Barista Healthcare: How Do Your Favorite Coffee Companies Stack Up?

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After raising $45 million in its latest round of funding, Blue Bottle Coffee is now extending healthcare benefits to its employees' dependents, and plans to offer retirement benefits as well. When I read that in this piece on Valleywag, it struck me as a positive attempt by Blue Bottle to stand out from the pack, since in our 2013 survey on barista … [Read more...]

New Study Suggests Baristas Are At A Significant Risk For Injury

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According to a study recent study from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the intensely repetitive work of making coffee can cause serious lower back and shoulder problems. This may not be news to you if you’ve ever worked a bar shift, or read our three-part study of barista health concerns, but the new study in the journal … [Read more...]

Real Talk: Barista Health In The Workplace – Part 3

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As Alex Bernson's landmark three-part series on barista health reaches its denouement, we invite you to look back at Part 1 and Part 2. Mr. Bernson is a staff writer for Sprudge.com. In this third and last article in our series on the health effects of working in coffee, I want to question established notions of both what we know about coffee … [Read more...]

Real Talk: Barista Health In The Workplace – Part Two

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Our three-part series on barista health continues. In this second installment, Sprudge staff writer Alex Bernson explores the physical and emotional demands placed on coffee professionals. Read part one here. In part one of our series on the health effects of working in coffee, we established a baseline understanding of the scope of these … [Read more...]

Real Talk: Barista Health In The Workplace – Part One

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After months of interviews, public polling, private polling, and data collection, Sprudge.com staff writer Alex Bernson presents to you a landmark comprehensive overview of the health risks involved with professional coffee service. This is part one of a three part series. Working in specialty coffee can be a rewarding, creatively stimulating … [Read more...]

Unpaid Intern: Weekly Weekend Week In Review for 11/10/12

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Our intrepid intern Joanna Han (@joannakarenina) succinctly recaps our wild and wacky week. Do you follow her on Instagram? Her photography is really quite delightful. And yes, she is definitely a real person.  Sprudge LIVE!: Are you following @SprudgeLive on Twitter yet? It’s our brand new Twitter handle dedicated exclusively to live … [Read more...]