I Drank 10 Coffees At SCAA And Wrote About It For Sprudge

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This weekend, the senior editors of Sprudge tasked Charlie Burt of Kansas City to visit as many SCAA exhibitors as possible and drink all the coffees. This is no easy task. But in a few short hours, Mr. Burt was able to try ten coffees, brewed by ten different people using at least eight different brew methods (including brewers and devices that … [Read more...]

Is This The Cutest Li’l Coffee Roaster In The World?

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Sometimes it's the cute stuff that catches my eye. I'm only human. And so that's why I couldn't get enough of this happy little roaster at SCAA 2015, called the Aillio Bullet R1, with its cute little legs and round little butt. It's a 1-kilo sample roaster designed in Denmark and built in Taiwan, where twin brothers Jacob and Jonas Lillie … [Read more...]

Sasa Sestic of Australia Wins The 2015 World Barista Championship

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Sasa Sestic, a coffee professional, green buyer, and barista from Canberra, Australia, has won the 2015 World Barista Championship in Seattle, Washington. The event took place over four days in conjunction with the SCAA Event trade show, attended by many thousands of coffee lovers from around the globe. Mr. Sestic won the WBC on behalf of Ona … [Read more...]

10 Luxury Espresso Machines From The Biggest Coffee Event In The World

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This weekend, the senior editors of Sprudge tasked Charlie Burt of Kansas City to check out as many SCAA 2015 espresso machines as possible and document these sweet-as machines. From product launches to stunning customs to reimagined classics, this is a whiz-bang hot-rod look at the dopest, illest, and frankly sickest espresso machines of the 2015 … [Read more...]

More World Barista Championship Street Style With Joanna Han

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Sprudge contributor Joanna Han scouted the Washington State Convention Center throughout the 2015 World Barista Championship tournament, on the lookout for fashion-forward attendees. In a sea of brew bros in blazers and classic-fit slacks, these fashionable coffee denizens stood out in fine style.  Tim Wendelboe, owner of Tim Wendelboe, Oslo, … [Read more...]

The Pop-Up Cafes Of SCAA 2015

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The 2015 SCAA Event is happening this weekend in Seattle, Washington. A kind of E3 for the coffee world, this trade show is home to huge product launches, exciting new technology, and pop-up cafes aplenty featuring top coffee roasters from around the world. Here's a look at a few of the pop-ups catching our eye so far at SCAA 2015. BKON w/ Rishi … [Read more...]

I Saw Brew: Meet That Specialty Someone At SCAA

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Introducing I Saw Brew, a brand new website for the singles in specialty coffee scene, launching this weekend at the 2015 SCAA Event. Did you make a connection with a cutie in the North Hall? Post an "I Saw Brew" and maybe you'll get a response! Did you think the boy from Finland's barista competition routine was like, *really* good? Say "terve" to … [Read more...]

Where To Eat In Seattle Right Now

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In Seattle for the 2015 Specialty Coffee Association of America Event? We've got you covered in a series of food, drink, and coffee guides assembled by Sprudge Seattle contributor Sara Billups. All of her recommendations are within walking distance (or a quick Uber) of the Washington State Convention Center. Many more excellent dining spots can be … [Read more...]

Where To Drink Coffee In Seattle Right Now

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In Seattle for the 2015 Specialty Coffee Association of America Event? We've got you covered in a series of food, drink, and coffee guides assembled by Sprudge Seattle contributor Sara Billups. All of these recommendations are within walking distance (or a quick Uber) of the Washington State Convention Center. Many more excellent coffee spots can … [Read more...]

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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. Sprudge.com's coverage of the 2014 United States Barista … [Read more...]