Arbor in Chicago, Illinois.
The 2016 Midwest AeroPress Championship in Chicago.
2016 Uppers & Downers beer and coffee festival in Chicago.
Beer and brews in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
The winning Irish Coffee recipe from the Uppers & Downers festivities in Chicago.
Uppers & Downers 2016 in Chicago.
We talk to Intelligentsia founder Doug Zell and Peet’s CEO Dave Burwick.
Peet’s brews on with Intelligentsia under its belt.
Cafes off the park.
“What’s up with the name of that cafe?” A new feature on Sprudge series asks exactly that.
When you go out for an adult libation in Chicago, you take part in a kind of living history; this city and its drinking culture have been enthusiastically intertwined for centuries. Today’s modern Chicago is enjoying a new golden age of cocktails and beer, coupled with a robust coffee culture fueling the work of the […]
Kevin Ashtari’s first roaster was a drum attached to a rotisserie motor that tumbled beans over a barbecue grill. How did that first batch turn out? “Burnt,” he says. “Set the beans on fire and burned a hole right through the drum.” Undiscouraged, Ashtari hunkered down to figure out this roasting thing. Four attempts later he […]
Metric Coffee Co., one of the latest additions to the Chicago coffee roaster scene, was born—like many great ideas—from conversations over tacos and beer at Big Star. And like many great ideas, it started as almost something else entirely. Despite that, the company—a partnership between Xavier Alexander, former senior roaster and quality control specialist for Intelligentsia Coffee, and […]
Depending on whom you ask, it may seem odd for a business with bicycles in its name to be known for their craft coffee. Or, really, it might just make perfect sense. In 2012, after a stint establishing a hand-crafted bicycle company in Queens, New York, fifth-generation-Chicagoan Michael Salvatore moved back to his roots and […]
Last week we shared with you on a series of incidents involving Bow Truss Coffee’s new location in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The story largely played out in comments wars—not exactly the most useful way to understand this story’s complex context. To dig deeper, Sprudge Chicago reporter Eric Perez spent time drinking coffee, taking photos, and […]
And so it was that on January 25th, 2015 I flew from Portland, Oregon (a coffee and beer mecca) to Chicago, Illinois (also a coffee and beer mecca) for the first-ever Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beers. It was cold outside, but inside the warmth of Thalia Hall some 500+ beer enthusiasts gathered for a truly […]