A Tasteful Modern Coffee Dripper From Denver’s Veak Ceramics

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Ceramics are undergoing a surge in popularity in high end coffee shops: from Ben Medansky’s hand thrown excellence at Go Get ‘Em Tiger in Los Angeles to Heath Ceramics’ midcentury inspired design at Blue Bottle in San Francisco and Weekend in Dallas, hand crafted mugware is showing up in design-forward shops across the country. And […]

Is This The Best Little Coffee & Magazine Shop In America?

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The Lo-Hi neighborhood is an up-and-coming community on the north side of Denver, Colorado, and home to a rapidly changing landscape of new bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. There’s a neighborhood like this in every city in America right now, it seems; the kind of area where being in business for a couple of years […]

Espresso With Cheese? Mercantile In Denver Says Yes.

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Coffee has long been a woefully ignored aspect of the dining experience, but as interest in specialty coffee continues to grow, the importance of a quality coffee program is beginning to cross-pollinate the restaurant world, creating café-restaurant hybrids, the likes of which have not been seen before in North America. From the likes of LA’s Go […]

Boxcar Colorado: Delicious, Meticulously Brewed … Boiled Coffee?


Boxcar Coffee Roasters, a Colorado company with shops in Boulder and Denver, has a curious way of making coffee. Earlier this year I visited the tiny public market that houses Boxcar’s coffee bar in Boulder, which is complemented by a thoughtful selection of artisanal baked goods and cured meats. It’s a paradisiacal reprieve from the rest of […]

20 Memorable Moments From Barista Nation Denver

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Janet Jackson had Rhythm Nation. Boutros Boutros-Ghali had the United Nations. And we here at Sprudge have Barista Nation, a globetrotting series of international coffee lectures, demos, and hangouts presented by our friends and partners at UNIC, makers of fine espresso machines based in Nice, France with US headquarters in Washington State. We’ve been attending, […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: The Bean Pedaler, Now Open In Cañon City, Colorado


We first met Erica Noel Koenig when she competed for Thanksgiving Coffee Company & Six Degrees Coffee Service at the 2013 Southwest Regional Barista Competition. “Since then,” Koenig told us in an email, “I was hit by a car on my bike, had to come home to the small town I grew up in, ended up in […]