Meet The World’s First Coffee Masters Champion: James Bailey of Workshop Coffee

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Here’s one thing you might not know about James Bailey, the world’s first Coffee Masters tournament champion: he never intended to have a career in coffee. When he started his part-time job at the student union cafe at the University of Sheffield, it was the furthest thing from his mind. The way he saw it, […]

We Went There: Noble Espresso’s Highly Curated London Pop-Up Brunch

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It’s an unusually sunny spring Sunday morning on King’s Road in Chelsea, London. Tucked away on the second floor of the Habitat interior design store, looking out over the chichi boutiques and mums with strollers, is a pop-up… but not a pop-up as you know it. There is no charmingly mismatched seating, no drinks in […]

PDX: Come To The “Fika” Book Launch Party With Us On May 15th

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The world is thirsty for Fika! The new book from Sprudge Paris staff writer Anna Brones and illustrator Johanna Kindvall has taken the internet by storm, garnering totes posi press from the likes of T Magazine, Huffington Post, Eater, and even the Swedish tabloids. Published by Crown Publishing imprint Ten Speed Press, Fika is an annotated […]

San Francisco: An Eight Course Coffee Dinner With Saint Frank At Parallel 37

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Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to get invited to an event that saw Kevin Bohlin and the folks from Saint Frank team up with Parallel 37 Chef Michael Rotondo, Sommelier Ryan Stetins, and Pastry Chef Andrea Correa to craft an eight-course meal that used and paired coffee, and coffee-related beverages, with a larder’s worth of […]

Top Pours From The 2015 New Zealand Latte Art Championship

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You thought the 2015 coffee competition season was over? You thought wrong! The 2015 World Of Coffee event happens this June in Gothenburg, Sweden, gathering national champions from the Cup Tasters, Latte Art, and Brewers Cup disciplines all around the world. We’ll be profiling some of these national events in the coming weeks on Sprudge. […]

We Went There: Phil & Sebastian’s Remarkable “Cherry” Event In Calgary

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And so it was that on the evening of April 15th, 2015, Sprudge co-founder Jordan Michelman attended an event in Calgary, Alberta hosted by our partners at Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters. Dubbed Cherry, the evening functioned on a wildly engaging premise: “What if we flew up some real-live coffee cherry for folks in Calgary […]

Melbourne & Sydney: The Roasters District Meet Is Coming

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In the constantly growing world of quality coffee, cafes and customers are spoilt for choice. There are progressively more boutique roasters popping up ready to supply the insatiable masses, and as such, multi-roaster cafes are becoming increasingly easier to find. One such multi-roaster, Melbourne’s Assembly, in Carlton, has been leading the pack for some time, featuring coffees from […]

The London Coffee Festival & Coffee Masters Begin April 30th

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It’s happening! After months of antsy patience, not unlike a dog with a biscuit on its nose, we are finally just a few short days away from the dawn of the 2015 London Coffee Festival, happening April 30th thru May 3rd at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, East London. We’re thrilled to be an official media […]

The Top 6 Finalists From Singapore Latte Art Championship

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This year’s Singapore Latte Art Championship was held in conjunction with Café Asia at Marina Bay Sands from March 19-21. A total of 20 contestants participated, and after intense competition, a final six were selected. Only one could move on to represent Singapore at the World Latte Art Championship happening in Gothenburg, Sweden, and it […]

Ambitious & Delicious: At A Five Course Coffee Dinner In Dallas

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Good coffee is increasingly finding a home in the culinary world. More and more restaurants around the world are upping their coffee game to something above “cursory”, from Atlanta to London, Amsterdam to Los Angeles. Those sad, thin pod days of yore, documented on Sprudge by Oliver Strand, seem to be increasingly in the rear view […]

Sasa Sestic of Australia Wins The 2015 World Barista Championship

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Sasa Sestic, a coffee professional, green buyer, and barista from Canberra, Australia, has won the 2015 World Barista Championship in Seattle, Washington. The event took place over four days in conjunction with the SCAA Event trade show, attended by many thousands of coffee lovers from around the globe. Mr. Sestic won the WBC on behalf […]

Lukas Zahradnik Is Your 2015 World AeroPress Champion

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Lukas Zahradnik of Green Plantation Coffee in Komarno, Slovakia has won the 2015 World AeroPress Champion. This is Mr. Zahradnik’s first career WAC win, and the first win for the nation of Slovakia. The event itself took place at Within Sodo in Seattle’s SoDo (South of the [no longer extant] Dome) neighborhood, and was attended by approximately […]

The World Barista Championship Is Happening On Sprudge Live

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It’s that time again: The 2015 World Barista Championship is now upon us, bringing 49 of the world’s best baristas to Seattle, Washington, for a no-holds-barred tournament of coffee prowess. For the fifth consecutive season, Sprudge will be providing exhaustive live coverage of the WBC event, produced in partnership with our sponsors at Square, Urnex […]

Kalle Freese Wins Finnish Barista Championship

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Kalle Freese, founder of the now-shuttered Freese Coffee and steward of the Freese Coffee at Forum pop-up in Helsinki, won the 2015 Finnish Barista Championship held during the first annual Helsinki Coffee Festival this March. Freese stood down eight other talented Finnish baristas to take the first place prize on the final day of competition, reassuming a national title he won […]

A Glimpse Inside The 2015 SCAA Symposium

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The seventh annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Symposium kicked off early this morning in Seattle, Washington. 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 for our fifth year as salon hosts and ambassadors. This year’s Symposium is the third session produced […]