s Serving Stumptown Coffee


This past weekend, the Los Angeles-based creative agency The Pancake Epidemic opened their first-ever public coffee bar in the Apgujeong neighborhood of Seoul. Developed in collaboration with the Korean brand family Kasina, The Pancake Epidemic Seoul is home to cutting edge specialty coffee equipment from the likes of Mahlkonig and La Marzocco, a … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Case Study Coffee In Portland, Oregon

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The summer isn't officially over yet. The winds are picking up, the nights are cooler, but we officially have until September 22nd before this series wraps. Over the last few months, a new shop has emerged in Sprudge's home base. Case Study Coffee opened the doors to its third location in Portland, Oregon. Situated in the bustling Albert Arts … [Read more...]

Meet Monogram Coffee, A Company of Champions In Calgary


Breaking today on and across social media, allows us to introduce you to Monogram Coffee, a new Canadian coffee company founded in Calgary by Jeremy Ho, Benjamin Put, and Justin Eyford. Sprudge readers may already be familiar with Mssrs. Ho and Put through our annual coverage of the World Barista Championship; together they are the last … [Read more...]

6 Starbucks Tattoos Partners Can Finally Reveal When Ink Ban Is Lifted


Eater reports that Starbucks is considering lifting its draconian barista tattoo-ban. Good! Baristas and coffee lovers of all sorts tend to be a tattooed bunch. Here are six examples of Starbucks tattoos that partners could soon be wearing loud and proud during their shift: 6. The classic siren logo on wrist. 5. The siren logo back tat. 4. … [Read more...]

First Look: Counter Culture Coffee Refreshes Lineup With New Design, Names

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A bit of breaking news from the coffee design & branding world, as our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee get set to unveil a newly redesigned line-up of coffees on October 3, 2014. This launch is a refresh of sorts for Counter Culture, a leading American wholesale specialty coffee company founded in 1995 and based in Durham, North … [Read more...]

Viral “Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong” Video Is WAY Better With This Soundtrack


YouTube personality Paul Gale is enjoying a touch of the virus this morning, as his video on "Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong" ping-pongs around the internet. It is no doubt cluttering your Facebook feed at this very moment. "I'm the one who writes your name in black marker on your Starbucks cup. I probably write around five hundred names … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Equator Coffees, San Francisco


Despite what those scarf-clad leafsayers may think, we've still got a few technical weeks of summer left, and as such, we've still got a few more entries in our 2014 edition of Build Outs of Summer, a globetrotting series of early looks at new specialty coffee bars. The latest comes from San Francisco, a quaint, affordable town with a clean, … [Read more...]

6 American Cafes That Prove The Heartland Is Cutting Edge


Seventh Flag Coffee in Austin, Texas From Seventh Flag Coffee Unfurls Over South Austin [Tweet "Seventh Flag Coffee Unfurls Over South Austin #SprudgeDesign"] Gralehaus in Louisville, Kentucky From Intelligentsia Modbar Louisville Gralehaus Beer Dinner [Tweet "Intelligentsia Modbar … [Read more...]