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...]

Go Try Australian Coffees At Ceremony In Maryland This Friday!

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Australian coffee is a bit like wine from Australia: they're doing some of the best in the world, and keeping most of it for themselves! But that's ever-so-slightly starting to change here in the United States, where cuppings like our recent event with La Marzocco are introducing American coffee lovers to coffees from some of Australia's best … [Read more...]

Street Bean Espresso Celebrates Five Years Of Youth Outreach In Seattle


Street Bean Espresso in Seattle is a non-profit, multi-roaster cafe that provides opportunities for street kids and at-risk youth to get on their feet and learn valuable career skills by working in a specialty coffee environment. For the last five years the cafe has been operating under the umbrella of New Horizons, an organization dedicated to … [Read more...]

Here Are The 2015 Good Food Awards Coffee Finalists

This afternoon, the 2015 Good Food Awards finalists officially dropped. There were 206 finalists from 46 states across many different categories, from beer to cheese to charcuterie, and of course coffee. You can read more about the Good Food Awards and previous winners in our archive here. Without further ado, here are the twenty-three Good Food … [Read more...]

A Film About Coffee Comes To The UK With London, Bristol & Brighton Dates


From debuting its trailer in late 2012, to a grand premiere at the 2014 United States Barista Championship, we've been following along with screenings and opening engagements of A Film About Coffee, a specialty coffee documentary directed by Brandon Loper and produced by Avocados and Coconuts.  In the coming weeks the film will be screening its … [Read more...]