The 420 Most Incredible Tweets From @ColdBrew420

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Twitter user @ColdBrew420 is a national, no, international coffee internet treasure. Since launching in 2014, the handle has effectively meme-ified, skewered, and emoji'd the specialty coffee industry within an inch of its life, but always with a winking charm that lets you know deep down you are the bae. @ColdBrew420 is the specialty coffee … [Read more...]

True Stories From The Japan Brewers Cup

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March 20th marked the second ever Japan Brewers Cup, a championship gathering competitors from all across the country, each battling for a chance to represent Japan at the World Brewers Cup later this year in Gothenburg, Sweden. And your Japanese champion is Amameria Espresso's Yuta Ueda, a bashful, reserved young man whose quiet smile belied a … [Read more...]

More World Barista Championship Street Style With Joanna Han

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Sprudge contributor Joanna Han scouted the Washington State Convention Center throughout the 2015 World Barista Championship tournament, on the lookout for fashion-forward attendees. In a sea of brew bros in blazers and classic-fit slacks, these fashionable coffee denizens stood out in fine style.  Tim Wendelboe, owner of Tim Wendelboe, Oslo, … [Read more...]

World Barista Championship Street Style With Joanna Han

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Sprudge contributor Joanna Han scouted the Washington State Convention Center throughout the 2015 World Barista Championship tournament, on the lookout for fashion-forward attendees. In a sea of brew bros in blazers and classic-fit slacks, these fashionable coffee denizens stood out in fine style.  Joanna Alm, co-owner of Drop Coffee, Stockholm, … [Read more...]

An Interview With Mehran Mirjani, Barista Champion of Iran

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The World Barista Championship is happening this weekend in Seattle, Washington, bringing together 50 of the world's best baristas from as many nations around the world. Each one of these champions has a story and a journey, but one is truly making history at this event. That would Mehran Mohammadnezhad Mirjani, the first-ever barista champion of … [Read more...]

I Saw Brew: Meet That Specialty Someone At SCAA

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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...]

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...]

Make Your Own Ultra-Stylish DIY Blue Bottle Barista Shoe

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As hundreds line up for Blue Bottle Japan, and the glossy magazine spreads keep coming, all kinds of media attention is hitting our friends & partners Blue Bottle Coffee. One BBJ barista has accidentally started a fashion trend and it's spreading across the Pacific Ocean, making waves on the LA fashion scene. The DIY Blue Bottle Barista … [Read more...]

Indie Coffee Passport Comes To The East Bay

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Picture this: a high-end cafe serving specialty coffee in the embrace of a hip, up-and-coming neighborhood. Not hard to imagine, right? And rightly so, as the relationship is almost symbiotic: a great cafe, like a cool restaurant or classy bar, can be the catalyst for neighborhood change, and give urban dwellers an excuse to explore parts of their … [Read more...]

Coffee-Forward Media Honored With James Beard Award Nominations

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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...]

7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Not Killing Your Career

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Last weekend Entrepreneur ran a scandalous coffee attack piece penned by AudienceBloom CEO and Founder Jayson Demers. "After a cup of coffee you feel bright, energized and motivated, so it’s got to be great for your career, right? The truth is more blurry," Demers writes. He then, in listicle form, gives seven reasons why too much coffee is … [Read more...]

[Poll] Do You Want To Talk To Your Barista About Race?

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Starbucks Coffee introduced the #RaceTogether campaign this week, a program designed to bring American race relations dialog to its chain of coffee houses. The campaign has been discussed. It has been panned. It has scared at least one Starbucks exec off Twitter (Corey duBrowa has since returned to tweet again). One race: human. #RaceTogether … [Read more...]

We Went There: Grumpy Cat At Caffé Medici For SXSW

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The Internet developed sentience over the past weekend, becoming a living, breathing thing, and swallowed whole a downtown Austin coffee shop. The body incarnate of the blips and boops manifested itself in the form of Grumpy Cat—the most famous iteration of the most popular thing in the URLz—and five of her internet feline friends taking over the … [Read more...]

Martha Stewart Opens First Martha Stewart Café In New York City

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@MarthaStewart opened her first cafe in NYC this morning, using Register! Welcome to Square, Martha. A photo posted by Square (@square) on Mar 12, 2015 at 8:53am PDT I don't care what anyone else thinks: Martha Stewart gives me life. From bouncing back from her criminal past to lambasting cut-rate Stewart wannabe Gwenyth Paltrow, Stewart … [Read more...]

Journey To The Center Of The Chemex Factory

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In coffee, true global icons run few and far between. Germany has Melitta Bentz and her conical ubiquity. Italy has the Bialetti—and just about everything else having to do with espresso. And in the United States, the sleepy domain of low-brow automatic drippers and diner brews, we've got one pinnacle of brewing and design with more than one … [Read more...]