A Barista’s Cafe: Act II For Seattle’s Neptune Coffee

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Husband-and-wife team Baltazar Soto and Christine Esparolini had planned to launch a new Seattle coffee bar from the ground up. But when they learned that after almost seven years, Neptune Coffee owner and noted barista judge Dan Baumfeld had decided to refocus on his pre-coffee career in tech, they decided to buy the established cafe in the city’s […]

Coffee And Wine “In A Subtle Way” At Seattle’s Lovely Vif

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Two years back, a wine vet and an accomplished chef walked into a vacant teriyaki and burger restaurant in Seattle, and knew they’d found the right space for their first project: a food-focused coffee and wine bar. Thus was born Vif (that’s “full of life” in French) in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, now one of the city’s essential cafes. […]

Mysterious “Fuck” Sign Appears Briefly Above Seattle Starbucks

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In the wee hours of the morning this morning, an incredible moment of subversive street art—or outright and complete vandalism, depending on your opinion—was enacted over top of the Starbucks cafe at 1600 E Olive Way in Seattle, Washington. These photos were taken by citizen blogger Michael “Panda” Fernandez, who writes under the nom de […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, Norway Dima Hamati, corporate chef at Muddle Me, Dubai, United […]

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.  Joanna Alm, co-owner of Drop Coffee, Stockholm, Sweden Billy Wilson, owner of Barista, Portland, […]

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 […]

Lukas Zahradnik Is Your 2015 World AeroPress Champion

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Lukas Zahradnik of Green Plantation Coffee in Komarno, Slovakia has won the 2015 World AeroPress Champion. This is Mr. Zahradnik’s first career WAC win, and the first win for the nation of Slovakia. The event itself took place at Within Sodo in Seattle’s SoDo (South of the [no longer extant] Dome) neighborhood, and was attended by approximately […]