Charles Babinski Wins The 2015 US Barista Championship

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Charles Babinski, co-owner of G&B Coffee and Go Get Em Tiger in Los Angeles, has won the 2015 United States Barista Championship. Held over the past three days in the Long Beach, California, the 2015 USBC whittled down 36 of the very best baristas in the United States first to 18, then six, and finally, one. This is Charles Babinski's first … [Read more...]

Follow The United States Barista Championship This Weekend

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The 2015 US coffee competition cycle is coming to an end this weekend at the 2015 United States Coffee Championships taking place right now in Long Beach, California. To find out more, you should head over to SprudgeLive, our dedicated portal for all things coffee competition, and of course follow along live all weekend at @SprudgeLive on … [Read more...]

Counter Culture Coffee Celebrates 20 Years With A Big Party In Durham


There aren't that many 20th anniversaries to celebrate in an average person's life. Most things don't last for twenty years, and when they do, well, it's time to celebrate. Like gently opening a bottle of finely aged wine, twenty years is a remarkable vintage, and nothing else tastes quite as sweet. Which is why we're excited to share with you news … [Read more...]

Meet Mehran Mohammad Nezhad, Iran’s First Barista Champion


After some thirty years of hostility, the United States Secretary of State and the Iranian Foreign Minister have managed to finally evolve nuclear talks into diplomatic walks along the streets of Geneva. At the same time, a specialty coffee delegate, an Iranian barista, will be traveling to Seattle, to represent Iran for the first time at the 2015 … [Read more...]

You Can Host The US AeroPress Championship


Activities are amping up all around the world as part of the 2015 World AeroPress Championship cycle. What is this circuit of mysterious parties, you ask? The WACs are grassroots global coffee competitions themed around a single brewing method with a thousand variations—the humble, beguiling, endlessly rethink-able Aerobie AeroPress. These … [Read more...]

3 Winning Recipes From The 2015 Japan AeroPress Championship

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Valentine's Day 2015 was, at least in Osaka, a day for coffee lovers to pledge their love to the AeroPress, as it marked the crowning of Japan’s 2015 AeroPress Champion. Competitors gathered from all around Japan (and even a few from abroad) to brew coffee, show off innovative approaches, and battle for a chance at tickets to the World AeroPress … [Read more...]

The British Columbia AeroPress Championship Trophy Is Made Entirely Of LEGO

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George Giannakos, partner and general manager of Revolver Coffee in Vancouver, British Columbia, teamed up with Annabelle Choi of Elysian Coffee to create a stunning Aeropress poster/trophy for the British Columbia AeroPress Competition, made entirely of LEGO. The trophy took twelve hours to build, using just under 1000 pieces, including childhood … [Read more...]

Beautiful And Daring Posters From The 2015 International AeroPress Circuit


The 2015 World AeroPress Championship will take place this coming April in Seattle, Washington, in conjunction with the World Barista Championship and SCAA Event. This much we know. What we don't know is who will represent the tapestry of nations at this august exhibition. That's because the national AeroPress championships are still very much a … [Read more...]

Sprudge At The 2015 United Kingdom Barista Championship

UKBC Scotland 2015 Sprudge and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe—UK Chapter are excited to announce a digital media partnership for the upcoming United Kingdom Barista Championship, happening March 4th and 5th at ScotHot, Scotland's food, drink, hospitality, and tourism show. We're absolutely delighted to be back again covering the UKBC, one of global … [Read more...]

John Ryan Ting Is Your 2015 Singapore Barista Champion!

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John Ryan Ting, of the soon-to-be-launched A.R.C. (Academy, Roastery, Café), has won the title of Singapore National Barista Champion for 2015. Mr. Ting was the last of the six finalists on stage at this year’s championship, organized by the Singapore Coffee Association and held over the 30th and 31st of January at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and … [Read more...]

Coffee Masters London: The Competitors! The Judges! The Videos!


Last fall we brought you word of the 2015 Coffee Masters, a brand new event happening at the London Coffee Festival this May in London. Coffee Masters is a “fast paced, multi-disciplinary coffee competition” as per the event FAQ, and was developed by Sprudge advertising partners Allegra Events, the brand that puts on the London Coffee Festival, … [Read more...]

And Now, A Unique Performance Of Bach’s “Coffee Cantata”

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Johann Sebastian Bach had a house overflowing with kids. His first wife passed away leaving him as a single parent of four until he met and married his second wife, who graced him with six more. Could it be that the rebellious teenage daughter Leischen in Papa Bach’s Cantata number 211 “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht" ("Be still, stop chattering", … [Read more...]

At A Cutting-Edge Coffee Beer Festival In Chicago


And so it was that on January 25th, 2015 I flew from Portland, Oregon (a coffee and beer mecca) to Chicago, Illinois (also a coffee and beer mecca) for the first-ever Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beers. It was cold outside, but inside the warmth of Thalia Hall some 500+ beer enthusiasts gathered for a truly unique collection of … [Read more...]

Inside Iran’s First-Ever Barista Championship


It’s a typical winter day in Tehran. The trees on Valiasr Street—one of the Middle East's longest streets—are enjoying a snowy dusting, while the weather outside is some degrees below freezing. But in a shopping center in uptown Tehran, a number of baristas and coffee enthusiasts have been gathering for three days, their coffee cups offering … [Read more...]

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...]