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 in Denver, the … [Read more...]

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 makes you an old-timer. Black … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 Pearl … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 a wheelchair for 3 months, regrew some … [Read more...]

The World’s Biggest Free Coffee Education Series Is Coming To Denver


We're excited to announce open registration for the next Barista Nation event, being held the weekend of July 25th-27th in Denver, Colorado at Galvanize (1062 Delaware St.). This will be our 8th event with Barista Nation, a globetrotting series of coffee lectures, presentations, and parties that's been hosted in cities like Montreal, Paris, … [Read more...]

It’s All About Coffee: TED-ish Event In Denver, July 20th


There's an exciting event happening on Saturday, July 20th at Allegro Coffee in Thornton, Colorado. Our good friend Josh Taves of Dogwood Coffee Roasters sent along this information: It is being put on by the Rocky Mountain Craft Coffee Alliance in conjunction with the Barista Guild of America and will have speakers from Dogwood, Allegro, Coffee … [Read more...]

Cannabis Coffee Shop Opens In Colorado


Colorado residents are positively danked with excitement over a brand new "cannabis-friendly" coffee and tea co-op, the first of its kind since recreational pot laws were passed in Colorado. For just $5, folks over the legal toking age of 21 can hang out at the Hive Co-Op, smoke a little sweet leaf, and play Candyland. No, for reals: [The Hive] … [Read more...]

Specialty Coffee Marijuana Blog Blazes New Trail In Washington

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In the United States, Colorado and Washington voters passed legislation legalizing marijuana, ending nine decades of pot prohibition. Although it's anyone's guess if these new laws will be fought in court by the federal government, a group of Washington residents have taken to the blogs to express their love of high grade medical cannabis paired … [Read more...]