World Aeropress Championship 2014: Recipes & Photos From The Battle On The Beach

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The 2014 World Aeropress Championship went down last week in Rimini, Italy, during the global coffee hubbub of the World Barista Championship. The event happened at the Turquoise Beach Club, with the warm sand and flowing drinks lending an appropriately festive air to the culminating event of a raucous, freewheeling year of national Aeropress … [Read more...]

World Aeropress Championships June 9th In Rimini

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It's finally time! The 2014 World Aeropress Championship is here! In a little over three weeks, the world coffee community will descend on Rimini, Italy for the World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup, and to kick it all off with a party, the World Aeropress Championship. This year's event (the seventh annual!) features an esteemed judging … [Read more...]

Great Coffee In Poland, Part 1: Cafes Beyond Warsaw


Victor Frankowski is one half of the London-based DunneFrankowski coffee consultancy, as well as a professional photographer whose work has appeared in galleries around the world and in the pages of Vice, NME, The New York Times, and many more. Born in Poland before moving to Australia and then London, Mr. Frankowski recently spent time traveling … [Read more...]

Wood Panels, Powder Coats & Candy Colors: The La Marzocco Home Espresso Machines Of SCAA


From the moment it launched in 2006, coffee geeks have been lusting after the La Marzocco GS/3. This single-group espresso machine manages to pack the technical abilities of a full-sized La Marzocco GB5 professional espresso machine into a much more kitchen-counter friendly footprint. The machines have seen wide use in professional coffee catering … [Read more...]

First Stop: Taglio Cafe In Milan


Milan's Taglio is a shop of many things. It's the kind of place to go to when you want an espresso, or some poached eggs for breakfast, or a lovely loaf of bread and some prosciutto to take home, or a bottle of wine and a fresh lunch, or a snifter of Braulio's 2008 Reserve amaro. A cafe, kitchen, bar, and convenience store, where every product is … [Read more...]

La Marzocco’s Newest Espresso Machine Spotted At TED


Baristas at the annual TED Conference and TEDActive in Vancouver, BC and Whistler are wrapping up a week of coffee service today. Our friends and partners at the espresso machine manufacturer La Marzocco debuted their new line of Strada EE machines at the bars stationed in Vancouver. The EE series--it stands for "Erogazione Elettrovalvole"--is … [Read more...]

Sightglass Opens New Cafe & Roastery In San Francisco’s Coffee District


In a quiet part of San Francisco's Mission District, far from the saturated main drags of Valencia and Mission Streets, Sightglass Coffee has now opened the doors to its new café and roaster, located at 3014 20th Street. The neighborhood is a very rapidly changing mix of retail, light industry, converted industrial buildings, increasingly … [Read more...]

8 Coffee Roasters From Korea You Gotta Try

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Whether it is the first time you taste the crystal clear bergamot of a Panamanian Gesha coffee, or the bracing salt spray of the ocean in an Islay scotch, or the multi-layered explosion of hot peppers you didn’t even know existed in a Szechuan hot pot, one of the great pleasures of palate exploration is coming across something new and different. … [Read more...]

Tierra Mia Coffee Expands Into Oakland’s Uptown Neighborhood

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With seven shops in their hometown of Los Angeles and now two in the Bay Area, Tierra Mia Coffee is rapidly putting together a state-spanning specialty coffee empire. Their latest expansion is a soaring space in the iconic 1930s Art Deco I. Magnin building in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. Tierra Mia is a fascinating company owned by an affable, … [Read more...]

You’ve Gotta See This Incredible $12,000 La Marzocco Couch


The iconic La Marzocco FB70 (pictured above) is known for its unique body - with beautifully sculpted fender-like body panels. Now all that can be yours in couch form. From the online web La Marzocco Store - check out this custom La Marzocco FB70 Couch. The couch pictured can be yours for £7,500.00 (or about … [Read more...]

A Giant Coffee Party Happened Last Week In Sydney


On Friday, November 8th, the city of Sydney hosted one of the largest coffee parties in its history at Single Origin Roasters. correspondent Matt Davis was on hand to observe at the event - these are his photos, notes, and soy / drag observations. For all that it's worth, coffee was the real winner on the day as 350 of the state's … [Read more...]

Sydneysiders To Battle For Glory, Treasure At Single Origin Roasters


On this coming Friday, November 8th, the city of Sydney, Australia will play host to a unique, exciting, and utterly peculiar coffee competition spectacular. It all goes down at the Single Origin Roasters roast works in Botany (28B Cranbrook Street) beginning at 5pm. Tickets to this event are sold out - but you can follow Sprudge on Twitter and … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of October 26th, 2013

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Big week here at Sprudge, and in the coffee community at large. If you haven’t been paying attention, Sprudge has been splitting its time between Milan, Italy and Minneapolis, Minnesota to cover the biggest events the coffee industry has to offer. We’ve got the hottest product debuts, the most reflective look-backs, and the most comprehensive Big … [Read more...]

Caffè Firenze: A New Extraction Technology From La Marzocco & Illy

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This year's Out Of The Box event, put on by our friends and partners at La Marzocco, was full of exciting new products and fascinating glimpses into the possible future of the company, which you can read about in more depth in our wrap-up. One of the most intriguing of these glimpses was the functional prototype of the new Caffè Firenze … [Read more...]

8 Cats That Did Not Attend La Marzocco’s Out Of The Box


La Marzocco's famous Out Of The Box event happened last week in Milano, Italy. was there, with our Assistant Editor Alex Bernson serving as MC throughout the event. But not everyone could make it. For example, these 8 cats definitely did not get the memo and were unable to attend this remarkable event. This cat totally didn't see … [Read more...]

Our Uninhibited Look Back At La Marzocco Out Of The Box

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You may have noticed from our deluge of coverage that there were a few coffee things going on in Milan this past weekend.'s fearless leaders Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen were at the HOST exhibition all week taking part in the WBC All-Stars event and bringing you a slew of new-product first-looks. Meanwhile I was across town with … [Read more...]