Lemuel Butler of Counter Culture Coffee Wins The 2015 SE Barista Competition


Lemuel Butler of Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, North Carolina has won the 2015 Southeast Regional Barista Competition. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February in Long Beach, California. He also wins a sport on Cafe Imports' 2015 barista origin trip to Colombia. This is … [Read more...]

Sam Lewontin of Everyman Espresso Wins The 2015 NE Barista Competition


Samuel Lewontin of Everyman Espresso in New York City has won the 2015 Northeast Regional Barista Competition, which took place this past weekend in Durham, North Carolina as part of the Big Eastern Coffee Competitions. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February in Long Beach, … [Read more...]

What’s The Deal With Neil Young’s Starbucks GMO Boycott?


"I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one." Neil Young, via his amazing time capsule of a Geocities website, has announced that he is boycotting Starbucks. This announcement, which has caused a mild media dust-up, rides the coat-tails of Young's latest over-the-top double album release, Storytone, earlier this … [Read more...]

Feel Good Drinks Of Fall: 4 Treats From The Daily Press In Charlotte, NC


It's time for another installment of our Feel Good Drinks Of Fall series, where we celebrate the latest and greatest in cozy coffee drinks. Today we present four drinks from the Daily Press in Charlotte, North Carolina. The shop opened a little over four months ago, sharing a space with the music venue Evening Muse. Head Barista Diana … [Read more...]

La Marzocco Home Custom GS/3 Espresso Machine Unboxing

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Today our partners are La Marzocco USA are launching a new way to order their popular line of home espresso equipment, called La Marzocco Home. It's a web-based way to customize La Marzocco's GS3 home espresso machine--coffee writer Oliver Strand once called it "the industry gold standard"--similar to how you might customize a pair of Nike … [Read more...]

Sprudge Is Hiring A Web Production Assistant Right Meow

Illustrations by Thomas Putnam, in collaboration with Joanna Han

There comes a time in every blog's life when editorial flights of fancy become intertwined with the demands of practicality. Sprudge.com--a popular coffee publication based in Portland, Oregon that you are at this very moment enjoying--is at such a crossroads now, as we endeavor to embark on an ambitious campaign of blogatorial betterment in … [Read more...]

4 Delicious Coffee Drinks From Street Bean’s Anniversary Party


The Fifth Anniversary party for Street Bean Espresso went down last Friday in Seattle, complete with fancy coffee drinks, competition baristas, and an appearance by Macklemore to support Street Bean's mission of helping homeless and at-risk youth get off the streets with job training. You can read more about Street Bean and the work they do in our … [Read more...]

Feel Good Drinks Of Fall: Saxbys Pumpkin Spice Latte Is J. Lo Real

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Saxbys Coffee takes the whole Pumpkin Spice latte thing to the next level. How? Real pumpkin. "Our recipe uses a house-made sauce which consists of real pumpkin, sugar, and spices," says Kara Solarz of Saxbys. If you're going to get some classic pumpkin fall coffee realness this season, do yourself a favor and get one that's made with fresh … [Read more...]

Korea: Namusairo Coffee To Host Cafe Imports Cupping On November 21st

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Fresh off the heels of launching a Korean language version of their coffee variety tree, our friends and partners at Cafe Imports are teaming up with Namusairo Coffee in Seoul to throw a fabulous in-season cupping at Namusairo's cafe on November 21st. Guests will receive gift bags including coffees from Namusairo, a poster version of the coffee … [Read more...]

Thai Coffee, Stumptown, Pok Pok: Q&A With Lee Ayu

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Lee Ayu is not your average coffee entrepreneur. Born in the Akha tribal village of Maejantai, located in a remote national park in northern Thailand, Mr. Ayu is the founder of Akha Ama Coffee, a multifaceted coffee company that fuses social enterprise with small business ownership on the farm, cafe, and wholesale level. Working directly with Akha … [Read more...]

Microsoft’s First Instagram Photo Is Obviously Coffee


Seattle software giant Microsoft has launched a new official Instagram account with a hashtag campaign called #DoMore. The account's inaugural post features United States Barista Champion Laila Ghambari. "Coffee is in Laila Ghambari's blood; she practically grew up in Cherry Street Coffee House, founded by her father," the Instagram caption … [Read more...]

Trend Watch: Nitro Cold Brew In A Can From Cuvée Coffee

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Austin, Texas roasting company Cuvée Coffee has put Black & Blue, their "Nitrogenated Cold Craft Coffee" in ready-to-drink cans in a video/social media announcement this morning. According to Cuvée, in 2015 you'll be able to sip on some nitrogen-carbonated cold brew coffee can goodness for yourself. Here's the video released … [Read more...]

Radames Roldan of Blueprint Coffee Wins The 2015 South Central Barista Competition


Radames Roldan, a barista with Blueprint Coffee in St. Louis, has won the 2015 South Central Barista Competition. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February in Long Beach, California, and wins an all-expenses-paid trip to coffee farms in Colombia courtesy of Cafe Imports. This … [Read more...]

Ryan Soeder Of Intelligentsia Wins The 2015 North Central Barista Competition

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Ryan Soeder, a retail educator for Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago, has won the 2015 North Central Regional Barista Competition title. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship this coming February in Long Beach, California, and his win also earns him a place on the 2015 Cafe Imports origin … [Read more...]

Seattle’s Cherry Street Coffee Opens 10th Location With Barista Champion Flourishes

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Cherry Street Coffee, a twenty-two year veteran of the Seattle coffee landscape, is owned and operated by the Ghambari family—which includes 2014 United States Barista Champion Laila Ghambari. This morning, the Cherry Street team opened its 10th Seattle store at 320 E Pine Street on Capitol Hill. We've covered Laila Ghambari here at Sprudge a … [Read more...]

The Cafe Imports Coffee Family Tree, Now Available In Korean And Mandarin

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Last year, our friends and partners at Cafe Imports debuted a beautiful, info-tastic-graphic: an epic coffee family tree. In the illustration, coffee species rest at the stumps, with the cultivars growing out and branching off with historical and scientific accuracy. The illustration sits in our permanent collection right here. This year, … [Read more...]