The Great Stephen Vick Puppet Caption Contest

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Stephen Vick is a renowned, world-traveling green coffee buyer with experience at some of the best coffee companies in the United States, including Blue Bottle Coffee (where he currently works), Intelligentsia Coffee, Stumptown Coffee, and Sustainable Harvest. He's the first person to receive our prestigious Sprudgie Award for Outstanding … [Read more...]

Blue Bottle And Perfect Coffee Founders Talk Acquisition

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Yesterday broke the news that Blue Bottle Coffee has acquired Perfect Coffee, a Bay Area start-up  dedicated to advancing coffee preserving and grinding technologies, and the creators of single-serve pre-ground coffee packets that, dare we say it, do not suck. You can read a "just the facts, ma'am" feature about this … [Read more...]

7 Delightful Coffee Treats At San Francisco’s Ferry Building


When I first set out to write a story chronicling the all of the riches of coffee-related foods in San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace, that grand arcade of high-end shops and fine purveyors, I imagined a 5-course meal foraged from a bounty of espresso-bean-encrusted treats, savory and sweet alike. A full-on culinary experience rife with … [Read more...]

Blue Bottle Tokyo Begins Roasting Ahead Of February Debut

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December 17th, 2014 was a beautiful day in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa: quiet, relaxed, and with a slight chill on the wind heralding the start of another cold winter. Inside the empty first floor of Blue Bottle Tokyo, a single cupping room glows with warmth. There, a table is prepared with two sets of three cups–the results of the previous day’s roasting, … [Read more...]

Blue Bottle + WeWork Collaborate To Caffeinate Bryant Park, NYC

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It's a real estate idea that's caught on worldwide, but holds particular value in dense downtowns and on crowded isles like Manhattan: the lease with benefits. Whether it's retail or residential, developers, landlords and business owners of all stripes have quickly hitched themselves to the convenient, delicious, and lucrative asset that is an … [Read more...]

Looking In On The 2014 Let’s Talk Coffee Conference, Part Two


Sprudge Associate Editor Liz Clayton recently attended Sustainable Harvest's Let's Talk Coffee conference in Panama. Here is her second field report--read Part 1 here.  Post-HarVee jubilation, Let's Talk Coffee leapt right back into its jam-packed schedule Friday morning. Today would be Geisha day, it seemed: the prized, esteemed (and sometimes … [Read more...]

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 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


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


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 was first to report that our friends and partners at Blue Bottle Coffee would be acquiring both Handsome Coffee Roasters and, 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


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


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 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...]