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...]

We Went To Dumb Starbucks And It Was Dumb

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Update: Dumb Starbucks was revealed today to be the work of Nathan Fielder, the host of Comedy Central's "Nathan For You" docu-comedy televsion program. Congratulations to Mr. Fielder for creating the greatest food media dogpile of 2014...so far. We now return you to our dumb coverage of Dumb Starbucks, due next in Brooklyn in 2 weeks.  In the … [Read more...]

Coava PDX Reveals Second Coffee Bar Location

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Sprudge.com is the first to report that Coava Coffee Roasters, home to two-time Northwest Regional Barista Competition winner Devin Chapman, have signed a lease for their second coffee bar, to be located at 2625 SE Hawthorne Blvd. It's not quite build out status yet; the new building that will house this cafe is currently under construction, and … [Read more...]

Milwaukee’s Alterra Rebrands, Becomes Colectivo Coffee

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Feature by Sprudge contributor Liz Clayton, reporting live from Milwaukee.   Breaking now with an inside scoop fresher than today's frozen custard flavor, Sprudge.com is reporting that Milwaukee, Wisconsin's venerated Alterra Coffee Roasters, originally founded in 1993, have hereby rebranded themselves as Colectivo Coffee. This rebranding effort … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Coffee Collective Announces FOB Prices On Retail Bags

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Breaking here today via purloined French Wifi on the SCAE show floor, the team at Denmark's Coffee Collective have announced that they will beginning printing FOB prices on their roasted coffee retail bags. Hardcore coffee buyers and longtime professionals are already stunned, but for the casual Sprudge reader, we'll explain why this is a … [Read more...]

Breaking! Fincas Mierisch 2013 Private Auction Breaks $100/lb

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At 1:15PM EST, a twenty-three pound box of coffee broke $100/lb at the very first ACE Private Auction. The lot is comprised of 23lbs of Laurina, a naturally occurring caffeine-free variety. A decaf coffee just broke $100/lb green at auction. It's all still happening at this very moment. Watch live here. Read more about this program here. … [Read more...]

Big Central Regional Barista Competition Dates Confirmed

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Breaking news today from the SCAA, who've confirmed dates and host sponsors for the 2nd annual Big Central Regional Barista Competition. PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. and Kaldi’s Coffee are hosting the event on January 18th – 20th, 2013 at The Guild KC (1621 Locust Street). This event draws baristas from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, … [Read more...]