Urnex Unveils “Global Barista Champion Ambassadors” Selections


It's barista competition season, and our friends and partners at Urnex have been busy working behind the scenes to support competition culture as it happens around the world. The cleaning products brand—family-owned and based in New York State since 1936—signed on earlier this year as major supporters of Sprudge's international barista competition … [Read more...]

Winter Openings: Grade Coffee, Brooklyn


We love when new cafes open. So much so, that each summer for the last three years we've embarked upon a globe-girdling, feature series peeking in on brand new and under-construction cafes from cities across the planet. But summer's not the only time a new cafe can open, and we're not seasonalists. So what if you've opened in the winter? We don't … [Read more...]

In A Brooklyn Loft, Room For A Coffee Roaster And A Cat

Lofted Coffee Brooklyn SPrudge

Brooklyn's a great place to establish your boutique business or maker-enterprise, but if you've ever thought about roasting high-quality coffee to Scandinavian standards of delicacy in your loft apartment, Sprudge has bad news for you. Lofted Coffee has beat you to it. Operating out of a just-shy-of-1000-square-foot loft in industrially zoned … [Read more...]

Ninth Street Espresso Teams Up With Threes Brewery In Brooklyn

Ninth Street Espresso Threes Brewing Brooklyn Sprudge

As easy as it is to cross from Manhattan to Brooklyn, New York City's coffee merchants haven't always been interborough players. Most East River crossings have been westward, in fact, with roasters like Brooklyn-founded Cafe Grumpy, and national and international companies like Blue Bottle, and Toby’s Estate, who both roast in Brooklyn, gradually … [Read more...]

How Culture (Espresso) Came To Midtown Manhattan

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Midtown Manhattan, to many, remains a coffee mystery. Way back in 2009, when Culture Espresso opened its doors at the highly unlikely intersection of 6th Avenue and West 38th Street, specialty coffee was still a twinkle in the neighborhood's eye. In fact, you were far more likely to find a specialty button in this area, once the notions and … [Read more...]

Southdown Coffee, A Long Island Cafe With Hints Of Brooklyn And Seattle

Southdown Coffee Long Island Sprudge

The third wave of coffee has fully broken on America’s shores, saturating most major metropolitan areas, and the tide is still coming in. All sorts of cutting-edge coffee experiences are finding their way onto Main Streets across the country. One of the big drivers of this trend is young, passionate people returning to their homes after sojourns in … [Read more...]

Feel Good Drinks Of Fall: The Apple Betty Cappuccino From Tobys Estate Brooklyn


A month ago we announced our new Feel Good Drinks Of Fall series, where we celebrate the latest and greatest in cozy coffee drinks. The series was inspired in part by this out of control S'mores Gibraltar from Onyx Coffee Lab, which the internet (our staff included) just could not get enough of. Submissions have been rolling in since then, and with … [Read more...]

Toby’s Estate Announces West Village Cafe & Brew School

Toby's Estate West Village New York City Sprudge

The third U.S. Toby’s Estate café is slated to open next month in Manhattan, continuing the Sydney-founded brand's growth in North America after launching in Brooklyn in 2012. In advance of that opening, Toby's New York owners Amber Jacobsen and Adam Boyd gave Sprudge a peek into the forthcoming shop. The extensively renovated space sits among … [Read more...]

Coffee + Curiosity at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn

Morbid Anatomy Museum-Death on a shelf watches over the coffee drinkers

The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus, Brooklyn, stands near the banks of an infamous local waterway. A Superfund site, the Gowanus Canal is the tarnished legacy of Brooklyn’s industrial past. Foot-long oyster beds of old have been replaced by murky green water that can be smelled long before it’s seen. However, now a new cluster of edible pearls is … [Read more...]

New York Post Is All Like “$10 Latte? You Gotta Be Kiddin’ Me”


Intrepid reporter Dana Schuster visited Budin and ordered the shop's now-infamous Lakkrís Latte for a New York Post feature titled "Why does this coffee cost $10?" It is perhaps the greatest newspaper article of all time. How did Schuster feel about the $10 latte? This image sums it up: The article pulses and courses with that certain … [Read more...]

Meet The Best Barista In New York City: Sam Lewontin!


Samuel Lewontin is your newly crowned 2013 Northeast Regional Barista Competition champion! Mr. Lewontin is the manager at Everyman Espresso SoHo, a dedicated Counter Culture Coffee account located at 301 W. Broadway in New York City. Mr. Lewontin competed and won at the NERBC using Counter Culture's Burundi Mpemba, from the Kazoza N'Ikawa … [Read more...]

Saturday In NYC: Barista Competitor Lab At Counter Culture Coffee


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...]

Exclusive: Intelligentsia To Open 5 New Cafes In 2013


Breaking news here at Sprudge HQ, as we've received word that Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea are planning to open five new retail coffee bars in 2013. This information has been confirmed by Intelligentsia's Director of Marketing and Communciations Stephen Morrisey. Intelli's plans call for three new cafes in the Chicago area, a previously reported … [Read more...]

6 Coffee and Apple Pairings From Gimme! Coffee

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The bright minds at Gimme! Coffee in New York got together and found perfect pairings for their coffees and different varieties of Indian Creek Farm apples. From the Gimme! Blog, coffee trainer and barista competitor Liz Clark writes, "Both coffees and apples are simple and complex, we looked at acidity, taste, sweetness and physical sensations, … [Read more...]

Now Hiring: New York Coffee Jobs Online


Have you always dreamed of re-enacting some TV show or movie or something, and moving to New York City? Are you just exactly like that girl from "Girls", except without rich, connected artist parents in the fucking first place? Introducing New York Coffee Jobs, a brand new website for baristas considering making the big move to the big city. It's … [Read more...]

A Thirsty Lot: NYC Coffee Does Cocktails


  Two New York coffee types - Sam Lewontin (Everyman Espresso) and Alex Bernson (Joe NYC) - have teamed up together on Food Republic to offer you a dreamily potable coffee cocktail for those first days of spring. Imagine Rwanda Buf Cafe from Toronto's Detour Coffee Roasters, mingled with orange zest and aged rum...well, best to just let … [Read more...]