Blue Bottle And Perfect Coffee Founders Talk Acquisition

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Yesterday broke the news that Blue Bottle Coffee has acquired Perfect Coffee, a Bay Area start-up  dedicated to advancing coffee preserving and grinding technologies, and the creators of single-serve pre-ground coffee packets that, dare we say it, do not suck. You can read a "just the facts, ma'am" feature about this … [Read more...]

Blue Bottle Acquires Perfect Coffee, Announces Coffee Technology Division


Blue Bottle Coffee, an international specialty coffee roaster headquartered in Oakland, California, has purchased Perfect Coffee, a Bay Area startup dedicated to advancing coffee preserving and grinding technologies, and the creators of a pre-ground coffee system that—wait for it, here's a value judgement—does not suck. This marks the third major … [Read more...]

Snoop Dogg Invests In Philz Coffee To Help Spread The “High Pour” Nationwide

Investors, all. (Jamie Kennedy / Wikimedia, Snoop Dogg / WhatsTrending, Jonah Hill / Wikimedia)

San Francisco's Philz Coffee has raised $15 million dollars in a new round of funding, as reported by TechCrunch. SFist points out that Snoop Dogg is among the group of investors. Also worth noting that Jonah Hill and Jamie Kennedy are on the list. Philz Coffee, a San Francisco company, started in 2003 and is currently run by the founder's son … [Read more...]

Counter Culture Coffee Celebrates 20 Years With A Big Party In Durham


There aren't that many 20th anniversaries to celebrate in an average person's life. Most things don't last for twenty years, and when they do, well, it's time to celebrate. Like gently opening a bottle of finely aged wine, twenty years is a remarkable vintage, and nothing else tastes quite as sweet. Which is why we're excited to share with you news … [Read more...]

You Can Host The US AeroPress Championship


Activities are amping up all around the world as part of the 2015 World AeroPress Championship cycle. What is this circuit of mysterious parties, you ask? The WACs are grassroots global coffee competitions themed around a single brewing method with a thousand variations—the humble, beguiling, endlessly rethink-able Aerobie AeroPress. These … [Read more...]

Marco Sets FAZE9 To Stunning In Splurty Re-Brand


In the fall of 2013 we reported to you on the debut of Splurty, the plucky, stylish single-cup brewer from our friends and partners at Marco Beverage Systems in Ireland. Since then we've seen Splurty holding her own at a variety of international coffee trade events, anchoring the Marco booth and drawing a crowd (or at least until around 4pm when … [Read more...]

Beautiful And Daring Posters From The 2015 International AeroPress Circuit


The 2015 World AeroPress Championship will take place this coming April in Seattle, Washington, in conjunction with the World Barista Championship and SCAA Event. This much we know. What we don't know is who will represent the tapestry of nations at this august exhibition. That's because the national AeroPress championships are still very much a … [Read more...]

Sprudge At The 2015 United Kingdom Barista Championship

UKBC Scotland 2015 Sprudge and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe—UK Chapter are excited to announce a digital media partnership for the upcoming United Kingdom Barista Championship, happening March 4th and 5th at ScotHot, Scotland's food, drink, hospitality, and tourism show. We're absolutely delighted to be back again covering the UKBC, one of global … [Read more...]

Coffee Masters London: The Competitors! The Judges! The Videos!


Last fall we brought you word of the 2015 Coffee Masters, a brand new event happening at the London Coffee Festival this May in London. Coffee Masters is a “fast paced, multi-disciplinary coffee competition” as per the event FAQ, and was developed by Sprudge advertising partners Allegra Events, the brand that puts on the London Coffee Festival, … [Read more...]

Meet Our New Bay Area Correspondent, Noah Sanders

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As an update on internal doings at Sprudge, and following the announcement of Hengtee Lim as's first-ever Tokyo Staff writer, today we've added another scribe to the fold: Noah Sanders will be joining as our Bay Area staff writer, taking the place of Leif Haven, who's leaving us to pursue a Ph.D. and more creative … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk Relationship Coffee Happens March 12th In Melbourne

Sprudge_LetsTalkRelationship-Phil Beattie

Since 2012 we've taken part in a series of coffee conferences called Let's Talk Coffee, presented by our friends and partners at Sustainable Harvest, a Portland, Oregon-based green coffee importer. Unique, origin-focused and wildly international, Let's Talk Coffee's previous speakers list is a who's who of top coffee minds, from Dr. Aaron Davis of … [Read more...]

Chicago: Bow Truss Coffee Faces Gentrification Pushback


As first reported by Eater Chicago, the specialty coffee roaster/retailer Bow Truss Coffee has twice in the last week found anti-gentrification signs placed overnight at its new Pilsen neighborhood coffee bar, on Chicago's South Side. As per Eater [emphasis theirs]: "Customers and workers at the coffee shop woke up Friday morning to find their … [Read more...]

Dear Mom, Here Are 6 Reasons Why I’m A Barista


Mom, over the holidays you did that thing again. Aunt Jane asked me what I've been up to, and you made an off-handed comment about how I'm still just a barista. Listen, I'm a professional barista and it's a profession that I'm super proud of. It's challenging, exciting, weird, and the longer I'm at it, the more I feel like this path is right for … [Read more...]

In Detroit, A Dazzling Second Location For Cafe Con Leche


Eater reports that Café con Leche has opened a second cafe cafe in Detroit's New Center District, and if these photos by Michelle & Chris Gerard are any indication, it's a stunner. The cafe will serve up coffees selected from Detroit's own Germack Coffee and Anthology Coffee, as well as Ugly Mug Coffee out of Ypsilanti, Michigan and Populace … [Read more...]

Here’s What Some Of The Smartest People In Coffee Will Talk About This Year At SCAA Symposium

A room full of smart people.

Once a year, the Specialty Coffee Association of America gets some of the smartest people in food science, agronomy, and specialty coffee in a room to talk about the state of global coffee. It's designed to get a little heavy, a little personal, and at times even a little uncomfortable. Founded in 2009, the annual Symposium has become home to … [Read more...]

Serena Williams And The “Miracle” Espresso: The Inside Story


A remarkable story was volleyed around the internet earlier this month, concerning American tennis great Serena Williams being served an in-game espresso at a match in Perth, Western Australia. At the macro level this isn't much of a story–"American visits Australia, enjoys good coffee" is hardly news at this point–but the sports world loves a good … [Read more...]