Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of April 6th, 2013

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This year, your Sprudge intern was proud to team up with his awesome designer friend Josh Kennedy (@jshknndy) and sister Lauren Bergman (@Inbergman) to design the La Marzocco, Cafe Imports, Barismo, and George Howell Coffee SCAA party poster and ticket. If you’re headed to Boston, be sure to attend! #SCAA2013 Party Preview - SCAA is next week, … [Read more...]

Last Week with Ben Blake – Week of March 30, 2013

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Strand Talks Specialty Coffee-Restaurant Gap - It was pretty big news last week when Mads Kleppe, sommelier at Copenhagen’s Noma announced that the Michelin-starred restaurant would be serving coffee from Tim Wendleboe using V60s brewed into custom made glass decanters. The very same day, a post on Grub Street reported that 30% of Michelin-starred … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of March 23rd, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of our weekly Saturday news magazine, “Last Week With Ben Blake”. Mr. Blake is Sprudge.com’s trusty news intern, and a world-traveling illustration genius. Check out Draw Coffee for more of Ben’s work. Ben calls this week's illustration "possible beginning sketches of the 'Milo & Sprotis' or 'Homeward Grounds' … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of March 18th, 2013

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Whoa! The Southwest Regional Barista Competition was a big bad mondo mega event, and it unfortunately snowballed our normally scheduled weekend programming. But nothing, not even the biggest regional event of the 2013 season, can hold back our intrepid intern Ben Blake. Here's the very best from last week, just in time for the start of this … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week Of March 2, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of our weekly Saturday news magazine, “Last Week With Ben Blake”. Mr. Blake is Sprudge.com’s trusty news intern, and a world-traveling illustration genius. This week, Ben submitted seven filter drawings (above). Check out Draw Coffee for more of Ben’s work. A Primer On The Colombian Coffee Grower's Strike - Things went … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: February 16th, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of our weekly Saturday news magazine, “Last Week With Ben Blake”. Mr. Blake is Sprudge.com’s trusty news intern, and a world-traveling illustration genius. Check out Draw Coffee for more of Ben’s work. Pressure + Flow on the Sunset Strip: The folks at La Marzocco threw a Strada party at Siren Studios on the Sunset … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: February 9th, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of our weekly Saturday news magazine, “Last Week With Ben Blake”. Mr. Blake is Sprudge.com’s trusty news intern, and a world-traveling illustration genius. Check out Draw Coffee for more of Ben's work. NWRBC Champs! Following three days of fierce competition, your NWRBC Barista and Brewer's Cup Champs have been … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of January 19th, 2012

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Ben Blake is Sprudge.com's weekend news intern, illustrious illustrator, and temporary Italian. Follow him on Twitter and learn more about his art at Draw Coffee. Green doodle of the #XtremeKone Contest, inspired of course, by the once-popular soft drink "SURGE." #XtremeKone Contest - A contest is afoot! We've teamed up with our good friends … [Read more...]

Last Week with Ben Blake: Week of January 12, 2013

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Ben Blake is our news intern, but he's also a heckuva doodler. Isn't that little Hobbit up above just the cutest? Check out more of Ben's work via Draw Coffee. 'Hobbit' Crew Spends $380,000 on Coffee - In an attempt to get to the bottom of a recent report by Forbes, our correspondent Joe Marrocco sat down with Elorendora the Elf to talk about … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – A Coffee News Recap

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We're super excited to introduce our brand new intern Ben Blake, who'll authoring news recap features each weekend for Sprudge. You may know Mr. Blake from his world-beating doodles as Draw Coffee, but it turns out he's a darn good news stringer, too. Watch each weekend for news coagulation and original artwork from Ben Blake, right here on … [Read more...]

Unpaid Intern: Weekly Weekend Week In Review For 12/16/2012

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It seems trivial and inappropriate for us to sum up last week without mentioning the unfathomable tragedy in Connecticut. Our grief and sadness for the families affected goes beyond words. Coffee enthusiasts have proven themselves time and time again to be charitable, giving members of society. Today we ask that you consider giving to two … [Read more...]

Portland’s Case Study Coffee Opens Second Location

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Our intern, Joanna Han, recently had a chance to check out the brand new Case Study Coffee location in downtown Portland. Here's her exclusive take on the shop. Portland's own Case Study Coffee quietly soft-opened its second shop earlier this month in downtown Portland, directly across the street from the city's Central Library. Housed in the … [Read more...]

Unpaid Intern: Weekly Weekend Week In Review For 11/17/2012

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Joanna Han recaps our week in coffee on Sprudge.com. Follow her on Twitter @joannakarenina, Instagram, and check out her blog Joanna Karenina on Blogspot.  Dinner (And Decaf!) At Feast Portland: Earlier this fall, Sprudge.com co-founder Jordan Michelman was invited to covere the Stumptown Coffee event at Bon Appetit’s Feast Portland. In the … [Read more...]

Unpaid Intern: Weekly Weekend Week In Review for 11/10/12

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Our intrepid intern Joanna Han (@joannakarenina) succinctly recaps our wild and wacky week. Do you follow her on Instagram? Her photography is really quite delightful. And yes, she is definitely a real person.  Sprudge LIVE!: Are you following @SprudgeLive on Twitter yet? It’s our brand new Twitter handle dedicated exclusively to live … [Read more...]

Unpaid Intern: Weekly Weekend Week In Review For 11/3/2012

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Presented by Joanna Han, our trusty intern, whose ability to file in time for Saturday morning is truly unparalleled. Halloween & Hurricanes: Hurricane Sandy had a big impact on the east coast this week, but the worst is definitely over, and we've been heartened to watch how folks across the region have come together to support each other … [Read more...]

Unpaid Intern: Weekly Weekend Week In Review For 10/27/2012

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Like clockwork, every Saturday our intrepid intern Joanna Han (@joannakarenina) provides us with a delightful run-down of the best in This Week's Sprudgery. We are going to write her such a nice letter of rec someday. Enjoy! Let’s Talk Pergamino: While in Medellin, Colombia earlier this month for the Let’s Talk Coffee conference, your Sprudge … [Read more...]