We have reached our final chapter in Sprudge’s Festival of Guides for 2015. And being the last installment, we wanted to make sure we had something for the last minute shopper. Sure you’re lazy and absent-minded, but that doesn’t mean you don’t care. Our final list is all about the quick and easy but awesome […]
Be merry, bright, and delicious this holiday season with our curated selection of holiday blends from some of the best brands in specialty coffee. Some are newcomers, others are longtime staff favorites—but every one of them will make a fine gift for this year’s celebrations, whether you’re wrapping it up under the tree or brewing up something […]
We talk with barista champion Lem Butler of Counter Culture Coffee while visiting coffee farms in Colombia.
We explore natural coffee with coffee buyer Tim Hill.
You drink spices, coffee, and Mount Gay Rum.
Behind the design of Line Drawing, a limited edition blend from Counter Culture Coffee.
Once upon a time Counter Culture Coffee was strictly an East Coast affair. For most of the 20 years the company has been in existence, their focus has been aimed at building out their network from a headquarters in North Carolina to training centers in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Charleston, Washington DC, Asheville, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]