The SCAA Interviews: David Buehrer of Greenway Coffee, Houston

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At the 2015 SCAA Event, we tasked Sprudge contributor Emily McIntyre with a series of interviews, highlighting coffee professionals from across the United States making their own subtle marks on the nation’s coffee culture. This week, we’ll be bringing you a new interview every day, each one a snapshot of the men and women behind […]

The SCAA Interviews: C.J. Speelman of Tanager Coffee

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At the 2015 SCAA Event, we tasked Sprudge contributor Emily MacIntyre with a series of interviews, highlighting coffee professionals from across the United States making their own subtle marks on the nation’s coffee culture. This week, we’ll be bringing you a new interview every day, each one a snapshot of the men and women behind […]

Weekend Sprudge Reader: An Excerpt From “The ABC’s Of Coffee”

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Welcome to Weekend Sprudge Reader, an occasional foray into short fiction, memoir, and / or gonzo from the Sprudge global creative network. We hope you enjoy Weekend Sprudge Reader.  The following is excerpted from “The ABCs of Coffee”, Mike Ferguson‘s forthcoming full-color children’s book, subtitled “A Guide to the Most Critical and Fundamental Issues Facing Specialty […]

The Reluctant Partygoer: Liz Clayton And The Nightlife Of SCAA 2015

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If there’s one thing the annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Event brings out—besides days of stimulating panels and conversations, and a host of innovations revealed on the show floor—it’s the party animal in coffee people. Combine that with the pan-continental draw of the World Barista Championship and, well, heck—you’ve got yourself a party calendar […]

We Interview Mr. Espresso Himself, Carlo Di Ruocco

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More than three decades ago, Carlo Di Ruocco, an Italian expat who’d recently moved to Oakland with his wife and young kids, quit his job as an elevator technician to build a coffee company. Thirty-seven years after founding Mr. Espresso, Di Ruocco has grown the family business into a vital part of West Coast espresso […]

Brewista Launches At SCAA With A Little Help From Their Friends

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Yep, good things come out of Wyoming: A Cheyenne-based brewing equipment manufacturer called Brewista softly launched at the 2015 SCAA Event in Seattle. Owner Brian Gross and product designer Christian Krause are behind the company; the former Bonavita employees are attempting to launch a line of brewers, kettles, glassware, and scales that are equal parts durable and […]

Tastify: A Coffee Cupping App Looks To The Future Of Flavor

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Communicating one’s felt experience to the outside world is a daunting task for any human. At any given point, miscommunication due to a variety of factors can impair our ability to relate to each other. Call me a technofuturist if you like, but I think one benefit of technology is its ability to ease the […]

You May Be Interested In This Hockey Puck Lookin’ Coffee Tamper

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The razzle dazzle big stage of the World Barista Championship is home to many innovations: vacuum sealed espresso shots, sous vide geisha beans, carbonically macerated rare coffee varieties, and on. But one piece of kit that drew the curiosity of many at the 2015 WBC was the strange, green, handle-less tamper used by United Kingdom […]

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 […]