An Interview With Workshop Coffee’s Tim Williams and James Dickson

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It's been a monster year already for our friends and partners at Workshop Coffee in London, who've opened not one but two new cafes so far in 2014, in the city's Fitzrovia and Holborn neighborhoods. Amid the din and hum of running four busy coffee bars across London (not to mention a coffee buying trip to Kigali), Workshop's Director of Operations, … [Read more...]

BREAKING: SCAA Announces 2015 US Coffee Competition Dates; Sprudge Leaks 2015 Regional Details

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The Specialty Coffee Association of America has announced dates and location information for the 2015 United States Coffee Championships, a four day compedium of competitions--the U.S. Barista Championship, U.S. Brewers Cup, U.S. Latte Art Championship, U.S. Cup Tasters Championship, and Roasters Choice Competition. The events will be held from … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Vortex Doughnuts in Asheville, North Carolina

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What's the most classic foodstuff to pair with coffee? The answer to this question is quite different depending on where you live in the world, but for much of the United States there's a consensus: donuts. The union of delicious donuts and filter coffee has deep working class roots, but the pairing is being reimagined as something gourmet in … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Oh Coffee Company, Minneapolis

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What do monster movies and coffee have in common? For Jake Nelson, the two go hand-in-hand. Nelson, owner of Oh Coffee Company in Minneapolis, has spent the last decade building a career in both coffee and special effects make-up in Southern California. Nelson ran and operated a small roasting company next door to the Michael Myers house in South … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Brio Coffeeworks, Burlington, Vermont

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With news of a Build Out in Middlebury and a new All-Access "Coffee Passport" in Burlington, it's safe to say Vermont is buzzing. Nate Van Dusen, Co-Founder and Director of Quality at Brio Coffeeworks let us in on another news tip--a new roastery and training lab popping up in Burlington with plans to open in early August. Brio took over … [Read more...]

Habits: Powered By Populace Coffee And Tubes

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Coffee and love letters, sent to your door--in a tube?! Our friends and partners at Populace Coffee, based out of Bay City, Michigan, are rolling out a new subscription service today that highlights guest roasters and offers a bounty of ephemera packed neatly in a tube. The service, dubbed Habits, begins today and features its first guest coffee … [Read more...]

Sirens And Clovers: Behind The Design At Starbucks’ First Store In Colombia

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As reported today by The Chicago Tribune and others, Starbucks is opening its first-ever coffee bar in Colombia this week. Located at Calle 93 con Carrera 13, on a leafy corner of Bogota's iconic Parque de la 93, this is the Seattle-based retailer's opening salvo in a planned expansion into the Colombian market, long dominated by the Colombian … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Passenger Coffee Roasters – Lancaster, PA

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Originally called "Hickory Town", Lancaster, Pennsylvania is touted as one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. Sources at Wikipedia tell us that the 101st largest city in America boasts "more electronic public CCTV outdoor cameras per capita than any other US city". Perhaps it was the safety and comfort security cameras bring that … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Devout Coffee, Fremont, California (Now Open)

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The Bay Area has long been a hotbed of the North American specialty coffee scene, with lately most of the excitement being focused in San Francisco and Oakland. But don't underestimate the depth of coffee passion throughout the entire bay--in this entry in our Build Outs of Summer series, we take a look at Devout Coffee, a startup micro-roaster … [Read more...]

“Hot Cop On Castro” Is The Newest Viral Sensation…But What Was He Drinking?

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The internet is buzzing after "hot cop on Castro" Officer Chris Kohrs appeared shirtless on Facebook. This hunky police officer has the whole world wanting him to read us our rights, forgo due process, and take custody. Hot cop on Castro is an internet phenomenon, but the real question on everyone's lips is...what was he drinking? It's … [Read more...]

Requiem For A Brand: Looking Back At The Handsome Coffee Years

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Did someone say party? According to this timeline from Blue Bottle Coffee, it all goes down August 20th at the Mateo St. coffee bar, which remains an excellent place to throw a shindig. But let's not mince words here, people: this infographic marks not just the beginning of the end, but the quickly approaching end of the end for Handsome Coffee … [Read more...]

10 Coffees In Burlington For Just $12 Dollars

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Good coffee lovers in Burlington, Vermont rejoice! Now's your chance to score ten coffee drinks at ten coffee bars for just $12. How? It's called the Indie Coffee Passport, a pre-paid gift card that doubles as a cafe guide. Adrienne Ng created the concept in Toronto in 2010, and has since expanded to Montreal and Ottawa. The company just dropped … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Pour Coffee Parlor, Now Open In Rochester, NY

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Earlier today we featured the smallest town in Build Outs history on Sprudge: Cañon City, Colorado, home to The Bean Pedaler and a census population of only around 16,000. No one would ever mistake it for our next featured city, the humble Great Lakes metropolis of Rochester, New York, where we find Ryan Baker and Pour Coffee Parlor. Pour is a … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: The Bean Pedaler, Now Open In Cañon City, Colorado

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We first met Erica Noel Koenig when she competed for Thanksgiving Coffee Company & Six Degrees Coffee Service at the 2013 Southwest Regional Barista Competition. "Since then," Koenig told us in an email, "I was hit by a car on my bike, had to come home to the small town I grew up in, ended up in a wheelchair for 3 months, regrew some … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk Coffee 2014 Is Happening In Panama This October

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Registration is now open for Let's Talk Coffee 2014, the coffee world's largest origin conference, presented by our friends and partners at Sustainable Harvest. This year is the event's 12th annual edition, and will happen in Panama from October 9th–12th at the Westin Playa Bonita, located just outside of Panama City. Confirmed speakers include … [Read more...]