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...]

“Cupping Is Not A Crime” And Other Observations From Our SCAA Party Correspondent Liz Clayton

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Possibly the only thing less cool than being known as specialty coffee's least enthusiastic party reporter is being at a party and having people know this about you. "Oh! You're reluctantly partying," friends say. "Can I get you a drink?" That said, there's nothing reluctant about reporting on reluctance itself. And despite what others may … [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...]

Laila Ghambari Is Your 2014 United States Barista Champion!

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Laila Ghambari of Cherry Street Coffee House in Seattle, WA is your 2014 United States Barista Champion! This is Laila Ghambari's first USBC win, and the first win for Cherry Street Coffee, a wholesale partner of Dillanos Coffee. Ghambari's Cherry Street Coffee House is owned and operated by her father, Ali Ghambari (pictured below), and has 9 … [Read more...]

A Schedule For The 2014 Brewers Cup Finals

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Finals Sunday is happening today at the 2014 United States Barista Championship. Concurrently we'll also see finals action for the 2014 United States Brewers Cup competition. Here's your top 6 Brewers Cup finalists, and the times they'll be performing today. All times Pacific. Photo by Charlie Burt for Sprudge.com.  1. 10:00 James Tooil, Argo … [Read more...]

Meet Your 2014 United States Barista Championship Finalists!

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After months of heated competition, and a wild weekend of top routines here in Seattle, we've got just six barista competitors left in the 2014 United States Barista Championship cycle. From Florida to California, Missouri to Seattle to Washington D.C., one of these six baristas will be crowned the new USBC champion on Finals … [Read more...]