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The Most Elegantly Designed Cafe in New York? We got a behind the scenes look at the La Colombe’s flagship cafe in NYC’s NoHo neighborhood from Alex Bernson. He transposed his observations and experience at the cafe into an eloquently-written piece on workflow, aesthetic, and how La Colombe NoHo is “taking in the vibrant energy of the city, building on it, and reflecting it back in a more refined way.”

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Is Coffee The Best Cocktail Ingredient In The World Right Now? Alex Bernson had a chat with Sother Teague and Natalie Czech, of Manhattan’s Amor y Amargo. This East Village bar, founded by Mr. Teague, is unapologetic in its focus on unusual spirits and flavor profiles–the name translates to “Love and Bitter“, which means no juices and very few sweeteners behind the bar. On weekends, Amor y Amargo puts on an innovative coffee-cocktail and food service called “Double Buzz”. The coffee side of things is headed by Natalie Czech, until recently the Head Barista at Chef Danny Meyer’s Maialino (featured previously on Sprudge), who expertly prepares a selection of Counter Culture coffees.

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The Best Coffee & Fried Donut Joint in NOLA? New Orleans has had a specialty coffee “kablooey” moment and is now the proud owner of a full-fledged coffee scene. We took a world-first look behind the scenes at District Donuts.Sliders.Brew., a Donuts, Sliders, and Coffee joint in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. Cold Brew Ice Cream Floats may or may not have been involved. (Spoiler Alert: they were).

Ben Blake is the genius behind Draw Coffee (@DrawCoffee), a working barista in Washington DC,  and a regular contributor to Sprudge.com. Read more Ben Blake here!

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