Nuova Simonelli’s New Espresso Gear Coming To NYC, KCMO, Oakland, and Seattle


The Nuova Simonelli Mythos One Clima Pro grinder and Victoria Arduino 388 Black Eagle espresso machine launched at HOST last October in Milan. After a busy launch event at the London Coffee Festival, these cutting edge coffee machines are finally starting to land in the US, starting Tuesday, April 22nd with an event at the Counter Culture Coffee … [Read more...]

The Hottest Espresso Machine of 2014? Victoria Arduino’s Black Eagle Lands In London April 3rd


In October of 2013, was the first publication to bring you details and photos of the brand new Victoria Arduino 388 Black Eagle espresso machine. Launched at HOST in Milan, the Black Eagle was developed by James Hoffmann (2007 World Barista Champion, co-owner of Square Mile Coffee) and our friends and partners at Nuova Simonelli. The … [Read more...]

PrepFest 2013: Barista Competition Meets Pop-Up Video


December 26th-31th, is revisiting some of our favorite stories from the very exciting past year in coffee. Enjoy! The 2013 United States Barista Championship circuit is heating up, and is here to bring you best-in-the-business live coverage and event preview goodness from throughout this year's competition cycle.. To … [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...]

The US Barista Championship Season Begins Friday – Here’s Your Event Guide

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The 2013/14 United States Barista Championship season begins Friday, October 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the 2013/14 Big Central Barista Competition. This event is put on by the professionals at the Specialty Coffee Association of America, with whom we're proudly partnered for the 2013 competition season. The event's hosts are Cafe Imports … [Read more...]

The Nuova Simonelli Clima-Pro Grinder Debuts At Host


Host has been a major show for our friends and partners at Nuova Simonelli, who chose not to debut products at the SCAA Event last spring in Boston, instead holding back new products for an impressive barrage here in Milan. Nuova's "Technology Village" installation on the Host show floor has been well-trafficked all weekend, and regularly populated … [Read more...]

Meet The New Victoria Arduino 388 Black Eagle Espresso Machine

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Host Milan is a wide world of product roll outs, and one we're particularly excited about is Nuova Simonelli's brand new Victoria Arduino 388 Black Eagle espresso machine. What we saw here at Host is an alpha concept prototype of the 388 Black Eagle. The machine has two key notable features, the first being its striking aesthetics. Black Eagle … [Read more...]

This Just In: WBC All-Stars To Premiere At 2013 HOST Milan

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This coming October, 2013, there will be a huge global specialty coffee event in Milan. It's called the International Professional Hospitality Exhibition, or simply "HOST" - an enormous hospitality conference for which coffee is just one part. Think 1,600 vendors ranging from breads and pizza to gelatos and pastry, table wear, furniture, and all … [Read more...]

Dublin: Five Great Cafes (That Aren’t 3FE)


The whole wide coffee world is paying attention to Dublin these days, spurned on by the remarkable growth of its cafe scene and the impending 2016 World Barista Championships, which Dublin will host. And while Colin Harmon's 3FE is a bellweather cafe if there ever was one -- they've helped usher in great coffee in Ireland, and have exciting plans … [Read more...]

10 Unforgettable Moments With James Hoffmann In Portland


Last week, the city of Portland, Oregon played host to 2007 WBC Champion James Hoffmann's eagerly awaited Nuova Simonelli T3 tech talk. This event was hosted by the American Barista and Coffee School, and attended by around 80 specialty coffee enthusiasts and Hoffmann fanboys (not exactly a mutually exclusive group). Here's our 10 most memorable … [Read more...]

Alex Bernson’s SCAA 2013 Tech Wrap Up


[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 2013 SCAA conference felt like a big one. The quality-focused portion of our industry felt more mature and robust then it ever has, and there was a sense that we are moving into the next phase of responsibility and growth. The Symposium delivered a truly astounding amount of information on coffee rust, coffee genetics, and … [Read more...]

SCAA 2013 Showroom Floor: Product Update Update


The SCAA Event is new product central, and Your Sprudge Editors have a team of correspondents on assignment on the showroom floor. Senior Vice Hunty Alex Bernson took a look at a few new and/or improved products today, in between shots of espresso and an occasional dip into the DaVinci chocolate fountain.  Original photography by … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week Of March 2, 2013


Welcome to another edition of our weekly Saturday news magazine, “Last Week With Ben Blake”. Mr. Blake is’s trusty news intern, and a world-traveling illustration genius. This week, Ben submitted seven filter drawings (above). Check out Draw Coffee for more of Ben’s work. A Primer On The Colombian Coffee Grower's Strike - Things went … [Read more...]

PDX: An Evening With James Hoffmann and Nuova Simonelli (April 16th)


Super exciting news for Portlanders and travel-ready Seattleites (heck, plus people from anywhere else who want to hop a flight): 2007 World Barista Champion and Sprudgey Award winner James Hoffmann is coming to Portland, Oregon. On April 16th, from 5pm-7pm, Mr. Hoffmann will have full run of the American Barista and Coffee School. He'll be … [Read more...]

The Italian Barista Championship Had Live Scoring?!


Yes, it did. The 2013 Italian Barista Championship, a World Coffee Events sanctioned competition, implemented live scoring of the barista competitors throughout each round. Here's what that looked like: Our friend & colleague Cosimo Libardo of Nuova Simonelli supplied the above pic, and also offered up some details on how live scoring … [Read more...]

SEA and PDX: NWRBC PrepFest Happens This Weekend!

Pacific Northwest coffee enthusiasts, lend us your ears. The Barista Guild of America and have teamed up with some most excellent sponsors to bring you the first ever PrepFest, two evenings of barista competition insight and intrigue in advance of the Northwest Regional Barista Competition. PrepFest will be hosted over two consecutive … [Read more...]