The World’s Best Cooks (And Sprudge) Will Be At MAD Symposium In Copenhagen

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In just one week, the leaders of the progressive food world will descend on the city of Copenhagen for the fourth installment of MAD Symposium, hosted by the MAD Food group, "a community of chefs, cooks and farmers with an appetite for knowledge." This year's event is co-curated by Alex Atala, of the award-winning D.O.M. restaurant in São Paolo. … [Read more...]

20 Things That Verily Happened At CoffeeCon San Francisco

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Editors note: In late July we sent our Bay Area staff writer Leif Haven to CoffeeCon in San Francisco. During his time there, he tweeted: I feel like my heart might explode covering @CoffeeConEvent for @sprudge — leif (@leifhaven) July 26, 2014 This is his recap.   20. George Howell talked for two and a half hours. Some highlights … [Read more...]

20 Memorable Moments From Barista Nation Denver

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Janet Jackson had Rhythm Nation. Boutros Boutros-Ghali had the United Nations. And we here at Sprudge have Barista Nation, a globetrotting series of international coffee lectures, demos, and hangouts presented by our friends and partners at UNIC, makers of fine espresso machines based in Nice, France with US headquarters in Washington State. We've … [Read more...]

BREAKING: 2015 Big Western Barista Competition Dates & Location Announced

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Dates and location information for the 2015 Big Western Regional Barista Competition have been officially confirmed by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, in a series of updates made to USCoffeeChampionships.org web pages in the last 24 hours. The event will take place in Rancho Mirage, CA at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas resort October 7th … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: 2014 World Barista Champion Hidenori Izaki

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Last June, Hidenori Izaki became the first Japanese competitor to win the World Barista Championship (read about his victory here in Japanese). Sprudge.com Assistant Editor Alex Bernson recently sat down with Mr. Izaki in Ecuador for his first major English-language interview since winning the WBC. This interview happened as part of a Cafe … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: 2014 United Barista Champion Laila Ghambari

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In April of this year, Laila Ghambari became the 2014 United States Barista Champion. This victory was no fluke, as Sprudge.com Assistant Editor Alex Bernson learned during the course of his interview with Ms. Ghambari--she's been competing since 2009, and making coffee from the age of 17 at Cherry Street Coffee, her father's chain of cafes in … [Read more...]

Coffee Roasters From 18 States Have Entered The Good Food Awards (Is Your State On The List?)

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The window to submit coffees for consideration at this year's Good Food Awards is closing this week. While we were unable to find out who entered--that's a closely guarded secret--we were able to obtain a list of the participating United States that have submitted. So far? 32 states are left out!  Tell your favorite coffee roaster to enter … [Read more...]

Meet Me In St. Louis (At This Fabulous 6 Course Coffee Brunch)

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A few weeks ago, Sprudge.com co-founder Jordan Michelman attended a very-luxe-indeed coffee brunch hosted by Blueprint Coffee and Chef Mike Randolph, known nationally for St. Louis restaurants like Half & Half and The Good Pie. What followed was a 6-course onslaught of carefully considered breakfast creations, each paired with a different style … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: Charles Babinski of G&B Coffee

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Charles Babinski is the co-owner of two cafes in the Los Angeles area, G&B Coffee and Go Get Em Tiger. First for Intelligentsia Coffee, and now for his own company, Mr. Babinski has distinguished himself as one of the most important and influential American barista competitors of the last half-decade, with national top 6 placements in 2010 … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: Barista Champion Josh Wismans of Colectivo Coffee

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Josh Wismans is a working barista at Colectivo Coffee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and winner of the 2014 North Central Region in the United States Barista Championship circuit. His victory earned him a spot on a Cafe Imports origin trip to Ecuador, a prize given to US regional and national winners and the World Barista Champion. Sprudge Assistant … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: Barista Champion J. Park Brannen of Counter Culture Coffee

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The coffee pride of Georgia turned atypical New Yorker, in 2014 J. Park Brannen of Counter Culture Coffee mustered a barista championship victory during the United States regionals, earning himself a spot on a Cafe Imports origin trip to Ecuador. Sprudge.com Assistant Editor Alex Bernson interviewed Mr. Brannen about life, competition, and coffee … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: Barista Champion Camila Ramos of Panther Coffee

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A fan favorite and nationally renowned competitor, Camila Ramos has watched her career as a coffee professional blossom alongside success at the United States Barista Championship. 2014 marked her first regional win, which Ramos then parlayed into her first-ever USBC finals appearance. Sprudge.com Assistant Editor Alex Bernson sat down with Ms. … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: Barista Champion Tyler Rovenstine of Quay Coffee

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Quiet, humble, and effortlessly bright, regional champion barista and proud Kansas City resident Tyler Rovenstine opens up to Sprudge Assistant Editor Alex Bernson in a candid question and answer session. This interview was conducted as part of a Cafe Imports origin trip to Ecuador, a prize given to US regional and national winners and the World … [Read more...]

6 Coffee Videos That Will Make You Smarter

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In April, coffee's brightest minds gathered at one of the biggest international coffee trade shows in Seattle, Washington. The Event kicked off with a two-day seminar called Symposium, an exclusive meeting of the minds that had been closed off to the public until 2013, when Symposium Director Peter Giuliano made the decision to begin releasing … [Read more...]

The Great London Coffee Roastery Football League

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Not even the London specialty coffee scene was immune from World Cup fever this summer, so when Climpson & Sons proposed to run a mini tournament of the top specialty coffee roasteries, the idea was immediately a hit. Assuming an irresistible series of photos ops, we sent Sprudge contributor Giulia Mule out to London Fields to document London … [Read more...]