Open Now: Skin and Suds at Intelligentsia Coffee’s New Wicker Park Cafe


That modern new apartment building you see at the corner of West Division Street and North Ashland Avenue? It's home to Chicago's newest Intelligentsia cafe. Designed by Danny Wicke of noted Chicago architecture firm Wheeler Kearns Architects, the space stands in tall contrast to the more historic architecture of neighboring buildings. The … [Read more...]

Where to Get Coffee Before Heading to Your Favorite Chicago Music Festival

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Let’s face it: if you’re planning on attending a music festival in Chicago this summer, chances are, at some point, you’re going to need a good cup of coffee. Maybe you’ll need some coffee to fuel yourself for a day of drinking and dancing to some of your favorite bands in the sun, or maybe you’ll just need it to nurse away your hangover from … [Read more...]

In Washington DC, The Wydown Goes From Pop-Up To Permanent


Three weeks ago The Wydown coffee bar opened a permanent location on 14th and U Street, in an exciting development for both eager newcomers and loyal quaffers in the Washington DC coffee scene. Chad and Alex McCracken—brothers from St. Louis, Missouri—have been running a series of progressively more brick and mortar coffee pop-ups over the last … [Read more...]

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

Rob Buono pictured here in 2012.

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...]

BKON And Kilogram Tea Blend Seasonality And Technology In New York City


In a beverage event of truly synergistic proportions, last week, the folks at BKON teamed up with Kilogram Tea for a demonstration at Intelligentsia's newest cafe in New York City's Herald Square. The invitation-only event showcased both the unique powers of the BKON, detailed earlier in these pages, and the subtle beauties of early spring … [Read more...]

First Look: Intelligentsia’s Herald Square Cafe at Urban Outfitters’ Latest New York Outpost


There are few things more exciting in Midtown Manhattan than a promising new cafe, and this week, Sprudge got an exclusive sneak-preview of the soon-to-be-unveiled Intelligentsia project opening this June in bustling Herald Square. The project is a progressive mixed-retail collaboration from the minds of Urban Outfitters, whose new space at 35th … [Read more...]

A New Brewer, A Coffee Pop-Up, And Great Beer This Weekend In Chicago


An update of sorts out of Chicago, home of designer Craighton Berman, whose distinctive Manual Coffee Maker (MCM) was featured on last summer. It's a beautiful piece of home brew tech, designed to be "left out on a counter for fast access, less set up, and aesthetic consideration," according to the designer. In the months since our … [Read more...]

Intelligentsia Modbar Louisville Gralehaus Beer Dinner


Gralehaus is the latest project from Louisville, Kentucky's Lori Beck and Tyler Trotter, adding a cozy café/bar (and soon a guest house) to their wildly popular Holy Grale beer compound. Beck and Trotter are on a mission to bring world-class beer experiences to Louisville, starting with the Louisville Beer Store in 2009, and opening Holy Grale in … [Read more...]

Chicago: This Is Your Chance To Try Some Of The Rarest Coffee In The World


Last month we announced the limited edition release of Intelligentsia Coffee's Café Inmaculada series, a set of rare coffee varieties grown by Camilo Merizalde at his experimental farm in Valle de Cauca, Colombia. On Monday, February 17th from 6-7pm, Mr. Merizalde will personally be in attendance at a special Café Inmaculada tasting in Chicago, at … [Read more...]

West Side Story: New York Sees A Coffee Shop Epidemic West Of 9th Avenue


What is the far west side of Manhattan, truly? Is it where the richest live and die? Or where the gallery cruisers, the park-starved, the pre-theatre and post-foodies go to play? Until recently, it was not a place for lovers of coffee. But times, they have a-changed. We've chronicled some of our favorite and most noteworthy spots within hoofing … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of January 25th, 2014


Maybe you spent the week recovering from all the Big Eastern festivities, or maybe you were just too busy compiling your coffee bucket list. Whatever the case, here's the coffee news you missed here on Sprudge, all in one spot. Congrats to Counter Culture's  J. Park Brannen and Panther Coffee's Camila Ramos! They're your 2014 Northeast and … [Read more...]

Intelligentsia Is Releasing 3 Rare Coffees You’ve Never Tried Before

Cafe Inmaculada (Photo: Intelligentsia Coffee)

After getting teased all weekend on Instagram, our friends and partners at Intelligentsia Coffee are now ready to debut a limited edition new run of reserve coffees, unveiled under the project name Café Inmaculada. This release is comprised of  three distinct and rare coffee varieties, including the "Maragesha," a spontaneous crossing of … [Read more...]

The Best of the Best: The 2014 Good Food Award Winners Buying Guide

The 4th annual Good Food Awards were awarded last night in a ceremony at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, and Sprudge was there to bring you on the ground coverage, and bask in the glow of  New York Times food writer Ruth Reichl and Alice “Alice” Waters as they gave awards to each of the 14 winners in the coffee category. These … [Read more...]

Good Food Awards Honors The Winners In Coffee At Palace Of Fine Arts Theatre

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Six hundred attendees packed the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco on Thursday evening to honor food/drink purveyors in ten categories at the fourth annual Good Food Awards ceremony. The Good Food Awards celebrates and honors the best in sustainably sourced and produced foods and drinks - like pickles, chocolates, preserves, and … [Read more...]

The 2013 USBC Finals In Words & Pictures


Originally published on April 22nd, 2013.  Your 2013 United States Barista Championship finalists, featuring original photography by Charlie Burt for For a complete look back at the 2013 United States Barista Championship cycle, including photos of every regional competitor, join us on The Road to Melbourne.'s … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of November 30th, 2013


The coffee world is a busy place, and not even a popular American holiday could slow it down. In case you were too busy gorging yourself with food, here’s the last seven days of coffee news, all in one spot. It’s like that extra piece of chocolate pie (with surplus Reddi-Wip) that you know you shouldn’t eat—but it feels so, so good. Here’s what … [Read more...]