Last Week With Ben Blake: February 9th, 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. Check out Draw Coffee for more of Ben's work. NWRBC Champs! Following three days of fierce competition, your NWRBC Barista and Brewer's Cup Champs have been … [Read more...]

Your Six NWRBC Finalist Interviews – A Video Treasury

While the NWRBC ended last week, we've been working like busy little beavers to get these video interviews ready. Sprudge.com sat down with all 6 NWRBC finalists, talented baristas who were generous enough with their time to answer our questions. These videos are snapshots of a moment in time; the interviews were a joy to conduct, and we're very … [Read more...]

Competition: The Very Best of Day Two From NWRBC

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NWRBC was a three-day affair, and Sprudge.com was there to cover each and every competitor and routine in its entirety. Here's a curated selection of our favorite tweets from throughout the day, sourced via the @SprudgeLive Twitter feed, along with original photography and a puppet, apparently. Relive the best from Day One here, and follow all our … [Read more...]

Sprudge Sunday Magazine – Issue #3 (Coava Coffee’s Devin Chapman)

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In the tradition of the Onion’s Sunday Magazine, welcome to Sprudge Sunday Magazine. In our third issue we’re celebrating Devin Chapman, your 2013 Northwest Regional Barista Champion. This is Mr. Chapman's second consecutive NWRBC victory for Coava Coffee, and we'll see him compete again at the 2013 United States Barista Championship in … [Read more...]

Ooh, Devin Is A Place On Earth: Your 2013 NWRBC Champion

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After a weekend of fierce competition, Devin Chapman of Coava Coffee Roasters has been crowned the 2013 Northwest Regional Barista Champion! This is Mr. Chapman's 2nd consecutive NWRBC win with Coava Coffee Roasters. His win at NWRBC earns him an automatic first-round bye at the 2013 USBC event in Boston. Mr. Chapman competed and won at the … [Read more...]

2013 NW Brewers Cup Finalists! Complete Schedule

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Meet your top 6 2013 NW Brewers Cup finalists! These 6 bold, beautiful brewers will compete on Finals Sunday for a chance at prizes, glory, and a first-round bye at the 2013 USBC Brewers Cup in Boston. Here they all, in all their glory! 9:17AM Ben Jones, Batdorf & Bronson, Olympia, WA @batdorfcoffee 9:47AM Jeremy Richards, Coava Coffee … [Read more...]

Your 2013 NWRBC Finalists!

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These 6 baristas have advanced to Finals Sunday at the 2013 Northwest Regional Barista Competition in Seattle, Washington. Competition begins at 9am PST, and will be broadcast live via the Specialty Coffee Association of America's official Livestream channel. 1. 9:00 am Lauren Lathrop, Public Domain Coffee, PDX - @l_lathrop @pdcoffee 2. 9:30 … [Read more...]

Your 2013 NWRBC Party Time Super Mega InfoPortal

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Seattle, Washington! It's a city we know and love well. Your Sprudge.com Editors started this here web rag in the Stumpown Coffee Roasters cafe on Pine and Boylston, where our own Zachary Carlsen worked as a barista. Fellow co-founder Jordan Michelman is a University of Washington grad; we both grew up about 45 minutes south in Tacoma, Washington. … [Read more...]

A Seattle Dining (And Drinking And Coffee) Guide

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This guide is the latest in our series of dining and conviviality guides geared around the traveling United States Barista Championship circuit. It is in no way the end all be all to how you should approach Seattle's food and fun scene, and we highly, highly recommend that you avail yourself of further information from any number of fine … [Read more...]

NWRBC Brewers Cup Schedule – Day One and Two

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Here's your complete schedule for the first round of the 2013 Northwest Regional Brewers Cup! Round one happens in a "silent auction" format; all 6 advancing finalists will have their routines broadcast on Finals Sunday. For the best in live, on-site Twitter coverage, follow us @SprudgeLive. Day 1 - Friday, Feburary 1st - 10 competitors … [Read more...]

SEA and PDX: NWRBC PrepFest Happens This Weekend!

Pacific Northwest coffee enthusiasts, lend us your ears. The Barista Guild of America and Sprudge.com 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...]

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...]

NWRBC Day Three: Tweets, Gifs, Love

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Welcome to a compendium of videos, photos, and curated live tweets from the penultimate day of the 2012 Northwest Regional Barista Competition. But first, if we may: We've received an outpouring of support and thanks for our coverage of the 2012 NWRBC. Your kind words mean the world to us. It was an honor and a privilege to cover this event, and … [Read more...]