Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of November 16th, 2013

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How much coffee stuff happens around the world each week, you ask? A whole lot—and Sprudge.com was there, covering it all. In case you missed it (and who can blame you if you did), I’ve created this handy little recap of everything that’s happened over the last seven days. It’s like a fresh cup of coffee on a crisp November morning. Let’s just … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of November 9th, 2013

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It's a wide world of coffee out there, and Sprudge.com is there to cover it all like a really comfy blanket on a cold November night. In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's all the coffee news you missed in the last seven days, presented in technicolor. Cape Town: Charlie Stewart brought us this list of five great coffee spots … [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...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of October 12th, 2013

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The Most Elegantly Designed Cafe in New York? We got a behind the scenes look at the La Colombe’s flagship cafe in NYC’s NoHo neighborhood from Alex Bernson. He transposed his observations and experience at the cafe into an eloquently-written piece on workflow, aesthetic, and how La Colombe NoHo is “taking in the vibrant energy of the city, … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of September 28th, 2013

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I just spent the past seven days binge-watching three seasons-worth of Breaking Bad episodes to try to catch up in time for tomorrow’s grand finale. Maybe you did too, or maybe you were just too busy living a healthy, non-addictive lifestyle. Whatever the case may be, I’ve cooked up a handy little recap of all the latest coffee news featured on … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of June 7th, 2013

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Maybe you spent the last week lounging on the beaches of some remote island off the coast of Washington, or maybe you just had a job and kids and a real life that kept you busy. Whatever the case may be, here’s all the coffee news you missed in the last 7 days —all in one spot. It’s like a fun-sized candy bar, only it’s not a candy bar—it’s just … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week Of April 20th, 2013

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Ben Blake continues his service as our fabulous Sprudge intern - check out more of his work at drawcoffee.com. On Boston... This past week has been an unthinkable one for the people of Boston—no words or actions can erase the unfair amounts of pain, fear, and confusion taken on by an entire city. Times like these bring to light the worst in … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of April 6th, 2013

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This year, your Sprudge intern was proud to team up with his awesome designer friend Josh Kennedy (@jshknndy) and sister Lauren Bergman (@Inbergman) to design the La Marzocco, Cafe Imports, Barismo, and George Howell Coffee SCAA party poster and ticket. If you’re headed to Boston, be sure to attend! #SCAA2013 Party Preview - SCAA is next week, … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of February 23rd, 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 a world-traveling illustration genius. Check out Draw Coffee for more of Ben’s work. Northeast Regional Barista Championship We're right in the heart of RBC season, and this week the Northeast sent … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: February 9th, 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 a world-traveling illustration genius. Check out Draw Coffee for more of Ben's work. NWRBC Champs! Following three days of fierce competition, your NWRBC Barista and Brewer's Cup Champs have been … [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...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of January 26th, 2013

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The very best from in coffee news from Sprudge intern Ben Blake. Check out more of his art at Draw Coffee Dot Com.  BCRBC In Requiem: The 2013 Big Central Regional Barista Championship crowned its new champions this week after three days of jam-packed barista routines and Brewer's Cup sessions in Kansas City. We were thrilled to cover the … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of January 19th, 2012

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Ben Blake is Sprudge.com's weekend news intern, illustrious illustrator, and temporary Italian. Follow him on Twitter and learn more about his art at Draw Coffee. Green doodle of the #XtremeKone Contest, inspired of course, by the once-popular soft drink "SURGE." #XtremeKone Contest - A contest is afoot! We've teamed up with our good friends … [Read more...]