The 5th Annual Sprudgie Awards


Welcome to the Fifth Annual edition of the Sprudgie Awards! The Sprudgies reward the previous year’s greatest coffee achievements, in a variety of pertinent categories determined on a year-by-year basis. These awards began cheekily, back in the early, funny days of Sprudge, as a way to announce ourselves to the world. Five long years later they … [Read more...]

We Drank Human Poop Coffee


December 26th-31th, is revisiting some of our favorite stories from the very exciting past year in coffee. Enjoy! Randy Goldman is a shy man. That's not his real name, for starters. "I followed the market and did what I felt was the right thing to do," Mr. Goldman told, and for that, who can fault him? This is the man … [Read more...]

9 Coffee Predictions For 2014


Now it’s time for our annual predictions for the new year! Last year we predicted that Todd Carmichael's Travel Channel series "Dangerous Grounds" would be developed into a full-length feature film; that Starbucks would release a $14 Caramel Gesha Frappuccino; that Terroir founder George Howell would take up a tantric approach to specialty … [Read more...]

World’s First Look At The Ratio Coffee Brewer


It's been whispered about in discerning coffee circles for the last several months, and today we're excited to finally publish the first public photos of Ratio, the new coffee brewer from Mark Hellweg of Clive Coffee. was invited to photograph a prototype of the Ratio Eight, an eight-cup brewer with a cantilevered top and base made of … [Read more...]

First Look At The New KeepCup Glass With Exclusive Teardown


Our friends and partners at KeepCup have a new product coming to market next year, and you saw it here first: meet the brand new KeepCup Glass, designed with what the brand calls "barista standard" functionality, and featuring customization options similar to their original product. Call it KeepCup 2.0 if you want (they're calling it KeepCup Brew), … [Read more...]

Schmuck Of The Week: Boston Barista’s Brewing Booboo Begets Brutalization

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It's time for another entry in our long-running series, where we scour coffee news from around the world in order to bring you the latest edition of Schmuck Of The Week. This week's Schmuck comes to us courtesy of hot tipper Pete Cannon (@CoffeeWithCats), a member of the team at Boston's well-regarded Barismo coffee roastery. It … [Read more...]

The World’s First Look Inside Linea Caffe

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Our new Bay Area contributor Leif Haven was on hand last weekend for Linea Caffe's private debut. We join him for this, the world's very first look inside Andrew Barnett's hotly anticipated new roaster/retailer. The cafe opens to the public on Wednesday, September 18th. I stopped by Linea Caffe on 18th, just north of Mission at San Carlos, on … [Read more...]

Alterra Becomes Colectivo: What Exactly Just Happened Here?

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A kerfuffle was had across the nation last week, or at least the Middle West, when Milwaukee-based mini-chain Alterra Coffee Roasters announced it would be renaming, effective immediately, to Colectivo Coffee. The change came as a shock to many followers of the local brand, who've made a name for themselves nationally as well with quality coffees, … [Read more...]

9 Awesome Moments From The World Roasters Summit

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Back on June 25th, 2013, Your Sprudge Editors attended and covered the first ever World Roasters Summit event, hosted by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe in conjunction with their World of Coffee - Nice event. 100+ people from around the world gathered together at the deliciously old world Palais de la Méditerranée hotel to hear lectures … [Read more...]

Schmuck Of The Week: Did This Cancer Doc Poison Her Lover’s Coffee?

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The prognosis? Poison. This dastardly case of coffee n'er-do-wellery comes to us (in fine style) from The Daily Mail: Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, a breast cancer oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was charged last week with aggravated assault against Dr. George Blumenschein, a specialist in lung and head and neck … [Read more...]

2013 Nordic Barista Cup Speakers Announced!


Breaking here first exclusively on [12:00am PST 4/1/2013], we've got a complete list of the speakers at the 2013 Nordic Barista Cup, happening September 5th-7th in Oslo, Norway. Heading up the list of speakers is our own staff writer Alex Bernson, who'll be delivering a learned treatsie on modes and modalities of service in a variety of … [Read more...]

Failing The Q: Simon Ouderkirk And The Agony Of Defeat

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  It was immediately obvious that I was punching up a weight class. The others around the table had resumes and job titles of great significance: company owner, green buyer, roastery operator, three top coffee folks from Korea Air. I was the only retail-level coffee maker in attendance, and when it was my turn to introduce myself, it was … [Read more...]

San Francisco: Say Hello To Saint Frank, Coming Soon To Russian Hill

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Kevin "Tex" Bohlin, a longtime Ritual Coffee Roasters barista and United States Barista Championship competitor, has signed the lease on a former nail salon in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. His intent is to open "a specialty coffee bar and retailer focusing on relationally sourced coffees for a greater enjoyment of life from seed … [Read more...]

The 2013 Big Central SuperGuide


Sprudge coverage of the 2013 BCRBC made possible by Kaldi's Coffee, PT's Coffee, and Nuova Simonelli. We're SO excited for this weekend! and folks from across the North American coffee world are invading Kansas City, Missouri for the Big Central Regional Barista Competition. Expect 3 heated days of world-class barista talent, … [Read more...]

A Kansas City Dining (And Drinking) Guide For Big Central Regionals


Kansas City, Missouri! A town with deep roots, a diverse and proud cultural history, and no shortage of awesome stuff to see and do. We're very excited to be headed towards Kansas City for this coming weekend's Big Central Regional Barista Competition. Only problem is, we've never actually been there before. That's why we reached out to 2012 SCRBC … [Read more...]