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...]

Chef Hugh Acheson Goes Wild On A BKON Brewer In New York City


The BKON brewer is already known for its hi-tech handling of fine tea leaves, but could it be the next-wave signature drink (coffee or otherwise) brewer of every disposable-income-laden cafe owner's dreams? This question and many more lingered on the refined palates of all who attended last week's BKON demonstration at New York's Counter Culture … [Read more...]

Get To Know Rec Coffee, Home of 2015 Japanese Barista Champion Yoshikazu Iwase

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2014 has been a good year for Rec Coffee in Fukuoka—its new Kencho-Higashi cafe opened this past March, co-founders Yoshikazu Iwase and Osamu Kitazoe both made the SCAJ Barista Championship finals, and to top it off, Iwase took first place—a tremendous achievement for the young coffee company. And though their achievements of late have made them … [Read more...]

15 Highlights From Barista Camp EU

Craig Walsh, Manager at 3FE Coffee in Dublin.

On the 5th of this month, 150 baristas from 25 different countries met in Greece for the first ever Barista Camp of Europe. Our reporter Giulia Mulè was there to attend the event. You can read her overview of the experience here. I landed in Athens on a Sunday morning with three hours of sleep and without knowing exactly what to expect from the … [Read more...]

Looking In On The 2014 Let’s Talk Coffee Conference, Part Two


Sprudge Associate Editor Liz Clayton recently attended Sustainable Harvest's Let's Talk Coffee conference in Panama. Here is her second field report--read Part 1 here.  Post-HarVee jubilation, Let's Talk Coffee leapt right back into its jam-packed schedule Friday morning. Today would be Geisha day, it seemed: the prized, esteemed (and sometimes … [Read more...]

The Barista Guild of Europe’s First Event: Barista Camp

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The first ever Barista Camp of Europe was held this month in Greece, and deemed a tremendous success by all participants. The 4-day event was put together by the newly formed Barista Guild of Europe, a working committee of coffee professionals based all over Europe. Spearheaded by Yannis Apostolopoulos and Cosimo Libardo of the SCAE and chaired … [Read more...]

Sam Schroeder Of Olympia Coffee Wins The 2015 NW Barista Competition


Sam Schroeder, the co-owner and retail director of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company in Olympia, Washington, has won the 2015 NW Regional Barista Competition title. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February in Long Beach, California. This is Mr. Schroeders first ever NW Region … [Read more...]

Charles Babinski of G&B Coffee Wins The 2015 SW Barista Competition


Big news from the world of United States competitive coffee as Charles Babinski, the co-owner and operator of Go Get Em Tiger and G&B Coffee in Los Angeles, has won his second consecutive Southwest Regional Barista Competition title. He'll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February … [Read more...]

Western Brewers Champs, Star Baristas & More On SprudgeLive


It's coffee competition season here in the United States, and that means that Sprudge is out on the road, bringing you comprehensive coverage of every Regional Barista Competitions and the United States Barista Championships, all in the lead up to the 2015 World Barista Championship in Seattle, WA. We're also bringing you coverage from some of the … [Read more...]

Looking In On The 2014 Let’s Talk Coffee Conference

Let's Talk Coffee Panama 2014 Sustainable Harvest Sprudge

Sustainable Harvest's 12th annual Let's Talk Coffee conference is currently underway in Panama. We join Associate Editor Liz Clayton from the event, where she'll be a featured panel guest later today.  On the shores of Panama's southern coast, a filmy mist of humidity forms across the screen of my laptop, while off in the distance, … [Read more...]

11 Highlights From Tokyo’s Biggest Coffee Event

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The 2014 Specialty Coffee Association of Japan annual show concluded recently, and Sprudge contributor Hengtee Lim was on hand to capture the competitions and the show-floor experience. Here are some of his highlights. 1. Early-bird cupping at... “the bird” Fuglen Roastery did their part to celebrate the SCAJ 2014 with early bird cupping … [Read more...]

Announcing SprudgeLive, A New Platform For Coffee Competition Coverage


Today we're very excited to introduce SprudgeLive, a brand new portal for our comprehensive worldwide barista competition coverage. We've designed the all-new SprudgeLive page with a strong visual focus, expressly for your enjoyment, and you'll be able to use SprudgeLive to follow the very best in barista competition coverage all around the … [Read more...]

Black Eagle Espresso Machines Land Unexpectedly At Big Western


Oh hey, look at that! Official Espresso Machine Sponsor Nuova Simonelli has surprised many with the choice to place their brand new Victoria Arduino Black Eagle espresso machines on the barista stations at the 2015 Big Western Regional Barista Competition. Surprise, baristas! We approached Nuova Simonelli's Gianni Cassatini about the switch from … [Read more...]

K-Cups, Kombucha & More At The Canadian Barista Championships


The 2015 Canadian National Barista Championships took place last weekend, and Sprudge contributor Elyse Bouvier was on the scene. She captured Ben Put's winning routine in-depth, and now she's back with six of her favorite highlights of the event. 1. This coffee kombucha sig drink CJ Yang of 49th Parallel in Vancouver made her own coffee … [Read more...]

Wild Displays And Wonderful Coffee At Designjunction London

DesignJunction London Coffee-lights

With an appreciation for design but no formal background, I headed off to ‘designjunction’ last Sunday with very little idea of what to expect. It was the final day of this four-day London design festival; a festival which, since its inception three years ago, has already spread its perfectly-curated wings to Milan and New York. Located just off … [Read more...]