Katie Carguilo’s New Role At Counter Culture Is A Coffee Dream Job

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Katie Carguilo is a seasoned coffee professional who has won barista competitions, been all over the television, toured the world, and graced the cover of magazines. Carguilo took home the 2012 United States Barista Championship belt and has helped helm our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee in New York City for the last seven years. … [Read more...]

World’s First Look At The New Counter Culture Coffee NYC Training Center

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Our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee, a Durham, North Carolina based coffee roasting operation that specializes in wholesale accounts, are preparing to open a brand new Training Center space at 376 Broome Street, in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood. The current CCC NYC space is on the 4th floor of a nondescript office building in the … [Read more...]

SCBRC Champion Opens “Cafe Lorenzo” Pop-Up In Costa Rica

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Imagine waking up each morning in Costa Rica to the sounds and smells of hand-ground coffee, brewed via Aeropress by a certified barista champion. This was our reality on the Cafe Imports Origin trip, and it came courtesy of Cuvee Coffee's own Lorenzo Perkins. Throughout the trip, it was dubbed Cafe Lorenzo, and each day the cafe was situated in … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of February 2nd, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of our weekly Saturday news magazine, "Last Week With Ben Blake". Mr. Blake is Sprudge.com's trusty news intern, and also a heckuva illustrator. For more great work like the doodle you see above, check out Draw Coffee. NWRBC Realness - The Northwest Regional Barista Championship is happening live all weekend from … [Read more...]

Sprudge Sunday Magazine – Issue #2 (Katie Carguilo)

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In the tradition of the Onion’s Sunday Magazine, welcome to the second edition of Sprudge Sunday Magazine. For the second issue we’re celebrating Katie Carguilo, your 2012 United States Barista Champion. It's been an exciting year for Ms. Carguilo, who works for Counter Culture Coffee in New York City. Look back at some of our favorite Katie … [Read more...]

Saturday In NYC: Barista Competitor Lab At Counter Culture Coffee

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The Northeast Regional Barista Competition is back on track, scheduled for February 20th-22nd at Attic Studios in Long Island City and sponsored by Dallis Bros. Coffee. In advance of this event, our friends and longtime partners at Counter Culture Coffee are offering a fabulous competition workshop - or "Competitor Lab" - at their New York Training … [Read more...]

Holiday Wish List: Shay Aaron’s Quirky Coffee Jewelry

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Shay Aaron, an Israeli artist based out of Tel Aviv, sells glorious miniature food jewelry. Aaron's work has been featured in blogs like the Huffington Post, and recently Katie Carguilo, the United States Barista Champion, was spotted sporting the coffee bean studs ($15.50). We think it's an absolute holiday must for the coffee lover in your life. … [Read more...]

Fruit Bombs & Fermentation Cycle Two: Ashvegas, Baby

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Sprudge.com co-founder Zachary Carlsen is embedded all week long on the Counter Culture Coffee Fruit Bombs & Fermentation road show. Over the next few days he'll be in Atlanta and Chicago, but today we join him in Asheville, North Carolina. It's a four hour drive to Asheville from Counter Culture headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. The … [Read more...]

Counter Culture’s Fruit Bombs & Fermentation Part Deux

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A few weeks back, Sprudge.com had the distinct pleasure of joining our partners Counter Culture Coffee and La Marzocco on their inaugural "Works In Progress" road show, visiting Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Durham, and points in between. We're excited to announce that this week we'll be hopping back in the Cortado Minivan and heading out to … [Read more...]

NYC: Baristas, Bloomingdale’s, Brooklyn, and Bingo!

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New York City is buzzing with events this weekend! NYC - where the "C" stand for coffee! There are two really cool coffee events happening on Saturday, November 10th - and to the untrained eye they seem to be clashing - but if you play your cards right you can make it to both and still have enough time for Le Bingo with Linda Simpson at Le Poisson … [Read more...]

Fermentation & Fruit Bombs: Washington, DC

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Sprudge.com co-founder Zachary Carlsen has been embedded all week long in Counter Culture Coffee’s Fermentation & Fruit Bombs road show. Read our coverage from Boston here and here, and our coverage from Philly here. It takes around three hours to travel between Philadelphia and DC. It's takes around four to five hours if you stop for … [Read more...]

Fermentation & Fruit Bombs: Boston Market Boogaloo

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Sprudge.com co-founder Zachary Carlsen is embedded all week long in the traveling caravan that *is* Counter Culture Coffee’s Fermentation & Fruit Bombs road show. The Counter Culture Coffee Boston Training center opened its doors for the first stop of the four-city Fermentation & Fruit Bombs tour. We cupped, we slurped, we made friends … [Read more...]

Rwanda Profiles: Laetitia Mukandahiro

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Specialty coffee is a woven tapestry of individuals, from roasters to baristas, producers to farmers. All week long we’ll be profiling personalities who work in the Rwandan specialty coffee industry. All from Rwanda coverage made possible by Fair Trade USA. Cupping with to Laetitia Mukandahiro is a bit like taking batting practice next to Joey … [Read more...]

Your Unofficial Guide To The 2012 WBC And WOC

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It's upon us! The 2012 World Barista Championship begins June 12th, drawing in competitors from more than 50 nations for an incredible week of competition, held in conjunction with the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe's World of Coffee event. Sprudge.com will be broadcasting live all week long from the Messe Wien Congress Center, bringing … [Read more...]

Carguilo Called Champ! Interview & History

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Katie Carguilo is your 2012 United States Barista Champion. Ms. Carguilo competed in the USBC as a regional champion, having last March earned top prize at the Northeast Regional Barista Competition in New York City, where she lives and works. Let's get to know her a bit more, shall we? Katie has worked in the trenches of specialty coffee for … [Read more...]

Sprudge AV Club: NERBC Video Compendium

Pulled from our ever-expanding YouTube channel, here's a look back at the 2012 Northeast Regional Barista Competition in video form. There's more to come throughout the week so be sure to subscribe to us on the Youtubes and keep an eye on our Facebooks. Without further ado, the videos: [youtube]NSS3kYqkN3E[/youtube] Here's Park Brannen, … [Read more...]