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Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of September...

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 Sprudge this week, just for you.

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CCCNYC: We took a world-first look inside Counter Culture Coffee’s brand new NYC training center this week. The new space, situated in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood features a Modbar, a Nuova Simonelli T3, a Mahlkonig EK40, Marco Uber Boiler “fonts,” and custom fitted induction burners on the cupping tables. The space includes a custom-designed water filtration system, stadium-style bleacher seating, a bicycle storage room, vermiculture composting, competition training room, and a wide variety of high-end specialty coffee gear. Expect a grand-opening the first week of October.

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Blue Bottle Venice BeachWe broke the news this week here on Sprudge that San Francisco-based Blue Bottle Coffee Roasters are opening a new location in Venice Beach. This new Los Angeles outpost will be located at 1103 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in LA’s technicolor Venice neighborhood. The cafe’s specs sit at 650 square feet, and will feature a roll-up garage door similar to Blue Bottle’s Hayes Valley kiosk in San Francisco. The new cafe will serve single origins and blends as drip, as well as a TBD espresso blend and single origin iced coffees. Blue Bottle’s popular New Orleans-style iced coffee will also be on offer.

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Spyhouse Coffee’s Gorgeous New Space: Spyhouse Coffee opened its third location this week. The new space is situated inside a sprawling warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis. Gabriel Dunn was on hand with a camera for the grand opening, and gave us a great look inside this highly attractive new cafe and roasting space. It’s stunning, really.

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Steampunk Sci-Fi Coffee SpotAustralian Barista Academy manager and Perth resident Charlie Stewart took us inside the Mechanized Steampunk Sci-Fi Scene At Truth Coffee In Cape Town, South Africa. You’ve gotta see these pictures.

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Rao E-BookScott Rao, author of “The Professional Baristas Handbook” and “Everything But Espresso”, has penned a brand new e-book available now on Amazon for just $9.99. Praise for the e-book has been heard far and wide across social media. Sandy Bledsoe, noted barista and owner of the (espresso) bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, calls it “a must read for coffee professionals. Easily the best ten dollars you’ll spend on improving your cafe.” How do you feel? Rao’s book is available now on Amazon for just $9.99, and the comments section on our article is open.

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Cold Bruer Coffee SystemYour Sprudge Editors recently had an opportunity to test-drive a prototype of the “Cold Bruer” Cold Brew Coffee System, and just this past week they published a feature and happily gave the device a “Sprudge™ Stamp of Approval.” According to the article, “It’s by far the most beautiful cold brew coffee system out there, and while beauty isn’t everything, the Bruer also produces some of the best home-brewed cold brew we’ve ever tasted.”

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Koreatown Coffee Tour: Our own Julie Wolfson cruised the streets of LA’s Koreatown with Eater’s Matthew Kang and wrote all about it. Ms. Wolfson and Mr. Kang stopped at three K-Town coffee spots and chatted along the way about Korean coffee culture and the variety of experiences offered to customers in the area. It’s a great read filled with Sugar highs, K-pop videos, massive lounges, hazelnut lattes, and so much more.

Hard to Pronounce Coffee Names: Aren’t so hard to pronounce anymore, because we’ve utilized the power of the internet  and YouTube’s Pronunciation Manual to break them down for you. Enough said, now listen up.

Pumpkin Spice Deliciousness: Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere is upon us, so we took a look at “7 Delicious Pumpkin Spice Lattes At 7 New Artisanal Coffee Bars.” See if you can spot the common theme.

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Cosby Classic: Chicago’s The Wormhole, at 1462 N Milwaukee Ave, are now serving up what might be the best drink of the season. It’s called the “Cosby Classic”, and it’s crafted with “spro, nanners, pudding, and more”.

More from Wormhole’s General Manager Stevie Baka:

“The Cosby classic is a banana pudding inspired latte. No gelatin or pudding in the drink, but we did powder vanilla wafers to get that banana pudding flavor. The vanilla wafers make it not vegan, but they are essential to the flavor. It’s rich and decadent. Most of the time our baristas aren’t really into the syrupy drinks we sell. Somehow this one bridges the gap for us. We love it.”

Ben Blake is the genius behind Draw Coffee (@DrawCoffee), a working barista atPeregrine Espresso in Washington DC,  and a regular contributor to Sprudge.com. Read more Ben Blake here!

 


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