10 Luxury Espresso Machines From The Biggest Coffee Event In The World


This weekend, the senior editors of Sprudge tasked Charlie Burt of Kansas City to check out as many SCAA 2015 espresso machines as possible and document these sweet-as machines. From product launches to stunning customs to reimagined classics, this is a whiz-bang hot-rod look at the dopest, illest, and frankly sickest espresso machines of the 2015 … [Read more...]

The Gravimetric Black Eagle Espresso Machine Goes Live At SCAA 2015


"It's a difficult machine to describe to you because it's so simple," World Barista Champion Gwilym Davies told us this morning at the Nuova Simonelli booth at the SCAA Event in Seattle. He's talking about the Victoria Arduino Black Eagle VA 388 (official machine of the World Barista Championship) with built-in scales floating above the drip … [Read more...]

Tokyo: A Modern Moment At Sarutahiko Coffee’s New Roastery

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The night of January 30th saw Sarutahiko Coffee open the doors to Atelier Sengawa, its new roastery cafe: a spacious, two-story affair located in the cozy neighborhood of Sengawa, the plans for which we first told you about back in December. The opening party was a warm gathering of friends and customers sharing coffee and celebrating new starts, … [Read more...]

WBC Equipment Sponsors: Nuova Simonelli, Mahlkönig, Cafetto


Breaking today is the news that World Coffee Events (WCE), producers of the World Barista Championship and other international coffee events, have announced what equipment will be used on-stage at the 2015-2017 WBCs. Nuova Simonelli and Mahlkönig return as equipment sponsors with the Victoria Arduino Black Eagle espresso machine and the K30 Vario … [Read more...]

A Conversation With Cosimo Libardo, On His Departure From Nuova Simonelli


Sprudge.com can now report that Cosimo Libardo, president of the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe and longtime Director of Sales & Marketing at Nuova Simonelli, has accepted a new position as Managing Director for Toby's Estate Coffee, a multinational coffee roaster, importer and farming operation based in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Libardo's … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Market Buys World’s First Custom Black Eagle Espresso Machine


Well kiss my grits. Look at this eye-popping custom Victoria Arduino (née Nuova Simonelli)  Black Eagle Espresso Machine. It's shipping out from Espresso Parts in Olympia, Washington with a fresh red powder coat and walnut accented everything. It's going home to Whole Foods in Alpharetta, Georgia. That's right, Alpharetta. This machine is going to … [Read more...]

Black Eagle Espresso Machines Land Unexpectedly At Big Western


Oh hey, look at that! Official Espresso Machine Sponsor Nuova Simonelli has surprised many with the choice to place their brand new Victoria Arduino Black Eagle espresso machines on the barista stations at the 2015 Big Western Regional Barista Competition. Surprise, baristas! We approached Nuova Simonelli's Gianni Cassatini about the switch from … [Read more...]

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


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


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


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, 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


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


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...]