Intelligentsia Herald Square No Longer On Fleek, Says Urban Outfitters


Intelligentsia’s Herald Square location in midtown Manhattan is now closed, as per the company’s official Twitter account. Sprudge gave the world its first look at the new cafe back in May of 2014, in a feature by Sprudge associate editor Liz Clayton. Eater NYC reported on the closure earlier today, using Twitter and social media for […]

In Los Angeles, Connecting Micro Lots With Coffee Nuts (Via Video Phone)


Around 4 p.m. on a recent Monday afternoon at Intelligentsia’s Silver Lake cafe, a dozen or so folks gathered in the patio of the cafe, chatting, texting, waiting. A MacBook and a television were set up in the corner, also waiting. Geoff Watts, the coffee company’s vice-president and green buyer, arrived a few minutes after 4:00. He […]

The Sixth Annual Sprudgie Awards

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Welcome to the 6th annual Sprudgie Awards! The Sprudgies honor notable achievements in coffee in a variety of categories, awarded each year after careful deliberation. This year’s awards were authored by’s editorial team of Liz Clayton, Alex Bernson, Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen. Best New Cafe: Scandinavian Embassy Notable Roaster: Small Batch Roasting Company Best […]

Barista Healthcare: How Do Your Favorite Coffee Companies Stack Up?


After raising $45 million in its latest round of funding, Blue Bottle Coffee is now extending healthcare benefits to its employees’ dependents, and plans to offer retirement benefits as well. When I read that in this piece on Valleywag, it struck me as a positive attempt by Blue Bottle to stand out from the pack, since in our 2013 survey on barista health, we found […]

Ryan Soeder Of Intelligentsia Wins The 2015 North Central Barista Competition

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Ryan Soeder, a retail educator for Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago, has won the 2015 North Central Regional Barista Competition title. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship this coming February in Long Beach, California, and his win also earns him a place on the 2015 Cafe Imports origin trip to Colombia. […]

Western Brewers Champs, Star Baristas & More On SprudgeLive


It’s coffee competition season here in the United States, and that means that Sprudge is out on the road, bringing you comprehensive coverage of every Regional Barista Competitions and the United States Barista Championships, all in the lead up to the 2015 World Barista Championship in Seattle, WA. We’re also bringing you coverage from some of […]

The Scoop: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Teams With Intelligentsia Coffee

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Jeni Britton Bauer is my ice cream hero. Many among the coffee nerd set have heroes similar to this—people with whom we’d love to sit down and watch while they work, roasting or brewing coffee, boring them to death with questions about extraction and pour speed, such that we might learn from them ourselves. But […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: Collective Coffee In Charleston

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Today’s the last day for our 2014 Build-Outs Of Summer series, and we have another one for you, coming in at the eleventh-and-a-half hour. Collective Coffee has expanded to a new location in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. They’re serving Intelligentsia coffees and Kilogram Teas, alongside guest roasters like Mountain Air from North Carolina and Commonwealth out of Colorado. You may have […]

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 intentionally abstract placement of exterior windows […]

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

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Coffee suggestions for your favorite Chicago music extravaganza, whether it’s Pitchfork Festival, North Coast Music Festival, Lollapalooza or Riot Fest.

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 […]

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 for Intelligentsia as Green Coffee […]

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 and Broadway will […]