Toby’s Estate Announces West Village Cafe & Brew School

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The third U.S. Toby’s Estate café is slated to open next month in Manhattan, continuing the Sydney-founded brand's growth in North America after launching in Brooklyn in 2012. In advance of that opening, Toby's New York owners Amber Jacobsen and Adam Boyd gave Sprudge a peek into the forthcoming shop. The extensively renovated space sits among … [Read more...]

More Questions Than Answers At The Friends “Central Perk” Cafe


I must admit I'm not the ideal person to cover a pop-up coffee shop dedicated to the twentieth anniversary of Friends, one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. I was certainly one of the 52.46 million viewers who watched Rachel and Ross finally get together for-real-no-take-backsies, but it was maybe the tenth episode I’d ever seen. … [Read more...]

Where To Surf The Nordic Coffee Wave In New York City

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This weekend heralded the frosty kickoff of the NORTH 2014 Nordic Cooking Fest in New York City, a pan-culinary celebration of the cuisine, skill and innovation of Scandinavia. In a world that's come to esteem Danish cooking as highly as Chinese food by way of Oklahoma City, this festival has hopped on the Nordic food bandwagon and is holding it … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Odradek’s Bar In Brooklyn, New York

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It's new American breakfast, it's British brunch, it's German vegan. It's in Midwood! It's Odradek's Bar! Our build outs of summer series continues with high-end coffee and slushies, soon arriving in Midwood, Brooklyn. Midwood—or Flatbush, as this larger section of Brooklyn that overlaps it may be called—might not be the first spot on your … [Read more...]

Taking Coffee To Heart At Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, NYC

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Line up a panel of people who take their coffee very, very seriously and it's a safe bet more than a couple of them will take umbrage at coffee as a novelty. At coffee as a flavor. At coffee as a category of ice cream flavors. But line up a pastry chef or dairy master who takes his or her ice cream very, very seriously? And you'll find an … [Read more...]

“Birds Of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2″ Now Available In Select Cafes, Online


Eileen P. Kenny is the talented photographer and writer behind the coffee web's premiere interview magazine, Birds of Unusual Vitality. She is also Melbourne desk, and we recently partnered with her to publish Birds of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2, a compilation of engaging interviews with coffee folk from around the globe. This book is now … [Read more...]

In Brooklyn, A Coffee Bar That Imports Its Own Beans Looks To The Future

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Crop to Cup, a small coffee shop and importing outfit in South Gowanus, Brooklyn, is deceptive. Casting an eye over a coarsely-painted brick interior and piles of burlap bean bags, the casual observer might mistake this scene for a playful montage of modern coffee culture or a fledgling business unsteadily finding its deck-shoe-clad … [Read more...]

From Barbershop To Navy Yard: Parlor Coffee Does The Brooklyn Expansion Thing


In coffee, the little pop-up that could is the ultimate princess story. From humble beginnings and organic growth are born some of coffee's most beloved names, and Brooklyn-based Parlor Coffee is living that dream today, in an unlikely corner of Brooklyn, beneath the nouveau-industrial shadow of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Parlor's founder, Dillon … [Read more...]

10 Beautiful Paper Coffee Cups From “Coffee Cups Of The World”


Let's be real. A staggering 500 billion paper cups are produced each year, most of which are not recyclable or compostable. Finding a reusable solution is far preferable, but in the meantime, one artist is photographing paper coffee cups and turning them into works of art. New York City based photographer Henry Hargreaves finds art in the … [Read more...]

A Whisper Launch For Blue Bottle’s Latest Manhattan Coffee Bar

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Blue Bottle’s newest New York City outlet quietly arrived 5 weeks ago at ABC Home in Manhattan. Continuing their trend of opening some of the smallest stands and shops in the city (like the diminutive Dean St. storefront in Brooklyn), this Murphy Bed of a kiosk is located among the dry goods of the ABC Market in the Flatiron, open on Saturday and … [Read more...]

Melt Down: The Many Frozen Coffee Treats Of Bubby’s NYC


When the going gets hot, the hot make ice cream treats out of locally roasted, artisanal coffee and coffee extracts, and New York City's comfort food hub Bubby's is no exception. The venerated restaurant, whose locations in Tribeca and at the foot of the High Line are famous for pies, pork, and the like, has been celebrated for their quality coffee … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Astoria Coffee In Queens, New York

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Most coffee companies start with a brick and mortar, a jumping off point to offer coffee service, whole bean sales, and all the community building goodness that comes from opening a coffee shop. Dennis Lee of Astoria Coffee did it the other way around, building his brand through a neighborhood coffee delivery subscription service before marshaling … [Read more...]

Swedish-Born Bulgarian Barista Champion Patrik Vilhelmsson Has Been Working At All These NYC Cafes


If there's a story behind every door in New York, you'd better believe there's a story behind every coffee counter. A few months ago, we discovered Patrik Vilhelmsson--a friendly barista working, at the time, at Bluestone Lane. That Swedish-born Vilhelmsson was pulling shifts at a Midtown espresso bar in an office building wasn't a tremendous … [Read more...]

First Look: Intelligentsia’s Herald Square Cafe at Urban Outfitters’ Latest New York Outpost


There are few things more exciting in Midtown Manhattan than a promising new cafe, and this week, Sprudge got an exclusive sneak-preview of the soon-to-be-unveiled Intelligentsia project opening this June in bustling Herald Square. The project is a progressive mixed-retail collaboration from the minds of Urban Outfitters, whose new space at 35th … [Read more...]

Fuglen in NYC – The Design-Fueled Prelude To An Eagerly Awaited Opening

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The global coffee / cocktails / design powerhouse Fuglen has come to New York City in the form of the Norwegian Icons exhibition, a collection of Norwegian design masters co-curated by Fuglen and Blomqvist that opened Friday, May 23rd at Openhouse in SoHo. In Oslo, Fuglen is a combination high-end multi-roaster cafe, craft cocktail bar and vintage … [Read more...]

Brunswick Cafe Launches In Bed-Stuy, As The Australian Coffee Take-Over of NYC Rolls On


Cafe owner and entrepreneur-about-town Alex Hall unveiled a new cafe Monday in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The cafe, called Brunswick, is the first in of a series of Brunswick shops throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, and is named as a nod to Hall's native Australia. Indeed, Hall, who is most famously the proprietor of Milk Bar on … [Read more...]