Tonx For The Memories: We Talk Blue Bottle At Home With Tony Konecny And Ryan Brown

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Tonx, the Los Angeles-based subscription coffee service acquired by Blue Bottle Coffee last April, has been relaunched today as Blue Bottle At Home. "Tonx is now part of Blue Bottle," the Tonx.org redirect banner reads. "Same cool stuff, bigger team, exciting new features." Tonx has been doing the "coffee startup" thing since before it was cool, … [Read more...]

Trendspotting: Coffee Invades The Seattle Retail Scene

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Three retailers in two of Seattle’s tourist districts—downtown and Pioneer Square—are using coffee to carve out new niches. These coffee collaborations take advantage of having great “location, location, location” with ready access to sports fans (the Mariners and Seahawks have stadiums nearby) and daily office workers, not to mention the hordes … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Fox In The Snow Cafe, Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio. The heart of the heart of it all. And where better, in a slowly emerging coffee scene in a town rich with music culture and the tabula rasa of an inspired, creative arts community (and, uh, a Big Ten football team) than to name your coffee shop after an 18-year-old Belle and Sebastian song? Right? Fox In The Snow Cafe is the … [Read more...]

Requiem For A Brand: Looking Back At The Handsome Coffee Years

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Did someone say party? According to this timeline from Blue Bottle Coffee, it all goes down August 20th at the Mateo St. coffee bar, which remains an excellent place to throw a shindig. But let's not mince words here, people: this infographic marks not just the beginning of the end, but the quickly approaching end of the end for Handsome Coffee … [Read more...]

A Whisper Launch For Blue Bottle’s Latest Manhattan Coffee Bar

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Blue Bottle’s newest New York City outlet quietly arrived 5 weeks ago at ABC Home in Manhattan. Continuing their trend of opening some of the smallest stands and shops in the city (like the diminutive Dean St. storefront in Brooklyn), this Murphy Bed of a kiosk is located among the dry goods of the ABC Market in the Flatiron, open on Saturday and … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Pinhole Coffee In San Francisco

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San Francisco's coffee scene's been in full-on explosion mode since the mid-2000s, bringing with it game-raising techniques and cafe design that have rippled across the entire nation. One might argue that the City by the Bay's achieved fancy coffee saturation by now—but anyone who knows coffee knows there's always room for one more. We're … [Read more...]

Let’s Check Back In On That Tonx & Handsome Acquisition By Blue Bottle Coffee

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In April 2014 Sprudge.com was first to report that our friends and partners at Blue Bottle Coffee would be acquiring both Handsome Coffee Roasters and Tonx.org, in a move following their recent round of funding and planned expansion to Japan. In a series of blog posts yesterday, both Blue Bottle Coffee and Handsome Coffee Roasters have updated the … [Read more...]

Blue Bottle Coffee Buys Handsome and Tonx

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Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee, fresh off a $25.75 million dollar venture capital funding infusion, is acquiring Los Angeles coffee roastery and cafe Handsome Coffee Roasters as well as LA-based Tonx, an innovative subscription-only coffee roaster. This move marks a major new chapter in the company's expansion plans, which include a recently … [Read more...]

Two Highly Cute, Super Rare Specialty Coffee Box Sets

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While we may poke fun at concierge-level bundle curation from time to time, make no mistake: We at Sprudge are sluts for cute packaging. It's what makes vinyl better than CDs, or a real live book incalculably better than a Kindle. And it's one important part of what we love about the speciality coffee industry, where creativity and the market both … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week Of August 31st, 2013

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It was a pretty exciting week over at Sprudge HQ. We were thrilled to announce that our own Alex Bernson has been named Assistant Editor of Sprudge.com. Mr. Bernson is immensely talented and we’re happy to have him on board. He'll be traveling to the Nordic Barista Cup this week. In case you missed it, here’s all the coffee news from the last week … [Read more...]

San Francisco: Blue Bottle Coffee Film Screening — “The Way Back To Yarasquin”

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Last year, in 2012, documentary filmmaker Sarah Gerber successfully Kickstarted a project to complete her film "The Way Back To Yarasquin". The film, subtitled "A Coffee Pilgrimage", centers around Honduran coffee producer Mayra Orellana-Powell. And because all things in coffee, great and small, carry with them a degree of interconnectedness, our … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Andytown Coffee Roasters In Outer Sunset, San Francisco

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In a city full of distinctive neighborhoods, we just love the Outer Sunset district of San Francisco. There's a pronounced beach town vibe here, a streetcar suburb nestled into the westernmost back shoulder of one of the city's many rolling hills, bordered by Golden Gate Park to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. All of San Francisco … [Read more...]

[Video] Official Trailer For “A Film About Coffee” Released

Filmmaker Brandon Loper has been working on a feature film about specialty coffee. We had the chance to meet Mr. Loper at our Cupping California event at SFMoMA in August, where he shot scenes of guests cupping a table of over forty different coffees from California roasters. The trailer for his film features Ritual Coffee Roaster's Eileen Hassi … [Read more...]

Oakland: COE Rwanda Coffees With Blue Bottle’s Stephen Vick

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An important telex was recently signed for at Sprudge.com Global Occasional Willamette River HQ, sent to us by Sprudgie Award Winner Stephen Vick of Blue Bottle Coffee Roasters: "I'm doing a group cupping for the Rwanda CoE on Tuesday at 8am at the roastery in Oakland. I was on the jury and used to live there. We will cup all 26 coffee in three … [Read more...]