Meridian: Madcap Coffee Teams With The Soil & The Sun

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The Soil & the The Sun is a Grand-Rapids-based 7-piece band playing what they call "corn-fed, Michigan-made, experiential spiritual orchestral rock" and they recently released a new album titled Meridian. As part of that release, they collaborated with our partners at MadCap Coffee, also in Grand Rapids, on a limited release coffee "Meridian" … [Read more...]

Is Latte Art Coming Soon To A Starbucks Near You?


In a post earlier this month on the Starbucks Partners Facebook Group page, an internal document was leaked revealing the company has created a latte art guide for its partners (what Starbucks calls its staff). Is the company distributing these one-sheets to its 20,737 stores worldwide? Is latte art coming soon to a Starbucks near you? In … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Market Buys World’s First Custom Black Eagle Espresso Machine


Well kiss my grits. Look at this eye-popping custom Victoria Arduino (née Nuova Simonelli)  Black Eagle Espresso Machine. It's shipping out from Espresso Parts in Olympia, Washington with a fresh red powder coat and walnut accented everything. It's going home to Whole Foods in Alpharetta, Georgia. That's right, Alpharetta. This machine is going to … [Read more...]

We Interview Tohm Ifergan, “From Indian Lakes” Drummer And Coffee Obsessive


Musicians and coffee are the opposite of mutually exclusive: they inspire, perpetuate, and constantly interact with each other, from the barista recording demos late at night after work to the musician seeking clarity at the bottom of a demitasse before loading up the van. From Indian Lakes, an American music group originally from Yosemite, … [Read more...]

Sprudge Interviews The Indonesian Ambassador To The EU


No two days of producing Sprudge are ever the same, and so it was that on one particular day--September 12th, 2014--I attended and participated in the inaugural Dublin Coffee and Tea Festival in Dublin, Ireland. Sprudge's involvement there included panel hosting, speaker introductions, and the opportunity to interview a variety of international … [Read more...]

Extreme Outdoor Coffee Brewing? There’s A Blog For That.


Portland, Oregon based barista Bethany Hargrove (Barista) has stunned us in the past with fabulous barista competition routines. We met up with her again last week in Palm Springs at the 2015 Big Western Regional Coffee Competitions, where she helped judge fifty-two barista competitors from thirteen states. It was there we learned about her hobby … [Read more...]

Sam Schroeder Of Olympia Coffee Wins The 2015 NW Barista Competition


Sam Schroeder, the co-owner and retail director of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company in Olympia, Washington, has won the 2015 NW Regional Barista Competition title. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February in Long Beach, California. This is Mr. Schroeders first ever NW Region … [Read more...]

Charles Babinski of G&B Coffee Wins The 2015 SW Barista Competition


Big news from the world of United States competitive coffee as Charles Babinski, the co-owner and operator of Go Get Em Tiger and G&B Coffee in Los Angeles, has won his second consecutive Southwest Regional Barista Competition title. He'll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February … [Read more...]

An Origin-Inspired Blanket From Cafe Imports & Faribault Woolen Mills

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Who doesn't love a good coffee & culture brand collaboration? From the same rising trend that brought you Espresso Parts x Betabrand and Coffee Supreme x I Love Ugly comes an origin-inspired American-made blanket from Cafe Imports and Faribault Woolen Mills. Both brands are Minneapolis born and bred, although Faribault has Cafe Imports beat on … [Read more...]

Announcing SprudgeLive, A New Platform For Coffee Competition Coverage


Today we're very excited to introduce SprudgeLive, a brand new portal for our comprehensive worldwide barista competition coverage. We've designed the all-new SprudgeLive page with a strong visual focus, expressly for your enjoyment, and you'll be able to use SprudgeLive to follow the very best in barista competition coverage all around the … [Read more...]

Black Eagle Espresso Machines Land Unexpectedly At Big Western


Oh hey, look at that! Official Espresso Machine Sponsor Nuova Simonelli has surprised many with the choice to place their brand new Victoria Arduino Black Eagle espresso machines on the barista stations at the 2015 Big Western Regional Barista Competition. Surprise, baristas! We approached Nuova Simonelli's Gianni Cassatini about the switch from … [Read more...]

This Next Level Coffee Blossom Tea Will Make You Cry

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At Café Granja La Esperanza, one of the most cutting-edge coffee producers in Colombia, Blue Bottle Coffee green buyer (and Sprudgie award-winner) Stephen Vick Instagrammed these dried coffee blossoms, suitable for brewing and drinking what he describes as "next level tea". Well, actually? It's a tisane. But still. The blossoms--described by … [Read more...]

Espresso At Home With ChefSteps, La Marzocco, and Charles Babinski

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ChefSteps, a popular educational website for food & beverage preparation aficionados, founded by a number of alums from the landmark Modernist Cuisine cookbook, has teamed with our partners at La Marzocco USA for a series of free videos on how to prepare espresso drinks at home. The videos star Charles Babinski, one of the most … [Read more...]

Come See Tim Wendelboe, Sprudge & More at MANE 2014


The 2014 Mid-Atlantic Northeast Coffee Conference (aka MANE) is gearing up to take place November 6th-8th in Providence, Rhode Island. This year's event, organized by New Harvest Coffee Roasters, promises to be among the very best in MANE's eight-year history, featuring a screening of the popular industry doc "A Film About Coffee", presentations … [Read more...]

You Can Get A Coffee Collective Subscription (Almost) Anywhere In The World


Starting October 7th, you can get yourself a monthly subscription of coffee from The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, one of the seminal Third Wave Nordic coffee roasters, shipped directly to your door (almost) anywhere in the world. The Coffee Collective has been quietly shipping their coffees internationally for awhile, with the coffee making … [Read more...]

Open Call For Submissions: Feel Good Drinks Of Fall


In the northern hemisphere, summer is officially over, which means it's time for all sorts of fancy fall coffee drinks to start popping up in cafes. The media's attention seems stuck on the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and that's fine. Who doesn't order at least one PSL to ring in the season? But we here at Sprudge want to hear about innovation! We want … [Read more...]