日本人初!丸山珈琲の井崎英典バリスタが2014年 世界バリスタチャンピオンに輝く

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You can find the original english-language version of our story on Hidenori Izaki's 2014 World Barista Championship win online here. イタリアのリミニで開催された「2014 World Barista Championship」で、日本代表として出場した丸山珈琲・小諸店の井崎英典(いざきひでのり)バリスタがチャンピオンに輝いた。今回初の優勝を勝ち取った丸山珈琲はオークションでトップクラスのコーヒー豆、特に「Cup Of … [Read more...]

Around The World With The Victoria Arduino Black Eagle Espresso Machine

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Over the last several months we've attended multiple parties heralding the launch of the Victoria Arduino Black Eagle espresso machine, developed by our friends and partners at Nuova Simonelli in collaboration with James Hoffmann, 2007 World Barista Champion and co-owner of Square Mile Coffee Roasters. Reflecting on these events in the context of … [Read more...]

Great Coffee In Poland, Part 1: Cafes Beyond Warsaw

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Victor Frankowski is one half of the London-based DunneFrankowski coffee consultancy, as well as a professional photographer whose work has appeared in galleries around the world and in the pages of Vice, NME, The New York Times, and many more. Born in Poland before moving to Australia and then London, Mr. Frankowski recently spent time traveling … [Read more...]

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

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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

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In October of 2013, Sprudge.com 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

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December 26th-31th, Sprudge.com 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 Sprudge.com 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

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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)

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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

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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

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[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

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The SCAA Event is new product central, and Your Sprudge Editors have a team of correspondents on assignment on the showroom floor. Sprudge.com 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

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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. 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...]