BREAKING: Co-CEO Rob Buono Is Stepping Down At Intelligentsia

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Tricoastal roasters and retailers (Lake Michigan counts, alright?) Intelligentsia Coffee announced this morning that much-storied Co-CEO Rob Buono will be stepping down from his position, at the end of a three-year tenure that saw tremendous growth for the independent company. In his footsteps will follow James McLaughlin, who's served variously … [Read more...]

8 Predictions For Specialty Coffee In 2013

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Now it's time for our annual predictions for the new year! Last year we predicted that Tim Wendelboe would discover a new variety of coffee and name it "Tim Wendelboe"; that James Freeman would be the first man to play jazz clarinet in space; that Intelligentsia founder Doug Zell would give up coffee for a career in professional skateboarding; and … [Read more...]

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Symposium Looks Awesome

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Though it doesn't kick off til the middle of next month, we're super-intrigued by the lineup of panelists at this year's New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association Symposium event. Presented in concert by the NZSCA and Huhtamaki, this year's symposium features must-see programming around a single, perhaps controversial theme: "There's No Such Thing … [Read more...]

Special Comment from Andrew Brewtbart: Ego Trip, Thy Name is Zell

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Andrew Brewtbart, famously reclusive leading figure in the conservative coffee movement, has aimed his poisoned pen at Intelligentisia's CEO Douglas Zell. The controversy stems over a recent Zell Speaks blog post in which he claimed credit for a number of specialty coffee innovations. While we here at Sprudge.com acknowledge that Andrew … [Read more...]