9 Awesome Moments From The World Roasters Summit

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Back on June 25th, 2013, Your Sprudge Editors attended and covered the first ever World Roasters Summit event, hosted by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe in conjunction with their World of Coffee - Nice event. 100+ people from around the world gathered together at the deliciously old world Palais de la Méditerranée hotel to hear lectures … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of April 6th, 2013

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This year, your Sprudge intern was proud to team up with his awesome designer friend Josh Kennedy (@jshknndy) and sister Lauren Bergman (@Inbergman) to design the La Marzocco, Cafe Imports, Barismo, and George Howell Coffee SCAA party poster and ticket. If you’re headed to Boston, be sure to attend! #SCAA2013 Party Preview - SCAA is next week, … [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...]

Coffee Legend George Howell Profiled In Boston Magazine

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Boston Magazine has an epic profile of George Howell in their December issue, and it is definitely well-worth your 5 pages of reading time. The article is a revealing look at the past, present and future of Mr. Howell, a Boston idol and high priest of the bean... At various times, Howell has been called an “idol,” a “god,” and the “high priest” of … [Read more...]

#mane2012: George Howell’s 30 Minute Pleasure Trip

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We're reporting to you live from Providence, Rhode Island at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic / Northeast Coffee Conference (actually, we're in Pawtucket, so go ahead with the Pawtucket Patriot Beer jokes). Today's full slate of programming has been thrilling, chilling, and now we're all swilling beer, waiting for 2007 WBC Champion James Hoffmann to give his … [Read more...]

The $806,133 Esmeralda Special Auction

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Today's 2012 Panama Esmeralda Especial Auction earned Hacienda Esmeralda an estimated $806,133. You can check out our earlier feature on the auction for a little context, and here's some highlights from the bidding action: Top high bid for the natural processed Esmeralada was $66, paid SAZA Coffee of Japan, for one of two lots of Esmeralda's Mario … [Read more...]

Keeping Up With the Mother Joneses: A Fair Trade Affair 4 U…

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Our friend Kyle Freund at Coffee Kids revives some of the still-on-going debate over Fair Trade. As coffee companies develop more sustainable models of trading coffee fairly, the Johnny-Don't-Know Nothin's and Melissa Allison's of the world will continue to pen well-read "Only Fair Trade Is Fair" articles for mainstream media outlets. The results … [Read more...]