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 Sprudge.com 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

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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

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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 Sprudge.com. 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. Sprudge.com'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...]

“In The World Of Coffee, Few Countries Inspire As Much Fascination As Brazil”

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Back in October 2011, we were invited along with a few other journalists and observers to take part in Intelligentsia's Extraordinary Coffee Workshop in Los Angeles. Since that original round of coverage, we've developed a keen interest in sticking with the program as it travels around the world - out to Chicago in 2012, and this year to Brazil. No … [Read more...]

6 Curated Coffee Kits: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide


It's the Holiday Season - and it's the time for gift guides. Sprudge.com's boutique, curated line of Ultimate Holiday Gift Guides are your one-stop-shop for the best in coffee. Please look for many more of our Ultimate, Authoritative, Indispensable Guides throughout the 2013 Holiday Season. This particular guide features some of the very best in … [Read more...]

Intelligentsia Rings In The Holidays With Celebration Blend, Curated Gift Boxes


Well friends, it's November 1st, which means it's almost Christmas. Christmas music in the grocery stores, holiday lights on your neighbor's house, and of course, the specialty coffee world's annual roll out of holiday-themed coffee buying kits, gift boxes, and stocking stuffers for the coffee nerd in your life. We'll be featuring and documenting … [Read more...]

Beer And Coffee, Together At Last


As first reported by the LA Times, our friends and partners at Intelligentsia have themselves partnered with Good Beer Hunting, a 2012 Saveur Magazine "Best Food Blog Awards" winner, to throw an epic ticketed beer and coffee event at Intelligentsia Pasadena. The event, called "Uppers And Downers", will feature a wide variety of coffee beers, as … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of September 7th, 2013


It’s been another busy week in coffee, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned since I started here at Sprudge, it’s that the Sprudge Machine never sleeps. It just keeps on going, and there’s a pretty good chance you missed something this week. That’s okay, I’ve got you covered—here’s a whole week’s worth of coffee content, rolled up into a nice, … [Read more...]

Los Angeles: Copa Vida Joins the Growing Coffee Scene in Pasadena


When Intelligentsia opened their doors in Old Town Pasadena in 2010, the location was surprising to some. This section of Pasadena is the kind of shopping destination where big stores like J. Crew, Gap, and Urban Outfitters far outweigh the mom and pop shop offerings. Would there be customers for specialty coffee? The answer, it turns out, was a … [Read more...]