The Pancake Epidemic Reaches Seoul, And It’s Serving Stumptown Coffee

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This past weekend, the Los Angeles-based creative agency The Pancake Epidemic opened their first-ever public coffee bar in the Apgujeong neighborhood of Seoul. Developed in collaboration with the Korean brand family Kasina, The Pancake Epidemic Seoul is home to cutting edge specialty coffee equipment from the likes of Mahlkonig and La Marzocco, a … [Read more...]

The Kettle Black In Melbourne: Where Fine Dining Meets Casual Brunching

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We know we've said this before, but Melbourne really is a city where great coffee and great food often go hand-in-hand, with stalwarts like Auction Rooms and Proud Mary leading the charge for a number of years now. The high-end cafe scene in Melbourne is a vibrant thing, and recently a new group of trailblazers has been making a name for themselves … [Read more...]

A Guide To Great Coffee In Barcelona, Volume 1

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Finding good coffee in Barcelona requires an investigative spirit. Though coffee has long been ubiquitous in the city, it’s consistently been of poor quality–over-roasted and drenched in milk. Like many traditional European coffee markets, the idea of "third wave" is new to most locals, and they are still learning not to frown at the idea of filter … [Read more...]

In A Sea Of Chains, Manila’s Yardstick Coffee Stands Out

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At the center of the business district of the buzzing, 25.5 million-large metropolis of Manila lies Yardstick Coffee. This cafe, roastery and training space adjoining a restaurant is a breath of fresh air amongst the corporate chain cafes that line the neighboring malls. As you walk into the space, the simplicity and stark design is illuminated … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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On Friday, November 8th, the city of Sydney hosted one of the largest coffee parties in its history at Single Origin Roasters. Sprudge.com 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

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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...]