UPDATE: More Info On The Counter Culture Coffee California Expansion


Update for December 18th: We had a chance to talk early expansion plans with Nathan Brown, who heads up the marketing department at Counter Culture Coffee HQ in Durham. There's rumors swirling - swirling! - about some of the stuff Counter Culture has planned for their Emeryville, California roasting works and training center, which will be only the … [Read more...]

Coava PDX Reveals Second Coffee Bar Location

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Sprudge.com is the first to report that Coava Coffee Roasters, home to two-time Northwest Regional Barista Competition winner Devin Chapman, have signed a lease for their second coffee bar, to be located at 2625 SE Hawthorne Blvd. It's not quite build out status yet; the new building that will house this cafe is currently under construction, and … [Read more...]

Milwaukee’s Alterra Rebrands, Becomes Colectivo Coffee

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Feature by Sprudge contributor Liz Clayton, reporting live from Milwaukee.   Breaking now with an inside scoop fresher than today's frozen custard flavor, Sprudge.com is reporting that Milwaukee, Wisconsin's venerated Alterra Coffee Roasters, originally founded in 1993, have hereby rebranded themselves as Colectivo Coffee. This rebranding effort … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Coffee Collective Announces FOB Prices On Retail Bags

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Breaking here today via purloined French Wifi on the SCAE show floor, the team at Denmark's Coffee Collective have announced that they will beginning printing FOB prices on their roasted coffee retail bags. Hardcore coffee buyers and longtime professionals are already stunned, but for the casual Sprudge reader, we'll explain why this is a … [Read more...]

Is This The Three Group Super Automatic Clover?

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This illustration comes from a Starbucks Coffee Company document retrieved from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, released to the public on May 30th, 2013. It is speculated that this new product is the long-awaited three-group super automatic version of the company's Clover® Brewing System, the $8,000 (some report its worth up to … [Read more...]

Breaking! Fincas Mierisch 2013 Private Auction Breaks $100/lb

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At 1:15PM EST, a twenty-three pound box of coffee broke $100/lb at the very first ACE Private Auction. The lot is comprised of 23lbs of Laurina, a naturally occurring caffeine-free variety. A decaf coffee just broke $100/lb green at auction. It's all still happening at this very moment. Watch live here. Read more about this program here. … [Read more...]

BREAKING! Voters Choose Barista Guild of America Executive Council


Over the last few weeks, members of the Barista Guild of America cast their votes to elect new members of the BGA Executive Council. Long lines were reported at polling stations across the county, and a box of ballots were found floating in a lake near Long Beach. But now, today, newcomers Alexandra Littlejohn and Cole McBride have been elected. … [Read more...]

Big Central Regional Barista Competition Dates Confirmed


Breaking news today from the SCAA, who've confirmed dates and host sponsors for the 2nd annual Big Central Regional Barista Competition. PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. and Kaldi’s Coffee are hosting the event on January 18th – 20th, 2013 at The Guild KC (1621 Locust Street). This event draws baristas from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, … [Read more...]

NERBC Canceled Due To Hurricane Sandy


Superstorm Sandy and its impact up and down the Eastern seaboard has halted the North East Regional Barista Competition, which had been scheduled to take place over the weekend in Atlantic City. The Bally's Casino remains boarded up as clean-up crews and rescue workers work through the day to help folks stranded, displaced, and looking for … [Read more...]

Storm Watch: Hurricane Sandy Shuts Down East Coast


Folks on the East Coast are in full-on bunker mode as Hurricane Sandy comes barreling down. Restaurants and cafes are closing while cities up and down the coastline have been evacuated. Public transportation in NYC, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Boston have been shut down. Coffee shipments across the coast have been delayed, with the USPS and … [Read more...]

Pulley Collective Announces First Coffee Auction Event


The Pulley Collective, a new project spearheaded by noted Nicaraguan producer (and former Intelligentsia East Coast retail manager) Steve Mierisch, has announced its first-ever public event: The 5 Manzana Initiative, an innovative green coffee auction program designed to connect small lot coffees from Nicaragua and Honduras with boutique North … [Read more...]

Southeast Regional Barista Competition Dates Leaked


Breaking here exclusively on Sprudge.com, we've got the official unofficial dates and info for the second event in the 2013 United States Barista Championship regional event schedule. The Southeast Regional Barista Competition will be held in Atlanta, Georgia starting Friday, November 30th; finals will be held on Sunday, December 2nd; and the … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Dissolved Solids: Coffee Common Is No More


Coffee Common LLC, a confederation headed by a powerful board of specialty coffee industry leaders (Kyle Glanville, Peter Giuliano, Tim Styles, Stephen Morrissey, Brent Fortune) and media contributors (Brian W. Jones, Sean Bonner) have decided to call it quits. The announcement was made today, in a post by Sean Bonner titled "Coffee Common Is Dead, … [Read more...]