SF Whoa: Michael “Panda” Fernandez At The Bay Area Latte Art Finals!

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The first season of the Bay Area Coffee Community's Latte Art Series came to an eventful end last Thursday night in San Francisco. We've been covering the event all season, and for the final evening, we contracted some paid event coverage from our friend and colleague Michael "Panda" Fernandez. Mr. Fernandez attended this event in his capacity as … [Read more...]

Atlanta: Batdorf & Friends Brew At TEDx Peachtree

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Batdorf and Bronson is at TEDx: Peachtree today, happening at the fabulous Buckhead Theater! This event's theme is Transcend, and by the looks of the photographs, this concept is being embodied on the coffee side of things (although they aren't actually seving anything from Transcend - that would have been pretty cheeky). Led by Batdorf's coffee … [Read more...]

What We’re Reading: “The Unimportance of Brew Methods”

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Spotted today via Espresso Parts customer service rep Michael "Panda" Fernandez's indispensable Facebook feed, this thought-provoking read from the Extractions & Distractions tumblr. Titled "The Unimportance of Brew Methods", it's the best 6 paragraphs on specialty coffee we've read all week. Have a gander: Brew methods are just different ways … [Read more...]

NWRBC: Interviews, Flavor Notes, Gianni

We had the opportunity to sit down with Michael "Panda" Fernandez of Espresso Parts, Collin Schneider of Sterling Coffee Roasters and Will Frith of Olympia Coffee Roasters. We'll be hanging out with folks all weekend at the glorious Greater Tacoma Convention Center in fabulous Western Washington. … [Read more...]

NWRBC Day One: Tweets, Photos, Animated GIFs

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Here's a running archive of our live-tweet coverage, animated gifs and photos from NWRBC 2012, in sunny, chilly, stinky Tacoma, WA: [Ed. note: we were just a few steps behind due to the vagaries of I-5 travel (and one Sprudge editor's increasingly neurotic highway speed phobia), and so our tweets start with the third competitor of the day, Panda … [Read more...]