Whole Foods Market Buys World’s First Custom Black Eagle Espresso Machine


Well kiss my grits. Look at this eye-popping custom Victoria Arduino (née Nuova Simonelli)  Black Eagle Espresso Machine. It's shipping out from Espresso Parts in Olympia, Washington with a fresh red powder coat and walnut accented everything. It's going home to Whole Foods in Alpharetta, Georgia. That's right, Alpharetta. This machine is going to … [Read more...]

Sam Schroeder Of Olympia Coffee Wins The 2015 NW Barista Competition


Sam Schroeder, the co-owner and retail director of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company in Olympia, Washington, has won the 2015 NW Regional Barista Competition title. He’ll move on to compete (with a first-round bye) at the 2015 United States Barista Championship next February in Long Beach, California. This is Mr. Schroeders first ever NW Region … [Read more...]

Now Sailing: Nautical Necessities At Jibe Espresso Bar, Seattle

Jibe Espresso Seattle

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...]

6 Coffee Videos That Will Make You Smarter

Symposium Featured Image Coffee Videos

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...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Ström Coffee In Richland, Washington (Now Open!)


This is not your average build out. Kelly Nelson fell in love with coffee, and dreamed of one day opening his own cafe in the small city of Richland, Washington. That dream was nearly deferred because of a cancer diagnosis for his daughter, Miette, who loved cool trips and Airstream trailers. Thanks to a donation from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, … [Read more...]

Bits & Pieces: Spokane Area Baristas Bare All, Bear Arms


In July of 2013, Sprudge correspondent Hanna Neuschwander visited Spokane, Washington to document the city's burgeoning and quality-focused coffee scene. Her feature focused on 5 of the city's very best cafes, serving top roasters from across the country. Since then, two more Spokane cafes have received considerable media attention - Jitterz Java … [Read more...]

Olympia’s Best Barista Is Michael Elvin Of Bar Francis


Our dear friend Michael Elvin has been honored with the "2013 Weekly Volcano Best of Olympia" award for "Best Barista". Mr. Elvin operates Bar Francis inside an all-ages music menu in downtown Olympia, serving Four Barrel Coffee from a 2009 WBC Atlanta edition Nuova Simonelli Aurelia II. The Weekly Volcano reports: He tells a group of customers … [Read more...]

Seattle: Cupcake Royale Donates Treats For Gay Marriage

A bunch of sweethearts.

Cupcake Royale, a baked goods boutique serving Stumptown Coffee, have donated hundreds of cupcakes to Seattle's City Hall in celebration of Washington's first day of legal gay marriage. They've also donated cake treats to the big Gay Marriage celebration at Q Bar. (Above image via Mayor Mike McGinn's Twitter) Back in June, Cupcake Royale was … [Read more...]

Specialty Coffee Marijuana Blog Blazes New Trail In Washington

"I take two with mine," (Spro & Dro)

In the United States, Colorado and Washington voters passed legislation legalizing marijuana, ending nine decades of pot prohibition. Although it's anyone's guess if these new laws will be fought in court by the federal government, a group of Washington residents have taken to the blogs to express their love of high grade medical cannabis paired … [Read more...]

#YesEqual: Homophobes Attack Starbucks


Right now the fight is ON in Washington State for some pending gay marriage legislation. And guess who's on board with the moral support? Those big bunch of queens at Starbucks corporate. Here's a quote from Karen Holmes, Starbucks Executive VP: Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State … [Read more...]

Meet The Producer: Local Yokel Grows Coffee In Rural Western Washington

A Yokel With A Vision

From Kona to Kitsap County, from El Salvador to Silverdale. God only knows what this guy needs a 10,000 square-foot greenhouse for... You can purchase these Kitsap coffee plants at 3leafcoffee.com. “Nobody grows coffee beans in Kitsap, so I get the privilege of naming a new coffee bean,” he said. Noster has already sold and given away many … [Read more...]