Lemuel Butler of Counter Culture Coffee Wins The 2015 SE Barista Competition


Lemuel Butler of Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, North Carolina has won the 2015 Southeast Regional Barista Competition. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February in Long Beach, California. He also wins a sport on Cafe Imports' 2015 barista origin trip to Colombia. This is … [Read more...]

Chef Hugh Acheson Goes Wild On A BKON Brewer In New York City


The BKON brewer is already known for its hi-tech handling of fine tea leaves, but could it be the next-wave signature drink (coffee or otherwise) brewer of every disposable-income-laden cafe owner's dreams? This question and many more lingered on the refined palates of all who attended last week's BKON demonstration at New York's Counter Culture … [Read more...]

First Look: Counter Culture Coffee Refreshes Lineup With New Design, Names

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A bit of breaking news from the coffee design & branding world, as our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee get set to unveil a newly redesigned line-up of coffees on October 3, 2014. This launch is a refresh of sorts for Counter Culture, a leading American wholesale specialty coffee company founded in 1995 and based in Durham, North … [Read more...]

In St. Louis, A Multi-Roaster Roster And Eclectic Antiques At Mud House


On paper, it may seem that proprietors Jeremy and Casey Miller run a single business, The Mud House, in St Louis, Missouri. Mr. Miller dismisses that feeling. "We run three businesses out of this place," he says. "We do a small bakery. We do a coffee house and a cafe. I guess the umbrella term would be a cafe, but you can count on us that all … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: A Second Shop For Modern Coffee In Oakland

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As the heat rolls on in the Northern Hemisphere, so too does our annual summer compendium of the latest and greatest in new coffee spaces around the world, in a little feature series we like to call the Build Outs of Summer. So far we've profiled a monster movie Airstream trailer in Minneapolis, a high-end donut complex in Asheville, NC, a … [Read more...]

Inside The Brand New Houndstooth Coffee Dallas Location

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When Austin-based Houndstooth Coffee announced last December that they were planning a store in Dallas, it created an audible hum amongst the city’s coffee community. Dallas, where I am based, has in recent years felt like a second fiddle when compared to the wildly exciting food and coffee scene in nearby Austin, a city known around the world as a … [Read more...]

Taking Coffee To Heart At Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, NYC

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Line up a panel of people who take their coffee very, very seriously and it's a safe bet more than a couple of them will take umbrage at coffee as a novelty. At coffee as a flavor. At coffee as a category of ice cream flavors. But line up a pastry chef or dairy master who takes his or her ice cream very, very seriously? And you'll find an … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: Barista Champion J. Park Brannen of Counter Culture Coffee

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The coffee pride of Georgia turned atypical New Yorker, in 2014 J. Park Brannen of Counter Culture Coffee mustered a barista championship victory during the United States regionals, earning himself a spot on a Cafe Imports origin trip to Ecuador. Sprudge.com Assistant Editor Alex Bernson interviewed Mr. Brannen about life, competition, and coffee … [Read more...]

We Went There: H Coffee House In Los Angeles

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H Coffee House, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, has been welcoming coffee lovers into its warm, spacious interior for a little over a month. The space feels like a home, and for good reason: It is the project of “Home Restaurant” owner Aram Serobian, who has run that neighborhood favorite next-door for over sixteen years. … [Read more...]

Katie Carguilo’s New Role At Counter Culture Is A Coffee Dream Job


Katie Carguilo is a seasoned coffee professional who has won barista competitions, been all over the television, toured the world, and graced the cover of magazines. Carguilo took home the 2012 United States Barista Championship belt and has helped helm our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee in New York City for the last seven years. … [Read more...]

Brunswick Cafe Launches In Bed-Stuy, As The Australian Coffee Take-Over of NYC Rolls On


Cafe owner and entrepreneur-about-town Alex Hall unveiled a new cafe Monday in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The cafe, called Brunswick, is the first in of a series of Brunswick shops throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, and is named as a nod to Hall's native Australia. Indeed, Hall, who is most famously the proprietor of Milk Bar on … [Read more...]

Counter Culture Coffee To Shed Light On Kenya Crisis In Eight Cities Across America Tomorrow


It seems like everyone wants to know: what's the current situation with the coffee crisis in Nyeri, Kenya? On April 30th our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee will attempt to answer that question, at an event that also marks the kick-off for a new season of the Counter Culture Professional Development Series. These happenings are … [Read more...]

Nuova Simonelli’s New Espresso Gear Coming To NYC, KCMO, Oakland, and Seattle


The Nuova Simonelli Mythos One Clima Pro grinder and Victoria Arduino 388 Black Eagle espresso machine launched at HOST last October in Milan. After a busy launch event at the London Coffee Festival, these cutting edge coffee machines are finally starting to land in the US, starting Tuesday, April 22nd with an event at the Counter Culture Coffee … [Read more...]

Counter Culture Coffee Hosts “Sustainable Spring” Events Across The USA


Beginning this Friday, March 7th, and on every proceeding Friday through the month of March, our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee are hosting a series of events at each of their eight training centers, in promotion of a concept they're calling "Sustainable Spring". These training centers -- in Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Coffee Blog Profiles Erin McCarthy


There’s a new post up today on Birds of Unusual Vitality, specialty coffee’s premiere photo and interview publication written by Sprudge.com’s Melbourne staff writer Eileen P. Kenny. In it, Ms. Kenny interviews reigning World Brewers Cup Champion Erin McCarthy, a machine technician at Counter Culture Coffee's New York City office. Here’s an … [Read more...]

Counter Culture Variety Show Curriculum Vitae

Erin says goodbye before taking off into the sunset (and toward another great city).

A coffee company, coffee farm owners, the world's best coffee brewer, an RV, and a dream - the second installment of Counter Culture Coffee's annual "Works In Progress" series has now come to an end, and this is a look back at the wild times what once was. Counter Culture Coffee, along with World Brewers Cup Champion Erin McCarthy and Finca El … [Read more...]