Crushtomer Relations: NYC Baristas Dish On Customer Hook-Ups And Hang-Ups


About a year ago, I was walking in the East Village when I ran into Cindy, a former customer I hadn’t seen in years. Though I had been determined to find a friend’s coffee shop so I could use the facilities, I wanted to catch up with Cindy because she was the kind of customer […]

From Pharma To Table: Pushcart Coffee, Now Roasting At Brooklyn’s 630 Flushing

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The north end of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, has not historically been considered a foodie hotbed. Good luck finding a selection of artisanal pickles there in 2013—hell, it used to be difficult to even find factory-made feta. But let’s say you blinked your eyes at the intersection of Flushing and Tompkins, an area most notable for giant […]

5 Cafe Names That Have OUTRAGEOUS Backstories…#4 Will Freak You Out!


What’s in a name? A spro by any other name would taste just as sweet. But to a coffee shop, that collection of letters designating a sequence of sounds referring to a thing, action, or idea is pretty important. The name is generally the first piece of information a customer gets about a shop, the introduction […]

Intelligentsia Herald Square No Longer On Fleek, Says Urban Outfitters


Intelligentsia’s Herald Square location in midtown Manhattan is now closed, as per the company’s official Twitter account. Sprudge gave the world its first look at the new cafe back in May of 2014, in a feature by Sprudge associate editor Liz Clayton. Eater NYC reported on the closure earlier today, using Twitter and social media for […]

3 Top Recipes From The 2015 US AeroPress Championship

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Colorful abstract paintings provided a pretty backdrop for this year’s US AeroPress Championship, which took place at Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea, New York. The competition was hosted by Brandon Tully of Under Line Coffee, a cafe located just a few doors down from the art gallery, which is owned by Brandon’s wife. A small, intimate […]

Stand Coffee Serves In Back of Baohaus, Is So NYC

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In the poppin’-off world of pop-up shops, there are many shades of gray. There are the pseudo-pop-ups roosting for years at a time in shared, sympathetic spaces. There are splashy seasonal toe-dips into other markets. There are fully built-out bars wedged into the escalator nooks of glassy office towers. And then there’s two guys with a […]

Coffee-Forward Media Honored With James Beard Award Nominations


The Books, Broadcast & Journalism Awards nominations for the 2015 James Beard Awards were announced at the James Beard House in New York City today. Among them, three coffee-forward folks were honored. Grant Lee Crilly, Chris Young, and Kristina Krug of ChefSteps were nominated in the “Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional” category for their how-to videos. ChefSteps […]

The USA AeroPress Championship Is Coming To Manhattan


A few weeks ago we brought some very important news to your attention: the US AeroPress Championship needed a host, in advance of the 2015 World AeroPress Championship in Seattle next month. Today we’re happy to report that the event has found a loving new home at Underline Coffee in Chelsea, on the island of […]

Martha Stewart Opens First Martha Stewart Café In New York City


@MarthaStewart opened her first cafe in NYC this morning, using Register! Welcome to Square, Martha. A photo posted by Square (@square) on Mar 12, 2015 at 8:53am PDT I don’t care what anyone else thinks: Martha Stewart gives me life. From bouncing back from her criminal past to lambasting cut-rate Stewart wannabe Gwenyth Paltrow, Stewart […]

OXO Introduces The $299 Barista Brain

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Oxo, the company whose Good Grips Soap Dispensing Palm Brush is a must-have for any kitchen, debuted a brand-new line of plug-in products at the 2015 International Home + Housewares Show this month. The company, founded in 1990 and headquartered in New York City, previewed blenders, mixers, and two coffee brewers that have got tech blogs […]