Espresso Grinders of the SCAA Priced High To Low


Are you a home espresso enthusiast that wants to up your coffee experience? You'll need a solid grinder. We've been there, tried to go without. "We don't need a grinder," we said. But let's face facts, friends: in this day and age, if you want to make cappuccino at home you're going to have to bite the bullet at get a grinder. Good cappuccino … [Read more...]

The Pop-Up Cafes Of SCAA 2015


The 2015 SCAA Event is happening this weekend in Seattle, Washington. A kind of E3 for the coffee world, this trade show is home to huge product launches, exciting new technology, and pop-up cafes aplenty featuring top coffee roasters from around the world. Here's a look at a few of the pop-ups catching our eye so far at SCAA 2015. BKON w/ Rishi … [Read more...]

The Best Multi-Roaster Cafe In The World Is In Seattle Right Now


The 2015 World Barista Championship is popping off in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. Exhibit Hall 4F is filled to the gills with eager baristas, beleaguered organizers, anxious well-wishers, stern security guards, and delicious complimentary cups of coffee. All the free coffee. Perhaps the best multi-roaster … [Read more...]

I Saw Brew: Meet That Specialty Someone At SCAA


Introducing I Saw Brew, a brand new website for the singles in specialty coffee scene, launching this weekend at the 2015 SCAA Event. Did you make a connection with a cutie in the North Hall? Post an "I Saw Brew" and maybe you'll get a response! Did you think the boy from Finland's barista competition routine was like, *really* good? Say "terve" to … [Read more...]

The World Barista Championship Is Happening On Sprudge Live

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It's that time again: The 2015 World Barista Championship is now upon us, bringing 49 of the world's best baristas to Seattle, Washington, for a no-holds-barred tournament of coffee prowess. For the fifth consecutive season, Sprudge will be providing exhaustive live coverage of the WBC event, produced in partnership with our sponsors at Square, … [Read more...]

Come Correct To The World Aeropress Championship Tomorrow Night (And Bring Your Judging Shoes)


In Seattle for the 2015 World Aeropress Championship? We've got breaking news, whether you want to attend but don't know how, want to judge but never dreamed you'd have the chance, or even want to compete but weren't able to distinguish your excellence against your own countrypersons. In this latest, breaking missive from the WAC coordinators, … [Read more...]

A Glimpse Inside The 2015 SCAA Symposium

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The seventh annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Symposium kicked off early this morning in Seattle, Washington. Symposium is a professional two-day summit of coffee thinkers/leaders/producers, and it’s our distinct honor to be a part of the Symposium community for our fifth year as salon hosts and ambassadors. This year’s … [Read more...]

Meet The 2015 SCAA Symposium Fellows Ashley Prentice, Emily Olson, and Chris Bryner

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In just a few short days, leaders young and not as young from around the coffee world will gather together for the 2015 SCAA Symposium event in Seattle, happening April 8th and 9th. There's an astounding five years worth of past Symposium coverage in our archives, and year after year, we come back to the same point: We think this event is among the … [Read more...]

Talking Coffee With Linton And Gina Hopkins of Atlanta’s Holeman & Finch, Restaurant Eugene

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Chef Linton Hopkins is the Executive Chef behind Resurgens Hospitality Group, an Atlanta food & beverage haus that includes Restaurant Eugene, Holeman and Finch Public House, H&F Bottle Shop, the newly opened Linton's in the Garden, and two forthcoming spots in Atlanta's exciting Ponce City Market urban project, H&F Burger and Hop's … [Read more...]

Sorry, But Please Enjoy This Canadian AeroPress Championship Coverage!

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AeroPress Competition coverage is rolling in fast and furious from Sprudge agents around the world in advance of the 2015 World AeroPress Championship in Seattle, Washington, on April 9th. What is an AeroPress competition, you ask? It's a heated battle royale of brew ratios, stir methods, and even the rare inverted flip or two, all centered on the … [Read more...]

Acaia Introduces Lunar, The “Barista-Proof” Espresso Scale


Acaia, the company that brought the world the Bluetooth-equipped Pearl, the Sprudgie-award-winning gram scale, is launching a brand new coffee scale custom-fit for the barista community. Called the Acaia Lunar, the scale is being marketed as "barista-proof", with extensive waterproofing throughout, including an automatic shut-off when water touches … [Read more...]

Man Banned From US Airways After Mid-Flight AeroPress Incident


A passenger has reportedly been banned for life from US Airways following a mid-air incident involving an AeroPress. It all happened this morning on Flight 369, an Atlanta to Dallas direct flight departing in the early hours of April 1st. An unfortunate combination of turbulence and scalding hot water resulted in terrible injuries for the mile high … [Read more...]

San Francisco Cafe Now Charging Patrons For WiFi, Power Outlets

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A new San Francisco cafe has announced a proprietary app for iOS and Android devices that will allow customers to make advanced orders and purchases. The app will also control the user's access to WiFi and power outlets in the cafe. "We think it's only fair," says Joffrey Fairbanks, owner of the Liquid Spoonful on Clarion Alley between Mission … [Read more...]

Inside Intelligentsia’s Extraordinary Coffee Workshop In Ethiopia

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This is the story of how our friends & partners at Intelligentsia Coffee brought dozens of the world's best coffee producers to Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.  Back in October 2011, we were invited along with a few other journalists and observers to take part in Intelligentsia Coffee's Extraordinary Coffee Workshop in Los Angeles. The … [Read more...]

5 Good Coffee Companies That Also Do Good


From time to time as we report on cafes around the world, we also get to tell feel-good stories of human kindness, redemption, and community. In fact, we get to tell stories like that on a pretty regular clip; the overlap between the goodness of humanity and global coffee culture is all around you, if you know where to look. Here's five examples of … [Read more...]

Coffee-Forward Media Honored With James Beard Award Nominations


The Books, Broadcast & Journalism Awards nominations for the 2015 James Beard Awards were announced at the James Beard House in New York City today. Among them, three coffee-forward folks were honored. Grant Lee Crilly, Chris Young, and Kristina Krug of ChefSteps were nominated in the "Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional" … [Read more...]