4 Delicious Coffee Drinks From Street Bean’s Anniversary Party

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The Fifth Anniversary party for Street Bean Espresso went down last Friday in Seattle, complete with fancy coffee drinks, competition baristas, and an appearance by Macklemore to support Street Bean's mission of helping homeless and at-risk youth get off the streets with job training. You can read more about Street Bean and the work they do in our … [Read more...]

Seattle’s Cherry Street Coffee Opens 10th Location With Barista Champion Flourishes

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Cherry Street Coffee, a twenty-two year veteran of the Seattle coffee landscape, is owned and operated by the Ghambari family—which includes 2014 United States Barista Champion Laila Ghambari. This morning, the Cherry Street team opened its 10th Seattle store at 320 E Pine Street on Capitol Hill. We've covered Laila Ghambari here at Sprudge a … [Read more...]

Street Bean Espresso Celebrates Five Years Of Youth Outreach In Seattle

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Street Bean Espresso in Seattle is a non-profit, multi-roaster cafe that provides opportunities for street kids and at-risk youth to get on their feet and learn valuable career skills by working in a specialty coffee environment. For the last five years the cafe has been operating under the umbrella of New Horizons, an organization dedicated to … [Read more...]

Dank Roast: Trichome Seattle Puts Weed In Coffee And We Tried It

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Spro & Dro is an anonymous blogger reporting from the very forefront of specialty coffee & high-grade marijuana. Founded in Washington State in 2012, S&D has been afforded a huge boost in available content over the last few months, as recreational marijuana stores opened their doors across Washington last July. We join Spro & Dro … [Read more...]

Seattle: Try Australian Coffees With La Marzocco & Sprudge…For Free!

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Seattle! Oh fair city, with considerable aesthetic advantage over all those other population centers, we know that you know a thing or two about coffee. But what you don't get often--indeed, what nobody in North America gets--is a chance to cup coffees and revel in brand packaging from a plethora of Australian specialty roasters. This is … [Read more...]

Trendspotting: Coffee Invades The Seattle Retail Scene

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Three retailers in two of Seattle’s tourist districts—downtown and Pioneer Square—are using coffee to carve out new niches. These coffee collaborations take advantage of having great “location, location, location” with ready access to sports fans (the Mariners and Seahawks have stadiums nearby) and daily office workers, not to mention the hordes … [Read more...]

Now Sailing: Nautical Necessities At Jibe Espresso Bar, Seattle

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Roland Rodriguez, the owner of newly opened Jibe Espresso Bar in an off-the-bar-and-restaurant-scene path in Ballard, just wanted easier access to high quality coffee. His family is one of the more than 600 who live onboard ships at Shilshole Bay Marina. He, his wife and their children gave up apartment-dwelling three years ago, which is also when … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: 2014 United Barista Champion Laila Ghambari

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In April of this year, Laila Ghambari became the 2014 United States Barista Champion. This victory was no fluke, as Sprudge.com Assistant Editor Alex Bernson learned during the course of his interview with Ms. Ghambari--she's been competing since 2009, and making coffee from the age of 17 at Cherry Street Coffee, her father's chain of cafes in … [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...]

5 Custom Slayer Espresso Machines That Will Melt Your Face Off

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Slayer first launched its high-design, high-concept espresso machines in 2008, and over the last six years, the machines have gone from semi-legendary rare birds to increasingly common fixtures at high-end coffee bars around the world. These technical beasts were some of the first machines to offer controllable pressure during extraction, but … [Read more...]

Seattle: A Rare Public Barista Competition Experience At Neptune Coffee

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Four cappuccinos. Four espressos. Four signature drinks. It's a format that barista competition competitors and judges around the world know well, but on Thursday, May 15th at Neptune Coffee in Seattle, 2014 United States Barista Championship finalist Cole McBride will be presenting his competition presentation in a rare series of public … [Read more...]

The Coffee World Is Chock Full Of Long Distance Runners, And They Just Raised $34,000 For Women In The Congo

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The morning of Friday, April 25 was partly cloudy and cool with a light breeze. According to Guy Burdett, president of InterAmerican Coffee and veteran marathon runner, the weather was almost ideal for running my first foot race. Burdett declared that his favorite weather to run in "is upper 40s, low 50s, overcast, rain. I like the bad … [Read more...]

Say Hello To The $69,000 Espresso Machine

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This year, Seattle-based espresso machine manufacturer Synesso brought a nine-group espresso machine to the floor of the Specialty Coffee Association of America's annual "Event" exposition. The machine caught the attention of attendees for its exceptional length. It was one of the most talked about booths at the trade show. For … [Read more...]

The Winning Recipe From US Brewers Cup Champ Todd Goldsworthy

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Todd Goldsworthy is your 2014 United States Brewers Cup Champion! Out of a fearsome field that included top brewers and regional champions from around the United States, Mr. Goldsworthy emerged triumphant, taking some serious hardware back home to California on behalf of Klatch Coffee. This is Todd Goldsworthy's first Brewers Cup national win, and … [Read more...]

“The SHOTS! SHOTS! Dance Floor” And More Observations From Our SCAA Party Correspondent Liz Clayton

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Our intrepid coffee party reporter (and New York City Desk) Liz Clayton returns with the final part of her heroic cataloging of the party scene at this years' Specialty Coffee Association of America Event. Whew! There's nothing like coming off of three great days on your feet in a convention center to make you want to party. Saturday night … [Read more...]

What These Baristas Did With Latte Art Is Nothing Short Of Amazing. You Gotta See It.

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The 2014 United States Latte Art Championship went down last weekend during the SCAA Event, and Sprudge was there to cover the action as Official Media Partners. This was the first-ever US Latte Art Championship event, hosted by our friends and partners at Dalla Corte, whose DC Pro espresso machine anchors this competition. Here's the first … [Read more...]