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...]

In Seattle, Elm Coffee Brings Style & Service To Pioneer Square

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If Elm Coffee Roasters opened in Seattle’s Pioneer Square two years ago, it would have been an outlier, part of a much smaller cluster of new food and drink-centric businesses in one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods. Today, the two-month-old roaster from Brendan Mullally and Drew Fitchette is the newest member of an influx of restaurants, bars, … [Read more...]

Here’s What Some Of The Smartest People In Coffee Will Talk About This Year At SCAA Symposium

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Once a year, the Specialty Coffee Association of America gets some of the smartest people in food science, agronomy, and specialty coffee in a room to talk about the state of global coffee. It's designed to get a little heavy, a little personal, and at times even a little uncomfortable. Founded in 2009, the annual Symposium has become home to … [Read more...]

Inside The Starbucks Roastery & Tasting Room

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Attending the press preview for the brand new Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, located on the corner of Pike & Melrose in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, was a peculiarly full-circle experience. Starbucks was founded in 1971 just 9 blocks away from the new roastery, down the slope of Seattle's cityscape towards the sea. Sprudge … [Read more...]

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...]