Portland Cafes Limit Service, Shut Down During Citywide E. coli Scare

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Trace amounts of E. coli have been found in Portland, Oregon water samples and a boil water alert has been issued for the most of the city, resulting in the emergency closures of several parts of the city's critical cafe infrastructure. We have contacted several establishments to find out what's what and figure out how cafes are addressing people's … [Read more...]

Sprudge.com Adds Two New Regional Desks – Now Seeking Writers Worldwide

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Allow us this momentary break in bringing you coffee news from around the world to talk, if only briefly, about some exciting internal news at Sprudge. Our publication is rapidly approaching its 5th birthday; it continues to be wholly owned and operated by Zachary Carlsen and Jordan Michelman, and funded by a carefully chosen network of brand … [Read more...]

Unic Announces Distribution Partnership With Blossom Coffee

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Rumors have been swirling for months, but Sprudge can now finally report that San Francisco based start-up Blossom Brewing Company and our friends and partners at the ninety-five year old French-based Unic espresso machine manufacturer will join forces. We're not even a month in, and 2014 is already looking to be another year of intense competition … [Read more...]

An Escalation Of Coffee Politics Threatens Kenyan Specialty Coffee

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As coffees from Kenya's main harvest are being readied for export, the governor of Nyeri, one of Kenya's premiere coffee counties, is making sweeping changes to the way it trades its coffee. Governor Nderitu Gachagua has issued an order to mill and sell all of Nyeri's coffee in Sagana, a town in the Kiryinyaga District, effectively shutting other … [Read more...]

You Know The Deal About The Dwarf Geisha Variety?

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There's been a lot of buzz lately about a variety of coffee some have nicknamed the "dwarf geisha" coming out of Colombia. If you're lucky enough to be in San Francisco this week, our partners at Equator Coffees have set up a series of events with very special guests - the producers of Granja La Esperanza in Colombia - and their mysteriously … [Read more...]

6 Coffee “Science” Articles That Came Out In The Last Week

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Coffee is bad! Coffee is good! Oh, brother! With so many coffee science articles that come out - who can keep track? We've decided to compile six that have come out in just the last week and paired them with our educated reactions. 6. Four or More Cups of Coffee a Day May Keep Prostate Cancer Recurrence and Progression Away [Science … [Read more...]

Coffee Shrub’s Definitive Guide To Rwanda and Burundi Coffee

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There's some really beautiful new content up over at Coffee Shrub, the Oakland-based green import specialists with a penchant for blogging. Coffee Shrub is home to 2011 Sprudgie Award winner Aleco Chigounis, and alongside founders Thompson Owen (a 2011 SCAA Distinguished Author Award winner) and Christopher Schooley, the three of them have created … [Read more...]

Arnulfo Leguizamo’s Finca La Primavera: The Coffee That Won USBC

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Parisi Coffee's Pete Licata is your 2013 United States Barista Champion. But no man is an island, and in the world of specialty coffee, there are many hands that touch each moment of success, from that lovely shot in your neighborhood cafe to the routine that won the USBC. Our friends & partners at Cafe Imports were intimately involved in this … [Read more...]

New Private Auction Program From Fincas Mierisch and Cup of Excellence

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The Alliance for Coffee Excellence, the organization behind Cup of Excellence - "The Oscars of the coffee world", it's been called - have launched a spin-off project for established COE producers to sell exclusive small lots of coffee on the internet. This will happen via a live all-day auction, pitting roasters worldwide to bid on a small … [Read more...]

Seattle Times: Starbucks Buys 600 Acres In Costa Rica

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Interesting news broke last night from Seattle Times writer Melissa Allison, who reports that Starbucks is purchasing its first-ever coffee estate in Costa Rica. The farm is located on the slopes of Poas Volcano National Park, just north of San Jose, in Costa Rica's famed Central Valley. The land is around 242 hectares. Most coffee producing … [Read more...]

Maine Frame: Starbucks Expands In Portland, Area Baristas Shrug

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A third Starbucks will open in downtown Portland, Maine in the next few weeks, according to Bangor Daily News, but area coffee shops seem pretty okay with the whole situation. Maybe it's because, according to this Slate article, proliferation of Starbucks is actually good for business. Maybe it's because the scene there is already thriving with … [Read more...]

Stars And Strips? Patriotic Bikini Barista Stand Closes In Florida

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The owner of Bikinii, a month-old cafe and drive-thru kiosk in Riviera Beach (that is definitely spelled that way), has contacted the Broward Long Beach Times with the following statement: Ray Webber had a dream. And that dream was to open a drive-thru kiosk staffed by women in patriotic bikinis serving coffee and food stuffs. Clean Plate … [Read more...]

Coffee Rust: A Climate Change Emergency, But There’s Hope

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By far the biggest story in coffee this week - and this month, and this year - is the ongoing coffee rust crisis currently affecting coffee crops and the farmers who tend them in Latin America and beyond. Experts estimate cross loss at upwards of 20% of the 2012-2013 harvest will be lost to harvest, and next year it could be as bad as 40%. The … [Read more...]

Cafe Imports 2013 USBC Origin Trip Headed To Kenya!

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Exciting news out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where our friends and partners at Cafe Imports have announced that Kenya will be the destination for the company's 2013 USBC Origin Trip. Cafe Imports will host all 6 United States regional barista champs, the USBC champ, and the winner of the 2013 World Barista Championship in Melbourne. Sprudge.com … [Read more...]

BREAKING: NERBC Re-Scheduled Dates Announced

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Breaking news late this Friday as the SCAA has announced confirmed dates and times for the 2013 Northeast Regional Barista Competition. The event was supposed to go down last November, but that event was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Your new NERBC dates are February 20th - 22nd, to be hosted at the Attic Studios in Long Island City (11-05 … [Read more...]

Tully’s Follies: Starbucks Strikes Back, or What Becomes Of A McDreamy Deferred?

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Turns out not everyone is a McDreamy fan: Starbucks is fighting back hard against actor Patrick Dempsey's bid to buy the beleagured Seattle-based coffee company Tully's. Starbucks wants to buy the chain and turn its cafe locations in Starbucks, in what amounts to a kind of scorched earth, smite-thy-enemies "Game of Thrones"-esque end game for the … [Read more...]