Portland Cafes Limit Service, Shut Down During Citywide E. coli Scare

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Trace amounts of E. coli have been found in Portland, Oregon water samples and a boil water alert has been issued for the most of the city, resulting in the emergency closures of several parts of the city's critical cafe infrastructure. We have contacted several establishments to find out what's what and figure out how cafes are addressing people's … [Read more...]

Tom Stafford Snorts Mystery Powder At Irish Barista Championship

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Snorting signature drinks? Tom Stafford, the owner of the Twisted Pepper in Dublin, Ireland, competed at the Irish Barista Championship earlier today. A short video from his routine was captured by 3FE owner (and Stafford's former colleague) Colin Harmon, who posted this Instagram a few hours ago: Comments suggest that the mysterious … [Read more...]

Is This The Most Expensive Coffee Ever?

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A seller on eBay is auctioning a "VINTAGE STUMPTOWN COFFEE PANAMA ESMERALDA GEISHA IN COLLECTOR JAR" and its starting bid is set at $3,000. Buyers have the option of purchasing the item outright for $6,000. Shipping is free. The coffee in question hails from the 2011 harvest of the famed Panama Esmeralda estate, and was roasted on January 23, … [Read more...]

5 Totally Temporary Coffee Tattoos From Tattly

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[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ot ready to take the big step and get a permanent chest piece just yet? Never fear! The brilliant minds at Tattly - a "designy temporary tattoo" house have some cute, quirky, and totally temporary tattoos for the contemporary barista. We've compiled five of our favorites - including a brand new one we've spotted Four Barrel … [Read more...]

Sweet Spot Party Boston: Beantown Gets Bodom’d

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Randal H. Bodom is our international party circuit correspondent, with a long, wild history of covering Natvia events. Hi gang, it's me again, your old pal Randy Bodom, and I'm positively wiggling with excitement over this brand new party announcement for USBC Boston. The folks at Natvia go all out, and these parties have a tendency to get a … [Read more...]

Help The People Of Anaconda Find Their Fugitive Fecal Felon

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Stunning news out of the small hamlet of Anaconda, Montana. Back in July, someone allegedly urinated in a can of pre-ground coffee and smeared feces all over the coffee maker in the Anaconda / Deer Lodge County Courthouse. At the time, there was no immediate evacuation. The public servants of Anaconda have since been flushed and left in the dumps … [Read more...]

SEA: Himalayan Supper Club At The Arabica Lounge

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Seattle's Arabica Lounge is one of the hottest cafes in the trendy Capitol Hill district - with a regular rotation of performance art presentations, outrageous art exhibits, delicious rotating Stumptown Chemex and espresso service, and a truly inspired and unique menu of food, it's definitely a "must visit" when in Seattle. Never one to rest on his … [Read more...]

Pop Up, Stay Put: Wrecking Ball Roasters Has A Permanent Coffeebar

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Trish Rothgeb and Nick Cho, the dynamic duo behind Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, have officially signed documents for their very first real-live stay-put coffeebar in San Francisco. Located inside gallery and event space Firehouse 8 (1648 Pacific Ave), the building owners have big plans for the future. Trish tells Sprudge, "Firehouse 8 is building … [Read more...]

Breaking: We’re The 2013 Official USBC Digital Media Sponsors!

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Breaking late this afternoon (but in the works for the last few weeks, and achingly difficult to keep quiet), we're absolutely thrilled to announce that Sprudge.com will be working together with the Specialty Coffee Association of America as your official Digital Media Sponsor for the 2013 United States Regional Barista Competition cycle. Expect a … [Read more...]

Buying The Finca: Move To Costa Rica!

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We're pleased to announce our very first finca Real Estate feature on Sprudge.com. Do you dream of moving to Central America and owning a coffee farm? For the price of a suburban McMansion, your dream can become a reality in realty. An unexpected e-mail from Mr. Ralph Carlson showed up in our inbox a few days back, sharing with us the word that Mr. … [Read more...]

A Downtown Summer PDX Walkabout

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It's summer in Portland! Let's go for a walk around all the new shops west of the river. There's the stunning new Sterling Coffee Roasters location in NW, the Case Study pop-up on Yamhill, Phuong Tran's bike-through espresso bar Maglia Rosa, Keith Miller and Mindy Farley's Red E Cafe counter in the EcoTrust building, and a soft-open first look at … [Read more...]

Carmichael’s TV Show Is Really Happening

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No, really, this is actually happening: Todd Carmichael is getting his own TV show. It's called "Coffee Hunter", and it's been confirmed by the Travel Channel for their summer line-up of programming. The details-adverse folks at Philly Eater have a Q&A with Todd: Where are some of the other places you're shooting episodes for Coffee … [Read more...]

Carguilo Called Champ! Interview & History

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Katie Carguilo is your 2012 United States Barista Champion. Ms. Carguilo competed in the USBC as a regional champion, having last March earned top prize at the Northeast Regional Barista Competition in New York City, where she lives and works. Let's get to know her a bit more, shall we? Katie has worked in the trenches of specialty coffee for … [Read more...]

OMG-Shot: Ex-Professional Barista Christopher Tacy Blogs About Stumptown

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One of our very favorite coffee bloggers, Chris Tacy, has written a thoughtful piece on the next chapter of Stumptown Coffee Roasters. As a former Stumptown barista and who once worked in the world of Corporate Venture Fundage, Chris has more than just a little bit of pertinent inside knowledge to share. That makes his latest blogpost at GodShot a … [Read more...]