Here’s What Some Of The Smartest People In Coffee Will Talk About This Year At SCAA Symposium

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Once a year, the Specialty Coffee Association of America gets some of the smartest people in food science, agronomy, and specialty coffee in a room to talk about the state of global coffee. It's designed to get a little heavy, a little personal, and at times even a little uncomfortable. Founded in 2009, the annual Symposium has become home to … [Read more...]

6 Coffee Videos That Will Make You Smarter

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In April, coffee's brightest minds gathered at one of the biggest international coffee trade shows in Seattle, Washington. The Event kicked off with a two-day seminar called Symposium, an exclusive meeting of the minds that had been closed off to the public until 2013, when Symposium Director Peter Giuliano made the decision to begin releasing … [Read more...]

BREAKING: SCAA Announces 2015 US Coffee Competition Dates; Sprudge Leaks 2015 Regional Details


The Specialty Coffee Association of America has announced dates and location information for the 2015 United States Coffee Championships, a four day compedium of competitions--the U.S. Barista Championship, U.S. Brewers Cup, U.S. Latte Art Championship, U.S. Cup Tasters Championship, and Roasters Choice Competition. The events will be held from … [Read more...]

Erna Knutsen Is A Specialty Coffee Living Legend. This Video Will Inspire You.


Erna Knutsen announced her retirement at age 93 this year, and spoke at the Specialty Coffee Association of America's Opening Ceremonies in April. The SCAA, an organization she helped organize (it's named after a term she coined), honored Knutsen with their very first Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991. She founded Knutsen Coffees in 1985, after … [Read more...]

The Finalists: Essays and Photos From The 2014 United States Barista Championship


Though we're no fans of endings, all good barista competition coverage must, one day, draw to a close. In what's become tradition here at Sprudge, we'll close out the 2014 United States Barista Championship season by taking an in-depth look at the six competitors who advanced to the final day of competition: Finals Sunday. The finals stage … [Read more...]

Even More United States Barista Championship Street Style With Joanna Han


Brandon Loper, filmmaker (and creator of A Film About Coffee), San Francisco, CA Amanda Loper, architect, San Francisco, CA Eleanor Loper, Baby, San Francisco, CA Andy Kent, founder of Common Man Coffee Roasters, Singapore (but originally from Seattle) Kris Fulton, coffee educator, LAMILL Coffee, … [Read more...]

The Very Best Of Semi-Finals Saturday At The 2014 United States Barista Championship


Welcome to our complete recap coverage from Semi-Finals Saturday at the 2014 United States Barista Championship. Now that the dust has settled and a new champion has been declared, let's look back together at the routines and memorable moments from before we knew how the story would end.'s coverage of the 2014 United States Barista … [Read more...]

“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...]

United States Barista Championship Street Style With Joanna Han


I had such a nice time getting lost on the fourth floor of the Washington State Convention Center while on the look-out for stylish SCAA 2014 attendees. In a sea of generic shirts and classic-fit slacks, these people looked lovely even amongst the convention center’s bad carpet and unfortunate greenish-yellow lighting. César Vega, founder of … [Read more...]

More United States Barista Championship Street Style With Joanna Han

Sprudge_Joanna_Han_USBC-2014-Street-Style_Aimee-Peck correspondent Joanna Han has been roaming the show floor all weekend, capturing all of the fashionably attired coffee people here in Seattle for the SCAA 2014 event. Here is her second post capturing all the looks, you can check out the first right here. Sara Ziniewicz Michelman, customer care coordinator at Sustainable Harvest, … [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 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...]

On The Tragedy In Boston


In light of the unbelievable tragedy that occurred yesterday in Boston, it feels inappropriate for us to be posting machine tech reviews, or product launch coverage, or competition recaps. We'll return to our regularly scheduled coverage soon, but not today. Today we want to share the words of our colleague and friend Ric Rhinehart, Executive … [Read more...]