“A Film About Coffee” World Premiere This Week In Seattle


The world premiere of the much-anticipated A Film About Coffee happens this week in Seattle, Washington. Tickets are now available for the event taking place on April 26th at 7PM at the Downtown Seattle AMC Pacific Place 11, conveniently located just blocks away from the Washington State Convention Center, home to this weekend's SCAA … [Read more...]

Nuova Simonelli’s New Espresso Gear Coming To NYC, KCMO, Oakland, and Seattle


The Nuova Simonelli Mythos One Clima Pro grinder and Victoria Arduino 388 Black Eagle espresso machine launched at HOST last October in Milan. After a busy launch event at the London Coffee Festival, these cutting edge coffee machines are finally starting to land in the US, starting Tuesday, April 22nd with an event at the Counter Culture Coffee … [Read more...]

Seattle Comes Corretto With These Coffee Cocktails

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Corretto, a new Italian-styled cafe, restaurant and bar in Seattle celebrated its grand opening last week, and Sprudge photo contributor Vickie Miao was on hand to capture the scene and check out a few of the new coffee & booze cocktails from Slate Coffee's Brandon Paul Weaver. A caffè corretto is a traditional Italian combination of espresso … [Read more...]

Cherry St Coffee’s Laila Ghambari of Seattle Is Your 2014 Northwest Barista Champion


For Laila Ghambari, being crowned this year's Northwest Regional Barista Champion at the Big Western in Los Angeles is for many reasons a relief, a moment that she summed up to Sprudge in one word: "Finally!" Ms. Ghambari began competing in 2010, appearing that season on behalf of Urban Coffee Lounge (Seattle) at regionals and BARISTA (Portland) at … [Read more...]

In Seattle, A Geek’s Paradise Of Technical Books, Coffee, And Coworking

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Danielle and David Hulton founded Ada's Technical Books--named after Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, the woman who wrote the first computer algorithm--to respond to an immediate need. Like many technical Seattleites, they were spending multiple weekends a month driving the three hours down to Portland, OR to visit Powell's Books Bldg. 2, the … [Read more...]

Quality Control At Starbucks: A Team Of 7 Decides On 400 Million Pounds Of Coffee Year

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Co.Design, Fast Company magazine's online business & design outfit, just posted an article about their visit to the Starbucks cupping lab entitled  How 7 People Test 400 Million Pounds Of Starbucks Coffee A Year. The article is focused on how the cupping approach to evaluation--"keep your mouth shut, and simply move a glass just two inches left … [Read more...]

Starbucks To Start Roasting In Seattle’s Hippest Neighborhood


  The indispensable Capitol Hill Seattle blog broke the news that Starbucks have signed a lease on the 15,000 square foot building at 1124 Pike, on the westward downhill rolling heart of Seattle's Pike / Pine corridor. A rep from Starbucks, speaking to CHS, said "The project is still in its early stages, but our vision is a mixed-use … [Read more...]

Seattle: A Fine Dining Pop-Up At Stumptown Coffee Roasters On October 6th


On Sunday, October 6th an exciting new events production company will be launched by longtime Sprudge.com collaborator Alex Negranza. Based in Seattle, Washington, and called "An Evening With", this event series represents the very best of what Seattle has to offer in food, coffee, cocktails, wine, and above all, professional service. AEW's … [Read more...]

Seattle: A “Roast Master” Cupping At Vif With Olympia Coffee Roasters


Vif Wine|Coffee, the buzzy new wine bar and cafe from Campagne and Walrus and the Carpenter alums Shawn Mead and Lauren Feldman, are hosting a public cupping this coming Saturday, August 3rd. Heading up the cupping is Oliver Stormshak, owner and green buyer for our friends and partners at Olympia Coffee Roasting, whose coffee is proudly served at … [Read more...]

Seattle: Try Fine Hawaiian Coffees At La Marzocco With R. Miguel Meza


You've seen him on Hawaiian Idol, you've heard him sing to beans - but next Friday, August 9th, Seattleites have a pretty cool opportunity to cup through the various projects and preparations of R. Miguel Meza. He'll be appearing at the La Marzocco HQ in Ballard from 1pm-4pm, offering attendees a chance to try some pretty special and rare … [Read more...]

Seattle: Caffe Ladro’s Gorgeous New Cafe In South Lake Union


As luck would have it, a few weeks back one of Your Sprudge Editors just happened to be in Seattle for the soft opening of Caffe Ladro's drop-dead incredible stunning new cafe at 1800 9th Avenue, in the South Lake Union / Paramount Theater / bus station district. South Lake Union is growing, bumping, infused with a heaping heck-load of Paul Allen … [Read more...]

Seattle: Sip El Salvador With Caffe Ladro On June 18th


Since announcing the opening of their new roasting and sourcing program in late 2011, our friends and partners at Caffe Ladro have been working on developing a variety of projects and regular buying relationships with coffee producers in Latin America. And in El Salvador, Ladro's work with the Ortiz, Mendez family at Finca Talnamica and Natamaya is … [Read more...]

Where Have All The Seattle Grumps Gone?

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  Seattle Weekly recently published a piece on the rebirth of Seattle Coffee, highlighting Andrew Milstead's company (Milstead & Co) and the folks at Slate Coffee. In it, the reporter reaches out to Kent Bakke (La Marzocco), Bronwen Serna, plus former Seattleites Ryan Brown (Tonx.org) and Trish Rothgeb (Wrecking Ball Coffee … [Read more...]

BREAKING: WBC 2014, 2016 Cities Announced


Breaking earlier today via Cosimo Libardo on Twitter, our partners at World Coffee Events have determined host locations for the 2014 and 2016 World Barista Championship. The 2014 WBC event will be held in Rimini, Italy, just north along the Adriatic coastline from Nuova Simonelli's headquarters in Marche. Rimini has loads of beaches, beautiful … [Read more...]

Seattle Times: Starbucks Buys 600 Acres In Costa Rica


Interesting news broke last night from Seattle Times writer Melissa Allison, who reports that Starbucks is purchasing its first-ever coffee estate in Costa Rica. The farm is located on the slopes of Poas Volcano National Park, just north of San Jose, in Costa Rica's famed Central Valley. The land is around 242 hectares. Most coffee producing … [Read more...]

6 Thoroughly Modern Coffee Cocktails


[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you’ve ever tried to order a coffee cocktail in a nice bar, you may have heard the question, “ A coffee cocktail or The Coffee Cocktail?” This is just your bartender trying to be cheeky. The Coffee Cocktail actually doesn’t contain any coffee at all, and dates back to the famed, revered, essential Jerry Thomas’ Bartender’s … [Read more...]