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 … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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, … [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...]

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 435 … [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...]

A Glimpse Inside The 2015 SCAA Symposium

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The seventh annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Symposium kicked off early this morning in Seattle, Washington. Symposium is a professional two-day summit of coffee thinkers/leaders/producers, and it’s our distinct honor to be a part of the Symposium community for our fifth year as salon hosts and ambassadors. This year’s … [Read more...]

Where To Drink Booze 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 drinking spots can … [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...]

Seattle: We Say Oh Yeah To MmmHmm Coffee

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It was a busy Saturday night, just before St. Patrick's Day, when MmmHmm Coffee owner Jon French drove away from Hilliard’s, a popular brewery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The place was filled with about 500 people playing beer pong, which you might expect; French's brand new specialty coffee bar is physically located inside the raucous … [Read more...]

First Look At The New La Marzocco Linea Mini

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Home espresso enthusiasts, hold on to your butts. After three years of engineering efforts and two years of development, our friends and partners at La Marzocco are unveiling their newest product: The La Marzocco Linea Mini. The Linea Mini, like the name suggests, is a miniature version of the legendary Linea Classic—a machine that, over the … [Read more...]

Iranian Barista Champion Denied US Visa, Will Not Compete At WBC In Seattle

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2014 US Barista Champion Laila Ghambari reports via Facebook that Mehran Mohammad Nezhad, the first World Coffee Events sanctioned Barista Champion of Iran, has been denied a US visa and will be unable to compete in the World Barista Championship. Mehran Mohammad Nezhad competed at the Iran Barista Championship earlier this month. We asked … [Read more...]

Ventoux & Hart: A Coffee Roaster And Cafe Shack Up Together In Seattle

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Two long-time professionals with their own distinct visions for coffee are helping each other realize those visions in a small, bustling coffee bar and roastery in Northeast Seattle. Carlos Salmeron’s Ventoux Coffee takes up the front portion of the shared space; Matt Ehresman’s Hart Roasters fills in the back, where Ehresman roasts for Ventoux and … [Read more...]