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...]

Coffee Off The I-5 In Southwest Washington State

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Sometimes it feels like the streets of Portland and Seattle are paved with great coffee. Cafes are abundant, and both cities have iconic coffee brands large and small. But you know what? There's darn good coffee throughout the Pacific Northwest, and today I'm focusing on three shops between those two cities, located off the I-5 interstate corridor … [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...]

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...]

A Major Expansion For Olympia Coffee Roasting Company

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We bring news from the south Puget Sound, where our friends and partners at Olympia Coffee Roasting Company have shared with us their plans for a significant expansion of roasting, retailing, and cold brew production facilities at their downtown Olympia, Washington headquarters. Founded in 2005, Olympia Coffee's flagship space on 4th and Cherry … [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...]