Top Pours From The 2015 New Zealand Latte Art Championship

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You thought the 2015 coffee competition season was over? You thought wrong! The 2015 World Of Coffee event happens this June in Gothenburg, Sweden, gathering national champions from the Cup Tasters, Latte Art, and Brewers Cup disciplines all around the world. We'll be profiling some of these national events in the coming weeks on Sprudge. The … [Read more...]

We Went There: Phil & Sebastian’s Remarkable “Cherry” Event In Calgary


And so it was that on the evening of April 15th, 2015, Sprudge co-founder Jordan Michelman attended an event in Calgary, Alberta hosted by our partners at Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters. Dubbed Cherry, the evening functioned on a wildly engaging premise: "What if we flew up some real-live coffee cherry for folks in Calgary to taste? What … [Read more...]

Melbourne & Sydney: The Roasters District Meet Is Coming

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In the constantly growing world of quality coffee, cafes and customers are spoilt for choice. There are progressively more boutique roasters popping up ready to supply the insatiable masses, and as such, multi-roaster cafes are becoming increasingly easier to find. One such multi-roaster, Melbourne’s Assembly, in Carlton, has been leading the … [Read more...]

The London Coffee Festival & Coffee Masters Begin April 30th


It's happening! After months of antsy patience, not unlike a dog with a biscuit on its nose, we are finally just a few short days away from the dawn of the 2015 London Coffee Festival, happening April 30th thru May 3rd at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, East London. We're thrilled to be an official media partner with the event, alongside the … [Read more...]

The Top 6 Finalists From Singapore Latte Art Championship

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This year’s Singapore Latte Art Championship was held in conjunction with Café Asia at Marina Bay Sands from March 19-21. A total of 20 contestants participated, and after intense competition, a final six were selected. Only one could move on to represent Singapore at the World Latte Art Championship happening in Gothenburg, Sweden, and it was … [Read more...]

Ambitious & Delicious: At A Five Course Coffee Dinner In Dallas


Good coffee is increasingly finding a home in the culinary world. More and more restaurants around the world are upping their coffee game to something above “cursory”, from Atlanta to London, Amsterdam to Los Angeles. Those sad, thin pod days of yore, documented on Sprudge by Oliver Strand, seem to be increasingly in the rear view mirror, as events … [Read more...]

Sasa Sestic of Australia Wins The 2015 World Barista Championship


Sasa Sestic, a coffee professional, green buyer, and barista from Canberra, Australia, has won the 2015 World Barista Championship in Seattle, Washington. The event took place over four days in conjunction with the SCAA Event trade show, attended by many thousands of coffee lovers from around the globe. Mr. Sestic won the WBC on behalf of Ona … [Read more...]

Lukas Zahradnik Is Your 2015 World AeroPress Champion

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Lukas Zahradnik of Green Plantation Coffee in Komarno, Slovakia has won the 2015 World AeroPress Champion. This is Mr. Zahradnik's first career WAC win, and the first win for the nation of Slovakia. The event itself took place at Within Sodo in Seattle's SoDo (South of the [no longer extant] Dome) neighborhood, and was attended by approximately 435 … [Read more...]

The World Barista Championship Is Happening On Sprudge Live

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It's that time again: The 2015 World Barista Championship is now upon us, bringing 49 of the world's best baristas to Seattle, Washington, for a no-holds-barred tournament of coffee prowess. For the fifth consecutive season, Sprudge will be providing exhaustive live coverage of the WBC event, produced in partnership with our sponsors at Square, … [Read more...]

Kalle Freese Wins Finnish Barista Championship

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Kalle Freese, founder of the now-shuttered Freese Coffee and steward of the Freese Coffee at Forum pop-up in Helsinki, won the 2015 Finnish Barista Championship held during the first annual Helsinki Coffee Festival this March. Freese stood down eight other talented Finnish baristas to take the first place prize on the final day of competition, … [Read more...]

A Glimpse Inside The 2015 SCAA Symposium

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The seventh annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Symposium kicked off early this morning in Seattle, Washington. Symposium is a professional two-day summit of coffee thinkers/leaders/producers, and it’s our distinct honor to be a part of the Symposium community for our fifth year as salon hosts and ambassadors. This year’s … [Read more...]

Platform Melbourne: A Good Wine Was Had By All

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The 2015 Melbourne International Coffee Expo is now done and dusted, along with all the usual barista competitions and trade show hijinks. And Let's Talk Relationship Coffee is in the books, having brought dozens of producers to Melbourne for the first event of its kind in Australia. But this year, there was another exciting addition to the … [Read more...]

Turkish AeroPress Championship 2015: Winners & Recipes From Istanbul

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In the last couple of months, Istanbul has been bursting with new cafes, roasters, competitions, festivals, and museums about coffee. And on Sunday, March 15th, the first annual Turkish AeroPress Competition took place at the recently opened Soho House, Istanbul, which once housed the US consulate. The competition was organized by Probador … [Read more...]

The 2015 Australia AeroPress Championship Winners & Recipes

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On the balmy autumn evening of March 28th in Sydney, the fine fellows of Mecca Coffee hosted and roasted festivities for the 2015 Australian AeroPress Championships. Amidst a sea of Mahlkönig EK 43 grinders, Mecca's newly refurbished roastery space (henceforth dubbed the "Brew-O-Drome”) housed the lucky 100 ticketed audience members as well as the … [Read more...]

The Horrible True Story Of The World’s Worst Coffee Competition


A group of skilled baristas from all over the country gather in a tasteful coffee shop in Los Angeles for a coffee competition. They’ve worked hard to get here, hand-crafted their costumes, and fine-tuned the ingredients to make their signature beverages. They’ve trimmed the velvet on their Prince outfits and spent hours buffing the leather brim of … [Read more...]

3 Top Recipes From The 2015 US AeroPress Championship

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Colorful abstract paintings provided a pretty backdrop for this year’s US AeroPress Championship, which took place at Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea, New York. The competition was hosted by Brandon Tully of Under Line Coffee, a cafe located just a few doors down from the art gallery, which is owned by Brandon’s wife. A small, intimate spot hidden … [Read more...]