Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of January 18th, 2014

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The Big Eastern Barista Championship is in full swing this weekend in Durham, NC—and while coffee professionals from all over the country participate in the festivities, we’ve got you covered here on Sprudge with all the latest coffee news and links. Big Eastern! Sprudge is on site in Durham to bring you up-to-the-minute coverage of the … [Read more...]

Ben Blake’s Weekend Doodle & Links

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The new year is here, and with it comes a fresh, new wave of coffee industry news here on Sprudge. In case you were too busy getting back into the swing of things at home and at work, here's all the coffee news you missed over the last ten days—neatly packed into one spot. It's like the most delicious cappuccino, only it's made of words instead of … [Read more...]

The Very Best Of Ben Blake On Sprudge

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2013 was a wild year, for coffee and the internet in general, and for coffee on the internet specifically. For the last few days we've been running our Editor's Picks for the most popular and beloved features from Sprudge's 2013 content onslaught. But over the last year, few things brought joy to our Sprudgey hearts quite like featuring the … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of December 21st, 2013

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Well, folks, it's Christmastime—and the only thing that could make your weekend anymore Christmas-y is a healthy dose of the latest coffee news here on Sprudge. In case you were out living a life of merriment and caroling, here's what you missed: Chicago: The second part of Alex Bernson's Chicago Coffee Crawl in which Mr. Bernson visits … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of December 14th, 2013

In case you were out living the caffeinated high-life, here’s all the coffee news you missed over the last seven days—it’s like your own personal coffee-themed Christmas Stocking, and you don’t have to wait to open it. Here’s what you missed… Alex Bernson’s thoughtful and informative piece “Something Has To Change” — Reflections On Coffee Leaf … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of December 7th, 2013

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Maybe you were too busy digging yourself out of a snowstorm, or maybe you trying to come up with the latest, greatest curated collaboration, or heck—maybe you were just plain busy. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the last seven days of coffee news—all in one spot. Beautiful Coffee Brewer We sat down with Ratio … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of November 30th, 2013

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The coffee world is a busy place, and not even a popular American holiday could slow it down. In case you were too busy gorging yourself with food, here’s the last seven days of coffee news, all in one spot. It’s like that extra piece of chocolate pie (with surplus Reddi-Wip) that you know you shouldn’t eat—but it feels so, so good. Here’s what … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of November 16th, 2013

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How much coffee stuff happens around the world each week, you ask? A whole lot—and Sprudge.com was there, covering it all. In case you missed it (and who can blame you if you did), I’ve created this handy little recap of everything that’s happened over the last seven days. It’s like a fresh cup of coffee on a crisp November morning. Let’s just … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of November 9th, 2013

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It's a wide world of coffee out there, and Sprudge.com is there to cover it all like a really comfy blanket on a cold November night. In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's all the coffee news you missed in the last seven days, presented in technicolor. Cape Town: Charlie Stewart brought us this list of five great coffee spots … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of November 2nd, 2013

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If you're anything like me, you spent the last week eating tons of candy while watching horror flicks,  making espresso drinks and pouring milk in your first week on bar(!), and dressing up your helpless dog in funny little costumes. But that's just me. I can't speak for everyone. What I do know, however, to be universally true, is that this was a … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of October 26th, 2013

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Big week here at Sprudge, and in the coffee community at large. If you haven’t been paying attention, Sprudge has been splitting its time between Milan, Italy and Minneapolis, Minnesota to cover the biggest events the coffee industry has to offer. We’ve got the hottest product debuts, the most reflective look-backs, and the most comprehensive Big … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of October 19th, 2013

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Maybe you spent the last week learning to pull shots, steam milk, and pour drinks like me, and now your hands and fingers are burnt and numb—or maybe you spent the week loitering at LA coffee spots, hoping to catch a glimpse of Jerry Seinfeld. Whatever the case may be, here’s all the coffee news you missed in the last 7 days —all in one spot. It’s … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of October 12th, 2013

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The Most Elegantly Designed Cafe in New York? We got a behind the scenes look at the La Colombe’s flagship cafe in NYC’s NoHo neighborhood from Alex Bernson. He transposed his observations and experience at the cafe into an eloquently-written piece on workflow, aesthetic, and how La Colombe NoHo is “taking in the vibrant energy of the city, … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of October 6th, 2013

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Ben Blake here, with another weekly recap served up fresh and at a comfortable drinking temperature. Let me just say wow—it’s hard to believe it’s already been six whole days since the Federal Government shutdown here in the United States. Cafes around Washington D.C. have seemed busier than normal this week, lending their spaces to furloughed … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of September 28th, 2013

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I just spent the past seven days binge-watching three seasons-worth of Breaking Bad episodes to try to catch up in time for tomorrow’s grand finale. Maybe you did too, or maybe you were just too busy living a healthy, non-addictive lifestyle. Whatever the case may be, I’ve cooked up a handy little recap of all the latest coffee news featured on … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of September 21st, 2013

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Well folks, here we are—the final recap of the summer. Tomorrow marks the start of Autumn, and Sprudge.com is saying goodbye to summer with a bang. It’s was a week packed full of great features and stories from all over the coffee world, and just in case you missed it, here’s what’s happened in the last 7 days. Barnett: Our very own Bay Area … [Read more...]