72 Hours Of Coffee, Food & Hip-Hop In Houston

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In late February of 2014, Sprudge.com co-founder and editor Jordan Michleman traveled to Houston, Texas for a weekend series of events in partnership with Mahlkönig, InterAmerican Coffee, and Blacksmith. Fast-forward a month and he is back in Portland, Oregon, where perhaps coincidentally, the Trail Blazers are set to take on the Houston Rockets in … [Read more...]

Mahlkönig Releases The Definitive “Coffee Shot 101″ User Guide

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The Coffee Shot, man - it's taking the world by storm. This new / old way to approach brewing coffee on an espresso machine is all the rage in discerning speciality coffee circles, and it may be coming to a boutique coffee bar near you. But how does it work? And what does it mean? And should you order one? Let's demystify the Coffee Shot a … [Read more...]

Alpha Dominche Steampunk’d The Blue Bottle HQ

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Sprudge.com was in attendance as the rolling Alpha Dominche road show stopped by Blue Bottle HQ on Monday, November 11th, to show off what has got to be one of the fanciest coffee carts in the world. The evening's highlight? A custom Steampunk counter in the Blue Bottle public cupping room in Jack London Square. Walter and Isaac Bombeck from AD … [Read more...]

The Mahlkonig EK43, Specialty Coffee’s Hot New “It Girl”

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There's no question about it: Mahlkonig's EK 43 grinder is the "It-Girl" of Summer 2013. The grinder was originally developed for milling spices, but now a passionate cadre of supporters representing the upper echelons of specialty coffee have come out in support of the EK 43 for high-end coffee, and they are extolling its virtues online and via … [Read more...]

BGA and Sprudge.com Present: NWRBC PrepFest 2013

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It's been strange days so far for the 2013 United States Barista Championship competition cycle, with the kick-off event - the Northeast Regional Barista Competition - postponed due to complications from Super Storm Sandy. USBC regional action will finally get under way next week at the Southeast Regional Barista Competition in Atlanta, hosted by … [Read more...]