6 Coffee Videos That Will Make You Smarter

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In April, coffee's brightest minds gathered at one of the biggest international coffee trade shows in Seattle, Washington. The Event kicked off with a two-day seminar called Symposium, an exclusive meeting of the minds that had been closed off to the public until 2013, when Symposium Director Peter Giuliano made the decision to begin releasing … [Read more...]

2014 SCAA Symposium Speakers Announced

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We're very excited today to report that a list of confirmed speakers has been announced for the 2014 Speciality Coffee Association of America Symposium, a revered two-day event of lectures, direct engagement sessions, and remarkable networking opportunities for leaders (old and new) in the world of coffee. We're immensely proud that this list of … [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...]

Is This The Most Elegantly Designed Cafe In New York?

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It’s 9:30AM on a Monday. The sun is starting to really stream in through the windows, and there is a 15 person deep line snaking all the way through the café. The morning rush. It’s all happening. This can be a hectic, high-energy time for a café--especially in Manhattan--with drink orders piling up, traffic jams of customers and lots of … [Read more...]

Mommy, Where Do Coffee Grinders Come From?

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After speaking at the 2013 Nordic Barista Cup, Sprudge Assistant Editor Alex Bernson and photographer Kate Beard traveled to Italy with our partners at La Marzocco. Their virtual tour of the La Marzocco factory is here, and today we're presenting a similar glimpse inside the Mazzer factory in Gardigiano, Italy. We recommend a visit, especially if … [Read more...]

Under the Tuscan Sun: Touring The La Marzocco Factory

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After speaking at the 2013 Nordic Barista Cup, Sprudge Assistant Editor Alex Bernson and photographer Kate Beard traveled to Italy with our partners at La Marzocco. This virtual tour of the La Marzocco factory is the first in a series of pieces from that trip. The LM factory is quite the experience--we recommend a visit, especially if you're going … [Read more...]

A Look Back At The 2013 Nordic Barista Cup

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Sprudge.com was proudly represented at last week's Nordic Barista Cup by our Assistant Editor Alex Bernson and photo contributor Kate Beard. A dream team, basically. Let's look back at a stirring weekend of content from Oslo, and congratulations to Team Sweden for their NBC win! The Nordic Barista Cup has just wrapped up, and as befits the 10th … [Read more...]

Oslo: Nordic Barista Cup Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

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Since 2003, the Nordic Barista Cup has been the premiere Scandinavian national team competition/seminar program in all of Scandinavia. Coffee professionals from around the world visit to enjoy engaging lectures, influential speakers, marathon cuppings, wine tastings, whale pairings, and costumed galas. NBC’s motto is to “be together, act together, … [Read more...]

Now Pulling: Joe NYC Introduces “The Waverly” Espresso Blend

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Joe Coffee have a hard-earned reputation in New York City as specialty coffee pioneers. In their 10 years of existence, they've served as one the first introductions to quality coffee for thousands of New Yorkers, and paved the way for the explosion of specialty shops in NYC. In the ten years since they've opened, Joe has expanded from their … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of July 20th, 2013

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Maybe you spent the last week sweltering in a heat wave, or maybe you were busy living off of nothing but Starbucks. Whatever the case may be, here’s all the coffee news you missed in the last 7 days —all in one spot. It’s like an iced green tea with a splash of OJ, only way more refreshing. Survey: Staff-writer Alex Bernson unleashed his … [Read more...]

I Just Wanna Get Paid: The Results From Our Australian Coffee Income Survey

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Back in April, at the height of the 2013 United States Barista Championship in Boston, Sprudge.com published this poll on barista income for cafe workers around the world. We published the findings from that poll here last May. While interest was high internationally, sample size and some other variables wound up skewing the accuracy of some of our … [Read more...]

NYC: The Fabulous Coffee Tiki Drinks of Everyman’s Bikini Bar Pop-Up

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Starting this week and running till August 31st, New York City's cherished, municipally underappreciated specialty coffee mecca Everyman Espresso are opening their hotly awaited Tiki-themed fancy coffee drink pop-up. It's located at Bikini Bar ( 148 Duane St in Tribeca, Manhattan) and will offer an impressive slate of tropicalia extravaganza coffee … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of June 22nd, 2013

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Maybe you were glued to your television this week watching LeBron James, the pride of Akron, Ohio (my home town), or maybe you were busy packing your bags for Nice,France—whatever the case may be, here’s the latest coffee news you missed in the last seven days. It’s like a hand-crafted cup of coffee with a honkin' plop of butter, only hold the … [Read more...]