“A Film About Coffee” World Premiere This Week In Seattle


The world premiere of the much-anticipated A Film About Coffee happens this week in Seattle, Washington. Tickets are now available for the event taking place on April 26th at 7PM at the Downtown Seattle AMC Pacific Place 11, conveniently located just blocks away from the Washington State Convention Center, home to this weekend's SCAA … [Read more...]

Counter Culture Releases A New Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel And It Is Glorious


  Nerds, rejoice. Counter Culture's Coffee Department has released a modified version of the Specialty Coffee Association of America's ubiquitous coffee flavor wheel. The original flavor wheel was developed in 1995 and, according to the SCAA website, is "a glossary of coffee terms based on sensory science and has become the standard that … [Read more...]

The US Barista Championship Season Begins Friday – Here’s Your Event Guide

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The 2013/14 United States Barista Championship season begins Friday, October 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the 2013/14 Big Central Barista Competition. This event is put on by the professionals at the Specialty Coffee Association of America, with whom we're proudly partnered for the 2013 competition season. The event's hosts are Cafe Imports … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week Of August 31st, 2013


It was a pretty exciting week over at Sprudge HQ. We were thrilled to announce that our own Alex Bernson has been named Assistant Editor of Sprudge.com. Mr. Bernson is immensely talented and we’re happy to have him on board. He'll be traveling to the Nordic Barista Cup this week. In case you missed it, here’s all the coffee news from the last week … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of July 27th, 2013


Here’s all the coffee news you missed in the last 7 days —all in one spot. It’s like a really wonderful vanilla latte at Sterling Coffee in PDX on a cool summer morning. B4B Update: We caught up with Joe NYC manager and longtime specialty coffee person Carrie Webster to find out how she’s doing since she was diagnosed with breast cancer back in … [Read more...]

Barista Nation Talks Videos Go Live On Youtube


We've got a pretty fun series of interviews to share with you today, all sourced from the Barista Nation Satellite Cafe that happened at the 2013 SCAA Event. An important part of the Satellite Cafe was a series of Barista Nation Talks, with speakers from throughout various parts of the industry. These videos were filmed for Barista Nation by … [Read more...]

Espresso Eleganza: The Hottest Machines Of SCAA 2013


Ooh girl there are some seriously fierce machines out on that show floor this year!! It's too hard to choose a “winner” out of all these beauties — a barista's choice of machine is a personal decision, a question of true love (or lust) that is different for everyone. But these machines aren't just resting on pretty; here's our catalog of the best … [Read more...]

SCAA 2013 Showroom Floor: Product Update Update


The SCAA Event is new product central, and Your Sprudge Editors have a team of correspondents on assignment on the showroom floor. Sprudge.com Senior Vice Hunty Alex Bernson took a look at a few new and/or improved products today, in between shots of espresso and an occasional dip into the DaVinci chocolate fountain.  Original photography by … [Read more...]

Sprudge.com Honored With Distinguished Publisher Award


You see that up there? That's the original concept drawing for Sprudge.com, from all the way back in August of 2009, as doodled by Zachary Carlsen behind the bar at Stumptown Coffee Roasters' Pine Street location in Seattle. We're sharing this drawing with you today because just moments ago, the Specialty Coffee Association announced its list of … [Read more...]

SCAA Symposium: “Understanding The Consumer”

A landmark presentation from this year's Specialty Coffee Association of America's Symposium is now available to view online. The presenter is former SCAA deputy executive director Tracy Ging (now with S&D Coffee), and the talk is titled "Understand The Consumer: New Research Profiling Specialty's Most Enthusiastic Drinker." It's riveting, … [Read more...]

…Says Science! Specialty Coffee Association Audits The Eggheads

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Is flavored coffee a danger to your health? Can coffee cure ADHD? Is Grammy the reason you're addicted to coffee? Does coffee lower your risk for cardiovascular disease? Does it put you at higher risk of incontinence and diabetes? There's a lot of studies out there and it's almost impossible to figure out which ones are right and which ones are … [Read more...]

GrindrGate: Clarification From The SCAA


Last week at MANE, we unintentionally set off a Twitter firestorm when we reported the following statement: This, of course, amounts to quite a change from previous years, where the competition circuit has been a 24-hour grinder free-for-all. So there was (understandably) a whole heckuva lotta hubub that ensued, none of which we really … [Read more...]

Camp Pull-A-Shot Sweepstakes – 1 Day Left To Enter!


There's nothing we here at Sprudge.com like more than a good old fashioned sweepstakes...except for maybe the chance to go "glamping" (glamorous camping) on a beautiful part of the California coast, surrounded by delicious coffee and fancy coffee equipment and other coffee nerds. We like both of those things equally, and oh brother, if there were … [Read more...]

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


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...]

Clayton Goes Campin’ At Pull-A-Shot East Coast


Sprudge contributor Liz Clayton attended Camp Pull-a-Shot's first-ever East Coast event, and lived to tell the tale... Let's be clear at the outset that I wasn't allowed to go see "Dirty Dancing" when it opened in theaters. What better treat then for this reporter than to arrive at the scene of the crime, the film set itself, the Swayze-Grey … [Read more...]

We Partied ‘Til They Ran Out Of Syrup


Liz Clayton is the newest contributor to Sprudge.com, and will be covering SCAA / USBC after-hours all week long. It was said by the ancients that a drizzly arrival to your convention city bodes good luck, and if so, this year's SCAA promises to yield an abundant supply of misty charm. The rainy days before SCAA threw open its well-guarded … [Read more...]