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’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...]

Little Collins NYC: A Midtown Cafe With The City’s First Modbar

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A good friend told me his father once explained Canada as "Like the United States...just a bit off." If that's true, Australian-influenced Manhattan cafe Little Collins is much the same. It's like any other specialty cafe in New York—just a little bit off. Or, one could say, a little bit more on. Yes, yes—it's a busy, tiny, box of a space, … [Read more...]

Talk About The Passion: An Interview With Chef Hugh Acheson

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In the course of researching today's earlier feature on the newly re-opened 5&10 in Athens, Georgia, had the particular pleasure of interviewing the restaurant's proprietor, Hugh Acheson. Known for his multiple James Beard nominations and wins, Mr. Acheson is inarguably one of the United States' most important restauranteurs, … [Read more...]

Fables Of The Reconstruction: Coffee Charm At Hugh Acheson’s New 5&10


The 5&10 is chef Hugh Acheson's iconic flagship restaurant in Athens, Georgia, and it's recently undergone a pretty serious revitalization, moving from its original location on South Lumpkin Street (opened in 2000) to an historic home on nearby South Milledge. For those who might be unfamiliar, Mr. Acheson is kind of a big deal - he's won Food … [Read more...]

NYC: The Fabulous Coffee Tiki Drinks of Everyman’s Bikini Bar Pop-Up


Starting this week and running till August 31st, New York City's cherished, municipally underappreciated specialty coffee mecca Everyman Espresso are opening their hotly awaited Tiki-themed fancy coffee drink pop-up. It's located at Bikini Bar ( 148 Duane St in Tribeca, Manhattan) and will offer an impressive slate of tropicalia extravaganza coffee … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of June 1st, 2013

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The 2013 World Barista Championship: The city of Melbourne, Australia was the focus of the coffee world last week as the top baristas and brewers from across the globe competed for the titles of best barista and best brewer. After a year full of national barista competitions, countless hours of training, and loads of coffee, your winners have been … [Read more...]

The Best Coffee Brewer On Planet Earth: Erin McCarthy, World Brewers Cup Champ!


Breaking here live from Melbourne, we're overjoyed to report that 2013 United States Brewers Cup Champion Erin McCarthy has sealed the deal on the world's biggest stage - he's your 2013 World Brewers Cup champion!  Erin traveled, competed, and won (!) alongside his dedicated brewing coaches Katie Carguilo (Counter Culture Coffee, 2012 United States … [Read more...]

The Best Cup Of Coffee In America: Erin McCarthy, Brewers Cup Champ


A hearty congratulations to Erin McCarthy, your 2013 United States Brewers Cup Champion! Mr. McCarthy is a technician for Counter Culture Coffee in New York City, and he becomes the first person not named Andy Sprenger to win the US Brewers Cup. Counter Culture colleague Jonathan Bonchak placed second, and together they celebrated their victory … [Read more...]

Coffee Rust: A Climate Change Emergency, But There’s Hope


By far the biggest story in coffee this week - and this month, and this year - is the ongoing coffee rust crisis currently affecting coffee crops and the farmers who tend them in Latin America and beyond. Experts estimate cross loss at upwards of 20% of the 2012-2013 harvest will be lost to harvest, and next year it could be as bad as 40%. The … [Read more...]

Restaurant Week: Brooklyn’s Unsinkable Fort Defiance


Dining and coffee enthusiasts, unite! Welcome to's Restaurant Week - a varied and voluminous look at the intersection of coffee and food in Our Modern World. We'll be running features all week long from the very best writers in coffee. In this feature, 2012 Sprudgie Award-winning writer and photographer Liz Clayton visits Fort … [Read more...]

Saturday In NYC: Barista Competitor Lab At Counter Culture Coffee


The Northeast Regional Barista Competition is back on track, scheduled for February 20th-22nd at Attic Studios in Long Island City and sponsored by Dallis Bros. Coffee. In advance of this event, our friends and longtime partners at Counter Culture Coffee are offering a fabulous competition workshop - or "Competitor Lab" - at their New York Training … [Read more...]

The Butler Did It! Lem Butler Is Your 2013 SERBC Champ


Lemuel Butler is your 2013 Southeast Regional Barista Competition champion! This is Mr. Butler's astounding 4th win at the SERBC, further cementing his place as the winningest barista in SERBC history. Lem competed and won using Counter Culture Coffee's Kenya Thiriku, a coffee he described as having a creamy body with notes of cranberries and black … [Read more...]

The Teaches of Peaches: Bonchak Wins SE Brewers Cup


Jonathan "Peaches" Bonchak is your 2013 SE Brewers Cup champion! Mr. Bonchak competed using a washed coffee from the Haru cooperative in southern Ethiopia, roasted by Counter Culture Coffee, for whom Mr. Bonchak works out of Durham headquarters. This coffee came from the same cooperative as the coffee Katie Carguilo used in her 2012 United States … [Read more...]