Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of December 21st, 2013


Well, folks, it's Christmastime—and the only thing that could make your weekend anymore Christmas-y is a healthy dose of the latest coffee news here on Sprudge. In case you were out living a life of merriment and caroling, here's what you missed: Chicago: The second part of Alex Bernson's Chicago Coffee Crawl in which Mr. Bernson visits … [Read more...]

Counter Culture Releases A New Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel And It Is Glorious


  Nerds, rejoice. Counter Culture's Coffee Department has released a modified version of the Specialty Coffee Association of America's ubiquitous coffee flavor wheel. The original flavor wheel was developed in 1995 and, according to the SCAA website, is "a glossary of coffee terms based on sensory science and has become the standard that … [Read more...]

UPDATE: More Info On The Counter Culture Coffee California Expansion


Update for December 18th: We had a chance to talk early expansion plans with Nathan Brown, who heads up the marketing department at Counter Culture Coffee HQ in Durham. There's rumors swirling - swirling! - about some of the stuff Counter Culture has planned for their Emeryville, California roasting works and training center, which will be only the … [Read more...]

A Love Letter To Little Skips In Bushwick, Brooklyn

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When I came by Little Skips in Bushwick to interview owner Linda Thach, a charming kind of slice of life awaited me. Thach was just getting off bar; a true owner-operator, she's been working behind the espresso machine a lot less in recent weeks, as her popular coffee bar gears up to open a second location. But today she was working for the shop's … [Read more...]

These Coffee Cocktails Raise The Bar In Manhattan

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Cocktail lovers, allow me to hook you up (Yente-style) with an appreciation for coffee as a cocktail ingredient at Manhattan's Amor y Amargo. This East Village bar, founded by longtime chef Sother Teague, is unapologetic in its focus on unusual spirits and flavor profiles--the name translates to "Love and Bitter", which means no juices and very few … [Read more...]

This Counter Culture Road Show Really Has Us Buzzing!


Well shut my mouth and call me cornpone! Our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee are taking World Brewers Champion Erin McCarthy and teaming him up with the owners of Finca El Puente for an epic eight city RV cross-country thrill ride. It's a continuation of the company's successful Works In Progress series, for which we were on hand … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of September 28th, 2013


I just spent the past seven days binge-watching three seasons-worth of Breaking Bad episodes to try to catch up in time for tomorrow’s grand finale. Maybe you did too, or maybe you were just too busy living a healthy, non-addictive lifestyle. Whatever the case may be, I’ve cooked up a handy little recap of all the latest coffee news featured on … [Read more...]

World’s First Look At The New Counter Culture Coffee NYC Training Center

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Our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee, a Durham, North Carolina based coffee roasting operation that specializes in wholesale accounts, are preparing to open a brand new Training Center space at 376 Broome Street, in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood. The current CCC NYC space is on the 4th floor of a nondescript office building in the … [Read more...]

Champs In The News: Eden Abramowicz & Erin McCarthy Conquer All Media


There's a double dose of US coffee champs in the news today, and they're both worth your gander. First up, the most talented 2013 US Brewers Cup Erin McCarthy sat down with Sprudge contributor Liz Clayton over at Serious Eats last week. Mr. McCarthy (of Counter Culture Coffee) talks the Serious Eats crowd through the 5 common mistakes many home … [Read more...]

March 15th: Counter Culture Cup Tasters Multi-City Madness


  The Counter Culture Coffee Cup Tasters bonanza be happening, y'all, but it be happening in serious force this upcoming Friday, March 15th at all 8 CCC training labs, from Boston to Atlanta and pretty much literally all points in-between (plus Chicago, which isn't in-between, but will be part of the fun). This is going to be a live, … [Read more...]

Meet The Best Barista In New York City: Sam Lewontin!


Samuel Lewontin is your newly crowned 2013 Northeast Regional Barista Competition champion! Mr. Lewontin is the manager at Everyman Espresso SoHo, a dedicated Counter Culture Coffee account located at 301 W. Broadway in New York City. Mr. Lewontin competed and won at the NERBC using Counter Culture's Burundi Mpemba, from the Kazoza N'Ikawa … [Read more...]

Bernson’s Favorite Coffees Of 2012


Our staff writer Alex Bernson greets the new year with a look back at his favorite coffees of 2012. Looking back on 2012, it was definitely a great year to be a coffee nerd / enthusiast / professional / what-have-you. The industry keeps growing, shops and roasters keep popping up or expanding, and there's pretty much more information on the … [Read more...]

Fruit Bombs & Fermentation Cycle Two: Ashvegas, Baby

tc-outside co-founder Zachary Carlsen is embedded all week long on the Counter Culture Coffee Fruit Bombs & Fermentation road show. Over the next few days he'll be in Atlanta and Chicago, but today we join him in Asheville, North Carolina. It's a four hour drive to Asheville from Counter Culture headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. The … [Read more...]

DC: Peregrine Prevails After Sandy’s Surge, Huge Lines

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The Metro may be closed in DC, but that's not stopping droves of java seekers from finding their buzz at Peregrine Espresso. According to Peregrine's Twitter feed, both MidCity and Eastern Market locations will stay open until 9PM tonight. Petula Dvorak of the Washington Post reports: Baristas carpooled, bicycled and walked to work to help … [Read more...]

Fermentation & Fruit Bombs: Durham? I Hardly Knew Him!

sipping-on-sigs co-founder Zachary Carlsen survived (barely) a week spent embedded in the Counter Culture Coffee Fermentation & Fruit Bombs mobile road show. Coverage from Philly here, Boston here, and DC here. Realness. The autumn DC sun was blazing. It was hot as biscuits. With one swift jerk of the automatic stick shift, our Dodge Cortados … [Read more...]

Nashville: Dose Coffee Triennial Party


Nashville! Party down with dose. Coffee & Tea this Sunday, September 9th, to celebrate their third year in business. Party starts at 3PM and features free espressos, chocolate tastings, and tea slurping. The folks at dose. are celebrating their three year anniversary so if you're in the area, stop on by. We love three year anniversaries because … [Read more...]