“Birds Of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2″ Now Available In Select Cafes, Online

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Eileen P. Kenny is the talented photographer and writer behind the coffee web's premiere interview magazine, Birds of Unusual Vitality. She is also Sprudge.com Melbourne desk, and we recently partnered with her to publish Birds of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2, a compilation of engaging interviews with coffee folk from around the globe. This book is now … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Bow Truss Coffee In Chicago, IL

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You are beautiful. This message, a campaign of sorts from Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman, is front and center at the new Bow Truss Coffee Roasters cafe, slated to open in a few short weeks in the Pilsen neighborhood. We think Bow Truss' new space is beautiful, too. Bow Truss will celebrate its two-year anniversary at the new space (their third!) … [Read more...]

Open Now: Skin and Suds at Intelligentsia Coffee’s New Wicker Park Cafe

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That modern new apartment building you see at the corner of West Division Street and North Ashland Avenue? It's home to Chicago's newest Intelligentsia cafe. Designed by Danny Wicke of noted Chicago architecture firm Wheeler Kearns Architects, the space stands in tall contrast to the more historic architecture of neighboring buildings. The … [Read more...]

Where to Get Coffee Before Heading to Your Favorite Chicago Music Festival

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Let’s face it: if you’re planning on attending a music festival in Chicago this summer, chances are, at some point, you’re going to need a good cup of coffee. Maybe you’ll need some coffee to fuel yourself for a day of drinking and dancing to some of your favorite bands in the sun, or maybe you’ll just need it to nurse away your hangover from … [Read more...]

Bay Area Roaster Teams With Chicago Artist For The Cutest Coffee Shirt Of 2014

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We love a good coffee t-shirt, but they're not all created equal. Some branded coffee t-shirts make you want to get your picture taken! Some are better purposed for laundry day, or take-out night. Falling firmly into the former category are these new shirts from Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, designed by Chicago artist Hillary Miles and … [Read more...]

Chicago: This Is Your Chance To Try Some Of The Rarest Coffee In The World

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Last month we announced the limited edition release of Intelligentsia Coffee's Café Inmaculada series, a set of rare coffee varieties grown by Camilo Merizalde at his experimental farm in Valle de Cauca, Colombia. On Monday, February 17th from 6-7pm, Mr. Merizalde will personally be in attendance at a special Café Inmaculada tasting in Chicago, at … [Read more...]

40 Hours Of Chicago Coffee Part 2: Bow Truss & The Wormhole

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This summer Sprudge Assistant Editor Alex Bernson took a 40-hour trip to Chicago to see a few of the highlights of the city's coffee scene. He wrote up the first part of his visit here, looking at Caffé Streets and Gaslight Coffee Roasters. Below you'll find his impressions on two other big-name shops he visited: The Wormhole Coffee and Bow Truss. … [Read more...]

Intelligentsia Rings In The Holidays With Celebration Blend, Curated Gift Boxes

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Well friends, it's November 1st, which means it's almost Christmas. Christmas music in the grocery stores, holiday lights on your neighbor's house, and of course, the specialty coffee world's annual roll out of holiday-themed coffee buying kits, gift boxes, and stocking stuffers for the coffee nerd in your life. We'll be featuring and documenting … [Read more...]

40 Hours of Chicago Coffee Pt. 1: Caffe Streets & Gaslight Coffee Roasters

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Chicago is one of the major design, coffee, and culinary cities of America, and I finally had a chance to go see it for myself this past spring. I had come specifically because I was curious about how well Intelligentsia’s Logan Square concept actually worked—a subject I wrote about in-depth here—but I did manage to squeeze in visits to a few other … [Read more...]

Chicago: Intelligentsia Logan Square’s Beautiful Line In The Sand

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2013 has been a fascinating year so far for North American cafes. We've seen established and budding brands expand into new markets, while simultaneously making serious efforts to re-entrench in existing strongholds. It's been a year of new coffee brewing toys, new coffee destinations, and folks throwing serious amounts of money at all of it. A … [Read more...]

Coffee And Bikes: The Intelligentsia Cup Begins July 12th

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Our friends and partners at Intelligentsia are this year’s title sponsorship for the Prairie State Cycling Series, with the series now called The Intelligentsia Cup. The series takes place July 12 – 21 in eight cities across Wisconsin and Illinois, and is part of USA Cycling's National Criterium Calendar (NCC). Aside for being a major event for … [Read more...]

“Red E Coffee” Becomes “Ready Coffee”, Was Never Affiliated With “The Red E” PDX

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From the often drama-filled world of intellectual property and specialty coffee branding, we've been working for the last week on a story concerning two very different cafes with, ahem, shall we say "observationally not dissimilar" brand identities. The Red E Cafe in Portland, Oregon has been open for business since 2009. They're a microroaster … [Read more...]

Now Open: Intelligentsia’s New Location In Old Town Chicago

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Intelligentsia Coffee has just opened their sixth Chicago retail location next to Plum Market's new location in the ritzy Old Town neighborhood. Plum Market and Intelligentsia are a surprisingly good fit, and Intelligentsia has taken great pains to go beyond a supermarket stand, creating a cohesive cafe that just so happens to abut a really fancy … [Read more...]

Chicago: Intelligentsia Logan Square Opens Today, And We’ve Got Pics

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Breaking this morning via Chicago Eater, a glut of first-look photos of the brand new Intelligentsia cafe in Logan Square. This is the first of 5 planned new cafes for Intelli in 2013, including their first locations in New York City and San Francisco. Eater has more deets: The paper is off the windows under the sleek logo at 2642 N. Milwaukee, … [Read more...]

Chicago: Caffe Streets To Open Roastery And “L” Train Kiosks

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There's a curious expansion project afoot in Chicago, as neighborhood news blog DNA Info broke the news that Caffe Streets will take over two coffee service kiosks along the Chicago Transit Attorney's Blue Line train. Long regarded as one of the best poly-roaster cafes in Chicago, the original Wicker Park location of Caffe Streets will be joined … [Read more...]

Saturday In NYC: Barista Competitor Lab At Counter Culture Coffee

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The Northeast Regional Barista Competition is back on track, scheduled for February 20th-22nd at Attic Studios in Long Island City and sponsored by Dallis Bros. Coffee. In advance of this event, our friends and longtime partners at Counter Culture Coffee are offering a fabulous competition workshop - or "Competitor Lab" - at their New York Training … [Read more...]