A Quick Jaunt To Adelaide For Please Say Please & Exchange Speciality Coffee

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Though based in Melbourne, and bureau chief for our city desk there, Eileen P. Kenny has been something of a pan-Australia reporter for Sprudge as of late, including recent visits to Sydney, Canberra, and most recently Adelaide, where she visited two excellent coffee shops: Please Say Please and Exchange Speciality Coffee. A city of 1.4 million … [Read more...]

We Talk Korean Coffee And St. Ali Pop-Ups With Matt Perger

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It's been a big year already for Melbourne's St. Ali Family, bounding off the successful open of their first Sydney location and pushing ahead towards a two-stop European tour, with dates set for early April in London and Milan. But a few weeks back the brand held court for a week at Coffee Workers in the Gangnam neighborhood of Seoul, offering a … [Read more...]

Coffee Gets Serious At Sydney’s Rootstock Organic Food & Drink Fest


Over the weekend of February 8th/9th in Sydney, an event called Rootstock took place in the contemporary multi-art centre that is Carriageworks, located in the south-western suburb of Eveleigh. This year was the second instalment of the annual, all-encompassing, organically-focused food and drink festival, and it was bigger and better than … [Read more...]

Obsession, Tradition, And The Best Croissant In Melbourne


Lune Croissanterie is something of a phenomenon in Melbourne—the closest comparison I have is to the infamous perma-line at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. It's the work of pastry chef Kate Reid, an accomplished baker whose career has taken a circuitous route to the world of high-end pastries. And it's a shop with at least one foot firmly planted … [Read more...]

A Coffee & Culture Guide To Melbourne’s Carlton Neighborhood

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Melbourne's primacy as a global capital of coffee and cool shows no sign of slowing. We fell in love on our first visit, for the 2013 World Barista Championship, and have since significantly expanded our coverage of the city by establishing a City Desk there, helmed by Eileen P. Kenny. Melbourne is a city of distinct neighborhoods - suburbs, … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Coffee Blog Profiles Erin McCarthy


There’s a new post up today on Birds of Unusual Vitality, specialty coffee’s premiere photo and interview publication written by Sprudge.com’s Melbourne staff writer Eileen P. Kenny. In it, Ms. Kenny interviews reigning World Brewers Cup Champion Erin McCarthy, a machine technician at Counter Culture Coffee's New York City office. Here’s an … [Read more...]

Barista Champion Matt Perger To Launch A Coffee Website


Sprudge.com is first to report the impending debut of Matt Perger Coffee (www.mattperger.com), a new eponymous web publication from two-time Australian Barista Champion, World Barista Championship silver medalist and World Brewers Cup champion Matthew Perger. The website is currently still password protected; it goes live next Monday, January 20th … [Read more...]

Let’s Go Visit An Australian Dairy!


Specialty coffee makers are starting to realise that the amount of work and effort that goes into their coffee offerings should be applied across their entire business, and with milky ‘cinos currently making up the majority of espresso based beverages in Australia, that means a necessary focus on the dairy side of the equation. As a working … [Read more...]

11 Cafes Raising Money For Thousands Of Girls In India


There's an international event on this week in Australia and Singapore deserving of worldwide attention: "We Want Change", a massive fundraiser hosted by our friends and partners at Five Senses Coffee to help support the Nanhi Kali project in India. We've been longtime supporters of this project - and we're pretty fascinated by Indian coffee in … [Read more...]

Little Collins NYC: A Midtown Cafe With The City’s First Modbar

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A good friend told me his father once explained Canada as "Like the United States...just a bit off." If that's true, Australian-influenced Manhattan cafe Little Collins is much the same. It's like any other specialty cafe in New York—just a little bit off. Or, one could say, a little bit more on. Yes, yes—it's a busy, tiny, box of a space, … [Read more...]

3 Australian Cafe Designs You Need To See Right Now

Can someone please explain to me why Aussie cafe design puts everyone else to shame? We've talked about this before, but seriously, look at these three delectable designs. First-off we have Third Wave Kiosk. This reclaimed-chic, totes-adorbs Australian beachside number from Tony Hobba Architects took first place in the "Canteen" category of the … [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


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...]

World Barista Championship Finals In Words and Pictures

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From an international field of 51 competitors, these six national champions are your 2013 World Barista Championship Finalists. We wait all year long to write these essays, as they are informed by the mountain of competition watching that happens before Finals Sunday at WBC. It's been our pleasure to serve you as Official Media Partners of World … [Read more...]

Portraits Of The 2013 World Barista Championship Finalists

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As we start the process of working through our post-Australia malaise - sickness! time zone affectedness! laptop replacements! exhaustion! - we felt it prudent to share with you one of our favorite sets of images from the 2013 World Barista Championship. These photos were taken by Rob Dunne, one half of DunneFrankowski, just moments after each … [Read more...]

World Barista Championship Semi-Finals: Photos, Notes, and Complete Video Recap


Welcome to Semi-Finals Saturday at the 2013 World Barista Championship. 12 baristas from around the world, representing the very highest level of their craft on the world's biggest coffee stage...it was a dramatic and exhilarating day, and an absolute pleasure for us to cover as Official Media Partners of World Coffee Events, the agency that … [Read more...]