Sprudgie Awards

Sprudgies are awarded annually by an international committee of Sprudge appointed officers. The rules governing the competition shall specify that a Sprudgie selection committee be appointed each year.

2012 Sprudgie Awards

[Read the full entry for each award here.]

Notable Roaster

Blue Bottle Coffee Roasters, Bay Area / NYC

Oakland, California’s Blue Bottle Coffee Roasters have had a hell of a year. Let’s review: New cafe locations, like their gorgeous cafe in the Heath Ceramic facility in San Francisco. Impressive and unique lots of coffee, including a run that featured multiple processes from noted producer Aida Batlle (a Sprudgie Award winner herself)

Best New Cafe

Pergamino Cafe, Medellin, Colombia

2012 was a fantastic year for new cafes, … in the end, our experience at Pergamino stood out. Located in Medellin’s sprawling, thumping, thoroughly cosmopolitan El Poblado district, owner Pedro Echavarria’s vertically integrated business model makes for a cafe with enviable access to every last coffee touch point…

Notable Producer

Gilbert Gatali, KZ Noir Rwanda

Gilbert Gatali is the face of Rwandan coffee, and a symbol of that country’s emergence as a world-beating high quality specialty coffee producer. Born a refugee in Kenya, raised and educated in Toronto, Mr. Gatali has worked previously as a project manager for Sustainable Harvest, and as the head of the Rwandan Smallholder Specialty Coffee Company (RWASHOSSCO)…

Best Subscription Service

Four Barrel Coffee, “Fifth Barrel Coffee Crew

When you subscribe to Four Barrel’s service, you’re becoming a member in what feels like a pop singer’s fan club in the 80s. You don’t just get coffee shipped to you, you get a self-published zine, a membership card, and surprise products like local San Francisco preserves and chocolate…

Best New Product

Bonavita Bona Voyage

Sprudgie jurors felt the Bonavita Bona Voyage kettle was the sleeper hit of the year. Its small footprint makes it easy to carry-on when traveling to far-off locales. Plus the Bona Voyage’s low price point means it’s the perfect entry level electric kettle for the average coffee fan…

Best Coffee Writing

Erin Meister and Liz Clayton, for their combined body of work published by Serious Eats: Drinks

Erin Meister’s coffee writing employs a folksy, conversational tone that we find endlessly refreshing. A true insider, she’s opening up her knowledge base and professional experience with Counter Culture Coffee to the masses…

Liz Clayton is just a damn good writer; her gift guide was our favorite of the year, her dissection of the Starbucks Verismo is a hoot, and her guided tour through the Trader Joe’s coffee aisle was one of the smartest consumer-facing coffee articles of 2012…

Best Video

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee - Season One finale, featuring Michael Richards.

Jerry Seinfeld is a national treasure, and we laughed along with him throughout the first season of his web-only series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. But the season finale was worth more than just a chuckle, as Mr. Seinfeld and his old collaborative partner, Michael Richards, cruised around Los Angeles in a 1962 VW Split Window Double Cab bus… Watch the full video here, via Crackle on YouTube. 

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence

Gerra Harrigan, for her work with the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Coffee Conference(MANE).

This was our first year attending and participating at MANE, North America’s premiere specialty coffee conference, and we were blown away. Incredible hands-on demos and workshops from industry leaders, including Katie Carguilo (USBC Champion withCounter Culture Coffee), Brant Curtis (Wilbur Curtis Co.), Scott Guglielmino (La Marzocco USA), and many more…

2011 Sprudgie Awards

Notable Roaster

Verve Coffee Roasters (Santa Cruz, California)

2011 was a year of precipitous growth for Colby Barr, Chris Baca, Jared Truby and the rest of Verve, during which they opened an impressive new headquarters and a stunning showcase cafe, both in Santa Cruz…

Best New Cafe

Milstead & Co. (Seattle, WA)

Milstead & Co. is not yet perfect – but it’s safe to say they’re courting perfection. Thanks to their exhaustively considered set of daily offerings, Andrew Milstead and his staff have figured out how to present the multi-roaster concept in a way that is both deeply learned and fun…

Notable Producer

Ethiopia Commodities Exchange

This award goes to the 15 million smallholder farmers represented by the ECX, a contentious three year old system that forsakes transparency for collectivization.

Best New Product

Craft Coffee subscription service (Brooklyn, NY)

Subscription coffee services are nothing new, but Brooklyn’s Craft Coffee may have perfected the art. The very act of opening your Craft Coffee box is a joy, the packaging artful, delicate and neat…

Best Coffee Writing

Oliver Strand, Ristretto – New York Times Style Magazine, “The Moment”

Ristretto is obviously very important for specialty coffee, by virtue of where it’s published; in terms of readership and voice, no other platform can compare. So it is a blessing, then, that Oliver Strand’s column is actually quite a lot of fun…

Best Video

Trevor Fife, “Kenya”, Stumptown Coffee Roasters

This moving short film takes the viewer to Nyeri, focusing on the Ngunguru Factory in the Tekangu Cooperative Society and Gaturiri factory in the Barichu Cooperative Society. We cried, and we’re not the only ones…

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence

Marcus Boni, SCAA

Since being named Senior Events Manager for the SCAA in 2008, no one has done more to organize and promote specialty coffee than Marcus Boni. Watching the man work is a wonderful blur…

2010 Sprudgie Awards

Notable Roastery
Tim Wendelboe

Best Cafe
Tina, We Salute You

Notable Producer
Rachel Peterson, Hacienda La Esmeralda

Best New Product
Coava DISK

Best Blog
Coffea Cultura (now defunct)

Best Magazine
Barista Magazine

Best Supplier
EspressoParts.com

Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence
Aleco Chigounis, Stumptown Coffee

2009 Sprudgie Awards

Best Roastery
Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Best Café
Four Barrel Coffee

Best Producer
Aida Battle

Best New Product
Mypressi Twist

Best Blog
jimseven

Best Video Blog
Tamper Tantrum

Best Magazine
Barista Magazine

Best Supplier
Espresso Parts

Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence
Stephen Vick