The Best Multi-Roaster Cafe In The World Is In Seattle Right Now

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The 2015 World Barista Championship is popping off in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. Exhibit Hall 4F is filled to the gills with eager baristas, beleaguered organizers, anxious well-wishers, stern security guards, and delicious complimentary cups of coffee. All the free coffee. Perhaps the best multi-roaster coffee bar in the world is operating right […]

Seattle: We Say Oh Yeah To MmmHmm Coffee

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It was a busy Saturday night, just before St. Patrick’s Day, when MmmHmm Coffee owner Jon French drove away from Hilliard’s, a popular brewery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The place was filled with about 500 people playing beer pong, which you might expect; French’s brand new specialty coffee bar is physically located inside the raucous […]

Veni, FiDi, Vici: Great Coffee In San Francisco’s Financial District

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Three years ago, those looking for a cup of specialty coffee in San Francisco’s Financial District were presented with few, even no options. Though the area from Market Street to North Beach, from The Embarcadero to Union Square, was brimming over with Starbucks, Peet’s, Coffee Bean and Tea Leafs, and Specialty’s, the presence of San […]

Counter Culture Coffee Celebrates 20 Years With A Big Party In Durham

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There aren’t that many 20th anniversaries to celebrate in an average person’s life. Most things don’t last for twenty years, and when they do, well, it’s time to celebrate. Like gently opening a bottle of finely aged wine, twenty years is a remarkable vintage, and nothing else tastes quite as sweet. Which is why we’re excited […]

At A Cutting-Edge Coffee Beer Festival In Chicago

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And so it was that on January 25th, 2015 I flew from Portland, Oregon (a coffee and beer mecca) to Chicago, Illinois (also a coffee and beer mecca) for the first-ever Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beers. It was cold outside, but inside the warmth of Thalia Hall some 500+ beer enthusiasts gathered for a truly […]

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

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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 Mr. Butler’s incredible […]

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

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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 Coffee […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 on a bouncing bus ride out […]

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. Serobian teamed […]

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

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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. News […]

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

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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 […]