Los Angeles: Copa Vida Joins the Growing Coffee Scene in Pasadena

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When Intelligentsia opened their doors in Old Town Pasadena in 2010, the location was surprising to some. This section of Pasadena is the kind of shopping destination where big stores like J. Crew, Gap, and Urban Outfitters far outweigh the mom and pop shop offerings. Would there be customers for specialty coffee? The answer, it turns out, was a … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake — Week Of August 17th, 2013

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Maybe you spent the last week like me, trying to watch all the seasons of Breaking Bad while simultaneously moving. Maybe you were copy and pasting press releases for a hot new breaking blog post, or perhaps you forced yourself into going on a technology fast. Whatever the case may be, here’s the last week’s worth of Sprudge Certified Content, … [Read more...]

LA: Julie Wolfson’s Epic Crush On Single Origin / Short Cake

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This is the story of how one Los Angeles bakery created the coffee bar of their dreams. Walking the stalls of the historic Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles, the aisles are filled with stalls that have been in the market for decades, stretching all the way back to the 1940s. These include butcher shops, Bob’s Coffee and Donuts, … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of April 6th, 2013

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This year, your Sprudge intern was proud to team up with his awesome designer friend Josh Kennedy (@jshknndy) and sister Lauren Bergman (@Inbergman) to design the La Marzocco, Cafe Imports, Barismo, and George Howell Coffee SCAA party poster and ticket. If you’re headed to Boston, be sure to attend! #SCAA2013 Party Preview - SCAA is next week, … [Read more...]

SCBRC Champion Opens “Cafe Lorenzo” Pop-Up In Costa Rica

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Imagine waking up each morning in Costa Rica to the sounds and smells of hand-ground coffee, brewed via Aeropress by a certified barista champion. This was our reality on the Cafe Imports Origin trip, and it came courtesy of Cuvee Coffee's own Lorenzo Perkins. Throughout the trip, it was dubbed Cafe Lorenzo, and each day the cafe was situated in … [Read more...]

Full Menu Of Coffees Featured At The 2013 TED Conference

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There's a lot of reasons to be excited about attending the TED Conference - and now that we've seen the roster of coffees that's being served there, the menu alone is worth the cost of admission. The eight roasters involved brought together a mouth-watering selection of coffees. Africa takes the spotlight at this year's coffee service. … [Read more...]

Eruption In Guatemala, Flooding Reported

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News outlets are reporting that the Fuego volcano in Guatemala's Antigua region has shown signs of significant activity, shooting lava and columns of ash into the air. Antigua is surrounded by three volcanoes, with Vulcan de Fuego being the the most active, spewing gas and steam daily. Yesterday's event was less common, enough to put authorities, … [Read more...]

2012 SWRBC Finals In Words and Video

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All Sprudge coverage of the SWRBC made possible by Verve Coffee Roasters, and the unfettered access given and kindness shown to us by the SCAA. Percy Ramirez There seems to be no limit to the kindness and genuine enjoyment of the barista craft exuded by Percy Ramirez, of Intelligentsia's Pasadena cafe. This was Percy's first … [Read more...]

SW Brewers Cup: Methods and Madness

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All Sprudge coverage of the 2012 SWRBC and Brewers Cup made possible by Verve Coffee Roasters. Well folks, the 2012 Southwest Brewers Cup is in the books, and Mr. John Martin of Intelligentsia Pasadena has been crowned the winner. We're excited to share with you an in-depth look at the brew methods and parameters for all six finalists, many of … [Read more...]

Getting Our Verve On

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Ed. note: We're crushing pretty hard on Verve these days, and recent visits to Santa Cruz proved swoon-worthy beyond our wildest dreams. In fact, we so fancy Verve's striking figure that we gave them our coveted 2011 Sprudgie Award for Notable Roaster. Verve's new space in Santa Cruz will be host to the coffee world for this year's SWRBC. For now, … [Read more...]

The Verve Coffee Roasters Geisha Tin

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Santa Cruz based Verve Coffee Roasters (where "to go" is called "to shred") have two Panama Geisha coffees available wrapped in gift-ready tins that are just drop dead classy. The custom tin is heavenly, the apothecary jar divine. Are you kidding me? I mean, really... This is a hand-numbered, half pound bag, packaged in custom coffee tins made … [Read more...]

HunkShot™: Gerard’s Coffee Break

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Gerard Butler, who starred as the top seaman in 1997's Bond thriller "Tomorrow Never Dies", was recently seen in Santa Cruz sipping on a cup of coffee sans shirt! But did Gerard's steamy mouthful originate from Verve, the Santa Cruz boutique roaster of note? Can you imagine? Truby, Baca and Butler: We wouldn't kick that 3-way out of bed for eating … [Read more...]

King Kameha-Mayhem! Pete Licata Wins WRBC 2010

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Pass the poi, Mahalo! Pete Licata, of Honolulu Coffee Roasters (formerly of PT's coffee, coach of Heather Perry) has been declared the big kahuna at this year's Western Regional Barista Competition. Who da kine say no baristas in Hawaii? We are certainly not dem. Congratulations, Pete, and here's looking at your POG pass to this year's USBC in … [Read more...]