Meet The World’s First Coffee Masters Champion: James Bailey of Workshop Coffee

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Here’s one thing you might not know about James Bailey, the world’s first Coffee Masters tournament champion: he never intended to have a career in coffee. When he started his part-time job at the student union cafe at the University of Sheffield, it was the furthest thing from his mind. The way he saw it, […]

8 Dublin Cafes That Have Gone All In For The Irish Marriage Equality Referendum

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On Friday, Ireland will put a referendum to vote that, if passed, will “enshrine marriage equality in the Constitution.” Telegraph reports: Voters will be asked to vote Yes/No on whether to add the following to the Irish Constitution: ‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.’ […]

Zac Cadwalader Has Coffee T-Shirt Feelings

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Something truly terrible happened to me recently. In a fit of counting amidst the throes of laundry, I realized that I now owned more coffee tees than band shirts, causing in me a very real and none too pleasant existential crisis. Like most twenty-something males and—woefully more precise—thirty-something man-children, an entire identity statement can be […]

The SCAA Interviews: David Buehrer of Greenway Coffee, Houston

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At the 2015 SCAA Event, we tasked Sprudge contributor Emily McIntyre with a series of interviews, highlighting coffee professionals from across the United States making their own subtle marks on the nation’s coffee culture. This week, we’ll be bringing you a new interview every day, each one a snapshot of the men and women behind […]

The SCAA Interviews: Natalie Van Dusen of Little Red Wagon Coffee Roasters

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At the 2015 SCAA Event, we tasked Sprudge contributor Emily McIntyre with a series of interviews, highlighting coffee professionals from across the United States making their own subtle marks on the nation’s coffee culture. This week, we’ll be bringing you a new interview every day, each one a snapshot of the men and women behind […]

Mysterious “Fuck” Sign Appears Briefly Above Seattle Starbucks

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In the wee hours of the morning this morning, an incredible moment of subversive street art—or outright and complete vandalism, depending on your opinion—was enacted over top of the Starbucks cafe at 1600 E Olive Way in Seattle, Washington. These photos were taken by citizen blogger Michael “Panda” Fernandez, who writes under the nom de […]

The SCAA Interviews: C.J. Speelman of Tanager Coffee

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At the 2015 SCAA Event, we tasked Sprudge contributor Emily MacIntyre with a series of interviews, highlighting coffee professionals from across the United States making their own subtle marks on the nation’s coffee culture. This week, we’ll be bringing you a new interview every day, each one a snapshot of the men and women behind […]

The SCAA Interviews: Jon Cates of Broadway Cafe & Roasting Company

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At the 2015 SCAA event, we tasked Sprudge contributor Emily McIntyre with a series of interviews, highlighting coffee professionals from across the United States making their own subtle marks on the nation’s coffee culture. This week, we’ll be bringing you a new interview every day, each one a snapshot of the men and women behind […]

Weekend Sprudge Reader: An Excerpt From “The ABC’s Of Coffee”

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Welcome to Weekend Sprudge Reader, an occasional foray into short fiction, memoir, and / or gonzo from the Sprudge global creative network. We hope you enjoy Weekend Sprudge Reader.  The following is excerpted from “The ABCs of Coffee”, Mike Ferguson‘s forthcoming full-color children’s book, subtitled “A Guide to the Most Critical and Fundamental Issues Facing Specialty […]

The Reluctant Partygoer: Liz Clayton And The Nightlife Of SCAA 2015

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If there’s one thing the annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Event brings out—besides days of stimulating panels and conversations, and a host of innovations revealed on the show floor—it’s the party animal in coffee people. Combine that with the pan-continental draw of the World Barista Championship and, well, heck—you’ve got yourself a party calendar […]