One Of The Best Video Stores On Earth Hosts A Ritual Coffee Pop-Up

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Next to the Ritual flagship café on Valencia Street in the Mission is Lost Weekend, one of the last remaining video stores in the city and really, one of the last few really good video rental stores in the country. While Ritual Coffee’s café is undergoing renovations this month, they are popping up a coffee service inside Lost Weekend. Lost … [Read more...]

20 Things That Verily Happened At CoffeeCon San Francisco

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Editors note: In late July we sent our Bay Area staff writer Leif Haven to CoffeeCon in San Francisco. During his time there, he tweeted: I feel like my heart might explode covering @CoffeeConEvent for @sprudge — leif (@leifhaven) July 26, 2014 This is his recap.   20. George Howell talked for two and a half hours. Some highlights … [Read more...]

Umami Mart: Japanese Design in Oakland and San Francisco

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Umami Mart is like an emissary from a parallel universe, where everything is gorgeous and well designed–even the instant ramen. Alongside hard-to-find Japanese foodstuffs, Umami Mart focuses on interesting, attractive kitchenware, barware, glassware, and coffeewares. Japanese products merge with Danish and Californian design, forming an aesthetic … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Pinhole Coffee In San Francisco

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San Francisco's coffee scene's been in full-on explosion mode since the mid-2000s, bringing with it game-raising techniques and cafe design that have rippled across the entire nation. One might argue that the City by the Bay's achieved fancy coffee saturation by now—but anyone who knows coffee knows there's always room for one more. We're … [Read more...]

Katie Carguilo’s New Role At Counter Culture Is A Coffee Dream Job

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Katie Carguilo is a seasoned coffee professional who has won barista competitions, been all over the television, toured the world, and graced the cover of magazines. Carguilo took home the 2012 United States Barista Championship belt and has helped helm our friends and partners at Counter Culture Coffee in New York City for the last seven years. … [Read more...]

We Talk Opening Day (And Much More!) With Paramo Coffee Roasters’ Gabriel Boscana

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As reported by Eater SF, Paramo Coffee Roasters has now opened its first flagship café in Embarcadero Place in San Francisco today. The company, founded by noted roaster Gabriel Boscana and Highwire Coffee Roasters' Robert Mires, will serve coffees sourced and roasted by the pair. According to Boscana, Paramo will attempt to set itself apart from … [Read more...]

Sprudge Takes The Thermos Overnight Coffee Challenge With Ritual Coffee Roasters

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Working on the front lines of coffee journalism, one gets a fair amount of strange emails from publicists. Do I want to try bouillion-style cubes of coffee? Not really. Do I want to sample some "naturally caffeinated" fruit juice? Might take a pass on that. Do I want the Thermos corporation to, in a fit of truly inspired stunt-istry, overnight me a … [Read more...]

A Film About Coffee Screenings In SF, Portland & Ottawa

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A Film About Coffee, the feature film about the specialty coffee movement that just premiered at the SCAA Event in Seattle, has announced screening dates in San Francisco, Ottawa and Portland, OR, with more dates in the works world-wide. Portland, Oregon - Laurelhurst Theatre May 29th, 7:00PM (Doors at 6PM) Buy Tickets San Francisco, … [Read more...]

The Timeless Design and Modern Appeal of Heath Ceramics

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The timeless, iconic vessels of Heath Ceramics have held all manner of American food and drink since the company was founded in 1948. Today, their fine ceramics are experiencing something of a resurgence in popularity, especially amongst the high-end food and coffee crowd. It could be argued that Blue Bottle Coffee helped start the trend by using … [Read more...]

San Francisco: Saint Frank And Ritual To Host Three-Part Coffee Producer Series

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Saint Frank Coffee and Ritual Coffee Roasters are teaming up to present a series of events this week with coffee producers from Costa Rica, Colombia, and El Salvador. Tonight, April 29th, Saint Frank will host exporter Francisco Mena of Exclusive Coffees in Costa Rica along with producers from the Helsar micromill (pictured below with Ritual … [Read more...]

Bay Area Roaster Teams With Chicago Artist For The Cutest Coffee Shirt Of 2014

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We love a good coffee t-shirt, but they're not all created equal. Some branded coffee t-shirts make you want to get your picture taken! Some are better purposed for laundry day, or take-out night. Falling firmly into the former category are these new shirts from Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, designed by Chicago artist Hillary Miles and … [Read more...]

Is This The Most Expensive Cup Of Coffee In The World?

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  Starbucks sold a $7 brew a few months back and we've even heard of a $25 cuppa, but $966?! That's what one thirsty San Francisco java drinker paid when they received a $966 parking fine for illegally parking in the "blue zone" while stopping in for their daily brew. The embittered parking scofflaw has reached out to 7x7 Magazine's … [Read more...]

26 Top Coffees: The 2013 Good Food Awards Buying Guide

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The Good Food Awards have announced their 2013 finalists finalists in categories including beer, cheese, spirits, preserves, and coffee. A premier honorarium council for delicious and ethically sourced foodstuffs, the GFA's bring together experts from across a variety of gustatory disciplines to honor the best of the best. This is the event's third … [Read more...]

San Francisco: Four Barrel Coffee Drops Soy Milk

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In a landmark decision made earlier this month, Four Barrel Coffee has officially gone soy free. Citing environmental, health, and taste reasons, Four Barrel Coffee joins a likeminded cadre of soy-free fine cafes worldwide, including Oslo's Tim Wendelboe, who dropped soy from their menus in May of 2011. Four Barrel will instead offer almond milk, … [Read more...]