Let’s Talk Relationship Coffee Happens March 12th In Melbourne

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Since 2012 we've taken part in a series of coffee conferences called Let's Talk Coffee, presented by our friends and partners at Sustainable Harvest, a Portland, Oregon-based green coffee importer. Unique, origin-focused and wildly international, Let's Talk Coffee's previous speakers list is a who's who of top coffee minds, from Dr. Aaron Davis of … [Read more...]

Full Immersion At The First-Ever Istanbul Coffee Festival

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The Istanbul Coffee Festival took place for the first time December 25–28 at the historic Galata Greek School. Attendance—almost 15,000 visitors—made the festival one of the largest of its kind in Europe. During the last two days, visitors even had difficulty entering, and exhibitors were actually running out of coffee. The festival was packed … [Read more...]

In Los Angeles, Connecting Micro Lots With Coffee Nuts (Via Video Phone)


Around 4 p.m. on a recent Monday afternoon at Intelligentsia’s Silver Lake cafe, a dozen or so folks gathered in the patio of the cafe, chatting, texting, waiting. A MacBook and a television were set up in the corner, also waiting. Geoff Watts, the coffee company's vice-president and green buyer, arrived a few minutes after 4:00. He took his … [Read more...]

The 2015 Aeropress Competitions Are Coming, And Their Posters Look Sick

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Another year, another World Aeropress Championships season. My how time flies! It seems like only yesterday we were watching some of the world's best pressers of Aeros brewing coffee on the beach at last year's World Championships in Rimini, Italy. But with this year's World Barista Championships in Seattle approaching, it is once again time for … [Read more...]

Lemuel Butler of Counter Culture Coffee Wins The 2015 SE Barista Competition


Lemuel Butler of Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, North Carolina has won the 2015 Southeast Regional Barista Competition. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February in Long Beach, California. He also wins a sport on Cafe Imports' 2015 barista origin trip to Colombia. This is … [Read more...]

Sam Lewontin of Everyman Espresso Wins The 2015 NE Barista Competition


Samuel Lewontin of Everyman Espresso in New York City has won the 2015 Northeast Regional Barista Competition, which took place this past weekend in Durham, North Carolina as part of the Big Eastern Coffee Competitions. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February in Long Beach, … [Read more...]

WBC Equipment Sponsors: Nuova Simonelli, Mahlkönig, Cafetto


Breaking today is the news that World Coffee Events (WCE), producers of the World Barista Championship and other international coffee events, have announced what equipment will be used on-stage at the 2015-2017 WBCs. Nuova Simonelli and Mahlkönig return as equipment sponsors with the Victoria Arduino Black Eagle espresso machine and the K30 Vario … [Read more...]

Coffee Thought Leaders Throw A Tamper Tantrum In Asia

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Tamper Tantrum started as a series of opinionated podcasts discussing all things coffee, founded by Has Bean's Stephen Leighton and 3FE's Colin Harmon. Over the years, it's evolved into a series of travelling events called Tamper Tantrum Live (TTL), produced in partnership with World Coffee Events. This year, for the first time, TTL left Europe, … [Read more...]

4 Delicious Coffee Drinks From Street Bean’s Anniversary Party


The Fifth Anniversary party for Street Bean Espresso went down last Friday in Seattle, complete with fancy coffee drinks, competition baristas, and an appearance by Macklemore to support Street Bean's mission of helping homeless and at-risk youth get off the streets with job training. You can read more about Street Bean and the work they do in our … [Read more...]

MANE: Building The Next Generation Of Coffee Pros In Rhode Island

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The 2014 MANE (Mid Atlantic North East Regional) Coffee Conference took place this past weekend in Providence, RI. This was the 8th MANE conference, and the second one I attended, and even in the two short years since my first MANE experience, the event has grown substantially, furthering its commitment to bringing accessible, high quality coffee … [Read more...]

Korea: Namusairo Coffee To Host Cafe Imports Cupping On November 21st

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Fresh off the heels of launching a Korean language version of their coffee variety tree, our friends and partners at Cafe Imports are teaming up with Namusairo Coffee in Seoul to throw a fabulous in-season cupping at Namusairo's cafe on November 21st. Guests will receive gift bags including coffees from Namusairo, a poster version of the coffee … [Read more...]

Radames Roldan of Blueprint Coffee Wins The 2015 South Central Barista Competition


Radames Roldan, a barista with Blueprint Coffee in St. Louis, has won the 2015 South Central Barista Competition. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February in Long Beach, California, and wins an all-expenses-paid trip to coffee farms in Colombia courtesy of Cafe Imports. This … [Read more...]

Ryan Soeder Of Intelligentsia Wins The 2015 North Central Barista Competition

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Ryan Soeder, a retail educator for Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago, has won the 2015 North Central Regional Barista Competition title. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship this coming February in Long Beach, California, and his win also earns him a place on the 2015 Cafe Imports origin … [Read more...]

The 2015 Big Central Coffee Competitions Are Here!

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My how time flies. We're already up to our second 2015 US regional coffee competition, and it's still only 2014! The hits just keep coming, and this year that's all happening over on our shiny new SprudgeLive portal, and of course at @SprudgeLive on Twitter, where we will be documenting the 2015 Big Central Coffee Competitions this Friday through … [Read more...]

Geishas! Cascara! Slurping! At A Coffee Cupping In Melbourne

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I’ve got to admit—I don’t find a huge amount of time in my day-to-day to attend cuppings. Working full-time in a busy café and writing and taking photos the rest of the time, there’s not a whole bunch of space for the ol’ slurp and spit. That said, when a cupping table full of coffees fresh from Panama arises, it’s rather hard to turn down. … [Read more...]

A Continent Worth Of Campers: The Faces Of Barista Camp EU

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Last month the first European Barista Camp took place in Greece with a fantastic turn-out of baristas from all over the continent. The camp was organised by the Barista Guild of Europe with one objective: to create a platform for baristas to develop professionally and personally, both in terms of their skill sets, and to develop new sets of … [Read more...]