A Glimpse Inside The 2014 SCAA Symposium


The sixth annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Symposium is happening right now as we live and breathe in Seattle. Symposium is a professional two-day summit of coffee thinkers/leaders/producers, and it's our distinct honor to be a part of the Symposium community this year as speakers, salon hosts, and ambassadors. This year's … [Read more...]

A Crasher’s Guide To The Best Coffee Parties In Seattle This Week


"The Event," Specialty Coffee of America's annual exposition happens this week in Seattle, Washington. Attendance is expected to exceed 20,000 participants--an international horde of coffee professionals, nerds, hobbyists, and competitors. The giant trade show extravaganza is known for its endless parties. Here's a list of the semi-public/probably … [Read more...]

Second Annual Java Jog Happens Friday, Raising Cash For Women In The Congo


The second-annual Java Jog For A Cause is taking place this Friday, April 25th during the SCAA Event in Seattle. This event is a 5k/10k run/walk to raise funds for women coffee farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Java Jog was found at last year's SCAA Event in Boston by Kimberly Easson, Beth Ann Caspersen and Aimee Russillo, and last year … [Read more...]

United States To Crown AeroPress Champion On Friday, April 25th


The United States AeroPress Championship will take place this week in Seattle, during the Specialty Coffee Association of America's annual Event coffee-pa-looza. The event is one of many coffee competitions happening--there'll be all manner of US champions this week, from latte art to coffee brewing to the US Barista Championship--and we'll be … [Read more...]

Wow, Look At This Scottish AeroPress Championship Poster


The coffee scene in Scotland is popping off right now, with top roasters like Dear Green Coffee and Artisan Roast leading the charge, and cafes in Edinburgh and Glasgow making a name for themselves far beyond the Mairches. At the United Kingdom Barista Championship just a few weeks ago, we watched on as competitors from Scotland represented … [Read more...]

Running The Boston Marathon? You’ll Want Some Coffee


As a Sprudge reader, you’re probably not big on waiting in line at Starbucks. But if that is your thing, then come to the Boston Sheraton early on Monday, the morning of the Boston Marathon. Even with the Starbucks-within-a-hotel opening at 5, an hour earlier than usual, the line will snake out of the seating area and into the lobby. Almost … [Read more...]

How Was Barista Nation Montreal? It. Was. Everything.


Earlier this month we took part in Barista Nation Montreal, a gathering of coffee professionals, enthusiasts, and observers from across North America, hosted by our friends and partners at UNIC. This was an intimate, congenial gathering, our 7th time attending a Barista Nation event, and a wonderful introduction to the people and personalities who … [Read more...]

72 Hours Of Coffee, Food & Hip-Hop In Houston


In late February of 2014, Sprudge.com co-founder and editor Jordan Michleman traveled to Houston, Texas for a weekend series of events in partnership with Mahlkönig, InterAmerican Coffee, and Blacksmith. Fast-forward a month and he is back in Portland, Oregon, where perhaps coincidentally, the Trail Blazers are set to take on the Houston Rockets in … [Read more...]

SCAA Symposium Preview: An Interview With Director Peter Giuliano

At last year's Symposium in Boston, at the Harvard Club.

Starting next week the attentions of the coffee world turn to the city of Seattle, home of the 2014 SCAA Event and the 2014 United States Barista Championship. But before those events get underway, the Speciality Coffee Association of America will host its 6th annual SCAA Symposium event. This event has been one of the premiere gatherings of coffee … [Read more...]

At The Nespresso Pleasure Dome In San Francisco


Earlier this month, I received an exclusive invitation via promoted tweet to an exclusive tasting of the all-new Nespresso VertuΦline pod coffee maker, as well as Nespresso's new line of pod coffees, the Grand Crus Coffee Range. It was to be, according to press materials, a "revolution of coffee." My editors urged me to attend. It wasn’t hard to … [Read more...]

How A Science Lecture Helped Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood Win The UK Barista Championship


On Sunday, April 6th it was our distinct pleasure to cover the 2014 United Kingdom Barista Championship finals live from London, in official media partnership with the SCAE UK chapter, and with our coverage supported by Cafe Imports, BUNN, and Nuova Simonelli.  It is not an accident that the UK produces World Barista Championship finalists and … [Read more...]

In Milan, A Weekend Of Latte Art And Coffee Cocktails For Barista Champions


For the second consecutive year, Sprudge.com co-founder and editor Zachary Carlsen will be reporting to you live from the DC Campus in Milan, Italy, in association with our friends and partners at Urnex Brands, Dalla Corte, and Mahlkönig. We've called it the Olympic-village-style free-for-all of training and memorable experiences, as the DC … [Read more...]

The Very Best From Semi-Finals At The 2014 UK Barista Championship


Welcome to our recap coverage from Semi-Final Saturday at the 2014 United Kingdom Barista Championship. It is our pleasure and privilege to serve as official media partners here at the UKBC in association with the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe--UK Chapter. We're reporting to you live from London.  Our coverage here in London is made … [Read more...]

Meet Your 2014 UK Barista Championship Finalists


Congratulations to your 2014 United Kingdom Barista Championship finalists! They move on to compete at Finals Sunday, live from the London Coffee Festival. You can follow along with on-site coverage of the UKBC by following us on Twitter at @SprudgeLive. We're here in London because of direct support from Cafe Imports and BUNN, and we're proud to … [Read more...]

A Complete Schedule For Semi-Finals At The 2014 UK Barista Championship


Welcome to Sprudge.com's complete coverage of the 2014 United Kingdom Barista Championship. We’re reporting to you live from London, where the UKBC is being held in conjunction with the 2014 London Coffee Festival. This event is organized and facilitated by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe's UK Chapter. Please follow @SprudgeLive on … [Read more...]

Those Neat Designs On Your Latte? There’s A Championship For That


Those hearts and floral patterns on your latte aren't just accidental flourishes - they are carefully executed works of latte art that take years to master, and seasoned professionals have a crack at claiming the title of World Latte Art Champion. What does a latte art competition look like you ask? Well, baristas perform on stage, building three … [Read more...]