Seattle: Try Australian Coffees With La Marzocco & Sprudge…For Free!

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Seattle! Oh fair city, with considerable aesthetic advantage over all those other population centers, we know that you know a thing or two about coffee. But what you don't get often--indeed, what nobody in North America gets--is a chance to cup coffees and revel in brand packaging from a plethora of Australian specialty roasters. This is … [Read more...]

Huge Tracts Of Cash Allocated For “Coffee Masters” At London Coffee Festival

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Breaking this morning via Thames wire, the team behind the annual London Coffee Festival has developed a new and exciting coffee competition being staged at the 2015 edition of this event. Dubbed "Coffee Masters", this competition replaces the United Kingdom Barista Championship at London Coffee Fest, as the 2015 UKBC will being staged earlier in … [Read more...]

Just Look At This Incredible Australian Coffee Pop-Up In Jakarta

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On the morning of 11th September, a few coffee drinkers seeking their Thursday fix at Common Grounds Coffee Roastery in Jakarta, Indonesia were treated to an odd sight. The usual baristas behind the bar appeared to have been replaced by what looked like a western four-man boy band. It was clear that something was afoot. For those in the know … [Read more...]

There Are At Least 14 Reasons To Attend Barista Nation Portland This Year

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Home baristas, hold on to your butts! Barista Nation Portland is fast approaching, with an epic home-barista-targeted event on Friday, October 17th, 2014. The event is hosted by Seattle Coffee Gear at its Portland location (26 NW 23rd Place), with more than a dozen wild throwdowns, no-holds-barred talks, and innovative labs. Not to mention free … [Read more...]

Mugs And Kisses: Roseline Coffee At XOXO, Portland’s Alternative Tech Festival

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When it comes to events that draw interesting, creative people together, having an appropriately interesting, creative coffee service is increasingly de rigueur. Whether that's global thinkers drinking coffee from a veritable army of top baristas at TED, or food and beverage luminaries sampling the pinnacles of Nordic coffee curation at MAD … [Read more...]

Meet The Winners Of The 2015 Hong Kong Coffee Championships

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It's barista competition season again, folks! There may have been only three short months since the 2014 World Barista Championships in Rimini, Italy, but national competitions are already revving up, ahead of the 2015 WBC happening in Seattle. One of the first national competitions of the year was the 2015 Hong Kong Coffee Championships, which … [Read more...]

What’s On At The First Annual Dublin Coffee And Tea Festival?

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From September 12th–14th, coffee aficionados from across the globe will invade Ireland’s capital city for the premier of the Dublin Coffee Festival at the RDS. The festival promises a wonderland of bean-related brilliance for coffee connoisseurs, and an action-packed program of events, competitions and demonstrations of the most innovative new … [Read more...]

The Coffee Scene At MAD Symposium: Tim Wendelboe, Drop, Koppi, Workshop, and More!

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On 25th and 26th August, Sprudge joined the epicurean masses at MAD Symposium, keen to see how the culinary and coffee industries would dovetail. Within both industries MAD plays host to people with levels of passion and skill beyond normalcy, the likes of which are rarely found together in one spot. I arrived at 9am sharp to find an equally … [Read more...]

Sprudge At MAD: SF Chef Chris Cosentino Talks Coffee

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This is the first in a series of articles from Sprudge at the fourth annual MAD Symposium, looking at the growing crossover between food and coffee. MAD Symposium is a communal gathering of some of the world's leading chefs and gastronomy enthusiasts that took place this past weekend in Copenhagen. The worlds of high-end food and coffee are … [Read more...]

BREAKING: 2015 Big Eastern Barista Competition Dates & Location Announced

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Dates and location information for the 2015 Big Eastern Regional Barista Competition have been officially confirmed by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The event will take place in Durham, North Carolina at the Durham Convention Center November 21st through 23rd. That’s less than three months from now, so if you’re planning on competing … [Read more...]

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...]