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...]

BREAKING: NERBC Re-Scheduled Dates Announced

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Breaking news late this Friday as the SCAA has announced confirmed dates and times for the 2013 Northeast Regional Barista Competition. The event was supposed to go down last November, but that event was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Your new NERBC dates are February 20th - 22nd, to be hosted at the Attic Studios in Long Island City (11-05 … [Read more...]

NERBC Canceled Due To Hurricane Sandy

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Superstorm Sandy and its impact up and down the Eastern seaboard has halted the North East Regional Barista Competition, which had been scheduled to take place over the weekend in Atlantic City. The Bally's Casino remains boarded up as clean-up crews and rescue workers work through the day to help folks stranded, displaced, and looking for … [Read more...]

Sandy In Queens: The Dallis Bros. Coffee Storm Surge Flickr Set

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That nasty old Hurricane Sandy, she's queening out in Queens, where our friends at Dallis Bros. Coffee are based. They've got some Flickr photos of the storm surge realness, like this doozy of Josip Drazenovich, Training and Development Manager for Dallis Bros, still practicing away for the maybe-still-happening NERBC: Meanwhile the street … [Read more...]

Hurricane Sandy and the NERBC: An Update From Dallis Bros.

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This just arrived in our inbox, and we're passing it along to you folks who are prepping for this weekend's impending Northeast Regional Barista Competition, which is scheduled to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The email comes us to from John Moore, V.P. of Sales and Marketing for Dallis Bros. Coffee, whose sponsorship anchors this year's … [Read more...]

Storm Watch: Hurricane Sandy Shuts Down East Coast

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Folks on the East Coast are in full-on bunker mode as Hurricane Sandy comes barreling down. Restaurants and cafes are closing while cities up and down the coastline have been evacuated. Public transportation in NYC, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Boston have been shut down. Coffee shipments across the coast have been delayed, with the USPS and … [Read more...]

Luck Be A Latte: NERBC Dates Announced For Atlantic City!

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You thought you had a few more months to rest, prep, and mentally calibrate yourself for the 2013 United States Barista Championship competition cycle. You thought wrong. Dates have now officially been set by the SCAA for the opening event in this year's USBC calendar, and it's kicking off with a doozy. The hotly competitive, immensely … [Read more...]

A Complete Look Back At The 2012 USBC Regionals

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Over the course of 6 weeks in the beginning of 2012, Sprudge.com had the opportunity to attend all 6 of the regional competitions in this year's United States Barista Competition cycle. The result is a body of work that we hope does justice to the professionalism and dedication of the competitors, more than 200 in total. This work would not have … [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...]

The Many Judging Faces of Dan Streetman

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Aside from our regular coverage responsibilities at NERBC, we couldn't help but occasionally point the lens towards our friend, judge Dan Streetman. He is a man of many faces, and hopefully we've captured all of them here. We love you, Dan, and the community loves you more. Enjoy! "This routine greatly pleases me." "This routine … [Read more...]

NERBC Finals Sunday In Words And Pictures

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Our 2012 NERBC coverage made possible by Dallis Bros. Coffee. Jordan Barber of Third Rail Coffee / Citizen Of The World - Mr. Barber finaled in both the Brewers Cup and Barista Competitions this weekend, and was enormously impressive in both. More than a few folks on the livestream predicted a Devin Chapman "Winner, Winner" scenario, and we … [Read more...]

Counter Culture Coffee’s Carguilo Wins NERBC

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Katie Carguilo of Counter Culture Coffee is your 2012 NERBC champion! Katie works for the New York office of Counter Culture; this is her second regional win, her first coming in the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2007. Katie will continue on to compete in Portland, OR for the USBC this April. Here's the top three from this year's NERBC: 1. Katie … [Read more...]

Barber Shears Competition At NE Brewers Cup!

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Jordan Barber is your 2012 NE Brewers Cup champion! He won competing with Kenya Kieni coffee roasted by Coffee Collective. He'll go on to compete in the national Brewers Cup championship in Portland, Oregon. He gets to take home a brand spanking new Baratza Vario W! Here's your top three from the Brewers Cup in New York City: 1. Jordan Barber, … [Read more...]

Liveblogging The #NERBC: Day 1, Part 2

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Coverage made possible by Dallis Bros. Coffee Here's live-tweets, photos and other assorted ephemera from the afternoon of #NERBC prelims: Wolfie Marnell, of Pavement Coffee House, Boston 1:09 @misterbarn serving washed haru co-op yirgacheffe from @counter_culture - tasting notes are "strong black tea and citrus" - 1:16 @misterbarn … [Read more...]

NERBC & Brewers Cup Finals Schedule

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  COMPETITION BEGINS AT NOON SUNDAY 2/26   Your 2012 NERBC finalists are... 1. Jordan Barber, Third Rail, NYC @thirdrailcoffee 2. Park Brannen, Handsome Coffee Roasters, NYC @jparkbrannen 3. Brandon Duff, RBC, NYC @thebrandonduff 4. Katie Carguilo, Counter Culture Coffee, NYC @katiecarguilo 5. Brian Gelletly, … [Read more...]

Think Coffee Offers NERBC Origin Prize

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Here ye, here ye, handed to Sprudge directly by Think Coffee themselves on the busy floor of the NERBC, comes this stunning announcement of small business generosity and competition reward: Think Coffee is pleased to offer an all-expenses paid trip to origin with Think's Farmer Relations Manager, Matt Fury, to the second place winner of the NERBC … [Read more...]