Snowbird Coffee: “For The Dreamers” In San Francisco’s Inner Sunset

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In a town brimming over with new coffee shops, San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood has so far not seen much of the new wave. Eugene Kim and his team at Snowbird Coffee plan to change that with their newly opened cafe, in the old Drip'd Coffee Lab space. Snowbird Coffee is a dimly lit, low-ceilinged, cozy cave of a cafe tucked away beneath … [Read more...]

Here Are The 2015 Good Food Awards Coffee Finalists

This afternoon, the 2015 Good Food Awards finalists officially dropped. There were 206 finalists from 46 states across many different categories, from beer to cheese to charcuterie, and of course coffee. You can read more about the Good Food Awards and previous winners in our archive here. Without further ado, here are the twenty-three Good Food … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Equator Coffees, San Francisco

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Despite what those scarf-clad leafsayers may think, we've still got a few technical weeks of summer left, and as such, we've still got a few more entries in our 2014 edition of Build Outs of Summer, a globetrotting series of early looks at new specialty coffee bars. The latest comes from San Francisco, a quaint, affordable town with a clean, … [Read more...]

Inside Wrecking Ball Coffee’s New Cow Hollow Cafe

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“We’re leaders in the coffee industry, so we’re pushing boundaries,” Nick Cho told Sprudge, during a visit to the brand new, soon-to-open flagship café for Wrecking Ball Coffee in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco. Cho owns Wrecking Ball with his partner Trish Rothgeb, a noted coffee roaster credited with coining the term "Third Wave … [Read more...]

At The Interval In San Francisco: Fresh Coffee, Aged Spirits, And Contemplation of The Future

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This is The Interval. It's a beautiful bar and cafe in San Francisco. It's also a museum, library, and steampunk wonderland dedicated to fostering discussions of big concepts. “You can’t tell people to think long term. We want people to interact with a space and come to it however they want,” says Alexander Rose, Executive Director of the Long … [Read more...]

Sprudge At MAD: SF Chef Chris Cosentino Talks Coffee

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This is the first in a series of articles from Sprudge at the fourth annual MAD Symposium, looking at the growing crossover between food and coffee. MAD Symposium is a communal gathering of some of the world's leading chefs and gastronomy enthusiasts that took place this past weekend in Copenhagen. The worlds of high-end food and coffee are … [Read more...]

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...]