Here Is Some Spooktacular Latte Art Because Halloween

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Halloween is today here in the United States, that means a lot of spooking, some scary looking ghouls and goblins roaming the treats in search of tribute, and markedly less thought being put into content across all corners of the internet. It's Friday. It's Halloween. Let's look at some spooktacular latte art and maybe eat some candy corn and be … [Read more...]

We Need To Talk About This Latte, Taylor Swift

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As part of her recent #viral marketing campaign to promote the benefits of moving to New York City, Taylor Swift has Instagrammed this photo of a latte with the hashtag #WelcomeToNewYork. The campaign and its widely derided socio-cultural implications aside, what the fuck is going on here? That latte looks terrible. It looks like the froth was … [Read more...]

An Interview With Wellington Artist And Coffee Supreme Collaborator Kieran Rynhart

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The specialty coffee world has something of a love/hate thing going on with takeaway cups, with an estimated 500 billion paper cups produced, then discarded, each year. On the hate front, most takeaway cups are not recyclable, and they should ideally be offered alongside a reusable solution to help minimize waste. But on the pro side, paper cups … [Read more...]

We Talk To New York Artist And Cafe Grumpy Barista Danie Drankwalter

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Cafe Grumpy held a ghoulish Halloween-themed latte art throw down at their original location in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood on Tuesday, October 28th. Grumpy barista Amanda Ventresca was the grand prize winner, taking home 160 bones and a spooky assortment of prizes from the folks at Seattle's Synesso espresso machine company. Like all … [Read more...]

A New Study Examines Gender Representation In Coffee

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If you are female-identified and work in coffee, you should take this survey right now. It's from Sabine Parrish, who is working on a Master's thesis at Oxford on the subject of how gender is constructed and performed in U.S. specialty coffee. Specifically, Parrish is looking at how the "ideal barista" is represented in the highly masculinized … [Read more...]

Water Wheels, Water Buffalos, And Microroasting In Toraja, Indonesia

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At six in the morning I step blearily from the confines of the arctic bus cabin, molecular motion returning to my extremities as I begin a random walk past hordes of porters with my compatriot to our place of lodging. The sun begins to peek over dust, hills, and arrays of concrete in the central intersection of Rantepao, the capital of North Toraja … [Read more...]

There’s Something A Little Off About This Latte Art Contest

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Latte art smackdowns: have they jumped the shark? What could spice them up, bring them into the public eye in a new way, make them more corporate and also somehow more individual? In what may be one of the most unique brand synergy/barista-mainstreaming campaigns yet to hit US shores, AT&T announced earlier this month its Asian-American Latte … [Read more...]

This Hello Kitty Cappuccino and Donut Combo Is Crazy Kawaii Cute

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When Sanrio announced that Hello Kitty would celebrate her 40th Anniversary in Los Angeles, fans of Japanese Kawaii cute culture cheered. As part of the festivities the Japanese American National Museum has “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” on view now with a retrospective and art show. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will open … [Read more...]

Save A Coffee Farm in Guatemala With This Kickstarter Right Now

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Crowdfunding has never quite been so chic as today, and the latest coffee-centric pitch for your backing adds a welcome humanitarian twist. From our friend and partners at Sustainable Harvest comes this unique fundraising opportunity to make an impact on a Guatemalan coffee farm that's suffering the tragic consequences of roya, or coffee leaf … [Read more...]

Document Los Angeles, A Koreatown Art Gallery And Multiroaster Cafe

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The light shines through from East and West facing doors illuminating through the new the DOC.U.MENT Coffee Bar and Gallery in Los Angeles. Simple long tables and school chairs fill the room. White walls that once were blank now hold the gallery's first exhibit, FACE. When I first walked into this cafe in shortly after its opening a few months … [Read more...]

Meridian: Madcap Coffee Teams With The Soil & The Sun

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The Soil & the The Sun is a Grand-Rapids-based 7-piece band playing what they call "corn-fed, Michigan-made, experiential spiritual orchestral rock" and they recently released a new album titled Meridian. As part of that release, they collaborated with our partners at MadCap Coffee, also in Grand Rapids, on a limited release coffee "Meridian" … [Read more...]

Is Latte Art Coming Soon To A Starbucks Near You?

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In a post earlier this month on the Starbucks Partners Facebook Group page, an internal document was leaked revealing the company has created a latte art guide for its partners (what Starbucks calls its staff). Is the company distributing these one-sheets to its 20,737 stores worldwide? Is latte art coming soon to a Starbucks near you? In … [Read more...]

We Interview Tohm Ifergan, “From Indian Lakes” Drummer And Coffee Obsessive

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Musicians and coffee are the opposite of mutually exclusive: they inspire, perpetuate, and constantly interact with each other, from the barista recording demos late at night after work to the musician seeking clarity at the bottom of a demitasse before loading up the van. From Indian Lakes, an American music group originally from Yosemite, … [Read more...]

Vegan Kopi Luwak? Biotech’s Cruelty Free Coffee Fermentation

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DIY fermentation projects ranging from homemade kimchi to cheese and beer are all the rage. A new food biotechnology company named Afineur is experimenting with coffee fermentation...inspired by Kopi Luwak. The birth of Afineur was originally inspired by the infamous Indonesian civet cat coffee. Not by the dubious exotic appeal of coffee … [Read more...]

Sprudge Interviews The Indonesian Ambassador To The EU

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No two days of producing Sprudge are ever the same, and so it was that on one particular day--September 12th, 2014--I attended and participated in the inaugural Dublin Coffee and Tea Festival in Dublin, Ireland. Sprudge's involvement there included panel hosting, speaker introductions, and the opportunity to interview a variety of international … [Read more...]

Extreme Outdoor Coffee Brewing? There’s A Blog For That.

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Portland, Oregon based barista Bethany Hargrove (Barista) has stunned us in the past with fabulous barista competition routines. We met up with her again last week in Palm Springs at the 2015 Big Western Regional Coffee Competitions, where she helped judge fifty-two barista competitors from thirteen states. It was there we learned about her hobby … [Read more...]