Feel Good Drinks Of Fall: The Apple Betty Cappuccino From Tobys Estate Brooklyn

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A month ago we announced our new Feel Good Drinks Of Fall series, where we celebrate the latest and greatest in cozy coffee drinks. The series was inspired in part by this out of control S'mores Gibraltar from Onyx Coffee Lab, which the internet (our staff included) just could not get enough of. Submissions have been rolling in since then, and with … [Read more...]

There’s Something A Little Off About This Latte Art Contest

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Latte art smackdowns: have they jumped the shark? What could spice them up, bring them into the public eye in a new way, make them more corporate and also somehow more individual? In what may be one of the most unique brand synergy/barista-mainstreaming campaigns yet to hit US shores, AT&T announced earlier this month its Asian-American Latte … [Read more...]

Welp Here’s Russell Brand Making Espresso In London

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Breaking today via Sprudge.com's patented internet coffee news wire--otherwise known as scrolling way back through Twitter--comes a belatedly reported but nonetheless remarkable true story from East London that combines two of our very favorite things: coffee preparation and the author / actor / interview rabble-rouser Russell Brand. Here, dear … [Read more...]

A Conversation With Cosimo Libardo, On His Departure From Nuova Simonelli

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Sprudge.com can now report that Cosimo Libardo, president of the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe and longtime Director of Sales & Marketing at Nuova Simonelli, has accepted a new position as Managing Director for Toby's Estate Coffee, a multinational coffee roaster, importer and farming operation based in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Libardo's … [Read more...]

Here Are The 2015 Good Food Awards Coffee Finalists

This afternoon, the 2015 Good Food Awards finalists officially dropped. There were 206 finalists from 46 states across many different categories, from beer to cheese to charcuterie, and of course coffee. You can read more about the Good Food Awards and previous winners in our archive here. Without further ado, here are the twenty-three Good Food … [Read more...]

A Film About Coffee Comes To The UK With London, Bristol & Brighton Dates

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From debuting its trailer in late 2012, to a grand premiere at the 2014 United States Barista Championship, we've been following along with screenings and opening engagements of A Film About Coffee, a specialty coffee documentary directed by Brandon Loper and produced by Avocados and Coconuts.  In the coming weeks the film will be screening its … [Read more...]

Triple Americana: Dogwood Coffee, Shinola, And Filson Unite In Minneapolis

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The Minneapolis coffee scene has two recent new additions, both from the same company--our longtime friends and partners at Dogwood Coffee, a plucky little quality-focused micro-roaster located in industrial NE MPLS. The years have a way of changing things, and 2014 has seen Dogwood double down on retail, expanding from their original cafe … [Read more...]

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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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...]